Black Voices

Things I Lost After Marrying a White Woman

ByBlacks.com | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Living
ByBlacks.com

"There are good black women out there you know," she says to me. This is the beginning of a short conversation I have with a stranger on the train after my wife kisses me goodbye and exits at her stop. These are the moments that have been a constant since we first met.

Young Boys Share Stories About Growing Up Black

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Living

It's 2015, and racism is far from eradicated. In the short but powerful documentary above from the New York Times, a group of boys between the ages...

The Ladies of 'Black Girls Rock' Give Powerful Life Advice

Giselle Phelps | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Living
Giselle Phelps

I attended the taping of BET's 'Black Girls Rock' award show in Newark, New Jersey. Since my blog talks about all things a "hot mess," I decided to ask the carpet walkers for some advice on a living hot mess-free!

Why I'll Watch The Book of Negroes on BET

Giselle Phelps | Posted 04.20.2015 | Canada TV
Giselle Phelps

The Book of Negroes is reminding me how much my ancestors endured just to survive. It makes me feel obligated to live out my full potential so their pain and struggle isn't in vain. On the ratings front, it will be interesting to see how The Book of Negroes compares to BET's other primetime specials. This is important, because we want networks to continue telling these stories.

If Racial Profiling Happens To Doctors At Their Own Hospitals, Who Can Be Safe From It?

Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi | Posted 04.19.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi

It would dawn on me that as a young black male in casual street clothes at midnight in the act of placing hospital property into my personal bag, there was a likelihood that she thought I was stealing.

Dear Angry White People, The Ferguson Protest Was Not About You

Eternity E Martis | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

I won't go into the details of black groups being marginalized at the hands of white people who dominate the "center," because if you're smart enough to think that you fooled us into feeling remorse for "leaving you out" during the protest in Toronto, then you're smart enough to do a Google search to figure out historical black oppression and its endless contemporary reproductions.

What a Wrongful Birth Lawsuit Can Teach Us About Race

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada Living
Charmaine Nelson

A lesbian couple was informed that their egg had been inseminated not with the desired sperm of the white, blonde-haired, blue-eyed donor, but with that of the black male, the result of a clerical error. Where the outrage has ensued is with the couple's $50,000 wrongful birth lawsuit.

Make August Canada's Black History Month

Christopher Stuart Taylor | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada
Christopher Stuart Taylor

Somewhere out there Drake needs to stand up and write a song about this fact for people to understand that his OVO concert takes place on a weekend made possible by a person that fought for the freedom of his ancestors. Well, at least the black half of his ancestors.

Dear Whoopi: Black Canadians Take the N-Word Just as Seriously as You

Giselle Phelps | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Living
Giselle Phelps

The same issues of white versus black racism aren't as deeply woven into Canadian society. Think this is what Whoopi was trying to get at. But racism and discrimination still exist. It has the same purpose it has in the U.S. Just because it's coming out of the mouth of a Canadian doesn't change its meaning or context. People in Canada still want to touch a black woman's braids with amazement and wonder. Canadian cities have pockets of poor community housing disproportionately populated by blacks. The racial issues are still there. They're just served up on a different platter, because it's a different country, with a different history.

Black Children Need Better Parents, Not Schools

Ike Awgu | Posted 05.08.2014 | Canada
Ike Awgu

The Toronto Star and other publications have touted the success of Ontario's Africentric school system. The problem is, one would expect higher test scores and improved behaviour from students who attend such a school, as the program will self-select parents who care more about their children and are engaged in their education. The fact is, as confirmed in countless studies, that the collapse of the black family within a segment of the black community is the primary reason so many of our children fall through the cracks of society, to be broken against the hard, unbending steel of racism, prejudice, failure and depression. No amount of "specialty schools" can change that.

Black History Month Deepens Racism's Roots

Reid Price | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada
Reid Price

Now that Black History Month is over (didn't take long) I feel more comfortable in saying that I very much dislike it. Black people are more than a month, and are more than several prominent black figures. Black history should be a regular part of educational curriculum and media programming, yet it is differentiated and set aside, just as black people were not so long ago. How is this good?

How the Death of the American Family Led to Hadiya Pendleton's Murder

Ike Awgu | Posted 04.02.2013 | Canada
Ike Awgu

On Tuesday January 29, 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, an honour student who had just performed at President Obama's inauguration, was gunned down in a Chicago park. Hadiya was described by her father as a "shining light", and she dreamed of becoming a lawyer. This brings the number of gun deaths in Chicago since the New Year to 42 -- the deadliest January for the city in 10 years. This is not just a black problem. It's a family structure problem. When it comes to handgun violence in places like Chicago, marriage and fathers are the answer.