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Black Identity

WATCH: Why Many Dominicans Don't See Themselves As Black

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 06.10.2014 | Black Voices

Henry Louis Gates is no stranger to conversations about black identity. The latest piece of his PBS documentary series -- “Black in Latin America...

What Kind of Slave Would You Have Been?

Theodore Johnson | Posted 06.08.2014 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

For most Americans, 12 Years provided a glimpse into the humanity that inflicted and endured the institution of slavery. For many blacks, however, the experience was a sort of out-of-body, first-person experience.

Striking Photos Challenge The Way We See Blackness

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 02.13.2014 | Black Voices

Who is Black? What is Blackness? In a country where the face of the future is becoming ever more ethnically ambiguous, Blackness must be recognize...

Human Rights and Tourism: Why I Will Not Visit the Dominican Republic

Kumera Genet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

I was playing as a musician in a merengue band at the time and one of the parents joked that I should take a trip if I liked Dominican culture so much. For now, this visit is no longer in my plans because the Dominican Government has decided to treat a group of its people in a manner that I can't ignore.

Dominican Colorism

Claudio E. Cabrera | Posted 11.10.2013 | Latino Voices
Claudio E. Cabrera

Growing up, my "Dominicaness" was questioned because of my complexion despite the majority of baseball stars resembling me. I had to prove I was Dominican by speaking Spanish. I endured N-word taunts. I almost felt like I had to go through an obstacle course to prove I was Dominican.

Why Race Is More Than Just A Checked Box

Elaine Vilorio | Posted 09.28.2013 | Teen
Elaine Vilorio

When I started researching the relationship of Blackness and Latin American identity for a school project, I didn't expect to end up with more questions than when I began. Ultimately, I realized something that I thought I already knew: race is a hell of a complicated subject matter.

On Blackness and Queerness

Charles Stephens | Posted 08.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

Identifying as queer felt like the best way to bring together my identities as someone who is black, male but not conventionally masculine, desiring of other men but not exclusively, and working-class, with an inclination toward the sexually transgressive.

Why I Came Clean About Who I REALLY Am

Elaine Vilorio | Posted 07.23.2013 | Teen
Elaine Vilorio

I'm Black. After many years in the closet, after many years of breathing that stale air of self-denial, I can finally say this.