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The Prep School Negro (Trailer)


By Leigh 4:25 pm June 7, 2011 Film website | Extended version premieres June 9, 2011 About the film: André Robert Lee and his sister grew up in the ghettos of Philadelphia. Their mother struggled to support them by putting strings in the waistbands of track pants and swimsuits in a local factory. When Andre […]

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Chicago Study Proves That All Young Black Voters Aren’t the Same


By Leigh 12:03 pm June 7, 2011 Chicago Study Proves That All Young Black Voters Aren’t the Same Asraa Mustufa, Colorlines | June 6, 2011 University of Chicago professor Cathy J. Cohen led a national study about the attitudes and culture of young African-Americans and how these influence their personal and political decision making. In an interview with […]

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Black Generation Gap Video: Changing Views of Racism

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By Leigh 1:18 pm June 6, 2011 The Root | June 6, 2011 The Root took to the streets of D.C. to see if the premise of a new book is true: that younger blacks are more optimistic in the face of racism.

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The Battle Over School Integration


By Leigh 12:00 pm June 3, 2011 CNN (via Huffington Post) | June 1, 2011 The debate over segregation continues at one of the nation’s top schools after the principal received the following message: integrate or lose funding. According to CNN , Connecticut’s Capital Preparatory Magnet School, which boasts a 100 percent graduation rate, was at risk […]

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Teachers in Tough Places


By Leigh 11:43 am June 3, 2011 Teachers in Tough Places David Chura, Huffington Post | June 3, 2011 It was a busman’s holiday. Thirty people in a room, all teachers in high school and GED programs in various prisons from across New York State, listening to me talk about teaching locked up kids. The […]

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“How can you ignore, we’re dying at the door?” – SOUTH SIDE TRAUMA CENTER NOW!

U of C Trauma Center Protest

By Leigh 10:23 am June 2, 2011 FLY | May 24, 2011 Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY) “Trauma Center Track” about our campaign to get a level 1 trauma center at the U of C Medical Center because the south side currently has NONE and the U of C receives THE MOST tax breaks […]

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Behind Bars: For Black Girls, Acting Out Is a Crime


By Leigh 11:03 am June 1, 2011 Behind Bars: For Black Girls, Acting Out Is a Crime Equal Voice Newspaper (via New America Media), Kathy Mulady | May 30, 2011 CHICAGO—LeaJay Harper says she was a typically rebellious teenager raised by a single mother. She left home at 17 and lived on the streets, surviving […]

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Feeling inspired but not getting hired


By Leigh 11:08 am May 31, 2011 Feeling inspired but not getting hired Eli Saslow, Washington Post | May 27, 2011 IN MEMPHIS — His week had begun with a graduation ceremony, a standing ovation and a walk across the stage to meet the president of the United States. Kenneth Roberson was a top-ranked student at […]

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Change Comes Slow in Juvenile Justice


By Leigh 4:22 pm May 27, 2011 Change Comes Slow in Juvenile Justice Cynthia Gordy, The Root | May 27, 2011 In 1974 the U.S. Congress mandated the creation of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Made up of representatives from 12 federal agencies (including the departments of Education, Housing and Development, and […]

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New Documentary, “Dark Girls,” Explores Racial Bias


By Leigh 2:27 pm May 26, 2011 Clips from the upcoming documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color—particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture. Directed by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry Produced by Bill Duke for Duke Media and D. Channsin Berry for Urban Winter Entertainment […]

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