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Black Youth

Washington, D.C. and Gun Violence Among Black Youth: A Bellwether City at a Crossroads

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick | Posted 08.19.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick

What if we carefully listened to the stories of young men in jail, particularly those accused of gun-related crimes, to deeply understand their motivations or sought their advice about how to solve these problems?

We Are Your Constituents; the Lobbyists Are Not

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.17.2015 | New York
Rev. Al Sharpton

If you've turned on your television lately, you've likely seen an ad or two blasting the historic Iran nuclear deal. The reality is, millions are being spent in a lobbying effort to destroy an agreement that has been reached after extensive negotiating and diplomacy between world powers and Iran.

The Unthinkable Lives of So Many Black Boys: Where Are the Caring Adults?!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Where are the neighbors? Where are the schools and community organizations? Who reaches out to see what the problem is? Does anyone see this child/youth desperately in need of help and hope? Who listens or offers a helping hand amidst the violence and despair they face daily?

Helping Black Boys Survive: What A Difference A Smile Makes

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Basic respect and human decency--just plain kindness--can go a long way in building self-esteem in our children and helping a young person in crisis make it to the next step.

Introducing the Ma'Ati: An Online Epic Novel & Travel Magazine

Shamira Muhammad | Posted 07.15.2015 | Business
Shamira Muhammad

My family and I were nomadic nearly my entire childhood, and as an adult I have traveled to over ten countries and lived in three. While freelancing in Paris, several friends began asking for help constructing fun itineraries for their trips abroad.

Witness to a "Crisis:" 1950s Black Youth Activism That Propels Many Today

Ravi K. Perry | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Ravi K. Perry

As we approach the anniversary of the landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, on May 17th, the story of struggle and progress in Little Rock reminds us of the roots of Black youth activism in American racial history.

All Lives Matter: Improving the Lives of Young Boys and Men of Color

Monique Miles | Posted 07.23.2015 | Impact
Monique Miles

While overall rates of disconnection from society are likely to trend down as the nation recovers from the Great Recession, history suggests that disconnected young men of color are in danger of being permanently left behind, and this has implications for future generations.

Talib Kweli Donates $100,000 To Ferguson Protestors

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 02.23.2015 | Black Voices

While mainstream media has been noticeably mum regarding the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri over the fatal police shooting of unarmed teen Mic...

Addressing the School to Prison Pipeline: Why Education Is the Liberation of Black Youth

Jonathan Stith | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices
Jonathan Stith

In order to dismantle the school to prison pipeline and end the mentacide of Black youth, we need a radical transformation.

Don't Be Like That: Does Black Culture Need To Be Reformed?

The New Yorker | Kelefa Sanneh | Posted 02.04.2015 | Black Voices

It was just after eight o’clock on a November night when Robert McCulloch, the prosecuting attorney for St. Louis County, announced that a grand jur...

BCLA "Walks-In" With Boston Activists

Adebukola Ajao | Posted 03.08.2015 | Black Voices
Adebukola Ajao

"The last six months were always in a state of flux. It constantly moved in out and of joyfulness, sorrow, love, change, determination and defeat."

Will Big Mama's House Exist for the Generations to Come?

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 02.01.2015 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

Not only is the phenomenon of the single black woman with children ever increasing but now the single black woman is faced with the prospect of never being married and being happy with the single girl friends, a good job, and a miniature dog. One would question, what does that do for the fate of the black family?

Every 28 Hours...

Charlene A. Carruthers | Posted 01.31.2015 | Black Voices
Charlene A. Carruthers

A Black person in America is killed by a police officer or a person protected by the state every 28 hours. We take action in the name of ending anti-Black police-state violence and ask that you join us in nonviolent direct action wherever you are in the world.

Artist Organizes Community Gun Buyback In New Orleans

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.22.2014 | Arts

The rate of children killed by gun violence in the United States is several times higher than that of any other wealthy nation, with black male teens ...

A New, Safer Chicago? End the Grass Gap

Charlene A. Carruthers | Posted 12.01.2014 | Chicago
Charlene A. Carruthers

If Chicago's policymakers and decision makers are committed to building a new and safer Chicago where all of its residents can thrive, taxpayer dollars must be spent on what our most vulnerable communities need.

Celebrities Pay Homage To Michael Brown During Funeral Service

Posted 08.29.2014 | Black Voices

More than two weeks after unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, hundreds gathered along with t...

Talib Kweli On Michael Brown Shooting: 'We Don't Need To Calm Down'

Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices

Among the many demonstrators seeking justice for the killing of unarmed, black teen Michael Brown, rapper Talib Kweli has been active on the front lin...

Spike Lee: 'There's A War On The Black Male And It's Tearing The Country Apart'

Posted 08.27.2014 | Black Voices

Throughout the course of his filmmaking career, Spike Lee has been very vocal on his personal views on social issues and politics. So it comes as no s...

T.I. On Ferguson Turmoil: 'America Has Created A Monster'

Posted 08.26.2014 | Black Voices

Since the news of unarmed, black teen Michael Brown’s shooting, the world has placed a spotlight on the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and th...

Michael Brown's Mom: Do You Know How Hard It Was For Me To Get Him To Graduate?

Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices

--Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, opens up to reporters on the difficulty of raising her son. (New York Times) ...

Rapper Mourns For Michael Brown In Tribute Song

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices

A week after 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, people across the country are demanding j...

Keke Palmer Reveals Plans To Join Ferguson Protest

Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices

As she prepares for her historical role as the first African-American to play Cinderella on Broadway beginning Sept. 9, Keke Palmer has also expressed...

No More Silent Statistics: Walter Finnie

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 10.14.2014 | Black Voices
Diane Luby Lane

Walter, our tall, dark, and handsome, Get Lit Player teen poet from Watts, is leaving for college in Pennsylvania in a few weeks, and I wanted to make sure that he had a coat.

Celebrities React To Mike Brown's Fatal Shooting On Twitter

Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices

As questions remain unanswered surrounding the fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, critics across the country c...

Unrest In Streets After Police Kill Unarmed Black Teen

AP | JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR | Posted 10.10.2014 | Black Voices

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest...