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7 Facts You Need to Know About the Mizzou Protests

Last week, mainstream news outlets erupted with stories about student protests at the University of Missouri. The University was founded in 1839 but didn’t admit Black students until 1950 when the University was “fully integrated.” Today, the roughly 35,000 students have found themselves at the center of a major push for cultural and administrative change on campus following reports of racism toward Black students on the main, predominantly white Columbia campus. Here are some of th key facts you need to know. 

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8 Black Queer & Trans Business Owners to Know

by L.G. Parker

The statistics are daunting and all around us. Because black, because queer, because trans, because gender-non-conforming, because, because, because… we are less likely to be hired, more likely to go without. Some of our loved ones might even suggest that we stop acting like a lil boy or girl, stop playing dress up, grow up and look decent and get a job. Maybe some of them are well meaning, but the fact remains that those suggestions are harmful and do not help us cope with the many ways that we already fear the way various discriminations will impact our finances and employability.

I like to consider the following business owners when I start to worry about these things.

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BYP 100 Feature: Black People in New York City Are Not Safe

On February 1, 1968, two Black Memphis sanitation workers were crushed to death when the compactor on their truck was accidentally triggered. It was the last in a series of events that would eventually lead the city’s majority Black sanitation workforce to go on strike, demanding safer work conditions, better wages, and union recognition. What makes this strike even more significant is that these Black workers were fighting for comprehensive economic justice in the context of the 1960s Freedom Struggle, which demanded an end to state-sanctioned racial violence in all its forms.

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‘Black Millennials in America’ in the Media: Watch this Informative Video From the Wall Street Journal

On Wednesday, we released the ‘Black Millennials in America‘ report. Since then, the findings have been covered on any major news outlets including Huffington Post and the Washington Post. The Wall Street Journal put together a great round-up video on the report summarizing some of the key findings in the release. Watch the video below and provide your thoughts in the comments section.

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BYP Announcement: First Ever ‘Black Millennials in America’ Report Released

On Wednesday, the Black Youth Project released its first ever report on Black Millennials entitled  “Black Millennials in America” survey data. The project is dedicated to providing a more nuanced understanding of the lived experiences and political attitudes of Black Millennials.  We believe that black lives matter and that we must represent the complexity of black lives at this moment.

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It’s Time to Contextualize President Obama’s Efforts to ‘Ban the Box’

On Monday, President Obama laid the groundwork for longterm changes in rehabilitating and reintegrating formerly incarcerated individuals in the United States. Proposing seven new measures, President Obama seeks to destigmatize those who have been convicted of crimes while providing equity across employment, education, and housing access for all citizens. The most popular of his announced measures is his push for federal employers to “ban the box.” And while this is a huge step forward in reducing the impacts of the prison industrial complex in society, there is still so much work to be done. Perhaps these changes are best understood in a larger context.

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Get to Know These Seven Black Poets You Should Support Today

By Jayy Dodd

Black poetics has been a stronghold and foundation for language as we know it. From flips and cuts in grammar, Black folk (globally) have taken back colonized tongue forming new and necessary vocabularies. We hear it in hip-hop, opinion piece and every other Black medium; poetry is an invaluable resource for the diaspora. Below is a brief selection of Black poets you need to know, watch and support: