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Tariq Nasheed on the Current State of Affairs in the Black Community

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 08.13.2014 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism, directed and produced by author and documentary filmmaker Tariq Nasheed, explores racism in a way it previously hasn't been explored.

Protect and Serve? I Have Some Questions

Anthony Otero | Posted 08.12.2014 | Black Voices
Anthony Otero

The motto of many police departments across the United States is to "Protect and Serve," correct? Who is being served and who is being protected?

End the Open Season: On Black Folks, Violence and Remembrance

Jay Dodd | Posted 08.15.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

From cultural appropriation and media condemnation to the physical brutality and slaughter, Blackness in America, though mirrored globally, is unjustly marked by violence.

God's Most Gifted...

Craig Stewart | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

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Dear Black Gay Men, Don't Get Comfortable

Jay Dodd | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Jay Dodd

When performing black femininity at the request of white or non-black spaces, we are continuing the violence against black women. Without reconciling the privilege of masculinity, we are continuing that violence. Letting our white gay counterparts parade black femininity only reproduces the problem.

College Bound: Changing Lives Through Education

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

As grown-ups, we forget the power that we have to influence the adolescents that look up to us. We sit behind our televisions or computers and complain about the state of young America. However, we rarely lift a finger to change the existing condition or make a real difference.

A Child Is Listening: Your Homophobia's Real Impact

Jarrett Hill | Posted 06.08.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett Hill

To the ladies who felt the man was "a waste" and a "damn shame" for possibly being gay, I pray that there isn't a child who will read your words online or hear them from your mouth.

Activists Seek to Impeach Philly's First Black D.A.

Christopher Norris | Posted 04.19.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

Seth Williams, who was hired by the citizens of Philadelphia to prosecute the guilty as well as protect the innocent in his role as District Attorney, is not very popular these days; in fact some of his bosses, the taxpayers, are calling for his job.

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...

Nelson Mandela: A Good Man

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 02.04.2014 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Though I had adopted the title of "African" American like most of my relations in the Diaspora, I was never more aware of how little I really knew about Africa and this African hero than I was on that day in 1990 he was freed from prison as the whole world watched.

Female CEO Provides Communities with Year-Round Culture

Christopher Norris | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

In addition to parents being accountable for exposing their children to meaningful programs, the mother of two says there's a role for the elected official to play in promoting engagement.

An Open Letter to Kylie (formerly known as Keisha) Austin

Chevonne Harris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Chevonne Harris

Hello Kylie, while I understand your rationalization to change your name from Keisha to Kylie, I must say I was quite saddened by your final decision.

Rap Video Sends Powerful Message About Stop And Frisk

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.16.2013 | New York

Controversial New York City laws permitting the use of stop-and-frisks have ignited controversy, raising concerns over racial profiling and privacy v...

A Mental Health Moment After the Trial

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Linda Harding-Bond

It's good to rally and march; coming together for a common cause can be mentally and emotionally healing. But right now, I do not want to be approached by anyone who does not look like me to discuss the verdict.

The N-Word and Other Stones

Gillian Clark | Posted 08.31.2013 | DC
Gillian Clark

As black people, we've come to not expect too much from white America. Paula Deen's use of the N word and her plans for a plantation wedding fit right in.

Are You Happy? Surprising Number Of Americans Say No

Posted 05.30.2013 | Black Voices

Sometimes, a simple reminder that you're in control will do, but according to a recent survey from Harris Poll, happiness is based on more than just m...

What Black People Can Learn From the LGBT Community

Gil Robertson | Posted 07.15.2013 | Black Voices
Gil Robertson

It's simple: people work better together than alone. To believe that you can stand alone and navigate the world by yourself might be a liberating experience, but at the end of the day it usually adds up to a poor day at the races.

Obama's America: Transcending Whiteness

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 08.19.2012 | Black Voices
Ian Reifowitz

For the first time in our history, more than half the babies being born in the United States are non-white. This milestone signals a new chapter in the centuries-long struggle over who is included in what we call "the American people."

21 Things You'll Never See Black People Doing in Horror Movies

Orlando Jones | Posted 06.23.2012 | Comedy
Orlando Jones

Split up to look for somebody. If you got separated from the group you deserve to die.

Hip Hop: Time to Occupy It

Jerry Ashton | Posted 03.24.2012 | Black Voices
Jerry Ashton

In Ernie Paniccioli's mind, what originated as a "voice for the voiceless" has become just one more way for Wall Street to extract money from people's pockets. Essentially, he feels the black community is being subjected to the tyrannical equivalent of the musical 1 percent.

POLL: Do Clothes Reflect Your Race?

Posted 12.17.2011 | Black Voices

Do clothes reflect your race? This is the question being explored in a new study entitled “Looking the Part: Social Status Cues Shape Race Perce...

Watch: What If Michael Vick Were White?

Posted 10.26.2011 | Sports

An ESPN article asking if Michael Vick, the NFL quarterback who was convicted of dog-fighting offenses, would have been treated differently if he was ...

Al Sharpton on MSNBC Presents Both Risk and Opportunities for Black America

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 10.24.2011 | Media
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Al Sharpton's presence on MSNBC will hopefully open the door for black journalists to find access to the platforms that continue to evade them.

Black In Latin America: Brazil's Complex View Of Race And Color

The Root | Posted 06.11.2011 | World

Brazil once touted itself as free of racism. It turns out that the truth was more complicated -- a lot more complicated. In his new PBS series, The Ro...

On Black Men

Rebecca Carroll | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Carroll

Despite the hope, as a parent raising a black son in a country very presently immersed in the horrific beauty of racial change and evolution, I am careful to remind him that there are still fences.