Do We See God or Color?


I remember church.

Choirs sang with the brightest hearts.

Preachers roared and souls looked for fulfillment.


We sat in our seats, eager to hear the word.

We were more than willing to break from our every day pains and sorrows to find solace.

Tennessee Divinity school appoints openly gay black woman as dean


Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tn., has appointed it’s first openly-gay black female dean.

Described as a “liberal oasis,” the institution appointed Emilie Townes as the 16th dean of the school.

The school’s “Commitments” page states that it recognizes  “the rights of lesbians and gay men within the religious community and the need for the eradication of civil discrimination based on sexual orientation.” 

Meagan Good Critisized for Presenting BET Gospel Award in Revealing Dress

Actress Meagan Good is getting some flack for her choice of dress at the BET Awards.

Good presented the award for “Best Gospel Artist” in a fairly revealing gown, which many commentators on social media are blasting as inappropriate and disrespectful.

Good has defending herself against these kinds of accusations before; maintaining that her style of dress is always classy, and that a dress has nothing to do with her relationship with God.

Such a Powerful Video about 2012: A Message of Hope


This is a New Year and being the black Christian feminist/womanist perennial thinker that I am, I want my first blog in the New Year to be about a sustainable hope for a better world. The video above is captivating. And, perhaps, captivating does not capture the feeling of unfettered hope one receives from watching the video. Rarely, do I post a YouTube video clip as my featured blog. Of course, this does not count my addiction to all things Awkward Black Girl web series video clips. However, there are times when I come across a YouTube clip that literally steals my breath and I must share.

Though the focus of the Black Youth Project is on all things related to empowering black youth and black communities, I think that this mission in part is creating a world of hope for people and communities who are caught at the “intersections” of multiple systems of oppression. Therefore, the title of the video above is “A Message of Hope.” It talks about how we as lovers of life and others can change the world by first beginning with ourselves. We can change the world by examining how we treat others and ourselves. Often, when we hate, love, and fight others we hate things within ourselves, love things within ourselves, and fight things within ourselves. I know this to be a truism for my own life. I have written about such things before on this blog. Just click on the links below.

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.

MISTER CEE'S ARREST, And Rap's Fear Of A Gay Hip Hip Head

Nobody is more Hip Hop than Mister Cee.

He was Big Daddy Kane’s DJ during his prime in the late eighties. He was an early mentor to The Notorious B.I.G., even acting as an associate executive producer on his landmark debut album, Ready To Die. And he’s a longstanding radio DJ and personality at New York’s Hot 97, arguably the most famous Hip Hop radio station in the world.

It just doesn’t get much more Hip Hop than that. And unfortunately, it also doesn’t get more Hip Hop than getting arrested by the NYPD, so the intial news of Mister Cee’s arrest last week in New York City didn’t raise too many eyebrows. Getting into trouble with the law? Having your wrists cuffed behind your back? No problem. Very Hip Hop.

But getting arrested for receiving a blowjob from a 20 year-old man in a parked car? Apparently, that’s problematic. Go figure.