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Former Notre Dame Star Skylar Diggins Signs w/ Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports

Former Notre Dame star, the third pick in the WNBA draft, and Lil Wayne’s favorite woman basketball player, Skylar Diggins has signed on with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports.

The 5’10 point guard made the news official by tweeting a photo posted to her Instagram account:

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Mothers of Young Men Slain by NYPD Call on Artists to Submit Songs for Justice

The Justice Committee – an organization that combats police abuse and violence – has released a video featuring mothers of young men killed by the NYPD.

The brave women call on musicians to write and submit lyrics or original songs that call for justice for their families.

Dubbed Mothers Cry for Justice, the video also announces a day of action at the NYPD headquarters on May 10th.

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GENERATION JOBLESS: 300M Youth Around the World are Out of Work

Our young people are deeply and disproportionately impacted by joblessness; late last year, the black youth unemployment rate stood at about 40 percent

But we are not alone. According to a recent article in the Economist, almost 300 million youth around the world between the ages of 15-24 are not working.

This truly is becoming generation jobless, not only for Black youth in America, but for poor youth around the world.

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House Honors Four Little Girls Killed in Birmingham Church Bombing

The four young victims of the infamous 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama are one step closer to being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest civilian honor.

The House voted unanimously to posthumously award Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair with the honor. The measure now moves to the Senate.

Robertson, Wesley, McNair, and Collins were killed after a bomb – planted by white supremacists – exploded on the morning of Sunday, September 15, 1963.

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LZ Granderson: Treat Chicago Gangs as Terrorists

A powerful editorial by LZ Granderson calls for a new way of framing the rising tide of violence in Chicago.

According to Granderson, there is very little difference between the impact of an act of terror like the Boston Marathon bombing, and the terror experienced by young people in communities carved up into gang territories.

Our youth are unsafe, afraid to go to school, and afraid to walk the streets of their own neighborhoods.

Why doesn’t America fight gang violence with the same sense of urgency with which it combats terrorism?

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Wisconsin Incarcerates More of Its Black Male Population Than Any Other State

Even if we gave you the hint that the answer is not a southern state, we’d be pretty impressed if you could name the state with the highest incarceration percentage of black men.

The answer? Wisconsin.

According to a new study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, “America’s Dairyland” has incarcerated 12.8% of its black male residents, a much higher rate than the next contender, Oklahoma (9.8%):

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Black Scientists and Engineers Host Field Trip to Inspire Black Youth

The Northern California Council of Black Professional Engineers recently gave  black students the opportunity to talk with black scientist and engineers.

The project, sponsored by University of California Davis, hopes to inspire black students to explore career fields that black communities have often not had access to.

Students in grades 6-12l had the opportunity to explore their own career interests, be exposed to  a college campus as early as age 12, and met with black scientists and engineers who will seek to inspire the students to enter those fields:

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Rhymes & Reasons Interviews Asad Jafri About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed His Life

Rhymes & Reasons proudly presents our interview with Asad Jafri.

Rhymes & Reasons is international!

Asad Jafri, the former Director of Arts & Culture at IMAN spoke to us recently from Malaysia about songs by KRS-One, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, and Killah Priest. We rapped about history, religion, and growing up Pakistani-American in Kuwait.

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Detroit Party Store Mocks Black Customers; Posts Racist Images on Social Media

A Detroit party store is under fire after racist images mocking its black customers were posted on instagram.

After an investigation by local news station Fox 2, it was discovered that the images were uploaded by the store owner’s son.

The images feature adults and children, with racist comments underneath them.

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Obama Administration Announce New Drug Policy Emphasizing Treatment Over Incarceration

The Obama Administration has announced a new policy for fighting drug abuse; one that emphasizes treatment over incarceration.

The plan will use public health tools to address the root causes of drug use and abuse, and divert offenders to rehabilitation programs.

Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske will be releasing the full plan at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

From Yahoo News:

“We know that if drug treatment is done early it is usually more effective, and it’s usually less costly than longer term, because drug addiction is a progressive disease,” Kerlikowske told The Associated Press in an interview ahead of Wednesday’s announcement.

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