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What About ‘November 7, 2012 … The Day After The Election?’

With all the election day hooplah, many of us might lose sight of our long term struggle and obligation to the community. What happens on November 7th? ACTION, that’s what.

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Stand With Black Youth; Take The BYP ACTION PLEDGE Today!

With “The Pledge”, we are asking individuals and organizations to close ranks around black youth and make a commitment to take action and fight with black youth as they confront a relentless crisis. We at the BYP believe that each person can make a difference by doing something!

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Stacey Dash’s Endorsement of Romney Incites Twitter Backlash

By Tiff J www.coffeerhetoric.com Stacey Dash is an actress who has been in the business for quite some time but who, quite frankly, isn’t registering on many people’s radar these days, when one considers the value and influence of celebrities in this current cult of personality.  The media hasn’t really reported anything noteworthy about her […]

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An Ode to Derrick R.O.S.E.

Very few athletes, or any person in the public eye for that matter, handle themselves with the amount of humility and class that Derrick Rose does. And I for one am so glad that he can be someone who kids look up to. More kids will believe that they can make it. Because he did.

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Black Youth and HIV Messaging

by Dr. Fay Payton Recently, I was asked by a group of Black male college students to present at one of their meetings to discuss HIV in the Black Community.  The topic directly aligns with the work of  www.myhealthimpactnetwork.org.  As the founding director of the @myhealthimpact brand, I am adamant that we remain supportive of […]

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New Michigan Policy Links Truancy to State Assistance

By Tiff J In what seems like yet another law aimed at the poor, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has helped usher in a strict new truancy policy that targets low-income families. Starting October 1st, parents whose children have accumulated a significant number of absences [10 or more unexcused absences per year] or who don’t attend […]

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Why I Hesitate to Use the “P-word”… “Progress” & Black American Life

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“Nobody is free until everybody is free.” -Fannie Lou Hamer Why am I so hesitant to speak of progress? I think it’s because my heart is heavy and my conscience is unclear given what I know about our present. I can’t state enough that the middle and upper class, college educated, and successfully professional Black people are […]

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Black Youth and the Need for More Than Just Another Passive Vote

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Eleven years into the 21st century and we find young black youth more disengaged, more disenfranchised, and have in many ways disappeared more now than ever before. The politically active scene of the 1960′s and 70′s (when organizations like SNCC and the Black Panthers were at their peak) is all but gone 40 years later. […]

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Why Every Entertainer Needs to Watch This Documentary

Last Monday HBO debuted the documentary on the life and work of legendary artist and activist Harry Belafonte, “Sing Your Song”. To call it must see TV is an understatement. “Sing Your Song” details how Harry Belafonte went from the first platinum selling musician, to international movie star heartthrob, to fearless advocate for oppressed people […]

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Gumbel’s Stern Words

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Last week, Bryant Gumbel’s closing remarks at the end of his Emmy Award-winning HBO series, Real Sports sparked controversy: “Finally, tonight, if the NBA lockout is going to be resolved any time soon, it seems likely to be done in spite of David Stern, not because of him. I say that because the NBA’s infamously egocentric commissioner […]

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