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Columbus activist Amber Evans is still missing over a month after her disappearance

Black Youth Project - March 08, 2019 10343

According to NBC News, not too long after she became the Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Coalition in Columbus, Ohio. Amber Evans went missing. The 28-year-old Evans has worked for the organization since 2015, and though she loved her job, her mother Tonya Fischer said Evans had begun to grow weary. “The work was […]


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How prison-based thinking warps a lack of empathy for “deserving” victims to harm the vulnerable

Black Youth Project - March 12, 2019 10206

Editor’s Note: sexual violence and mention of rape I’ll admit it: I have a sort of macabre fascination with true crime. My fiancé is always making fun of me for it, and it’s not a trait I’m super proud of, to be honest. I recognize that how the media handles the sensational abuses they document […]


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I have no interest in “white allies”

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By Gyasi Lake I have no interest in “white allies.” The construction of the white identity was implemented to unify white people across economic classes into an ideology that justified the further subjugation and exploitation of Black people, an ideology that holds true today. The concept of a white-identifying ally genuinely working in tandem with […]


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The recent college admissions scandal is just a fraction of the rigged American Education System

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by Daniel Johnson Regarding the abject brutality of the way the criminal justice system discards Black bodies and lives, writer Kirsten West Savali describes the practice in this way, reframing the common narrative that the criminal justice system is merely broken: “The system is not broken, it is functioning exactly as intended.” There is little […]


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Nourishing Black children has nothing to do with their parents’ genders and everything to do with letting them be themselves

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This essay contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse I’ve been thinking a lot about Black children, more so than usual. About how we can best love and support them as adults in their lives. I don’t know if it’s because of the media I’ve been consuming, the conversations I’ve been having, the news I’ve […]


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Toni Morrison is our greatest living writer

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by Daniel Johnson Toni Morrison, arguably the most influential living Black writer and some would say the most influential writer regardless of race, has crafted a body of work that is simultaneously grounded in a Black feminist/womanist politic, unquestionably Black, and commercially successful. In America, those things usually do not come all in the same […]


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Black integrity matters

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By Tynesha McCullers Some time ago, I was sitting in a room full of Black women in a sister circle. The purpose of the group was to discuss our experiences at work, our lives in general, and to find ways to support each other. This was probably the second time we had gotten together and […]


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Delectable Negroes: On precarity, death, and the Black queer male body

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by Robert Randolph, Jr., Ph.D. This essay contains discussions of sexual violence, lynching, and the serial murder of queer Black men.  Writer’s Note: The Deputy Editor invited me to write about this subject and I have carried these men, the named and unnamed in my head for weeks. I blew the deadline time and time […]


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FL cop convicted of killing Black motorist is state’s 1st on-duty cop killing conviction in 30 years

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41-year old fired Florida officer Nouman Raja was just sentenced to a minimum of 25 years for the 2015 fatal shooting of 31-year old Corey Jones, a Black motorist. Raja is the first Florida officer in 30 years to be convicted of an on-duty shooting. According to the Sun-Sentinel, Raja was found guilty of attempted […]


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How targeting Ilhan Omar instead of white supremacy furthered both anti-Semitism & Islamophobia

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By Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Margari Hill, Rakel Joseph, and Asha Noor Last week, House Democrats passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and white supremacy. As Black women, Muslim and Jewish, we agree that anti-Black racism, anti-Semitism, sexism and Islamophobia must be condemned. Reports of anti-Semitism are on the rise: according to the FBI, hate crimes […]


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We need to make proactive accountability regular praxis in organizing and beyond

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by Leslie Mac The news has been especially awash in harmful behavior repositioned as “conversation starting” and “lessons learned” as of late. From Alyssa Milano to Esquire, this cycle of “bad behavior, non-apology, conversation starting” seems to be everywhere. As someone who speaks to and teaches white people how to be better allies, I spend […]


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80+ arrested during protests after D.A. refuses to charge officers who killed Stephon Clark

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According to ABC-10, a protest stemming from the Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert’s decision not to charge the police officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark resulted in the arrests of over 80 people. The Sacramento Police Department took credit for over 80 arrests on social media, with Captain Norm Leong tweeting out late […]


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Judge ignores 20 year sentencing guideline, gives former Trump chairman Manafort 4 years

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On Thursday, Judge T.S. Ellis sentenced Paul Manafort, the former chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, to 47 months in prison for bank fraud. The former chair was charged with a failure to pay millions in tax and scamming banks and governments. Following federal sentencing guidelines would have put him in prison for 19 to […]


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Being a “chooser” in a dating field that deems Black women undesirable

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by Tracey Onyenacho I have only been on four dates in my entire life. The amount of rejections I have received when asking men out are countless. In the past, I did what I have always done and chalked the lack of interest up to the way I positioned myself in the dating field. Often, […]


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Ilhan Omar is again being accused of anti-Semitism & her own party wants to discipline her

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Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is catching more flack for comments in which she yet again questioned why American politics are so soft on Israel. According to Vox, last week Omar was on a panel about the Israel-Palestine conflict alongside Rep. Rashida Talib, who like Omar is a freshman congresswoman and a Muslim. “I want to […]


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R. Kelly explodes in first public interview after arrest

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Gayle King, the host of the “CBS This Morning,” interviewed singer Robert Kelly on his sexual abuse allegations for the first time since his arrest last month in Chicago. R. Kelly was charged and arrested on 10 counts of sexual abuse. He was released last week after a woman posted a $100,000 bond. After the […]


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U.S. closes Jerusalem Consulate, de facto Palestinian embassy, in another sign of worsening relations

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On Monday, the United States officially closed its Jerusalem Consulate, the political conduit between Palestinians and Washington, because of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. The new embassy was controversial, with Palestinian leaders saying it showed the U.S.’s clear bias to Israel, and Israel killed over 60 Palestinians and injured 2,000 more during protests of […]


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HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” finally airs to fierce debate about sexual abuse, celebrity & race

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In light of the #MeToo movement and the #MuteRKelly campaign, Wade Robson and James Safechuck are finally telling their full stories about how late pop icon Michael Jackson molested them as children in HBO’s controversial new documentary Leaving Neverland. The documentary is igniting fiery reactions and conversations on reconciling sexual allegations with an entertainer’s legacy, […]


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Facing my eating disorder: No one loves fat, Black bodies

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by Loni Amor This essay contains discussion of a sexual assault, fat antagonism, disordered eating, and unhealthy patterned behavior associated with eating disorders. I have engaged in disordered eating for at least a decade – about half of my life. I, like most people with eating disorders, never intended to have an eating disorder. I […]


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Man who served 15 years for killing cop exonerated after witnesses & evidence tampering revealed

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According to ABC-13, Alfred Brown, who was convicted of the murder of a woman and a Houston Police Department officer in 2005, has been exonerated after special prosecutor John Raley gave a report explaining how the grand jury that tried Brown’s case had been compromised, with one woman even being threatened with sexual assault in […]


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Black man finessed his way into the presidency of a neo-Nazi group, now vows to destroy it

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According to Complex, James Hart Stern, a 54-year-old Black pastor and activist from California, has infiltrated and become the president of the National Socialist Movement, one of the largest and most notorious neo-Nazi groups in America. In a recent interview with CNN, he explained his motivations: “As a black man, I took over a neo-Nazi […]


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U.N. panel says Israel committed war crimes in killing Palestinians during protests last year

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According to Reuters, U.N. investigators say that Israel’s security forces may have committed war crimes as well as crimes against humanity when they wounded more than 6,100 Palestinians and killed 189 during protests in Gaza last year. The U N.’s independent panel relayed that it had confidential information revealing that those responsible for the killings […]


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Maryland Democratic lawmaker Mary Lisanti censured for calling a district the “n****r district”

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On Thursday, the Maryland House of Delegates enacted its second-harshest penalty against Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti for describing the Prince George district as the “n—– district.” After Lisanti used the racial slur at a closed meeting with other lawmakers, the House unanimously voted 137 to 0 to censure Lisanti for her racist remarks. According to […]


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Muslim detainee only given pork in violation of religious beliefs at Border Patrol detention facility

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According to the Huffington Post, Adnan Asif Parveen, a Muslim detainee, was imprisoned at a Border Patrol detention facility even though he holds a work permit to the United States. He was given only pork to eat for a week, a violation of Muslim beliefs. Asif’s wife, Jennifer Asif, did not know where her husband […]


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Police rule Black mom’s death accidental after “adult sleepover,” medical examiner says otherwise

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The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office ruled the death of Tamla Horsford, mother of five, as “accidental” after she was found dead at an “adult slumber party” in November 2018. According to the police, Jose Barrera called them after finding Horsford lying down in the backyard. Barrera believed she fell from the balcony. WSB reports that […]


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