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Judgment Call


By Keevin Brown 9:33 am October 16, 2014 Terio the 7-year-old Internet sensation was on stage dancing to Bobby Shmurda’s hit single “Hot Nigga” at this years BET Hip-Hop awards. After ruminating over the performance I started to think about the whose decision it was to have a child on stage dancing to a song […]

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BYP Memo: Young People’s Attitudes toward President Obama, Political Parties, and Government, Implications for the Midterm Elections

Members of the crowd cheers as US Presid

By BYP @blackyouthproj 11:44 am October 8, 2014 The media often report that young people are disengaged from midterm elections. Understanding how young people feel about President Obama and the major political parties, as well as their beliefs about how well they can effect political change, can shed light on the role they will play in […]

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“B**ches Ain’t Sh*t”… And Apparently Every Other Woman Is Too

By Keevin Brown 11:11 am October 8, 2014 With R&B singer Ciara’s release of her post baby weight, weight loss body surfacing on the net. I was inspired to think about her relationship with southern Hip-Hop artist Future and the logic behind why their engagement may have been called off.

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Why We Must Expect More From Hip Hop Artists

Jasiri X speaks during a panel discussion on Ferguson, Mo., and police brutality in the Black community in Washington, D.C. in August. (Freddie Allen/NNPA)

By jasiri x 1:29 pm October 7, 2014 PHOTO: Jasiri X speaks during a panel discussion on Ferguson, Mo., and police brutality in the Black community in Washington, D.C. in August. (Freddie Allen/NNPA) By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) –In the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager in Ferguson, […]

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Allowance Part 2

By Keevin Brown 12:28 pm October 1, 2014 Hip-Hop is a world where your word is your bond. Anything you say is purported to be factual and “keep it real” becomes more than a slogan, it is law! After a recent conversation I had with my brother about the recent happenings in each others lives […]

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Why I’m a Black Man Before I’m a Gay Man


By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:18 pm September 30, 2014 By: Terrence Chappell I’m much more aware of my identity as a black man versus my identity as a gay man. I don’t think of them as competing identities, but in the context of perception and the world they are binary. Even as a young boy, I remember my […]

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Reflections on Ferguson and Beyond

Pro-Palestinian protesters take part in a demonstration against the violence in the Gaza strip, in Lyon

By Ekundayo Igeleke 2:46 pm September 25, 2014 Let’s call out the names of our fallen brothers and sisters:  Michael Brown, John Crawford, Timothy Thomas, Troy Davis, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Johnathan Ferrell, Emmett Till, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Renisha McBride, Darius Simmons, Jordan Davis, Kimani Gray, Rekia Boyd, Kendrec McDade, Timothy Russell, Malissa Williams, […]

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Tell the City of Pittsburgh to Let Leon Ford Live


By jasiri x 1:47 pm September 25, 2014 Leon Ford at Community Awareness Day (Photo by Haute Muslim) On November 11, 2012, Leon Ford was pulled over by the Pittsburgh police. He promptly gave them his drivers license and registration, which confirmed who he was and his ownership of the vehicle he was driving. The police […]

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Spotting Bigotry On Spotify: How One Playlist Description Promotes And Perpetuates Racism


By Keevin Brown 9:40 pm September 23, 2014 Recently I received a Snapchat from my friend Taylor of a Spotify playlist. Normally I wouldn’t have given it much thought, but the description of the playlist made me furious. Both Taylor and I were equally annoyed at the way a Hip-Hop playlist was being marketed to […]

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The Legacy of August Wilson and the Importance of Preserving Spaces for Black Culture


By jasiri x 10:59 am September 19, 2014 Jasiri X outside the now closed August Wilson Center in 2010 at the First Voice Festival (photo by Haute Muslim)  In the above video I spoke about the importance of the legacy of August Wilson and the necessity of supporting a African-American cultural institution. Today marks the […]

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