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I'm Black and 'Well-Behaved,' but I'm Still Mike Brown

Tiffany Aliche | Posted 10.20.2014 | Black Voices
Tiffany Aliche

I hate the fact that people pretend that if you're black and keep out of trouble and do the "right" things, you'll be protected. That's a lie! I've never been in trouble, yet I'm almost always afraid of law enforcement. I've seen too many things to feel safe.

Is It True That Everybody Uses Racist Language?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 10.20.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

I must be the most serene dude on the planet, because I swear to you that I have never hurled a racial invective at someone. No, not even when I was a kid. And no, not even when I was drunk. I'm not boasting, because it would be pretty sad if I wanted kudos just for avoiding hateful insults. To me, that should be basic behavior.

The Problem Is in the Hyphen

Courtney McKinney | Posted 10.19.2014 | Black Voices
Courtney McKinney

I am American. Some of my ancestors were born here and knew no other land, some of my ancestors journeyed here from Europe, and some of my ancestors were brought here from Africa. I don't know the complete stories of any of their lives, but I know their stories merge to create mine. One that is very specifically American.

Behind the Veil: Ferguson and the Reign of God

Trey Lyon | Posted 10.19.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

There are the large moments. The ones where the Veil is lifted. These are the moments when the music stops and the dance ends. These are the moments when one can keep humming the tune and twirling like nothing has changed or stop to realize that those beyond the Veil have no cause for dancing.

What Is the Kerner Commission and Why It Should Be Revisited in Light of Ferguson

James Meyerson | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
James Meyerson

What we must remember always -- and something I have told many juries in the past -- is that the most powerful person in the world, on a day-to-day basis, is not the president of the United States. No, it is a police officer.

Inner-City 'Barbarians'? Calling Out Racism on the Airwaves

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

When you work on issues that directly affect people's lives, it's easy for passion to overcome politeness. That said, there are some lines you just don't cross. Recently, on Tallahassee radio station WFLA, Florida Family Policy Council president John Stemberger crossed one of the most basic lines we have: racism.

Desegregation in New Orleans Rooted in 1960s Dryades St. Boycott

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.13.2014 | Business
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the August 4, 2014 edition.) The former Dryades Street below Jackson Avenue in Mid-City New ...

Tariq Nasheed on the Current State of Affairs in the Black Community

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 10.13.2014 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism, directed and produced by author and documentary filmmaker Tariq Nasheed, explores racism in a way it previously hasn't been explored.

How Black Men Are Benefiting From Workplace Drug Tests

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 08.08.2014 | Black Voices

Last week, the National Bureau of Economic Research published a study with results that some may have found surprising: it found that drug tests in th...

10 Things I Learned #NABJ14

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 10.05.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

In no particular order of importance here are 10 things I learned during the 39th Annual National Association Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair held in Boston, Massachusetts.

Civil Rights or Civil Wrongs: A Closer Look at the Common Core

Anthony Cody | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Anthony Cody

The corporate under-written Common Core standards and tests are at best a distraction and at worse add grievous insult to injury for children of color.

My Big Moment in Journalism

Evan F. Moore | Posted 10.04.2014 | Black Voices
Evan F. Moore

Most journalists are aware that they won't have a story to fall onto their laps like Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward did. However, the little victories count.

Appearance vs. Authenticity

Sylvia Ann Hewlett | Posted 09.30.2014 | Black Voices
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Many employees are encouraged to "just be yourself," only to find their authenticity -- and their career ambitions -- constrained by unwritten office rules about appearance, speech and behavior.

Fighting Poverty Requires Unorthodox Business Practices

Bill Bynum | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Bill Bynum

The biggest problem with bringing business values to the work of expanding opportunity for people disadvantaged by birth, geography or both is that no one in the business world has figured out how to value incremental improvements in social welfare in bottom-line calculations.

Get On Up

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.29.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Warts and all, in fits and starts, finally the Hardest Working Man in Show Business gets his story told.

The Decadence of Persecuting Deviance

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Inquisitions to current day intolerant extremists, life and resources are wasted with perverted extravagance. Difference and deviance have become the most frequently employed rationale to persecute, punish and kill.

Mitt Romney Reportedly Mixed Up Donna Brazille And Gwen Ifill

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney apparently mixed up two prominent African-American women during the 2012 campaign, according to The...

Why "Courageous" Dinner Conversations Are Important

Eric Cooper | Posted 09.24.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

I try to be a gracious, well-mannered dinner guest, and a good listener; or so I'm told. It's what I reflect about over the dinner that may give people indigestion and pause. As acquaintances and friends sometimes ask me: "Eric, why do you often steer dinner discussions toward issues of racism?"

Mobilizing to Reduce Hepatitis C in the Black Community: July 25 Is National African American Hepatitis C Action Day

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 09.21.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Hepatitis C infection is a major public health concern for people of all races. To help increase Hepatitis C awareness, testing and access to treatment for individuals infected with the virus, we recognize National African American Hepatitis C Action Day (NAAHCAD) on Friday, July 25.

5 Subjects White People Should Never Initiate in a Conversation With People of Color

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 09.21.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

These conversations were always awkward for me and never satisfying.

Racial Discrimination Continues at the Development Banks Hobbling Efforts to Meet the MDGs in 2015

Bea Edwards | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact
Bea Edwards

While no one is claiming that the goals have actually been reached, indications are that the reported progress is significantly overstated. This sleight of hand is accomplished statistically by making the truly vulnerable and poor populations disappear into a larger pool of data collected on a macro scale from the better-off.

Why D.C.'s New Marijuana Law Will Help Blacks

Debbie Hines | Posted 09.17.2014 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

While there are many more racial disparities that affect the number of blacks arrested and charged with various crimes, the new marijuana law is one step in the right direction.

Psy's "Hangover:" Challenging Asian American and African American Relations

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 09.16.2014 | Entertainment
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Psy's "Gangnam Style" took the world by storm two years ago. His song broke the Guinness World Record to become the first video to reach a billion views. Soon his song and dance style became a global phenomenon.

How Hip Hop Is 'Screwing' the Urban Black Community

Torri Stuckey | Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

Embrace your maturation and all that it entails. As you feel yourself starting to grow out of your youth, don't fight to hold on. Let it go! The best is yet to come...

American Money: 529s a Higher Education Tool

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

A 529 is an IRA-like education investment account that allows consumers to invest in mutual funds, withdrawing the money later to cover tuition, books and other educational fees.