Black Youth Project’s Holiday Gift Guide

If this year has taught us anything, it is that we must support and invest in our own organizations, services, and businesses if we are going to lay the foundation for our collective liberation.

To make it easier for you to give Black and knock your holiday shopping list out while supporting Black businesses, we have compiled gift and business guide for you. In a time where community building is imperative, you’ll be taking an intentional step towards that and becoming that friend that gives the best gifts.

There’s something on our list for everyone:

Woman Records Video As She Is Kicked Out Of Victoria’s Secret For Being Black

Shopping while Black is a phenomenon that can only be explained by those of us who have to do it regularly. Sometimes those experiences turn into funny stories for us to share later. Yet, at other times, they end in humiliation and tears as Black people are unfairly targeted by store associates, managers, and security guards simply because of the color of their skin.

This was the case for a Black woman named Kimberly Houzah when she recently visited a Victoria’s Secret store at the Quintard Mall in Oxford, Alabama. 

Jennifer Lawrence, In Another Case of ‘Whiteness Gon’ White’, Jokes About Desecrating Sacred Rocks

While discussing “cultural differences” on “The Graham Norton Show,” half-woke starlet Jennifer Lawrence proved once again that the limits of White Feminism are vast. She joked, and even seemed to have a whole comedy routine ready, about her desecration of sacred rocks in Hawaii while filming one of the Hunger Games films.

Why I Will Never Call Myself ‘Woke’

Being “woke” is the modern day version of saying someone’s in tune with the world around them, has their third eye open, or whatever phrase you’d like to use to declare them as someone who “gets it.”

Calling someone “woke” is meant to be a compliment, except for when it’s being used ironically – which happens all too often. It’s sort of a pat on the back to let someone know that they’re not in the problematic majority that’s either directly or indirectly playing a role in some form of oppression.

But, while the occasional few have used the word in reference to me, I’ll never use it to describe myself. 

Why America Needs Justice-Oriented Civic Education Now More Than Ever

The United Negro Improvement Association. The Congress of Racial Equity. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The National Association of Colored Women. The National Association For the Advancement of Colored People. The Black Panther Party.

The list of civic organizations that helped shape the course of racial justice in the 20th century seems almost endless.

A Discussion with Mariame Kaba On The #ByeAnita Campaign and Grassroots Organizing

There are very few activists today who can boast the experience and accomplishments of Mariame Kaba. The New York native, whose work brought her to Chicago for over 20 years, is an educator, organizer, and curator whose work “focuses on ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, transformative justice and supporting youth leadership development.” She has worked tirelessly to create a more just world for marginalized communities. And now, Kaba has created a video about the Chicago effort to successfully oust Anita Alvarez, the ex-State’s Attorney for Cook County, Illinois who lost her Democratic primary to Kim Foxx in March 2016.

We had the chance to ask Kaba about her work on this campaign, her reasons for creating the video, and what the implications are for social organizing today.

Where to Give on this #GivingTuesday

In the activism world, physical presence is important but there’s no denying that financial contributions are just as vital. Given the current climate of the U.S., many communities are fighting injustices at every turn, on every level. This Giving Tuesday, we are asking that you consider supporting organizations that work for justice for all people.

Here is a list of organizations and meaningful efforts that you can invest in on this Giving Tuesday:

Detroit students are fighting a state government that claims ‘literacy is not a right’

This country has a long history of denying the basic, unabridged, and inalienable rights to all people despite the promises made in the Bill of Rights. This truth is evidenced by the fact that students, right now in 2016, are fighting in Michigan courts for better quality education.

Seven Detroit children, as represented by a Los Angeles law firm, filed a lawsuit in September citing “decades of state disinvestment and deliberate indifference to Detroit’s schools have denied them access to literacy,” according to WJBK-Fox2 News