Staff

  • Cathy J. Cohen

    Publisher/Founder of BYP

    Professor, Department of Political Science Cathy J. Cohen, is Professor of Political Science and former Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago. She is the author of The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics (University of Chicago Press, 1999) and co-editor with Kathleen Jones and Joan Tronto of Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader (NYU, 1997). Cohen currently serves as co- editor with Frederick Harris of a book series from Oxford University Press entitled “Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities.” Cohen’s general field of specialization is American politics, although her research interests include African-American politics, lesbian and gay politics, and social movements. (Click here for full bio)

    Cathy J. Cohen can be reached at: cathy@blackyouthproject.com

  • Amber Butts

    Managing Editor

    Amber Butts is a writer, educator and grief worker who believes that Black folks are already whole. Her work asks big and small questions about how we move towards actualizing spaces that center tenderness, nuance and joy while living in a world reliant on our terror. She's currently at work on an afro-futurist novel that writes elders into our futures.

    Amber Butts can be reached at: amber@blackyouthproject.com

  • Sherronda J. Brown

    Deputy Editor

    Essayist. Editor. Researcher. Digital Activist. Reformed Blackademic. Enjoys writing pop culture and media analysis through a Black feminist lens with historical and cultural context. Enamored with Black monstrosity, Black survival, and Black resistance in the horror genre. Obsessed with zombie lore and haunting narratives. Read more of her work at Wear Your Voice Magazine, RaceBaitR, and werdbrew.

    Sherronda J. Brown can be reached at: Sherronda@blackyouthproject.com

  • Christian Ivey

    Social Media Manager

    Christian is a science fiction and fantasy writer, community organizer with BYP100, and an Independent Bookseller with Lost City Books. He freelances photography and host a weekly Spin Night (Vinyl DJ-ing) as well. He’s currently on a quest which he hopes leads to his debut novel.

    Christian Ivey can be reached at: christian@blackyouthproject.com

  • Eli Berry St. John

    Social Media Coordinator

    Eli is a community organizer from New York working with Black trans led initiatives invested in learning and helping create tools for community building and survival. From creating spaces for Black trans men and masculine people to explore masculinity and manhood using a Black feminist and womanist framework to crowdfunding for Black trans people Internationally, Eli is invested in building through love and self-accountability.

    Eli Berry St. John can be reached at: eli@blackyouthproject.com

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