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Cornell West: Gun Control Only Becomes An Issue When “Vanillia” People Get Shot

Appearing on his Smiley & West show with Tavis Smiley, Dr. Cornell West pulled no punches while discussing the current national conversation surrounding gun control.

While he’s happy the discussion is happening at all, he laments the fact that it takes white people getting shot for the debate to be taken seriously.

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McDonalds Has a Lump of Coal for Your Xmas Stocking

This year McDonald’s will be open on Christmas day. ”Starting with Thanksgiving, ensure your restaurants are open throughout the holidays,” reads the Nov. 8 memo from McDonald’s USA Chief Operating Officer Jim Johannesen. “Our largest holiday opportunity as a system is Christmas Day.”

But at least that means thousands of minimum wage employees will get overtime pay, right? Wrong! McDonald’s spokeswoman Heather Oldani said, ”when our company-owned restaurants are open on the holidays, the staff voluntarily sign up to work. There is no regular overtime pay.” Apparently it’s not bad enough to pay your employees a wage so small they can’t afford Christmas, now they have to work on Christmas Day for that same low pay.

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When Does Size Matter? When HIV/AIDS Rates Keep Rising, and Black Youth Keep Dying

A new study put out by Hunter College’s Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training, introduces an idea that if men have large sexual organs, then they are less likely to wear condoms, and subsequently more likely to catch HIV/AIDS. In westernized and American pop-culture, there is music, movies, and radio references that allude to the idea that having a large “you-know-what” is somehow desired. To take this idea a step deeper, black men in America (whose bodies have been exoticized and objectified for centuries), have been the individuals stereotyped to have the largest sized “fill in what ever euphemism you prefer” out of any other race. If there is any legitimacy behind this study, then I believe it should be used as a launching point for awareness in black and brown communities.

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President Obama Vows to Take Action to Reduce Gun Violence

In the wake of the horrific Sandy Hook shooting, President Obama has vowed to present Congress with policy proposals for reducing gun violence by January.

Calling last Friday’s shooting a wake-up call, the President has vowed the push wholeheartedly for impactful legislation to combat America’s incredibly high levels of gun violence.

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Sixth-Grader Brings Gun To School To Protect Himself In Case of School Shooting

A Utah sixth-grader was arrested after bringing a gun to school to protect himself in the event of a school shooting.

He brought a .22 caliber handgun to West Kearns Elementary School, hiding it in his backpack.

Witnesses say the boy either p0inted the gun at students on the playground, or threatened them with it verbally.

Regardless, school staff immediately sprung into action.

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President Obama is Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

President Barack Obama is once again Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.

According to Time, Obama was chosen “”For finding and forging a new majority, for turning weakness into opportunity and for seeking, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union…”

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Refusing to Grin and Bear It

Lately, I’ve been greatly concerned with the misconceptions and myths that continue to be perpetuated about youth in our society. For Black youth in particular, we are often subjected to ahistorical misconceptions that revolve around notions of youth apathy. We often get projected as rebellious ciphers that are for some reason less respectful, less conscious, less focused, and less empathetic than many of our elders were in those nebulous and perpetual “good ol’ days.” In order to fight those myths, it becomes necessary to spotlight significant moments where youth trumpet their resiliency and agency in an adultist culture that continually acts to render them voiceless.

The above video shows a young woman from a high school in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago expressing her dissatisfaction with her teacher’s alleged failure to provide her with an “education.” The visceral nature of the video itself makes it a hard pill to swallow for many who wish to simply dismiss the student’s rant as “disrespectful.” Instead of critically evaluating the student’s words, many would rather focus on the fact that traditional notions of adult-centered authority are being challenged. This is perhaps unnerving for a lot of people.

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Brooklyn Woman Suing NYPD After Being Arrested for Filming Stop and Frisk

A Bedford-Stuyvesant woman was arrested for filming an NYPD Stop and Frisk in progress.

With the help of the NYCLU, Hadiyah Charles plans to sue the NYPD, asserting that her civil rights were violated.

The incident took place in early June, when Charles stumbled upon friends of hers being harrassed by the police.

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BET Founder Bob Johnson Calls on President Obama to Address Black Unemployment

Robert Johnson, BET founder, billionaire, and head of RLJ enterprises, has once again called for President Obama to address black unemployment more directly.

Johnson is proposing a plan that would require corporations to interview qualified black candidates during the hiring process:

[Johnson] said the idea is patterned after the National Football League’s  Rooney Rule,which requires teams to interview minority candidates  seeking head-coaching or general manager jobs before making hiring  decisions.

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STUDY: Many Black Women Avoid Exercise To Maintain Hair

A new study claims that many African-American women don’t exercise due to concerns about maintaining their hairstyles.

A survey of just over one hundred black women conducted by Dr. Amy McMichael and several of her colleagues at Wake Forest University School of Medicine found that 40% (2 out of 5) black women avoid exercise because of the their hair.

25% don’t exercise at all.

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