19 Year-Old Darrell Wallace Is The Fourth African American Driver to Race a Full Season in a NASCAR Series

Darrell Wallace is making history as the fourth black driver to race in a NASCAR series.

He’ll drive for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series

From the Grio:

Wallace joins Wendell Scott, Willy T. Ribbs and Bill Lester as the only full-time black drivers in the 65-year history of NASCAR.

BYP’s Aisha Truss-Miller and Chris Buford Discuss Gun Violence, Obama Visit on NPR

Black Youth Project reps Aisha Truss-Miller and Chris Buford sat down with NPR’s Michel Martin to discuss Chicago’s gun violence crisis, and President Obama’s forthcoming visit to the city.

Featured on Martin’s radio program Tell Me More, Aisha and Chris discussed their experiences as young people growing up in Chicago, the systemic challenges young people face, and what they’d like to hear from President Obama tomorrow.

Teacher Suspended for Pouring Pencil Shavings Down Student’s Throat

Deidre Brown is infuriated that her son’s teacher hasn’t been fired for pouring pencil shavings down his throat during class.

Arlington, Texas eighth grader Marquis Jay was sitting in his chair, leaning his head back with his mouth open, when his teacher walked over and poured pencil shavings into his mouth. Marquis went to the nurse and washed his mouth out.

The teacher was suspended for their actions, but has since resumed work.

Hundreds Gather to Attend Funeral for Hadiya Pendleton

Hundreds packed the funeral of 15 year-old Hadiya Pendleton on Saturday.

Her death – just one week after performing at President Obama’s inauguration – catapulted her into the center of a raging national debate surrounding gun violence.

But attendees heard remarks from her loved ones that painted a heartfelt, deeply personal portrait of the young lady; a loving daughter, and best friend, a normal teenager.

Top News Stories About Black Youth from Across the Nation: February 4 – 10

Every week, the Black Youth Project collects the top news stories about black youth from across the country. Click here to check out our archive of weekly news round-ups, and check back every Monday for a new roundup of headlines about young black America


Incarceration is not only answer to urban youth violence
Monalisa Smith, Boston Globe, 2/4/13

Mothers for Justice and Equality salutes Governor Patrick’s efforts to reduce incarceration rates of juveniles in Massachusetts (“Patrick seeks fewer life terms for youths,” Page A1, Jan. 27). We believe that it takes courage to stand up against perceived norms. Our children should not bear the burden of societal failures.

America’s loss in the war on poverty has left many families dealing with the effects of economic inequality, a situation that has led to an increase in incarceration and murder rates of children in urban communities. In many cases the children are the perpetrators or victims of violence. In others, they are the survivors who are left behind to deal with the nightmares and emotional scars of losing a friend or loved one to violence. Symptoms of trauma-related stress can go undiagnosed and untreated for years before the individual commits a crime.

Read more at BostonGlobe.com



BYP Blogger Jonathan Lykes Named One of The Root.com’s Young Futurists of 2013!

BYP’s very own Jonathan Lykes has been featured as one of TheRoot.com’s Young Futurists of 2013!

The Root’s Young Futurists list shines a spotlight on “the year’s best and brightest black innovators” between the ages of 16 and 22.

Jonathan certainly belongs on such a list; he’s a fiercely intelligent and ambitious young man, committed to creating change in his community and beyond.

19 Year-Old Sloane Stephens Scores Major Upset Over Serena Williams

19 year-old American tennis player Sloane Stephens shocked the world, defeating superstar competitor Serena Williams in the Australian Open Quarterfinals.

Though Stephens is only the 29th seed (while Serena was 3rd), many believe Stephens is the future of the game. She will face top-ranked Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals.

Williams was only two victories away from the so-called “Serena Slam” – holding all four major titles at once.