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Chicago Film festival tells stories of black LGBTQ community

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:21 pm July 2, 2014 For two days residents and visitors of Chicago will have the chance to experience unique films dedicated to showcasing works by and about the Black LGBTQ/SGL (same gender loving) community. The Black Alphabet Film Festival, hosted by the non profit Black Alphabet, features a series of independent films […]

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Residents, city officials celebrate Whole Foods ground breaking ceremony in Englewood

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:42 am July 2, 2014 Six years ago, Ald. Joann Thompson (16th) traveled to the International Council of Shopping Centers convention in Las Vegas to push for retailers to bring their business to Chicago’s Englewood community. She came away with nothing. 

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National HIV Testing Day: 3 of the riskiest ways to catch HIV

By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:00 pm June 27, 2014 Today is National HIV Testing Day. We cannot stress enough the importance of knowing your status. HIV prevention and transmission is critical, especially within the African-American community. Here are 3 of the riskiest ways to contract HIV as published on Rolling Out. 

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Why the Banjee Black Gurl’s Brunch is a safe space


By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:48 am June 12, 2014 By: Terrence Chappell This past Sunday, June 8, I hosted a brunch at my apartment in Chicago’s Edgewater community. I absolutely love having friends over and entertaining. I grew up watching my mom entertain, so this brunch brought it full circle, of course with the help of a few […]

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Prep school holds ceremony for first graduating class

By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:15 pm June 10, 2014 A Chicago high school celebrated its first graduating class on Monday when 119 students walked across the stage. Members of Johnson College Prep cheered as they took their first steps as high school graduates. The school is located on Chicago’s south side in the Englewood community. 

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Chatham residents reject violence in community

By BYP @blackyouthproj 3:12 pm June 9, 2014 Jahmal Cole and his wife have been living in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood for six years now. At the time, the Coles had heard very little about the violence, but since they moved into their home in 2008, the house has been burglarized twice and the ring of […]

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Residents on a mission to share what’s GOOD in Englewood

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:27 am May 13, 2014 Rashanah Baldwin is sick and tired of her neighborhood being negatively portrayed by media. True, Englewood isn’t home to the Cleavers, but there’s so much more to the Chicago community than violence, drugs and murder. So she and other residents are taking to social media to reshape […]

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After 9-year-old placed in handcuffed and fingerprinted, community pushes for change

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:09 pm May 9, 2014 Community members in Portland are outraged after a 9-year-old girl was placed in handcuffs by police. Latoya Harris couldn’t believe what was happening as she watched officers cuff her daughter after showing up at her home to question the child about a fight that occurred a week […]

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Federal Government offers assistance to Chicago police after weekend violence


By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:29 pm April 22, 2014 Chicago saw at least 44 shooting incidents and 8 deaths over the holiday weekend. Now, the federal government is offering help to the city in the fight to end violence in the streets. 

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BYP 100′s Jamira Burley among those honored at White House event


By BYP @blackyouthproj 3:42 pm April 2, 2014 On Thursday, April 3, the White House will honor 9 grassroots leaders taking critical steps in their communities to reduce gun violence. BYP 100 member Jamira Burley is one of them. 

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