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If Lamb Chops or The Puzzle Place Was Your Ish, THEN YOUR GONNA LOVE THIS!

By Rashad Smith

Empowering lives through comical and cool characters literally lies within the hands of a beautiful young lady who’s smart, talented, and persistently searching for opportunities to help children recognize their talents, use their talents to benefit others, and plan their future. Megan Piphus, an upperclassman at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with her puppet friends Princess, a wicked kitty, and June Bug, the coolest rapping baby there is, exposing her talents to the world. While eating some gummy worms, my favorite ish to eat back in the day and still to date, I enjoyed the skillful act of Ms. Piphus. 

Megan, who began her ventriloquist vocation at the age of 10, seems to be the epitome of the young Black female working to eliminate negative stereotypes and striving for success. Graduating from high school in Cincinnati, Ohio as Valedictorian says enough for the numerical decoders to begin to spectate about the changing statistics of young black females, and that’s what’s up!

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The Children Are Dying

It’s sad that it takes a tragedy so horrifying it’s beyond belief to get us to recognize a problem that’s been staring us in the face for decades. The culture of violence that this country was founded on is as American as apple pie. Sadly innocent children and brave teachers were murdered in Newtown, CT, and we can only hope their deaths won’t be in vain.

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Gun Control Debate Rages In Aftermath of Sandy Hook Massacre

In the wake of the terrible massacre in Newtown, Conneticut, Democrats (and many Republicans) are pushing for the return of an assault weapons ban.

Proponents of the ban say assault weapons were made with military use in mind, not civilian use.

It has been widely reported that Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza used an assault rifle last Friday morning, when he murdered 26 people, including 20 first graders.

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18 Year-Old Polite Stewart Earns Bachelors Degree in Physics

At just 18 years-old, Polite Stewart has already earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Southern University.

Stewart first enrolled at Southwern at 14 years-old and has done nothing but excel.

It father says Stewart was always a fast learner with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. As a Southern alumin, he trusted that his young son would get the attention and education he deserved.

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More American Values

I had planned on using this morning’s post to conclude my silly holiday special. Since I took time last week to make a mixtape of rappers covering Christmas songs, I figured I’d spend this morning telling you all about this new, mythical black Christmas figure I had invented. Since Kwanzaa is insufficient and the idea of a cherubic white guy being pulled through the sky by reindeer giving gifts to a bunch of black kids seems hella played, I thought I’d come up with something more black and capitalistic for the holiday season. Something asinine and satirical. Think Tavis and Professor West having a black Christmas agenda. Or something.

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Violence vs. Apathy

By Javonna Hines

I attend Temple University in Philadelphia, and almost every time I mention that I am from Chicago I get 2 questions: “Do you know Chief Keef?” and “Have you ever been shot?”

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Mass Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary; 27 Dead, Including 18 Children

A horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut has so far claimed the lives of 27 people, including 18 children.

The gunman was allegedly the father of a student at the school.

There are unconfirmed reports that the school’s principal and psychologist are among the deceased.

From the Huffington Post:

Reports say that the alleged shooter appeared in the building’s main office at about 9:40 a.m., approximately 30 minutes after the school day began.

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Chicago Students Stage Sit-In; Demand Principal Resign

Students at Chicago’s King College Prep High School staged a sit-in on Thursday, demanding that their principal, Shontae Higginbottom resign.

The students say they’re fed up with changes to school policy: specifically the closing of a media center, and a new policy that locks out student who leave the school building.

Also, many students and teachers are simply fed up with Higginbottom’s disrespectful behavior towards students and staff.

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Examining The Politics of “Throwing Shade” in the LGBTQ Community: Why Hurt People— Hurt People & Is Shade Necessary?

In the LGBTQ community there is something called “throwing shade.” A colloquial term used to describe instances when one individual verbally and offensively altercates another. I am not interested in the shade itself, but moreso the reasoning as to why this experience is so common among interactions between youth of color in the LGBTQ community. This is not to say that the politics of shade doesn’t take place in heterosexual and white circles, in fact, it is possible that in those contexts it takes place more, however, on this subject those circles are not a large part of experience, nor my interests. There is something particular about the common experience that LGBTQ youth have to endure while growing up in largely hostile communities and schools. This particularity is what I will explore in the context of shade throwing.

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WATCH: BET’s ‘Murder to Excellence: Life & Hip Hop in Chicago’ Documentary

BET has unveiled a very important documentary; Murder to Excellence: Life & Hip Hop in Chicago.

The film takes a sobering look at our embattled city of Chicago, where a harrowing epidemic of youth violence has made headlines across the world.

Young people, artists, and community leaders discuss the complicated experience of Chicago youth, and what it will take to change the conditions that create and perpetuate poverty and violence in our communities.

The Black Youth Project is honored to be featured in the doc; but the true spotlight of the film is on our youth, the challenges they face, and the multi-faceted art to which their struggle has given birth.

Check out this three-part film below:

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