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Michelle Obama Captivates with Well-Received Convention Speech

First Lady delivered a warm, well-received speech at the opening night of the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night.

Her speech drew sharp contrast between the struggles and policies of her husband versus his challanger; all while never actually mentioning Mitt Romney’s name once.

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Black Youth Consciousness In The Post-Violence Era: Rebuilding Ethics In The Streets

The generation’s identity reveals itself in the sound waves that stimulate the collective conscious. Speech, which is the vocal reality of knowledge, enters the minds of youth through Hip-Hop among other things. We’re not only listening though. Young MCs speak, talk about the experiences of the black future in 2012. Our generation’s sound waves saturate with highly critical meditation, pocketed into chilled beats. If it’s true that history moves in proportion to the era’s creative thinking, then the speech of Hip-Hop empowers our generation’s history-making.

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Remembering the Little Rock Nine

Although most of our attention will be channeled towards Charlotte, NC and the DNC, today is also the day 9 black students attempted to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, AR:

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Nicki Minaj: ‘I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/ You lazy b**ches is f***ing up the economy…’

Nicki Minaj is featured on a cover of G.O.O.D. Music’s “Mercy,” off Lil Wayne’s latest mixtape “Dedication 4.”

Her most provocative moment:

“I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/ You lazy bitches is fucking up the economy…”

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The Democratic National Convention Begins Tonight

The Democratic National Convention begins today in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Current polls have President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney in a virtual dead heat going into the convention. There is much riding on the next week.

Tonight’s opening festivities will be highlighted by a speech from First Lady Michelle Obama.

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By the Time I Got to Arizona

At the border in Arizona that separates the United States and Mexico (Photo by Paradise Gray)

Last week, courtesy of two incredible organizations that formed in protest of Arizona’s racist immigration legislation SB1070, the Sound Strike and Culture Strike, I was blessed to visit Tucson, Arizona.  Part of the trip was to perform at a arts festival for migrant justice called Tucson Stand Up, but the other part was to learn first hand about the severe oppression of immigrants in Arizona and the dangers of crossing the border through its harsh desert.

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America Never Was America to Me – The Changing Face of America

O, yes, I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath—
America will be!  –Langston Hughes, Let America Be America Again

If you managed to sit through the Republican National Convention, you probably noticed their dubious mantra of “We Built It.” Of course, given that polls indicate that Obama leads among women, Blacks, Latinos, and people under 35. The slogan begs the obvious question of who exactly this “we” is. Effectively, the Republican Party’s resounding “We Built It,” gets at something that makes me quite excited for the election. It has always been particularly difficult for people of color, especially Black people, to identify with any semblance of an America identity. But this election, seems to be getting at the very core of the values and people that make America, and perhaps, it just might be signaling a shift towards an America that truly lives us to its oft-romaticized ideals. 

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Weekly News Roundup

Top News Stories About Black Youth from Across the Nation: August 27 – September 2

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.

Debate continues on holding students back
Maureen Downey, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 8/27/12

NAACP youths receive lesson from older generation
Patrick Rosso, Boston Globe, 8/28/12

At a black middle-class picnic in D.C., racism in election campaign hardly goes unnoticed
Courtland Milloy, The Washington Post, 8/29/12

Forest provides environmental education to area youth
Rapid City Journal, Staff Writer, 8/30/12

‘Has SA failed to protect its youth?’
OLEBOGENG MOLATLHWA, Sowetan Live, 8/31/12

Charity runway event to benefit local foster youth
Kristin Thebaud, Sacramento Press, 8/31/12

Symposium examines high drop-out rate among black male college students
Micah Green, The Dispatch

California students show gains in English, math on state tests
Howard Blume, LA Times, 9/1/12

Memphis Juvenile Court Reforms Expected to Cost Millions
Beth Warren, The Commercial Appeal, 9/2/12

Cleveland’s NAACP chapter aims for new leadership, younger members, social media strategies
Stan Donaldson, The Plain Dealer, 9/2/12

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Chicago Violence: 10 Shot Overnight; 82 Killed or Wounded in the Last Week

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, 82 people have been shot in Chicago in the past week.

10 people were shot and wounded overnight.

From the Sun-Times:

“The most violent shooting overnight occurred at 12:48 a.m. in the 100 block of East 60th Street in the Washington Park neighborhood. Police said five men — all in their 20s — were standing outside when a white vehicle drove by and someone inside opened fire.

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Prince Announces ‘Welcome 2 Chicago’ Residency at the United Center

Prince has just announced a multi-date residency at Chicago’s United Center.

Dubbed “Welcome 2 Chicago,” the announcement follows similar residencies in Los Angeles and New York.

Prince has not performed in Chicago since 2004.

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