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Princeton University jazz composer inspires with ‘Ballad for Trayvon Martin’

The composer of Princeton University’s orchestra has created a ballad in Trayvon Martin’s memory. Anthony D.J. Branker, who will celebrate his 25th year as Princeton’s founder and director of the program in jazz studies, composed the piece of music after being “moved to the core” upon hearing about Trayvon’s death.

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You Are Not Alone

You are not alone! Yes I get it, the struggle is real. A lot of times in life we get to these plateau’s and we hate where we are. Once we get to this place, we feel like we will be stuck here forever. You’ve put in so much hard work, you’ve shed so many […]

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Getting Past Youth Terrorism

So I’m sick and tired of conversations about the state of Black youth ending with the same played-out solutions—restoring strong family values. Now don’t get me wrong, of course family is important, but we are mistaken if we think that broken homes are the main factors fueling gang violence. If we should blame anything it should […]

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Such a Powerful Video about 2012: A Message of Hope

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_YOG3jMlV4 This is a New Year and being the black Christian feminist/womanist perennial thinker that I am, I want my first blog in the New Year to be about a sustainable hope for a better world. The video above is captivating. And, perhaps, captivating does not capture the feeling of unfettered hope one receives from […]

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Dynamics of Trust & Respect in the Black Community

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This past week I had the opportunity to attend two great events on the south side. A showing of the Kartemquin film, The Interrupters, and an all day event dedicated to youth activism past and present, which included a showing of The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975. Both events were well attended by both community members and college […]

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What Makes Difference? The 99% and 1%

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In the past few weeks I have observed the occupy movement show up in more headlines, gain substantial attention, and impact crips and bloods alike who identify as the 99%. In light of this movement I am led to wonder why this moment has been chosen as the breaking point for so many who feel […]

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Maya Rupert’s “Is Marriage Equality for White People?”

Should Black people care about marriage equality? According to Maya Rupert, THEY SHOULD. What do you think?

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A Message To Black LBGT Youth On National Coming Out Day

The Black Youth Project wishes our readers a wonderful and liberating Coming Out Day. But we also want to make it very clear that all of us – regardless of age, gender, race or socioeconomic status – are on our own journeys. Nobody knows the best time for you to come out BUT YOU.

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How Racism Is Destroying America’s Political Discourse

Racism grows classier and more refined every day, but it never goes away. How else can we explain the American people tolerating the unprecedented disrespect, racism, obstruction and outright legislative terrorism being perpetrated by the GOP?

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The Era-Defining Legacy of Amy Winehouse

And that’s why Amy Winehouse was so unique, controversial and fascinating. It was impossible to tell where her music ended and her real life began. There was no script. In the words of Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse was “an analog girl, livin’ in a digital world,” oblivious to the voyeuristic culture of camera flashes and snarky bloggers that surrounded her.

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