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What Are Some of the Biggest Misconceptions About Africa?

Quora | Posted 10.24.2014 | World
Quora

Africa is a continent with over a billion people, who live in more than 50 different countries and speak more than 2,000 different languages. There are definitely large cultural groupings, and many Africans feel some sense of unity, but it is really an incredibly diverse place.

Beyond 42: Jackie Robinson and the Quest for Racial Justice

Yohuru Williams | Posted 10.24.2014 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

Ferguson is a little over a three and half-hours drive from Kansas City, where Jackie Robinson began his baseball career; he started in the Negro Leagues as a member of the Kansas City Monarchs. October 24, 2014 marks the 42nd anniversary of Robinson's death -- significant because that is the number that Robinson wore.

The Pivotal Black History of St. Augustine, Florida

David Paul Appell | Posted 10.24.2014 | Travel
David Paul Appell

It behooves us all to take another look at the bravery, the agony, and the hope of that very different time, and do what we can to reabsorb its lessons.

"Do Big Things": Madam C.J. Walker's Great-Great-Granddaughter on History, Ancestors, and Villa Lewaro

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 10.22.2014 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Left: A portrait of Madam Walker; Right: A'Lelia Bundles, Walker's great-great-granddaughter. Written by A'Lelia Bundles Every time I walk throu...

'Be Relentless in Your Dreams': DooBop Founder Jodie Patterson on Madame C.J. Walker

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 10.22.2014 | Style
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Madam Walker rose above race, gender equality, and social justice to build a beauty empire that she intended to be a benefit to her race long after her time. She was a visionary, with a foresight that is today, unmatched.

My Full-circle Moment With Madam C.J. Walker's Legacy

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 10.20.2014 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Here was a woman, a black woman no less, making tremendous strides in business in a time before women even had the right to vote.

The Next Chapter for Villa Lewaro, Madam C.J. Walker's "Dream of Dreams"

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 10.20.2014 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

What if you could take a private tour of the site, followed by a high-end spa experience? Or host a formal wedding or company retreat there? These are just a few of the concepts for reusing one of the premiere landmarks in African-American and women's history, and the moment is now to bring the ideas to life.

Rand Paul Says He Can Get 30 Percent Of The Black Vote In 2016: Here's How He'll Do It

Dr. Jason Johnson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Dr. Jason Johnson

Now before the liberal left and cynical political observers fall off their chairs laughing, consider this isn't just wishful thinking from Rand Paul. If there's anybody in the 2016 Republican field with even a puncher's chance of pulling this off, it's Paul.

Melvina's Descendants, Michelle Obama's Cousins

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.20.2014 | Black Voices
Megan Smolenyak

Back in 2009, I traced the then-new First Lady's family tree back four or five generations on all branches, but of all the ancestors I uncovered, it was a great-great-great-grandmother named Melvina Shields McGruder who captured my attention.

Black Savagery and "Voodoo" Horror at Universal Studio's Bayou of Blood

Saumya Arya Haas | Posted 10.17.2014 | Religion
Saumya Arya Haas

If scholars and adherents of Vodou are to be believed, consistent portrayals of 'voodoo' practitioners as barbaric, violent and most of all as African-American, not only influences public perception of our religion, but perception of African-Americans.

Ferguson Is Not Gaza

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

We stand together, but we know that our interwoven lives require a recognition of independent dignity. So too must Palestinians claim their own way forward, perhaps gleaning from the current moment in Ferguson (and Hong Kong) alternatives to violence.

Dear White People

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

In his debut feature film, writer/director Justin Simien's perceptive observances take no prisoners.

Entrepreneur Karen Civil Is Touring the Country to Deliver Positivity

Ahrif Sarumi | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Ahrif Sarumi

What happens before and after recording a face-to-face interview with someone can go either way. Either you exchange mundane pleasantries about how it's nice to meet one another and the weather or you can happen to catch a glimpse of the interviewee's authentic character.

The 'Street Merchant' Paradox: Black Women's Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Torri Stuckey | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

How do we restore the institution of marriage within the black community? The lines of communication between black men and women have to improve.

When Democrats Unite, We Win

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 10.15.2014 | DC
Peter D. Rosenstein

The world is far from a perfect place. Many, including myself, have differed with the president on a host of issues and felt he didn't move fast enough on some. But those things represent far less than the beliefs we hold in common and recognition of what he has accomplished.

The Real Threat to Our Country

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 10.14.2014 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

African-American communities are sick and tired of police brutality and are not going to stand still anymore and quietly accept this as an existential fact of life within their communities

Turning Out the Vote Should Be the Focus of Ferguson October

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Regardless of how successful protests like the one in Ferguson are at changing public opinion, the best way to combat the systemic inequality that plagues all levels of government is to vote.

The Token Black Girl

Liana Weeks | Posted 10.13.2014 | College
Liana Weeks

My blackness becomes a novelty for others. To Koreans and foreigners abroad alike, due to lack of education I'm often viewed as a token black girl or the voice for all black people.

Racism Charge in Ebola Fight Way Overblown

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson was tactful and circumspect when he questioned the way health officials and medical staffers handled the care and treatment of Ebola victim Thomas Duncan. Jackson carefully avoided using the "R" word.

ISIS, Latinos & the Brunt of Border Politics

SpearIt | Posted 10.10.2014 | Latino Voices
SpearIt

Ultimately, if the American public buys into these claims, it will only add to the discrimination of Latinos. It will tie the plight of Muslims to Mexicans, and categorically implicate Latinos in the War on Terror; it will also become a license for greater brutality at the border.

How Social Media Images Of Black Death Propel Social Change

Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.09.2014 | Black Voices

Michael Brown’s killing raised serious questions about the crisis of state violence against African-Americans. With an FBI-led investigation of poli...

I Am Ali

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.08.2014 | Sports
Dwight Brown

"I am the greatest!" Who can forget the cocky trademark phrase that was delivered by the most endearing boxer of all time? Retracing Muhammad Ali's vibrant life is an opportunity for audiences to reexamine American history.

The New Normal Continues: Low Labor Force, High Poverty, and High Inequality

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.13.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

If we count the workers who are marginally attached to the job market or working part-time for economic reasons, as many as 25 percent of all African Americans are under-employed. What's worse: wages in the job sectors where black workers are concentrated remain far below what anyone would consider a "living wage."

The Erasure of 'Gay' From Black History & the Black Community Must Stop

Alvin McEwen | Posted 10.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

This leaves me feeling as if the events of black history, which are supposed to be a part of my heritage, are nothing more than hand-me-downs donated to me out of charity because there are very few, if any, events which are specific to me as an LGBT person of color.

The Gift of Afro-Textured Hair In Pictures

Ama Yawson | Posted 10.06.2014 | Style
Ama Yawson

In addition to interviewing Lurie Favors of Afro-State of Mind about the steps needed to overcome hair-bullying directed at afro-textured hair, I contacted thought leaders and asked them why afro-textured hair is a gift. These are their responses.