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Bull Rider Neil Holmes: Making History One Ride at a Time

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 11.29.2014 | Sports
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

"I really don't consider myself a cowboy," he explained. "To me, a cowboy is someone that is actually farming and ranching. Me, myself, I feel that I'm just a bull rider with the best job in the world."

'Black-ish': Horrible Parody of Black Family Life

Frances Cudjoe Waters | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Frances Cudjoe Waters

I cringed when I saw the name and promos for Black-ish. But, I tried to reserve judgment until I saw it. And sure enough, its premise and the actual show is as offensive as its name.

The Equalizer

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The last time they worked together, Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua conjured up Training Day. Now, the successful duo goes back to the well once more for another powerful and violent movie. Do they yield the same results?

Wu-Tang's Inspectah Deck on Tech, Race and Politics

Lauren DeLisa | Posted 11.24.2014 | Technology
Lauren DeLisa

It's been a particularly abundant whirlwind several days as one thinks about recent events within pop culture as they intersect with tech.

Two Percent Is Not Enough

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton | Posted 11.23.2014 | Education
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton

Two percent. That is the number of teachers in this country who are African-American men. This would be shocking as a stand-alone statistic, but in the context of our nation's student population, it is appalling.

The 5 Biggest Natural Hair Mistakes

Ama Yawson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Style
Ama Yawson

The movement often fails to challenge the very paradigm that encouraged women to chemically process their hair and thereby prevented them from remaining natural, in the first place.

Depression: The Word That Must Not Be Named

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 11.16.2014 | Black Voices
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

Growing up, I learned that African Americans do not publicly discuss or "put our personal business in the street." Depression has traditionally been an unmentionable subject in the African-American community. I have experienced debilitating bouts of depression since I was about 15 years old.

Standing Together, We Too Can Prevail - Part One

Evgeniya Melnikova | Posted 11.15.2014 | Impact
Evgeniya Melnikova

There is no other place in the world, where basic human rights are so violated, as Palestine. For many people around the globe the problem has ended the moment two sides signed a peace agreement. Not for the Palestinians.

Ferguson and the Dilemma of Black Journalists

Sofiya Ballin | Posted 11.12.2014 | Black Voices
Sofiya Ballin

It seems there hasn't been this many black journalists on TV since Trayvon Martin and therein lies the problem. Diversity in the newsroom is not only a necessity but needs to be constant.

Lies My Corporate Ed Reformers Told Me: The Truth About Teacher Tenure and the Civil Rights Movement

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

When so called "reformers" like Campbell Brown try to make the case that tenure extends teachers an unfair guarantee of employment unlike other public servants, she is more than stretching the truth.

Dear White Folks

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Marybeth Gasman

What I know is that unless you are black in America, you can't possibly understand what it's like to be black in America. You can ask questions and you can be empathetic but you can't truly understand being black in America unless you are black.

The Perils Of Online Dating While Black

Literally, Darling | Posted 10.29.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

If you're young, black and female, your identity might be a liability. Recent studies have proven that online dating can be tainted by racism.

The 'Perfect Crime' in America Is Killing an Unarmed Black Man and Claiming Self-Defense

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The crime of killing someone is now turned into a battle of narratives where the only other person who could challenge the narrative is dead, and millions of people simply believe that the unarmed black man deserved his fate.

Dr. Aaron Bruce Urges Students of Color to Prepare to become International Leaders

Monica Medina | Posted 10.27.2014 | College
Monica Medina

Studying abroad contributes to global, regional and national economies in a significant way. It opens up doors for international trade, commerce and understanding, as well as for peace building, communication, and national security.

American Money: Are You Getting a Fair Auto Loan?

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.27.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

The majority of borrowers are unaware that auto dealers have the discretion to increase their interest rate for compensation, but it's far too common. According to a recent survey, 68 percent of all consumers did not know that car dealers could increase the interest rate. Of borrowers of color, 75 percent were unaware.

The Real Reasons Many White People Can't Empathize With Ferguson, Racial Disparities, or Black Suffering

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

f I put myself completely in the shoes of Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown, or even a black man denied the opportunity to board a taxi cab, I must accept the reality that my world and my America isn't their world and their America.

Ferguson Is All of Us

James Zogby | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

This is the year in which we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Bill. Instead of being able to reflect on the distance we have traveled since 1964, the horrific events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri only served to remind us of how far we still have to go.

Ferguson And The Case For Creating A Special Prosecutor's Office For The Police

James Meyerson | Posted 10.22.2014 | Crime
James Meyerson

It is not surprising that a local prosecutor would believe that a local police officer was "entitled" to "the benefit of the doubt."

Soundtrack for Ferguson: 10 Black Spirituals

Robert F. Darden | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion
Robert F. Darden

In August 1964, mourners sang "We Shall Overcome" at the memorial services and funerals for Andrew Goodman James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi. Fifty years later, it is still being sung at services and protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Sorbo's Ferguson Rant: 'Oh Well...'

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 10.22.2014 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Kevin Sorbo's rant about Ferguson and... American history in general (I can't say "African American" anymore, according to Sorbo) doesn't really deserve a response.

The Changing, Militarized Face of Policing Shatters Public Trust and Confidence

Gary Pieters | Posted 10.20.2014 | Black Voices
Gary Pieters

I am still trying to deconstruct why the Ferguson community's outpouring of grief, loss and anger was met with such an impersonal, aggressive and unrelenting show of militarized police use of force uncharacteristic of peacetime policing.

Michael Brown, Son, Student 'Thug'?

Ama Yawson | Posted 10.21.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

The politics of respectability in the black community may not only hinder us from acting and engaging in the constructive protest, lobbying and collective action needed to create a more just society, as it has with respect to the Ferguson protests, but it may also prevent us from simply being and living freely.

Ferguson and Israel

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Since none of us are sleeping, perhaps we can be anxious in solidarity, navigating our ways through unending night.

Let's Stop Whistling Dixie: Missouri's Toxic Political Culture Must Change

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

It's time for Missouri's right-wingers to leave the nineteenth century behind. It is time for all Missourians -- indeed, time for all Americans -- to start building a more just and equitable world, one free of institutional racism and yawning racial disparities.

Obama: Ferguson Highlights Need For More Black Youth Mentorship. Here's Who Is Stepping Up

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact

President Obama delivered remarks addressing the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, on Tuesday, using the volatile situation to discuss initiatives aiming ...