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CPS Protest Highlights Dangers Facing Displaced Chicago Students; Questions ‘Safety Routes’

Chicago parents and activists are holding a march today- dubbed Walk the Walk – to draw attention to the “distances, safety concerns, and overcrowding potential” facing students displaced by the closing of over 50 Chicago Public Schools.

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Coalition of Celebrities Call on President Obama to Reform Drug Laws

Over 100 entertainers have banded together to call on President Obama to change America’s drug laws; emphasizing rehabilitation and intervention rather than jail time. Are you ready to see major reform to America’s drug laws? Will the President heed their call?

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REPORT: 1 in 4 Black Students Suspended; Mostly for Nonviolent Offenses

According to a new report, 24 percent of black students were suspended from school in the 2009-10 academic year, as opposed to just 7.1 percent of white students. These suspensions are usually the result of nonviolent infractions, like lateness or dress code violations.

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LL Cool J and Brad Paisley Collaborate on Bizarre Country-Rap Song ‘Accidental Racist’

On this episode of When Keeping it Post-Racial Goes (Terribly, Terribly) Wrong: LL Cool J and country singer Brad Paisley have made a song. It’s called “Accidental Racist,” and it is horrific. And mystifying. And accidentally racist.

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Oscar Grant Film ‘Fruitvale’ Gets July Release Date

“Fruitvale,” the buzz-about film chronicling the final days of police shooting victim Oscar Grant, will hit theaters on July 26th, three months earlier than expected, after garnering rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Smithsonian to Honor Bronx, New York as ‘Place of Innovation’ In Hip Hop

The Smithsonian is set to honor The Bronx, New York as a “place of innovation” in setting the early foundation of Hip Hop music and culture. Excited to see The Bronx and Hip Hop being recognized in this way? Thoughts on Hip Hop’s past, present, and future?

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Harvard Students Protest Tyga Concert; Accuse Him of Promoting Sexism and Rape Culture

Harvard University students are up in arms over a scheduled performance from YMCMB rapper Tyga at their annual Yardfest. They say his music promotes sexism and rape culture. Do you support their efforts? Is Tyga’s music a worthy target of protest?

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President Obama Criticized for Calling Kamala Harris ‘Best-Looking’ Attorney General

President Obama is facing criticism for calling California Attorney General Kamala Harris “by far, the best-looking attorney general.” Do you think his comments were sexist?

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Rick Ross Apologizes for His Lyrics Being “Interpreted As” Rape

As the backlash against Rick Ross’ so-called “rape lyrics” continues to mount, Rick Ross took to twitter yesterday and apologized to critics and business partners for lyrics “interpreted as” rape. Satisfied with this apology? Was it sincere? Were Ross’ lyrics “misinterpreted?”

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Associated Press Will No Longer Use Term ‘Illegal Immigrant;’ L.A. Times May Follow Suit

The L.A. Times is considering no longer using the term “illegal immigrant.” The Associated Press has already announced that they will no longer be using the term, acknowledging that it is a dehumanizing, unfair means to describe a human being.

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