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House Hunting as a Person of Color With a Child on the Way

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

As my partner and I are both attorneys who work on and in support of public education, private school was not an option for us, so we decided to look for homes further out but with highly rated public schools. At the risk of sounding naïve, I was wholly unprepared for the reality that came with prioritizing high-quality public schools in my home search.

How Parents Tell Their Kids They Have No Value

Christopher Norris | Posted 07.08.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

Growing up I heard countless adults say: "children are to be seen and not heard."

Three Myths Hurting Young Black Men and Boys

Michael Nutter | Posted 06.26.2014 | Black Voices
Michael Nutter

As a result of these myths, we're putting an entire generation at a severe disadvantage and wasting the lives of millions of people who, with reasonable investment, could become vital contributors to our economy and society.

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

Maya Horgan | Posted 06.20.2014 | 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.

The Lies We Tell Black Boys and the Truth They Deserve to Hear

Christopher Norris | Posted 05.28.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

We need to stop teaching our black boys how to survive in a world not designed for them, and instead show them how to design a world that will allow them to thrive as individuals.

On the Need to Validate Young Black Men

David A. Love | Posted 06.30.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

An African-American presidency does not make a post-racial society, but creates a racial backlash. Black men are the perennial defendants, guilty until proven innocent of no crimes in particular, and everything in general.

Young Black Men Send A Serious Message In A Stylish Way

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 04.16.2014 | Black Voices

A group of young Black and Latino men are letting the world know that they are far from the image of violent, uneducated and unkempt individuals that ...

Black Dad Interrupted

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 06.07.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

I haven't even barely started this fatherhood thing yet, and I already feel powerless in my ability to accomplish my main duty -- keeping my child safe.

Black Boys Have Feelings, Too

Christopher Norris | Posted 05.10.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

Boys will be boys, unless they're black -- then they're adults, suggests new research. Black boys aren't so different; they want what every other ad...

On Innocence and Black Boys in America

Antwaun Sargent | Posted 04.30.2014 | Black Voices
Antwaun Sargent

I started to think about the kinds of black men who make American history and those who don't. I thought about Martin Luther King Jr. and about Trayvon Martin. I thought about how, increasingly, young African American boys displays of mundane freedoms are costing them their lives.

Time for Black Parents to Update 'The Talk'

Mike Green | Posted 04.30.2014 | Black Voices
Mike Green

"The talk" we inherited from the 20th century was based upon fear. The talk of the 21st century should include vision, encouragement, enlightenment and awareness of the new economic game and how to compete in a knowledge-based, tech-driven, globally competitive innovation economy.

How Stereotypes Help Black Boys But Hurt Black Girls In School

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 10.30.2013 | Black Voices

Many studies have focused on young African-American boys and their experience in school. From gender biases in teacher grading that start as early as ...

Daddy and Me, Trayvon and 'The Talk'

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 10.02.2013 | Black Voices
Roger Witherspoon

The Talk isn't about teaching black boys how to act or, more precisely, how to grovel before whites with guns. The purpose of The Talk is to lift a veil of innocence from the eyes of black boys so they can recognize a danger when it appears.

Beyond a Lunchbox to the Head: President Obama and the Embrace of Trayvon Martin

David Wall Rice | Posted 09.22.2013 | Black Voices
David Wall Rice

The president's remarks were important. They were historic. But there is still extension needed to this start of his. There is a mountain to climb regarding the relentless marginalizing of black men and black boys that is cyclical between popular culture, everyday practice and policy.

Lean In... and Listen

Carolyn Custis James | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Carolyn Custis James

In the wake of the Zimmerman acquittal, I have been asking myself a hard question: If I want to be taken seriously when I say something is amiss that bothers me, how can I turn a deaf ear to the cries of others when they raise concerns of racial profiling and injustice?

To My Unborn Sons: 'A Bounty Has Been Placed On Your Head. Your Price: Worthless.'

Amber Walker | Posted 09.13.2013 | Black Voices
Amber Walker

I love you already more than you'll ever know, and you're not even here yet. At the same time, I'm terrified to bring you into this world. Today, as generations before me have done, I will continue to hold on to hope. I will continue to believe that we can and will survive this blatant assault to our identity.

Stress, Trauma, Loss, Rage

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

What if we looked at violence in America as a public health crisis rather than a crime problem? What if we look for promising practices and expanded the ones that work to eliminate the epidemic of violence that keeps our graveyards, jails, and prisons full?

Hope in Change

Tim King | Posted 04.30.2013 | Crime
Tim King

Our changes must go beyond simple gun control; they must be thoughtful, comprehensive and persistent. Controlling the proliferation of guns is important, but supporting educational and community programs are our best bet to break the cycle of violence.

Kicking Black Boys Out of Class, Teaching Black Girls a Lesson

Ise Lyfe | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education
Ise Lyfe

It isn't fair to pin these generalizations on every Black boy at the school, but it is applicable to a large enough majority of them to have a general expectation that is unfair, racist, and detrimental to their development -- yet tragically accurate.

Three Ways to Save America's Black Boys, Pt. 3 of 3

Mike Green | Posted 08.26.2012 | Black Voices
Mike Green

I turned their dreams into goals by asking them to put a time frame on it. We then worked backward from their goal to present-day circumstances, and set milestones for them to achieve along the path toward their goal.

The Death of Black Boyhood

Cassandra Jackson | Posted 08.26.2012 | Black Voices
Cassandra Jackson

Can one give back the fearless abandon of boyhood in country where Skittles can be perceived as a weapon? I do not know. But perhaps, we might begin with this simple ideological shift: a boy is a boy.

3 Ways to Save America's Black Boys, Pt. 2 of 3

Mike Green | Posted 07.23.2012 | Black Voices
Mike Green

Waiting on government for a solution is like waiting on Superman; neither will rescue our Black boys. That's our job.

A Mother's Story: It Is Not What We Say to Black Boys and Men, It Is What We Do to Them

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 06.30.2012 | Black Voices
Laura W. Murphy

I've done my best to protect my son by teaching him to anticipate prejudice and understand that for some, his skin color is an invitation to scorn and mistreatment. Still, he has faced harassment. He's grown accustomed to this.

What If Trayvon Martin Had the Gun?

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.10.2012 | Home
Steve Nelson

Some aspects of the tragic events on that rainy Sunday night remain unclear. Only the two men know what was in their minds and hearts. So how then can we conclude anything about the case?

The Black Mother's Burden

Avis Jones-DeWeever | Posted 05.25.2012 | Black Voices
Avis Jones-DeWeever

I do not know Sybrina Fulton. Nor can I claim to understand the depth of her pain. Yet, we share a deep connection. You see, Ms. Fulton is living my nightmare. A constant worry that has lingered in the back of my mind since the birth of my eldest son, some sixteen years ago.