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George Zimmerman’s Legal Defense Fund is Nearly Empty Less Than Two Weeks Before Trial

According to his attorneys, George Zimmerman’s legal defense fund is almost gone.

Though it reportedly had $315,000 in January, there is less than $5,000 left.

His team says Zimmerman needs at least $75,000 to even have a chance at mounting a good defense.

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Alice Walkers Pens Letter To Alicia Keys, Asking That She Cancel Israel Concert

Singer Alicia Keys has scheduled a stop in Tel Aviv, Israel for her world tour.

The show, which is set for July 4, has garnered Keys a lot of criticism, given the state of Israel-Palestine relations.

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, Alice Walker has written Keys an open letter, requesting that she reconsider having a concert in Israel.

It reads, in part:

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Youth Homelessness is On The Rise in Illinois

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, youth homelessness is on the rise.

Though an official count has not been made since 2005, shelters and hotline data suggests that more and more youth are on the streets. Shelters are overflowing with young people looking for beds, and hotlines are often overwhelmed with calls.

A variety of factors have contributed to the rising numbers; particularly economic factors like unemployment and corresponding familial stress.

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Number of Blacks in Elite Careers Hurt by Declining Racial Diversity Efforts

As a Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action looms, a New York Times analysis shows that progress has stalled for African Americans in elite careers.

Only 1 percent of America’s Fortune 500 companies has a black CEO, and 3.2 percent of senior executive positions are held by African-Americans in our nation’s biggest companies.

Though Blacks account for 12 percent of America’s workforce, they are grossly underrepresented among architects, lawyers, dentists, and doctors.

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Father of Slain 6-Month Old Jonylah Watkins Pledges to Turn His Life Around

Speaking out for the first time at a press conference yesterday, Jonathan Watkins – father of slain 6-month old Jonylah Watkins – says the tragedy has inspired him to turn his life around.

Watkins was changing his daughter’s diaper in the front seat of his car when a gunman fired upon them; he survived the shooting, but Jonylah’s injuries were fatal.

Jonathan says the tragedy has forced him to reassess and change his lifestyle.

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CPS: High School Graduation Rate in Chicago Hits Record High

A week after closing 50 Chicago public schools, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is touting an increased high school graduation rate as a sign that “we are pointed in the right direction, making the right decisions for our children.

A projected 63 percent of seniors will graduate in Chicago this year, up from 61 percent last year.

According to the Emanuel administration, this is part of a rising trend over the past decade.

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Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Versus Fresh Fruits: Where Are the Grocery Stores in the Black Community?

It broke my heart the other day when I saw a family of four buying their actual groceries at a gas station. The family consisted of a mother who clearly looked overworked and anxious, three little girls and a young boy. While the mother had a very average weight, all of her children were overweight for their age. I can’t help but wonder if their weight is a product of the foods they have access to. Literally, all of their “groceries” consisted of processed and salty foods from a local gas station. This situation, though alarming and saddening, is not unique to this specific family. Due to the extensive lack of access to grocery stores-the definition of a food desert- millions of black families are subjected to the lackluster food options of local corner stores, gas stations, and fast-food restaurants; ultimately suffering the inevitable health problems that follow. I would like to take this time to contextualize this issue and offer insights into effective activism surrounding it.

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29 Shot, 6 Fatally in Memorial Day Weekend Violence in Chicago

A 15 year-old girl sitting on her boyfriend’s front porch is among the 29 people shot over the Memorial Day weekend in Chicago.

Police say her boyfriend was the intended target.

Overall, 6 people were killed over the weekend.

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Rhymes and Reasons Interviews Vic Spencer About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed His Life

Rhymes & Reasons presents Vic Spencer.

A Chicago MC and self-described “poster dad,” Vic Spencer is the consummate hip-hop head. As a kid growing up in a group home, he once spliced two halves of one song together from separate tape recordings off the radio to make a single, continuous version for himself.

Vic spoke to R&R about the song, “Bloodshed & War,” by Da Youngstas ft. Mobb Deep, as well as “Tonight’s da Night” from Redman and Kane & Abel’s “Black Jesus.”

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Minneapolis Program Helps Teens Make Hip Hop in Exchange for Good Grades

COLORLINES recently highlighted a very interesting program out of Minneapolis.

Beats and Rhymes gives young people the training and equipment to make Hip Hop in exchange for keeping up with their schoolwork.

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