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By Summer M. 9:00 am April 7, 2014 Richard Sherman won’t shut up. The star cornerback for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks has become one of the NFL most recognizable and talked about athletes, an especially remarkable feat given the anonymity of wearing a helmet each week for work and the lack of attention […]

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Video: In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


By Shantell @shantell_em 10:42 am April 4, 2014 On this day in 1968, the world lost a minister, a comforter, an activist, a hero. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot to death while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The question of what the world would be like if […]

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DeSean Jackson: Gang Connections or Modern Day Witch Hunt?


By Amari Rene @AmErican_Poet 10:12 am April 3, 2014 While I do not typically have a strong opinion on the dealings of athletes, the story of DeSean Jackson is one of particular interest.  Jackson, an NFL player and 3 time Pro Bowler, was recently released from the Philadelphia Eagles for reportedly having ties to a […]

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The essay that landed Kwasi Enin admission to all eight Ivy League schools


By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:21 pm April 2, 2014 Earlier this week, we wrote about Kwasi Enin, the high school senior who was admitted to all eight Ivy League schools. Along with rankly highly in his class and scoring 2250 on his SAT Kwasi wrote an impressive college essay.

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Guest Post: Chicago Run Reflection

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:47 am April 2, 2014 By: Joshua Moore I currently am employed with a wonderful non-profit organization called Chicago Run. Chicago Run works to promote health and wellness across Chicago through the implementation of youth running programs. We are currently located in 44 Chicago Public Schools. My job as a Chicago Run Coach is to […]

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Pubes and Gender


By Kristen Topp 10:25 am April 1, 2014             Yesterday was an especially awkward day for the students that I teach. It was the PUBERTY TALK. I was sure it would be painful for some of my students. However I didn’t anticipate how uncomfortable the presentation would make me. Not because of the terrible 80’s […]

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According to a Federal Jury, This Police Beating Is NOT Excessive Force


By jasiri x 12:59 pm March 31, 2014 Jordan Miles in the hospital after he was brutally beaten by 3 Pittsburgh Police Officers Today a federal court jury decided that the 3 white undercover Pittsburgh Police officers that brutally beat Jordan Miles and ripped part of his dreadlocks out of his head, did NOT use […]

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The Era of Hurt Feelings

By Summer M. 12:25 pm March 31, 2014 Oh, the power of a Twitter account and a properly coined hashtag. Late last week, two Twitter dust-ups that, on varying levels, centered on race and identity, went viral and landed on my last nerve. The first and more prominent one involved Suey Park, who has been […]

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First Encounter with Race


By Amari Rene @AmErican_Poet 10:43 am March 27, 2014                                                                 I remember, when I first stepped into my fourth grade classroom, my mouth dropped to the floor.  It was the middle of the summer and we had just moved to the suburbs. Unfortunately for me, they were on cycle scheduling and so my summer time […]

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Behind the Checkpoint, My Experience Traveling to Palestine

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By jasiri x 12:42 pm March 26, 2014 Ferrari Sheppard, Bryonn Bain, Dream Hampton, and Remi Kanazi walking through the Qalandia Checkpoint in Palestine   Shortly after traveling to Palestine and Israel earlier this year, and the release of my song Checkpoint, I recorded this interview so I could express my initial thoughts about the […]

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