Open Letter to ‘Affluenza’ supporters: ‘Please Excuse Davontaye, he suffers from ‘Povertenza’

In response to a judge’s verdict that a 16-year-old teen who killed four people while driving drunk suffered from “Affluenza,” author J.A.M. has presented an alternative point of view.

Ethan Couch was sentenced to 10 years probation due to suffering from “Affluenza,” meaning that since his family is so rich, he was “unable to know right from wrong.”

Black man attacked, called gay slurs by Jewish men while walking home


A black New York fashion student says he was attacked by a group of men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while walking home after a night of partying.

22-year-old Taj Patterson was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when more than a dozen Orthodox Jewish men assaulted him on Flushing Ave.

Patterson says his attackers repeatedly called him homophobic slurs as they punched, kicked and stumped him as he lay on the ground helpless. 

Guest Post: #BBUM and the subtle signs of racism at University of Michigan- Ann Arbor


A few weeks ago, students at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor took to Twitter to spark dialogue about diversity, racial tolerance and discrimination on the campus. A dynamic conversation about what it means to be black at a predominantly white school emerged from the tweets, which included photos, experiences and sentiments from the university’s small black student population. Students were inspired to take action after a fraternity on campus announced plans to throw a “Hood Ratchet Thursday” party. 

BYP received an letter written by an African American graduate who is obtaining her PhD at U of M, about her experiences there. At the author’s request, her name will remain anonymous. 

IU student org’s attempt to foster dialogue about race with ‘Black Santa’ bulletin board sparks protest


Indiana University has completed an investigation into a bulletin board that asked students and faculty members at the school, “Could Santa Claus be a black man?”

Officials ordered the removal of the board, that also featured an image of a black Santa Claus after protests from some of the institution’s members.

Radio Interview: The affects of racial categorization in Hollywood



Each week, BYP Web Coordinator Shantell Jamison joins “Music Vox” Host Jesse Menendez on 90.7FM to discuss the latest current events covered by the Black Youth Project.

In this conversation, the two discuss an USA Today article that refers to “The Best Man: Holiday” as a “race-themed” film, and the affects of racial categorization in mainstream entertainment and inclusion.