Get to know Black Youth Project’s staff this holiday season

I am blessed enough to work with a staff of young writers who inspire me every single day. They are graduate students, community activists, educators, and content producers who make my job as Managing Editor that much easier. So, I wanted to take some time to spotlight them and give you a chance to get to know them a little better.

Liz Adetiba (Contributing Writer), Jordie Davies (Assistant Editor), Alyx Goodwin (Contributing Writer), Akudo Mez (Social Media Coordinator), and Keith Reid-Cleveland (News Editor) are the core voices of Black Youth Project. I got the chance to ask them a few questions about their thoughts as we move out of 2016 and into 2017. Here are their responses:

Chicago Rapper FM Supreme Talks Hip Hop, Black Lives Matter and Benefits of Travel

We recently had the pleasure of spending some time talking to Chicago MC, Jessica Disu aka FM Supreme, about her seat right at the intersection of hip-hop music and social activism. She also provided some gems about the significance of travel in self-improvement and the controversy surrounding her appearance on FOX News calling for the abolition of police.

Read the entire interview below.

Organizing in Chicago is a matter of strategy

By: Chaya Crowder

Young Black activists in Chicago are wholly committed to local community engagement and cultivating a new generation of politically empowered leaders. Chicago’s chapter of the Black Youth Project 100 continues to lead the way in the innovation of community organizing strategies and building efforts.

Black Youth Project 100 is an all Black, member-based organization comprised of young people ranging in age from 18 to 35, as well as a partner organization of Black Youth Project (BYP). BYP got the opportunity to speak to activists from Black Youth Project 100, including Johnaé Strong and Asha Rosa to discuss the organization’s goals and strategies towards achieving Black Liberation.

Black and Proud in Public: How Black Girls and Women Are Shamed For Being Dope

From proms to graduations, this time of the year is meant to be a celebratory period for high school and college students everywhere. But, when the valedictorian of Central High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama posted her accomplishments on social media, she was met with both admiration and hatred. This is yet another example of the ways that Black women and girls are rarely praised for their outstanding accomplishments, making it almost impossible for them show even an ounce of pride for themselves in public spaces.

Amandla Stenberg Opens Up About Their Gender Identity

By: Angelica Bastien

Actress Amandla Stenberg, who recently appeared in the Beyoncé film Lemonade, has quickly become an icon for teens thanks to her intelligence and wit when it comes to racial and gender issues. On her Tumblr blog, Stenberg is known to talk openly with fans, which led to a fascinating exchange recently about what pronouns they prefer given openly identifying as non-binary.

24-Year-Old Chicagoan Launches Scholarship Fund For High School Students

Cassius Rudolph is only 24 years old, but he’s already accomplished a feat many people twice his age only dream of. The Southside Chicago native, currently studying at Columbia University’s Union Theological Seminary, is working as a sort of middle man between both his former alma maters: Harlan High School and Tougaloo College.