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Monthly Archives: March 2011

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Wanna Be Startin Something: The Spirit of the Night

Here, on the pages of the Black Youth Project, us bloggers engage in a tradition of writing opinion pieces that may interest other Black youth. Often we comment on popular culture, racism (naturally), and politics; and most of the time we criticize heavilly, at least I do. Something feels incomplete, though, about the meditations I […]

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6-Year Old Author Fights Stigma Of Child Obesity

6-Year Old Author Fights Stigma Of Child Obesity NPR | March 15, 2011 Listen here LaNiyah Bailey, 6, follows a healthy diet and exercises regularly. Yet, due to a health condition, she struggles with being overweight. After being constantly teased by children and adults about her size, Bailey decided to write about her experience. Her […]

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The Dark Continent: The Island and Robben

I got the opportunity to visit Robben Island. This is the location that Nelson Mandela was jailed at for 27 years of his life. It still amazes me the sacrifices given by activists in the name of freedom and equality. I am only 20 years old, meaning he was in jail for a longer amount […]

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Racial disparity grows for graduation rates (Study)

Racial disparity grows for graduation rates (Study) Associated Press (via CBS Sports) | March 14, 2011 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A study released Monday shows growing disparity between graduation rates for white and black players at schools in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament. An annual report by the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity […]

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Gay Is the New Black: limitations of identity politics

In 2008, when I first read “Gay is the New Black” on the cover of the Advocate, I CRINGED at its implications.  Even as I write, “Gay is the New Black,” it is unsettling because it elides, obfuscates and erases many tensions and concerns. You may be asking, “Why speak about it now, three years […]

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This is What Democracy Looks Like!?

League of Young Voters | March 14, 2011 Members of the League of Young Voters traveled to Wisconsin’s capitol to see how they can get more African Americans involved in the protests.

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Weekly News Roundup

March 7, 2011 – March 13, 2011

Skills fund to prioritise Black and Coloured youths Chantall Presence, Eye Witness News, March 13, 2011 4th Annual African American Men Read – In ‘Brothers Mentoring Youth Through Reading’ J. Williams, The Westside Gazette, March 13, 2011 Teacher encourages students to discover themselves Kevin Tremain, The State-Journal Register, March 12, 2011 Why black Africans are […]

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Muslim Rapper Responds to Peter King’s Islamaphobia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8v1Du790HMv

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Study Finds That Blacks With Strong Racial Identity Are Happier

Study Finds That Blacks With Strong Racial Identity Are Happier Atlanta Post | March 2011 EAST LANSING, Mich. — Black people who identify more strongly with their racial identity are generally happier, according to a study led by psychology researchers at Michigan State University. The study, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, appears in […]

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March Madness: The Fab Five

Last night I caught ESPN’s 30 for 30 installment, The Fab Five.  The documentary chronicles the two years the University of Michigan men’s basketball team captured the imagination–and ire–of the sports watching public.  I was a young kid when Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson, and Chris Webber revolutionized college basketball and rocked […]

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