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This Is Why I Am Afraid of the Police

By BYP @blackyouthproj 3:10 pm December 31, 2014 The following piece is from Huffington Post. It was written by Jonathan Walton. By: Jonathan Walton This past weekend, thousands of New York City police officers turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio at the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle in Glendale, New York. It […]

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Why aren’t we talking about the death of Victor White III?

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:51 pm December 31, 2014 The following piece is from The Grio. It was written by Mwende Katwiwa. By: Mwende Katwiwa Most Americans are familiar with Harry Houdini. Houdini earned such notoriety for his famous escape acts that to this day criminals who get loose from their handcuffs are often described as having “Houdinied” their […]

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Video: ‘Light Girls’ film to explore colorism in Black community

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:30 pm December 31, 2014 Making its world-premiere as part of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s (OWN) month-long celebration honoring civil rights legends will be “Light Girls,” Bill Duke’s documentary. The film, which is a follow-up to Duke’s “Dark Girls,” the critically-acclaimed film that focused on the narratives of dark-skinned women, will tell […]

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Report: Chicago police stop black motorists more

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:09 pm December 31, 2014 According to a new report released by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, Chicago police stop black motorists more than their white counterparts. 

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NYPD Strategy: Be Strict on Small Crimes to Deter Major Ones; Critics Say Policy Targets Blacks

By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:42 pm December 31, 2014 The following piece is from The Root. It was written by Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele. By: Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele Critics say the “broken windows” approach that New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is defending is nothing but a regurgitation of the stop-and-frisk policy that targeted African-American and Hispanic […]

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Head of state for Iran tweets support for #BlackLivesMatter movement


By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:26 pm December 31, 2014 Iran’s head of state Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reportedly tweeted his support of the #BlackLivesMatter protests that have denounced the recent police killings of black people in America. A series of tweets came from Khamenei’s account that made clear references to the ongoing movement in the U.S. in […]

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Target refuses to apologize for racist ‘Annie’ ad


By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:00 pm December 31, 2014 Major retail chain Target is refusing to apologize for releasing an ad promoting a clothing line for the film “Annie” starring Quvenzhané Wallis. Target came under criticism for using white models to advertise the Annie-themed clothing line instead of children of color. The corporation released the following […]

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Chicago boy’s letter to Santa asking for safety goes viral


By BYP @blackyouthproj 11:47 am December 31, 2014 13-year-old Malik Bryant wanted peace for Christmas. The Chicago teenager desired it so much, that he wrote a letter to Santa asking that the city be covered in safety. Now, Bryant’s letter has gone viral. 

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Video: black man assaulted by cops while doing Ellen Degeneres dance dare

By BYP @blackyouthproj 3:31 pm December 30, 2014 A black man was thrown to the ground by New York City police while participating in one of talk show host Ellen Degeneres’ “dance dares.” 

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Why Cuba will never send Assata Shakur to the U.S.

By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:17 pm December 30, 2014 The following piece is from Chicago Tribune. It was written by Achy Obejas. By: Achy Obejas She’s on the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists list. Why Cuba protects her.

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