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A Step to Addressing Race and Building Trust After Ferguson

Patience B. Peabody | Posted 10.28.2014 | 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 10.26.2014 | 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 10.26.2014 | 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 10.22.2014 | 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 10.21.2014 | 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 10.19.2014 | 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 12.10.2014 | 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 10.19.2014 | 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 10.19.2014 | 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 10.18.2014 | 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 10.15.2014 | 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 10.15.2014 | 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 10.15.2014 | 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...

No More Silent Statistics: Walter Finnie

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 10.14.2014 | Black Voices
Diane Luby Lane

Walter, our tall, dark, and handsome, Get Lit Player teen poet from Watts, is leaving for college in Pennsylvania in a few weeks, and I wanted to make sure that he had a coat.

Why We're Still Talking About Campbell Brown

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 10.14.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

As Albert Camus wrote, "Good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding." Whatever Ms. Brown's intentions are, they lack an understanding of both the current landscape of teaching in high-needs schools and of educational research. It's time to get some facts straight.

A Letter to America

Jamelle Sanders | Posted 10.13.2014 | Black Voices
Jamelle Sanders

As an African-American male, the last few days have been filled with deep thought. Every day I watch the images of Ferguson, Missouri and I struggle to come to terms with a community dealing with such a great loss.

The Uniqueness and the Boldness of Crisean

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 10.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

"Being my authentic self -- that is, openly gay -- frees me to be more creative; it allows me to write and sing about things other than love and parties. I believe I have a duty to be visible." These sentiments sailed from the heart and soul of the openly gay, androgynous African-American musician Crisean.

The Authentic Blackness Debate Still Rears It Opinionated Head

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

Speaking closer to home, I wonder if someone like myself who likes to listen to Peter Frampton, Band of Horses, One Republic and Irish music is in the "danger zone" of losing one's authentic blackness. Perhaps, it might be best for me to shout from the mountaintops that I love love gospel music.

A Letter to the People of Ferguson, Missouri

Jamelle Sanders | Posted 10.11.2014 | Black Voices
Jamelle Sanders

Ferguson, you are not alone. This is not just an African American issue. It's time for this to become a world issue.

How Black Men Are Benefiting From Workplace Drug Tests

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 08.08.2014 | Black Voices

Last week, the National Bureau of Economic Research published a study with results that some may have found surprising: it found that drug tests in th...

No Easy Victories

Eric Cooper | Posted 10.08.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Today the challenge of de facto segregation in schools -- not only by race, but also by poverty concentration, native language and disability -- requires coordinated local, state and federal action.

The Plight of Eric Garner and Undocumented Immigrants Highlight the Impact of Street-Level Bureaucrats

Marcus Bright | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Marcus Bright

Street-level bureaucrats are those "lower level" officials that deliver public policy with every encounter that they make. They greatly shape how a policy is carried out in what they do or don't do.

Interviewing the Gospel Ambassador: How Bobby Jones Impacted the Culture of Television

Ernest Owens | Posted 10.05.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Standing atop a stage dressed in a jeweled suit with custom designer shoes, an electrifying roar automatically fills the studio. It feels as though a rockstar has just surprised the crowd, but this is no new face.