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Beyonce Nails National Anthem at Super Bowl Press Conference; Asks “Any Questions?”

Beyonce walked out to the podium at her Super Bowl press conference today and asked everyone to stand. As a bewildered crown of journalists rose to their feet, she proceeded to nail the national anthem a cappella for the stunned crowd. Fierce.

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On Being Black and Unwanted at Elite Universities

Last Sunday, the institution I attend, the University of Chicago, sent another sobering reminder to the University community that students and communities of color are not to be seriously valued, considered, or even meaningfully respected in their full dignity as human beings. On  January 27th, the University of Chicago used brutal and unnecessary force to […]

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VIDEO: Hadiya Pendleton Appeared in Anti-Gang PSA

A 2008 anti-gang PSA has surfaced featuring Hadiya Pendleton when she was in the 6th grade. It’s a haunting, heartbreaking video.

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Shirley Chambers Buries 4th Child Dead from Gun Violence

54 year-old Shirley Chambers never expected to outlive all four of her children. On January 26th, her fourth child – 33 year-old Ronnie Chambers – was shot to death while sitting in a parked car.

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SIGN THIS PETITION: President Obama! Make a Speech in Chicago Addressing the Crisis of Gun Violence!

The Black Youth Project has launched a petition, asking that President Obama come to Chicago and deliver a major speech that addresses the crisis of gun violence in Black and Latino communities. Please stand up for and with Black and Latino youth by signing this petition!

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Parents, Students and Activists Confront Dept. of Education Over Wave of School Closures

Parents, students, and activists from cities across the country confronted the U.S. Department of Education, asserting that widespread school closures violate the civil rights of minority youth. Where do you stand on this issue?

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NYPD Handcuffs and Interrogates 7 Year-Old For HOURS Over Stolen $5

7 year-old Wilson Reyes was accused of stealing $5 from a classmate, and a scuffle ensued. Instead of being sent to the principal’s office, the NYPD took him to a police station, handcuffed Reyes to a wall, and interrogated him for hours.

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Rep. Alcee Hastings Says President Obama Disrespects Black People

While addressing the National Newspapers Association, Rep. Alcee L. Hastings said that President Obama disrespects the black community. Do you agree? Will a second term be the directive Obama needs to address the concerns of Hastings and others?

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Hadiya Pendleton, Teen Who Performed At Obama Inauguration, Shot and Killed on South SIde

The 15-year-old King College Prep student Hadiya Pendleton was gunned down yesterday in a park near the school. Just a week ago, Pendelton had traveled to Washington DC and performed at President Obama’s inauguration with her school’s drill team.

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Obama Throws Support Behind Plan to Reform “Out of Date and Badly Broken” Immigration Laws

President Obama voiced his support for a plan for immigration reform, focusing on three pillars of reform: the enforcement of immigration laws, providing a path to citizenship, and reforming the legal immigration system. Thoughts on the plan and the President’s remarks?

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