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BrotherSpeak: Exploring The Lives Of Black Men

The Washington Post | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices

Through the voices of African American men, The Washington Post unpacks the anger expressed by tens of thousands nationwide in the wake of the deaths ...

To My Unborn Son: Yale Black Men's Union Launch Powerful Photo Campaign

Nicole Angela Tinson | Posted 12.09.2014 | College
Nicole Angela Tinson

The Yale Black Men's Union launched the To My Unborn Son campaign as an intimate conversation with the parents of Michael Brown Jr.

Statement on Grand Jury's Decision in the Death of Eric Garner

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 12.08.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

In the tragic killing of Michael Brown, while there appear to have been credible witnesses, there were no cameras or videos. If we cannot believe our own eyes with what we witnessed on the Eric Garner video, who or what can we believe?

Here Is A Look At Police Killings Cited By Protesters

AP | Posted 12.06.2014 | Black Voices

Several recent killings of black men or boys by police officers across the nation and grand juries' decisions not to indict some of the officers have ...

Ferguson, Garner, and the Paradox of the Black Attorney

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 12.04.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

When the seemingly inevitable failure to indict in the Garner case was made public yesterday, I sat at my desk at the firm where I work, paralyzed. I could no longer truly concentrate on the tasks before me. I needed to talk or plan or organize. I needed to take action. But I couldn't.

Three Reasons Why Black Men Should Openly Carry a Gun

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

These reasons explain how the benefits of black men openly carrying a gun have little to do with advocating the use of such weapons, and everything to do with what displaying the gun will entail and how open-carry laws can help put an end to racial profiling and unarmed deaths.

Young, Black and Powerful

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

There is no doubt that black lives matter to the parents of black children. Our fear is rooted not in our ability to love and provide for them, but rather the realization that comes with daily reminders around us that their lives matter only to us.

Black Men Don't Need a Guardian Angel. We Need Our Guardian Slave.

Trey Ellis | Posted 11.27.2014 | Black Voices
Trey Ellis

From 12 to 50 it's assumed we're packing, assumed that like the Hulk or zombies we possess superhuman, virtually unstoppable destructive power. So where an average citizen may disagree, even argue and berate a police officer, treating them as the public servant that they indeed are, a black man, if he wishes to continue living, must channel his ancestors. His slave ancestors. Today, in a world of black presidents, electric cars and talking iPhones, it's so hard to convince young black men, like my 13-year-old son, that if a police officer merely perceives you are a lethal threat, he may shoot you dead. So what I have to drill into him, since I want him to continue to live, is to listen to his Guardian Slave and be preternaturally polite and respectful no matter how ugly and unreasonable the policeman's demand. Then at least he'll probably only be tased.

Blaming the Victim From a Position of Power

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 11.14.2014 | Black Voices
Marybeth Gasman

The situation at Lincoln University and President Jennings' comments should give us pause and force us to reconsider the messages that we give to young women about rape and sexual assault. Are we supportive, or do we blame the victim? Do our college and university policies protect the survivors (in this case, women), or do they merely protect the institution?

5 Things This Gay Man Learned From Dating Abroad

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 11.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

Eight years, eight cities: Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Bangkok, Berlin, Rome, Tel Aviv, Cape Town and Sydney. And what do I have to show for all that time spent living outside the U.S.? Here are some highlights: at least twice as much romantic drama (and comedy) in half the time I spent in New York City, at least two books, and at least five valuable lessons in love and lust.

Media Often Depicts Black Youth as Criminals, and Rarely as Heroes

Joanna Lee Williams | Posted 10.28.2014 | Black Voices
Joanna Lee Williams

Change is long overdue. But I'm not entirely convinced that we're considering the full range of changes that need to take place.

Responses to 'Black Men Don't Like Black Women'

Courtney Carter | Posted 10.24.2014 | Black Voices
Courtney Carter

I wrote a blog post, a personal reflection, if you will. I am a journalist, so by nature I am curious, always wanting to know other people's stories a...

Black Men Don't Like Black Women

Courtney Carter | Posted 12.14.2014 | Black Voices
Courtney Carter

Everywhere from pop culture to the hood, men are either consciously or subconsciously telling black women they aren't "wanted."

White Marijuana Dealers in DC 20 Times Less Likely to Be Arrested

Amos Irwin | Posted 12.10.2014 | DC
Amos Irwin

The unifying social experience for young black men in Washington, D.C. is not attending college, serving in the military or receiving government assistance -- it is being punished by the criminal justice system.

Brown v. Ferguson: Are We Better Off Separate Than Equal

Torri Stuckey | Posted 11.27.2014 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

In a strange twist of fate, two age-old Civil Rights cases collide in Ferguson, MO -- half a century later. Is it just coincidence? Or could there b...

That Other Syndrome

Laurie Townshend | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Laurie Townshend

You are being distracted from the true debilitating disease plaguing this nation, namely DBLS: Disposable Black Life Syndrome.

Gay, Black and Aging

Steven-Emmanuel Martinez | Posted 11.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Steven-Emmanuel Martinez

For me, getting older has always been a welcomed process -- a pattern that allows me to gauge how I'm evolving, but at the same time it's a process that allows me to mature emotionally, psychologically, and professionally.

All My Life I Had to Fight

Jessica Ann Mitchell | Posted 11.10.2014 | Black Voices
Jessica Ann Mitchell

Often times when there are debates about sexism in the Black community, male counterparts ask, "What privileges do Black men have?" In case you're still wondering, this is what Black male privilege looks like.

Dear White Folks

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Marybeth Gasman

What I know is that unless you are black in America, you can't possibly understand what it's like to be black in America. You can ask questions and you can be empathetic but you can't truly understand being black in America unless you are black.

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

Eternity E Martis | Posted 11.01.2014 | 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 10.26.2014 | 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 10.22.2014 | 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.

How to Rationalize the Deaths of Unarmed Black Men at the Hands of Police: It's the Narrative, Stupid

Phillip Martin | Posted 10.22.2014 | Black Voices
Phillip Martin

The news accounts in recent weeks are tragically similar, from Los Angeles to Staten Island to Ferguson. Unarmed black men killed by police. But four years before anyone knew where Ferguson was located on a map, there was the fatal shooting of Danroy Henry Jr., known to his friends and family as "DJ."

Michael Brown, Son, Student 'Thug'?

Ama Yawson | Posted 10.21.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

The politics of respectability in the black community may not only hinder us from acting and engaging in the constructive protest, lobbying and collective action needed to create a more just society, as it has with respect to the Ferguson protests, but it may also prevent us from simply being and living freely.

This 1950s Photo Essay On Racism In America Is As Relevant As Ever

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.27.2014 | Arts

Going to church. Playing around the house. Window shopping. These are the types of everyday, seemingly innocuous activities that wound up before the l...