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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.

The Next Chapter for Villa Lewaro, Madam C.J. Walker's "Dream of Dreams"

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 10.20.2014 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

What if you could take a private tour of the site, followed by a high-end spa experience? Or host a formal wedding or company retreat there? These are just a few of the concepts for reusing one of the premiere landmarks in African-American and women's history, and the moment is now to bring the ideas to life.

Southern Clergy Voices Signal A Shift Throughout The Black Community

Rev. Cedric A. Harmon | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Cedric A. Harmon

For many, the very idea of an African American pastor or clergyperson publicly embracing LGBT equality is unimaginable. You know the story; the Black Church is conservative and homophobic. That story is shifting.

Why Ebola Isn't Stopping Me From Going to Africa Right Now

Ernest Owens | Posted 10.16.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

As I begin to look forward to what awaits me in the Motherland, my Facebook timeline and social media accounts are filled with ignorance and caution about any and everything African.

The Incomparable Faith Evans

Stephen Grant | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Stephen Grant

Faith Evans is on a high celebrating 20 years in R&B music. Yet, before executive producing the R&B Divas reality TV franchise or becoming a NY Times best-selling author, the soulful singer from Newark entered the music scene as the first female artist signed to Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs' Bad Boy label back in the early '90s

Lacking Leadership, Pennsylvania Backs Prisons Over Pupils

David A. Love | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
David A. Love

Misplaced priorities and a profit motive are starving the schools, in the midst of the state's impressive prison expansion.

The 'Street Merchant' Paradox: Black Women's Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Torri Stuckey | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

How do we restore the institution of marriage within the black community? The lines of communication between black men and women have to improve.

Ensuring the Voices of Government Reflect the People They Represent

Cristóbal Joshua Alex | Posted 10.14.2014 | Latino Voices
Cristóbal Joshua Alex

This is not just about electing black and Latino leaders to local, state and national office, but also holding those leaders accountable -- setting an agenda and building the type of power to ensure policies and laws reflect our values and needs.

White Fragility and White Violence in America

Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D. | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion
Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D.

Just as sexual violence is a male problem, so too is racism a white problem. White Americans are complicit in -- and the primary beneficiaries of -- a system that dehumanizes and erases black lives.

A Legacy of Praying Women

L. Y. Marlow | Posted 10.09.2014 | Religion
L. Y. Marlow

I think back on that day my mother stared into the abyss, as though she could still see the stitches that cinched her chest, I thank God that she was a praying woman.

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.

Net Neutrality Matters to Communities of Color

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 10.08.2014 | Black Voices
Rep. Keith Ellison

An open Internet protects opportunities for communities of color. It lets people report on injustice and organize to confront it. It lets artists and creators tell their own stories, rather than depending on traditional media to decide which stories are worth telling.

More Than a Label

S. L. Young | Posted 10.06.2014 | Black Voices
S. L. Young

Remember that a word can only be a limiter if it's believed to be a true descriptor of you; therefore, define and live by your own positive words to help make your dreams and others come true.

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

Torri Stuckey | Posted 10.06.2014 | 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...

Who Shot Mya?: One Story of Activism & Resilience in Ferguson

J Mase III | Posted 10.03.2014 | Black Voices
J Mase III

I don't want for anything -- I do know however, that there will be a change in how people conduct themselves, how officers of the law conduct themselves, how we view others in society and how we form identities in the 21st century.

We Need Another Eric Holder

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

What would this country look like if we had not more guns, nor more fear of each other, but more trust? Trust, when broken, takes time and will and work to (re)-establish. We need you Eric Holder, and another like you. We need thousands of leaders and citizens like you.

The Equalizer

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.25.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The last time they worked together, Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua conjured up Training Day. Now, the successful duo goes back to the well once more for another powerful and violent movie. Do they yield the same results?

That Other Syndrome

Laurie Townshend | Posted 09.25.2014 | Black Voices
Laurie Townshend

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

What Can You Do For Brown?

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 09.24.2014 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

We have tried peaceful protest. We have tried civil unrest and "riots." We have tried documentaries, lectures, sit-ins and speeches. We have tried feature films. Yet it is still not enough. Our lives, Black lives, specifically Black male lives are not on par with those of soon to be minority white lives in this country.

Maureen Ryan

Shonda Rhimes, The New York Times And Why We Need 'Black-ish'

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 09.26.2014 | Entertainment

It was pretty clever of ABC to get the New York Times to do stealth marketing for the network's promising new comedy, "Black-ish," which premieres Wed...

Michael Brown and Me: Profiling, Preachers and Tasers

Bishop George Bloomer | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion
Bishop George Bloomer

Is there any fairness in the American justice system? Can people of every racial/ethnic group be confident that they will receive equal treatment under the law? The shooting of Michael Brown raises these questions and more.

Gen X'ers Are Greatly Concenred About Future Financial Prospects

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
Elwood D. Watson

The generation of divorced parents, (many, not all of us), latch key kids, victims of fluctuations in the nations' economy, sporadic international crisis, deadly sexually transmitted diseases and other significant milestones will turn 50 years old next year!

The Economic Recovery in Black, White, and Brown

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Mechele Dickerson

While some households and neighborhoods have recovered from the recession, most black and Latino households and neighborhoods are still waiting to recover.

Warrior in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS: Photographer Duane Cramer (AUDIO/VIDEO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 09.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

Since being diagnosed with HIV 18 years ago, Duane Cramer has become a tireless advocate for HIV awareness and education, using his photography and creative skills to bring attention to the disease.

Ferguson and the Dilemma of Black Journalists

Sofiya Ballin | Posted 09.12.2014 | Black Voices
Sofiya Ballin

It seems there hasn't been this many black journalists on TV since Trayvon Martin and therein lies the problem. Diversity in the newsroom is not only a necessity but needs to be constant.