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A Deeper Look into Black-White Graduation Gaps

A Deeper Look into Black-White Graduation Gaps Michelle Chen, In These Times | August 21, 2010 It appears that despite Washington’s attempts to close the racial “achievement gap,” the educational colorline still looms over Black youth. According to a study by the Schott Foundation for Public Education, fewer than half of Black male students graduated […]

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Higher Learning: Summer M.’s Freshman Orientation Post

One of the first memories I have of my first year in college is Jell-O wrestling.  I have absolutely no idea how, on the last Saturday night before classes started, my new roommates and I — perhaps on our way to some black(er?) social event — ended up amongst a crowd of fellow co-eds, standing […]

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Antoine Dodson Follow-Up

YouTube (via Colorlines) | August 20, 2010 Be sure to also read Fallon’s take on Dodson’s fame. (From Colorlines) Accidental Internet celebrity Antoine Dodson tells ABC News that, although his sister’s attacker is still on the loose, he’s made made a “nice amount of money” off of the infamous “bed intruder” YouTube meme. “Enough to move […]

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Record Sales Hit A New Low!

According to Rollingstone.com, album sales nationwide reportedly hit its lowest low since the use of Soundscan first began, way back in 1991. The week of August 8th through August 14th generated a measly 4.95 million albums sold. Even worse, the last time overall album sales reached such a low…was earlier this year, when album sales […]

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Kanye West’s Video, Power: Artistic Genius, Lunatic, or Devil Worship?

Okay, am I the only one who finds Kanye West’s new video, Power, disturbing? Mind you, I love to see music videos that are artistic and push the envelope, but I will not deny that I was a little disturbed by his video, Power.

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The Black Girl Project

A Film by Aiesha Turman | Premieres August 27, 2010 The Black Girl Project is a documentary film which asks pretty much one question: who are you? Of course that question morphed into other, follow-up questions, but that singular question lies at the heart of the film. In a culture where Black women and girls […]

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Dr. Laura and Post-Race America

Soon after President Barack Obama was elected, the lie of post-race America began. it was this idea that because we had a black president in office, we as a nation, had somehow transcended race. But the very idea of a raceless (it isn’t even a real word) society is impossible. However, for many, the uptick in interracial relationships coupled with a bi-racial President in office is overwhelming evidence that society has moved on from the big “R.” Fortunately, we still have reminders.

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More Minorities Taking ACT, but Score Gaps Persist

More Minorities Taking ACT, but Score Gaps Persist Catherine Gewertz, Education Week | August 18, 2010 Far more Hispanic students are taking the ACT than ever, but their scores continue to fall short of levels considered necessary for strong performance in college. Scores released today by ACT Inc. for the graduating class of 2010 show […]

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Swastikas, Confederate Flags and Race Pride

This weekend was interesting, to say the least. I spent Sunday at the Texas Gun Show. While I expected strange, maybe even interesting, I was unprepared for some of it. Guns and weapons don’t shake me. On display, they cause no panic. Some of the other things on display however, were enough to make me […]

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Through the Love of Kindred

What happens when you answer the phone to the sound of your mother crying on a hospital bed asking for a kidney? Not a figurative request that represents the love and affection that is due to the person who deposited life into you on the day of birth. Not a theoretical entreaty that allows one […]

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