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Minnesota’s “Ban the Box” Bill Helps Ex-Offenders Find Employment

Many in Minnesota are hopeful that Governor Mark Dayton will sign a bill banning employers from asking a job applicant about their criminal history before the interviewing stage of the hiring process.

Advocates say the “Ban the Box” bill will give folks with criminal records a chance to enter back into and enrich their communities by seizing employment.

If the bill becomes law, Minnesota will be the ninth state to do so.

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Crowdfunding Campaign Helps Detroit Students Afford Clothing for Prom

An online campaign has been launched to raise money for a group of Detroit students so they can celebrate prom with their classmates.

The 25 charter school students simply cannot afford clothing to attend the event. So several adults launched the campaign on Indiegogo.

So far they’ve raised $628, towards a goal of $2,000. The deadline for the program is Friday.

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23 Year-Old Joshua Williams Graduates from College Despite Homelessness; Starts Scholarship Fund

It’s graduation season. In the coming weeks we’ll read about impressive young people who have already made their mark on the world.

Well, Joshua Williams is one of those students.

Williams, a senior at Bethune-Cookman College, will graduate this weekend with a degree in criminal justice.

Even more astonishing? Joshua spent most of his college career without a place to live:

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WATCH: Trailer for Lee Daniel’s “The Butler,” Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey

The first trailer for Lee Daniel’s star-studded film The Butler has been released.

The Butler is based on the real life story of Eugene Allen, a White House butler who saw the coming and going of eight Presidents during his career.

The film features an all-star cast; including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelow, Lenny Kravits, Cuba Gooding Jr. Terrence Howard, and Mariah Carey.

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Identical Twins Are Spelman College’s First-Ever Co-Valedictorians

Kristie and Kirstie Bronner are making history has Spelman College’s first-ever sister co-valedictorians!

The identical twins have identical GPAs, maintaining 4.0 averages.

They say their academic journeys were difficult at first, but they eventually found a healthy work-life balance.

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Lauryn Hill Writes Letter of Thanks to Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, and Other Supporters

Considering her imminent three month stay in federal prison, things must be extraordinarily difficult for Lauryn Hill and her family at this time.

But Ms. Hill still took the time out to thank those that expressed support and encouragement throughout her legal struggles.

She recently posted a letter on her Tumblr, naming specific individuals who wrote letters to the judge on her behalf; including Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder.

From Lauryn Hill’s Tumlbr:

I want to extend a sincere thank you to the following people, who wrote letters to the judge on my behalf:

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Outraged Parents Say Son’s Teacher Made Him Lick Desk Clean for Drawing On It

Parents of a Troy, New York elementary student were outraged to learn that their son’s teacher forced him to clean a desk with his tongue as punishment for drawing on it.

George and Latonia Spencer say their son licked the desk until he began to gag, at which point he was ordered to get paper towels and clean off the rest.

The Spencers were able to get their son removed from the classroom. But they say  the teacher has since tried to turn his friends against him, and that school administration has not done enough to remedy the situation.

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Building a more youth-led organizing network & uplifting tools used to address violence



A culturally enriching and empowering event featuring Chicago’s youth-led organizations & guest speaker Dr. Beth Richie. Crossroads Fund grantees will be discussing and displaying the power of youth activism through dialogue & interaction, a community panel and a social justice expo.

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Rhymes & Reasons Interviews Julian “J. Kwest” DeShazier About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed His Life

Rhymes & Reasons proudly presents a session with a young pillar of our own community; Julian DeShazier, The Senior Minister at University Church Chicago and graduate of the Divinity School at the University of Chicago.

This isn’t the first time Julian’s told his story: he’s also a deeply self-reflective rapper who goes by the name of J. Kwest.

We talked about Outkast’s “13th Floor/Growing Old,” Common and Lauryn Hill’s “Retrospect for Life,” and “Triumph,” by the Wu-tang Clan.

Check out the interview below:

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Financial Literacy

The Longest Break of Your Life: How to make studying abroad affordable

By Naa-Shorme Aidoo

People talk about a study abroad semester as if it were the most magical experience of college, and IT IS!

But, a lot of people forgo the opportunity because of the costs, and trust me, a great amount of money will be needed, but let me tell you a few things I did to make studying abroad much more affordable.

First, stop by the FINANCIAL AID OFFICE. It’s a vital resource!

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