2017 is around the corner! It is time to celebrate this past year and prepare for the next. We have compiled a list of things that we plan on leaving in the 2016 year for a more self-caring, a more active, and more successful 2017.
The history of racism in golf clubs is a long and rich one – just watch The Legend of Bagger Vance to get an idea of how unwelcome people of color were. Many of the sports founding fathers were outwardly racist (and sexist) and the culture surrounding it didn’t transform for quite a while.
So it must have been quite a sight when a group of more than 60 Black Lives Matter protesters walked into Donald Trump’s Rancho Palos Verdes golf club on the morning of Christmas Eve to put on a performance of their own.
I am blessed enough to work with a staff of young writers who inspire me every single day. They are graduate students, community activists, educators, and content producers who make my job as Managing Editor that much easier. So, I wanted to take some time to spotlight them and give you a chance to get to know them a little better.
Liz Adetiba (Contributing Writer), Jordie Davies (Assistant Editor), Alyx Goodwin (Contributing Writer), Akudo Mez (Social Media Coordinator), and Keith Reid-Cleveland (News Editor) are the core voices of Black Youth Project. I got the chance to ask them a few questions about their thoughts as we move out of 2016 and into 2017. Here are their responses:
Ten years after an appeals court overturned his sexual assault conviction, Jarrett Adams returned to the court as an attorney. He’s now part of a team looking to overturn the conviction of a man who was sentenced to 89 years after the wife of a retired Chicago Police Department sergeant was found dead, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
For a lot of kids, the one bright spot in an afternoon of running errands is getting to play the demo version of video games in the electronics section of a store. But this moment of bliss was often followed by the sad realization that you’d have to leave and go home soon, most likely without the game.
A wonderful crew of employees at a New York Best Buy watched a young boy come in everyday and go through that same experience. So they saw an opportunity to make his day by presenting him with his very own WiiU.
Bresha Meadows’ future just got a lot clearer following a judge’s decision to not charge her as an adult after fatally shooting her abusive father.
If her case would’ve been taken out of juvenile court, she would’ve faced the risk of being sentenced to life in prison. Now, the biggest risk she faces is staying in the juvenile system until she’s 21 if convicted.
Ever since 1988, December 1 has been used to bring light to HIV/AIDS and the impact it has on millions of people across the globe with World AIDS Day.
According to UNAIDS, the United Nations program for HIV/AIDS, 35 million people have died from it since it first began to spread. Fortunately, medical advancement has made the disease treatable and allows carriers to live long, happy lives and the frequency of transmission has decreased.
If a survey were conducted across America where people were asked to describe their idea of what “the average American” looks like, results would likely vary. Many people would describe themselves. However, this country has never looked like one kind of people.
To truly depict that, street artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh took the opportunity to mount a piece of art in Oklahoma City as a constant reminder of what America truly looks like in 2016.
It’s Black Friday, or the day after the Thanksgiving holiday. While yesterday was a #NationalDayOfMourning for many, today is often a chance for people who celebrate the day to dive into left-overs, relax with family, and for many of us, shop ’til we drop. While we are buying presents for loved ones and ourselves, whether we are overjoyed or overwhelmed, let us keep in mind a few ways that we can #StayBlack amidst the holiday hoopla and the political tension that has been mounting in this country for months.