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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...

7 Lies We Have To Stop Telling About African-American Girls

PolicyMic | Posted 04.25.2014 | Black Voices

In February, President Barack Obama stood before a group of African-American boys (and other boys of color) in the White House to announce his $200 mi...

Why Would Paul Ryan Think About Race?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Ryan's comments last month reflect a political climate where Republicans not only do not meaningfully speak to African American citizens, but they tell themselves and their supporters stories about politics and economics that will ensure that they do not have to speak to African American voters in the future.

Why Easter Is A Revolutionary Holiday For African Americans And Freedom Fighters

Ebony | Marc Lamont Hill | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion

When I was growing up, Easter was a big deal. Even if you didn’t believe in Jesus, the holiday still brought plenty of good news. Though public sch...

The "Monument to Sports Enthusiasm" You've Probably Never Heard Of (But Should)

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 06.17.2014 | Sports
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by David Robert Weible Hinchliffe Stadium's Art Deco cast concrete construction has long suffered from neglect. The 1933 Art Deco Hinchliff...

American Money: Tips to Minimize Wasteful Spending

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 06.17.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

With the costs of basic necessities rising and wages stagnating, minimizing unnecessary and wasteful spending is more important than ever.

4 Things You May Not Know About Housing and Race

Keosha Varela | Posted 06.17.2014 | Business
Keosha Varela

"When we talk about race... there's a divide when it comes to home ownership and the creation of wealth," said Mark Hugo Lopez, director of Hispanic r...

Measuring What Matters

Alan Jenkins | Posted 06.14.2014 | New York
Alan Jenkins

It's rare that we try to measure our progress in achieving the American ideal of opportunity, especially when it comes to our nation's young people.