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Chicago School Closings, Linked-Fate, and the Power of a Shared Experience

When we view young people like Asean Johnson, shouting, crying out and having their voice heard in the name of opposition, it does two things. It encourages us all to remember that the next generation of black youth can speak for themselves, and it also reminds us that we as black people are all connected. […]

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9 Year-Old Activist Asean Johnson Continues Fight Against Chicago School Closings

We’re sure many of you remember 9 year-old Asean Johnson, whose galvanizing speech at an anti-school closings rally in Chicago became a viral sensation.

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Cheerios Commercial Featuring Interracial Family Ignites Racist Backlash

Cheerios recently posted a new commercial on YouTube, featuring an interracial family. The ad’s YouTube page was then inundated with negative, racist comments. So much so that Cheerios was forced to disable its comments section.

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St. Louis Police Under Fire After Shooting Black Honor Student 25 Times

Many are up in arms over the death of 25 year-old Cary Ball Jr. , an honor student who was shot 25 times by St. Louis police.

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22 Year-Old Cortlan Wickliff is Youngest African American to Graduate from Harvard Law

22 year-old Cortlan Wickliff will become the youngest African American to graduate from Harvard Law School.

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Ohio Health Program Lets Teens Teach Their Peers About Sex

In Cleveland, Ohio a unique sex education program allows high schoolers to teach their peers about sexual health; in the hopes of combating the area’s rising rates of STD infections in teens.

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Bobby Rush Calls IL Sen. Kirk’s Chicago Gang Plan “Upper-Middle Class, Elitist White Boy Solution”

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill) says Sen. Mark Kirk’s plan to curb Chicago violence by arresting all 18,000 members of the Gangster Disciples is an “”upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about.”

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Cultivating Black Male Complexity: Lessons Learned from Working with Black Male Youth

This past year, I have worked as a lead facilitator in a leadership program with Black male eighth graders on the South Side of Chicago. These are Black males who attend a school that is closing as a result of Rahm Emanuel’s upheaval of Chicago Public Schools. In addition to these woes, these Black males […]

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Black 14 Year-Old Carrying a Puppy Attacked by Police for Giving Them a “Dehumanizing Stare”

14 year-old Tremaine McMillan was feeding his puppy and playing when officers approached him, and proceeded to attack and choke him for giving them a “dehumanizing stare.”

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VA Gov. Bob McDonnell Commits to Expediting Restoration of Voting Rights for Non-Violent Felons

Virginia’s Republican Governor Bob McDonnell raised eyebrows recently, announcing that he will do the right thing and make it easier for non-violent offenders to have their voting rights reinstated.

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