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.

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.

Graduation Part IV: Building Up Youth

“I fear death, I’m young I have a whole life ahead of me, I don’t want to start gang-banging and then people are killing people for no reason now. So it’s like I don’t want to gang-bang and walk down the street and get killed,  that takes away my life…but It’s going to hurt the people I leave behind like my mom and dad…if I die I feel like it will hit my family worse, and I don’t want to see that happen to them ” – Nate, age 16. 

When I first discovered BUILD, I was ecstatic to learn about this wonderful organization and honored to be welcomed into the lives of some of their youth. This summer I spent several days with Rik Vazquez, Youth Development Specialist at Build and Dope Poet,  visiting the youth he worked with. These young men greatly impressed me and strongly touched my heart. It’s so easy for people to negatively label young men of color without understanding their goals, fears, obstacles, and life story.  I was impressed by their knowledge, wisdom and honesty. The audio clip posted it long, I admit it, but that is because we covered just about every topic that should be addressed when discussing youth violence. These young men share their goals and obstacles, discuss violence in their personal lives, race and poverty, drugs, education, family support and ways to build up youth and stop violence.