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Kicked Into Purpose!

Allison Valderia | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Valderia

In the midst of the chaos, I was sure that I was going to lose faith in everything -- God, humanity and myself. I'm now thankful, because the stress and strain forced me to wake up.

Misee Harris: Why a Black Bachelorette May Matter More Than You Think

Nadia Dawisha | Posted 07.28.2014 | Entertainment
Nadia Dawisha

Pop culture visibility matters, and Misee Harris deserves to be part of it.

Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin And How Race & Gender Have Affected Coverage

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 07.24.2014 | Black Voices

It's no secret -- the Trayvon Martin and Renisha McBride killings have striking similarities. Both were young black victims and in each case, the kill...

Black Women Still Suffer From Wage Gaps

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 07.23.2014 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Here we are 50 years later, and if you're a woman of color, then you're still facing inequality in the workplace. According to a recent study, black women are making far less than their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts in the same jobs and positions.

Black Female Survival and the Myth of the White Gay Cultural Savior, or, Dear Anthony -- Stop It!

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 07.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Darnell L. Moore

We know that heterosexism is real and that white gay men, especially gender non-conforming men, experience antagonism, and, yet, we should be clear not to minimize the reality of white patriarchy and the advantages daily afforded to white men, regardless of their sexual identities. Privilege much?

A History of Throwing Shade for Black Women and Gay White Men

Antwaun Sargent | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Antwaun Sargent

We all can do better at deploying language, style and dance moves that has cultural attachments that are not our own in such a way that it feels inclusive. There is no one to one scale of oppression that allows any group to place a claim on another's culture even if they share aspects of the same identity.

Black Girls Tan, Too

Melissa Henderson | Posted 07.15.2014 | Black Voices
Melissa Henderson

A past romantic interest suggested I go tanning because it would "make me feel better" during this winter's polar vortex. When I mentioned it to a few people, they were definitely confused -- why would I need to go tanning? Um, didn't you know? Black girls tan, too.

Diversity Data Shows Need to Focus on Women of Color

Allison Scott | Posted 07.09.2014 | Technology
Allison Scott

The nation is recognizing the benefits of engaging and preparing diverse groups in the rapidly-growing tech industry in order to keep pace with economic demands. Yet in these data releases and subsequent conversations, one critical demographic group has been consistently overlooked: women of color.

This Is What the Afro Means Now

Bustle | Posted 07.08.2014 | Black Voices
Bustle

The classic stereotypes that have blanketed black people for centuries are no longer the default setting and black buying power is being recognized and legitimized by the beauty industry.

California Highway Patrol Freeway Beating Casts Ugly Glare on Assault on Black Women

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.06.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The horrid history of racial stereotyping that indelibly links crime and violence with African-Americans can't be ignored in trying to answer the question about why now African-American women are fair game for physical abuse.

A Right to Contraception Without Access Is a Disaster for the Black Community

Renee Bracey Sherman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Renee Bracey Sherman

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, likely affecting access to contraception for millions of women across the country.

'Gay Men' Married to Women...

Craig Stewart | Posted 07.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

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Dreadlocks: Beautiful and Spiritual or Hideous and Unsanitary?

Ama Yawson | Posted 06.26.2014 | Style
Ama Yawson

Let's be honest, many people view dreadlocks as "dreadful". I sincerely hope that change is on the horizon. Niyya Tenee, the founder of Locs Revolution, is on a mission to uplift the image of locked hair and as part of that mission she is promoting Loc Appreciation Day on June 28, 2014.

Love Handles, a New Web Series, Tackles Relationship Weight Gain

Jarid Manos | Posted 06.25.2014 | Black Voices
Jarid Manos

What happens when your significant other gains a few pounds -- or 30? Love Handles, a new Web series, uses warm comedy to tackle this sensitive issue....

Lesbians and Their Husbands

Rosamond S. King, Ph.D. | Posted 06.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Rosamond S. King, Ph.D.

Sexuality need not be the focus of the stories written about either Chirlane McCray or Lorraine Hansberry; their accomplishments took place outside of their bedrooms. But sexuality is part of who they are -- who we all are -- it's an important part of the story, and it matters how that story is told.

Science Is the New Sexy

Tiffany Griffin | Posted 06.24.2014 | Black Voices
Tiffany Griffin

Whether exotic or invisible, hypersexual or dehumanized, athletic or angry, the one thing black women apparently are not is scientific. Well, that's not totally true: Apparently we're not sexy and scientific. At least this is the takeaway someone would have after examining the Business Insider post titled "The Sexiest Scientists Alive!"

A Third to Prison, a Third to War, a Third to College: The Game of Chance with Ambassador Young

Maya Horgan | Posted 06.20.2014 | Black Voices
Maya Horgan

I see a common theme in the African American community -- a tolerance of the current state. "This system wasn't made for us, that's just how it is," I hear. This mentality permeates through world famous academics, and is widely read in higher education.

Why Father's Day Is So Important For Daughters

Monique Ruffin | Posted 06.13.2014 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

For nearly three weeks I've been facilitating The Father Project for some sixty-plus women. The project is designed to assist participants in healing ...

Tonya L. Moore Is All F*d Up in Phenomenal New Self-Expose

Ernest Owens | Posted 06.19.2014 | 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.

Maya Angelou and the Gift of Being Born a Black Woman

Ama Yawson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Women
Ama Yawson

If you have the privilege of being born a black woman, it is my belief, that it is a part of your divine mission to liberate yourself from all external and internalized oppression and thereby liberate the world.

Dear Dr. Angelou, Thank You

Kadia Blagrove | Posted 07.29.2014 | Black Voices
Kadia Blagrove

Thank you for healing us with your art. To my favorite book report subject, my unknowing advisor, my literary mentor: I am eternally grateful. We are eternally grateful.

In Honor of Maya Angelou: The Caged Bird Sung and Sung

David Bedrick | Posted 07.28.2014 | Black Voices
David Bedrick

In honor of Dr. Maya Angelou, may I say in my own voice, a voice empowered by hers, you are the best we have; each of us are the best we have.

Literary Relatives

Claudia Zelevansky | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Claudia Zelevansky

Unlike Nora Ephron, Maya Angelou and I have nothing in common. When I read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, it did not offer me identification as Heartburn had, it offered me access -- vivid, scary, and profound access -- to a place I had never been before.

Yes, I'm a Black Jew. Why Do People Always Want to Talk to Me About It?

Sarah Gladstone | Posted 07.23.2014 | Women
Sarah Gladstone

People always want to talk to me about being black. Or Jewish. Or black and Jewish. Or when they hear me talk about my racial identity, they want to share their own racial experiences. I know that in a lot of ways, I am a cultural and ethnic enigma. But in all honesty, it can get old.

'Black Women Don't Have Eating Disorders'

Abiola Abrams | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Abiola Abrams

The idea that any group is immune to eating disorders is a damaging one, because if a condition is not acknowledged and diagnosed, it will not be addressed, treated, and healed.