MUST WATCH: 100 Young Black Activists Respond to George Zimmerman Verdict


Black Youth Project (BYP100) is 100 young black activists from across the country convened by the Black Youth Project to mobilize communities of color beyond electoral politics.


To the Family of Brother Trayvon Martin and to the Black Community:

May this statement find us in the spirit of peace and solidarity.


We know that justice for Black life is justice for humanity.


Our hope and community was shaken through a system that is supposed to be built on freedom and justice for all. We are your sons and daughters. We are the marginalized and disenfranchised. We are one hundred next generation leaders. We are the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100).

What Will Be the Impact of Rachel Jeantel’s Testimony?

With week one of the George Zimmerman trial behind us, legal experts, media outlets, and the general public can’t seem to stop talking about Rachel Jeantel; the friend of Trayvon Martin who was on the phone with him the night of his fatal confrontation with George Zimmerman.

Her demeanor, speech, and highly-charged interactions with defense attorney Don West reflected “a labyrinth of cultural nuances,” according to a Huffington Post article.

Did Rachel Jeantel’s testimony help or hurt the prosecution’s case; or both?

16 Year-Old Harlemite Xavier Pacheco Wins National Shakespeare Competition

Harlem teenager Xavier Pacheco is making headlines after taking 1st place at the English Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, beating out 15,000 other competitors!

Incredibly, 16-year old Pacheco was only introduced to Shakespeare’s work two years ago. But he took to it like a fish to water.

He says the key to his success was a relentless work ethic and attention to detail.

11 Year-Old Girl Saves 3 Year-Old Brother’s Life by Tossing Him from Broken Fire Escape

11 year-old Janixia Soto is being called a hero after tossing her 3 year-old brother from the broken fire escape of her burning apartment building.

Soto and her family awoke to billowing smoke in their home. Thinking quickly, Janixia guided her family, dog, and cat to the fire escape. But they reached an impasse when the final fire escape ladder was jammed.

Making a huge gamble, Janixia tossed her brother off the balcony and into the arms of neighbors below.

9 Year-Old Activist Asean Johnson Continues Fight Against Chicago School Closings

We’re sure many of you remember 9 year-old Asean Johnson, whose galvanizing speech at an anti-school closings rally in Chicago became a viral sensation.

According to Asean’s mother Shoneice Reynolds, Asean has been exhibiting leadership qualities from a very young age; he is currently the president of his third grade class.

And his voice has already been influential. He joined a chorus of voices that actually saved own his school – Marcus Garvey Elementary School – from closing.