Ayvaunn Penn: What If You Were Beaten by Your Husband On Your Wedding Night?


Ayvaunn Penn from Your Black Poets presents “The Power of Silence” by E. D. Arrington out of Wilson, North Carolina.   [youtube FHm4ulnvRSs]  

Rapper Vigalantee Makes New Song about Police Brutality


The rapper Vigalantee (aka Roger Suggs) is tired of seeing police brutality devastating his community.  He is the founder of the “No Jangle Movement,” which advocates for enlightenment among African Americans, especially black men.   He has pushed thousands in the Kansas City, KS area to understand the role of black men and women to […]

Dr. Boyce Watkins Talks about why College Athletes Should Be Paid

Talking Vagina Ad by Summer’s Eve Offends Many Black Women


By JasmineHughes When advertisers try to ‘appeal’ to a specific audience on whom they have failed to do their research, the outcome isn’t so great. That was the case once again in a new Summer’s Eve advertisement that many are saying mixes racial stereotypes in a way that is both sexist and tasteless. The “Summer’s […]

Ayvaunn Penn Performs: “I’m In this World, but Not Of It” (Video)


In this video, Ayvaunn Penn performs a piece submitted to Your Black Poets by Jacqueline N’jai.  The poem is called “I’m in this World, but Not of It.”  In the poem, N’jai reminds all of us that we can live in the world and understand it, but not feel compelled to accept the things that […]

Jon Stewart Makes Fun of GOP’s Obsession with President Obama (Video)


In this video, the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart goes out of his way to ridicule Republicans, who claim that President Obama is obsessed over raising taxes on the rich.  He also talks about how the Republicans are afraid to use the word “rich,” instead attempting to falsely claim that most of the nation’s wealthy are […]

Should Children be Dancing Like this? (Video)


Watch this video as children who appear to be just two or three years old are doing dances that most adults would not do.  If a child is doing this kind of thing in public, should their parents be dealt with?  What happens to the child in adulthood?   If you can’t see the video, […]

A Little Girl Recites a Poem about Why Her Father is Missing


Watch this little girl recite a poem about why her father isn’t in her life.  She confronts her mother for running her father away, and confronts her father for not being a part of her life.  The poem is very touching.           [youtube y7oK5Pbded8]  

Hilarious: Aaron McGruder’s BET – Black Evil Television (Video)


Watch this video to see Aaron McGruder, creator of “The Boondocks,” describe BET as Black Evil Television.  In a parody of Austin Powers, McGruder goes to work on the interesting images of the network and makes fun of what some speculate could be happening behind the scenes.  Although McGruder’s work is clearly a joke, there […]

Michael Eric Dyson Explains Why We Lie about Black Leadership in America


In this video, Professor Michael Eric Dyson lays out the reasons that America deludes itself as it pertains to black leadership.  In the video, Dyson explains that many of the negatives that are associated with black leaders such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are not much different from the negatives that Americans associated with […]

Woman Attacks Judge in the Courtroom (Video)


Most people aren’t happy when a judge sends them to jail.  Well, this Kentucky woman didn’t take it lightly when she was told to head to the big house.  In one of the more interesting scenes ever caught on video, the woman lunges at the judge and has to be taken down by arresting officers. […]

“The Human Tree” Seeks Help from American Doctors for His Condition


An Indonesian man cut his knee as a teenager and inexplicably grew a series of warts all across his body.  Years later, his wife has abandoned him, and he can’t even do simple things like pick up a fork.  He has been asking American doctors to help him cure his condition, which is unlike anything […]

Ashley Shante: The Struggles of Single Black Mothers in America (Video)


In this performance, actress Ashley Shante does a depiction of a single mother with several children speaking about her boyfriend on death row.   The performance also speaks to the deferred dreams of a woman who is realizing how difficult life is going to be in a world where she has to fight through so […]

Dr. Boyce: Yes, The Music We Listen to Does Affect Our Thinking (Video)


by Dr. Boyce Watkins. When I spoke on the problems with mass promotion of violent and misogynist hip-hop music through BET and other media, the response from the public was interesting.  On one hand, there were those who’d been waiting for someone to speak openly about the problems with BET giving awards to artists like […]

Beware of Politicians and Media Seeking to Control Your Thinking

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Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World – Scholarship in Action I saw a headline today involving Pastor Jeremiah Wright.  The headline stated the following: “Jeremiah Wright’s Church Denomination Banishes ‘God the Father’ for Gay Inclusion.”  The headline was interesting in that it almost seemed to imply that Jeremiah Wright had made the decision himself. What was most peculiar […]

Prison Break Caught on Camera (Video)


At 3 am on June 28, a jail break is caught on camera.  Two inmates in the Walker County Jail pretend to talk on the phone, waiting for a fake fight to break out.  Then, when the guards open the door to respond to the fight, the inmates rush them and try to escape.  It […]

Deborrah Cooper: Look Out for the Thirsty Men on Facebook


Deborrah Cooper from SurvivingDating.com talks about what she refers to as “thirsty men on Facebook.” She talks about watching out for men who are trying to manipulate women on Facebook and seeking an escape from their marriages.  She says that this form of harassment is no different from what women see on the street. CLICK […]

Ayvaunn Penn Performs: “Going Home” – Living Your Best Life While You’re Still Breathing


In this episode of Your Black Poets, YBW’s Ayvaunn Penn performs “Going Home,” a poem by Catherine Whitehead out of Chicago, IL.  If you’d like your poetry featured on Your Black Poets, please send Ayvaunn a note.   CLICK HERE TO WATCH                

Lydia Cotton: 8 Reasons to Date a White Man, or So They Say


In this video, Lydia Cotton discusses a very popular article written last fall stating “Eight Reasons to Date a White Man.”  She goes into the reasons that the article’s conclusions are flawed, and why black people may want to stop beating up on one another. CLICK TO WATCH THE VIDEO        

Stephanie Humphrey: Major Changes Occuring in Twitter, Facebook, Myspace


In this video, the YBW Technology Expert Stephanie Humphrey discusses the latest developments on Twitter, Myspace and Facebook.  There are some major developments happening and Stephanie is the one who can keep you up on the latest. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO    

Dr. Boyce and Wilmer Leon: Was Tom Joyner Wrong to Reference Tavis and Cornel’s Sexuality?


In a recent article expressing his frustration with Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, Tom Joyner spoke to his belief that West and Smiley had directly created the environment under which men like Mark Halperin felt comfortable referring to President Obama as a D*ck.  Joyner then made matters quite personal by referring to Cornel as Tavis’ […]