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Making History, Undermining Stereotypes and Changing the LGBT Equality Movement

Ashland Johnson | Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Ashland Johnson

But athletes like Sam, Griner, Collins and Gordon are changing this. By boldly coming out in such public ways, they have become -- for many people -- the faces of the LGBT moment, and they are challenging assumptions about what the LGBT community looks like.

Usher's Defense of Justin Bieber Is Indefensible

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 08.11.2014 | Entertainment
Morris W. O'Kelly

Whether Justin Bieber "is a racist" is not and never was the point. It was never an issue of whether Justin Bieber privately hopes for the subjugation of African-American people. Usher is trying to provide answers to unrelated and unasked questions.

Tonya L. Moore Is All F*d Up in Phenomenal New Self-Expose

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.10.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

In the media landscape of Karrine Steffans and Kim Kardashians, who exploit their lives for profit and social capital, Moore's memoir serves a unique purpose and sets a standard of values that comes with time, growth and maturity.

20 Years Later, the Simpson Case Won't Go Away

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.10.2014 | Crime
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Simpson didn't invent or originate the ugly divide in public opinion about celebrity guilt, let alone the racial divide. Both have always lurked just beneath the surface. But his case propelled it to the front of public debate and anger.

Disingenuous Evangelicals and a Progressive Christian Case for Reparations

Billy Honor | Posted 08.09.2014 | Religion
Billy Honor

Though there have been many Christian reparations advocates over the years, there has been no significant Christian movement for reparations in the US. I find this sad.

Maya Angelou: The Power of an Evolving Brand

Tamara Jacobs | Posted 08.05.2014 | Women
Tamara Jacobs

The recent passing of the iconic author and poet, Maya Angelou, closed the chapter on one of the most enduring and prolific personal brands America ha...

College Bound: Changing Lives Through Education

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

As grown-ups, we forget the power that we have to influence the adolescents that look up to us. We sit behind our televisions or computers and complain about the state of young America. However, we rarely lift a finger to change the existing condition or make a real difference.

The Problematic Nature of Trigger Warnings

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 07.28.2014 | College
Elwood D. Watson

The fact is that life is full of messy and unpredictable circumstance and situations. No one, not even the most lucky or wealthy among us, are going to be immune from being jilted by certain situations. Human nature will make sure of this.

Students Who Encounter Diversity in School Are More Prepared for the Workforce

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.22.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

This embrace of multiplicity carries through virtually every aspect of the school. Walk into the cafeteria and you will find students fluidly socializing across tables, rather than choosing to segregate by race, as happens in so many American high schools.

I Just Called the Cops On a Group of Young Black Boys

Rana Campbell | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices
Rana Campbell

I wasn't expecting my walk home to be like this at all. "I just called the cops on a group of young black boys. I feel horrible." I'd just entered m...

Black Men at Princeton Share Their Experiences

Rana Campbell | Posted 07.19.2014 | College
Rana Campbell

This group's perspectives, sentiments, and realities are often not shared publicly in a setting where a history of elitism, privilege, and power is deeply-rooted.

A Harsh Sentence for Our Communities

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.14.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

The nation seems to be recognizing a need for change regarding the policies which have resulted in an inordinate number of people of color who are inc...

Growing Up Black And Nerdy

Sidney Fussell | Posted 07.14.2014 | Black Voices
Sidney Fussell

The image of black masculinity as criminal and terrifying, remarkably uniform across video games and news media, led to me questioning and resenting my own blackness.

Method to Rove's Madness With Hillary

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The GOP isn't banking solely on piling dirt on Hillary to render her candidacy stillborn. They also bank that the supposed baggage that she carries renders her an astonishingly divisive candidate.

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...