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Lupita Nyong'o, Kerry Washington And Me

Camryn Garrett | Posted 04.13.2014 | Teen
Camryn Garrett

When a magazine calls a woman with pale eyes and hair beautiful, I don't have any problem agreeing. They are beautiful. We all are. But what many magazines fail to realize is that there's more than one brand of beauty.

Essence Magazine Promotes "Natural" Beauty in the Black Community

Rachel Hampton | Posted 04.10.2014 | Black Voices
Rachel Hampton

I applaud the publication on its endeavor to begin the conversation on natural beauty. "Pretty" goes beyond European style features and Brazilian imported tresses; it starts with a Black woman's kinks sprouting from her roots and raw individuality.

People of Color Do Survive the Apocalypse: 5 Books You Should Read

Olivia Cole | Posted 04.10.2014 | Books
Olivia Cole

In case you've ever looked at the whitewashed array of dystopian and post-apocalyptic books that line the shelves and asked yourself, "Do people of color survive the apocalypse?" the answer is yes. Read these books.

This Sexual Assault Victim Didn't Report Her Rape Because She Wanted to Protect Me

Gordon Braxton | Posted 04.10.2014 | Black Voices
Gordon Braxton

"I never pressed charges because I wanted to protect you. I couldn't bear to see another black man in jail."

Winning the Future for Women in Politics and Service

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

As a country, we are failing in our efforts to include women in national and local politics while subjecting politicians to insufferable forms of sexism

CDC Locks Out Black Providers in New AIDS Technical Assistance Announcement

Phill Wilson | Posted 04.03.2014 | Black Voices
Phill Wilson

On March 19, the CDC awarded $115 million over five years to 21 organizations Not one of the new CDC grantees is a Black organization. The effect of this decision is that Black organizations have been locked out of leading technical assistance and capacity building in this country for the next five years.

The Truth About Being In An Interracial Relationship

Sarah Thomas | Posted 03.18.2014 | Women
Sarah Thomas

The thing that makes me the saddest about the politics of interracial dating -- which can be just as functional and happy as dating within your race -- is that it pits us against each other. Who is the "us" here? Women.

Lupita: Black Beauty's Intimate Revolution

Esther Armah | Posted 03.20.2014 | Black Voices
Esther Armah

So many black women have an intimate relationship with rejection when it comes to their own beauty. That relationship has a legacy that walks with them today.

Single Moms Club: Tyler Perry Still Has a Problem With (Black) Women

Olivia Cole | Posted 03.17.2014 | Black Voices
Olivia Cole

The only way a single mom can be happy, Perry tells us, is by ceasing to be a single mom.

Sodium: The Silent Killer of African Americans

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 03.12.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

Salt is in everything we eat. I'm not just talking about the obvious suspects like potato chips. I'm talking about the stuff you add after you prepare your food. The condiments.

Yes, My Little Brother Steals My Beauty Products

Justine Kay | Posted 03.12.2014 | Style
Justine Kay

Christian is just fortunate enough to be my curious, needy, bothersome little brother. But I'll be honest, I also love having him as my lab rat.

Notes From the Road: Little Rock

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 03.05.2014 | 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.

An Open Letter to Lupita Nyong'o

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 03.03.2014 | Black Voices
Ola Ojewumi

There are hundreds of little Lupitas across the globe that now believe they can achieve their dreams because of your presence as an astounding role model. This Oscar win is more than just another accolade; it symbolizes a change that women of color have been waiting for.

Pray Less, Do More

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 02.28.2014 | 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...

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

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 02.25.2014 | 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...

Black Mothers Are the Worst?

Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 02.24.2014 | Black Voices
Anthonia Akitunde

If Google predicts its auto-completed search terms based on their popularity with users, one has to wonder just what exactly black mothers have done to the world.

Fashion Activist Combats Runway Racism In New Letter

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 02.05.2014 | Black Voices

When New York Fashion Week kicks off on Thursday, many commentators will be watching the runways closely -- not just to see which collections will be ...

Tyra Banks: 'I Didn't Think It Was Possible Because Of The Color Of My Skin'

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 02.04.2014 | Black Voices

Tyra Banks' iconic red-and-pink polka dot bikini-clad Sports Illustrated cover in 1997 will always be our favorite. However, the famous image only sna...

Pam Oliver, Indifference, and the Disrespecting of Black Women

Kumera Genet | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

I don't want to insinuate that discussions about how racism impacts Black men are not important. Of course they are. But Black male issues constitute the vast majority of conversations about oppression towards the Black community.

Paint the Town Red (and Black) for Heart Disease in Women

Tené T. Lewis | Posted 03.30.2014 | Women
Tené T. Lewis

Every February, I call my mother, my three sisters and several of my girlfriends to remind them to wear red on National Wear Red Day -- to promote heart disease awareness in women.

A Cure for the N-Word

Jessica Ann Mitchell | Posted 03.30.2014 | Black Voices
Jessica Ann Mitchell

The next time, you hear someone call themselves by this term, try not to engage in respectability politics. Because simply being "respectable" won't save us and never has. Instead, if the person is open to it, use it as a learning moment.

I'm Paranoid That Braids Are 'Too Black' for Corporate

Quia Querisma | Posted 03.26.2014 | Black Voices
Quia Querisma

It's Q1, recruiting season, and whereas I don't have any job interviews lined up right now, I was suddenly apprehensive about having an "ethnic hairstyle" in front of people who would be scrutinizing everything about me, not only my professional qualifications.

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.

The SNL Debacle: Are Black Women Socially Invisible?

Melissa Burkley, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2014 | Entertainment
Melissa Burkley, Ph.D.

Why did it take so long and such public criticism to lead SNL to hire a Black woman? One potential explanation for this omission comes from social psychology studies on the social invisibility of Black women.

Can You Hear Us Now? Ethnic Spa Goers Are Speaking

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 03.17.2014 | Black Voices
Linda Harding-Bond

For ethnic spa goers, many times the preliminary conversation to determine what we use on our skin, why we use it and what we expect to achieve from our facial is omitted. Were you aware that such a conversation should even take place?