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WATCH: Tyler Perry On The REAL Reason Hollywood Lacks Roles For Black Actresses

OWN | Posted 06.05.2013 | OWN

Hollywood has often been criticized for its lack of consistently available roles for black actresses. As a producer actively creating roles for Africa...

"You're Pretty for a Dark-Skinned Girl": The Continuing Significance of Skin Tone in "the Black Community"

j.n. salters | Posted 07.30.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

While all African Americans are subject to certain kinds of discrimination and second-class citizenship, the intensity, frequency, and outcomes of this discrimination vary drastically by skin tone, and there are far greater "benefits" that come with lighter skin.

Delicious Diva Sasha Allen

Yvonna Russell | Posted 07.24.2013 | Black Voices
Yvonna Russell

If you're not watching the NBC's The Voice, you are missing someone special, Sasha Allen. Triple threat talent Sasha is a singer, actress and classic...

A Love Note to Black Mothers on Mother's Day

j.n. salters | Posted 07.12.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

This letter is for my mother. Our mothers. Grandmothers. Aunts. Sisters. And all of the other black women who continue to raise black and brown warriors in this battlefield we call America.

Semper Fabulous: Diahann Carroll

Yvonna Russell | Posted 07.09.2013 | Black Voices
Yvonna Russell

Before Halle was nominated, Kerry Washington got Scandalous, Mrs O. made the List and Beyonce was bootylicious, Diahann Carroll blazed the trail.

'Imagine A Future: My Black Is Beautiful' Hits The Tribeca Film Festival

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 04.22.2013 | Black Voices

It was only a year ago that Procter & Gamble’s My Black Is Beautiful (MBIB), an organization that celebrates the diverse beauty of African-American ...

Alesha Dixon: 'It's So Tough For Black Women To Make It On TV'

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 04.03.2013 | Black Voices

As we all know, racism can be found in many professions. We've spent a lot of time over the past few months discussing racially insensitive stories wi...

My Message To Brides: You Don't Have To Wear White

j.n. salters | Posted 05.26.2013 | Weddings
j.n. salters

While the idea of marriage may be outdated and tied to patriarchal, gender/sex-biased traditions, it remains an ideal for the majority of Americans

Should White Women Grace The Cover Of Black Magazines?

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 03.19.2013 | Black Voices

We've talked a lot about the lack of diversity within the fashion industry and amongst mainstream magazines. Women and men of color are grossly underr...

'Black Don't Crack': Black Women Believe They Age Best

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 03.20.2013 | Black Voices

We've all heard and seen shining examples of the age-old adage, "black don't crack." Thanks to good genes, lots of ultraviolet ray-shielding melani...

Work Vs. Hair

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 03.13.2013 | Black Voices

Is the texture or style of your hair preventing you from being hired? Sounds like a pretty silly question, however it was precisely the topic at hand ...

Numéro Magazine Apologizes For Blackface Fashion Editorial

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 02.27.2013 | Black Voices

Numéro Magazine has found itself in the middle of a racially-charged firestorm after using a highly bronzed white model in one of its fashion editori...

REALLY? Magazine Uses White Model For 'African Queen' Editorial

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 02.27.2013 | Black Voices

It was bad enough we had to report on T Magazine's glaring lack of diversity in its relaunch issue, which was followed with an apology from its Editor...

Black History Month: The Women Who Made a Difference

Marlo Thomas | Posted 10.15.2014 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

That we even have a Black History Month is something of a feat, given the long and complicated path of racial justice in America. The idea was first proposed as "Negro History Week" by historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926 to celebrate the February births of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

Curly Nikki: From Natural Hair Blogger To Author

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 01.29.2013 | Black Voices

If you are one of the growing number of women who have been embracing, nuturing and loving their natural hair, then you most likely know and love Nikk...

Fired Meteorologist Rhonda Lee Speaks Out on Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! | Posted 02.19.2013 | Women
Democracy Now!

Rhonda Lee, an African-American TV meteorologist, was fired by KTBS in Louisiana last month after responding to a viewer's criticism of her short, nat...

Do You Avoid Exercise To Maintain Your Hairstyle?

www.reuters.com | Posted 02.17.2013 | Black Voices

(Reuters Health) - A number of obstacles may stand between a person and exercise, and hairstyles may be one of them for African-American women, accord...

It's Time for Women of Color to Talk Back

Eva Shang | Posted 02.11.2013 | Teen
Eva Shang

As a member of the SPARKteam, I recently had the privilege of becoming involved in the fight against the degradation of women in the media industry.

The Wow of Michelle

Hermene Hartman | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Hermene Hartman

Michelle Obama brought the WOW factor to the Democratic Convention. She spoke with style, sense and substance. She was beautiful and brilliant. She...

PHOTO: Michelle Obama Pictured As Nude Slave in Spanish Magazine

The Huffington Post | Patrice Peck | Posted 08.29.2012 | Black Voices

From Rihanna being called a n*gger b*tch by a Dutch magazine to the caricatured objectification of the Hottentot Venus, images of black women in the m...

EXCLUSIVE: Fashion Fair's Biggest Launch In Years

Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 08.06.2012 | Black Voices

Chances are you, your mother and perhaps even your grandmother used and loved products from Fashion Fair Cosmetics, the largest black-owned makeup com...

Olympic Rowing Fever

Kuae Kelch Mattox | Posted 09.30.2012 | Parents
Kuae Kelch Mattox

Olympic fever is at an all time high in my household, and it started even before the torch arrived at last week's opening ceremony.

Black Women Entrepreneurs Remember Trailblazer Sylvia Woods

Karin Kamp | Posted 09.22.2012 | Black Voices
Karin Kamp

Several African-American women entrepreneurs have expressed their appreciation for Sylvia Woods following news that the "Queen of Soul Food" had died on Thursday at the age of 86 in New York.

Saving Our Future: Remember the Black Infant Mortality Crisis

Jackie Copeland-Carson | Posted 09.11.2012 | Black Voices
Jackie Copeland-Carson

But a critical issue that is getting lost in the fray is the continuing black infant and maternal mortality crisis. African-American women have the nation's highest rates of infant mortality--more than two times the rate of white women.

Globalizing Title IX

Kenneth L. Shropshire | Posted 08.25.2012 | Sports
Kenneth L. Shropshire

What remains to be done 40 years after the signing of Title IX? Saudi Arabia's agreement to permit women to participate in the Olympics for the first time is an interesting reference point as this moment is celebrated.