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Celebrities Pay Homage To Michael Brown During Funeral Service

Posted 08.25.2014 | Black Voices

More than two weeks after unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, hundreds gathered along with t...

Talib Kweli On Michael Brown Shooting: 'We Don't Need To Calm Down'

Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices

Among the many demonstrators seeking justice for the killing of unarmed, black teen Michael Brown, rapper Talib Kweli has been active on the front lin...

Spike Lee: 'There's A War On The Black Male And It's Tearing The Country Apart'

Posted 08.27.2014 | Black Voices

Throughout the course of his filmmaking career, Spike Lee has been very vocal on his personal views on social issues and politics. So it comes as no s...

T.I. On Ferguson Turmoil: 'America Has Created A Monster'

Posted 08.26.2014 | Black Voices

Since the news of unarmed, black teen Michael Brown’s shooting, the world has placed a spotlight on the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and th...

Michael Brown's Mom: Do You Know How Hard It Was For Me To Get Him To Graduate?

Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices

--Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, opens up to reporters on the difficulty of raising her son. (New York Times) ...

Rapper Mourns For Michael Brown In Tribute Song

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices

A week after 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, people across the country are demanding j...

Keke Palmer Reveals Plans To Join Ferguson Protest

Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices

As she prepares for her historical role as the first African-American to play Cinderella on Broadway beginning Sept. 9, Keke Palmer has also expressed...

No More Silent Statistics: Walter Finnie

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices
Diane Luby Lane

Walter, our tall, dark, and handsome, Get Lit Player teen poet from Watts, is leaving for college in Pennsylvania in a few weeks, and I wanted to make sure that he had a coat.

Celebrities React To Mike Brown's Fatal Shooting On Twitter

Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices

As questions remain unanswered surrounding the fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, critics across the country c...

Unrest In Streets After Police Kill Unarmed Black Teen

AP | JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR | Posted 08.11.2014 | Black Voices

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest...

My Brother's Keeper Is a Great Fathers' Day Gift for Our Children

Melanie L. Campbell | Posted 08.13.2014 | Black Voices
Melanie L. Campbell

When President Obama announced his My Brother's Keeper Initiative, the Black Women's Roundtable was present to witness this historic announcement during Black History Month. We remember vividly the air of excitement and anticipation that reverberated in the room, on social media and across the country.

I Just Called the Cops On a Group of Young Black Boys

Rana Campbell | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices
Rana Campbell

I wasn't expecting my walk home to be like this at all. "I just called the cops on a group of young black boys. I feel horrible." I'd just entered m...

Asking for More for Young Black Gay Men

Matthew Rose | Posted 06.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Rose

These goals seek to further the abilities of these young men, who grew up in a world that gives them ample examples of the price of business as usual. However they sit at a point of change, to move the needle is a different direction.

'My Brother's Keeper' Is a Keeper

Nia Hamm | Posted 05.07.2014 | Black Voices
Nia Hamm

On its face, sure, the President's initiative seems small. In fact the $150 million that has already been invested in the program could probably go a long way to improving circumstances for male youth of color in Chicago alone. But it is a step in the right direction.

Not a Big Fan of My Brother's Keeper

César Vargas | Posted 05.06.2014 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Poor people are under a great deal of stress. Their spirits are under a lot of stress. To tell them that they have no excuse is not just irresponsible. It's dangerous.

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.

Education, Institutional Racism, and the Conservative Response to "My Brother's Keeper"

Vincent Intondi | Posted 05.03.2014 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

Clearly, making education equal will not eliminate all of the structural racism in our society. But equal education would certainly provide our black youth a better chance at survival and success, which is what President Obama is trying to do.

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...

10 Messages of Wisdom We Need to Give Black Youth Right Now

Ernest Owens | Posted 03.15.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

As I look back at my childhood, it was the advice that my mother, grandmother and elders had instilled in me that still resides in my now adult conscience. So here is what I've learned and my only hope is that others will carry it on.

10 Amazing Young People Worth Celebrating

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 12.26.2013 | Black Voices

From Kendrick Johnson to Renisha McBride, too many young black people made headlines this year in the United States for news directly related to a tra...

Misfiring on Whether Zimmerman Racially Profiled Martin

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.29.2013 | Crime
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The obvious point is that to call Zimmerman a serial racial profiler and that Martin was another victim of his penchant for profiling is crass race baiting. That's the wrong debate.

Father To Son

Steve Pemberton | Posted 09.22.2013 | Black Voices
Steve Pemberton

Here, on your 13th birthday, it's time for The Talk. No, not the one about the birds and bees. We've had that one. The other one-about what it means to be a young, black male in this country.

Lean In... and Listen

Carolyn Custis James | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Carolyn Custis James

In the wake of the Zimmerman acquittal, I have been asking myself a hard question: If I want to be taken seriously when I say something is amiss that bothers me, how can I turn a deaf ear to the cries of others when they raise concerns of racial profiling and injustice?

Finding Justice for the Trayvons of the World

Janai S. Nelson | Posted 09.14.2013 | Black Voices
Janai S. Nelson

The disheartening yet unsurprising result in the Trayvon Martin case has been the subject of incessant conversations with both French and American friends in France, where I am working presently. What has struck me in these discussions is how universal a tragedy the Trayvon Martin story is.

Black Youth, Education and Sports: Resisting Stereotypes and Historical Blindness

David Bedrick | Posted 08.20.2013 | Black Voices
David Bedrick

It is not only the lack of appreciation for the historical context that dulls people's understanding and analysis, it is also the fact that some people regard black aspiration in sports as a result of natural ability in athletics along with a concomitant lack of intellectual ability.