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Black Masculinity in the Age of Barack Obama & Chief Keef

How does one frame Black masculinity in the age of Barack Obama and Chief Keef? Does Black masculinity fall within the framework of masculinity in general, or is it an outlier seeking to find a home?  In Souls of Black Folks, W.E.B. Dubois purports  that due to the irreparable damages of slavery and institutionalized racism, […]

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Sorry Jada, the Short Answer is “No”

 On Monday, Jada Pinkett Smith offered a question to her Facebook followers trying to prompt conversation around the topic of whether or not black women should be willing to allow white women to grace the covers of Black magazines such as Essence. She asks:  With love and respect to all parties involved, my question is […]

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Reality Superstar Uses Platform to Motivate Young America

Candice “Dice” Dixon from VH-1′s “La-La’s Full Court Life” is on a mission to motivate. Black Youth Project contributor, Rashad J. Smith, spoke with Dice about her plans for the future to make positive impact on young America. With a Master’s Degree in Occupational and Safety Health Administration from North Carolina A&T, and major celebrity […]

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Jesus is White and Obama is the Devil in The History Channel Bible

Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, the actor who plays Satan in the History Channel’s Bible Series and President Barack Obama  The History Channel long ago became the cable network with the most ironic name, considering its programing consists mostly of “Pawn Starts” marathons. But now it seem like their taking another shot at “history” programing with their latest […]

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Monday Morning Challenge: Cast Good Times

Here’s the deal: Sony Pictures has decided to turn the 70′s television sitcom Good Times into a feature-length film. Last week, Deadline reported that Sony has tapped producer Scott Rudin and writer Phil Johnston to head the project. (Before we go all Spike Lee and question whether a couple of white dudes should be in charge of this, let’s all […]

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What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black?: A New Black Arts Movement for a New Generation

“What shall I tell my children who are black, Of what it means to be a captive in this dark skin? What shall I tell my dear one, fruit of my womb, of how beautiful they are when everywhere they turn they are faced with abhorrence of everything that is black. The night is black and so is the boogyman. Villains […]

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The Demolition of Black Boy Bodies and Learned Silences

“…He felt no physical existence at all right then. It was a shadowy region, a No Man’s Land, the ground that separated the white world from the black that he stood upon. He felt naked, transparent; he felt that this white man, having helped to put him down, having helped to deform him, held him […]

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Epically Failing a Generation

1. The state of Connecticut sentenced Tonya McDowell to five years in jail in part for sending stealing a free education. McDowell, who was homeless at the time, used a babysitter’s address to enroll her son in a school that was not in the district where she had last lived permanently. McDowell wanted to send […]

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16 Year Old Boy Shot and Killed by Undercover Cops in New York City

16 year old Kimani Gray http://youtu.be/sjCR57Op94o Late Saturday night in Brooklyn, 2 undercover NYPD officers shot a killed 16 year old Kimani Gray. According to the police the teen pointed a gun at them, but according to a witnesses in the above video Kimani, was “running for his life” and yelling for the police to “stop”. […]

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Creating Space: Why Mentoring Will Change a Generation Experiencing Trauma & Violence

Now all the teachers couldn’t reach me And my momma couldn’t beat me Hard enough to match the pain of my pop not seeing me (Jay-Z) I was speaking to a middle school student that I am mentoring through a non-profit in Chicago, and the student explained to me an event in his life growing […]

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