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“Kids These Days” Fighting Against Adultism and Fostering Cross-Generational Dialogue

“I can help you with the brand new technology / You can help me with the age-old philosophy.” –Better People, India Arie

It repeatedly comes to my attention that many adults of our society suffer from an ironic form of cognitive dissonance when it comes to their politics on aiding youth. Many hasten to advocate for the empowerment of urban youth through mentorship and guidance, but many adults do not challenge the language and discourse they use to describe and engage with young people. Uplifting youth necessitates being a youth ally, and it is my stern belief that one cannot begin to aid youth if we do not respect youth. We must continually see youth as profoundly resilient beings that rationally contend with their social circumstances.  Accordingly, creating true cross-generational dialogue necessitates an active mutual respect on the part of adults and youth. This means not thinking of youth solely as sponges through which adults can imbue a mythological experiential wisdom, but we must realize the lessons that youth have to teach the world.

My thoughts on this are spurred by a brief ride on a crowded bus on the South Side of Chicago. When a particularly rowdy bunch of youth boarded the bus, scarcely a moment passed before the chorus of adultism erupted into the air.

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19 Year-Old South African Lesbian Fatally Stabbed

A 19-year-old South African lesbian was fatally stabbed several days ago.

Sihle Skotshi is the latest victim in a wave of anti-gay violence that has plagued South Africa:

The attack occurred on the 9 November at Cosovo an informal settlement in Phillipi, a township of Cape Town.

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Saigon Wants to Punch 2 Chainz, Rick Ross for Negatively Influencing Young People

New York emcee Saigon recently sat down for an interview with The Breakfast Club on NY’s Power 105.1.

On the topic of mainstream hip hop, Saigon went off, asserting that he’d like to punch rappers like 2 Chainz and Rick Ross for hurting young people with the messages in their music.

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Elmo Puppeteer Cleared of Underage Sex Charges; Accuser Recants Story

The man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of statutory rape has recanted his story.

Clash maintained his innocence throughout this ordeal.

From The Wrap:

The accuser “wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship,” the boy’s law firm, Andreozzi & Associates, said in a statement Tuesday.

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Police Brutality Case Lifts Veil on Chicago Police ‘Code of Silence’

A clear and blatant case of police brutality from 2007 has resulted in a $850,000 settlement for the victim, and has once again lifted the veil on the shady, corrupt tactics utilized by the CPD to protect their own.

In 2007, Officer Anthony Abbate was caught on tape brutally assaulting female bartender Karolina Obrycka.

In the wake of the incident, Abbate and his fellow officers  threatened Obrycka and her friends over the release of the tape, and made every attempt to silence anyone who tried to speak out or report on the incident.

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Charter Schools Growing Rapidly Nationwide; But At What Price?

Charter Schools are currently the most rapidly growing sector of public education in America.

According to a recent report, enrollment rose by 200,000 students during the 2011-2012 school year.

And while many – including our friends in Congress – are big fans of charter schools, others say they’ve moved away from their intitial mission, and do not outperform traditional public schools.

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NY Housing Authority Demanding Rent UPFRONT from Sandy Victims

The election may have caused many to forget about Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath.

Some of those living on the east coast and still recovering from the disaster got an especially cruel reminder, though.

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) announced that it will not only be charging tenants rent, but that the rent is expected to be paid on time, even though many residents are still without power two weeks after the city shut it off due to the hurricane:

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Oh Hip Hop Baby Where Did You Go

How has Hip-Hop  lost its course in this world? There is too much of a musical backbone to inspire and work from. Now a days the dumber the song the better the song. The “main stream” industry has trampled our freedom. You constantly hear artist complain of how they can’t make music like they want.  To many, music is the #1 escape from the world, and we all know a cold world.  When do we really get away?  We take the first chance we get to escape, turn on the radio and end up where we started . What’s music if not freedom music?

I always picture the beginning of music starting with four Sacred masters that conducted, instructed, and wrote music among st themselves.  This music was the only thing they had to stay sane. Music became a survival tactic. No instructions, no dotted lines, just the nitty gritty offense against the world. The value of music expression has been terminated and replaced with first class nonsense. Words have lost meanings, break downs have gained souls. The ghost of hip hop can never lay to rest  peacefully.

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Online Petitions for Secession Flood Internet in the Wake of Obama Re-election

In the wake of Barack Obama’s reelection, a flood of petitions from a variety of states calling for secession have begun to gain signatures on the White House’s We The People site.

According to Loop21, citizens from over 21 states have filed such petitions, and they’re generating a growing number of signatures by the hour.

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REPORT: Black Females Are Fastest Growing Segment of Juvenile Justice Population

According to a recent report, black females represent the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice population.

The author of the report, Monique Morris, argues that it is extremely important that we expand the ‘school-to-prison pipeline” conversation to include black girls.

From Black Star Journal:

From these and other incidents in recent years, it has become increasingly clear that punitive disciplinary practices and other criminalizing policies that fuel what we understand as a “school to prison pipeline” impact the girls as well as the boys.

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