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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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Missing Teen Alicia Chanta Moore Found Dead; Family Says Police Mishandled Case

16 year-old Alicia Chanta Moore went missing on November 2nd after exiting a school bus just a block from her home.

Her body was later found in a trunk off the side of a highway on November 6th.

Her family and community are devastated and want answers from police, whom they feel grossly mismanaged the case.

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Women Of Color Tell 2 Chainz What They Want For Their Birthday

Remember a few months back when Lupe Fiasco dropped “Bitch Bad” and magazine and scholars came out of the woodwork to diss Lupe for “mansplaining”? Spin Magazine took it the farthest calling it “reckless social commentary” and asking, “why must we continually endure Lupe Fiasco’s half-baked conscious hip-pop?”

A few weeks later 2 Chainz and Kanye dropped the video for “Birthday Song“. A video in which women are reduced to bouncing breasts and backsides, and where one women is actually laid out on a table covered in frosting. I wondered, where was the outcry from these same academics that were so critical of Lupe? Spin Magazine actually wrote they were, “basking in the swaggering surreality” of the video.

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Top News Stories About Black Youth from Across the Nation: November 5 – 11

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

Youth don’t see black is beautiful
Mbali Judith Meyers, IOL News, 11/9/12

Stephen Bantu Biko was a man who came up with the philosophy of Black Consciousness, which later led to the formation of the Black Consciousness Movement.

The movement was based on solid ideas of a state of mind and a way of thinking. The ideals were fixed on a black man accepting the way he is and rejecting all systems of oppression.

In the world of today, the youth have denied the vision of Bantu Biko, and are not living up to his legacy.

They have set an unyielding belief that white is superior to black.


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