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Top News Stories About Black Youth from Across the Nation: October 29 – Nov 4

 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.

59 percent of African-American young voters say US ‘moving in the right direction’
Jennifer White, Daily Caller, 11/2/12

Despite continued high unemployment, a recent national poll shows that 59 percent of African-American voters age 19-29 feel that the country is “moving in the right direction.”

Tufts University’s youth research organization, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement released the poll Monday.

The data reveals that while young black voters feel the general condition of the country is improving, only 23.6 percent of white youth said the country is moving in the right direction. Young Hispanic voters were the largest group to be unsure about the direction of the country.



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Unemployment Rate Remains Troubling for Blacks, Youth

Just like last month, when The White House was congratulating itself a lower employment rate, not much has been said about the fact that unemployment for blacks and youth remain high.

In fact, it actually rose:

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Dissing the Franchise

For weeks I’ve gone back and forth about whether or not to say what I’m about to. There are several reasons for this. First, I didn’t want to be repetitive, and what I’m going to say is in some ways an updated version of a couple of blogs I wrote on my old personal site four years ago. Second, what I’m about to express is in some ways antithetical to the aims of this site. Finally, paroxysms of righteous indignation on Facebook and in private emails and texts aside, I’ve shown great restraint, and like my friend Ashon said to me, “I refuse to be called a hater everyday.” But whatever. It’s the Monday before the national election, and not mentioning it on a blog about pop and American culture would just seem odd. As much as I’d like to wax poetic about the cognitive dissonance of watching Black Girls Rock! on BET with a #RHOA season premiere chaser, I should say a word or two about tomorrow.

Well, here are three: I’m not voting.

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One Candidate’s Father Was Not Born In America

This was originally part of a larger song I wrote about race in this presidential election. Ultimately I decided not to drop it, but I felt this verse truly captured the reality of how race and privilege play a huge part in this country’s perception of who or what is American.

Recently the Washington Post ran a article that concluded this years election is, “shaping up to be more polarized along racial lines than any presidential contest since 1988″. In the words of the great Dr. Cornel West, “race matters”

Now go vote

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November 7th: A Time to Critique, Hold Accountable, and Judge Everything the President Should Have Done in the Past Four Years

As I voted earlier this week in the presidential race (for only the second time in my life) I thought about all the critiques I have for the current president. I also thought about when we need to do this. And I think the appropriate day would be on November 7th, the day after the election. We can talk about the delayed promises, broken truths, and stagnated movements of his campaign, after he wins a second term. Don’t get me wrong; we do need to continue to put pressure on our president to move us forward. However, right now, at this moment, we need to put all our effort into making sure we do not move backwards. Backwards to an ideology that has attempted to silence a population of marginalized people every time it has taken office. We cannot go back to a creed that has oppressed poor people for decades. And we most definitely cannot go back to a set of political tropes that treat businesses as people, and people as something to be tolerated.  Once we make sure we’re not going back, then and only then, can we hold our current president accountable to move us forward.

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Chris Brown Offends Everyone By Dressing Up As An Islamic Terrorist for Halloween

Chris Brown is at it again, folks.

For some strange reason, Breezy thought it would be a good idea to dress up as an Islamic terrorist for Halloween.

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Chicago Has Already Passed Last Year’s Homicide Total of 435

Though just beginning the month of November, Chicago has already passed last year’s homicide total.

As of Monday, Chicago has seen 438 homicides, up from 435 last year.

According to The Grio, this is the first time since 2008 where the homicide total did not decrease from the previous year.

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President Obama Tours Hurricane Sandy Destruction with Gov. Chris Christie

President Obama toured the destruction and devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy yesterday.

To date, more than 70 deaths have been blamed on the superstorm. More than 3 million people are still without power.

Accompanied by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Obama expressed a commitment to seeing that clean-up and recovery happen as quickly as possible.

From NewsOne:

Forsaking partisan politics for the third day in a row, the president helicoptered with Gov. Chris Christie over washed-out roads, flooded homes, boardwalks bobbing in the ocean and, in Seaside Heights, a fire still burning after ruining about eight structures.

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D.L. Hughley Doesn’t Like Women–Really

During a recent interview on NPR, comedian and Obama stan, D.L. Hughley unequivocally confirmed his misogyny.

D.L. Hughley claims to genuinely not like women.

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Joe Biden: Transgender Equality is the ‘Civil Rights Issue of Our Time’

Vice President Joe Biden declared that transgender equality is the “civil rights issue of our time” at a campaign field office in Florida on Tuesday.

Biden was responding to a woman who’d explained that her daughter was named Miss Trans New England, and asked if he would help ensure equality for trans people.

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