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Tariq Nasheed on the Current State of Affairs in the Black Community

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 10.13.2014 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism, directed and produced by author and documentary filmmaker Tariq Nasheed, explores racism in a way it previously hasn't been explored.

Mental Health in the Black Community

Krystal Reddick | Posted 09.10.2014 | 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.

The Image Gap: The Price Many of 'Us' Pay for Growing Up Different

Stacey Tisdale | Posted 07.06.2014 | Black Voices
Stacey Tisdale

We're kings, queens, merchants. Immerse your child in their history. Only the truth of who they really are can fill the very image gap we strive so hard to prevent in the first place. Set them free.

Not a Big Fan of My Brother's Keeper

César Vargas | Posted 05.06.2014 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Poor people are under a great deal of stress. Their spirits are under a lot of stress. To tell them that they have no excuse is not just irresponsible. It's dangerous.

Dividing the Conquered: The False Dichotomy Between Black and Queer

Jay Dodd | Posted 04.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Jay Dodd

Michael Sam and Jason Collins should complicate our understandings of athletes not Blackness. They complicate our accepted notions of masculinity. It is not that their race doesn't matter, but their sex has catapulted them in ways others haven't which speaks to a deeper issue.

Thoughts on the "Black Woman Chair" Scandal

Nydia Dauphin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Black Voices
Nydia Dauphin

In this photo might be explained by the fact that in her empty gaze, we see a reflection of the nameless, countless souls people have sat on and continue to sit on. Souls that, more often than not, belong to colored bodies, female bodies.

Governor Cuomo, It's Time to Raise the Age

Letitia James | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Letitia James

Governor Cuomo should continue to make strides in criminal justice reform by putting an end to an injustice that sets us apart from nearly every other state in the nation.

Voting Matters

Michael A. Hardy | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Michael A. Hardy

If the nation does not turn the corner and return economic promise to most of its citizens, the divide between the haves and have not, will grow and bring with it the type of unrest that comes with dissatisfaction.

Healthcare for All: At Long Last

Marc H. Morial | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

Here's why the ACA is especially vital for African Americans, who are twice as likely to be uninsured, and who suffer from more chronic, and life threatening conditions than any other minority group.

SNL is NOT the Only Option

Nadjawa McCoy | Posted 02.18.2014 | Comedy
Nadjawa McCoy

Instead of breathing down SNL's back to hire a more diverse cast, we should be knocking on the doors of networks, demanding that they let more people in.

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.

Black Fraternities, It's Time to Come Out for Relevance

Ernest Owens | Posted 12.29.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

What black fraternities have done by not actively including all men of color, despite sexual orientation, to consider joining is create yet another rift within the black community.

WATCH: Black Men Share Their Stories Of Coming Out To Their Fathers

Posted 10.24.2013 | Black Voices

Coming out can be difficult for anyone to do. But in the black community, where men are expected to be "rigid, hard and tough", it can be especially c...

Don Lemon's Latest Controversial Statement

Posted 09.10.2013 | Black Voices

Who are America’s black leaders? Not the activists, or entrepreneurs, community mobilizers or preachers. According to Don Lemon, the new black leade...

Don Lemon Reminds Me of Sad Similarity Between Black, Gay Communities

Alvin McEwen | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

Don Lemon dehumanized the African-American community by reducing it to stereotypes, much like the religious right does to the LGBT community. Certainly this is not what Lemon was trying to do, but it was something that he maybe should have realized, given that he is a black gay man.

Young and (Unabashedly) Black and Male and on Behalf of Myself, In Defense of Myself

Marcus Lee | Posted 09.29.2013 | Black Voices
Marcus Lee

What makes this (unsurprising and frustrating) conflation particularly odd is that this conversation is being had without young Black men being present in the room.

Cornel West, Tavis Smiley and the Cattiness of Slandering President Obama

Ernest Owens | Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

As scholars and black men who have been in the media for many years, haven't they realized that their off-putting jabs at President Obama have garnered more attention and spotlight recently than their more notable causes?

Radio Host Makes Shocking Remarks About Single Black Mothers And Gay Men

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.14.2013 | Gay Voices

(WARNING: The above video contains language that might be found offensive.) Tommy Sotomayor, an Atlanta-based radio host and YouTuber recently took...

Not Certain That I'm a Black Feminist, But Please Take Note

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.07.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

What I am beginning to realize is that there is a level of subconscious sexism in the black community that is misguided and misunderstood. The truth of the matter is that no woman asks for sexual harassment, and no woman (regardless of how short her shorts may be) wants to be a part of rape culture.

"You're Pretty for a Dark-Skinned Girl": The Continuing Significance of Skin Tone in "the Black Community"

j.n. salters | Posted 07.30.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

While all African Americans are subject to certain kinds of discrimination and second-class citizenship, the intensity, frequency, and outcomes of this discrimination vary drastically by skin tone, and there are far greater "benefits" that come with lighter skin.

What Black People Can Learn From the LGBT Community

Gil Robertson | Posted 07.15.2013 | Black Voices
Gil Robertson

It's simple: people work better together than alone. To believe that you can stand alone and navigate the world by yourself might be a liberating experience, but at the end of the day it usually adds up to a poor day at the races.

Rihanna, the N-word and Black Social Media Hypocrisy

Ernest Owens | Posted 06.28.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

The n-word is overused, misused and socially abused on sites like Facebook and Twitter all the time. And while we act as if Rihanna has done something extraordinarily taboo, I challenge you to check the Instagram accounts and tweets of many other hip-hop artists and friends.

Talking to Tracy Randall

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 05.12.2013 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

"I hate hearing when people say that they are the only black in their department and that they say it boastfully. That shouldn't be something to be proud of."

An All-American Crisis

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Gun violence is an urban problem. Gun violence is a suburban, small town, and rural problem. Gun violence is a problem in states with strong gun laws because guns still travel in from states next door.

Frank Ocean, and Why Blacks Need to Finally Get Over Homophobia

Ernest Owens | Posted 05.06.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

While we are celebrating the just the survival of an R&B artist admitting he has had a desire for another man, what we are avoiding is the actual discussion of if we are ready for an actual openly gay black artist in our mainstream world.