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Why D.C.'s New Marijuana Law Will Help Blacks

Debbie Hines | Posted 07.18.2014 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

While there are many more racial disparities that affect the number of blacks arrested and charged with various crimes, the new marijuana law is one step in the right direction.

How Do You See Me?

Gerard Kersey | Posted 07.17.2014 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

I was not dressed inappropriately, I wasn't loud or menacing, I wasn't posing a threat to anyone. I was just a regular teenager shopping in an outlet store. However, to her I was a black teenager in an outlet and that made the world of difference on her skewed perspective of the situation.

The New Mississippi? Black Sheriff, White Millennial Gun Store Owner and Former GOP County Chair Becomes Obama Fan

David Dent | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
David Dent

His last name is actually Sheriff. Yet, while growing up in Yazoo, Mississippi, Jacob Sheriff never thought he would one day wear the name as a prefix and actually become Sheriff Jacob Sheriff.

President Obama Keeps Hearing the Silly Charge He Has Failed Blacks

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 06.30.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama has refused to say that any of his initiatives and programs were aimed at blacks. The absence of this frank statement and the longing of many blacks to hear him say that fuels the perception and frustration that he isn't doing enough, or even anything.

The Courage of Sacrifice: The Civil Rights Act of 1964, 50 Years Later

Charles F. Coleman Jr. | Posted 06.25.2014 | Black Voices
Charles F. Coleman Jr.

Despite the gains made since the Civil Rights Act, we still remain woefully behind in a race so serious that the outcome threatens the very future of our freedom. There are still populations in this country who call themselves Americans but are yet denied the full benefits of American personhood. If there is any evidence of our need for continued progress, it is there.

What Time Is It? Not CP Time

Gerard Kersey | Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

The instructor stated how crucial being timely is in business and personal matters, and we can never be on CP time if we want to be successful. I don't know what surprised me more: the fact that she said this or that it was said and not much of an uproar followed.

Making History, Undermining Stereotypes and Changing the LGBT Equality Movement

Ashland Johnson | Posted 06.12.2014 | 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.

No Surprise Racism Lurked Underneath U.C. Santa Barbara Mass Murderer's Rage

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.27.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

There was no surprise that in between U.C. Santa Barbara's mass murderer Elliot Rodger's warped, sick, and perverse harangues against women, he also laced in a generous dose of racist rage and stereotyping.

4 Tips From an Ethnically Ambiguous Stranger

Melody Moezzi | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Melody Moezzi

I'm used to people asking me where I'm from. Sometimes it's other brown people wanting to know if we share a heritage, and sometimes it's white people wanting to know... well, I'm not sure what.

Feds Can Undo Even More of the Damage They Did in the Drug War

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Crime
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The majority of those who deal and use crack cocaine and other drugs weren't violence-prone gang members, but poor and increasingly female, young blacks. They clearly needed treatment not long prison stretches.

How Would Southerners Describe the South to Outsiders?

Glen Browder | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Residents of the American South are used to seeing their home region depicted in stereotyped derision. But how would most Southerners respond if they had an opportunity, in a reasonable conversation, to describe the South to outsiders?

Wake Up: Economic Inequality Among Minorities No Longer Just a Minority Problem

Nia Hamm | Posted 06.04.2014 | Black Voices
Nia Hamm

Take economic opportunity away from the nation's largest minority groups and you literally sabotage the economy.

Black Players Get the Flag with NFL's 'N-Word' Ban

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The NFL might toss the flag on the N-word. Despite the effort to take the sting out of its proposed penalty flag by calling it a ban on racially offensive chatter on the field, black players will be the ones to get the flag tossed at them.

Black History Month STILL Needs to Go

Trudy Bourgeois | Posted 04.21.2014 | Black Voices
Trudy Bourgeois

Let's forget about appeasing ourselves by "celebrating" Black History Month. We have not shattered stereotypes. We have not made progress. We just haven't.

Tackling Talent Bias On and Off the Field

Sylvia Ann Hewlett | Posted 03.31.2014 | Black Voices
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Whether you admired or abhorred -- or simply ignored -- Richard Sherman's 15-second rant moments after his interception helped the Seattle Seahawks get to the Super Bowl, we should all be grateful for one thing.

Net Neutrality Misses Real Internet Problem: ADOPTION

Kristal High | Posted 03.25.2014 | Technology
Kristal High

Rhetoric aside, provided neither the FCC nor Verizon appeal last week's decision, we can safely say we're comfortably still in the net neutral zone we've been in for the past ten years. But there is a bigger problem the Chicken Littles of the world fail to recognize.

Reflections on Amiri Baraka

Afaa Michael Weaver | Posted 03.16.2014 | Black Voices
Afaa Michael Weaver

The influence of reading him became the influence of knowing him. Baraka, the poet, playwright, essayist, and activist who died last week at the age of 79, embodied one of the most important periods in the evolution of American literature: Civil Rights.

Why A&E and Millions Feverishly Embrace Duck Dynasty Bigotry

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.01.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The brutal truth is that Robertson speaks for the millions who have embraced him as their man on the proverbial white horse battling for free speech, against political correctness, and most importantly for an acceptable, no matter how crude, brand of bigotry, especially racial bigotry.

A New Year and a New Day: Freeing Our Communities From Shame, Fear and Stigma

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 02.18.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Black communities continue to be ravaged by the spread of HIV, and complacency and denial are dangerous and unacceptable.

Is Bob Dylan Black?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 02.05.2014 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I didn't know Bob Dylan was black. And knew what we thought or felt. I'm not offended that he said what he said, but I'm a wee bit miffed that he felt he had the right to speak for blacks, Serbs and Croats with such authority.

Happy National Genocide (Thanksgiving) Day!

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

In 1637 the body of a white man was discovered dead in a boat. Armed settlers -- which we tell our children were God fearing, gentle, sharing, kind Pilgrims -- invaded a Pequot village. They also set the village, which included many children, on fire.

U.S. Congregations Report Major Gains in Accepting Gays and Lesbians, Racial, Ethnic Diversity

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

America's pews are becoming dramatically more welcoming to gays and lesbians and increasingly reflective of the nation's racial and ethnic diversity, according to the latest results from a major study of U.S. congregations.

Macy's and Barney's Incidents Should Teach Us: Dollars and Sense

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

What African American doesn't have a story, where some unknown guard challenged you or followed you out of the store. What about the annoying stores that make you pull out the receipt on the way out the door, and have the security guard ravage through your purchased goods?

Taekwondo Fights Its Way to Become One of the Top Sports in Jamaica

Christina Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Christina Brown

If the Jamaican team realizes its potential, black, green and gold colors may someday signify not only speed but also excellence in taekwondo.

Slaving to Racial Stereotypes

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Ignorance prevails and it instills in us all that we should not have our own sense of individuality, but instead that we are expected to be identical to others whose skin pigmentation is the same as ours.