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Report: greater chance of black children drowning in pools than whites

By BYP @blackyouthproj 3:43 pm May 16, 2014 Swimming pools pose a much greater threat to black children and teens than they do to other kids. The research, discovered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that black children ages 5 to 19 drown in swimming pools at a rate more than 5 […]

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Eryka Badu catches flack after Swaziland performance

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:24 am May 2, 2014 Singer Erykah Badu is facing criticism for performing in Swaziland recently. Human rights activists have called out Badu for singing “Happy Birthday” to King Mswati III. Amnesty International and other activists have documented numerous human rights violations occurring in Swaziland.

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Minneapolis officials vote to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:57 pm April 29, 2014 The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. A state representative says the change is the city’s effort to honor Native American culture. 

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B Stylers: Japanese teens who want to be black

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:14 am April 10, 2014 A group of teenagers in Japan known as B Stylers, have declared to live the life of a black person. Dutch photographer Desiré van den Berg discovered the teens while traveling around Asia for the past seven months. 

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Black Twitter outraged over praise for Kendall Jenner’s ‘epic’ hairstyle

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:57 am April 4, 2014 Black Twitter expressed outrage following a tweet from Marie Claire’s account that praised television personality and brand ambassador Kendall Jenner’s “epic” hairstyle. A photo of Jenner with her hair braided in the very common African hairstyle of cornrows was accompanied by the following words: “Kendall Jenner takes […]

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Singer/Actor Jason Weaver blasts celebration of Lil Boosie’s release from jail

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:57 am March 7, 2014 After serving time in prison, rapper Lil Boosie has been released. And while many fans took to social media to celebrate his newfound freedom, singer/actor Jason Weaver took to Instagram to express his disapproval of fan’s actions. 

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Charles Barkley: ‘the public is more homophobic than the locker room’

By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:59 pm February 18, 2014 In light of former MU football player Michael Sam’s coming out, everyone has been talking about homosexuality and sports. During an appearance on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” the former NBA star and sports commentator spoke out about homophobia, and said that the public is […]

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Chicago event seeks to ‘reclaim Afrikan heritage in America’

By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:45 pm February 6, 2014 A Chicago-based organization is seeking the “reclaim Afrikan Heritage in America” with their upcoming event. The BRIJ (Bridging Relationships in Justice) Fund, along with The Inner City Studies Majors Club & The Black Mall, will hold their first bi-monthly mixer series on Saturday Feb. 22 from 10-4pm. 

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Omaha police union defends posting video of cursing toddler, says it depicts ‘thug cycle’

By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:14 pm January 8, 2014 The Omaha Police Officers Association is under fire for posting a video of a black toddler cursing on its website. The video, which features a black boy who is around 2, was posted to the site as an example of the “thug cycle.” Below is language that […]

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Radio Interview: The History of Blackface

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:21 am November 7, 2013 Web Coordinator for the Black Youth Project, Shantell Jamison, stops by the Music Vox to discuss the recent photo of two White males dressed as George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin for Halloween and the damaging effects of wearing blackface. Listen to Shantell represent issues related to the […]

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