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Second Presidential Debate TONIGHT

Tonight, President Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney will once again face each other in the second presidential debate.

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Candidates For Sale

Download “Candidates For Sale” for free at http://jasirix.bandcamp.com

“Candidates For Sale” was inspired by growing corporate influence over politics, and the ridiculous amounts of money now needed to win public office.

 ”Candidates For Sale” features Invincible and Rhymefest and was produced by Da Ricanstrukta, and is the first single off my new mixtape “Rappers On X” available for free download on next Monday.

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I’m Popular: The Electoral College

I’m in desperate need of a civics lesson.

I live in a blue state. Deep blue. Even our stop signs are blue. I haven’t seen red since I left Indiana. Since I only lived in Ohio very briefly during a non-election year, I have no idea what it means to live in a battleground state, to be bombarded with ads from both candidates until my eyes and ears bleed purple. It seems like a drag. I’ve only felt the nervous anticipation of election results via proxy; I’ve always known what color Wolf Blitzer or some other cable news anchor was going to assign my state: blue. There is never a question, no constant checking on the percentage of poles that had reported. Illinois democrats vote, and vote often. Even the dead ones. This reality is part of what contributed to the decision I made about exercising the franchise, a choice I may or may not discuss in an upcoming blog. What I will say is that, like election season clockwork, I’ve once again returned a question I really want answered:

Why do we still have the Electoral College?

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How to Come Out to Granny When She Thinks Your “Lifestyle” is Deviant

I was able meet Keith Boykin and hear him offer some encouraging remarks and speak about a new anthology called for Colored Boys Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Not Enough. A story that stood out to me from his speech was about his grandmother, who apparently told a man he was dating that she didn’t approve of her grandsons “life style” at the very moment he was walking across the stage to receive his law degree. Grandmothers are funny. They are the rocks of our families, the backbone to the kindred, and the glue that usually holds dysfunctional groups together. Yet, more often than not, for any gay kid embarking on coming out of the closet, the granny represents something much more difficult. This difficulty is usually presented by other family members saying, “whatever you do, don’t tell granny.”

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Video of Young Woman Being Brutally Assaulted By Male Bus Driver Goes Viral

A young black woman was physically assaulted by a Cleveland RTA bus driver before being kicked off the bus.

The driver, a male, can be heard arguing with the teenager before he hits her and throws her off the bus. The entire exchange was captured by a fellow rider.

The clip went viral after it was posted on World Star Hip Hop.

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STUDY: Parents Have Greater Impact On Academic Success Than Schools

According to a recent study, parents are more influential on their child’s academic success that the school their child attends.

The report asserts that the effort a parent puts in at home – checking homework, encouraging strong academic performances from their children, etc. – is ultimately more important than the quality of the student’s school.

To arrive at their findings, researchers compared “family social capital” and “school social capital” for 10,000 12th graders.

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Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard STEPS DOWN

After only 17 months on the job, Jean-Claude Brizard has agreed to step down as CEO of Chicago Public Schools.

He will be replaced by Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

She will be the 6th CEO of Chicago Public Schools since former Mayor Daley changed the school structure with his takeover in 1995.

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Joe Biden and Paul Ryan Duke It Out In Heated VP Debate

Last night’s vice presidential debate was definitely among the most contentious in recent memory.

Vice President Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan went toe to- toe with reckless abandon; the 90 minute debate was rife with all kinds of shade, interruptions, and side eyes.

Democrats were hoping Biden would turn in a rousing, aggressive performance, and offset President Obama’s decidedly meek showing last week.

And he definitely delivered.

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Stacey Dash’s Endorsement of Romney Incites Twitter Backlash

By Tiff J

www.coffeerhetoric.com

Stacey Dash is an actress who has been in the business for quite some time but who, quite frankly, isn’t registering on many people’s radar these days, when one considers the value and influence of celebrities in this current cult of personality.  The media hasn’t really reported anything noteworthy about her since she was unceremoniously fired from the cast of the VH1 series “Single Ladies” for reported difficult on-set behavior and before being ousted, yet again, from the cast of the film “Supremacy” for similar reasons.  And those of us who’ve caught on to how some celebrities go about garnering press for themselves- particularly when their star has faded- have come to realize that clamoring about this highly charged election year has become a popular way for some to elicit attention… good, bad, and ugly… because as the adage goes, ‘any publicity is good publicity’.

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Young Filmmaker Addresses Dating Violence

16-year-old Jordan Coleman writes and directs films that explore issues affecting his generation.

His latest effort, Paying the Price, addresses dating violence.

Recently, Coleman talked with Ebony.com about his work:

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