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“E pluribus unum”: Federalism is a reactionary structure built on anti-Blackness

Black Youth Project - July 18, 2019 4964

by Aaron Jamal  E pluribus unum — Latin for “Out of many, one.” Included in the Great Seal of the United States in 1776. The political system of the United States is in a state of perpetual crisis. The state of Tennessee has proposed a new bill that will drastically limit the voting power of […]


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Sometimes, I give gentrifiers the wrong directions when they get lost

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Editor’s Note: This essay contains descriptions of anti-Black and anti-queer violence. Sometimes, I give white people the wrong directions when they get lost. For awhile, this was on accident. I am horrible with directions, and so I wouldn’t even know I was pointing them the wrong way. But mostly when I do this today, it […]


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Don’t get too excited about tech advances. Many are designed to leave Black people behind

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Editor’s Note: This month at BYP, we will be exploring Black Liberation & Organizing, and we are interested in publishing works that address these topics. How do we hold politicians accountable to Black communities? Is that even possible? What should be our role in the electoral politics? What does abolition look like in practice? What […]


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#UnderHisEye and the erasure of Black women in the carceral system

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This essay contains discussions of racialized sexual violence and mentions r/pe and molestation.  by Mekleit Dix The Handmaid’s Tale is a wildly popular American Television show based on a novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. It portrays a dystopian nightmare: sterility in women becomes a widespread epidemic resulting in a break down of […]


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New social media checks for visa applicants show the dangerous transformation of surveillance in the US

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Editor’s Note: This month at BYP, we will be exploring Black Liberation & Organizing, and we are interested in publishing works that address these topics. How do we hold politicians accountable to Black communities? Is that even possible? What should be our role in the electoral politics? What does abolition look like in practice? What […]


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Steve McQueen’s ‘Bear’ is an exploration of intimacies among Black men

Black Youth Project - July 11, 2019 4576

by Donnie Moreland  Two Black men, their naked bodies shifting in-between spaces where shadows were not obstructed by an abrasive key-light. The slow moving image stripped bare of any noise aside from my own breath. Even still, their bodies colliding, their grunting, their moaning—though I could not hear—shook me as thunder might. I was disquieted, […]


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There’s no such thing as a “progressive prosecutor” in a system designed to criminalize Blackness

Black Youth Project - July 10, 2019 4523

Editor’s Note: This month at BYP, we will be exploring Black Liberation & Organizing, and we are interested in publishing works that address these topics. How do we hold politicians accountable to Black communities? Is that even possible? What should be our role in the electoral politics? What does abolition look like in practice? What […]


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How heterosexual Black men project the psycho-sexual traumas of the plantation onto our queer brethren

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This essay contains discussions of racialized sexual violence and mentions r/pe by Donnie Moreland There is this thing with us, as Black men. This war. Well, less war and more an inter-communal pogrom, wherein any Black man who shows no desire to lay with women exclusively is designated a cancer, subject to extermination. The prevention […]


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In and out of the closet: Rejecting the heteronormative binary of “coming out”

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As grating as “Old Town Road” and its endless stream of remixes has become, there was always something about Lil Nas X that I just couldn’t help rooting for. That thing was substantiated when he posted a series of tweets confirming his queerness, although he didn’t use the term. He did, however, claim to be […]


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The ghost of the racist “father of modern gynecology” is still killing Black infants & child-bearers

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By Naomi Alexis The so-called “father of modern gynecology”, James Marion Sims, trafficked in enslaved Black women, likely impregnating them through rape, in scientific experimentations for the purpose of advancing his career in medicine. When experimenting on these enslaved women, he did so without anesthesia. He developed tools through trial and error and repeatedly performed […]


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‘Pose’ is a masterful piece of queer historical fiction

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This essay contains spoilers for season two of Pose, as well as discussion of transmisogyny. by Avery Ware “On the heels of Pose, so many more folks are aware of ballroom culture and vogue is in vogue again,” says creator, director, and executive producer Steven Canals of FX’s hit series Pose – a drama that […]


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Being a bi grey asexual means continually redefining desire away from limiting social constructs

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Editor’s Note: June is LGBTQ Pride Month. At BYP, we will be exploring gender, sexuality, transgender issues and queer theory, and we are interested in publishing works that address these topics and the things surrounding them. We want to hear from you! Send us your pitches at info@blackyouthproject.com By Latonya Pennington I knew that I […]


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Somewhere over the rainbow: Reading the Pride symbol as a queering of the Bible

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Editor’s Note: June is LGBTQ Pride Month. At BYP, we will be exploring gender, sexuality, transgender issues and queer theory, and we are interested in publishing works that address these topics and the things surrounding them. We want to hear from you! Send us your pitches at info@blackyouthproject.com By Ciarra Milan Jones Genesis 9:13–16 I […]


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BYP x AIRGO

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Black Youth Project joins forces with Chicago podcast, AIRGO, for a year-long series featuring our favorite Black academics and activists. Stay tuned for a new episode each month!  COMING SOON! More About AIRGO  AirGo is a weekly podcast and cultural media hub in Chicago, showcasing the artists, rappers, poets, musicians, organizers, and changemakers reshaping the […]


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Anti-Blackness knows no borders: How nation-centric understandings of Blackness fails us

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Dalvin Aboagye Near the end of May, the more melanin-infused parts of the internet were set ablaze by a questionable scene in the second season of She’s Gotta Have It, the Spike Lee-produced Netflix series based on his 1986 film of the same name. Within what many already saw as a weak portrayal of Black […]


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Comic: Cis folks need to stop masking their transphobia as “preference”

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by JeCorey Holder I noticed this debate rolls around a few times a year and this time I see cis people have the actual “I’m Not Transphobic But” audacity to flare this shit up during Pride month, acting like they are experts on the physiology of every trans person in existence, and insisting that their […]


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Black military men’s bodies are the cost of their patriotism

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by Donnie Moreland My grandfather—my mother’s father—participated in the first sit-ins in Greenville, South Carolina. My grandfather is a military veteran. He patrolled the tomb of the unknown soldier, was employed as a manufacturer with the Department of Defense and was a supervisor, in the Pentagon, when Flight 77 made contact with the building at […]


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How Black Mirror’s “Striking Vipers” episode failed bisexual men & trans women

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Editor’s Note: June is LGBTQ Pride Month. At BYP, we will be exploring gender, sexuality, transgender issues and queer theory, and we are interested in publishing works that address these topics and the things surrounding them. We want to hear from you! Send us your pitches at info@blackyouthproject.com This essay contains spoilers for Black Mirror […]


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‘Fast Color’ was snubbed by Hollywood’s white male gatekeepers because it doesn’t fit their worldview

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This essay contains spoilers for Fast Color by Melanie Ojwang Fast Color immediately stands out as different from the comic based blockbusters I’ve grown used to over the past decade. When it was first released, I rushed to see it, fearing that it wouldn’t be in theaters past opening weekend. It turns out that my […]


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Reproductive justice advocacy requires more than being “pro-choice”

Black Youth Project - June 19, 2019 3368

Editor’s Note: June is LGBTQ Pride Month. At BYP, we will be exploring gender, sexuality, transgender issues and queer theory, and we are interested in publishing works that address these topics and the things surrounding them. We want to hear from you! Send us your pitches at info@blackyouthproject.com By Jallicia Jolly Amidst the spate of […]


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What do you do when childhood trauma makes you close off from the care you need to heal it?

Black Youth Project - June 18, 2019 3307

My parents love me more than anyone else ever has, and they still haven’t loved me enough. I have never loved anyone as much as my parents love me, and I still resent them for the moments when they don’t show care. For their queerantagonism. Their gender policing. Love should be an endless storm, me […]


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The silent pain of transwomen—or, why I don’t have male privilege

Black Youth Project - June 17, 2019 3258

Editor’s Note: June is LGBTQ Pride Month. At Black Youth Project, we will be exploring gender, sexuality, transgender issues and queer theory, and we are interested in publishing works that address these topics and the things surrounding them. This essay contains discussions of transphobia, and mentions molestation, suicidal ideation, and r/pe by Jamila Dawn Mitchell […]


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Resisting constant surveillance in my predominantly white neighborhood

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By Gloria Oladipo I am tired of my white neighbors watching me, my family, and other residents of color. I’m anxious that their surveillance will get my Black family hurt, especially with the unchecked power of law enforcement in our community. They take pictures of us in the park. They mount “Blue Lives Matter” signs […]


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Dear Inbetweener: Finding my place as a bisexual biracial man

Black Youth Project - June 12, 2019 3013

Editor’s Note: June is LGBTQ Pride Month. At Black Youth Project, we will be exploring gender, sexuality, transgender issues and queer theory, and we are interested in publishing works that address these topics and the things surrounding them. by Andrew Keahey When your whole life is in the inbetween, you see things that other people […]


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