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A New Year and a New Day: Freeing Our Communities From Shame, Fear and Stigma

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 02.18.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Black communities continue to be ravaged by the spread of HIV, and complacency and denial are dangerous and unacceptable.

Are Current School Reforms Imperiling Long-Term Gains?

Jack Jennings | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Jack Jennings

A blizzard of education reports and studies appears every year. This swirl of information, analysis, and commentary -- some of which is contradictory -- makes it difficult to understand the condition of America's public schools. In short, are the schools getting better or worse?

#MeninistTwitter: When Intersectionality and Policing Collide

Kevin Beckford | Posted 02.18.2014 | Black Voices
Kevin Beckford

By no means can we say that the #MeninistTwitter trend was perfect. However, it could have been an incredibly powerful moment for learning if critics could have at least made an attempt to contextualize or engage with tweeters in a less dismissive and ignorant way.

Best Films of 2013 -- Black Talent Thrives

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.10.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

In a banner year for filmmaking, black films, filmmakers, screenwriters and actors thrived.

The Human Right of a Fair Minimum Wage

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Dedrick Muhammad

It is time fulfill the social contract, realize Mandela's dream, and advance a society that is economically just and fair for all. We cannot succeed in this country or anywhere else in the world when a shrinking few do very well and a growing majority can barely make it.

Is Bob Dylan Black?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 02.05.2014 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I didn't know Bob Dylan was black. And knew what we thought or felt. I'm not offended that he said what he said, but I'm a wee bit miffed that he felt he had the right to speak for blacks, Serbs and Croats with such authority.

Black Youth Unemployment Higher Than a Year Ago

Tom Allison | Posted 02.05.2014 | Black Voices
Tom Allison

Black workers consistently have higher unemployment rates than whites, but the dispersion is even worse for America's youth. Nearly one in four black 16- to 24-year-olds was out of work in November, compared to only about one in ten white workers in the same age group.

Nelson Mandela: A Good Man

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 02.04.2014 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Though I had adopted the title of "African" American like most of my relations in the Diaspora, I was never more aware of how little I really knew about Africa and this African hero than I was on that day in 1990 he was freed from prison as the whole world watched.

The Decades-Long Love Affair Between French Cognac Producers And African-American Consumers

Slate | Posted 12.05.2013 | Black Voices

Cognac is almost as much a French cliché as stinky cheese and horizontally striped shirts. French labeling regulations play a role in perpetuating th...

Single Ladies' Dayna Lynne North: A TV Scribe to Watch

Xaque Gruber | Posted 02.03.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

In an industry that has been difficult for women writers to establish themselves, let alone non-white writers, Dayna Lynne North has cemented a reputation as a significant voice in the growing ranks of terrific African-American TV writer/producers.

A New Case for African American Reparations: A Simple Three-Part Plan

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2014 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

In other words, from a white persons point of view, reparations for the 346 years of chattel slavery and near-slavery like conditions of Jim Crow racism involves a call for black Americans "to do for themselves." Black folk need to get their moral house in order.

The Legacy Of Lending Discrimination Against African-Americans

Forbes | Posted 11.27.2013 | Black Voices

America’s neighborhoods, 45 years after the passage of the Equal Housing Act, remain segregated. In Milwaukee, our most segregated city, 81 percent...

Happy National Genocide (Thanksgiving) Day!

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

In 1637 the body of a white man was discovered dead in a boat. Armed settlers -- which we tell our children were God fearing, gentle, sharing, kind Pilgrims -- invaded a Pequot village. They also set the village, which included many children, on fire.

Review: Black Nativity

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The blend of pop, soul and gospel is absolutely enchanting and will make the film's soundtrack a holiday classic.

Saving Children of Incarcerated Parents: The Terrence Stevens Story Featured on PBS

Anthony Papa | Posted 01.24.2014 | New York
Anthony Papa

Terrence Stevens is on a mission to save children whose parents are incarcerated. He knows too well the stories that these kids represent.

Are Black TV Shows and Films Encouraging More Racially Sensitive Advertising?

Lande Yoosuf | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Lande Yoosuf

The media is undergoing an interesting transformation lately. Almost daily, I'm reading articles from websites such as Shadow and Act, The Hollywood R...

Female CEO Provides Communities with Year-Round Culture

Christopher Norris | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

In addition to parents being accountable for exposing their children to meaningful programs, the mother of two says there's a role for the elected official to play in promoting engagement.

JFK's Effects On African Americans & The Youth Vote

NewsOne | Posted 11.22.2013 | Black Voices

I grew up in a family of storytellers. Around our dinner table, stories of 1950′s era Harlem flow freely, as my grandparents talk about coffee dates...

How A Vitamin D Test Misdiagnosed African-Americans

NPR | Posted 11.21.2013 | Black Voices

By the current blood test for vitamin D, most African-Americans are deficient. That can lead to weak bones. So many doctors prescribe supplement pills...

Millennial, Civic Leaders Advocate for America's Oldest HBCU

Christopher Norris | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

Many in the widespread coalition that make up "Heeding Cheyney's Call," are stating that the racially inequitable funding formula is the main reason that Cheyney, an all-time great institution, now has an all-time low student enrollment.

From Muhammad Ali to Charles Barkley, How the Use of 'Ni**a' in the Media Shows How Black America Lost Its Way

Antonio Moore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

Revisionism will not fix our issues as we face an American history that has left open wounds that clearly have failed to close and begin healing.

Are African-Americans An Endangered Species?

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 11.19.2013 | Black Voices

Is it time to for black leaders to declare black people an endangered species? Right now, homicide is the leading cause of death among black men, a...

The Fallacy of the Colorblind Narrative in Voting Rights

Sahar Aziz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sahar Aziz

Decades after passage of the historic Voting Rights Act, so much has changed. And yet, so much remains the same.

Black Men at UCLA: The Devastating Effects of Proposition 209

Julie J. Park | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Julie J. Park

Racial diversity in the demography of a student body is a necessary but insufficient condition for healthy campus climate diversity.

The Gettysburg Address and the Mission Not Accomplished

Scott Hancock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Scott Hancock

How could Abraham Lincoln really believe what he said in the first line of the Gettysburg Address? He said the United States had been conceived in liberty, knowing full well that the founding of the country sealed a million black people in slavery.