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Numinous Market -- Women of Color Creating a Healing Space in Pittsburgh

Sue Kerr | Posted 10.14.2014 | Black Voices
Sue Kerr

A friend in Pittsburgh has put together the first Numinous Magic Market and Healing Workshops -- an event created by people of color for people of color, featuring an array of workshops and vendors focused on a healing space.

I'm Black and 'Well-Behaved,' but I'm Still Mike Brown

Tiffany Aliche | Posted 10.20.2014 | Black Voices
Tiffany Aliche

I hate the fact that people pretend that if you're black and keep out of trouble and do the "right" things, you'll be protected. That's a lie! I've never been in trouble, yet I'm almost always afraid of law enforcement. I've seen too many things to feel safe.

Ferguson and the America We Need to Build

Michael Keegan | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

If our commitment to equality and human dignity is to have real meaning, we cannot continue to tolerate conditions that require so many parents to teach their children how to live through a chance encounter with law enforcement.

This Shameful Hollywood Habit Is So Common, You May Not Have Noticed It

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 07.11.2014 | Entertainment

Hollywood may have retired blackface and other racist caricatures, but discrimination is alive and well.

Congress, Banking and the Politics of Diversity

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 08.19.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

There is plenty of evidence that the subprime crash from which we are still recovering stemmed in large part from predatory loans marketed to communities of color, while regulators simply weren't paying attention to what happened in those communities.

Making History, Undermining Stereotypes and Changing the LGBT Equality Movement

Ashland Johnson | Posted 08.11.2014 | 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.

How Can White People Better Talk About Racism?

Amelia Shroyer | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Amelia Shroyer

Some people say American racism is "getting better," but this could not be further from the truth. The manners in which racism takes form have simply changed.

My American Dream: A Minimum Wage That Allows Everyone to Prosper

Carmen Berkley | Posted 07.02.2014 | Women
Carmen Berkley

We need to raise the minimum wage to at least $10.10 to help hardworking families who are struggling to scrape by. In tough economic times, there are few policies that could have as immediate, and as dramatic, of a boost for American workers, particularly for women of color.

The Civil Rights Act at 50: Why We Still Need Liberation Policy

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

Hearing President Obama's speech on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, we are encouraged by the progress America has made to live up to its promise.

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

Olivia Cole | Posted 06.10.2014 | 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.

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Therapy When Holding It In Is Enough

Catherine Okafor | Posted 05.13.2014 | Black Voices
Catherine Okafor

There are so many misconceptions about therapy, especially within communities of color. Instead of supporting and encouraging our loved ones to seek help, we have been guilty of discouraging it as if it's taboo.

Keeping Brothers Close and Dreams Closer: On Lupita's Validation and Obama's Initiative

Jay Dodd | Posted 05.04.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

"My Brother's Keeper" frames education and jobs, as the way to equality and that is simply not the case. It will not protect them from White fear emboldened by guns on street corners. It will not erase minstrel-like narratives reproduced in media.

On the Oft-Repeated Lie That Racism on Social Media Isn't 'Real' Racism

Olivia Cole | Posted 03.25.2014 | Black Voices
Olivia Cole

We spend all day on social media: checking our Facebook, scrolling through our Twitter feeds, taking ridiculous-ass selfies on Instagram, sharing sappy inspirational videos. So why, when it comes to racism on social channels, does social media become "just social media"?

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?

Reverse Racism Only Works If...

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 02.24.2014 | Black Voices

You might have heard that irksome term "reverse racism" -- the idea that racism can be directed at majority groups by people in minorities. The co...

A Lesson From Sandy: Why We Need to Fortify Vulnerable Communities

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

The storm drove home a somber lesson -- one that Hurricane Katrina first taught us eight years ago. When disaster strikes, those with the fewest resources have a harder time preparing, escaping, and recovering.

To the Supremes: Hands Off Affirmative Action

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court heard testimony Tuesday, October 15, 2013 on an Affirmative Action case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.

In Our Changing Nation, Who Is Miss America?

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 11.20.2013 | Black Voices
Angela Glover Blackwell

What a sad commentary on the values of some Americans. It suggests a super narrow and wrong view of the nation. Why is it that a Miss America who is not white engenders so much angst in the populous?

Why a Gay Asian Immigrant Marches

Erwin de Leon | Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Erwin de Leon

Today, the AAPI and LGBT communities are visible, marching alongside African American and Latino communities, in the continued struggle for equality and opportunity.

Burden of Proof

James Bell | Posted 09.23.2013 | Black Voices
James Bell

It is pretty well known throughout society that our justice system requires some burden of proof be met in order for one adversary to prevail over ano...

When My Date Called Me the 'N' Word

Justin Hernandez | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Justin Hernandez

Did this guy really think it was OK to call me that because he and I are both Latino? I switched gears and jumped on my soapbox, telling him about my distaste for that word and how I did not want him to use it with me again. I felt like a lecturing schoolteacher.

Zimmerman's Racial Realities, Beyond Black and White

Sonny Singh | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Sonny Singh

Our knee-jerk reaction to this horrific incident of racial profiling and racist violence are indicative of how this country remains stuck in an outdated, black-white racial paradigm.

LOOK: Writer and Filmmaker Plans Groundbreaking Transgender 'Hackathon'

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.06.2013 | Gay Voices

Writer, filmmaker and transgender advocate Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler is currently raising funds for a "hackathon" for transgender empowerment. What...

LGBT People Of Color: Our Lives Are Valuable

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 05.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicole Breedlove

Matthew Shepard. Charles Howard. Teena Brandon. In the LGBT community these are names and tragic stories that made national headlines. But how many of us are familiar with Sakia Gunn? Tiffany Berry? Micheal J. Sandy? Roberto Pancho Duncanson?

Intersectionality: Challenging Though Essential for Liberation

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Not knowing what else to do at this time with what they considered to be my gender non-conformity, my parents sent me to a child psychologist at the age of four until my 13th birthday because they feared that I might be gay (or to use the terminology of the day, "homosexual").