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Labels Aren’t Romantic and Never Have Been

Too many make the mistake of directing energy toward formality or “making official” their relationships. As if listing dating-experience on a resume has gotten anyone a job, the misinformed forget that everything exists, that, in particular, love is more than words floating around facebook and gossip. Some folks walk away from a reality with bitterness […]

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Do black men get better health care behind bars?

Do black men get better health care behind bars? Monique W. Morris, The Grio | June 30, 2011 More than 850,000 black men and women are currently incarcerated in federal or state prisons, or in local jails throughout the U.S. The conditions of confinement have caused deep wounds for African-Americans, compromising the healthy development of communities and […]

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Census: Fewer black children in biggest US cities

Census: Fewer black children in biggest US cities Associated Press | June 30, 2011 NEW YORK –A catastrophic flood emptied New Orleans of much of its black youth. Powerful social forces may be doing a similar thing to places like Harlem and Chicago’s South Side.Over the past decade, the inner-city neighborhoods that have served for […]

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Bay Area transit agency agrees to pay $1.3 million to mother of man fatally shot by officer

Bay Area transit agency agrees to pay $1.3 million to mother of man fatally shot by officer Associated Press | June 28, 2011 OAKLAND, Calif. — A San Francisco Bay area transit agency Tuesday agreed to pay $1.3 million to the mother of a 22-year-old unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white […]

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Film to launch new project on Boston busing riots

Film to launch new project on Boston busing riots Russell Conteras, Associated Press (via The Grio) | June 27, 2011 BOSTON (AP) — A documentary that’s to be unveiled this week is the start of a project that aims to show that the busing riots that roiled Boston in the 1970s and stained the city’s reputation […]

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Well this is awkward…

Sunday night a two-hour Chris Brown commercial the BET Awards happened. Despite a comical performance from Kevin Hart, the most memorable moment of the show was the slip-up of the fan chosen to present the Viewers Choice Award. Rocsi and Terrance (there to provide moral support in what can be a nerve wracking moment), were […]

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Civil Disobedience, Gay Rights Movements, and the Black Single Mothers Who Don’t Benefit From Marriage

Silje Sande an American Professor, discusses something called “The Necessary Tension.” She writes “In a democracy the tension between civil obedience and disobedience is a necessary tension.” She argues that Civil Disobedience confronts and holds accountable the norms that exist in society today. I think that black single mothers and families around the country should […]

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Youth Say Race Still Matters—So What Are They Doing About It?

Youth Say Race Still Matters—So What Are They Doing About It? Juell Stewart, Colorlines | June 28, 2011 Earlier this month, our publisher released a report, “Don’t Call Them Post-Racial,” which surveyed attitudes about race in key systems in U.S. society among young adults 18-25. Dom Apollon’s research team conducted focus groups with dozens of […]

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Do School Suspensions Lead To Prison?

The social and economic implications of the quality education that children in the United States of America receive ,while not absolute, are critical in determining their future trajectories. The institution that children come into contact with the most in their prepubescent, formative years outside of their communities are schools. From both an operational and architectural […]

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Study Finds Menthol cigarette marketing is ‘predatory,’ aimed at black kids

Stanford: Menthol cigarette marketing is ‘predatory,’ aimed at black kids Steven E.F. Brown, San Francisco Business Times | June 24, 2011 A Stanford School of Medicine study says tobacco companies cut prices of menthol cigarettes and boosted advertisements for them near California high schools with lots of black students. The report calls the marketing “predatory.” […]

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