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Feature: Nurturing black youth activism

The following post is from the Chicago Reporter. It was written by Katherine Mirani. By: Katherine Mirani Some of Charlene Carruthers’ strongest memories from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago are of visiting the public aid office with her mother. Caseworkers spoke condescendingly from a desk so high it was difficult to see […]

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Feature: A New, Safer Chicago? End the Grass Gap

The following is from Huffington Post. It was written by BYP100′s National Coordinator Charlene Carruthers. By: Charlene Carruthers The targeting of Black people in Chicago for minor marijuana possession is not making our city a safer place.

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Feature: ‘Sophia Tears’ a poem in memory of Sophia Brown

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This poem was originally featured on For Harriet. It was written by Candice Bledsoe in memory of slain black youth Sophia Brown. To read Brown’s story, click here. 

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Feature: How the War on Drugs Damages Black Social Mobility

The following article is from Brookings. It was written by Jonathan Rothwell. By: Jonathan Rothwell The social mobility of black Americans has suffered collateral damage from the “War on Drugs.” Being convicted of a crime has devastating effects on the employment prospects and incomes of ex-felons and their children, as my Brookings colleagues and other scholars have found.

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Feature: In Defense of Ms. Hill

The following post is from Medium. It was written by Talib Kweli Greene. By: Talib Kweli Greene Yasiin Bey and I make beautiful music together. We are yin and yang, our styles complement each other very nicely. While it’s always a treat for us to perform together as Black Star, the style and pace of our […]

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Feature: Mostly Black Cities, Mostly White City Halls

The following piece is from the New York Times. It was written by Richard Fausset. By: Richard Fausset Since moving to this small city on the eastern flank of Atlanta’s suburban sprawl, Lorna Francis, a hairdresser and a single mother, has found a handsome brick house to rent on a well-groomed cul-de-sac. She has found […]

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Feature: When white friends don’t believe what blacks go through, they’re not friends

The following post is from the Washington Post. It was written by Mary C. Curtis. By: Mary C. Curtis I still remember it perfectly, more than 10 years later. It’s terrifying to be stopped in your car and approached by first one and then two more white police officers with their hands resting on their […]

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Feature: Black Men and the Stain of Colorism

The following is from EBONY. It was written by Joshua Adams. By: Joshua Adams When I was a sophomore in college, watching The Boondocks with friends was a weekly ritual. After enjoying the satirical brilliance of Aaron McGruder, some would stay a longer to talk about a plethora of stuff: girls (mostly), sports, school, politics, etc. One particular […]

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Feature: Why does a black butt only look good in white skin?

The following post is from The Guardian.  It was written by Yomi Adegoke. By: Yomi Adegoke “Big, big booty. What you got a big booty,” is how the chorus to Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea’s derriere-themed ditty goes – over and over. The aptly titled “Booty” video was released last week, and in anticipation, American Vogue wrote its […]

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Feature: We still lie about slavery, Here’s the truth about how the American economy and power were built on forced migration and torture

The following piece is from Salon. It was written by Edward E. Baptist. By: Edward E. Baptist Excerpted from “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism” 1937 A beautiful late April day, seventy-two years after slavery ended in the United States. Claude Anderson parks his car on the side of Holbrook Street […]

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