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Intimidating Voter Fraud Billboards To Be Taken Down

Activists and community members were outraged when more than 140 billboards warning of criminal consequences for voter fraud were put up in low-income neighborhoods in Ohio and Wisconsin.

Community activists spoke out against these obvious attempts at voter intimidation. Color of Change started a online petition, demanding that Clear Channel, the owner of the billboards, take them down immediately.

Clear Channel was caved to the pressure, and says they will begin the process of removing the ads, though they refuse say who sponsored them in the first place.

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BET Runs Anti-Obama Ad: “How Can I Vote For Someone Who Doesn’t Respect Me?”

Last week, we posted a link to a study that claims that many black people feel less free to express their political opinions since the election of President Obama.

That study centered mostly on black conservatives. Now, there is an ad running on BET from, perhaps, the demographic of people the study concerned.

An anti-Obama ad, currently running on BET in Cleveland, OH, and Seattle, WA presumably expresses some black people’s qualms with the POTUS.

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Top News Stories About Black Youth from Across the Nation: October 15 – 21

 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.

A gay Kappa wedding: The latest challenge to black America’s hyper-masculine arenas
Rahiel Tesfamariam, Washington Post, 10/21/12

 When the video of Robert Brown and Nathanael Gay’s wedding went viral last week, Kappa Alpha Psi, a historically black fraternity, found itself amid “spirited” controversy.

Gay, a member of the organization, was pictured throwing up the fraternity’s hand sign with other men present at the crimson-and-cream themed ceremony (the organization’s colors). It wasn’t much longer before “gay Kappa wedding” became a social media trending topic.



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Today in Post-Race History: A Halloween Checklist

I’d like to momentarily interrupt my stellar rants about election season (/sarcasm) to briefly address white folks. I understand that this is not my typical style nor is this a venue where I might expect to attract white folks who need to read the forthcoming message, but hey, election fatigue is election fatigue.

Halloween is next week. And as we all know, that means that between November 1 and November 15, Facebook, Twitter, and email inboxes will be bombarded with articles from various college campus newspapers discussing the latest campus controversy involving some fraternity’s Halloween party and a poor costume decision or two. These things happen like clockwork. I’m starting to think that it’s some sort of racism rites of passage or something. 

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good kid m.A.A.d city: the most important rap album of the past 5 years

Granted, the title of this article is a bit ambitious but it’s for good reason. On Monday  the 22nd, the debut studio album for Kendrick Lamar good kid m.A.A.d city is set to drop. Since today is Friday the 19th, that means, yes I downloaded the leak. Smh. But not to fear, because I will certainly be purchasing a copy come Monday and you should too. I won’t go track by track, since it hasn’t come out yet but you’ll get the gist of it.

I was talking to someone about this album a few weeks ago, and they asked me, “well what if it’s not good?” and I told them if it wasn’t then I would give up hope for hip-hop as a genre. I said that because I felt if this album couldn’t bring honesty and integrity back into the art form known as hip-hop then no album (moreso no artist) could either. Luckily K.Dot not only didn’t dissapoint, but made an album that if supported by us could really change the whole culture in hip-hop. It can bring us back to a place that made the music so enjoyable in the first place, a place that transcends just about everything except our humanity.

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Binders Full of Gaffes

You can usually tell a person’s politics just from the language they use. It’s as simple as the difference between saying “illegal immigrants,” versus “undocumented citizens,” or “homosexuals” and “queer people.” Language is powerful and intricate, sets the context through which we have a discussion, and ultimately reveals the depth of our understanding around certain matters. Along this vein, Romney’s gaffe, “binders full of women,” is not only hilariously awkward, but also reveals how uncomfortable and ill-equipped he is talking to and about marginalized groups.

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GOP Contractor Arrested for Throwing Away Voter Registration Forms

31 year-old Colin Small has been arrested in Virginia for throwing away voter registration forms.

He is employed by Pinpoint, a firm hired by the Virginia GOP to register voters.

From Gawker:

“He was charged with four counts of destroying voter registration forms, eight counts of failure to disclose voter registration forms, and one count of obstruction of justice.

More charges could be forthcoming.

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Fidel Castro Rumored to Have Suffered Stroke; Is Facing Death

Yet another rumor that 86 year-old Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro is on death’s door is spreading across the internet.

A Venezuelan doctor named Jose Rafiel Marquina had told the media that Castro suffered a massive stroke and is in a vegetative state.

However, his account is unconfirmed, and the Cuban government denies the story.

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The Tea Party’s Uber-Racist ‘Obama Phone’ Ad, And The Black Man Behind It

A new political ad, brought to you by The Tea Party Victory Fund and currently running in white Ohio counties, definitely ranks up there amongst the most racist ads we’ve ever seen.

The ad features an excited Black woman, discussing a free cell phone she received from a federal program.

The ad clearly aims to play up the “welfare queen” stereotype.

From NewsOne:

“In the video, someone asks if the Black woman has an Obama phone. She responds, ‘Yes everybody in Cleveland, you know minorities got [sic] Obama phone.’ Keep Obama in president [sic]. You know! He gave us a phone! He gonna do more!’

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..Because I was a Black Kid: Affirmative Action and Acceptance into a Top Tier University

This year the News and world report university rankings came out and my facebook page filled up with the responses to the list of “top universities.” My University placed higher than it ever had before, 4th place, and made my classmates feel as though their academic rigor was finally being recognized. However, I didn’t and couldn’t take joy in the college rankings for two reason. The first was because the rankings are both capitalist, elitist, and ultimately erroneous. And the second was because regardless of how many elite universities I attend or what their rankings are, my legitimacy of attending them has inevitably been questioned, because of the same discourse reverberating in the affirmative action debate.

The unfortunate part about affirmative action from the perspective of a black man is that it causes members of the affirmative action group to feel as though they have to defend their qualifications.

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