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Southern University researcher receives $900,000 to prevent AIDS

Dr. Alma Thornton is the director for the Center for Social Research at Southern University Baton Rouge.

She was recently awarded a three-year, $900,000 federal grant to assist in the prevention of HIV/AIDS and substance abuse.

The project’s goal is to provide “integrated substance abuse and HIV prevention programs to African-American college students.”

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Radio piece explores invisible gang lines


If you grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, then you know about the invisible border.

It’s a well-known line that doesn’t have to be etched in white chalk, because its existence lies deep within the eyes of everyone living in gang territory.

Gangs are particularly prevalent in Chicago, and the Little Village community is no exception.

Jacqueline Serrato is an alum of the Vocalo storytelling workshops. In her piece, “Border Mentality 26th Street,” she outlines the very real “invisible line” and its affects on the lives of citizens.

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Foul play in death of teen, case remains closed

17-year-old Kendrick Johnson’s death remains a mystery. The Valdosta, Ga., sheriff’s department has closed the case, but new evidence shows the death was not an accident.

In an initial autopsy, state medical examiners concluded that Johnson suffocated in January after becoming stuck in a rolled-up gym mat while reaching for a shoe.

Johnson’s family challenged the findings, and a second autopsy was conducted. An independent pathologist found that Johnson suffered a blow to the right side of his neck.

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“Preachers of L.A.?” Good for the black church?


Everyone knows the power of the black church as Christianity is the foundation for many African Americans.

More of America will get to take a look at the religious haven thanks to a new reality television series.

Preachers of L.A. follows the lives of six high-profile pastors from Los Angeles.

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Teen who grew up homeless thrives at Ivy League school


Eboni Boykin spent her life living in homeless shelters. Sometimes she even slept in cars with her mother and younger siblings.

Despite bouncing around several schools for most of her educational career, Boykin now has a place to call home.

The sophomore attends Columbia University in New York; one of the nation’s top Ivy League institutions. 

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Parents upset at approved Trayvon Martin Day


Parents at a Pittsburgh high school were upset at an approved school theme in honor of Trayvon Martin.

The Carrick High School homecoming committee and school voted to allow the theme as part of the school’s spirit week.

Parents did not agree with children being encouraged to wear hoodies to school during the day’s theme.

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A song in memory of Trayvon Martin


There are still quite a few of us who remain focused on the Trayvon Martin incident despite his killer walking free.

Gina Loring is one of them.

The Los Angeles-based singer’s track, “For Trayvon Martin,” explores the idea of what the young man could’ve been had he not been killed last year.

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Film festival aims to show there’s more to Englewood than violence

Mark Harris

This year, Film Director & 1555 Filmworks Founder Mark Harris will put on the third annual Englewood International Film Festival.

The southwest Chicago neighborhood has had its share of negative press, with most media outlets only covering gang activity and crime.

But Mark Harris wants to make a name for the “under-served but growing area.”

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Hampton University student carries papers to prove she can wear a hijab


A Hampton University student says she has to prove that she is Muslim in order to attend school.

Melona Clarke wears a hijab as part of her faith, but if she doesn’t have documentation to prove it, she will get kicked off campus.

From WTKR:

“I went to go get my ID in the police office, and I was in the front of the line and I was told that I would not be able to get my ID because I wear a hijab,” said Melona Clarke. In order to wear the hijab, or the head scarf many Muslim women choose to wear, Clarke was told she not only had to get a letter from the school chaplain but her mosque. NewsChannel 3 took a look at the school’s dress code and it shows, “caps and hoods for women” are not allowed, but that “does not apply to headgear considered as a part of religious or cultural dress.” But there is a separate policy in order to wear the religious headgear stating students, “May make a written request for a review through the Office of the Chaplain,” and “students who are approved will then have their new ID card picture taken.”

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Couple donates $10 million to keep Head Start programs running during shutdown


More than 50 Head Start programs were forced to shut their doors on October 1 as a result of the shutdown.

But two philanthropists have donated $10 million to keep the nation’s Head Start programs running.

Laura and John Arnold offered the emergency funding to the National Head Start Association so the programs can remain open.

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