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19 Shot, 1 Dead Over 4 Hour Span in Chicago

Chicago continues to experience an eruption of violence.

At least 19 people were shot in less than 4 hours Thursday evening.

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GOP Plan to Cut $39 Billion in Food Stamps Passes House

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a Republican proposed plan to cut food stamps by $39 billion.

The cuts will take place over the next decade and will affect close to 48 million Americans.

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Winnie Mandela Biopic Released After 9 Years

Winnie Mandela, the film based on the life of Nelson Mandela’s long-time wife, will finally hit theaters after 9 years of delays.

The biopic stars Jennifer Hudson in the lead role and Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela.

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(VIDEO) Meet Terra: The Best 6-year-old B-Girl Out There

6-year-old Terra  is the best B-Girl in the land.

The British native took the world by storm when a video of her break dancing went viral earlier this year.

She breaks along with her 9-year-old sister Eddie, and they’re part of the Soul Mavericks breaking crew. 

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Drake, The Game Donate $20,000 to Woman Who Lost Family

Anna Angel has been coping with incredible devastation.

The mother of five lost her children and her boyfriend when her mobile home caught fire while she was at work.

Although nothing can replace the lives lost, rappers The Game and Drake have donated money to help with the financial stress of the situation.

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Michael Giles Denied “Stand Your Ground” Defense, Mom Starts Petition

A woman has started a petition in hopes of getting her son’s sentence commuted.

Three years ago Michael Giles was attacked while standing outside a nightclub in Tallahassee, Florida.

He claimed defense under the “Stand Your Ground” law, but was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

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Hundreds March Against Racism At University of Alabama

In an attempt to desegregate campus Greek-letter organizations, hundreds gathered in protest at the University of Alabama.

The marchers traveled from the university library to the administration building where the president’s office is located, and stood behind a banner that read “Last stand in the schoolhouse door.” 

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Condola Rashad & Orlando Bloom Portray Biracial Romeo & Juliet

Everyone puts their own little twist on the famed Shakespearean play Romeo & Juliet. 

David Leveaux is “mixing” up his cast by deeming Condola Rashad & Orlando Bloom in the lead roles.

The selections make for the first nationally recognized biracial production of the play. 

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Magic Johnson Changes Lives of High School Dropouts With New Initiative

Former NBA star Magic Johnson is launching a new initiative to combat high school dropout rates in Chicago.

Magic Johnson Lawndale Bridgescape Academy targets at-risk students aged 13-21, and the “Friends of Magic” program is an extension of the academy.

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Why Jaden Smith is Actually Right About Schools Being a Tool to Brainwash Youth (Kinda)

A few days ago, the media got word of Jaden Smith’s recent admonishing of schooling on his Twitter account, stating most notably that “schools are a tool to brainwash the youth,” and that “if people dropped out of school we would have a much more intelligent society.” Predictably, the backlash against Jaden’s musings was quick and decisive. Partly because youth’s opinions are seldom critically engaged and easily suppressed in the society, partly because Jaden is very privileged and so the value of school in his own nascent career is probably negligible, and lastly because I doubt many people think it’s a good idea to drop out of school (unless you’re a rich white male who goes on to start a supremely popular tech enterprise—then a debate about the value of education is seriously weighed, but a Black boy saying it—well…I digress)

 Of course, numerous studies cite the economic and social benefits of finishing school, and coupled with the disproportionate drop out rate for students of color, obviously dropping out of school is not the answer for the vast majority of Black children. However, Jaden’s comments do serve as a entry point for thinking about the role most of our schools play in stifling the potential and agency of many of our Black children. Especially Black boys. The sheer fact of that matter is that urban schools, the schools that predominately serve our Black students, are failing them. And this failure is not accidental, but is systematically engineered to do so. 

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