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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.

Civil Rights or Civil Wrongs: A Closer Look at the Common Core

Anthony Cody | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Anthony Cody

The corporate under-written Common Core standards and tests are at best a distraction and at worse add grievous insult to injury for children of color.

California Death Penalty Ruling Is a Bellwether for the Nation

David A. Love | Posted 09.28.2014 | Crime
David A. Love

Last year, executions in the U.S. dipped to a 20-year low. Jones v Chappell only further erodes confidence in the criminal justice system, as America travels down the path to death penalty abolition.

A Mississippi Freedom Summer Pilgrimage: An Atrocity We Must Never Forget

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We must make sure that our children and all of us know our history and that the atrocities that wiped out the lives of countless individuals who died for freedom and justice during the Civil Rights Movement -- including eight Black men whose bodies were only found as the FBI dredged Mississippi rivers and swamps searching for three other young men -- do not ever happen again. We must all do our part to create a safe and hopeful nation for every child.

Why "Courageous" Dinner Conversations Are Important

Eric Cooper | Posted 09.24.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

I try to be a gracious, well-mannered dinner guest, and a good listener; or so I'm told. It's what I reflect about over the dinner that may give people indigestion and pause. As acquaintances and friends sometimes ask me: "Eric, why do you often steer dinner discussions toward issues of racism?"

NAN's Huddle Uses Positive Peer Pressure to Tackle Societal Issues

Marcus Bright | Posted 09.23.2014 | New York
Marcus Bright

One model that is serving as a catalyst for promoting cultural change among urban youth is the National Action Network's (NAN) Youth Move Huddle.

Ethnic Minority and Underdog Writers Must Not Give Up

PP Wong | Posted 09.23.2014 | Books
PP Wong

Twenty seven publishers in the U.S. and U.K. turned down my novel. The vast majority of rejections my literary agent received were surprisingly positive, but were knock-backs all the same.

White House Education Official David Johns Sparks the #TeachTheBabies Movement

Marcus Bright | Posted 09.21.2014 | Black Voices
Marcus Bright

It's important to note how social media campaigns have helped to highlight the issue reminding everyone of how important the early years in the development of the brains of young people.

Obama's Prerogative to Pump the Gas on Executive Action

Marcus Bright | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Marcus Bright

The question of how far an executive can deviate from the will of the legislative body is usually based on the political strength of and influence of the president's party in Congress or a substantial electoral mandate.

The Window Is Open To Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Marcus Bright | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Marcus Bright

The dramatic humanitarian nature of children rushing to the U.S. border has catapulted the issue of immigration back on the national agenda.

Fatherless Black Boys: Do You Really Care or Nah?

Kelsey Minor | Posted 09.16.2014 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

Not every fatherless black boy ends up running with the local street gang, committing crimes, and living up to no good. I want people to stop using that generalization. It's not fair and it's ignorant.

How Hip Hop Is 'Screwing' the Urban Black Community

Torri Stuckey | Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

Embrace your maturation and all that it entails. As you feel yourself starting to grow out of your youth, don't fight to hold on. Let it go! The best is yet to come...

An Education System That Works

Eric Cooper | Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Ahead of Greece, behind Canada -- and in a quandary. That sums up the United States' position in public education on the world stage.

No, Gay Isn't the New Black

Ernest Owens | Posted 09.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

Gay rights are important and should be mandated at the utmost degree. However, recognize that they are not, nor ever will have, the same level of struggle or oppression that have plagued this country for hundreds of years.

#AllyFail, a Poem on the Shortcomings of Allyship

J Mase III | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

As a trans person of color, there are so many times during my day when I am challenged to exist in a space not designed for me. For some, this poem may ring very true, for others it may make them very uncomfortable.

The Critical Importance of Civil Rights Activism and Educational Collaboration

Marcus Bright | Posted 09.01.2014 | Education
Marcus Bright

The month of May marked the 51st consecutive month of private sector job growth in the United States. Despite this fact, Black Americans are still twice as likely to be unemployed when compared to their White counterparts and Hispanic Americans lag behind as well.

A Young Poet Answers the Question 'Can You Pray the Gay Away?'

J Mase III | Posted 08.25.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

I had the opportunity to come across Thomas Hill, the current grand slam champion of the D.C. youth slam team. His piece is featured in this video from the D.C. youth slam that happened back in February. Take a moment to take in the brilliance of this poet's work and check out more of his stuff on the interwebs!

Improving Conditions -- Unless You're Black

Eric Cooper | Posted 08.19.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

In this piece, the author of the heralded Schott Foundation's report on African-American male achievement, weighs in on recent statistics and fuels t...

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.