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Playing MLK: Actor David Oyelowo on Selma

Nell Minow | Posted 12.18.2014 | Entertainment
Nell Minow

In Selma, we see the most private moments of Dr. King with his wife, their relationship strained by his activism and the risks he is taking, and by tapes the FBI sent to Mrs. King revealing her husband's affairs. Oyelowo explained why those scenes were "a gift" to him as an actor.

What Actually Happened With Rosa Parks Is Not What You Learned In School

www.upworthy.com | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices

We all learned about Rosa Parks in grade school. But do you know the full story? ...

The Pathology of The Magical Negro Narrative in Mike Brown Ruling

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Sheena C. Howard

This is consistent with the cultural logic that makes it okay in America to use brutal force when confronted by a Black villain. Thus, how can a grand jury indict Officer Darren Wilson when he was battling The Hulk?

The Discussion on Capitalizing the 'B' in 'Black' Continues

Barrett Holmes Pitner | Posted 11.24.2014 | Black Voices
Barrett Holmes Pitner

Last week The New York Times published "The Case for Black With a Capital B," an op-ed by Professor Lori L. Tharps. I congratulate her for opening a conversation that is long overdue, a conversation that goes to the heart of how a large group of Americans with the most difficult of histories has struggled to express itself and gain greater agency in American society.

Blackness In Brazil: A Hidden History of Prejudice

João Paulo Porto | Posted 11.19.2014 | Black Voices
João Paulo Porto

I have a Black patient from a poor family, 8 years old, who is absurdly intelligent. His mother, equally intelligent, created, of her own accord, a fa...

Why The Whiteness Project Terrifies Me

Arielle Newton | Posted 11.06.2014 | Black Voices
Arielle Newton

When I hear of The Whiteness Project, I cringe because I see it as a vehicle to proffer ridiculous stereotypes about Black people and minorities. The participants all seem to embrace harmful stereotypes about minorities, while subjecting themselves to false victimhood.

The Pivotal Black History of St. Augustine, Florida

David Paul Appell | Posted 10.24.2014 | Travel
David Paul Appell

It behooves us all to take another look at the bravery, the agony, and the hope of that very different time, and do what we can to reabsorb its lessons.

"Do Big Things": Madam C.J. Walker's Great-Great-Granddaughter on History, Ancestors, and Villa Lewaro

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 10.22.2014 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Left: A portrait of Madam Walker; Right: A'Lelia Bundles, Walker's great-great-granddaughter. Written by A'Lelia Bundles Every time I walk throu...

'Be Relentless in Your Dreams': DooBop Founder Jodie Patterson on Madame C.J. Walker

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 10.22.2014 | Style
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Madam Walker rose above race, gender equality, and social justice to build a beauty empire that she intended to be a benefit to her race long after her time. She was a visionary, with a foresight that is today, unmatched.

My Full-circle Moment With Madam C.J. Walker's Legacy

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 10.20.2014 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Here was a woman, a black woman no less, making tremendous strides in business in a time before women even had the right to vote.

I Am Ali

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.08.2014 | Sports
Dwight Brown

"I am the greatest!" Who can forget the cocky trademark phrase that was delivered by the most endearing boxer of all time? Retracing Muhammad Ali's vibrant life is an opportunity for audiences to reexamine American history.

The Erasure of 'Gay' From Black History & the Black Community Must Stop

Alvin McEwen | Posted 12.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

This leaves me feeling as if the events of black history, which are supposed to be a part of my heritage, are nothing more than hand-me-downs donated to me out of charity because there are very few, if any, events which are specific to me as an LGBT person of color.

From Righteous Indignation to Collective Mobilization: This Can Be Our 'Ferguson Fall'

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 11.30.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Let us look back at that transformative, defining moment of the historic Mississippi Summer to guide us toward a better future. Let there be a "Ferguson Fall," where we put a plan in place to ensure that every eligible person is registered to vote and educated on the importance of doing so.

Ferguson: We Are Not All Having the Same Experience

Allison Hill | Posted 11.23.2014 | Books
Allison Hill

When my mother was four years old, she met a black person for the first time. After shaking the woman's hand, she looked at her own to see if any of the 'black' had rubbed off. She shared this story with me when I was growing up to illustrate what a white world she was raised in.

Emancipating Freedom

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 11.19.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

James Forten's vision -- and the many courageous stories of others along the Delaware -- remind us that freedoms are hard won by those willing to sacrifice to make the world a better place.

Lost Interview Of Michael Jackson Talking About His 'Destiny' Resurfaces

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 09.17.2014 | Black Voices

In January 1980, Michael Jackson was 21. He had not yet released "Thriller," nor had he been crowned King of Pop or inducted into the Rock and Roll Ha...

Lies My Corporate Ed Reformers Told Me: The Truth About Teacher Tenure and the Civil Rights Movement

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

When so called "reformers" like Campbell Brown try to make the case that tenure extends teachers an unfair guarantee of employment unlike other public servants, she is more than stretching the truth.

Remembering Madam CJ Walker as Organizations Work to Preserve Her Estate

Rhonesha Byng | Posted 10.29.2014 | Black Voices
Rhonesha Byng

Most people tend to fawn over celebrities, but I'm the type of person who is more so enthralled with everyday people who overcome extraordinary obstacles to achieve something that seems impossible.

Ferguson Children Sent Inspiring And Educational Gift

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 08.28.2014 | Black Voices

As troubling images of African-Americans are perpetuated in media and as outrage surrounding the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Fergus...

Seeing the Humanity of "The Other"

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M. | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.

We see and hear stories about the first days of school, school shopping, the buying of books, and the concern, hope, and joy, for those in preschool, kindergarten, middle school, high school, and college

America's Rancid History

Dan Agin | Posted 10.26.2014 | Education
Dan Agin

Here is a place in the road Where barefoot whites are looking at barefoot blacks Looking hard and looking close Looking and peering and a rubbing of c...

Get On Up

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.29.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Warts and all, in fits and starts, finally the Hardest Working Man in Show Business gets his story told.

Forgotten Black Mormons Reclaim Their Place In History Of The LDS Church

Salt Lake Tribune | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Green Flake was in the vanguard company of Mormon pioneers in 1847, driving a wagon into the Salt Lake Valley with LDS prophet Br...

Creative Resistance: A Study of the Free Southern Theater

Shani Jamila | Posted 09.14.2014 | Arts
Shani Jamila

As the country marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the landmark voting rights initiative that took place throughout the state of Mississippi in 1964, it's important to note the key but often overlooked role the arts and culture community played in the social change of that era.

No, Gay Isn't the New Black

Ernest Owens | Posted 09.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

Gay rights are important and should be mandated at the utmost degree. However, recognize that they are not, nor ever will have, the same level of struggle or oppression that have plagued this country for hundreds of years.