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Report: for every $1 a white man makes, black women earn 62 cents

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:03 pm July 24, 2014 Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was introduced 50 years ago, but like most reports reveal, little has changed in terms of the economic status of blacks in the country. In fact, a new report by the National Women’s Law Center, reveals that black […]

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Lupita Nyong’o options rights to film based on Americanah

By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:24 pm May 30, 2014 Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o has optioned the rights to a film based on Chimamanda Adichie’s most recent novel, Americanah.  Adichie had previously hinted at the project, but the news was just confirmed recently via the Stylist Magazine blog.

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Former Spelman co-valedictorians continue to succeed with self-help book

By BYP @blackyouthproj 11:21 am May 29, 2014 Kirstie and Kristie Bronner walked across the stage as Spelman College’s first-ever co-valedictorians in 2013. Now the twin sisters hope to inspire others with their new book, “Double Vals: The Keys to Success in College and Life Beyond.” 

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With moving words, Oprah Winfrey reflects on legacy of Maya Angelou

By BYP @blackyouthproj 3:56 pm May 28, 2014 Maya Angelou touched the heart and souls of millions across the world, and Oprah Winfrey has very fond memories of the beloved poet and author. Ms. Angelou, 86, passed away this morning at her North Carolina home peacefully according to family. Oprah had the following to say […]

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Did ‘SNL’ go too far? Leslie Jones ruffles feathers with slave skit


By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:05 am May 5, 2014   While it appears that producers of the hit sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live took steps to address its lack of diversity by adding one black woman to its on-air staff and two black female writers, the show is once again in the spotlight for its portrayal of […]

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D.L. Hughley apologizes for Columbus Short remarks

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:32 pm May 1, 2014 In a written statement, comedian D.L. Hughley apologized for previous comments made about former Scandal actor Columbus Short’s wife.  Here’s what he originally said: “The star of one of the hottest dramas in the country, chokes the f*ck out of his wife? That doesn’t ever happen. I don’t think […]

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Queen Latifah set to star in Bessie Smith biopic


By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:32 am May 1, 2014 Queen Latifah will be playing Bessie Smith in a biopic, and Dee Rees, director of the movie Pariah, is slated to write and direct the film, which will air on HBO.

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Defense Secretary calls for military to review discriminatory hair policies


By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:17 am April 30, 2014 In response to criticism about the American military’s newly revised policies regarding hairstyles, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the branch to review the regulations. Hagel’s orders come on the heels of a complaint filed by 16 women of the Congressional Black Caucus, that alleges the regulations which […]

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Chicago Department of Health seeks participants for HIV prevention focus group


By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:21 am April 18, 2014 The Chicago Department of Public Health, in conjunction with Better World Advertising, are seeking black women who are at least 18 years of age to participate in a focus group to develop an HIV/STD prevention campaign.

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Who Will Keep My Sister?: A Dialogue & Discussion on the Criminalization of Black Women & Girls


By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:31 am April 11, 2014 Join the Chicago Chapter of BYP100 in a dialogue & discussion on the criminalization of Black women & girls through a queer feminist lens. The event, co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, will amplify stories of Black women & girls, and propose […]

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