We need to put abortion back into its context, which is the lives and bodies of women, but also the lives of men, and families, and the children those women already have or will have.
This is political gamesmanship of the lowest order, playing on media and public fears over a legitimate and terrifying health crisis, to again belittle Obama. And with the stakes sky high in the 2014 midterm elections, the dirty political pool by the GOP was totally predictable.
Everywhere from pop culture to the hood, men are either consciously or subconsciously telling black women they aren't "wanted."
Dr. Gloria I. Joseph has a treasure trove of memories of the renowned Audre Lorde, her late partner. Joseph's long-awaited new book, The Wind Is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde, gives us a rare glimpse of Lorde, as told by people who knew Lorde or whose work was greatly impacted by her.
If scholars and adherents of Vodou are to be believed, consistent portrayals of 'voodoo' practitioners as barbaric, violent and most of all as African-American, not only influences public perception of our religion, but perception of African-Americans.
Refusing a label or claiming humanism does not excuse Raven from the responsibility she bears as a participant in communities where people are fighting and dying to exist. Nor does it help deconstruct the racist, homophobic systems prevalent in America.
I've never been very good at saving. I'm a spender -- shoes, trips, nights out, you name it. It's a fact that became especially apparent to me when I found myself saddled with $10,000 of credit card debt after graduating from college.
Fellow graduates of historically black colleges and universities, we can and must come to the aid of our institutions while there is still time to make a difference. Fiscal insolvency and the loss of accreditation are two insurmountable challenges from which I have not known any institution to recover. What follows are some concrete steps we can and must take to support HBCUs.
When Thomas Eric Duncan, a visitor from Liberia, became ill in Dallas on September 24, he went, as many people do, to the local hospital emergency room. However, serious questions must be raised about what happened when he did.
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As I begin to look forward to what awaits me in the Motherland, my Facebook timeline and social media accounts are filled with ignorance and caution about any and everything African.
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The leadership dilemma for HBCU presidents is that of broadening access while also advancing high academic standards and strengthening outcomes. The data suggest that this will be a steep climb for most HBCUs.
How do we restore the institution of marriage within the black community? The lines of communication between black men and women have to improve.
Take a moment and try to remember a day during which you didn't spend money, check your credit or bank account, or worry about a financial burden. Can't think of one? Me either.
Do you usually ignore the Open Enrollment period for your employee benefits? While it's easy to feel that once you've signed up everything is covered, times and benefits change. So each year, usually in the fall, most employers offer the opportunity to modify your choices.
Last night, BlackVoices.com attended the opening of Lincoln Center Theater's production of John Guare's new play, 'A Free Man of Color,' directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright and rapper Mos Def.
The cast also features Yao Ababio Peter Bartlett, Nicole Beharie, Arnie Burton, Rosal Colón, Veanne Cox, Paul Dano, Sara Gettelfinger, Derric Harris, Justina Machado, Joseph Marcell, John McMartin, Nick Mennell, Teyonnah Parris, Postell Pringle, Esau Pritchett, Brian Reddy, Reg Rogers, Triney Sandoval, Robert Stanton, Wendy Rich Stetson, Jerome Stigler, Senfaub Stoney and David Emerson Toney.
Notabables in attendance included Ben Stiller, Stockard Channing, S. Epatha Merkerson, Lynn Whitfield, producer Stephen C. Byrd, Andre Harrell, Rosie Perez and the singing group Sweet Honey in the Rock.
'A Free Man of Color,' is a freewheeling epic set in 19th-century New Orleans. Jacques Cornet, the title character (played by Wright), is a new-world Don Juan and the wealthiest inhabitant of this sexually charged and racially progressive city. Jacques thinks all is well in his paradise until history intervenes, setting off a chain of events that no one, much less this free man of color, realizes is about to splinter the world.
For Wright, who won a Tony Award for his portrayal of a gay nurse forced to take care of a homophobic Roy Cohn as he lay dying from AIDS in Tony Kushner's 1994 award-winning play 'Angels in America,' it's a return to stage after performing with Mos Def in 2002's 'Topdog/Underdog.'
"It's great to be back on stage," he told BlackVoices.com. "
This play has really rekindled my passion for acting because it's such a nightly challenge; it requires my entire focus, so I feel great. John Guare wrote a brilliant piece, and it needed to be fully realized. We were waiting for the right opportunity to do that. Lincoln Center provided an incredible, nurturing environment to allow that to happen."
Both Wright and Mos Def talked about their fondness for one another and about making sure the show has a meaningful impact.
JW: I love Mos, and it's easier than 'Topdog' because in that play he was my brother and in this play, he's my slave. That makes for an easier dynamic. As for the show, we are all inspired to be free people of color, so I don't think there's anything more that needs to be said. This is a play about who we are as Americans and as African Americans. It's a play that wraps its arms around the complexity of our history, our past and our present, so folks should come to see it.
Mos Def: Jeffrey's a friend, a mentor and a good guy. Doing the play is challenging, but very rewarding. I hope it's as rewarding for the audience as it is for the company.
Joseph Marcell, Wendy Rich Stetson & David Emerson Toney
Peter Bartlett, Justina Machado & John Guare
George C. Wolfe & Rosie Perez
Jerome Stigler, Reg Rogers & Derric Harris
Esau Pritchett & wife
Lynn Whitfield and Stephen C. Byrd, producer of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'