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Is Willow Smith’s New Song “Summer Fling” Age Appropriate?

Once again, something Willow Smith-related is raising questions about what is and is not appropriate for a preteen girl.

Smith’s new single, “Summer Fling,” has raised eyebrows due to its subject matter and accompanying video.

A few op-eds have questioned the idea of a 12-year old having a “summer fling,” and whether or not the whole concept is too mature.

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Guest Post

Moving Beyond November Together

Cedric Lawson will be participating in the Beyond November Movement Convening, the Black Youth Project’s inaugural convening of 100 Black youth leaders from across the country.

Coming to Chicago this weekend to attend the Beyond November Movement Convening reminds me that I’m only one person in our movement for justice. I’m doing what I can in order to close the gaps that fellow young African Americans face, whether it’s an achievement gap, a civic engagement gap, or even a self-love gap. Rare is a space that is constructed for young black activists to convene and develop blueprints in order to win victories. I’m excited to be a part of this uncommon space.

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Featured Article

New Program Allows Public to Send Chicago Police Crime Tips Via Text and Twitter

The Chicago Police Department has initiated a new program asking the public to send them crime tips via twitter and text messaging.

Citizens can even call 911 and tell the dispatcher they have a photo they’d like to send.

They’ll be sent a text message, and can reply with the photo.

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Guest Post

Rhymes and Reasons Interviews Eve Ewing About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed Her Life

Rhymes & Reasons presents eve ewing.

Eve is a soulful, social justice-oriented doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She gets personal with Rhymes & Reasons in our latest interview.

Originally from Chicago’s Logan Square, her three picks give a pretty good glimpse into her idiosyncratic world: A Tribe Called Quest’s “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo,” M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes,” and Serengeti’s “Day by Day.”

Listen to the interview below:

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Summer Surge in Gun Violence Forces Chicago Hospital to Hold Blood Drive

As the summer surge of gun violence continues in Chicago, a South Side hospital is asking Chicagoans to donate blood.

St. Bernard Hospital is holding a blood drive this Friday.

Crowded emergency rooms are making it harder and harder to treat patients; they say blood donations are desperately needed.

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News Flash

Cory Booker Has Huge Lead in NJ Senate Race

According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, Cory Booker has a huge lead in the upcoming Senate special primary in New Jersey.

He currently sits at 52%, while his closest rival – Rep. Frank Pallone – has just 10%.

From MSNBC:

The new poll comes one day after Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s family said they were backing Pallone to fill the late Democratic senator’s seat, alluding to Booker as a “showhorse” and criticizing his close relationship with Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

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Compton, CA Elects Aja Brown; Youngest Mayor in City’s History

31-year old Aja Brown is officially the youngest mayor in the history of Compton, California.

She defeated former mayor Omar Bradley in a runoff election.

From Clutch

I believe the people of Compton are ready for change,” she said after being elected in June. “They’ve spoken. Their voice has clearly been heard that they don’t want to go backward. They want to go forward.”

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Offensive “Angry Trayvon” App Sparks Outrage

An offensive, disrespectful game about Trayvon Martin has been removed from the Google app store after widespread outrage online.

Dubbed the “Angry Trayvon” app, the game allows you to play as Martin as he completes “his world tour of revenge on the bad guys who terrorize cities everyday.”

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Why Fruitvale Station is a Game Changer for Young Black Men

I was blessed to attend the Oakland premiere of Fruitvale Station and as a person who does most of my work around race and specifically how Black men are portrayed in the mainstream media. This movie is a Game Changer! If the jury of the Zimmerman trial saw this film, George Zimmerman would immediately be found guilty.

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News Flash

California Prisons Illegally Sterilized Female Inmates

We wish we could say we are shocked by this news, but at this point it would be shocking if things like this didn’t happen.

News has surfaced that two prisons in California illegally sterilized women inmates:

Prison doctors in California sterilized nearly 150 female inmates during the course of four years without ever obtaining proper approval from the state, a new investigation reveals.

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