BYP & BYP 100 Present…’MLK Then & Now: Rebuilding the Black Freedom Movement Through King’s Legacy’


Join The Black Youth Project Founder Cathy J. Cohen, BYP 100 National Coordinator Charlene Carruthers and members of The Black Youth Project and BYP 100 on Monday January 20th for an hour long Twitter Chat dedicated to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Participants will share their thoughts and beliefs about how to best live out the legacy of the iconic civil rights leader on a personal, political and for those of us who subscribe to finding meaning in the non secular: a spiritual level.

It is important for us as young Black people to engage in the legacy of MLK in a way that is both celebratory and lovingly critical. Too many times we witness either a romanticized version of King as the savior of the Black race or an outright dismissal of him for being too much of a reformist; only fighting for integration and assimilation. 

Remembering Aaliyah on her 35th birthday

Today Aaliyah would have turned 35. With a future as bright as her smile, there is no doubt that she would have continued to be a star. Her life was cut short just before her big break into the film industry, but her legacy is undoubtedly one that remains to be remembered, imitated and forever cherished.

New York Times article sheds light into life of homeless child


This story originally appeared in the New York Times.

By: Andrea Elliot

She wakes to the sound of breathing. The smaller children lie tangled beside her, their chests rising and falling under winter coats and wool blankets. A few feet away, their mother and father sleep near the mop bucket they use as a toilet. Two other children share a mattress by the rotting wall where the mice live, opposite the baby, whose crib is warmed by a hair dryer perched on a milk crate.

Slipping out from her covers, the oldest girl sits at the window. On mornings like this, she can see all the way across Brooklyn to the Empire State Building, the first New York skyscraper to reach 100 floors. Her gaze always stops at that iconic temple of stone, its tip pointed celestially, its facade lit with promise.

Radio Interview: The affects of racial categorization in Hollywood



Each week, BYP Web Coordinator Shantell Jamison joins “Music Vox” Host Jesse Menendez on 90.7FM to discuss the latest current events covered by the Black Youth Project.

In this conversation, the two discuss an USA Today article that refers to “The Best Man: Holiday” as a “race-themed” film, and the affects of racial categorization in mainstream entertainment and inclusion.

White Supremacist who wants to make town 100% white finds out he’s 14% African


Craig Cobb has no qualms about telling you his plans for the small North Dakota town he resides in. The white supremacist wants to turn Leith, ND., into an all-white town. 

He recently appeared on the talk show “Trisha,” and shared his thoughts about why this would be beneficial.

During his appearance, he agreed to take a DNA ancestry test, and the results were shocking. It turned out that Cobb is 86% European and 14% African.

Radio Interview: The History of Blackface

Web Coordinator for the Black Youth Project, Shantell Jamison, stops by the Music Vox to discuss the recent photo of two White males dressed as George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin for Halloween and the damaging effects of wearing blackface.

Listen to Shantell represent issues related to the black community each Thursday on Vocalo 90.7FM , 4:20pm Central Time.

53 years ago today: Muhammad Ali’s legacy begins


Before he was known as Muhammad Ali, Cassius Clay of Louisville, Kentucky was a winner. In fact, 53 years ago today, the light heavyweight champion took home his very first win after beating opponent Tunney Hunsaker.

He was just 18 at the time, but played like the pro we all came to know him to be.

From Boxrec:

At the final bell, Clay, appearing almost as fresh as when he started, was splattered with blood from Hunsaker’s nose and a cut over the West Virginian’s eye. The eye was swollen almost shut after the fight. Clay, who put behind him a brilliant amateur record, weighed 186 pounds, his heaviest ever, for the fight. Hunsaker came in at 192. The dancing, fast-moving Clay bloodied Hunsaker’s nose in the third round with a flood of blows and it was the fourth that he opened the cut over his eye.

45 years ago today: The famous Olympic Games black power salute


Tommie Smith and John Carlos made history at the Olympics in 1968.

As the pair accepted the gold and bronze medals in the 200m, they silently raised a gloved hand as the American National Anthem played during the ceremony.

Dressed in black socks and no shoes with Smith adorned in a black scarf, this was more than a victory for a game. It was a silent symbol, a protest in opposition of continued discrimination against black people in the country.

While they were booed by many in the crowd, Smith and Carlos knew who would understand.