September 27, 2010 – October 3, 2010

Community Targets Teens to End Violence
Jeff Stensland, ABC Southern IL News, October 3, 2010

Graduation rates rise for Virginia schools
Kevin Sieff, Washington Post Staff Writer, September 30, 2010

Local activist speaks out against youth violence
Staff Writer, WHDH News, September 30, 2010

Area teens take part in Youth Leadership Day event
Staff Writer, WKBT News, September 30, 2010

Student NAACP to register voters
Danielle Wilburn, The Daily Helmsman Online, September 29, 2010

Anti-Violence Program Uses Sports to Nurture Young Men
Alex Perez, NBC Chicago, September 29, 2010

Black Colleges Need a New Mission
Jason L. Riley, The Wall Street Journal, September 28, 2010

Black student groups debate use of ‘n-word’
Melissa Candolfi, The Daily Athenaeum, September 28, 2010

Program Aims to Increase Number of Teachers, parental involvement key to engaging students
Andy Sedlak, Middletown Journal, September 28, 2010

Why Do African-American Youth Kill Each Other? The Lack of Cultural Alignment
Staff Writer, Atlanta Post, September 28, 2010

Homeless youth most vulnerable to crime and violence
Staff Writer, Sify News, September 28, 2010

Racial disparity feeds ills in juvenile justice
Lael Chester, Boston Globe, September 28, 2010

East Oakland festival celebrates youth leadership
Nicole Jones, Oakland North, September 28, 2010

Homeless youths most often victims of crime: study led by York U researcher
Janice Walls, Eurek Alert, September 27, 2010

Dothan schools show across-the-board increases in standardized test scores
Jim Cook, Dothan Eagle, September 27, 2010

Student identified as future leader…
Staff Writer, Hertfordshire, September 27, 2010

Black leaders draw area youth to education summit
Gianna Cruet, The Nevada Sagebrush, September 27, 2010

Young, gay, and black in D.C.: Reaching the HIV/AIDS epidemic’s most at-risk group
Amanda Hess, TBD News, September 27, 2010

New sex survey: Black, Hispanic men use condoms more than whites

New sex survey: Black, Hispanic men use condoms more than whites
David Crary, Associated Press | October 4, 2010

NEW YORK — The male-female orgasm gap. The sex lives of 14-year-olds. An intriguing breakdown of condom usage rates, by age and ethnicity, with teens emerging as more safe-sex-conscious than boomers.

That’s just a tiny sampling of the data being unveiled Monday in what the researchers say is the largest, most comprehensive national survey of Americans’ sexual behavior since 1994.

Filling 130 pages of a special issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the study offers detailed findings on how often Americans have sex, with whom, and how they respond. In all, 5,865 people, ranging in age from 14 to 94, participated in the survey.

The lead researchers, from Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion, said the study fills a void that has grown since the last comparable endeavor — the National Health and Social Life Survey — was published 16 years ago. Major changes since then include the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, the types of sex education available to young people, the advent of same-sex marriage, and the emergence of the Internet as a tool for social interaction.

Dr. Dennis Fortenberry, a pediatrics professor who was lead author of the study’s section about teen sex, said the overall findings of such a huge survey should provide reassurance to Americans who are curious about how their sex lives compare with others.

“Unless, like al-Qaida, you feel there’s something abnormal about the American people, what these data say is, ‘This is normal — everything in there is normal.'”

Iron(y) Mike

Last week, one of the ways I distracted myself from writing my dissertation was by watching a Funny or Die video of Wayne Brady and Mike Tyson reenacting Bobby Brown’sEvery Little Step.”  It’s no Drunk History, but I suppose the video, the latest incarnation of the “Mike Tyson being funny” genre, is worth a chuckle or two.


School Suspensions Skyrocket for Black and Latino Students

School Suspensions Skyrocket for Black and Latino Students
Naima Ramos-Chapman | September 30, 2010

new study by the Southern Poverty Law Center has found that school suspensions of black and Latino students are skyrocketing. The trend, according to researchers, has been triggered by zero tolerance policies set in motion in the 1970’s, and exacerbated by hysteria over youth crime in the decades-long fallout after the Columbine High School shootings.

Triggered by zero-tolerance school policies initiated in the 1970’s and exacerbated after the Columbine shootings, out-of-school suspension rates for Black and Latino children are skyrocketing, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s newly released suspension study using 18 of the nation’s largest school systems.

Over at The Root, Nsenga Burton writes about the dangerous problems that arise for penalized kids who are left with too much time on their hands: (Read full article)

A Message to the LGBTQ Youth of America

I love writing about music. And I am very thankful to Dr. Cohen and the Black Youth Project for giving me a platform to inundate you all with my oftentimes unnecessary and occasionally dubious opinions on the world of music and entertainment.

But in light of recent events, I feel like there are far more important things to discuss.

Namely, the plight of our gay youth.

Can You Stand a Fight: Recognizing Predators when you are P.O.W. (i.e. Push Over Woman)

I’ve decided to start a school entitled, “I Know Who You Are.” I know it’s a very weird name for a school, but it encapsulates the purpose of the school. I am going to teach little girls how to recognize predators not only the predators that walk down the street and abduct them as they are walking to school or the predators that creep into their bed as they sleep, but predators that come in a non-threatening, “I love and worship you . . . I will give you the world . . . trust me I am your Prince/Princess . . . I will make everything right” manner, but who’s very presence is sinister and downright starved for the light that naive girls and women emit. Because their light tells a story of trust without boundaries, devotion without commitment, care without concern. Yes, they are what I call P.O.W.s—Push Over Women.

And, let me be honest, I can’t stand P.O.W.s. They irk me. All, I want to yell to them is, “Put your big girl drawls on and fight, shit . . . whatcha crying for, you better woman up.”But, I realize that sometimes this type of “I am a strong black woman” motivation is not the most effective in training P.O.W.s on how to recognize and fight predators. But, I result to such tactics because I know what it means to be a Push Over Woman and the daughter of a Push Over Woman. It means making men the center of your life. It means never listening to your inner voice . . . your intuition. It means loving a man who fundamentally hates himself and who can only experience fleeting moments of happiness when he is beating you senseless. It means meaningless groping and touching without mutual intimacy. It means telling your daughter to never depend on a man but showing her your constant dependence. Yes, I know what it means to be a P.O.W. an untrained naïve woman . . . a woman who does not realize the power she has.