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FUBU, Daymond John and White People Who Mock Black Culture

Olivia Cole | Posted 04.04.2014 | Black Voices
Olivia Cole

A white guy might mock FUBU because "no one wore it." But, sir: People did wear it. Millions of people wore it.

Many Rivers to Cross: Giving Up on Bridging the Racial Divide

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 02.20.2014 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Even with a black man in the White House, we're still training our black boys how to be careful out there. I'm sure they're aware of the danger, having watched how some white people have treated that black president for the past few years.

The 2014 Pan African Film Festival Gives Top Award to Of Good Report

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The 22nd annual Pan African Film Festival ran from February 6th to the 17th -- 177 feature films, docs, shorts and web series screened daily at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles. Locals and out-of-towners gathered to honor black films.

An African-American Heritage Tour Complements LA's Pan African Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.19.2014 | Los Angeles
Dwight Brown

The 22nd annual Pan African Film Festival, a cornerstone of Black History Month in Los Angeles, opens the door to LA's thriving black community.

Culture Searching

Sarah Hunt-Blackwell | Posted 04.07.2014 | College
Sarah Hunt-Blackwell

The impact of culture on a black student at a predominantly white university might take some time to find, but finding it is just the beginning. I never realized before how important culture is.

Sentiments From a 90s R&B Fan

Kevin Beckford | Posted 03.10.2014 | Black Voices
Kevin Beckford

I miss hearing the tenor of a churchy vibrato that accentuates a sustained note at the end of a love song. I miss not having to strain my ears just to hear the (real) voice of a singer.

An Open Letter Response to 'In Defense of a Loaded Word' by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Vaughn Bryant | Posted 02.04.2014 | Black Voices
Vaughn Bryant

What if we as a collective people decided we were not going to use the word? What if we truly unified around this? Could that take away the power the word has over us?

An American Promise Shines at the 2013 New York Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

As the New York Film Festival kicked off its 51st year, African heritage films were few and far between, but exceptional.

Circle Twerk in the Media: An Open Letter to Teddy Wayne

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 11.17.2013 | Black Voices
Shane Paul Neil

I am not writing in defense of twerking. However, I have watched you and your ilk attempt to ascribe some significance to it, namely by speaking on black culture and making inaccurate, awkward and in some cases offensive, correlations between twerking and black culture.

Hair Healing for All the Little Tianas

Jessica Joseph | Posted 11.09.2013 | Black Voices
Jessica Joseph

Mothers, tanties and teachers: It breaks my heart to tell you this but you unknowingly slipped something toxic in your home-cooked chicken soup for the soul and fed it to your daughters and granddaughters. You told us that in order to enter woman-hood and embrace all the beauty that comes with it, we must undergo a painful rite of passage called the chemical relaxer, perm or hot comb.

On Black Culture, Don Lemon's Got It All Wrong

Christopher Emdin | Posted 09.30.2013 | Black Voices
Christopher Emdin

Don Lemon's self-identification as being black, gay or from any other marginalized group does not give him license to speak disparagingly about a group's culture because he obviously experiences this culture from a standpoint of privilege that blinds him from reality.

Are White Universities Undermining Black Culture?

Posted 07.23.2013 | Black Voices

College comes with growing pains of its own, but for black students attending predominately white universities, a different type of challenge exists, ...

The Curious Case of Beyonce Knowles

Ernest Owens | Posted 05.22.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

If anything needs to "bow down" right now, it's King Bey's ego.

Left of Black: Greg Tate on Black Sci-Fi and Consuming Black Culture

Mark Anthony Neal | Posted 05.15.2013 | Black Voices
Mark Anthony Neal

To understand the impact of Greg Tate, one need only consult the words of fellow critic Michael Gonzales, who on the occasion of Tate's 50th birthday.

It's Time To End the Harlem 'Fake'

Christopher Emdin | Posted 04.30.2013 | Black Voices
Christopher Emdin

While many do not see the harm in the "new" Harlem Shake internet meme, here are five reasons why Harlem doesn't want you to shake.

'Habari Gani?': Celebrating Kwanzaa on Campus in the 21st Century

Charles Howard | Posted 02.26.2013 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

Over the course of its seven days of celebration, Kwanzaa endures the change from one calendar year to the next. Commemorating the first fruits of the harvest and pausing to reflect upon heritage, Kwanzaa teaches us about intersection of the past, the present, and the future.

Black Films, Actors and Directors Enliven 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.17.2012 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Black films, actors and directors headed to the 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival this September and made their mark.

Tyler Perry and the Black Moviegoer Conundrum

Chevonne Harris | Posted 09.17.2012 | Black Voices
Chevonne Harris

While Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection brought in $25 million for its opening weekend and resurrected Perry's legion of loyal fans, it also drew what have quickly become the typical Perry critiques--he's an amateur, he lacks cinematic skill and is reinforcing racial stereotypes.

Olivier's Blackface Othello

Ben Arogundade | Posted 07.30.2012 | Books
Ben Arogundade

In the 1965 movie Olivier remained meticulous about the aesthetic preparation that would transform him into the Moor. Despite his studious approach, American critics balked at his blackface portrayal.

Now Dig Kellie Jones Talking About Art and Black Los Angeles: Part 2

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 03.13.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

I recently visited an art exhibit chronicling the legacy of art in Black Los Angeles. The show is called "Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980, " and I sat down to speak with the curator of the exhibit, Kellie Jones. Here's the second part of that conversation.

Now Dig Kellie Jones Talking About Art and Black Los Angeles

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 03.10.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

I recently visited an art exhibit chronicling the legacy of art in Black Los Angeles. The show is at the UCLA Hammer Museum and is called "Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980." I sat down to speak with the curator of the exhibit, Kellie Jones.

Finding New Definitions of Black and White

Maura Cheeks | Posted 11.02.2011 | Black Voices
Maura Cheeks

In school, the lines were clearly drawn -- it was black and white. With what I wore, what I looked like and the fact that I had more white friends than black ones, I was straying too far from what it meant to "act black."

Mayor Bloomberg's Discriminatory Young Black and Latino Men's Initiative

Michael Meyers | Posted 10.09.2011 | New York
Michael Meyers

Mayor Bloomberg's Young Men's Initiative underplays the dire nationwide economic distress which has so many minorities ensnared in poverty -- including minority women and young girls who aren't eligible for the Initiative.

My Africa

Dee Poku | Posted 10.05.2011 | Black Voices
Dee Poku

When people who look like you fill the influential roles in society, the heads of state, the judges, the doctors and the bankers, nothing feels impossible or out of reach.

Being Black Is the New Awesome

Rebecca Carroll | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Rebecca Carroll

Although the economic situation is pretty bleak for black Americans -- the economically vulnerable suffer the most when the economy tanks -- we are ushering in a time when black individual voices are paramount.