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BYP Blogger Edward James III Delivers Keynote Address at MLK Breakfast


Our very own Edward James III was the keynote speaker at the 19th annual MLK Day Breakfast in Sarasota this past week.

Delivering a speech entitled “Writing Our Own Narrative,” Edward spoke eloquently and passionately about the plight of today’s Black youth, and the importance of enterprise, civic engagement and community support to stem the tide of violence and self-destruction in our communities.

What would the World be Like if all Little Black Girls Were Treated Like Ms. Blue Ivy Carter


What if we treated every little girl of color like we treat Ms. Blue Ivy Carter? What would the world be like if everyone in the world waited with breath held for every little girl of color Spirit to divinely make their grand entree into this world because as Jay Z so methodically rapped in Glory, they are, “Destiny’s Child?” What would the world be like if every father, husband, brother, uncle, nephew, and son made a verbal, but, most importantly, a soul abiding commitment to banishing the shrieking vows and consonants that congeal the five letter word for female dog? What would happen if they did this?

What would happen if every person in the world devoutly and fundamentalist-ly believed that girls of color had a profound purpose? Would they seek as Joseph Mbeh sought with Ms. Blue Ivy Carter’s name to trademark all little girls of color names saying to themselves in the way men often say to themselves about woman-kind, “Let us own them, let us make them ours for we know the brilliancy of their minds.”

What would the world be like?

Soul Legend Etta James Dies at 73

After a much publicized battle with leukemia, soul legend Etta James has died at the age of 73.

The terrible news was announced today by longtime friend and manager Lupe De Leon. According to De Leon, James passed away with her husband and sons by her side.

From CNN:

“The powerhouse singer, known as ‘Miss Peaches,’ lived an eventful life. She first hit the charts as a teenager, taking ‘The Wallflower (Roll With Me, Henry)’ — an ‘answer record’ to Hank Ballard’s ‘Work With Me, Annie’ — to No. 1 on the R&B charts in 1955. She joined Chess Records in 1960 and had a string of R&B and pop hits, many with lush string arrangements. After a mid-decade fade, she re-emerged in 1967 with a more hard-edged, soulful sound.

President Obama Sings Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’ at the Apollo

Something to make you smile on this glorious Friday morning!

Check out a clip of President Obama breaking out into a surprisingly on point rendition of Al Green’s classic “Let’s Stay Together” at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

In town for a fundrasier, Obama paid tribute to the soul legend (who’d just performed) by busting out a few notes himself!

Educational Systems, Parental Guidance and the Stress Levels of Black Children


At my job there are specific rules that may seem contradictory to norms that exist in society. A particular rule that I was once confused about relates to parent-child contact during youth development activities. We basically don’t allow parents in the room while we’re conducting their post-school day activities. In a world where everyone is scrambling to get the parents involved in their children’s education, why would any program decide to exclude parents from this process?

What is the Effect of a “Black” Name in America?

I recently watched the documentary “Freakonomics” in which one of the topics they covered was the importance of names. The economists researched if there are certain names that can guarantee a child’s success or failure in life as well as the effect one’s name has on their personality. Not surprisingly, they found that a name cannot guarantee a child’s success or failure, however, they did find that certain names cause certain prejudices. Economist and race expert Roland Fryer explained what he calls “Cultural Segregation” or the difference between white culture and black culture. Fryer, a black male, examines that one of the obvious differences between these two groups is their choice of children’s names.

‘Shit White Girls Say…To Black Girls” Creator Speaks Out, Releases Part 2

“Shit White Girls Say—To Black Girls” creator Franchesca Ramsey has returned with a sequel to her highly controversial contribution to the relentless “Shit People Say” meme.

And it is absolutely hilarious. Check it out below!


And Ramsey hasn’t taken the crticism from naysayers lying down.

VIDEO: Obama Campaign Calls Out Koch Brothers In New TV Ad

The Obama Reelection Capmaign has unleashed their first television ad of the 2012 election season.

Check it out below.

Dealing largely with Obama’s record on clean energy and ethics, the 30-second spot is also notable for calling out the Koch Brothers, “the wealthy conservative industrialists who have funded the Tea Party and anti-gay, anti-labor politicians such as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.” The ad does not mention them by name, instead referring to “secretive oil billionaires” who attack the President with nonfactual ads.

Where is Daddy!

An interesting story was circulated through the news media this week. It was about a mother who forced her son to wear a sign “I lie, I steal and sell drugs.” As this story was being analyzed and chopped up by different media reports, I started to realize the big story wasn’t about the mother being a bad person. It was more about where is the father throughout all of this.