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Monthly Archives: January 2011

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Why Low Performing Schools Need Digital Media

Why Low Performing Schools Need Digital Media Craig Watkins, Huffington Post, January 9, 2011 When the social and digital media revolution gained momentum at the dawn of the new millennium, no one would have predicted that less than a decade later black and Latino youth would be just as engaged as their white, Asian, and […]

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The Politics of Kush and Orange Juice #TaylorGang

Wiz Khalifa generally likes to stay above the clouds. His critically acclaimed mixtape “Kush and Orange Juice” unabashedly describes his favorite recreational activity. In almost any of his music videos you can find Wiz laid back, with his eyes low sparking some green stuff. Whether he’s “waken and baken”, as he commonly tweets, or “in […]

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Look What Sarah Palin Done Started

When celebrity moose killer Sarah Palin released her “bulls-eye” map putting democratic opponents in shotgun cross hairs many people felt her rhetoric had gone totally over the top (every one of course but the Tea Party and Fox News). It was clear to see that Palin, just like most Republicans, were not just recruiting but […]

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A Double Standard in Case of Missing Black Teen?

A Double Standard in Case of Missing Black Teen? Sheryl Huggins Salomon,  The Root, January 9, 2011 Would there be more media attention to Phylicia Simone Barnes’ disappearance if she were white? Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi suggests that this is the case. “I can’t see how this case is any different from Natalee Holloway,”Guglielmi said, […]

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Weekly News Roundup

December 27, 2010 – January 2, 2011

Fewer babies having babies Emily Bregel, Times Free Press, January 2, 2011 Urban Meyer gives final game ball to high school student Ian Lockwood Jason Lieser, Palm Beach News, January 1, 2011 Gazan youth issue manifesto to vent their anger with all sides in the conflict Ana Carbajosa, The Observer, January 2, 2011 A message t o the […]

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Today in Post-Race History: Nigger x 219

*Someone please cue my righteous indignation music* It seems that we have officially reached the end of days.  Birds are falling out of the sky; dead fish are coming in with the tide.  News outlets are doing their best not to refer to Jared Loughner’s acts as ones of terrorism, and simply make efforts to […]

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Unemployment falls to 9.4 percent, black teen joblessness still highest

Unemployment falls to 9.4 percent, black teen joblessness still highest Associated Press (via The Grio) | January 7, 2011 WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent last month, its lowest level in 19 months. That was because more Americans found jobs, but also because some people gave up on their job searches. The Labor […]

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Has Kanye West lost his mind? The Video Monster

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f4EZwOdgwI So, Kanye West has lost his mind with making the video Monster. Many feminist blogs have written on its images and meanings. Next week, I will add my voice to this rising chorus. However, this week I would like to know what you think about the video. I deliberated on if I wanted to […]

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Universities Are Challenged as Demographics Shift

Universities Are Challenged as Demographics Shift Reeve Hamilton and Jon Marcus, Texas Tribune (via NY Times), January 1, 2010 In August, 60 years after the University of Texas admitted its first black student, the school welcomed the first freshman class in which white students were in the minority. White students, who accounted for 51 percent of […]

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Pennsylvania Parents Sue Lower Merion School District For Wrongly Classifying Children As Special Needs Students

Pennsylvania Parents Sue Lower Merion School District For Wrongly Classifying Children As Special Needs Students Huffington Post | January 4, 2011 More than three years ago, parents and students in suburban Philadelphia filed suit against their school district for classifying black children as special education students improperly. Finally, a trial for Blunt et al v. Lower […]

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