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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.

The Educational Crisis of Young Men of Color

Gaston Caperton | Posted 08.20.2011 | Education
Gaston Caperton

There is an education crisis facing young men of color. It's not on the front page of the newspaper, but it's out there, and if we fail to address this crisis together, the education level of the entire American workforce will decline for the first time in our history.

Confessions of a Young Organizer: Why the Democrats Lost the Midterm Elections

Biko Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Biko Baker

It is my wholehearted belief that Democrats could have picked up another 5 to 7 percent if they had made a strategic investment in young people and communities of color.

Will Black Youth, the "Most Connected" Generation Ever, Vote in 2010?

Biko Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Biko Baker

No political party can afford to ignore the black youth vote, nor simply expect to bring them in at the last moment.

Dispatch From 100 Black Men of America: A Crisis of Young Black Men in America

John Hope Bryant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

I was honored to speak at the international conference of 100 Black Men of America, where this year's focus was on the topic of mentorship. This got me thinking about the skyrocketing high school dropout rate amongst our kids.