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Rick Ross Raps About Committing Date Rape in New Song

Rapper Rick Ross is turning heads (and stomachs) with a couple lines from new track ““U.O.E.N.O.” (you ain’t even know it)” that seem to describe and make light of date rape.

A featured guest on the song, Ross raps: “Put molly all in her champagne, she aint even know it. I took her home and I enjoyed that, she aint even know it.

Molly is a form of ecstasy notable for its purity.

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Happy 71st Birthday to The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin

Today is the 71st birthday of the undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin!

Not much to say about Aretha that hasn’t already been said. The woman is a force of nature. Arguably the greatest voice in the history of popular music, Franklin’s vocal chops are legendary and her impact on rock and soul untouchable.

Back in 2008, Rolling Stone named Aretha Franklin the no. 1 Greatest Singer of All Time. Mary J. Blige wrote a wonderful editorial for the feature:

From Rolling Stone:

You know a force from heaven. You know something that God made. And Aretha is a gift from God. When it comes to expressing yourself through song, there is no one who can touch her. She is the reason why women want to sing.

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Should We Raise Age for Charging Young People as Adults?

A recent editorial in the Chicago Sun-Times asks if we should raise the age for charging young people as adults from 17 to 18.

A proposed Illinois state law would mandate that 17 year-olds be tried as juveniles for both misdemeanors and most felonies.

At 17, young people are on the cusp of adulthood, but still at an age where they are more capable of change than a full-fledged adult. Juvenile records can be expunged; an adult record will follow offenders for the rest of their lives.

If we “don’t allow 17-year-olds to vote, buy Lottery tickets or sign up for a credit card,” should we really be charging them as adults?

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Rahm Emanuel Says Chicago School Closings Are Worth It to Save Children from Failing Schools

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded to widespread criticism regarding the closing of over 50 Chicago public schools.

According to Emanuel, the decision was a difficult one, but worth it to ensure that students aren’t trapped in failing schools.

Emanuel was out of town last week when CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced the closings. Nearly 30,000 students will be affected; most of them African American.

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And While We’re at It…#BowDown

So last week Beyonce gave the people a morsel of her upcoming release and the internet went bonkers. The sonic appetizer is expectedly–I suppose–ratchet, An homage to the city where she was born and raised, “Bow Down” is chopped and screwed Beyonce-style.

Of course a whiff of Beyonce and bloggers gotta blog, adding two cents to a piggy bank full of enough pennies to eliminate the national debt. Was Beyonce sneezing a feminist act? No, because Jay-Z handed her a handkerchief, asserting his masculinity over the vulnerability of her snotty nose! Yes, because although he gave her the handkerchief it was monogrammed with her initials and he only had it because she refused to carry a purse. Besides, only a woman sure of herself would sneeze on camera!

I suppose that’s my snarky response to a conversation that’s tired and unimaginative. You know what’s not tired, though? Lists! (Actually they probably are tired, but the internet loves lists, it’s a slow week, and I’ve grown weary of writing about dead black kids.) Taking my cue from Beyonce’s lead single, I present:

Things, Other than Bitches, that Should #BowDown to Beyonce:

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George Zimmerman’s Brother Compares Trayvon Martin to Alleged Baby-Killer De’Marquise Elkins

Robert Zimmerman, George Zimmerman’s brother, went on a tirade on twitter this weekend, linking Trayvon Martin with De’Marquis Elkins, the 17 year-old accused of shooting an infant in Georgia.

He tweeted a photo comparison of both Martin and Elkins holding up their middle fingers. He wrote “A picture speaks a thousand words…Any questions?”

He later tweeted: “Teen to West: “Do you want me to shoot your baby?” #TrayvonMartin to #GeorgeZimmerman: You’re gonna die tonight Motherf**ker.”

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Why Little Black Children Will Spend Yet Another Generation Dealing With Private Companies to Access Healthcare

Even though the ACA and healthcare is not a “hot button” issue this week, it is still a crucial issue that we must continue to think about for the ones that will come after us. This is an issue that will literally impact our lives and longevity of life. Let’s not let time, space, and the game of polices allow us to forget what will impact youth for decades to come.  To understand why the Affordable Care Act became a crucial issue in the last few years, we must go back to the 2008 elections and explore the state of healthcare at the time.

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Two Young Boys Shoot Baby in Stroller, Mother Says

SWAT teams in Brunswick, Georgia are searching door-to-door for two boys – 10 and 15 years-old – accused of killing a 13 month-old boy, and wounding his mother.

The baby’s mother – Sherry West – says she was pushing her baby Antonio in a stroller when the two boys appeared.

They demanded money; when she said she had none, they shot her baby in the head and wounded her leg.

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Chicago Public Schools Announce 54 School Closures, Nearly 30,000 Students Affected

As expected, Chicago Public Schools announced the closing of an incredible number of schools; 54 to be exact.

It is the largest round of school closings in our nation’s history. These closures disproportionately impact black and brown students.

CPS argues these schools are underutilized due to “dwindling population in some predominantly black neighborhoods.” They expect to save $500,000 to $800,000 per school.

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Black Masculinity in the Age of Barack Obama & Chief Keef

How does one frame Black masculinity in the age of Barack Obama and Chief Keef? Does Black masculinity fall within the framework of masculinity in general, or is it an outlier seeking to find a home?  In Souls of Black Folks, W.E.B. Dubois purports  that due to the irreparable damages of slavery and institutionalized racism, it is nearly impossible to conceptualize Black masculinity without juxtaposing it to that of White masculinity. However, Dubois offers a nuanced answer for Blacks to rise out the abyss of subjugation while still asserting their manhood. Dubois posits that the history of the American Negro is the longing to attain self-conscious manhood. It is difficult to fulfill the traditional roles of manhood when institutions and legal codes have systematically emasculated you. In this post I’d like to take a step back, and examine how we, as a society,  understand the plight  of the Black male in the age of what hip-hop scholar, Byron Hurt, calls an era of ‘dueling images of power’.

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