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.

Long Island Teen Gets Accepted Into All 8 Ivy League Schools

Getting into one of the elite institutions known as the Ivy League is an experience only a select few get to experience. Being accepted into more than one is reserved for the best of the best. But getting an acceptance letter from all eight of them? That’s a rarity that surely has to be celebrated.

Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, a Long, Island, New York high school senior and valedictorian was able to accomplish just that, according to Essence

11-Year-Old Closes Lemonade Expansion Deal With Whole Foods

Mikaila Ulmer is clearly a businesswoman far beyond her years. At the age of 10, she appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and sold 25 percent of her lemonade business to Daymond John, the founder and CEO of FUBU, for $60,000. Now, she’s signed off on an expansion deal that will see the business that combined her family’s lemonade recipe and her mission to save bees reach new heights.

According to the Root, Ulmer brokered a deal with Whole Foods to sell her lemonade on a regional level in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana locations. If all goes well, the next step would be to sell the product on a national scale. 

‘Black Girl Nerds’ Founder Jamie Broadnax On Being Black, Woman, and Nerdy

 Jamie Broadnax is an example of someone who saw a void that needed to be filled and chose to do it herself. When Broadnax founded Black Girl Nerds in 2012, there was a clear need for an outlet for female nerds of color. Four years later, Black Girl Nerds has a website full of contributing writers, a podcast that was recently featured in our list of “10 Black Podcasts You Need In Your Life,” and heads weekly social media hashtags chats to give nerds everywhere a sense of community while watching their favorite shows and movies.

BYP got a chance to talk to Broadnax recently about the importance of a website devoted to giving black girl nerds a safe space to be themselves, the lack of women of color in comic book adaptations and more. Check out all of what she had to say in the interview below.

Teen Promotes ‘The Go’ As Chicago’s New Nickname With T-Shirt Campaign

For a long time now, I’ve stood by a belief: the only people that refer to Chicago as “Chi-Town” are either tourists, distant suburbanites, or rappers looking for a shortcut. And I’ll never refer to the city as “Chiraq” and side-eye anyone that does. But I’m not against all nicknames for the city that raised me, just the corny ones. As a matter of fact, a local teenager has been working diligently for the past few months to popularize the city’s lesser known nickname – “The Go.”

A Visible Love, A Visible Movement: An Interview With Veronica Morris-Moore

During the week of February 21st, Veronica Morris-Moore did not rest. She was dedicating her body, her energy, and her time to making sure that people make the smart choices for the betterment of Black lives.

Instead of sleeping, Morris-Moore protested against Anita Alvarez, the current state attorney for Chicago who in no way, shape, or form should have control over Black lives because she abuses her power and has no respect for Black people. Morris-Moore rightfully believes that the greatest power that we have seen is action and protest. Her language is poetic and her dedication is inspiring. With Morris-Moore and the efforts of Fearless Leading by the Youth (F.L.Y.), an organization founded to enact change by carrying out political campaigns created by Black youth. Because of their work, there will now be a trauma center on the Southside of Chicago.  In this installment of Black Youth Spotlight, we talk with Morris-Moore and gain insight into  how her actions has helped save lives on the Southside.

Did We Do Enough To Save Chicago State University? Not At All.

Less than 24 hours after Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders hosted a rally at Chicago State University, all 900 employees of the university received layoff notices. The layoffs appear to be the final blow in the nearly 8 month battle between Chicago State (as well as other predominantly-Black public colleges) and Illinois politicians. But while many have directed their anger over the budget impasse at Springfield, primarily towards Republican governor Bruce Rauner, one thing is certain: Chicago itself did not do enough to save CSU.