Meet TheRoot.com’s 2012 Young Futurists: Black Youth changing our world

Our friends over at The Root have compiled an awesome list of young African American innovators.

The 2012 Young Futurists are a diverse group of intelligent and engaged young people between the ages of 16-22 that are doing amazing things for our world, specializing in fields as diverse as green innovation, science and technology, arts and culture, social activism and business enterprise.

White Teacher Suspended For Using N-Word in Class; Suing Chicago Public Schools

White school teacher Lincoln Brown is suing Chicago Public Schools after he was suspended for using the n-word in front of his sixth grade class.

Brown had intercepted a note being passed while he was teaching, in which a student had written rap lyrics using the n-word. Brown says he wanted to seize the opportunity as a teachable moment, and engage his students on the history and implications of the word.

Brown’s principal happened to walk in during the ensuing conversation, heard Brown utter the n-word, and immediately began the process of issuing a suspension.

Brandon White, ATL Gay-Bashing Victim, Speaks Out!

20 year-old gay man Brandon White has finally spoken out after a viral video of him being brutally gay-bashed by three men spread like wildfire across the internet this week.

As we told you yesterday, an FBI investigation is underway to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

But that won’t do anything to erase the physical and emotional scars from enduring such a vile beating. BYP.com commends Brandon for his courage and resilience in speaking out about this terrible ordeal.

“I was going to be silent about it…but by them going ahead and wanting to release it and put it on the internet, i feel that they wanted the attention themselves. They wanted to make themselves look like they were brave and strong. But in my opinion, I’m the brave one.”

Check out his press conference below.

VIDEO: Brigham Young Students Answer Questions About Black People

You might want to take a few deep breaths before checking out this video.

Stand-up comedian Dave Ackerman went to Brigham Young University in black face, and asked the incredibly white student body a series of questions to test their knowledge of Black history and culture.

Words cannot even begin to describe the outstanding levels of ignorance radiating from this video.

You’ll laugh, you’ll scream, and you might even need a little therapy after this one.

It’s infuriating.

VIDEO: Brutal Gay-Bashing in Atlanta Sparks Outrage, FBI Investigation

A harrowing viral video  depicting a young Gay man being viciously gay-bashed in Atlanta has sparked a firestorm of controversy and an investigation by the FBI.

The video shows the attackers waiting for someone to exit a convenience store, with one of them stating “Jack City, no faggots.” A young man then exits the store and is immediately sucker punched from the side, and then brutally beaten by three men. Throughout the video, a fourth man can be heard yelling “no faggots in Jack City” as they mercilessly punch and kick the victim.

According to reports, the police were never called, and the attackers are still at large.

VIDEO: NYPD Kicked Down Door Without Warrant Before Shooting Ramarley Graham

Surveillance footage taken minutes before unarmed 18 year-old Ramarley Graham was killed has been released.

The footage, from a camera mounted outside of his home, shows Graham walking into his building. Seconds later, police officers appear. Finding the door locked, they attempt to kick the door down. The NYPD did not secure a  warrant before taking such measures.

Shortly thereafter, Ramarley Graham would be dead.

From WPIX:

“The video is high-grade. Its clarity comparable to that of a professional system. The officers are clearly seen desperately trying to break into the house. The damage was evident once PIX11 stepped through the front door –the wood around the locks splintered.

Ava Duvernay is First Black Female to Win Best Director at Sundance

Great news out of Utah!

Ava Duvernay is now the first black women to win best director at the Sundance Film Festival.

Her film Middle Of Nowhere won the prize, beating out some very stiff competition. It is Duvernay’s second film; her first, entitled I Will Follow, was released last year to rave reviews.

From the Huffington Post:

In her acceptance speech, Duvernay said that it was important that Nowhere be seen beyond the film festival and for ‘filmmakers of color to see one another’s films and have them seen.’

VIDEO: New Documentary ‘The Loving Story’ Trailer

Check out the trailer for HBO’s upcoming documentary “The Loving Story,” about the landmark Loving v. Virginia case that ended interracial marriage bans in the United States in 1967.

Richard Perry Loving, a white man, and Mildred Loving, a black woman, married in Washington DC in 1958 (where interracial marriage was legal at the time), but were arrested as soon as they returned to their native Virginia, where interracial marriage was still illegal.

They were given a one year suspended jail sentence, on the condition that the couple leave Virginia for 25 years.

The judge wrote:

“Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And, but for the interference with his arrangement, there would be no cause for such marriage. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.”

BYP Blogger Edward James III Delivers Keynote Address at MLK Breakfast

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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.

‘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!

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