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Rep. Marc Veasey

In 2016, Why Are Voters Still Paying Poll Taxes?

Rep. Marc Veasey | June 25, 2016 | Black Voices
With today's third anniversary of the Shelby v. Holder decision, I am reminded of two poll tax receipts hanging in my Congressional office. On January 31, 1949, my grandparents traveled to the tax assessor's office in Jack County to pay their annual poll tax.
Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman | June 25, 2016 | Politics
A celebration of Latin Night at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando turned into a killing field fueled by intolerance, hate and weapons of war. Now is the time to remember those who stand up and stand together in love.
Judy Belk

Supreme Court Deadlock Keeps Immigrants' Health at Risk

Judy Belk | June 24, 2016 | Black Voices
This news from the Supreme Court is deeply disappointing. But the movement for healthier communities is bigger than one legal case.
Laura W. Murphy

Fairness for Black Travelers

Laura W. Murphy | June 24, 2016 | Black Voices
Airbnb must build broader and enduring relationships with diverse travel, civil rights, grass roots, small business, social science and educational institutions
Josh Andres

Rebirth: The Re-emergence Of Live Instruments In Popular Music

Josh Andres | June 24, 2016 | Black Voices
I am an instrumentalist. It's part of my musical identity and is becoming more fascinating to the mainstream and average listener. I truly believe when we look back on 2016, we will have witnessed the rebirth of live instrumentation, Funk, and Jazz into mainstream music.
Aaron Barksdale

Inventor Of A New Skateboard Has An Inspiring Message For Other Young People Of Color

Aaron Barksdale | June 23, 2016 | Black Voices
At the moment, Be Boardz are not yet available to purchase, but Egbuchulam has started a fundraising campaign to develop an inventory with hopes to have his boards available online and in retail stores soon.
Amber Janae

Why I Learned To Stop Counting Who Doesn't Show Up And Valuing Those That Do

Amber Janae | June 23, 2016 | Religion
My eagerness to be desired, liked, validated and appreciated, was strong. But it also stood in the way of two very important relationships. The one with God and myself.
Trita Parsi

Open Letter: Let Rumi Be Played By A Middle Easterner!

Trita Parsi | June 23, 2016 | Entertainment
Positive depictions of minorities allow others to view people of color in a favorable light, thereby eliminating harmful stereotypes and racism. Such depictions also empower those minority groups.
Tanya Wright

What I Learned About Life From My 'Orange Is The New Black' Character, Crystal Burset

Tanya Wright | June 23, 2016 | Entertainment
I have no idea what will happen between Sophia and Crystal in the coming seasons. Playing her has been one of the great highlights of my lucky career as an actor. I've learned more from Crystal than just about any character I've ever played. And for that, I am eternally grateful.
Gabby Beckford

Why Neutrality Is Just As Harmful As Prejudice

Gabby Beckford | June 22, 2016 | Black Voices
As many rally in support of those affected by these social issues, there are still those who sit quietly. Those who may believe in a cause or have an opinion, but choose not use their voice.
Dr. E. Faye Williams

I Am My Sister's Keeper: Black Women Demand Climate Action Now!

Dr. E. Faye Williams | June 23, 2016 | Black Voices
The terrible impacts of carbon pollution and climate change are real, and we can't ignore them. We can lock arms with the long line of strong Black women and demand action now!
Maritza Perez

Before We Say 'No More Drug War,' We Need to Shout 'Black Lives Matter' and 'Not One More'

Maritza Perez | June 22, 2016 | Politics
If the drug war were truly about going after drug users and eradicating consumption, white communities would see the same levels of criminalization as communities of color -- but they have not.
Ernest Owens

Stop Saying Black People Are More Homophobic Than Others

Ernest Owens | June 23, 2016 | Black Voices
It's horrible when people, especially professors, tell you how to think. It's even worse when they try to explain why. "I can only imagine how difficult it was for you to come out, given how the black community is known for culturally being more homophobic than everyone else," my white...
Tasheka Lavann

What Black LGBT Pride Means To Us

Tasheka Lavann | June 22, 2016 | Canada Living
For as long as I can remember, being black and gay was like the biggest crime one could commit in my community. It didn't matter where you were born, the culture was one that saw black churches openly bashing homosexuality and parents disowning their children, leaving them on the streets to survive however they could. Fast forward to 2016, and the black LGBTQ community is growing by the minute and more and more black gay men and women are embracing who they are without apology. Here's what pride means to us.
Anthony Berteaux

Gun Violence Is An Intersectional Issue -- Let's Treat It That Way

Anthony Berteaux | June 22, 2016 | College
On June 12, when Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old American, stepped into a gay club on Latin night armed with an assault rifle and homophobia, and murdered 49 people during Pride month -- a month created to celebrate a community that has historically...
Danielle Slaughter

My Juneteenth Moment

Danielle Slaughter | June 21, 2016 | Black Voices
As you can see, my Juneteenth moment was actually a series of events that forced me to understand the danger of respectability politics within our community. This Juneteenth I'm not only celebrating our ancestors finally realizing they were free but also my own freedom from the burden of monolithic Blackness.
Rashad Benton

Why Men Hate Doing Laundry

Rashad Benton | June 21, 2016 | Black Voices
What is it about laundry that men, and even boys hate? Is it the labor or is it the time that it takes away from you?
Sil Lai Abrams

What Makes A Person 'Truly' Black? The Complicated Intersection Of Genetics And Race

Sil Lai Abrams | June 21, 2016 | Black Voices
Unlike some who assert that race is irrelevant and try to minimize its importance by pointing out that it is purely a social construct, I believe it DOES matter.
Kristen Maye

Supervised Injection Facilities Are Safe Houses, Not Crack Houses

Kristen Maye | June 21, 2016 | Black Voices
Supervised Injection Facilities (SIFs) have garnered a lot of attention recently, primarily due to advocates, elected officials, and public health experts suggesting them as a viable solution to mitigate the nation's opioid overdose crisis.
Dedrick Muhammad

Unstacking the Deck For African-American Entrepreneurs

Dedrick Muhammad | June 21, 2016 | Black Voices
Any attempt to resolve the vast Black-white wealth divide requires that we examine the underlying drivers of African-American entrepreneurs' financial vulnerabilities--like cash flow difficulty--and explore ways to address them.
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