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Black Youth Dissuaded from Asking Questions?

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By Johnaé @johnae_alyse 5:05 pm January 31, 2012 This past weekend I spent time with my niece in celebration of her ninth birthday! It was great to be in the midst of young children in my family with all their wonder and innocence. On another hand, it was also tiresome answering all of their questions […]

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Seeing Michael Jackson Coming

By Keantre Malone 3:00 pm January 31, 2012 I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve always taken Michael Jackson’s optimism and musical happiness for granted. Black folks especially, at least those in my circle, praise his artful force for party R&B songs like “Shake Your Body” and “Remember the Time”. Not much has been […]

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Ava Duvernay is First Black Female to Win Best Director at Sundance

Ava Duvernay is now the first black women to win best director at the Sundance Film Festival. Her film Middle Of Nowhere won the prize, beating out some very stiff competition. Check out the trailer for Middle Of Nowhere at BlackYouthProject.com / @BlackYouthProj

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Chicago Homicides Up FIFTY PERCENT!

During a telephone interview with the Chicago Tribune on Monday, police superintendent Garry McCarthy divulged that homicides in the city of Chicago were up by more than 50 percent in January. Half of these homicides occurred in the city’s Englewood and Harrison neighborhoods.

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Young, Black, and Locked Up: Florida Edition

By edward 12:53 am January 31, 2012 As a Black male, my life prospects don’t look too bright- statistically speaking. My life span is 7.1 years shorter than any other cohort group; I’m 5 times more likely to die of HIV/AIDS. That’s just health related. When it comes to education there is a 40% chance […]

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Weekly News Round-Up: Jan. 24-30

By BYP @blackyouthproj 3:43 pm January 30, 2012 Issues not all black and white for some minority voters Katie McFarland, PNJ News, 1/24/12 Blacks Aren’t Marching on Washington Because Obama’s Black? Cord Jefferson, Bet News, 1/26/12 Out of the Cold program sees increase in youth needs M. Carolyn Black, Midland Free Press, 1/27/12 Georgiapolice killing […]

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When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong, Hip-Hop Edition

By jasiri x 12:57 pm January 30, 2012 Up and coming rapper Cory Gunz was arrested in New York yesterday with a loaded gun in his backpack (a crime with carries a mandatory sentence of three and a half years). This is the same law that lead to the arrest and incarceration of Lil Wayne, […]

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Hip Hop Is ‘Mixtape of the Revolution’ in Africa and the Middle East

Hip Hop has had a massive influence on the waves of revolutions and protests across the Middle East and Africa. Rappers have become highly influential spokespeople for a generation of youth disillusioned, giving a voice to the voiceless. What is behind Hip Hop’s global appeal?

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The Real Housewives of The Help Go to Africa

By Summer M. 9:00 am January 30, 2012 Hollywood is so full of liberal do-gooders always on the cutting edge. As such, in advance of Black History Month, they have bestowed many acting awards upon members of the cast of The Help, namely Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who both won SAG Awards last night. Perhaps […]

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530 Young People MURDERED in Chicago since 2008

According to a truly disturbing article in the Chicago Reporter, 530 young people have been murdered in Chicago since 2008. More young people are murdered in the city of Chicago than any other American city. How do we save our youth?

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