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Black Males

What the Michael Brown Case Tells Us About Women, Fear, and Black Males

Eternity E Martis | Posted 09.02.2014 | Black Voices
Eternity E Martis

In our daily interactions with news and pop culture as well as anti-racist movements and protests, Black men become the representation of violence in America. However, Black women seem to fade into the background, as do the women who have raised them, cared for them, and loved them.

The Purge Isn't Just a Movie When You're Unarmed and Black

Christopher Norris | Posted 08.26.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

For the majority of unarmed black folks who everyday fear for their lives, despite them doing nothing wrong, my advice to you is stop leaving the house unarmed. Arm yourself with knowledge of the system, civics and politics

Teach Young Black Men 'The Lesson' and Save Their Lives

Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq. | Posted 08.22.2014 | Black Voices
Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq.

When my sons got their driver's licenses, I wasn't worried about the high cost of auto insurance or what car was best for them. I was terrified of what they would experience driving while black. It was time for "The Lesson" on how to survive when stopped by police.

The Second Slaying of Michael Brown

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.17.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The instant the news broke that 18-year-old Michael Brown was slain by a Ferguson, Missouri cop the inevitable happened. Police officials dusted off a well-worn "cover themselves" template.

Why I Can't Watch the Video of the NYPD Murdering Eric Garner

Christopher Norris | Posted 09.19.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

Taxpayer-funded hate crimes, like the murder of Eric Garner, is particularly traumatizing to blacks who are already distrustful of police.

Black Philadelphians and Their Ungodly Fear of Police

Christopher Norris | Posted 09.17.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

To hell with political correctness, it's time to talk about the black elephant in the room.

Why Philadelphia Is Ground Zero for Problems and Opportunity

Christopher Norris | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

From its cash-strapped school district and embattled police department, to its eye-popping poverty and unemployment rates, Philly presents real challenges and opportunities for those bold active citizens who dare to engage and transform the system.

How Parents Tell Their Kids They Have No Value

Christopher Norris | Posted 09.06.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

Growing up I heard countless adults say: "children are to be seen and not heard."

On Donald Glover, Weirdos and the Myth of the Black Male Narrative

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 07.14.2014 | Black Voices
Shane Paul Neil

Please know that I love Jay's music. He is quite possible the greatest rapper to ever step into a booth. But somewhere along the line his story (fatherless child turned drug dealer turned mogul) became the only acceptable answer to what is the "real" black male experience.

What Diddy Delivered To Howard Grads

Roderick Carey | Posted 07.12.2014 | Black Voices
Roderick Carey

Yes, he did briefly attend Howard, studying for a business degree, but left after only two years to pursue his music dreams. Would his message to graduates undermine their hard work in earning their degrees?

7 Lies We Need To Stop Telling About Young African-American Men

PolicyMic | Posted 04.17.2014 | Black Voices

Last week Long Island teenager Kwasi Enin captured national headlines after becoming part of an impressive club: high school seniors who have been acc...

Young Black Men Send A Serious Message In A Stylish Way

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 04.16.2014 | Black Voices

A group of young Black and Latino men are letting the world know that they are far from the image of violent, uneducated and unkempt individuals that ...

My Gay Brother's Keeper

Ben Francisco Maulbeck | Posted 06.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Ben Francisco Maulbeck

We need to build systems that support and reinforce these strengths so that more gay, bi, and trans men of color can succeed in a world that too often rejects them.

Consequences When African-American Boys Are Seen As Older

NPR | Posted 03.20.2014 | Black Voices

Many teens are in a hurry to grow up. Now research suggests that African-American boys are more likely to be viewed as adults than white boys. Social ...

The Dream of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Hope of President Barack Obama

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 05.15.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

For Black History Month, we honor the lives of African Americans that worked diligently to create a better America in the name of equality. Though the...

President Obama's Brother Crisis

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.04.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The explosion of gangsta rap and the spate of Hollywood violence themed ghetto films have convinced even more Americans that the thug lifestyle is the black lifestyle. It makes little difference whether a young black is a Rhodes Scholar.

Many Blacks Misfire on Jordan Davis

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.20.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The hard reality is that whether it's an Obama or a Holder or a Davis or Martin, the lines are hopelessly blurred in the eyes of many who still see them not as a law abiding citizen but a thug, deviant, and societal menace.

What Black Boys in Chicago Can Learn from Shani Davis

Kelsey Minor | Posted 04.05.2014 | Chicago
Kelsey Minor

With the Winter Olympics about to kick off in Sochi, I came across Chicago native Shani Davis and I thought what an honest and perfect example to boys of color in a city so hampered down by violence.

Richard Sherman's Rant Again Blew the Hinge Off the Door of Racial Stereotypes

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.23.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The instant his verbal explosion of an interview hit, the predictable quickly happened with Seattle Seahawks all-pro cornerback Richard Sherman. In fact two predictable things happened with him in the aftermath of the interview.

Not That Talented

Charles Cole III | Posted 03.02.2014 | Black Voices
Charles Cole III

I need to actively break down these cognitive barriers that society firmly supplants into the psyche of our children, hell, of our men, young and old.

What Mandela Meant to an 8-Year-Old Boy: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Roderick Carey | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Roderick Carey

Nationally, we had Martin, Marcus, and Malcolm. Now we added Mandela among the giants of justice.

Nuturing the Dreams of Black Boys

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 02.06.2014 | Black Voices
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

Although my parents did not have the financial resources to underwrite the interests of my 10 siblings and me, as my spouse and I did for our son, they understood better than many parents that the primary role of parents is to nurture the dreams of their children.

Finding Justice for the Trayvons of the World

Janai S. Nelson | Posted 09.14.2013 | Black Voices
Janai S. Nelson

The disheartening yet unsurprising result in the Trayvon Martin case has been the subject of incessant conversations with both French and American friends in France, where I am working presently. What has struck me in these discussions is how universal a tragedy the Trayvon Martin story is.

Study May Have Found Key To Closing The Gap Between White And Black Graduation Rates

Posted 04.10.2013 | Black Voices

The chips are stacked against black males trying to make it through school and experts have pointed to everything from the Great Recession to the 1980...

Images of Black Males in Popular Media

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 05.14.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Negative representations of black males are readily visible and conveyed to the public through the news, film, music videos, reality television and other forms of media. These stereotypical, one-dimensional characters negate the broader and deeper experience of black life.