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India.Arie pins open letter in response to lack of blacks in Grammys

By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:11 pm January 29, 2014 To say that singer India.Arie didn’t like this past Sunday’s Grammys would be an understatement. In an open letter, the songwriter talked about the dearth of black award winners and black faces on the telecast, and called the awards show a popularity contest.

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Black People Can Handle It: Empathy and Educational Inequity


By Mo Green 9:40 am July 2, 2013 A lack of empathy perpetuates racial disparities…. At least, that is what Slate writer, Jason Silverstein, argues. Touching on a plethora of severe identity issues within our “post-racial” society (just kidding, that doesn’t exist), Silverstein demonstrates problematic assumptions on “what it means to be black.” Answers to […]

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STUDY: People Generally Lack Empathy for Black Pain

A recent study asserts that people generally believe black people feel less pain than whites. Called the racial empathy gap, it helps to explain the persistence of racial disparities in our society; in everything from medical care, to social and economic policies, to the criminal justice system.

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STUDY: Waiters Give Black People Bad Service Because They’re Bad Tippers?

A recent study published in the Journal of Black Studies found that many waiters give black customers poor service, assuming that black patrons are bad tippers. Have you ever felt like your race impacted the quality of service you received at a restaurant?

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Rampage in Tulsa: Two White Men Launch Killing Spree Against Blacks; 3 Dead, 2 Injured

Last Friday, two white Tulsa, Oklahoma residents went on a murderous rampage in a black section of the city, shooting five people, killing three of them. Police and FBI officials say it is too early to call this incident a hate crime; do you agree?

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Today Is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


Did you know that African Americans account for nearly half of all people living with HIV in the United States? Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. We’ve got a serious crisis on our hands. Learn more at BlackYouthProject.com!

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REPORT: African Americans Live Better in The South and The West

A report released today by the Urban Institute says that Black people are better off living in small to medium-sized Metro areas in the South and West than in the Midwest or Northeast. Why is the opportunity gap wider in the Midwest and Northeast?

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VIDEO: Celebrities Discuss Growing Up Black and Latino

Check out this fascinating video about growing up Black and Latino. Among the topics discussed are stereotypes and prejudices, bilingualism, straddling two cultural identities, and discrimination in Hollywood (and society at large). It’s a very interesting and vital conversation. Check it out at BlackYouthProject.com!

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Black Unemployment On The RISE: Is enough being done?

The Labor Department announced today that unemployment has fallen to 8.5%. Black unemployment continued to rise however, climbing from 15.5% to 15.8%, and from 39.8% to 42.1% amongst Black teens.

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Rick Santorum Doesn’t Want to Give ‘Somebody Else’s Money’ To Black People

At a campaign stop in Iowa a couple days ago, Rick Santorum was asked a question about foreign aide, and inexplicably (or, strategically) singled out Black people as recipients of government assistance. Why do you think he singled out African Americans? Read more at BlackYouthProject.com!

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