Who needs a posse more?

There’s a moment when you’re sitting next to someone, you have something else to do, you completely distracted and indifferent to their conversation, and a sentence comes out like: “I think I have a pretty good chance of getting it.. I mean when I went to the meeting it was all just a bunch of ghetto kids.. Like from the west side or something.” I was sitting in my school’s library doing my US history reading at a table with three girls. They were talking about colleges they were applying to. But then they shift the topic toward the POSSE scholarship.

I would have thought that a John Dewey education at the U of C lab school would have instilled a bit more conscientiousness. First of all, POSSE is intended for students with leadership potential and may be overlooked by elite schools in the traditional application process. This means giving a chance to students who have gone through public city school systems or maybe live on the west side of Chicago.

A Message To Black LBGT Youth On National Coming Out Day

Today is National Coming Out Day; a celebration of the bravery it takes to come out, and the positive impact it can have on the LGBT community at large.

The Black Youth Project wishes our readers a wonderful and liberating Coming Out Day. If you do choose this is to be the day that you reveal your sexuality to family or friends, we want you to know that you have our love and support.

And feel free to send us your “Coming Out” stories. Hearing about your personal journey can make a world of difference to a young, struggling LBGT youth looking for some type of affirmation or hope.

However, we also want to make it very clear that all of us – regardless of age, gender, race or socioeconomic status – are on our own journeys.

Nobody knows the best time for you to come out BUT YOU.

Confession: I Am A Junkie For The Written Word

Yesterday as I sat in the library reading “Go Tell It On The Mountain” by James Baldwin I began to reflect on the role that books have played in my life. Not just any books, but in particular African-American literature. Below is a self-reflective poem that delves into my love,hatred, and passion for the written word.

NYPD vs. Black Girls On The Subway: We've got to do BETTER!

The video below is basically going viral as we speak.

Apparently, a group of teenage girls hopped the turnstile at a Harlem subway station, and booked it onto an awaiting train. But the NYPD (who’d actually been looking on, and saw everything) boarded the train and removed the young ladies.

And that’s when all hell broke lose. The girls began fighting with the cops, and a massive, unruly mob formed around the brawl.

Guys, we’ve got to do better.


#OccupyTheHood Represents on Wall Street

Photo by Paradise Gray

Last week I wrote that many of couch potato critics of #OccupyWallStreet need to get in the game. A great example of what can happen by just showing up with the proper attitude and spirit is Occupy the Hood, founded by activists Malik Rhasaan, 39 of Queens, N.Y., and Ife Johari Uhuru, 35, based in Detroit. Malik went to Occupy Wall Street, like many, to see what was going on. But when he saw little representation by people of color, he didn’t go home and write a scathing blog about the lack of diversity, he actually began to get actively involved to make sure our communities voices were heard.

He then linked up with Ife to start @Occupythehood on twitter which has ballooned to over 5,000 followers. I had the pleasure of meeting Ife before and know she’s serious about improving our people’s condition, which is why she’s helping to organize #OccupyDetroit. I met Malik when I went to Occupy Wall Street and saw the dedication of Occupy the Hood first hand. Below is an interview with Malik about how he got involved in the movement that’s sweeping the nation. Sometimes all it takes is that first step out the door.

@OccupyTheHood, Occupy Wall Street from adele pham on Vimeo.


Two-for-One Monday

Instead of giving you a long-winded blog wherein I attempt to make sense of (read: hate on) some nugget of pop culture, I thought I just comment on two issues that have stuck with me since I last wrote.

On Useless Knowledge and Occupy Wall Street

As a kid, I used to collect useless knowledge. You know, stuff like, If you tap the 57 on a Heinz bottle it’ll make the ketchup come out faster. (You’re welcome.) Now, I’m sure the invention of Google has made this kind of knowledge a little easier to come by and a lot less impressive–even when coming from the mouth of a 12-year-old. But I must share one more: Wall Street is called Wall Street because the Dutch built a wall to keep the indigenous folks from “invading.” Perhaps this account is disputed, but even if this factoid is not entirely true, I think it’s important to think about it in terms of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.

Are Black People Willing To Call Eminem The Greatest Rapper Of All Time?

As a Black person, are you afraid to call Eminem the greatest rapper of all time?

Or perhaps just unwilling.

Me? I’m not so sure.

I don’t think I’m opposed to Slim Shady being the GOAT; he’s just not my choice. Despite what many might assume from some of my prior articles (like this one or that one), Jay-Z has always gotten my vote as the greatest rapper of all time.

But I would never exclude Eminem from the conversation entirely.

Others…not so much.

Brand New Web Episode of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl


I have written previously on how much I love the web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. The show is original and features a young black woman who navigates her way through seen and unseen awkward situations on her job and in her relationships. Well, I am happy to report that the show is so popular that in a matter of a month, the creator, Issa Rae, and her cast mates where able to raise $44,000 dollars to continue the web series for another 5 weeks with a grand finale.

To read more about her inspirational fundraising story, please read below.