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The Power That Youth Hold: A Toolkit and the March on Washington

I am encouraged by the vigor and fresh activism of my generation (Read: BYP100 and Dream Defenders). It causes me to see a light at the end of what has been a very dark tunnel. However, if there is in fact a light at the end of the tunnel, are we prepared to run? Do we have the energy?  Pastors, politicians, leaders, community members, and activists need to have a long talk with each other, and we need to figure out how we will fight for the  “28 percent of African-Americans, and 37 percent of black children, who are poor (compared with 10 percent of whites and 13 percent of white children); We need to speak about the 13 percent of blacks who are unemployed (compared with 7 percent of whites); we need to discuss the more than 900,000 black men who are in prison; We need to stand up and address how and why blacks experienced a sharper drop in income since 2007 than any other racial group; and how black household wealth, which had been disproportionately concentrated in housing, has hit its lowest level in decades; and also how blacks accounted, in 2009, for 44 percent of new H.I.V. infections.” We need to speak about how this country has unraveled the remnants of affirmative action, ignored gun control, arrested those who used the occupy movement as a final cry for an ideology that can actually end poverty, and sustained public school segregation more than 50 years after the supreme court decided on Brown Vs. B.O.E. We must bring these issues into public discourse. But more importantly, we need to figure out who is willing to embrace the scorn and ridicule of being at the forefront of a movement. We need to start, join, and build a movement. If not now, then when?

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Alice Walker Disinvited from U. of Michigan Over Stance on Isreal

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Alice Walker has been outspoken about Israel and its relationship to Palenstine, going as far as refusing to allow her works to be translated and sold in Israel.

After some of the school’s donors removed funds due to her stance, Walker was been disinvited as a speaker at the University of Michigan.

Here’s the message Walker received as well as part of her response:

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Robin Thicke Files Suit to Protect “Blurred Lines” from Marvin Gaye Family

Robin Thicke, along with producer Pharell Williams and T.I. have filed suit against the family of Marvin Gaye to protect their massive summer hit “Blurred Lines.”

The Gaye estate contends that “Blurred Lines” sounds way too similar to the Gaye classic “Got to Give It Up.”

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Complaint Filed Against Judge Who Changed Baby’s Name from “Messiah” to “Martin”

A non-profit association of atheists and agnostics have filed a complaint against the magistrate who took it upon herself to change a baby’s name from Messiah to Martin.

Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew made the call, asserting that the name “‘Messiah’ is a title that is held only by Jesus Christ.”

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Dream Defenders End Protest at Florida Capitol

The Dream Defenders have left the Florida Capitol after an incredible 31 day sit-in in protest of the George Zimmerman verdict.

But the fight is not over; the Dream Defenders will continue to advocate for a repeal of the Stand Your Ground law, among other initiatives.

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FLOTUS: Obama Presidency ‘Changes the Bar’ For Our Youth

During a recent interview with Parade magazine, First Lady Michelle Obama said the Obama Presidency “changes the bar” for all of our youth, regardless of race, gender, or sexuality.

From the Washington Post:

“Children born in the last eight years will only know an African-American man being president of the United States,” she said. “That changes the bar for all of our children, regardless of their race, their sexual orientation, their gender.”

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WWE Superstar Darren Young Comes Out

WWE pro wrestler Darren Young casually came out to a TMZ camerman during an impromptu interview at LAX.

During a conversation about whether or not there could ever be a gay pro wrestler, Young shocked the cameraman by responding “Absolutely. Look at me. I’m a WWE Superstar and to be honest with you, I’ll tell you right now, I’m gay. And I’m happy. I’m very happy.”

Young is possibly the first active WWE wrestler to come out.

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Harry Lennix Calls The Butler ‘Historical Porn’; Sounds Off on Media Depictions of Black Men

Lee Daniel’s highly-anticipated new film “The Butler,” opens this Friday.

But not everyone is excited about it. The film tells the story of a butler who spent decades in the White House, serving President after President.

In a Shadow and Act interview with actor Harry Lennix, Lennix pulls zero punches; blasting media depictions of black men, and specifically Daniel’s script for “The Butler.”

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Michigan Judge: No More Life-Without-Parole Sentences for Juveniles

Michigan Judge John Corbett O’Meara has ruled that juveniles convicted of first-degree murder must be considered for parole.

O’Meara’s ruling demands that the state no longer enforce their mandatory-no-parole law in the wake of a landmark Supreme Court decision.

That decision – which came down last year – abolished mandatory no-parole sentences for young people under the age of 18.

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Russell Simmons Apologizes; Pulls Harriet Tubman Sex Tape

Somehow, somewhere, someone thought filming a skit about Harriet Tubman making a sex tape was a good idea.

And apparently, so did Russell Simmons. But he’s since apologized.

The completely unfunny and disrespectful video was posted to Simmons’ All Def Digital (ADD) channel, and was created by its comedy series ADD History.

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