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Culture Searching

Sarah Hunt-Blackwell | Posted 04.07.2014 | College
Sarah Hunt-Blackwell

The impact of culture on a black student at a predominantly white university might take some time to find, but finding it is just the beginning. I never realized before how important culture is.

What Black Boys in Chicago Can Learn from Shani Davis

Kelsey Minor | Posted 04.05.2014 | Chicago
Kelsey Minor

With the Winter Olympics about to kick off in Sochi, I came across Chicago native Shani Davis and I thought what an honest and perfect example to boys of color in a city so hampered down by violence.

An Open Letter to the White Woman Who Felt Bad for Me at Yoga

Maya Rupert | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Maya Rupert

I'm not sure what you thought you saw in my eyes, but, believe me, I don't resent your body or your whiteness for a very simple reason. I don't envy them.

True Story: I Had a Miscarriage in Public

Timoria McQueen | Posted 04.01.2014 | Black Voices
Timoria McQueen

I was only about five or six weeks pregnant, but the loss was still devastating to me. I wondered who was this person that I had just lost. Was it a girl or a boy? Was this miscarriage my fault? What did I do wrong?

What Black History Month Should Be

Theodore Johnson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

There will be children reciting famous lines from "I Have A Dream," high school students writing about George Washington Carver and his peanuts and probably some game shows questions on African-American inventors. If this is all that happens, then the month has been for naught.

So Thankful to God and Earth for Blessings

Jarid Manos | Posted 03.31.2014 | Black Voices
Jarid Manos

I have been given such a blessing of life; I damn sure am going to use it and make it count.

R&B: Reunion and Brotherhood

Kelsey Minor | Posted 03.31.2014 | Entertainment
Kelsey Minor

They took the stage at SOB's confident and smooth as though they never parted ways. The crowd of fans, mostly women screaming for them was some indication to me that the group has been missed and people are ready to see and hear more from them.

Interracial Couples and Marriage More Accepted Among Americans

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 03.29.2014 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

Younger Americans have grown up in an environment where they have been immersed with multi-cultural images from sports, to television, to music, to gender to literature. On the contrary, older Americans inhabited an America that was rigidly segregated by race, class and in a number of cases, religion.

Thoughts on the "Black Woman Chair" Scandal

Nydia Dauphin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Black Voices
Nydia Dauphin

In this photo might be explained by the fact that in her empty gaze, we see a reflection of the nameless, countless souls people have sat on and continue to sit on. Souls that, more often than not, belong to colored bodies, female bodies.

5 Ways to Engage Youth in the Fight for Civil Rights

Christopher Emdin | Posted 03.21.2014 | Impact
Christopher Emdin

Many youth who know that they aren't treated fairly, and know that life isn't the way it should be, do not see themselves in a fight for their civil rights. They have been taught to turn a blind eye to institutional racism and structural inequity, and don't see that their civil rights are being violated in more subtle and dangerous ways than ever before.

A Reason to Watch Saturday Night Live Again

Rashad Robinson | Posted 03.19.2014 | Black Voices
Rashad Robinson

Just a day after Saturday Night Live announced the addition of Sasheer Zamata to the cast, and still weeks prior to her scheduled debut, at least one Hollywood critic was already scribbling an asterisk by Sasheer's name.

Ethnic, Educated and Equal

Kelsey Minor | Posted 03.12.2014 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

I simply didn't want to let people inside, fearing that if anyone got to close, they would hate me or know automatically that I was a black gay boy growing up in the segregated south.

Tootsie for President!

Erin Donley | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Erin Donley

I recently watched the movie Tootsie with Dustin Hoffman. I actually thought, "Wouldn't it be sweet to have a president who can speak Tootsie-style?" She fearlessly ripped open the curtain to reveal the dysfunction all around her/him. It woke everyone up in a painful, yet positive way.

Musings on Traveling While Black

Oneika Raymond | Posted 03.11.2014 | Black Voices
Oneika Raymond

I am a Black woman who travels extensively and blogs about it. One of the most frequent questions I get is whether the people  in x country or y region are racist towards Black folks. The truth? I'm not entirely sure how to answer.

Getting Real About Race on Campus

Jonathan Jacob Moore | Posted 03.11.2014 | Black Voices
Jonathan Jacob Moore

I hope we become more resolute about telling our own stories to one another in our dorms and dining halls rather than relying on forums, diversity reports, academic speakers and the most vocal or verbose amongst our student body to do it for us.

Our Current, Stalled Racial Climate Will Most Likely Improve

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 03.04.2014 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

Unless you were living in another universe, were comatose. or in vehement denial about life in general, no mentally sane person could deny the fact that 2013 was a year where the issue of race was front and center in our lives.

Closing the Civic Achievement Gap in an Increasingly Diverse Country

Peter Levine | Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices
Peter Levine

As these demographic trends transform the nation, the stubborn achievement and opportunity gaps between ethnic groups and socioeconomic circles become more evident and problematic.

What the Anti-Homosexuality Bill Could Mean for Ugandans

Ariel Wengroff | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Ariel Wengroff

"Today will go down in history as the worst day for LGBTQI identifying persons and human rights in general. The passing of the bill has caused significant panic even before its assented."

Avoiding Symmetric Polarization: Autopsy of the GOP Autopsy vs. Occupy Third Way

Jarryd Willis | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Jarryd Willis

The asymmetric polarization we have in Congress today can only become symmetric in two ways: Republicans becoming more moderate or Democrats becoming more ideological.

A Letter From the Brothers: We Support Women -- Period.

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

As ministers of the gospel, church leaders and people who love and support women, we promise to speak up, speak out, stand up and stand with our sisters in ministry.

Adoption and Slavery: Watching 12 Years a Slave Together

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 02.09.2014 | Parents
Frank Ligtvoet

White parents with black kids in America are not only parents with kids; they make something visible we don't like to talk about: profound racial inequality.

What Mandela Meant to an 8-Year-Old Boy: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Roderick Carey | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Roderick Carey

Nationally, we had Martin, Marcus, and Malcolm. Now we added Mandela among the giants of justice.

The Millennial Generation and the Civil Rights Movement

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

The obligation to propel Dr. King's message of social equity into the modern day rests on the shoulders of this generation.

Have College Campuses Become Citadels of Racial Hostility?

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 02.02.2014 | College
Elwood D. Watson

2013 is not a year that many students of color as well as students of all races and ethnicities who fight for tolerance, acceptance, diversity and inclusion will look back on with undiluted fondness. It has been a very troubling year on several levels:

Review: Black Nativity

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The blend of pop, soul and gospel is absolutely enchanting and will make the film's soundtrack a holiday classic.