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24 Ways To Make Black Work For Spring

Refinery29 | Jessica Velez | Posted 04.16.2014 | Style

Whenever you hear that something else is the new black, don’t believe it for a second. Why? That’s easy: The ultra-dark hue will always be classic...

Artist Kerry James Marshall: Paint it Black

Louisiana Channel | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Louisiana Channel

Imagine being seen for who you really are, inhabiting space as a central figure in the narration. In this powerful interview American artist Kerry James Marshall talks about how he explores the presence and absence of the black figure in art history.

Race and Sex at HBCUs

Marcus Lee | Posted 03.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Marcus Lee

These questions -- and many more -- complicate simplistic narratives of sexuality and help to debunk the idea that one can quantify LGBT friendliness.

The State of Black LGBT People and Their Families

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 03.13.2014 | Black Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

We know that Black LGBT people can struggle to find acceptance not only in mainstream America, but also within their own LGBT and African American communities. Now we have the figures to back up what we witness firsthand daily.

'My Brother's Keeper' Is a Keeper

Nia Hamm | Posted 03.07.2014 | Black Voices
Nia Hamm

On its face, sure, the President's initiative seems small. In fact the $150 million that has already been invested in the program could probably go a long way to improving circumstances for male youth of color in Chicago alone. But it is a step in the right direction.

Real Talk With Rob Smith: Tired of 'Black vs. Gay' (VIDEO)

Rob Smith | Posted 02.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

This is my response to the tired "black vs. gay" meme that's going on right now.

I'm Dunn (But Not Really) With This: A Few Notes on Strategic Apathy and White Supremacy

Javon Johnson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices
Javon Johnson

Many people have asked me how I feel about the Michael Dunn case and the troubling verdict. I am quite vocal about race issues and general human equality so these inquiries come as no surprise.

It's Time We Loved All of Our Children

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Katie Mgongolwa

It's time we loved all our children. Of course, it would be better if we loved all our citizens, but loving our children is a good start. It's time to ask ourselves honestly if our cities value their children equally.

The Irreplaceable Tee-Shirt

Mimi Raad | Posted 02.18.2014 | Style
Mimi Raad

I have dozens of them. Loose cuts, tight ones. V neck, round neck, U shape...Long sleeves, short sleeves. Cropped or long. In cotton, jersey, leather, silk. Cannot have enough of them. I slip them under a jacket, a tuxedo, a dress, I sleep in them, go to the gym wearing them ...You name it!

Striking Photos Challenge The Way We See Blackness

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 02.13.2014 | Black Voices

Who is Black? What is Blackness? In a country where the face of the future is becoming ever more ethnically ambiguous, Blackness must be recognize...

Why I Use My Middle Name

Michael Gene Sullivan | Posted 04.09.2014 | Black Voices
Michael Gene Sullivan

I still miss my father very much, and wish I could talk to him about so many things. Everything. It's hard to appreciate people when they are around, but I hope he always knew how much I loved him.

Does Being Latina Exclude Me From Being Black?

Icess Fernandez Rojas | Posted 04.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Icess Fernandez Rojas

Why, in this modern age, do I have to prove myself? Why do I have to prove my Blackness or my Latina heritage while denying the other exists? Being Afro-Latina doesn't exclude me from being everything else I am -- Black, Southerner, writer.

New Year!! Still a N***a...

Gerard Kersey | Posted 03.19.2014 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

So as 2013 made its exit, and 2014 came in what a great feeling it was. As I was bringing in the New Year in church with family and friends, it was a ...

The 3 Ways Martin Luther King Jr. Saved Your Soul

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

I would argue that in many ways, this is King's greatest legacy. His courage to proceed in a mission that, by any rational calculation would have been doomed to fail, is a lesson for all of us to learn. Without hope, without faith that there can be a better future, there will not be one.

Can You Hear Us Now? Ethnic Spa Goers Are Speaking

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 03.17.2014 | Black Voices
Linda Harding-Bond

For ethnic spa goers, many times the preliminary conversation to determine what we use on our skin, why we use it and what we expect to achieve from our facial is omitted. Were you aware that such a conversation should even take place?

Black Gay Men on their Relationship to Feminism

Steven-Emmanuel Martinez | Posted 02.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Steven-Emmanuel Martinez

When gay men badger other gay men because of socially constructed ideals about how a man is supposed to act, when our position in the bedroom becomes a foundation for establishing gender roles, what we're doing is protecting and promoting misogyny and sexism.

Christianism at Its Worst: Faux Christianity Revealed

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Stephanie Mott

If there were as many Christians in this world as there are people who call themselves Christian, it would be a different world, indeed. But the world is filled with rich men trying to drag their affluence through the eyes of needles, and innocent children dying of starvation.

14 Reasons Black Is The Only Color Worth Wearing

The Huffington Post | Ellie Krupnick | Posted 12.10.2013 | Style

Grace Coddington does it. Joan Rivers does it. Mary-Kate and Ashley do it. Johnny Cash swore by it. So really, is there any reason to not wear all ...

No Time For Crime: Study Finds More Religious Communities Have Lower Rates Of Black, White and Latino Violence

David Briggs | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Can religion help reduce violent crime? Some new research suggests the answer is yes, both by creating a moral climate that fosters respect among n...

Will We Act to Save All Our Children and Our Nation's Future? We Can!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

When a majority of all American fourth and eighth grade public school students can't read or do math at grade level, including almost three quarters of Black and Latino students, we are continuing to allow a system that serves and saves just a few children and starves many others.

Let's Really Converse About Black Self-Hatred: A Semi-Open Letter to Brother Orville Douglas

Charles Cole III | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Charles Cole III

Everyday, we are bombarded with images that perpetually show black folks in a negative light, explicitly and implicitly. When black is shown positively, it is clear that it is the exception, not the rule.

It's Not Rocket Science

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Our nation's gun violence epidemic is not inevitable. Scholars must be allowed to do the desperately needed scientific research that will help parents, policymakers and the public determine how we can all work together to stop it.

Taekwondo Fights Its Way to Become One of the Top Sports in Jamaica

Christina Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Christina Brown

If the Jamaican team realizes its potential, black, green and gold colors may someday signify not only speed but also excellence in taekwondo.

The N-word Not Negro Either

Sojourner Marable Grimmett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Sojourner Marable Grimmett

My former boss cornered me in my cubical, looked into my eyes and asked me what I preferred to be called. "Called?" I said. My frown lines deepened in-between my un-plucked, naturally shaped brows.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As the nation celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, many are discussing what Dr. King would say to the nation and world today and tell us to do. But his message to us today is as clear as it was fifty years ago if only we could hear, heed, and follow his warnings about what we need to do to make America America.