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Do We Love Black mothers Enough?

Elizabeth Dawes Gay | Posted 07.09.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Dawes Gay

Pervasive racial inequities and resulting disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes are well-documented, but less is known about the relationship between social support during pregnancy and birth outcomes.

Black and Blue: On Being Black, Female and Depressed

j.n. salters | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
j.n. salters

I am tired of keeping quiet about my sadness, energy loss, feelings of worthlessness, and the oversleeping because I am afraid that I will wake up and still be in pain. Silencing our hurt will not heal us. Depression is killing us, more rapidly than we'd like to admit.

Working to End Illiteracy and Social Injustice Around the World

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.06.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

We want diversity in books. We need books in which all children can see themselves, identify with characters, and recognize their cultures and customs. We want diversity in the classroom -- students and teachers alike. The need is obvious.

The Image Gap: The Price Many of 'Us' Pay for Growing Up Different

Stacey Tisdale | Posted 07.06.2014 | Black Voices
Stacey Tisdale

We're kings, queens, merchants. Immerse your child in their history. Only the truth of who they really are can fill the very image gap we strive so hard to prevent in the first place. Set them free.

Donald Sterling v. Daniel Snyder: A Case Study in How the NBA and NFL Handle Racism Differently

Gyasi Ross | Posted 07.01.2014 | Black Voices
Gyasi Ross

The NFL is a league that, unlike the NBA, allows allegations of racism to exist and actually justifies and explains it away.

The Real Danger: Donald Sterling, Racism and the USA

Mawuena Akyea | Posted 06.28.2014 | Black Voices
Mawuena Akyea

It's easier to fight an individual than it is to fight an institutionalized system, but this is what is needed. Its always good to see a racist buffoon go down and feel righteous about it, but it serves little purpose, nor does it change much.

Because Race Still Matters

Eric Cooper | Posted 06.25.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

It's as if we are returning to the "separate but [unequal]" Supreme Court philosophy of another case, Plessy v Ferguson (1898), which upheld the constitutionality of state laws requiring racial segregation in public facilities.

Being Gay in the Workplace Is About More Than ENDA

Dominique Mann | Posted 06.24.2014 | 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 06.22.2014 | 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 06.22.2014 | 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 06.16.2014 | 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 06.14.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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 06.01.2014 | 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 05.27.2014 | 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 05.26.2014 | 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 05.19.2014 | 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 05.18.2014 | 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 05.17.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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 05.11.2014 | 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 05.11.2014 | 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 05.10.2014 | 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 05.07.2014 | 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 05.07.2014 | 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...