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Robert Pattinson’s girlfriend harassed on Twitter because she’s black

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:44 am September 30, 2014   Twilight fans have crossed the line after some of them took to Twitter to harass Robert Pattinson’s girlfriend because she is black. FKA Twigs, whose real name is Tahliah Barnett, is a rising pop star. Her videos and music symbolize empowerment. But unfortunately her musical talent is […]

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African Americans protest media portrayals of black victims with #IfTheyGunnedMeDown hashtag

By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:57 pm August 11, 2014   In the wake of the shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri resident Michael Brown, African-Americans have taken to Twitter to highlight how the media portrays blacks if they should become victims of police shootings.

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Like other companies, Twitter also comes up short on diversity

By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:43 am July 25, 2014 Twitter is the latest company to confirm that the field of technology isn’t diverse. The company released a statistical breakdown of the genders and ethnic backgrounds of its employees, and like many companies, the “diversity report” does not live up to its name. 

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Men’s Health Month: health advocates host #BrothersWhoTweet chat series

By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:05 am June 12, 2014 Community service organizations invested in men’s health will host Twitter chat events using the hashtag #brotherswhotweet. The chats are meant to openly discuss the importance of mental, physical and sexual health with black men. 

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Event: ‘Now What?’ Politics, Culture and Social Media

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:14 pm June 9, 2014 The Illinois Humanities Council presents: “Now What?” – Politics, Culture and Social Media.  The event kicks off the second edition of the Now What? conversation series, and takes a look at the impact of Twitter on organizing. The Black Youth Project is a co-sponsor of the event.

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Pharrell: ‘the new black doesn’t blame other races for our issues’

By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:18 pm May 15, 2014 Singer, songwriter/producer Pharrell has had an amazing year. But tempers flared when the star released the cover for his new album, GIRL, and the flames have been reignited after comments about “The New Black” during an interview with Oprah made by the musician. 

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Black hockey player flooded with racist comments after scoring goal


By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:54 am May 5, 2014 Racist comments flooded social media networks last week after Montreal Canadiens denfenceman P.K. Subban scored a winning goal in a match against the Boston Bruins. Unhappy Bruins fans took to Twitter, posting all types of racist, derogatory comments on the site. 

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With #myNYPD hashtag, Black Twitter exposes police brutality


By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:23 am April 23, 2014 The New York Police Department is known for executing a history of violent and discriminatory practices that many say unfairly target minorities. An effort to share positive stories and experiences through the #myNYPD hashtag backfired after members of Black Twitter jacked the hashtag to highlight police brutality […]

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Update: Colin Kaepernick responds to allegations of sexual assault

By BYP @blackyouthproj 11:44 am April 11, 2014 Yesterday, we reported that San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick is being investigated by the Miami Police Department for an alleged sexual assault. Kaepernick has responded to the allegations via Twitter:

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On Twitter, victims of sexual assault answer ‘what were you wearing?’ question

By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:09 am March 14, 2014 Every two minutes, someone becomes a victim of sexual assault in America. 80 percent of the victims are under age 30, and 44 percent are under the age of 18. Often, the victim is afraid to come forward, and when she/he does, they are shamed, questioned and […]

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