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Chicago Teacher’s Union Officially On Strike

Classes are not in session today in Chicago, as the Chicago Teacher’s Union has officially gone on strike.

Mayor Emmanuel and the Teacher’s Union were unable to agree on a contract.

The union says teachers are striking over contract negotiations, teacher evaluations, school facilities, and larger issues like class sizes.

The mayor disagrees.

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President Obama Raised More Money Than Mitt Romney in August

President Obama just barely raised more money than GOP rival Mitt Romney in the month of August; securing $114 million, as opposed to Mitt Romney’s $111 million.

Although this is certainly an achievement (especially since Democrats have not out-raised Republicans in four months), this is the third month in a row that Mitt Romney has raised over $100 million. The Obama campaign raised $75 million in July.

As NewsOne notes, the tone of Romney’s campaign has begun a shift towards the center as we hit the final stretch of the campaign.

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Holding Our Celebrities Accountable

It is time. We cannot continue to support and give voice to “celebrities” who speak nothing but derision, superficiality, and foolishness. Last night, like many of you, I was unequivocally elated to hear Barack Obama’s speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. His eloquence always manages to invigorate our communities with a sense of vision, love, and optimism. So imagine the disillusion I felt when I discovered that the venerable hip-hop bastion Lupe Fiasco might be retiring after a turbulent encounter with rapper Chief Keef, of “I Don’t Like” fame. (Click the link at your own risk.)

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REPORT: 1 in 4 Black Households Face Food Insecurity

According to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 25 percent of black homes were food insecure in 2011.

In other words, 1 in 4 African American households did not know where their next meal was coming from.

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Obama’s Speech: To Be or Not to Be [Hopeful]

Four years ago I got a phone call from the Obama Campaign in Cleveland, Ohio that
requested me to “join the campaign.” I was more than happy to oblige, as the
2008 race for president seemed as if it would revolutionize our world. The pure
hope felt in my 18-year-old mind at the inception of my ability to cast an
official vote is now understood with a more seasoned outlook on my life, the
world, oppression, and most of all American politics. As I watched Obama’s acceptance
speech last night I felt hopeful. Even from the other side of the world and in
a different hemisphere, as I listened to Obama’s democratic acceptance speech,
I felt as if this election (like all the others) would be one of the most
important decisions of our time. Only this time I knew not to have blind faith
or false hope based on any speech, regardless of who’s democratic or republican
convention it is, regardless of which election year we’re voting in, regardless
of how many rhetorical soliloquies tug at our emotions. This time I would
recognize that there would be no revolution (and no drastic systemic change),
at least not lead by any American politicians.

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VIDEO: Bill Clinton’s Rousing DNC Speech

Former President Bill Clinton gave a knockout speech at the Democratic National Convention last night, clearly tailoring his message to those still on the fence about which candidate to vote for in November.

From NewsOne:

“Conceding that many struggling in a slow-recovery economy don’t yet feel the change, Clinton said in a prime-time speech that circumstances are improving “and if you’ll renew the president’s contract you will feel it.”

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CPD Investigating Chief Keef Regarding Murder of Rival Rapper

Chicago rapper Chief Keef is being investigated by city police for his possible connection to the murder of a rival rapper who was gunned down recently:

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More Hazing Allegations at FAMU

Several months ago, The BYP featured articles about the fallout following the death of Robert Champion, a former drum major for FAMU’s famed The Marching 100.

Now, allegations charge university’s dance team with similar behavior:

Florida A&M University, still reeling from the hazing-related death of a marching band drum major 10 months ago, on Tuesday suspended its Torque Dance Team following allegations of an off-campus hazing incident.

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Chicago Police Department Adopts Transgender Policy

Although the Chicago Police Department has had its roughest summer in years, there is some good news to report.

Late last month, CPD adopted a new policy that addresses police treatment of transgender citizens:

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Jay-Z and Will Smith Team Up to Produce ‘Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners’ Documentary

Actor Will Smith and Hip Hop star Jay-Z are reportedly teaming up to co-produce “Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners,” a documentary chronicling the former Black Panther’s incarceration and trial at the height of the Black Power Movement.

The two will support the film through their entertainment companies, Overbook Entertainment and Roc Nation respectively. The film will be shown at the Toronto Film Festival

“Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners” comes on the 40th anniversary of Davis’ acquittal.

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