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Latest Pew Poll Gives Obama Biggest Lead Yet

The latest Pew poll gives President Obama an 8 point lead over GOP rival Mitt Romney.

This is Obama’s largest lead thus afar.

Specifically, the poll shows Obama ahead of Romney 51 to 43 percent among likely voters.

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This is not Washington!: An Open Letter to Rahm Emanuel

With the CTU Strike finally at an end after a nearly two week standoff, we’re left to wonder what its lasting legacy will be.

Many proponents of the strike hope that, as Union leader Karen Lewis now-famously asserted, “this Union has proven the Chicago labor movement is neither dormant nor dead.” Of course, it’s impact on a larger labor movement remains to be seen.

But as one Chicago educator’s open letter explains, the strike will at least stand as a lesson to Rahm Emanuel and anyone else that tries to use and abuse workers:

You can try; but be prepared for a fight.

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Don’t Miss the Chicago International Youth Peace Movement Kickoff Concert f/ FM SUPREME!

Next Tuesday, the city of Chicago will witness the launch of The Chicago International Youth Peace Movement.

Part of a larger grassroots campaign for peace, the event will feature a concert headlined by Chicago’s very own FM Supreme, and coincide with the release of her powerful new music video, “No Turning Back.”

As a proud partner for the event, The Black Youth Project will be on hand, and we want to see each and every one of you there as well!

It all goes down September 25 at the Shrine Chicago. Doors open at 7pm; the festivities get underway at 8.

Read on for event details and ticket information:

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Zimmerman’s DNA, NOT Trayvon Martin’s, Found on Handgun

According to forensic experts, no traces of Trayvon Martin’s DNA were found on the handgun used to take his life.

George Zimmerman’s DNA was present on the gun.

This evidence could potential call into question  Zimmerman’s assertion that he fired the fatal shot after Martin reached for his weapon.

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D.L. Hughley Attacks Lupe Fiasco for Not Voting; Lupe Responds

In response to comedian D.L. Hughley’s indignation over the fact that he doesn’t vote, rapper Lupe Fiasco has issued a challenge:

Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco used Twitter to respond to comments made by comedian D.L. Hughley over Lupe’s reluctance to participate in the upcoming presidential election. He attempted to reason and explain why President Obama needs key factors bigger than the Hip Hop community to achieve re-election.

“Obama need swing states and white people not radical rappers kissing his ass to win this election..,’ he tweeted September 17th.

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VIDEO: President Obama Responds to Leaked Mitt Romney Video on Letterman

President Obama responded to the leaked Mitt Romney video for the first time on David Letterman last night.

Responding to Romney’s accusations that Obama supporters think of themselves as victims and want government handouts, Obama asserted that he represents all Americans (not just 47%), and that Amercans in general do not see themselves as victims.

From the Huffington Post:

“‘There are not a lot of people out there who think they are victims’ or simply entitled, Obama said.

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Chicagoan Waxes About Chief Keef and City Violence

Joshua Adams, a self-described “producer-writer-hooper-rapper-poet-artist-dreamer-lover-fighter-thinker-prayer-AΦA-man,” took to his blog to discuss his feelings about his hometown, Chicago, rapper Chief Keef, and the violence in the city:

Neighborhoods, particularly on the south side (and some in the west side) of Chicago have  erupted with youth violence. With death tolls increasing year by year, more kids have died in Chicago than US troops in Afghanistan. Seemingly every year, more and more Chicago Public School students have passed from shootings during the course of a school year (and we won’t even get into how the numbers skyrocket as soon as summer hits).

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Magic Johnson Opens School in Atlanta

N.B.A. hall of famer and businessman Earvin “Magic” Johnson has opened an education center in downtown Atlanta to help youth who haven’t complete school or who are at risk of not finishing:

The Magic Johnson Bridgescape center helps give those who have left school, or are at risk of dropping out, the opportunity to earn a high school diploma. The program, which has just opened its doors, is free and accepts students aged 14 to 20 years old.

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On Taylor Townsend and When Being Good Isn’t Enough

The USTA raised a few eyebrows when it refused to fund Taylor Townsend’s US Open berth. Townsend is 16 years old and is the number one junior women’s tennis player in the world. The USTA has made an attempt in recent years to take a firmer hand in developing talent and Taylor Townsend is just that. So why would the USTA refuse to help get her on the court?

Her size and health, according to Patrick McEnroe, the general manager of the USTA player development program. McEnroe states that the decision to bench Townsend was based solely on the association’s desire to develop Townsend’s career for the long term.

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STUDY: Hair Relaxers Can Cause Health Problems

Women and girls who relax their hair are more likely to enter puberty early and suffer from uterine fibroid tumors, according to a recent study:

A new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology definitely adds a point to the #TeamNatural tally with a published paper from researchers at Boston University linking hair relaxers to uterine fibroid tumors in women and early puberty in young girls.

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