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Dwight Brown | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Andre Allen (Rock) is a hip New York-based stand-up comedian who has stretched his talents thin. He's in a plethora of movies; none are particularly good, though they have brought him fame and fortune.

The End of the Innocence: A Letter to Dr. William Henry Cosby

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 11.24.2014 | Black Voices
Stuart Rhoden

Dear Dr. Cosby, I grew up in the 1970s and 1980s and am one of your children. Of course, not one of your biological children, but rather one of the millions of kids who were Black, Brown, urban, middle class or any number of diverse upbringings who were deeply influenced by your shows and your comedy.

Beyond the Lights

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.12.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Quick Rihanna, check to see if someone stole your diary. This ode to young black chanteuses fighting personal demons feels like the story of her life.

All Appropriation Everything: IHOP Joins List of Cultural-Appropriation Offenders

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 11.06.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Over the last few months, corporations have found a new way to gain attention on Twitter: tweeting rap lyrics and other allusions to hip-hop culture. The culprit that has most popularly surfaced across Twitter timelines is IHOP, which tweets edited versions of lyrics from songs by artists such as Drake, Trinidad James, and Bobby Shmurda.

The Bill O'Reilly/Jon Stewart Brouhaha: Denial Is a River in the Right-Wing Mind

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.20.2014 | Media
Andy Schmookler

People like Bill O'Reilly call upon people to raise themselves up while helping keep a foot on their necks.

Dear White People

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

In his debut feature film, writer/director Justin Simien's perceptive observances take no prisoners.

Childish Gambino Unleashes Furious Freestyle, Talks Drake And Race

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment

Sitting down with Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg, Childish Gambino freestyled over Hit-Boy and HS87's "Grindin' My Whole Life," and, as one has come to expe...

Black Women Speak Out Against White Gay Men For 'Stealing' Their Culture

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices

A recent article criticizing white gay men for perpetuating "aggravating" and "damaging" stereotypes of black women has sparked many conversations abo...

Regarding Culture Thieves

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Diversity is no mere slogan, but a challenging reality. Respect that is not reciprocated is subservience. As I would not have your beliefs imposed on me, so I must not impose mine on you. This is part of the social contract.

Dear Gays: UNITE

Justin C. Young | Posted 09.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Justin C. Young

We just made it through another month of Gay Pride and how far have we truly come?

WATCH: 'The Rules Of Racism' Film Trailer You Need To See

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.16.2014 | Black Voices

One summer documentary is tackling the topic of American racism head on. "Hidden Colors" -- a documentary series about the cultural history of Afr...

Questlove: 'Hip-Hop Has Failed Black America'

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Questlove has grown weary of artists at the top of the hip-hop hierarchy making art that mostly celebrates being at the top of the hip-hop hierarchy -- meaningless, cynical stuff created and packaged to appeal to the masses.

Twoness: Black Biculturalism

Cierra Lockett | Posted 06.22.2014 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

I love soul food and sushi. Eve's Bayou and Gone with the Wind. Josephine Baker and Audrey Hepburn. Kanye West and Maroon 5. Some will accept it, some won't, but most importantly, I do.

FUBU, Daymond John and White People Who Mock Black Culture

Olivia Cole | Posted 06.04.2014 | 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 04.22.2014 | 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 04.21.2014 | 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 04.21.2014 | 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, ...