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"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 10.08.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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 09.23.2014 | 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 09.19.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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 08.29.2014 | 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 08.27.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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.

Jessica Dickerson

Karyn Parsons Is Spreading The Untold Stories Of Black History

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Black Voices

Hilary Banks from "The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" may not have been known as a fierce advocate for education. But the actress who played her sure is. ...

Remembering Slain Civil Rights Workers, 50 Years Later

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 08.23.2014 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Fifty years later we must make a sacred pledge to honor this legacy by recommitting ourselves to those ideals that James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner lost their lives on behalf of all of us who are alive today.

11 African American Artists Who Shaped The Civil Rights Movement

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.05.2014 | Arts

In the 1960s and 1970s the American nation was forever changed as the demand for civil rights inspired protest, unity and radical action. As with many...

Villa Lewaro: The Future of Madam C. J. Walker's Historic Estate

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 08.02.2014 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by Brent Leggs, Senior Field Officer The National Treasure reception in Irvington N.Y., May 2014 In Irvington, N.Y., there stands Madam C. ...

African-American Vs. Gay Civil Rights Is A False Choice

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.20.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

A coalition of black pastors filed an amicus brief in Michigan's gay marriage trial last Wednesday. The group hope to defeat efforts to make same-sex marriage legal in Michigan and in the brief they particularly rejected comparisons between the gay civil rights movement and the struggle for African Americans in this country.

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.