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Black Women Are Already Dead in America

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Even if we ignore black women's grinding poverty, the sky-high rates of HIV infection, and the disproportionate incarceration, the fact is nearly half of all black women have been sexually coerced by the age of 18.

The Definition of Beauty for Black Women Is Still in Flux -- Why?

Beverly Johnson | Posted 09.11.2014 | Black Voices
Beverly Johnson

In the 40 years since I was the first woman of color to appear on the cover of American Vogue, things in the fashion realm have gone through a world of change. And yet at the same time -- unfortunately -- many things have remained the same.

All My Life I Had to Fight

Jessica Ann Mitchell | Posted 09.10.2014 | Black Voices
Jessica Ann Mitchell

Often times when there are debates about sexism in the Black community, male counterparts ask, "What privileges do Black men have?" In case you're still wondering, this is what Black male privilege looks like.

Where's the Outrage Over Oklahoma Cop's Alleged Assault on Black Women?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.10.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Despite the mind boggling charges, and subsequent kid glove treatment of Holtzclaw, there's been no indignant spate of articles and features in the national press on this injustice, no rallies, demonstrations, and marches from women's groups, and most tellingly, not a word of protest from civil rights groups.

You Should Love Beyonce!

Giselle Phelps | Posted 09.05.2014 | Black Voices
Giselle Phelps

You should love Beyonce. Yeah, that's right. I said you should love Beyonce. You shouldn't love her because she's beautiful. You don't even need to like her music. You should love Beyonce, because she's a black woman at the top of her game. We need it.

What the Michael Brown Case Tells Us About Women, Fear, and Black Males

Eternity E Martis | Posted 09.02.2014 | Black Voices
Eternity E Martis

In our daily interactions with news and pop culture as well as anti-racist movements and protests, Black men become the representation of violence in America. However, Black women seem to fade into the background, as do the women who have raised them, cared for them, and loved them.

Want To Be Invited Into You? A Pre-Labor Day Meditation

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 08.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Elias, MS

Mostly, this time of the year is a liminal space between here and there, then and now and you and me. Want to rewire, recalibrate and reinvent the next unfolding moment of the Truth of You and your own breath, your way? This is your invitation to entrain to new weather, time, space and commitments.

The Perils Of Online Dating While Black

Literally, Darling | Posted 08.29.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

If you're young, black and female, your identity might be a liability. Recent studies have proven that online dating can be tainted by racism.

On Women's Equality Day, All Lives Matter

Ai-jen Poo | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Ai-jen Poo

We are still working toward democracy and equality for every woman -- without restrictions based on race, class, age or experience. And we have some distance to travel.

Michael Brown, Son, Student 'Thug'?

Ama Yawson | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

The politics of respectability in the black community may not only hinder us from acting and engaging in the constructive protest, lobbying and collective action needed to create a more just society, as it has with respect to the Ferguson protests, but it may also prevent us from simply being and living freely.

The Side Chick Epidemic

Courtney Carter | Posted 08.15.2014 | Black Voices
Courtney Carter

We as women have got to do better. Since when did it become OK to be number two? To make yourself feel better because he has a wife but "he really loves you"?

African-American Sisters Aging With HIV and Co-Morbidities

Irene Monroe | Posted 08.01.2014 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

Imani* was 32 when she contracted HIV. Having watched many of her sister-friends die as a result of the virus, Imani did not expect to reach middle ag...

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 09.14.2014 | 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 09.14.2014 | 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 09.07.2014 | 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 09.05.2014 | 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 08.31.2014 | 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 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

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Dreadlocks: Beautiful and Spiritual or Hideous and Unsanitary?

Ama Yawson | Posted 08.26.2014 | 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.