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Nobel Prize Winner Gary Becker Advocates Paying Parents for Student Performance

University of Chicago economist Gary Becker recently spoke that The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, addressing what he says it will take to keep “the American Dream” alive.

But one idea raised a few eyebrows: paying parents based on their child’s performance in school.

In doing so, a major barrier to a student’s academic success – a financially-unstable homelife – would be alleviated.

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[T]here’s Daddy

Two requests: 1. Forgive me for writing about basketball two weeks in a row, and 2. Allow me to wonder aloud for a bit.

Last week, one of the most disappointing articles I read was about the rise and fall of Allen Iverson, the first overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft (to the Philadelphia 76ers) and the star of David Stern’s nightmares for well over a decade. Although he was an incredible player–a first ballot hall of famer–Iverson’s greatest impact is still felt off the court: the braids, the baggie clothes, his refusal to wear a suit and practice?! heavily affected the NBA we see today. Iverson’s brash swagger is (part of the) reason why the NBA has a dress code. In some ways, there is no Lil Wayne the public figure without Iverson. The article about Iverson today is heartbreaking. He’s lost most of the money he made. The folks he spent most of that money on have seemingly disappeared. By many accounts he’s an alcoholic. And without basketball, Iverson is unmoored, to say the least. He’s also alone and estranged from his family, including his ex-wife and childhood sweetheart, their children, and the children Iverson had with other women during their marriage. 

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Georgia’s Wilcox High School Set to Hold Its First Integrated Prom

We previously posted news about the struggle Wllcox County High School students were having in trying to host the school’s first racially integrated prom.

Well, Saturday the integrated prom will actually be held:

A group of Georgia high school students are making history by challenging the segregation of their high school prom. Thanks to their efforts and the support of groups like the NAACP, Wilcox County High will hold its first-ever integrated prom this Saturday, nearly 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education desegregated the nation’s school system.

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Tales from a Black Filled Childhood: Who Will Lead My Black Generation…No One?

When I was a little kid everyone would tell me “you are called” or “you have a calling on your life” (mostly older church folks who were overly excited to see an articulate church going black boy). Essentially what they meant was that I would be one of the next “leaders in the black community.” However, I am not sure this is what the black community needs, nor what they want. Some still ask, is there a black agenda at all, and if so, who is leading it? As we move further away from the 1960’s civil rights movements I think it is important for individuals in the black community to speak for themselves. It makes more sense to allow people to finally have the agency and empowerment to have their own voice represent their life and experiences.

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Lauryn Hill Speaks Out on Financial Troubles, New Record Deal in Open Letter

With rumors swirling regarding her financial/legal/musical situation, Lauryn Hill took to her Tumblr to set the record straight.

In an open letter to the public, Hill asserts that her legal troubles and new record deal are two entirely separate issues.

And she doubles down on her long-held criticism of the music industry.

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10 Rappers That Should Have Made The XXL Freshman List

For most hip-hop heads (real and self-proclaimed), XXL Magazine is the “Holy Grail” for everything rap related. While I respect the publication’s long history of raw and unadulterated hip-hop journalism, I feel as if the 2013 Freshman list slighted some very talented and promising emcees. Each year, since 2008, XXL has released a “Top 10 Freshman” issue to highlight and showcase ten rappers who are new on the scene and are making waves. Below is my list of 10 emcees that I believe should have made the list. Please feel free to sound off and give me your feedback @edwardelliot on Instagram and Twitter. 

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Two Women Shot At During Christopher Dorner Manhunt Awarded $4.2 Million from LAPD

The LAPD has reached a $4.2 million settlement with the two women its officers shot at during the search for Christopher Dorner earlier this year.

The women were out delivering newspapers in their Toyota when LAPD officers opened fire.

One woman suffered injuries from the broken glass while the other was twice shot in the back.

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The League of Young Voters Launch #NoGunsAllowed Campaign

The League of Young Voters have launched a campaign to pay tribute to all those we’ve lost to gun violence, and inspire this generation to break the cycle of violence and put the guns down.

Inspired by Snoop Lion’s recent single “No Guns Allowed,” the League is asking individuals to send in videos, photos, and writings that reflect upon the impact of gun violence.

These submissions will then be compiled and featured in their upcoming #NoGunsAllowed webseries.

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Chicago Students Boycott Standardized Test to Protest School Closings

On Wednesday over 100 Chicago students boycotted a standardized test in protest of the mass school closings in their city.

The test they boycotted, The Prairie State Achievement Examination, is an exam students are required to take. Instead, these young people gathered at Chicago Public Schools headquarters and made their voices heard.

The protest was organized by a group of student activists called Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools.

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Poor Police-Community Relations Present Major Obstacle to Stemming Tide of Violence in Chicago

A fascinating article in the Chicago Tribune examines the complicated relationship between Chicago residents, police officers, and gangs.

Obviously, our communities want to be safe, and to see an end to the gun violence that takes the lives of so many of our young people. But that does not mean flooding the streets with more police officers is the solution.

Chicago’s youth are relentlessly stopped, harassed and disrespected by police; and view the CPD as “just another gang.”

These negative run-ins with police have fostered a culture of anger, fear, and distrust; major obstacles to stemming the tide of violence in the city.

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