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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.

The Gift of Love and Memory

Morgan Jerkins | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion
Morgan Jerkins

Naturally, as the years progress, we expect health issues to arise, but not this. His previous health issues had been in remission for thirty years. Not our Z. He was too smart to have his brain shrink.

You Should Love Beyonce!

Giselle Phelps | Posted 09.05.2014 | Black Voices
Giselle Phelps

You should love Beyonce. Yeah, that's right. I said you should love Beyonce. You shouldn't love her because she's beautiful. You don't even need to like her music. You should love Beyonce, because she's a black woman at the top of her game. We need it.

By Limiting Inclusion, NFL Loses On Diversity

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 09.08.2014 | Sports
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

The NFL should recognize that the degrees of separation between overt bigotry and unconscious biases may be few, and the effects equally harmful. If a team failed to draft Sam based on his sexual orientation, the team discriminated against him and should consider the rightness of its actions.

Products I Stole From My Curlfriends

Justine Kay | Posted 09.04.2014 | Style
Justine Kay

I see oodles of products promising weightless, frizz free curls with bounce, movement and volume. Sounds fantastic for my natural girls, but I see very few companies directing their messages to women with relaxed hair.

Public Education's Deeper Purpose

Eric Cooper | Posted 09.03.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Alexis de Tocqueville's powerful observation in "Democracy in America," was that the foundation for American democracy and our common community is ".....

A Step to Addressing Race and Building Trust After Ferguson

Patience B. Peabody | Posted 08.28.2014 | Black Voices
Patience B. Peabody

I believe that having hard conversations is hard because we haven't put ignorance in its proper place. Ignorance has become synonymous with choice and that's not always true. If I can't ask an ignorant question, how will I become enlightened to the truth?

The Reality Of Raising African-American Boys In America

Christopher Thangaraj | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Christopher Thangaraj

Despite good grades, accomplishments, pleasant manners and common sense, many of our sons are seen as aggressive or prone to violence. When they transgress, as kids will always do, they are judged on a double standard.

Hopeful Teaching and Learning: The One Who Makes a Difference

Eric Cooper | Posted 08.26.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

May teachers seeking to rekindle their passion for the job regain the spark that ignites a transformed learning environment -- one where educators, parents and students collectively work to improve opportunities for all young people.

Let Them Not Have Died in Vain

Atima Omara | Posted 08.22.2014 | Black Voices
Atima Omara

There needs to be an organized national movement that proposes and lobbies for policy changes in law enforcements that need it and then in the state legislatures, Governor's Mansions, and Congress. Let the deaths of Martin, Garner, Bell, Grant, and countless others not be in vain.

Happiness From Within: 'Love Is Strange' Actress Tank Burt on Intimate Filmmaking and Following Your Bliss

Jaime Lubin | Posted 08.21.2014 | Entertainment
Jaime Lubin

Tank Burt is no stranger to the intimacy of the unsaid. As a director she's been honing her craft with shorts like Skateboard, Skateboard, a coming-of-age story told virtually without dialogue, and now she's made her feature debut as an actress.

Former Editor Sues People Magazine For Racial Discrimination

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices

An editor who was terminated from People magazine has filed a lawsuit against the glossy for discrimination. Tatsha Robertson, reportedly the only ...

Time to Fix the Real "Broken Windows"

Alan Singer | Posted 08.19.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

I actually like the "broken window" theory, which is one reason I am marching on August 23, I just think the theory is being seriously misapplied. It is long past time to fix the real broken windows in our society that have victimized many but especially African American men.

The Silence of the 'Black' White Musicians

Malek Mouzon | Posted 08.19.2014 | Black Voices
Malek Mouzon

It's frustrating to watch white musicians be so ready to have legions of Black dancers/singers behind them, work with Black producers, sing about how "we" do and then be nowhere to be found when a Black tragedy takes the national stage.

What I Wish I Knew When I Was a Freshman

Charles Howard | Posted 08.19.2014 | College
Charles Howard

I wish I had known then that a lot of us, in fact nearly every freshman, feels that insecurity in some way or another -- wondering whether they will succeed, whether people will like them, whether they can do the work.

Toward Our Shared Humanity

Eric Cooper | Posted 08.19.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Some predominantly white school districts in greater St. Louis area are voluntarily cutting tuition for transfer students to ease racial segregation. More districts need to take the initiative to integrate schools, and the state.

An Open Message to the Teachers of Ferguson

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

Is anyone writing to you, teachers of Ferguson? Is anyone thinking about how you are sleeping, what you are telling your own children, and how you are going to greet a new group of students in the morning? I hope so.

Why I Fled St. Louis

Ace Robinson | Posted 08.17.2014 | Black Voices
Ace Robinson

I have many nephews and godsons who are growing up Black in cities that are notorious for the abuse of Black boys. I promise them that I will support them with anything that they dare to dream. But what I cannot promise them is safety from the police.

17 Rules for Police Dealing With People of Color

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 08.15.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

No more blaming the victim. Here I have a list of Do's and Don'ts to assist police officers in dealing with African Americans and people of color.

DOs and DON'Ts of Black People Shopping In Your Store

Phoebe Robinson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices
Phoebe Robinson

Allow me to try on clothes in peace. Don't get me wrong. You can be attentive, but knocking on the dressing room door as if you're sending morse code to an American ally in the Ukraine is not meant to be helpful; it's meant to make your presence known and me nervous.

The Next Celebs Bobby Shmurda Wants To See Do The Shmoney Dance

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 08.14.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

For Bobby Shmurda, the top was when Beyonce did his signature Shmoney Dance on stage. Countless others have joined in on his viral dance hit, includin...