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]  

Sagging Pants are Now Illegal


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World There is a growing number of towns making it illegal to sag pants. No, it is no longer merely a fashion. It is becoming a fine as well. The Grio reports that “Hampton, Georgia is the most recent in a string of small towns to outlaw ‘saggy pants.’ The new law […]

High School Allegedly Refuses to Recognize Black Valedictorian


Avyaunn Penn, Your Black World Kymberly Wimberly, an African-American young lady out of Arkansas, has the highest GPA at McGehee Secondary School according to court documents. Despite this young lady’s achievement, her family has filed papers in court claiming the school denied her rightful valedictorian status because she is black.  According to The Huffington Post, Wimberly’s lawyer […]

Lowest Work Wages in 18 Months

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by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World The outlook of the economy continues to look bleak with employees across the nation making less in the month of June than at any other point in the last 18 months. According to reports from CNN Money, “average weekly earnings last month fell to $788.56. It’s impossible to do exact inflation-adjusted […]

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                

Ayvaunn Penn Performs: The Eyes Have It – Tribute to a Beautiful Wife (Video)


Watch as Your Black World’s Ayvaunn Penn performs “The Eyes Have It.”  The poem was written by Greg Jackson out of Philadelphia, PA. To watch the performance, please click here.      

Ayvaunn Penn: Anti-Gay Christians Deserve Respect Too


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World Tracy Morgan was not the first one to be slammed about anti-gay comments. Recently, even CNN’s Anderson Cooper tried to call out President Obama for “flip-flopping” his stance on gay marriage. This got me to thinking about people who genuinely believe that same-sex marriage is wrong. People who do not […]

Black/Brown Babies Now Outnumber White


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World African Americans are dominating the world — not exactly, but we could be on our way. Throughout the history of the United States, whites have always been the dominant race in terms of population, but in recent times that has changed. According to a preliminary U.S. census, minorities comprise the […]

Alcee Hastings: Florida Congressman Accused of Sexual Harassment


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World Another government official is being accused of inappropriate conduct with a female. According to reports, as of Wednesday, the congressional ethics office is investigating Winsome Packer’s claim against Florida congressman Alcee Hastings. Packer claims that she was sexually harassed by Hastings when she was a part of his staff. President of […]

Ayvaunn Penn Performs: I Could Not Survive Outside my Blackness


Watch as Ayvaunn Penn from Your Black World performs “I Could Not Survive Outside My Blackness”  by Philip Paul Grimes. click here to watch      

Study: Lighter Skin Means Shorter Prison Sentences


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World White folks already have an easier time in court when it comes to criminal justice — at least, many believe. That same gravy appears to run off the white man’s plate into the lap of lighter skinned African Americans who violate the law. The results of a research endeavor conducted […]

Enough Already! We Know Black Males are Falling Behind


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World “Enough already! We get it, now. Black males are lagging behind. How many times can you say it?” If you are like me, this is how you feel about all the recent articles calling out our black boys for not being educationally up to par. The reality is, we […]

Disney’s Disrespect for the Lone Black Princess


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World Congratulations to Anika Noni Rose, also known as Princess Tiana from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog! Rose, I’m not trying to take away your shine for being honored as an official Disney Legend, but I have a beef with the exclusive mistreatment of our beloved black princess. Based on my observations, […]

Ayvaunn Penn: Black Poets Taking Over Pop Culture


A special message from Ayvaunn Penn of Your Black Poets: Hello everyone! I just wanted to take a moment to greet you, and let you know how excited I am that you decided to become a part of Your Black Poets. This is a revolution, let me tell ya’. Together, we are bringing poetry and spoken […]

Man Behind “Jumping the Broom” Says Faith Doesn’t Have to be Traded for Success


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World Many of you have seenJumping the Broom by now, I am sure. I am not so certain, however, that many of you are familiar with DeVon Franklin, one of the driving forces behind the production of the film. He is an African-American young man in his thirties and one of […]

Ayvaunn Penn: If Barack Obama Was a Blues Singer……


In her latest performance, Ayvaunn Penn from Your Black Poets performs a piece by Christopher D. Sims called “If Barack Obama Was a Blues Singer.” Click here to watch the video.        

Man Arrested for Whipping Bus Driver with a Belt


  by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World In general, the black community has believed in disciplining children with a good spankin’ or two. However, some people got it confused thinking it also applies to grown folks. Tyrone Darell Hubbert, was arrested on Wednesday for taking off his belt and whipping a bus driver. According to reports […]

There’s A New Black Film Experience in Town: African Diaspora International Film Festival


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World In the African American community, there are many dedicated fans of black films produced by renowned black men such as Spike Lee, Tyler Perry, and T.D. Jakes. Now, there is a new favorite you can add to your black movie experience: the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF). There are […]

Ayvaunn Penn Presents Backhand: A Story of Abuse (Powerful Video)


In this video, Ayvaunn Penn of Your Black Poets presents the poem “Backhand,” a powerful exhibition about the struggle of abuse, neglect and abandonment that affects so many families across America. You can watch the video by clicking here.      

Ayvaunn Penn: You Can’t be “Black Like Me” So Don’t Even Try


In this video, amazing spoken word artist Ayvaunn Penn performs the poem “Black Like Me” by Crystal Jenene Carter.  Crystal is out of Oklahoma and wrote this poem over 10 years ago.  She and other spoken words artists submit their work to be performed by Ayvaunn at Your Black Poets.  Visit the site to submit […]

How Do You Stop Youth Violence?


by Ayvaunn Penn, YourBlackWorld.com Following the recent death of 15-year-old Reshard Morrell, Tallahassee will be holding a town hall meeting on June 16. To be lead by Leon County Commissioner Nick Maddox, they will be discussing black-on-black crime. Maddox has a special concern for this issue since it is something he had to combat as […]