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STUDY: Open and Honest Dialogue About Safe Sex Crucial To Lowering STD Rates Amongst Black Youth

A recent report from the University of Oregon suggests that open and honest dialogue about sex and STDs is crucial to lowering the rates of STDs amongst black youth.

While condom availability and usage is crucial to fighting infection rates, simply conversing with young people about these issues (with accurate information) would make a huge difference.

We need to arm them with the information they need to make better choices.

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Police: Sharmeka Moffitt Faked KKK Attack; Set Herself On FIre

Earlier this week we told you about Sharmeka Moffitt, a 20 year-old Louisiana woman found in a public park with burns covering over half of her body.

Moffitt had alleged that three men in white hoodies attacked her, and intentionally set her on fire. The letters “KKK” were written on the hood of her car.

Well, after two days of investigating, the authorities have released their findings regarding the attack.

Apparently, Ms. Moffitt set herself on fire, and made up the entire thing.

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Love’s Gonna Get Ya Misunderstood

When it comes time to communicate especially when you hurt someone, the other person in pain cant immediately understand you. An appearance of you remains clear to them; you appear to them as the harm. As the threat you are nowhere above doubt. How can you say something is real, when you’re suspect from the jump.


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By Josh A

About a month ago, I wrote an article entitled “Chief Keef: My Love/Hate Relationship with Chicago.”

In my article, I vented about the dichotomy of frustrations that I have about my city, which are personified within Chi-city’s hottest artist out right now: Chief Keef. I voiced both my well wishes towards Keef, but also my frustration with his actions, which are prime examples of all the issues going on in Chicago. He represents the ambivalence I feel towards the place I call home.

Since then, I’ve only seen one body of work that mirrored my sentiments about Keef and his relation to the inequalities that exist within the city. This work, MORE SH!T CHIEF KEEF DON’T LIKE, is that of poet and creative artist Kevin Coval.

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STUDY: African Americans Make Up Largest Share of LGBT Community

A recent Gallup survey finds that people of color are more likely to identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

4.6 percent of African Americans identify at LGBT; compared to 4 percent of Latinos and 4.3 percent of Asian Americans. Only 3.2 percent of whites say they are LGBT.

These survey results stand in stark contrast to the stereotypical rendering of LGBT people as wealthy, single white males.

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VIDEO: New Documentary Chronicles Life and Work of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal chronicles the life and work of the famed journalist and activist.

Mumia has been on death row for over 30 years for the murder of a Philadelphia police officer.

He always maintained his innocence:

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Stand With Black Youth; Take The BYP ACTION PLEDGE Today!

Far too many Black youth continue to be demonized, criminalized and murdered.  

Enough is enough!  

In response to this intensifying crisis, the Black Youth Project (BYP) has launched, “The Pledge”.

With “The Pledge”, we are asking individuals and organizations to close ranks around black youth and make a commitment to take action and fight with black youth as they confront a relentless crisis. We at the BYP believe that each person can make a difference by doing something!

By taking The Pledge we not only articulate our concern about black youth, but symbolically unite our voices with others who will work to confront this crisis.

If we each take action, whether it is starting a group, signing a petition, or mentoring a young person in your neighborhood, then we all become a part of the solution.

Stand with Black Youth!

Click Here to Take the Pledge!

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President Obama Makes Closing Argument w/ New Ad: “the last thing we should do is turn back now”

Hot on the heels of a decisive victory over GOP rival Mitt Romney in last night’s foreign policy debate, the Obama campaign has released a new ad.

Entitled “Determination,” the 1 minute spot acts as a closing argument  for the President, outlining his future plans for the nation.

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On October 22nd, Will Obama and Romney Address Police Brutality in Their Final Debate?

October 22nd is the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation, and has been for the last 17 years. Just a few weeks ago, the NYPD killed 22 year old, unarmed National Guardsman, Noel Polanco, in what witnesses described as  road rage on the part of the police.

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, recently obtained dash-cam footage showed 22 year old, Derek Williams, dying while handcuffed in the back of a police squad car, after apparently being severely beaten by police officers. The video shows Derek repeatedly telling officers he could not breath, but he was ignored.  Chavis Cater also died handcuffed in the back of a police car, but the Jonesboro Police Department wants us to believe he somehow committed suicide.

According to the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement:

A human rights crisis confronts Black people in the United States. Since January 1, 2012, police and a much smaller number of security guards and self-appointed vigilantes have murdered at least 120 Black women and men. These killings are definitely not accidental or random acts of violence or the work of rogue cops. 

Their report on the Extrajudicial Killing of 120 Black People, inspired the above song, “Do We Need to Start A Riot?”

We know that the likelihood of President Obama or Mitt Romney addressing police brutality tonight is slim to none, but should we just accept that? What are some real steps we can take to make sure this issue is addressed before another innocent life is taken?  A brief review of these Stolen Lives shows America has a very serious problem.

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UPDATED: Sharmeka Moffitt Set On Fire and In Critical Condition; KKK Rumored To Be Behind Attack

Louisiana news outlets are reporting a truly horrific story.

A black woman named Sharmeka Moffitt  was attacked and set on fire while on a walking trail in a city park in Winnsboro, LA.

Since the report surfaced, social media has been flooded with allegations that the attack was a hate crime perpetrated by three white men affiliated with the KKK.

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