There were several important political issues missing from Tuesday night’s Republican debate in Las Vegas. Most noticeable was the repeated overlooking of recent acts of terror in this country committed by White men, namely the mass killing last month at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, and the murder of nine Black congregants at Emanuel AME this summer. This is particularly confounding since the debate topic was specifically about national security and terrorism.
Women in the United States Marines will now have the ability to wear twisted and locked hairstyles during their service.
Chicago-born and bred singer and rapper Chance the Rapper, 22, born Chancelor Bennett, performed at on SNL this Saturday making him the first independent artist to grace the stage in 41 seasons. What’s more, he performed two songs while staying true to the community that raised him.
The mainstream news media often bills itself as presenting unbiased coverage of issues which pertain to a broad landscape of consumers. Supposedly, these stories are the objective representations of what needs to be reported in a timely manner. Far too frequently, these “unbiased” stories feature narratives, framing choices, and other coded cues which placate to a predominantly White viewership and simultaneously demean Black and Brown people. These are simple facts which must be addressed.
The most recent example (a particularly egregious one) is the Los Angeles Times running a story which compares tennis legend Serena Williams to a racehorse named American Pharaoh. After seeing reactions to her being named “Sportsperson of the Year” by Sports Illustrated on Monday, many White people took to the Internet to protest her well-deserved accomplishment. The LA Times situated the article as if it were meant to engage seriously this comparison ignoring the fact that the whole conversation is predicated on completely ludicrous, racist, and sexist ideas about Black women and Black people in general.
On Monday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the US Justice Department would be investigating the use of force and deadly force from the Chicago Police Department. This announcement was made just weeks after footage was released of LaQuan McDonald being killed in cold blood by Officer Jason Van Dyke and during an onslaught of footage being released from other cases involving the CPD. But, the opening statements in Attorney Lynch’s speech stuck with me and made me question if her office’s intervening in the ongoings of the CPD was actually going to address the underlying problems there.
We have had a few staffing change at BYP over the past few months. Our team is growing and we are so excited to be able to introduce each of them to you. See our new team and their bios below or head over to the BYP Community page.
Managing Editor/Graduate Assistant: Jenn M. Jackson
Jenn is a magical Black girl from the future and a Jill of all trades. She’s also an engineer by trade, a mom of three, a politics scholar, and an activist who dreams up statistical probabilities while watching reality TV. She never drinks coffee but loves hot chocolate. Jenn has been over six-foot-three since seventh grade. And, no, she doesn’t play basketball.
She is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago. An Oakland, CA native, she earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Southern California with a minor in Sociology. She went on to earn an M.A. in Political Science (honors) from California State University, Fullerton where she later taught Political Science Research Methods and Black Politics. Just before entering grad school, Jenn was a senior-level analyst in STEM fields in Orange County, California. Find out more about Jenn at her website.
Staff Writer: Victoria M. Massie
Victoria is a North-Carolina-raised writer and anthropologist. In other words, even though she’s primarily a vegetarian, she considers barbecue sauce on pulled pork blasphemy. You can usually catch her between Oakland, D.C., and Cameroon exploring ideas of home at the intersection of race, gender, politics and diaspora.
She is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley in Sociocultural Anthropology with a Designated Emphasis in Science & Technology Studies and an alumna of the University of Rochester. Her work has been awarded fellowships by the National Science Foundation and the University of California Center for New Racial Studies. She has also been awarded lifetime membership to the West African Research Association. Find out more about Victoria at her website.
Contributing Writer: L. G. Parker
L.G. Parker is a Callaloo fellow and undergraduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University. They have served as a contributing writer to Blavity and Elixher, been published in Nepantla and are forthcoming in Brooklyn Boihood’s Outside the XY: Queer, Brown Masculinity (Magnus Books, 2016). Their work is concerned with constructions of family, gender and the specific impact of mental illnesses on queer & trans black people.
Social Media Coordinator: Jennifer Chukwu
Jennifer is a fourth year English and Gender Studies student at the University of Chicago. She has always enjoyed using writing as a way of expressing her ideas and potentially connecting with others. As Jennifer has grown, she has realized that words are powerful and can help change the world and other people’s lives. She believes that every tweet, word, and post can be a step toward righting the social and racial injustice that seems so normal in our society.
The independent music world is a treasure trove for radical artists and revolutionary tastemakers. While the mainstream picks up some gems and over rates mediocrity, the Internet has provided ample support for dope artists on the rise. Independent Hip-Hop, in the Internet age, has brought collectives of amazing rappers, writers and producers together. However, and unfortunately, too few queer artists get the right shine they need.
Here are a few Black queer artists you should be looking out for right now.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 1, 2015
official statement from the byp100 on the firing of cpd police superintendent garry mccarthy
BYP100 calls for resignation of Mayor Emanuel and States Attorney Alvarez, defunding of policing and investment in Black futures
Barbie announced in April the creation of a “Sheroes” collection, honoring female heroes who are breaking barriers and taking names for girls and women everywhere. Among the honorees who would have a one-of-a-kind doll created in her likeness was beloved “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, who, on Sunday, announced the #AvaBarbie would go on sale Monday thanks to her fans.
Amidst national black student protests demanding colleges and universities be accountable for enabling racism on and off campus, the Afrikan Black Coalition (ABC), a university-wide consortium of black-student groups, issued a statement on November 30 indicting the University of California for its multi-million dollar investments in private for-profit prisons. Less than three weeks later, however, the UC announced it will be divesting.