On Barack Obama, Absent Fathers, And The Jokes That Just Won’t Stop

Despite being published just a few months after I was born, I first read Barack Obama’s Dreams From My Father at 14. It was 2008, and it seemed as though the prospect of electing the nation’s first black president had consumed all of society. It had certainly taken over my family; for some of my loved ones, including my mom, it was their first time voting in a U.S. election.

Though I can’t quite remember who in my family purchased Obama’s autobiography for me, I vividly remember being captivated by his story.

We Need Revolution, Not Endorsements

It is true that the Movement for Black Lives is leaderless; it is also true that Deray McKesson has been dubbed the face of this same movement, and within his time as “The Face,” many people – including Black people – have come to critique his decisions. With his name most recently in the news for his endorsement of Hillary Clinton, we are given the gentle reminder that our community is not unified in its current demands and we cannot get caught up in the headlines that so often overshadow the work. 

The Final Debate and The Pain of This Election Cycle

I have done a lot of writing about the election this year. I’ve focused primarily on the shameful candidacy of Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for President. I have also spoken about the difficulties many have had in resigning to voting for Hillary Clinton–who seems very untrustworthy (especially for African Americans) and often hostile to leftist causes. What is a young, black female voter to do? While it is regrettable that we do not have a better Democratic candidate, this regret does not compare to the pain and intolerance that has been brought on by Trump’s candidacy and, if he wins, his potential presidency.

Chicago Teachers Reach An Agreement With Mayor Emanuel But Students Remain Underserved

This past Tuesday would have been the second time the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office in 2011 – if there were a strike.

For weeks there has been conversation and preparation for a strike in Chicago Public Schools, the largest school district in the state and third largest in the nation, however Mayor Emanuel managed to avoid the fallout at the last second and both sides reached an agreement. CPS teachers will get pay raises, pensions, and job security. Legally teachers are only allowed to strike over pay and benefits, so how do we meet the needs of students?

When Trump Came for White Women

Warning: This article contains graphic language that was once used by the Republican candidate for President of the United States, Donald Trump. 

This past weekend was an absolute political shitshow. First came the ~revelation~ to many Republicans and the American public that Donald Trump is not respectful to women. In a leaked 2005 tape from Access Hollywood Trump proclaims that, when you’re a star, women will let you do anything, even “grab them by the pussy.” Next came Trump’s deplorable debate performance wherein he threatened to throw his opponent, Hillary Clinton, into jail should he capture the presidency.

What to Expect from Tonight’s Presidential Debate

Tonight at 9PM Eastern, the Republican and Democratic nominees for president, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will be locked in the debate of the decade. This is the first of three presidential debates, and it is poised to be contentious, as the two candidates for president could not be more different in their approach to politics and communicating. Here is what I expect to go down on tonight’s debate stage. 

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Respond to Terence Crutcher’s Death

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both responded to the death of Terence Crutcher over recent days. Upon seeing the video, both candidates expressed regret over his death. Although both Clinton and Trump concede that this particular instance was a tragedy, the candidates have very different understandings of the underlying issues behind police brutality.

Here’s What You Need To Know About Build Black Futures Advocacy Day

Earlier this year BYP100 released the Agenda to Build Black Futures, followed by A Vision For Black Lives policy platform that they signed on to this summer, both of which spread wide in the digital space. Last week BYP100 and the National Black Justice Coalition joined each other in Washington, D.C. to take both platforms from the digital space to the congressional space for the first Build Black Futures Advocacy Day. This was a huge step in the Movement, as members of congress on both sides of the aisle have struggled to understand the Movement and it’s asks of our government.

How Much Can a Black President Really Do for Black People?

Diddy was the first rapper that influenced me to vote, even though I was too young I always appreciated a Black entertainer reaching out to me to tell me that my vote matters, and I very much recognized his Vote or Die campaign as outreach to young Black people.

In 2015, Diddy came out and said that voting is a “scam” and that our votes probably won’t change anything, followed by his comments earlier this week: that he expected Obama to do more for Black people in office. It sounds like Diddy has been receiving a strong dosage of political education and is now disappointed by the truth. This begs the question though: how much can a Black president really do for Black people?