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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.

Net Neutrality Matters to Communities of Color

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 12.08.2014 | Black Voices
Rep. Keith Ellison

An open Internet protects opportunities for communities of color. It lets people report on injustice and organize to confront it. It lets artists and creators tell their own stories, rather than depending on traditional media to decide which stories are worth telling.

More Than a Label

S. L. Young | Posted 12.06.2014 | Black Voices
S. L. Young

Remember that a word can only be a limiter if it's believed to be a true descriptor of you; therefore, define and live by your own positive words to help make your dreams and others come true.

Brown v. Ferguson: Are We Better Off Separate Than Equal

Torri Stuckey | Posted 11.27.2014 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

In a strange twist of fate, two age-old Civil Rights cases collide in Ferguson, MO -- half a century later. Is it just coincidence? Or could there b...

Who Shot Mya?: One Story of Activism & Resilience in Ferguson

J Mase III | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices
J Mase III

I don't want for anything -- I do know however, that there will be a change in how people conduct themselves, how officers of the law conduct themselves, how we view others in society and how we form identities in the 21st century.

We Need Another Eric Holder

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

What would this country look like if we had not more guns, nor more fear of each other, but more trust? Trust, when broken, takes time and will and work to (re)-establish. We need you Eric Holder, and another like you. We need thousands of leaders and citizens like you.

The Equalizer

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The last time they worked together, Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua conjured up Training Day. Now, the successful duo goes back to the well once more for another powerful and violent movie. Do they yield the same results?

That Other Syndrome

Laurie Townshend | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Laurie Townshend

You are being distracted from the true debilitating disease plaguing this nation, namely DBLS: Disposable Black Life Syndrome.

What Can You Do For Brown?

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

We have tried peaceful protest. We have tried civil unrest and "riots." We have tried documentaries, lectures, sit-ins and speeches. We have tried feature films. Yet it is still not enough. Our lives, Black lives, specifically Black male lives are not on par with those of soon to be minority white lives in this country.

Maureen Ryan

Shonda Rhimes, The New York Times And Why We Need 'Black-ish'

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 09.26.2014 | Entertainment

It was pretty clever of ABC to get the New York Times to do stealth marketing for the network's promising new comedy, "Black-ish," which premieres Wed...

Michael Brown and Me: Profiling, Preachers and Tasers

Bishop George Bloomer | Posted 11.22.2014 | 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 11.22.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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 ".....