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Bias in the Recovery of Jobs

By Asha 2:03 pm June 22, 2012 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 […]

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Hate Crime: Arson Destroys Gay Bar in Oak Park

By Asha 3:36 pm June 15, 2012 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 […]

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Without the Fundamentals: Illiteracy in America

By Asha 1:44 pm June 8, 2012 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 […]

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

By Asha 12:00 pm June 1, 2012 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 […]

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Police and the NATO Protests

By Asha 12:00 pm May 25, 2012 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, […]

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The Right of the People to Peaceably Assemble

By Asha 4:12 pm May 24, 2012 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?

By Asha 2:39 pm February 10, 2012 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 […]

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That’s Not the Only Inappropriate Thing I See

By Asha 1:06 pm January 27, 2012 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 […]

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

By Asha 1:40 pm January 3, 2012 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 […]

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These ‘Kids These Days’ Kids

By Asha 1:40 pm December 6, 2011 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 […]

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