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Black Youth

Asking for More for Young Black Gay Men

Matthew Rose | Posted 04.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Rose

These goals seek to further the abilities of these young men, who grew up in a world that gives them ample examples of the price of business as usual. However they sit at a point of change, to move the needle is a different direction.

'My Brother's Keeper' Is a Keeper

Nia Hamm | Posted 03.07.2014 | Black Voices
Nia Hamm

On its face, sure, the President's initiative seems small. In fact the $150 million that has already been invested in the program could probably go a long way to improving circumstances for male youth of color in Chicago alone. But it is a step in the right direction.

Not a Big Fan of My Brother's Keeper

César Vargas | Posted 03.07.2014 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Poor people are under a great deal of stress. Their spirits are under a lot of stress. To tell them that they have no excuse is not just irresponsible. It's dangerous.

Booker T. Washington Inspires Barack

William H. Turner | Posted 03.04.2014 | Black Voices
William H. Turner

President Obama encouraged the likes of the young men of color staged behind him last week at the White House to turn adversity into advantage.

Education, Institutional Racism, and the Conservative Response to "My Brother's Keeper"

Vincent Intondi | Posted 03.03.2014 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

Clearly, making education equal will not eliminate all of the structural racism in our society. But equal education would certainly provide our black youth a better chance at survival and success, which is what President Obama is trying to do.

Unemployment and Violence in the African American Community

Tio Hardiman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

The University of Chicago recently released a study that revealed the fact that 92 percent of African American youth between the ages of 16 and 19 are...

10 Messages of Wisdom We Need to Give Black Youth Right Now

Ernest Owens | Posted 03.15.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

As I look back at my childhood, it was the advice that my mother, grandmother and elders had instilled in me that still resides in my now adult conscience. So here is what I've learned and my only hope is that others will carry it on.

10 Amazing Young People Worth Celebrating

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 12.26.2013 | Black Voices

From Kendrick Johnson to Renisha McBride, too many young black people made headlines this year in the United States for news directly related to a tra...

Misfiring on Whether Zimmerman Racially Profiled Martin

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.29.2013 | Crime
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The obvious point is that to call Zimmerman a serial racial profiler and that Martin was another victim of his penchant for profiling is crass race baiting. That's the wrong debate.

Father To Son

Steve Pemberton | Posted 09.22.2013 | Black Voices
Steve Pemberton

Here, on your 13th birthday, it's time for The Talk. No, not the one about the birds and bees. We've had that one. The other one-about what it means to be a young, black male in this country.

Lean In... and Listen

Carolyn Custis James | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Carolyn Custis James

In the wake of the Zimmerman acquittal, I have been asking myself a hard question: If I want to be taken seriously when I say something is amiss that bothers me, how can I turn a deaf ear to the cries of others when they raise concerns of racial profiling and injustice?

Finding Justice for the Trayvons of the World

Janai S. Nelson | Posted 09.14.2013 | Black Voices
Janai S. Nelson

The disheartening yet unsurprising result in the Trayvon Martin case has been the subject of incessant conversations with both French and American friends in France, where I am working presently. What has struck me in these discussions is how universal a tragedy the Trayvon Martin story is.

Black Youth, Education and Sports: Resisting Stereotypes and Historical Blindness

David Bedrick | Posted 08.20.2013 | Black Voices
David Bedrick

It is not only the lack of appreciation for the historical context that dulls people's understanding and analysis, it is also the fact that some people regard black aspiration in sports as a result of natural ability in athletics along with a concomitant lack of intellectual ability.

Humanizing Schools: Breaking Down the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Byron E. Price | Posted 04.28.2013 | Black Voices
Byron E. Price

Three attributes, which are non-existent in many urban schools today, pervaded my school environment: a humanized educational environment; teachers who believed in us and expected us to learn; and punishment, which was not as a means to criminalize students for adolescent behavior.

Incentives to Marry Won't Cure Gun Violence, Education and Jobs Are What Chicago Needs

Cathy Cohen | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Cathy Cohen

We are committed to working with any and all individuals and organizations committed to stemming the tide of violence and combating the systemic challenges that threaten the lives of Black and Latino youth.

It's About Time We 'Wake Up' And Listen To Black Youth

Derrick Clifton | Posted 04.24.2013 | Black Voices
Derrick Clifton

We forget that black youth have important ideas to offer during critical discussions about issues directly affecting their lives. Black youth voices are routinely rendered invisible. It's a dilemma that the documentary Woke Up Black addresses head-on.

Still Waiting for a Comprehensive Discussion of Urban Gun Violence

Cathy Cohen | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Cathy Cohen

While we mourn Hadiya and all the young people in Chicago who are the victims of gun violence, the Black Youth Project is still waiting for the president to comprehensively address gun violence in the city.

Gun Control Laws and Race And Class: Let's Talk About It

Janet Mason | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Janet Mason

We can start with gun control legislation. President Obama is in his second term and now is in a position to take action. Public opinion is on his side. Let's put pressure on our legislators to make sure this happens.

Blood on Our Hands

Tavis Smiley | Posted 02.16.2013 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

The lost lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School have something to say to the entire nation, but especially to black America. We'll have blood on our hands if we miss this moment to protect the lives of inner-city youth who more than most are subject to random acts of violence and death.

'Stand Your Ground' Should Be Repealed

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 02.03.2013 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

Dunn claims he acted in self-defense, and that he felt "threatened" before opening fire on the vehicle. His attorney argues that Dunn "acted responsibly." He is now calling on a legal hook for his view that his actions were warranted: Florida's deeply misguided "stand your ground" law.

Are Alcohol Advertisers Targeting Black Youth?

Posted 09.29.2012 | Black Voices

Booze and binge drinking -- it's the stuff hip hop videos are made of, along with a disproportionate number of advertisements African-American youth a...

How to Preserve Taxpayer Dollars? Invest in Youth!

Robert Lewis | Posted 11.05.2012 | Impact
Robert Lewis

Youth in general need support to be guided on a path toward becoming assets to their community. Black male youth are especially in crisis today and in dire need of such support.

Either Way, A Devastating Death

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 09.17.2012 | Home
Tiziana Dearing

Even if you weren't aware of Phoebe Prince, the story probably seems all too familiar these days. You feel a little sick to your stomach. You are stunned by yet another horrible story of virulent, unchecked bullying. What is happening in our schools? Our neighborhoods?

A New Politics for Black Youth: From Rodney King to the 2012 Elections

Cathy J. Cohen | Posted 09.15.2012 | Black Voices
Cathy J. Cohen

As the 2012 election approaches it is important to realize how young people of color are using new media to amplify their voices in the political realm. Are we prepared to embrace their innovation and support their engagement?

The Impact of the "Housewives" Phenomenon and What We Can Do About It"

Marcus Bright | Posted 09.02.2012 | Black Voices
Marcus Bright

The young men who are groomed to epitomize hyper-superficiality have a generation of young women who are encouraged to select their mates based on what the person has financially and materially as opposed to who the person is on the inside.