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In memory of Fred Hampton

45 years ago today, legendary civil rights activist and Black Panther leader Fred Hampton was gunned down by Chicago detectives and members of the FBI during a raid. As he slept next to his 8 month pregnant partner, the last moments of his life were stolen by the boys in blue. Like most of the members of the Black Panther Party, Hampton was a force to be reckoned with. Law officials quickly labeled the party’s message as trouble, that was filled with colorful white hate imagery. The reality was that Hampton and others were promoters of black love, not white hate, a very dangerous message during that time.

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Fellowship seeks to improve lives of black males, apply today!

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Open Society Foundations and Echoing Green have teamed up to offer the Open Society Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship for young black males. The fellowship seeks to improve the life outcomes of black men and boys in America. 

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New York prosecutor says she was forced to quit after complaining about racism

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Katherine A. Lemire was a top lawyer for NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly until she decided to take a position at another firm. Now, she has filed a lawsuit against her new place of employment, alleging that she was forced to quit after sticking up for a black co-worker.

Lemire filed the lawsuit against Michael Stapleton Associates, a Manhattan-based security services firm. 

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Restaurant forced to stop feeding homeless after complaints from other business owners

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A Lafeyette, Ind. restaurant has been forced to stop feeding the homeless amid complaints from fellow business owners. The Buttery Shelf, a small eatery owned by Cherrie Buckley, fed as many as 70 people a free meal each Thursday.

But the restaurant’s good deed has since stopped for good.

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Radio Interview: The affects of racial categorization in Hollywood

Each week, BYP Web Coordinator Shantell Jamison joins “Music Vox” Host Jesse Menendez on 90.7FM to discuss the latest current events covered by the Black Youth Project.

In this conversation, the two discuss an USA Today article that refers to “The Best Man: Holiday” as a “race-themed” film, and the affects of racial categorization in mainstream entertainment and inclusion.



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Enough is Enough: Chicago activists protest ‘school desert’ in neighborhood

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Activists in Chicago’s Bronzeville community are tired of losing schools in the district. After plans by Chicago Public Schools to close more than 50 schools in the city went into effect, residents and community members are saying that enough is enough.

They are fighting to keep Dyett High School, the neighborhood’s last CPS high school open. 

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‘They Are Still Our Slaves’ author breaks down the demise of black people, continued rise of whites to power

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For years, we’ve seen letters claiming to be written by white, racist members of society who have the system of slavery. We may no longer be in chains, but we cannot deny the fact that in many ways, black people remain in bondage.

The latest letter on keeping the black race inferior is one that has a similar tone to the Jim Crow laws. Entitled, “They Are Still Our Slaves,” the note’s author encourages the white race to remain on top while tearing down the weaknesses of black unity. 

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President announces $100M HIV research initiative

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President Barack Obama has announced a new initiative to combat the spread of the HIV virus. 

His administration is redirecting $100 million into the project which will live at the National Institutes of Health.

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Mistaken identity: teen jailed for four days

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An 18-year-old man says he was traumatized after being thrown in jail for four days.

West Virginia State University freshman and football receiver Jawon Johnson was arrested after being pulled over by Havre de Grace police for an improper U-turn.

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Coming from where I’m from

drivebyAfter reading a recent New York Times article featuring a north Saint Louis neighborhood and the violence that it’s citizens live with daily, I realize that I see my neighborhood with different eyes. I am a born and raise resident of the same north Saint Louis neighborhood. Like most of my neighbors, I have witnessed or been a victim of crime in our neighborhood. Folks always ask my family and me “Why don’t you move?” We always reply, “Why? What will happen when all the good folks are gone?”

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