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Why Cornel West Loves Jane Austen

Kathleen Anderson | Posted 11.12.2014 | Books
Kathleen Anderson

A "great book," to West, is one that most effectively addresses "the challenge of trying to be a decent person in the world. There is no more fundamental question."

Binyavanga Wainaina and Me

Diriye Osman | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

The award-winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina is many things to many people. For some, including me, he is simply one of the most imaginative and gifted writers at work today. For others, and again I include myself in this list, he is a pan-African cultural hero.

Women Can Do Anything Men Can Do, But Here's One Surprising Thing They're Even Better At

Mary Ann Bauman, M.D. | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Ann Bauman, M.D.

Who would have thought that these catchy lyrics from the 1946 Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun would fit so perfectly into a conversation today about women and heart disease?

Why We Must Tell the Untold Story

Shannon Schuyler | Posted 11.10.2014 | Education
Shannon Schuyler

Many, if not most of us, believe that President Barack Obama and high-profile sports, media, and entertainment personalities, such as LeBron James, Beyoncé, Robin Roberts, are exceptions -- the only African Americans making great contributions. Many of us are wrong.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 3

Dave Kreissman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

As we recognize that American sports and culture do not represent a "post-racial society" after all, it's important to look back at the '60s, the era where there was perhaps the greatest change in the relationship between African-Americans and White America.

5.85 Million People Who Can't Vote But Can They Still Complain?

Marlon Peterson | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Marlon Peterson

In 2014, where Blacks and Latinos are overwhelmingly subjugated to carceral punishments, is it sensible to make the claim that if you don't vote you can't complain?

Snoop Dogg On Painting: 'The Blunt Is Inspiration To The Creation'

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 11.11.2014 | Black Voices

Snoop Dogg has taken up painting. And you can probably guess what it takes to get him in the mood. In a video for the Swedish company Happy Socks, ...

A Play for Our Times: Pia Wilson's Turning the Glass Around

Rachel Mason | Posted 11.03.2014 | Arts
Rachel Mason

A remarkable new play, Turning the Glass Around, by Pia Wilson, fearlessly plunges into the ever-morphing conversation about immigration, race and class. Turning the Glass Around evokes images of Death of A Salesman.

5 Lessons Traveling to Africa Taught Me About Being Black in America

Ernest Owens | Posted 11.06.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Black America, we have so much to actually learn about Africa -- and yes, it does matter. For far too long, our perceptions have been negatively impacted by white dominated narratives that have plagued our grade school text books and public discourse about the Motherland.

The Film Dear White People Slays Audiences With Sex, Identity and Feminism

Danielle Moodie-Mills | Posted 11.03.2014 | Black Voices
Danielle Moodie-Mills

Dear White People's flawed and fabulous female leads remind us that when it comes to our individual path to identity and self, we can either be the directors of our own lives or be directed -- the choice is entirely ours.

We Need an Accounting of America's Innocent Prisoners

David A. Love | Posted 10.30.2014 | Crime
David A. Love

Jimmy Dennis, William Nieves, Fred Thomas, the original Lex Street Massacre defendants and others are not aberrations. Surely there are more, many more, in prisons in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation.

Watch Nas React To Seeing An Ancestor's Bill Of Sale Into Slavery

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 11.06.2014 | Black Voices

During Tuesday's episode of PBS' documentary series "Finding Your Roots," rapper Nas was shown a devastating document from the past: a paper receipt f...

Responses to 'Black Men Don't Like Black Women'

Courtney Carter | Posted 10.24.2014 | Black Voices
Courtney Carter

I wrote a blog post, a personal reflection, if you will. I am a journalist, so by nature I am curious, always wanting to know other people's stories a...

ReThink Review: Dear White People -- Lessons for Republicans and the "Post-Racial" Generation

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.24.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Dear White People is sure to become both a cult hit and a staple on college campuses across the country, and I'm glad for it since the movie ultimately ends with more questions than answers. And with an issue as multi-faceted as racism, that is as it should be.

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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.15.2014 | 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 12.15.2014 | 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 12.15.2014 | 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 12.14.2014 | 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 12.13.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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.