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Silent Epidemic: Kidney Disease in the African-American Population

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Black Americans are three times more likely than White Americans to develop kidney disease and to require dialysis. Of great concern is that this racial disparity remains constant across all age groups. It may not make many headlines, but it needs to be brought to the attention of the public.

Learning From Maya

Sue Shanahan | Posted 06.04.2014 | Black Voices
Sue Shanahan

Knowing of all the strikes that had been against her, assured me that that kind of love is available to everyone. If bidden and allowed, it will hold anyone's head high and move through them to fulfill their life's purpose.

Death by Imprisonment: America's War on Melanin Possession and the Indigent

MiAngel Cody | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
MiAngel Cody

Although the 1986 overdose death of 11-year-old Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr.'s mother, unlike that of all-American basketball standout Len Bias that same year, did not thrust our nation's legislators into reactive political pandemonium, the federal drug-sentencing policies of that year would later impact this motherless son's life in a most damning and undeniable way.

Walking the Peaceful Path: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Maya Angelou and the Gift of Being Born a Black Woman

Ama Yawson | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Ama Yawson

If you have the privilege of being born a black woman, it is my belief, that it is a part of your divine mission to liberate yourself from all external and internalized oppression and thereby liberate the world.

College Bound: Changing Lives Through Education

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

As grown-ups, we forget the power that we have to influence the adolescents that look up to us. We sit behind our televisions or computers and complain about the state of young America. However, we rarely lift a finger to change the existing condition or make a real difference.

Still I Rise!

Kelsey Minor | Posted 07.30.2014 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

I remember the day Maya Angelou came into my life. I was a high school student at a boarding school in a rural area of Mississippi. The words of such a great and prolific writer literally came off the pages at me.

Pulling a Maya Angelou: Six Steps to Mission Accomplished

Fatima Scipio | Posted 07.30.2014 | Women
Fatima Scipio

Dr. Maya Angelou's impact on the world is a clear example that we all were created to do great things. She did her part, Now it's your turn! How are you influencing others? What will people remember you for? What will be the legacy you leave behind?

In Honor and Memory of Maya Angelou

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 07.28.2014 | Black Voices
Malika Saada Saar

Today, Maya Angelou, our larger than life poet, writer, storyteller has made her transition, and I think of the poem "When Great Trees Fall" and, especially, the last lines: "They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed."

Who Invented Memorial Day?

Jim Downs | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Jim Downs

The nation's Memorial Day observations were divided. In the North, the federal government created national cemeteries for men who died in the war, while state governments from New York to Michigan gradually made Decoration Day an official holiday throughout the 1870s.

California, 60 Years After Brown v. Board

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 07.20.2014 | Education
Angela Glover Blackwell

As the nation celebrates the 1954 Supreme Court landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision, California is confronting its own troubling education reality.

Why the Sterlings Matter

Alan Jenkins | Posted 07.16.2014 | Black Voices
Alan Jenkins

Fifty years ago this summer, Congress adopted the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the first anti-discrimination law with any teeth since the end of Reconstruction. By many accounts, the Sterlings have repeatedly violated these American principles.

'Black Women Don't Have Eating Disorders'

Abiola Abrams | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Abiola Abrams

The idea that any group is immune to eating disorders is a damaging one, because if a condition is not acknowledged and diagnosed, it will not be addressed, treated, and healed.

Military's Ban on Nappy Hair

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.13.2014 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

African American female servicemembers comprise the highest percentage of women in the military.

Series Explores Life For Black Men In America

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.12.2014 | Black Voices

It’s been almost a year since George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the murder trial of Trayvon Martin. Still, the discussion it stirred about th...

Mother's Day Turns 100: A Celebration Sparked by a Penny Postcard

Joel Brokaw | Posted 07.09.2014 | Good News
Joel Brokaw

The first national observance of Mother's Day in America took place exactly one hundred years ago. Contrary to what one might think, it was not the brainchild of florists or greeting card marketers.

4 Tips From an Ethnically Ambiguous Stranger

Melody Moezzi | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Melody Moezzi

I'm used to people asking me where I'm from. Sometimes it's other brown people wanting to know if we share a heritage, and sometimes it's white people wanting to know... well, I'm not sure what.

Mental Health Wellness Critical to Nation's Well-Being

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Michele Nealon-Woods

This month, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology observes Mental Health Awareness Month. It is an occasion to highlight how critical mental health wellness is to our collective well-being, and the growing acknowledgement of the crucial interplay between emotional and physical health.

Paving the Way for Girls to Reconsider Beauty

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

And while toy production is a multi-billion-dollar business, there are still questions all around about how much this industry is meeting demand. That's where Dr. Lisa and her company Positively Perfect, comes in.

4 'Supermoms' Join Forces for Meaningful Mother's Day Event

Ahrif Sarumi | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Ahrif Sarumi

With Mother's Day right around the corner, now is perfect time for us to reflect on why they are so special. After speaking with four moms who all share a vision for supporting moms-to-be, it was easy to see that there was something heroic about all of them.

Welcome to "Post-Racial" America

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

With the controversy over the racist remarks of Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling, one a rural cattle rancher in Nevada, the other an urbane California billionaire, we might want to reconsider just how "post-racial" America's race relations have really become.

Shocking Photo by Shaq -- No One Cares, They Care About Donald Sterling!

John Robinson | Posted 06.30.2014 | Sports
John Robinson

Advocacy against discrimination for individuals with disabilities is the last frontier against personal hate in America; it's time to channel our collective outrage at making a difference.

More Black Actors On Broadway Bring Black Audience With Them

AP | Mark Kennedy | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Early one Sunday this month, 56 people boarded a bus in a suburb of Washington, D.C., to make the trip to Broadway to see a play. ...

College Students Present Research on Southern Politics

Glen Browder | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

One of the good things about academic associations is that they often invite students to participate in meaningful discussions about professional matters. Such was the case at last month's Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics in Charleston, SC.

Kate Sheppard

EPA Chief Asks African-Americans To Become 'Climate Justice Advocates'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

ATLANTA -– Environmental Protection Agency leaders have something to tell African-American communities about the agency's work on climate change: We...