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Operation Save Our Sons Launches from Jacksonville, FL

As many of us play close attention to the George Zimmerman trial, which in many unfortunate ways looks like the Trayvon Martin trial, a Jacksonville, FL group has taken this moment to get more exposure.

Operation Save Our Sons, which is based in Jacksonville, FL, is making an effort to convey its message to more people:

[Operation Save Our Sons] organizers are reaching out nationally to nonprofit organizations, school districts and police departments to help them  teach young black men how to respond better when confronted by police or anyone else.

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Idris Elba Stars as Nelson Mandela in Upcoming Biopic

Idris Elba will play Nelson Mandela in the upcoming biopic ‘Long Walk to Freedom,” set for a November release.

Already generating Oscar buzz, the film may be made even more powerful considering Mandela’s ailing health.

According to Elba, the role was an inspiring and rewarding experience, to say the least.

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Illinois Passes Concealed-Carry Law

Illinois has passed our nation’s final concealed-carry law – just before a July 9th federal deadline.

The legislation allows anyone who has Firearm Owner’s Identification card, passed a background check, and completed 16 hours of safety training to obtain a concealed-carry permit for a fee of $150.

It passed despite a veto from Gov. Pat Quinn, who pointed to the horrific gun violence crisis in Chicago as reason enough for striking down such legislation.

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Is Willow Smith’s New Song “Summer Fling” Age Appropriate?

Once again, something Willow Smith-related is raising questions about what is and is not appropriate for a preteen girl.

Smith’s new single, “Summer Fling,” has raised eyebrows due to its subject matter and accompanying video.

A few op-eds have questioned the idea of a 12-year old having a “summer fling,” and whether or not the whole concept is too mature.

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Guest Post

Moving Beyond November Together

Cedric Lawson will be participating in the Beyond November Movement Convening, the Black Youth Project’s inaugural convening of 100 Black youth leaders from across the country.

Coming to Chicago this weekend to attend the Beyond November Movement Convening reminds me that I’m only one person in our movement for justice. I’m doing what I can in order to close the gaps that fellow young African Americans face, whether it’s an achievement gap, a civic engagement gap, or even a self-love gap. Rare is a space that is constructed for young black activists to convene and develop blueprints in order to win victories. I’m excited to be a part of this uncommon space.

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New Program Allows Public to Send Chicago Police Crime Tips Via Text and Twitter

The Chicago Police Department has initiated a new program asking the public to send them crime tips via twitter and text messaging.

Citizens can even call 911 and tell the dispatcher they have a photo they’d like to send.

They’ll be sent a text message, and can reply with the photo.

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Rhymes and Reasons Interviews Eve Ewing About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed Her Life

Rhymes & Reasons presents eve ewing.

Eve is a soulful, social justice-oriented doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She gets personal with Rhymes & Reasons in our latest interview.

Originally from Chicago’s Logan Square, her three picks give a pretty good glimpse into her idiosyncratic world: A Tribe Called Quest’s “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo,” M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes,” and Serengeti’s “Day by Day.”

Listen to the interview below:

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Summer Surge in Gun Violence Forces Chicago Hospital to Hold Blood Drive

As the summer surge of gun violence continues in Chicago, a South Side hospital is asking Chicagoans to donate blood.

St. Bernard Hospital is holding a blood drive this Friday.

Crowded emergency rooms are making it harder and harder to treat patients; they say blood donations are desperately needed.

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Cory Booker Has Huge Lead in NJ Senate Race

According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, Cory Booker has a huge lead in the upcoming Senate special primary in New Jersey.

He currently sits at 52%, while his closest rival – Rep. Frank Pallone – has just 10%.

From MSNBC:

The new poll comes one day after Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s family said they were backing Pallone to fill the late Democratic senator’s seat, alluding to Booker as a “showhorse” and criticizing his close relationship with Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

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