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The Changing, Militarized Face of Policing Shatters Public Trust and Confidence

Gary Pieters | Posted 08.21.2014 | 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 08.21.2014 | 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 08.20.2014 | 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 08.20.2014 | 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.

Without Anger There Is Only Sadness: Reflections On The Killing Of Mike Brown

Farai Chideya | Posted 08.14.2014 | Black Voices
Farai Chideya

If we are going to transform this society, we have to have a belief that it is transformable. That does not mean we know the time-clock or how much our actions will help in the short term. But it does mean we are committed.

Black Orfeus: Samba at the Thalia

Christopher Atamian | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

Marcel Camus' 1959 Golden Palme winner Black Orpheus is a study in filmmaking genius. Set against the background of Carnival in Rio in one of the out...

Meet 19-Year Old Vine Star Behind 'Shopping While Black''

Shira Lazar | Posted 07.23.2014 | Black Voices
Shira Lazar

Vine user Rashid Polo posted a Vine that pulled millions of views overnight. We spoke to him about being a new Vine star, and the important message ...

Mental Health in the Black Community

Krystal Reddick | Posted 07.11.2014 | Black Voices
Krystal Reddick

There is stigma in every racial and ethnic community around mental health, but especially so in the black community. But there is nothing more important than self-care. It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help. We were not meant to soldier on alone. We are part of communities for a reason.

A Third to Prison, a Third to War, a Third to College: The Game of Chance with Ambassador Young

Maya Horgan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices
Maya Horgan

I see a common theme in the African American community -- a tolerance of the current state. "This system wasn't made for us, that's just how it is," I hear. This mentality permeates through world famous academics, and is widely read in higher education.

NO SECURITY: Action/ Time/ Vision

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 08.10.2014 | Huffpost Code
Michael Nirenberg

Artists are using code to consider the nature of reality, which of course has been a philosophical quest since the beginning of time. Coding not only influences content, but also form.

My Five-Year-Old Black Son Is Color Conscious

Nicole Lavonne Smith | Posted 07.13.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Lavonne Smith

The reality is, our son shouldn't and doesn't have to hide his enthusiasm for positively identifying with blackness.

See Me As a Woman First, a Black Woman Second

Dr. Misee Harris | Posted 07.08.2014 | Entertainment
Dr. Misee Harris

We are just as diverse a population as any other race or culture of women. We deserve to see that diversity reflected in the television programs we watch.

The Year in Racism

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

When a celebrity get busted for driving drunk with an ounce of cocaine, they at least admit to having a problem and check into a clinic. When a politician gets caught having an affair, they at least suggest they have let people down and get counseling. But for some reason being racist is the only sin that provides political cover.

The Black Man in the White House: Racism Is Alive and Well in America

Gerry Myers | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

While many say racism is over and point to the fact that America has its first black president, Barack Obama's election actually ignited racial tension in the country, rather than ending it.

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 05.31.2014 | 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 05.27.2014 | 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 05.13.2014 | 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 05.07.2014 | 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 04.23.2014 | 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 04.20.2014 | 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 04.20.2014 | 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 04.20.2014 | 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.