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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.

President Obama Disproves the "Broken Home" Theory

Etan Thomas | Posted 08.21.2012 | Parents
Etan Thomas

Although having a single parent household may not be the most favorable situation, it is reality for a quarter of all kids in America today. Why shower them with negative statistics and lower their expectations and possibilities in life?

Latino Stop & Frisk

Juan Cartagena | Posted 07.18.2012 | Latino Voices
Juan Cartagena

In 2012, with Stop & Frisk continuing unabated, it seems like the more we complain the more Commissioner Ray Kelly and his occupying forces conduct Stop & Frisk. And Latinos are disproportionately found within its web.

A White Mother Trying To Protect Her Black Son In A World That Killed Trayon Martin

Sharon Van Epps | Posted 05.23.2012 | Parents
Sharon Van Epps

Today, the hardest and most painful part of my job as a mother is teaching my now nine-year-old son that others fear him for the color of his skin, and that their fear renders him vulnerable.

Five Lessons for America from the Trayvon Martin Tragedy

Christopher Emdin | Posted 05.21.2012 | Black Voices
Christopher Emdin

I do not want focus here on what young black boys need to do to avoid incarceration, death, and poor schooling. Rather, I want to focus on what we all must learn and understand about the black male experience in order to make sure there is not another Trayvon case.

When Will We Listen To Black Youth?

Mary Morten | Posted 05.21.2012 | Black Voices
Mary Morten

I made Woke Up Black to document what Trayvon's story tells us -- how race can influence and override many other factors in determining the futures of African-American youth.

5 Ways Red Tails Can Inspire Deeper Conversations With African-American Youth

Christopher Emdin | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education
Christopher Emdin

Red Tails, with its success at the box office, majority African-American cast and white main funder, invites a powerful conversation that all Americans should be engaged in.

New Study Ranks California Counties by Youth Homicide Victimization Rates

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 03.11.2012 | Los Angeles
Josh Sugarmann

A new study released today by my organization, the Violence Policy Center (VPC), ranks California counties by their youth homicide victimization rates...

WATCH: Soft-Drink Companies Target Black And Hispanic Youth, Study Finds

Posted 12.31.2011 | Black Voices

A new report from Yale University found that beverage companies are targeting children, particularly black and Hispanic youths, in their sales campaig...

How to Stop Flash Mobs

Zack Isaacs | Posted 10.15.2011 | Black Voices
Zack Isaacs

As adults, we must set the tone for the young people and provide them with more love and less hatred. They already live in bogus conditions where it is damn near impossible to find a good role model.