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Summer M.’s Finals Week

For many, today marks the beginnings of finals week, a slew of tests given at the end of the semester wherein students attempt to coherently regurgitate everything they learned last night while cramming. In this tradition, I’d like to assign several essay questions to a few folks who have some explaining to do. You know what they say: you can take the student out of the school, but you can’t take the school out of the student. Actually, “they” don’t say that at all. Who is “they,” anyway?

Each essay should be 8 – 10 double-spaced pages and cite at least 5 non-Wikipedia sources. Plagiarism is for suckas.

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Top News Stories About Black Youth from Across the Nation: November 27 – Dec 3

 Every week, the Black Youth Project collects the top news stories about black youth from across the country. Click here to check out our archive of weekly news round-ups, and check back every Monday for a new roundup of headlines about young black America

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‘Around The Way’ iPhone App Helps Consumers Find Black-Owned Businesses

Black Christmas? There’s an app for that.

A company called Around The Way, which is the fruit of a partnership between two companies located in New York and Washington, D.C., has created a mobile phone app that will help consumers find black-owned establishments.

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Don’t Sleep on BET’s Don’t Sleep

By Rashad Smith

Black Entertainment Television has created a special program that other networks should photocopy and fax throughout the businesses of entertainment mediums so that we can attempt to stop the disarray of negative behaviors, particularly in urban communities amongst young Black people through media influence.

It’s unfortunate that this program, Don’t Sleep, isn’t priority in the land of television business because the fears of not producing enough ratings as BET late night news show. The show originally began with a daily 30-minute slot on the network and after ample Facebook postings and tweets (and most likely, ratings and discussions amongst BET producers) about how the show is necessary in the Black community, BET decided to expand the time slot to one hour but problematically moving the show to only one day a week.

While I’m excited about the fact that a network created particularly for Black America is taking a stance and focusing on analyzing and potentially solving Black issues, I’m bothered because I feel the network is afraid to bring this program in with full-force.

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Racist, Sexist Signs Posted Around UCLA Call Asian Women ‘White Boy-Worshipping Whores’

UCLA is investigating a series of racist, sexist signs recently posted around their campus.

One sign said “asian women R Honkie white-boy worshipping Whores,” and was attached to a Vietnamese Student Union poster.

Another disgusting statement – “Asian Women are White-Boy Worshipping Sluts” – was found written on a bathroom wall.

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Walmart, A Poor Persons Struggle and Black Friday Labor Protests

In light of the recent protest at Walmart last black Friday. I think it is appropriate to revisit the Walmart debate. If there is ever a battle between big business and everyday citizens struggling for their labor rights, I will always be on the side of those who are struggling for a better life. As I wrote before, “I don’t trust big business.  I don’t trust any type of organization that would make profit a priority over people. I don’t trust Wal-mart. But…is a bad job better than no job? Although, its obviously not an “either or” issue, I think the question is a real one.

Every issue I learn about reminds me how important it is to see the world with a nuanced lens. While initially I would argue HELL NO, Wal-Mart only destroys communities and hinders small businesses; I now understand that it is more complicated than just another big business out to make a bottom line profit.

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UN Recognizes State of Palestine, Despite U.S. Objections

The United Nations have voted by a more than two-thirds majority to recognize the state of Palestine.

The resolution upgrades Palestine to the status of “nonmenber observer state,” and is being called a “diplomatic defeat for the United States.”

Palestinians rejoiced upon learning the news, but their quest for independence still depends on a peace deal with Israel.

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NYC Fast Food Workers Strike; Demand Higher Wages and Unionization

Fast food workers at various NYC restaurants walked off the job today, protesting low wages and backlash against efforts to unionize.

Experts say this is the beginning of the biggest effort to unionize fast food employees ever in the U.S.

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Stevie Wonder Cancels Concert Benefiting Israeli Military

After receiving thousands of messages pressuring him to reconsider, Stevie Wonder is expected to cancel a performance during a gala that would have benefited Israel’s military.

Wonder’s camp is set to claim that performing at the benefit would be in conflict with Wonder’s role as UN Messenger of Peace:

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Two U. of Minnesota Students Spark Outrage With Wildly Racist Rant in Blackface

A racist video made by two University of Minnesota Duluth students has sparked outrage, and a statement from University officials.

The video shows two young women in black face, spewing racial epithets, expressing their love for fried chicken, and saying stupid things like “we come from the black hood” and  “we are true negroes.”

The University has called the video “unacceptable behavior for anyone.”

The ladies say it all started while giving each other facials.

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