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Being Gay in the Workplace Is About More Than ENDA

Dominique Mann | Posted 04.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Dominique Mann

People shouldn't only wait on Congress to help America's gay employees. Real change from any power stature requires uncomfortable conversations and the audacity to unabashedly accept others for who they are.

P. Diddy -- Likely Wrong Choice For Howard U. Commencement Address

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 04.22.2014 | Black Voices
Morris W. O'Kelly

Although not a deal-breaker, Combs' history is still relevant in the sense of the message it sends to those unable to actually hear him May 10. There are more reasons to give pause and maybe even the side-eye to Combs' appearance than to applaud the selection.

Thinking Beyond the Box

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 04.22.2014 | Education
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

Those of us who are staunch advocates of HBCUs must not allow our support to impede a critical, yet objective analysis of what these institutions must do to become more competitive and responsive.

Weakness Isn't an Option

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 04.18.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

It seems that oftentimes, when we speak about notions of manhood, we view the topic with a limited scope. We talk about the "man box," with references...

Stephen B. Steward Unleashes a "Whole Heart" in Debut Album

Ernest Owens | Posted 04.14.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

It took 53 years for Smithville, Mississippi native Stephen B. Steward to know when he hit "the right time." While many men his age are looking for...

Winning the Future for Women in Politics and Service

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

As a country, we are failing in our efforts to include women in national and local politics while subjecting politicians to insufferable forms of sexism

Gifted and Talented

Regina Porter | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
Regina Porter

It is our habit and our pleasure to read books every day, but sometimes, cultural capital comes outside a binder or a box. It ripples over the bubbles on standardized tests. Tests are a given--they will always exist. But higher learning takes on myriad forms and often reveals itself in people, places and situations we least expect.

Race and Sex at HBCUs

Marcus Lee | Posted 03.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Marcus Lee

These questions -- and many more -- complicate simplistic narratives of sexuality and help to debunk the idea that one can quantify LGBT friendliness.

This Year For Lent, I Decided to Give Up My Feelings

J Mase III | Posted 03.26.2014 | Religion
J Mase III

Privilege is a powerful drug. It lets us ignore the harm we cause to others by our indifference, and wants to multiply with our desire to self-preserve.

Stop It! There Is No Excuse for Invoking His Name When Criticizing Opponents!

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics
Elwood D. Watson

Kesha Rogers is a 37-year-old Black political activist from Texas who is running for the U.S Senate representing the state's 22nd congressional distri...

Being White in Philly St. Patrick's Day Weekend

j.n. salters | Posted 03.18.2014 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

As I continued to make my way down the shit show covered in shamrocks, I asked myself, what if all these people outside were black?

Single Moms Club: Tyler Perry Still Has a Problem With (Black) Women

Olivia Cole | Posted 03.17.2014 | Black Voices
Olivia Cole

The only way a single mom can be happy, Perry tells us, is by ceasing to be a single mom.

Even With the Oscars, Race Still Rears Its Ugly, Divisive Head

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 03.12.2014 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

Seeing McQueen jumping up and down after giving his acceptance speech was both slightly amusing but very much more heartwarming. At that moment, he was well aware of the fact that he (along with his writing staff and fellow producers) had shattered previous all-white domination of this category.

Comic Book Guy

Savas Abadsidis | Posted 03.11.2014 | Books
Savas Abadsidis

Hannibal Tabu has been the longtime writer of The Buy Pile at Comic Book Resources, and one of the closest things to a popular literary critic there i...

How Did Actor Barry Floyd of BET's The Game Finagle His Way in to an Apartment?

Ilana Rapp | Posted 03.11.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

"My advice to anyone just starting out in this business, and to people who haven't gotten their start yet, is not to give up and not to be discouraged by disappointment. It's a long journey."

Using Social Media to Spark On Campus Dialogue

Catherine Okafor | Posted 03.10.2014 | College
Catherine Okafor

For quite some time many have warned of the dangers of abusing social media by posting all the wrong things, however, some are using it the right way....

De Blasio: First Do No Harm

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 03.07.2014 | New York
Kevin P. Chavous

This week thousands of parents and students marched to save their schools and fight for the right of every child to receive a quality education. The march was in response to the mayor's newly announced charter school co-location policy.

Generation "Why-Can't-I-Have-It-Right-Now?!"

Kelsey Minor | Posted 03.07.2014 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

It's something I've always known, but since moving to New York City my eyes have really been opened to the truth of a generation that lacks energy, fo...

Maureen Ryan

The Best Networks Have Terrible Records On Diversity

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 03.24.2014 | TV

Since its debut in January, HBO's "True Detective" has captured a great deal of attention, all of it richly deserved. In the past month, the Intern...

Notes From the Road: Little Rock

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 03.05.2014 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

Delita Martin's sharp relief prints bring together history, memory and imagination to create images of African-American women that serve as icons of strength and community.

Booker T. Washington Inspires Barack

William H. Turner | Posted 03.04.2014 | Black Voices
William H. Turner

President Obama encouraged the likes of the young men of color staged behind him last week at the White House to turn adversity into advantage.

Mainstream American Media, This Isn't a Black Man Ranting

Ernest Owens | Posted 03.02.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

As a young, black male, I have endured the constant belittlement and disregard for men that look like myself on your TV screens and websites. Every time I see a male public figure of color speak about education, race, politics and society, they are labeled as giving a 'rant.'

Pray Less, Do More

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 02.28.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

Sadly, there isn't a shortage of tragedies in black communities. Read any newspaper in any part of the country, from Detroit to Omaha to Chicago to Ne...

White Christians: Please Stop Denying Your Privilege

Emily Timbol | Posted 02.27.2014 | Religion
Emily Timbol

My privilege smacked me in the face when Jordan Davis was killed. It was in my city... on a street I drive often... at a gas station I've been a patron at. This wasn't something I was removed from. It happened in my hometown.

The Complex History of African Americans and the Academy Awards

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 02.26.2014 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

The fact is that the Oscars have been a mainstay in American popular culture and have been influential in the lives of a number of black entertainers and I, like millions of people all over the world will be tuning in on March 2nd to see who will take home an Academy Award.