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Feature: Why I’m Betting on You to Shape the New American Economy

The following piece was published on Medium. It was written by President Barack Obama. By: President Barack Obama History has dubbed you the “Millennials.” You’re part of the first generation to grow up in the digital age. Some of you grew up with cell phones tucked into your book bags, while others can remember the early […]

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Organizers in Ferguson prep for ‘Weekend of Resistance’

Residents in Ferguson, Missouri are preparing for a “Weekend of Resistance” set to take place in St. Louis over the weekend. The protests are a result of another 18-year-old black male who was killed by police in St. Louis’ Shaw neighborhood earlier this week. 

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Feature: The Worth of Black Men, From Slavery to Ferguson

The following piece is from the New York Times. It was written by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts. By: Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts The paper, stained in spots, has yellowed, its black ink faded to a dull brown, but the horizontal lines printed on the page are still a fine blue. Some scribe took great care preparing this page, first […]

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Feature: ‘When I close my eyes at night, I see people running from tear gas’

The following piece is from EBONY. It was written by Johnetta Elzie. By: Johnetta Elzie Trauma is commonly defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience.  Recently, I came to understand what that really means.

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Feature: Mirror Mirror when style is ‘ghetto’ on black women, ‘chic’ on whites

The following piece is from the Philly. It was written by Elizabeth Wellington. By: Elizabeth Wellington Something about the models walking the DKNY catwalk last month in coifs that Lucky magazine called “slicked-down tendrils” – known in my hood as baby hair – tweaked my Queens-reared soul.

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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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