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Even With the Oscars, Race Still Rears Its Ugly, Divisive Head

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 05.12.2014 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

Seeing McQueen jumping up and down after giving his acceptance speech was both slightly amusing but very much more heartwarming. At that moment, he was well aware of the fact that he (along with his writing staff and fellow producers) had shattered previous all-white domination of this category.

Comic Book Guy

Savas Abadsidis | Posted 05.11.2014 | Books
Savas Abadsidis

Hannibal Tabu has been the longtime writer of The Buy Pile at Comic Book Resources, and one of the closest things to a popular literary critic there i...

How Did Actor Barry Floyd of BET's The Game Finagle His Way in to an Apartment?

Ilana Rapp | Posted 05.11.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

"My advice to anyone just starting out in this business, and to people who haven't gotten their start yet, is not to give up and not to be discouraged by disappointment. It's a long journey."

Using Social Media to Spark On Campus Dialogue

Catherine Okafor | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Catherine Okafor

For quite some time many have warned of the dangers of abusing social media by posting all the wrong things, however, some are using it the right way....

De Blasio: First Do No Harm

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 05.07.2014 | New York
Kevin P. Chavous

This week thousands of parents and students marched to save their schools and fight for the right of every child to receive a quality education. The march was in response to the mayor's newly announced charter school co-location policy.

Generation "Why-Can't-I-Have-It-Right-Now?!"

Kelsey Minor | Posted 05.07.2014 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

It's something I've always known, but since moving to New York City my eyes have really been opened to the truth of a generation that lacks energy, fo...

Maureen Ryan

The Best Networks Have Terrible Records On Diversity

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 03.24.2014 | TV

Since its debut in January, HBO's "True Detective" has captured a great deal of attention, all of it richly deserved. In the past month, the Intern...

Notes From the Road: Little Rock

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 05.05.2014 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

Delita Martin's sharp relief prints bring together history, memory and imagination to create images of African-American women that serve as icons of strength and community.

Booker T. Washington Inspires Barack

William H. Turner | Posted 05.04.2014 | Black Voices
William H. Turner

President Obama encouraged the likes of the young men of color staged behind him last week at the White House to turn adversity into advantage.

Mainstream American Media, This Isn't a Black Man Ranting

Ernest Owens | Posted 05.02.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

As a young, black male, I have endured the constant belittlement and disregard for men that look like myself on your TV screens and websites. Every time I see a male public figure of color speak about education, race, politics and society, they are labeled as giving a 'rant.'

Pray Less, Do More

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 04.30.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

Sadly, there isn't a shortage of tragedies in black communities. Read any newspaper in any part of the country, from Detroit to Omaha to Chicago to Ne...

White Christians: Please Stop Denying Your Privilege

Emily Timbol | Posted 04.28.2014 | Religion
Emily Timbol

My privilege smacked me in the face when Jordan Davis was killed. It was in my city... on a street I drive often... at a gas station I've been a patron at. This wasn't something I was removed from. It happened in my hometown.

The Complex History of African Americans and the Academy Awards

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

The fact is that the Oscars have been a mainstay in American popular culture and have been influential in the lives of a number of black entertainers and I, like millions of people all over the world will be tuning in on March 2nd to see who will take home an Academy Award.

Childhood Fat?! No Way! Adult Fat? Sure!

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 04.26.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

When I was in grade school we had to pass a fitness test for Physical Ed. Sit-ups, jumping jacks, pushups, chin-ups, suicides and track. We were timed...

Talking With Roger Reeves: A Pawn, a Poet, a King

Ru Freeman | Posted 04.26.2014 | Books
Ru Freeman

"If one is obsessed with finger puppets, one will write about finger puppets. My obsession happens to be the intersection of politics, subjectivity, aesthetics and race."

Should We Reconsider Black History Month?

Hermene Hartman | Posted 04.26.2014 | Black Voices
Hermene Hartman

I want the Black normality to shine and not the abnormality of endurance. I want to get past the limitation stage that seems to be a constant. I want the freedom of "you can be and do anything" to shout loud.

WATCH: What Happens When A Black Man And A White Man Try To Break Into The Same Car

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices

The man trying to get into Jason Roberts' car was clearly a professional. His movements were quick, skilled and evidently practiced. He began to a...

Faulty Florida So Listen Up Young Man

Kelsey Minor | Posted 04.21.2014 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

I remain baffled by the stand your ground law in Florida. Maybe someone can explain it in simple terms to me, because it appears what the state needs is a mind your business law.

Not Again: One Black Attorney's Thoughts on the Michael Dunn Verdict

Charles F. Coleman Jr. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Black Voices
Charles F. Coleman Jr.

While Dunn is unlikely to ever experience life again as a free man, neither Martin nor Davis will experience life at all beyond their 17th year of existence simply because someone else decided that they were justified in using their gun to 'defend' themselves.

Malcolm X and Nicki Minaj Got Nothing in Common: Offended By All Means

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 04.20.2014 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

This album cover got me really questioning whether I should even think about supporting music that comes out of an industry that totally disregards my heritage and continues to use demeaning an misogynistic lyrics and now Photoshopped depictions of African American heroes.

Intersections & Interceptions: Michael Sam, President Obama and Masculinity

Jonathan Jacob Moore | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Jacob Moore

I never played football in high school... or ever. But, this doesn't mean that when University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam announced last week that he was gay, 2 weeks before the NFL draft, I didn't pause and think.

Advocating for a Healthier Future

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 04.14.2014 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

NAACP founders recognized that we, as African Americans, would never reach the peak of our potential if we were treated as second-class citizens in our own county, especially as it relates to our health.

It Happened to Me: There Are No Fat People in My Yoga Class, and I'm Suddenly Uncomfortable With It

Lauren Cahn | Posted 04.14.2014 | Comedy
Lauren Cahn

I needed to catch up on my current events, so I went to my go-to source for all things relevant -- xoJane.com, which is how I stumbled upon this gut-w...

Unemployment and Violence in the African American Community

Tio Hardiman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

The University of Chicago recently released a study that revealed the fact that 92 percent of African American youth between the ages of 16 and 19 are...

Why Michael Sam's Coming Out Is Crucial for Black, Gay Men

Drew-Shane Daniels | Posted 04.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Drew-Shane Daniels

The truth about "coming out" stories is that black, gay men need to hear them. We need to see queer people of color celebrating their truths and journeys.