Everyone is freaking out after Steve Harvey announced the wrong winner of the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday evening. This is probably the first time that ever happened. This year was also the first time a contestant wore dreadlocks in the Miss World competition. Suffice it to say, it was an exciting weekend in the pageant world.
On Wednesday, the Women’s Media Center released research findings which suggest that – even though 20 percent of women versus 2 percent of men will be raped in their lifetimes, stories about rape are usually written by men. This gender discrepancy affects not only who continue to write about rape but also how these stories are told.
On Tuesday night, tennis legend Serena Williams not only slayed the Sports Illustrated ceremony held in her honor by wearing her lingerie-inspired black dress, she slayed haters who were mad about her being named ‘”Sportsperson of the Year.”
On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel stood before students at the prestigious all-male Urban Prep Charter Academy in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago expecting to be welcomed with open arms. However, this time, the high-schoolers interrupted Emanuel by chanting “16 shots” repeatedly at the close of his address.
Upon hearing the chanting, Mayor Emanuel swiftly exited the premises. In response, the student continued their demonstration.
“If those of us who are the most marginalized are safer and more protected, it will improve the lives of everybody.”—Charlene Carruthers, national director of Black Youth Project 100
The Black Youth Project 100 ( BYP100 ), a collective of young Black activists that started in 2013 in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, has been one of the main organizations leading the recent protests around the 2014 killing of Laquan McDonald by a white police officer. Windy City Times spoke with leader Charlene Carruthers about the their mission to create justice where there is none.
To be Black and gifted is a dangerous combination that this society fears. The news would have you believe that people of color, especially young Black people, are dangerous menaces to society. Here at BYP, we want to change the narrative and shine light on young, Black individuals who are helping change our society for the better. In this new Black Youth Spotlight series, our first interview is with Isaiah Austin, Baylor student and spokesperson for the Marfan Foundation.
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.