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10 Lessons the U.S. Will Learn From CUBA

Alexia Parks | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact
Alexia Parks

There was a time when I ran a 10K race with the Mayor of Yelapa, Cuba. As we headed uphill on the only asphalt road going into and out of town, we were passed by a group of teenage girls running barefoot.

A Street Art Festival Takes Root Across The Walls Of Malaysia

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Urban Exchange: Crossing Over 2014 is a brand new street art festival in George Town, Penang in Malaysia. In November they hosted 16 artists to paint ...

16 Quotes To Remind America That Black Lives Matter

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 12.12.2014 | Black Voices

Suddenly, he paused, looked at me intently and said, 'Son, you're a black male, and that's two strikes against you.' To the general public, anything that I did would be perceived as malicious and deserving of severe punishment and I had to govern myself accordingly. I was seven years old.

'Hands Up, Don't Shoot!' and 'I Can't Breathe!'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Can we as a society cut through the vail and begin to know and understand those different from ourselves, to have the ability to walk in the shoes of another, to break down these "us" versus "them" notions that separate?

A Dance Celebration in Chicago at the Auditorium Theater

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 12.05.2014 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The return of the company to Chicago after almost 17 years was a gift to lovers of dance.

On Being Breathless

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 12.04.2014 | Black Voices
Safiya Jafari Simmons

There's no feigned shock. No forced surprise or mild disappointment. Just thick air. Deafening silence. And the weight of generations of false hope of equality sitting on my chest, on my shoulders, preventing me from breathing.

A Black Family Call to Action to Address the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 12.01.2014 | Black Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

As HIV/AIDS continues to disproportionately impact Black people, it is important to recognize key factors contributing to high rates of HIV infection.

Why Do Black Men Die With Their Hands Up?

Katrina Sands | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices
Katrina Sands

How many names do you remember? How many have you even heard of? How many more do you need to read before you believe that a pattern exists?

The Discussion on Capitalizing the 'B' in 'Black' Continues

Barrett Holmes Pitner | Posted 11.24.2014 | Black Voices
Barrett Holmes Pitner

Last week The New York Times published "The Case for Black With a Capital B," an op-ed by Professor Lori L. Tharps. I congratulate her for opening a conversation that is long overdue, a conversation that goes to the heart of how a large group of Americans with the most difficult of histories has struggled to express itself and gain greater agency in American society.

Why I Wear All Black, All the Time

Christina Grasso | Posted 11.20.2014 | Women
Christina Grasso

lack is a subconscious means for me to put people off, in a way, to stay somewhat hidden, to hold on to secrets, to preserve the unknown.

5 Lessons Traveling to Africa Taught Me About Being Black in America

Ernest Owens | Posted 11.06.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Black America, we have so much to actually learn about Africa -- and yes, it does matter. For far too long, our perceptions have been negatively impacted by white dominated narratives that have plagued our grade school text books and public discourse about the Motherland.

No, Being Black and Gay Does Not Suck

Maurice Tracy | Posted 10.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Maurice Tracy

Apparently it sucks to be a black gay guy. At least that is what "Stevie" over at gayguys.com claims in his post "20 Reasons It Sucks To Be A Gay Black Man." I am over articles like this one, which measures our worth as gay men by white men's standards.

College: A Third Grader's Dilemma

Nikkya Hargrove | Posted 10.30.2014 | Education
Nikkya Hargrove

As I reflect on the very different journeys I took from that of my mother's, I can't help but ask, why? Why didn't she want a better future for herself?

Eerie Interiors

ZOOM interiors | Posted 10.30.2014 | HuffPost Home
ZOOM interiors

Halloween is one of the cheesiest traditions. That's right, cheesy. It is supposed to be scary, yet somehow it turns into a cheesefest, stinky enough to make Switzerland proud.

Black Women Less Biased Against 'Masculine' STEM Fields

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 10.24.2014 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

The research team tested participants at an unconscious level through an implicit association test. They were able to look at the way the participants internally felt about STEM gender biases.

Illinois Is Killing Black Opportunity

Hilary Gowins | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

Illinois is home to a vicious cycle that prevents its black residents from reaching their full potential, and too little attention is being paid to the numbers driving it.

Navy Blue Is The New Black

The Huffington Post | Megan Mayer | Posted 10.20.2014 | Style

Now that we're solidly into fall that means that winter is just around the corner. But you know what that means -- winter colors! No more summer brig...

The Price Of Black Life: A Response To Sperm Bank Lawsuit Over Black Baby

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Perhaps only cognitive dissonance could possibly define the couple's "deep love" for their daughter while simultaneously objecting to an essential part of her existence, her Blackness.

An Open Letter to Black America: Why You Should Want the Redskins Name Changed, Too

Gyasi Ross | Posted 12.01.2014 | Black Voices
Gyasi Ross

Just like school districts had to do with segregation in Brown v. Board of Education, the NFL should have to explain why it's OK to treat Natives different than every other race.

DIWhyNot: DIY Snakeskin Sneakers

Mr. Kate | Posted 11.18.2014 | Style
Mr. Kate

DIYing is fun, theraputic, budget friendly and above all else, creative! This new series, 'DIWhyNot' is dedicated to saying "why not!" and trying yo...

Grace vs. Niceness in Interracial Dialogue

Morgan Guyton | Posted 11.05.2014 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

How can we define the distinction between niceness and grace? I would say that niceness refers to the complex dance of smiling, posturing, innuendo, laughter, self-deprecation, etc. that keeps a conversation pleasant and easygoing. Niceness doesn't always mean that you're being loving.

My Story of Depression, Culture and Community

Giovannah Philippeaux | Posted 11.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Giovannah Philippeaux

My family did the best they could, but like in many Caribbean and African-American families, the symptoms and afflictions of depression were never addressed. At best, you get prayed over or, in my case, you get offered the option of an exorcism.

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.

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.

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.