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Monthly Archives: January 2011

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Dear Mayor… Letters from Chicago Youth

Mikva Challenge (via Huffington Post) | January 31, 2011 Shawn Shaw watches his back now on his walk to and from Tilden Career Community Academy, the massive South Side high school that backs onto a Norfolk Southern rail depot in Chicago’s New City neighborhood. The 18-year-old student got jumped on this walk once by a […]

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Weekly News Roundup

January 24, 2011 – January 30, 2011

Teens walk in hopes of stopping violence Staff Writer, WLOX News, January 30 2011 Death penalty sends negative message to youth Staff Writer, The Catholic Sentinel, January 29, 2011 Pa. School Defends Separating Blacks for Homeroom Dana Chivvis, AOL News, January 28, 2011 Pennsylvania school experiments with ‘segregation’ Monika Plocienniczak, CNN, January 27, 2011 Massachusetts Invests $4.4 Million To […]

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#BarackTalk & The World Listened

Hip-hop Responds To Obama’s State Of The Union by Paradise Gray Dee -1 & Jasiri X Speak at the State of the Union: Roadmap to Progress http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsgIhsHU_Nsv On January 25th, President Obama gave a stirring State of the Union Address. The Hip-hop Generation responded by organizing “Roadmap to Progress“ AKA #BarackTalk, sponsored and presented by […]

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A (Friendly) Reminder

Antoine Dodson’s fifteen minutes are not over yet.  Last week, I learned (via Twitter, duh), that Dodson, who became (internet) famous when his rant to the local news was remixed by The Gregory Brothers into “The Bed Intruder Song,” has already begun filming a reality show based upon his move from the Alabama projects to […]

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T.G.I.T.T.B. (Thank God It’s The Token Blacky)

What’s scarier than a racist that calls out “nigger” or “coon” viciously? The racist who’s night you save by being the “token blacky”. I pose two disappointments for the eager audience at a non-black party: no weed and no freestyle. Still I manage to be the life of the party, dougieing on every song, judging […]

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Black Fraternity Comes Out in Force for Their Undocumented Brother

Black Fraternity Comes Out in Force for Their Undocumented Brother Channing Kennedy , Colorlines| January 28, 2011 Yesterday at the Center for American Progress, Sam Fulwood III introduced us to an young immigrant’s story that’s all too familiar, but with a ray of hope. Mario Perez is a 22-year-old college student in Nacogdoches, Texas, who came […]

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PA School To Segregate Black Students To Improve Academics

CNN | January 28, 2011

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Lil Wayne Announces I Am Music II Tour; Nicki Minaj to Co-Headline

Just two months out of Rikers Island, it looks like Weezy is resuming his duties as the best rapper alive in a very big way. First came the release of the relentless (and awesome), Bangladesh-produced “6’7′,” as well as an amazing performance of the track with Eminem on Saturday Night Live late last year. And […]

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The latest black example: Kelley Williams-Bolar

I grew up in Chicago with a mom that was overzealous about education.  By the time I was twelve, I’d gone to seven different schools.  I went to one school for Kindergarten, two schools for first grade, I was home-schooled halfway through second grade and then started at a new school where I stayed for […]

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The Problem with Social Mobility

BBC recently started a survey to answer the question: Does class still matter? Of course, the answer should be a resounding hell yes. But the question runs deeper than that. How does class affect us? What does it mean to be upwardly mobile? Is upward mobility good? Is a meritocracy ideal? We are inclined to […]

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