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Parents Turn in Their Sons After Seeing Surveillance Video of Robbery

Two Philly teens – 13 and 14 years-old – were turned in by their parents after being caught on video robbing a 9 year-old girl.

They approached the little girl and snatched her wallet, getting all of $13 dollars for their efforts.

Police posted surveillance video of the incident on YouTube and it racked up hundreds of views.

Among the viewers was one of the boy’s parents.

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16 Year Old Boy Shot and Killed by Undercover Cops in New York City

16 year old Kimani Gray


Late Saturday night in Brooklyn, 2 undercover NYPD officers shot a killed 16 year old Kimani Gray. According to the police the teen pointed a gun at them, but according to a witnesses in the above video Kimani, was “running for his life” and yelling for the police to “stop”. The undercover cops said they singled Kimani out, because he was with a group of men and he adjusted his waistband in a suspicious manner.

Kimani’s sister Mahnefah Gray, said that a witness told her it was this “suspicious” waistband adjusting that cause the police to shot and kill her brother.  She and others that knew Kimani never knew him to have a gun. Kimani’s cousin Malik Vernon insisted Kimani didn’t own a gun. According to another witness Kimani said ,“Please don’t let me die.” One of the officers replied, “Stay down, or we’ll shoot you again.” Kimani had just returned from a baby shower, and was killed only minutes after he was dropped off.

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Family of Rekia Boyd Could Receive $4.5 Million Settlement w/ City of Chicago

The family of the late Rekia Boyd could receive a $4.5 million settlement from the City of Chicago.

Nearly one year ago, Boyd was gunned down by off-duty cop Dante Servin after he’d exchanged words with a group of men in the vicinity of Boyd.

By all accounts, Rekia was an innocent bystander.

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High School Wrestler Without Arms or Legs Wins First Match!

St. Paul, Minnesota teenager Caleb Smith had to have his legs and arms amputated after a bout with a rare meningitis blood disorder at the age of three.

But he hasn’t let that stop him from pursuing his passion, amateur wrestling.

And at a mere 120 pounds, Caleb is good; he’s quick, strong, and (most importantly) in possession of a tirelessly positive attitude. He recently won his first match.

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David J. Johns Appointed Exec. Director of Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced the appointment of David J. Johns as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

The initiative will work to identify best practices for improving African American student achievement, and partner with communities and a variety of federal agencies to produce effective programs for black youth.

“David’s expertise will be critical in helping to address the academic challenges that many African American students face, and I am delighted to have him on our team,” Duncan said.

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Top News Stories About Black Youth from Across the Nation: March 4 – 10

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

Are black male doctors becoming endangered?
The Grio, Tyeese Gaines, 3/7/13

When Vince Wilson, 44, was in his early 20s, he considered being a doctor, yet his own insecurities held him back.

“The bottom line is, I never thought I was smart enough,” he says.

Instead, he focused his interest on other fields in medicine, becoming an x-ray technician, an EMT, a certified nursing assistant and an Army and Air Force healthcare technician.

“I always had the impression that [only] the kids who were superior in math and science became doctors,” he says. Despite having good academic preparation, he adds that he didn’t think that his self-described “average” grades qualified.

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Creating Space: Why Mentoring Will Change a Generation Experiencing Trauma & Violence

Now all the teachers couldn’t reach me

And my momma couldn’t beat me

Hard enough to match the pain of my pop not seeing me (Jay-Z)

I was speaking to a middle school student that I am mentoring through a non-profit in Chicago, and the student explained to me an event in his life growing up. He said last summer he was on his front porch and a drive-by shooting happened on his street while he was outside. He went through the fear of that day and how he thought that his life could of ended. This trauma experienced by black youth in their communities cannot be taken lightly. We all know that the story that the student expressed to me is not an isolated incident. We often hear about the national news highlights on the lives of certain black youth (Trayvon Martin, Derrion Albert, Hadiya Pendleton). However the American media only decides to highlight black youth in the national news when their stories are interesting enough to sell newspapers and airtime. The problem is we do not hear about the everyday exposure to violence and trauma that black youth are forced to experience. And more importantly people far too often choose to ignore this trauma rather than explore the impact it is having and the need black youth have for spaces to debrief.

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Kelly Rowland Talks Learning to Love Her Brown Skin

The absolutely gorgeous Kelly Rowland recently opened up about her struggles with colorism and european standards of beauty.

She was once ashamed of her complexion; even afraid to be out in the sun too long for fear of getting darker.

Over time – and with the help of Tina Knowles – she came to embrace her color, and realized that beauty comes in all shades.

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Unemployment Rate Falls to 4-Year Low; But Black Unemployment Rate Unchanged

Although most headlines will read that the economy added over 230,000 jobs last month, making February’s unemployment rate the lowest since December 2008, the fact remains that unemployment amongst African Americans did not change.

The rate amongst blacks was 13.8% in January and stayed there in February:

The Black unemployment rate for February was 13.8 percent, unchanged from January, according to figures released Friday morning by the Labor Department. The overall unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent, the lowest in four years. In addition, the economy added 236,000 jobs.

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Tennessee Police Chief Uses Lie-Detector Tests to Keep Racists off His Force

Coopertown, Tennessee police chief Shane Sullivan uses lie-detector tests to keep racists off the force.

Sullivan was hired to rebuild the police force after the city was destroyed by scandal; including road rage incidents, the use of racial slurs, and over-the-top speed traps.

Some polygraph experts warn lie-detector tests may not accurately predict racism because many people don’t realize they are racist.

But Sullivan says the test has scared away racist applicants, and that it’s working.

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