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Bias in the Recovery of Jobs

The New York Times publishes that, despite reports that New York City has regained all the jobs lost during the recession, the city’s black population has been, to a great extent, left behind. Nationally, the number of black Americans with jobs has increased by about one million in the past year, but more than half […]

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Hate Crime: Arson Destroys Gay Bar in Oak Park

I have lived in Oak Park all my life. It is a suburb of Chicago, just minutes away from downtown. Almost two weeks ago, on June 3, The Velvet Rope, a gay bar in Oak Park’s commercial center burned down. The incident was deemed arson. Hateful graffiti was left behind and nothing was stolen. The […]

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Without the Fundamentals: Illiteracy in America

Commencement yesterday was filled with encouraging speeches reminding my senior class that “commencement” is the beginning, not the end, and graduating is simply a marker that we have received and collected the tools we will need to move forward. The rhetoric of speakers, and of casual conversations on any graduation day is generally one of […]

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New Faces in Advertising: Opportunitstic, Radical, or Both?

North Carolina voters ban same sex marriage, Obama comes out in favor of it, and while gay rights issues remain immediately timely and thoroughly heated, America’s corporations have not failed to find a money-making opportunity out of it. Target launched a line of gay pride t-shirts and will donate up to $120,000 of proceeds to […]

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Police and the NATO Protests

On Sunday morning, in 90 degree weather, Grant Park was filled with artists, students, workers, and educators, all antiwar activists, gathered for the main protest against the NATO summit in Chicago. It was the largest demonstration, following three days of anti-NATO actions Buses brought protesters from surrounding states, as well as places as far as […]

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The Right of the People to Peaceably Assemble

Right hands on holsters at thickish cop hips. Left ones raising splinters with palm sweat on their wooden beating poles. Shaking in their bullet proof spacesuits, bitter and shaking in their “I-think-they’ll-b-safe” suits, they are over armed, ready for attack against the mob equipped with a radical thirst.

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Earl is Back. And how?

After two year’s hiatus, 17-year old “prodigy” of rap group Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA), launched his twitter account, announcing that Earl Sweatshirt is “home.” Shortly after, a youtube video with a snippet of an unheard track featured Sweatshirt demanding 50,000 followers on twitter within a day in exchange for new music. […]

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That’s Not the Only Inappropriate Thing I See

My high school’s administration entertained complaints from a couple of Freshman girls about the overtly sexual nature of the dancing. So grinding makes fourteen-year-old girls uncomfortable. That makes sense. However, the school has made an absurd assessment of why young people dance the way we do. Meetings with the Student Council concerning the next school-sponsored […]

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“J. Edgar”: How Many Chapters of History Were Cut?

From the persecution of the NAACP and Black Panthers to the brutal assassination of Fred Hampton, the FBI was very actively involved in the Civil Rights era oppression of blacks in the United States. “J. Edgar,” Clint Eastwood’s attempt at a non-controversial cinematic account of John Edgar Hoover’s 37-year reign as the first director of […]

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These ‘Kids These Days’ Kids

With a unique, jazzy, hip-hop meets the blues meets soul meets something brand new sounds, Kids These Days (KTD for short), is a Chicago-based group of teenage musicians, making music with the potential to appeal to most everyone’s ears. Easy rapping is laid on top of swaggering horns and sometimes mingles with a strong female […]

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