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The Radical Power of Ordinariness

As we come upon both the day commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and with Black History Month just around the corner, I imagine (hopefully) that many of us will be reflecting on our history, progress, and shared collective responsibility in the midst of many ongoing injustices. The difficulty of celebrating civil rights achievements lies in the fact that we are simultaneously reminded of how far we must go to improve the conditions all marginalized people in this country. In this moment, many of us might feel overwhelmed. Sometimes it may seem as if we can do little to fight the chronic disease of disparity afflicting this country. And as we listen to speakers, watch documentaries, and read articles, the inevitable question will arise—but what can I do.?

 But we forget, in our narratives of leaders and speech givers, that there were an infinite amount of nameless faces that fought for the legal rights we maintain today. People who are not in any textbooks or memorials, and people were not given any holiday to celebrate their efforts.

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On The Come Up: Urban Youth Program Will Change Ya Mind!


By Rashad J. Smith

Every night the world tunes in to their local news stations anticipating a report about the young, the black, and their destruction to society. We’re guilty of being entertained by the captured crimes on First 48 and infested with the notion to remain silent about crimes. We enjoy the violent videos posted on WorldStar by people yearning for attention to be socially recognized. While we’re eager to “like” a Facebook post diminishing the brand of Black & Beauty, were reluctant to share positive memorandum that uplifts and encourages. It’s pretty much the nature of urban social media.

But for Justin Ortiz, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Generation News, he’s determined to change the way the younger generation is perceived through the media.

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Who Will Cry for Black Boys in a Pseudo-Post-Racial Society? (Revisiting Antwone Fisher)

“Who will cry for the little boy, the boy inside a man / Who will cry for the little boy, who knew well, hurt and pain / Who will cry for the little boy, who died and died again / Who will cry for the little boy, a good boy he tried to be / Who will cry for the little boy, who cries inside of me” (Antwone Fisher)

As you glance into the life of Antwone Fisher one can gain a clearer perspective on his journey to become a stable adult and how he (like many black youth today) had to learn how to cultivated a politics of resilience and perseverance to survive his childhood trauma. Some of fluctuations and fluidities that take place in Antwone’s life can be used to describe how childhood incidents still have implications for black boys growing up in the rigors of the 21st century.

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Wisconsin Parents Outraged Over ‘White Privilege’ Lesson at High School

An “American Diversity” course at a Wisconsin high school is making headlines around the country for subject matter some parents find divisive and offensive.

Parents of some of the school’s white students say the material – which deals with the concept of ‘White Privilege’ – sends a hateful message to students.

Namely, that minorities are oppressed by white people.

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STUDY: 64 Percent of Republicans are Birthers

Amazingly, a whopping 64% of Republicans still believe President Obama his hiding details of his background and early life.

A poll conducted byFairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind project found that the “Birther” conspiracy is in fact the most widely believed conspiracy theory in America today.

As part of the study, researchers asked people about three other conspiracies as well, regarding 9/11, the 2004 and 2012 elections.

But Birtherism is by far the most popular.

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Today is Muhammad Ali’s 71st Birthday!

Today is the great Muhammad Ali’s 71st birthday!

Not only was Ali one of the most dominant professional boxers of all time; he was also among the gutsiest, most-polarizing figures of the 1960′s.

His swagger, commitment to his community, and outspokenness forever altered the cultural landscape of America; black and white.

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‘Watch Out for Fake Gun Control Reform’: What Does Meaningful Reform for Our Youth Look Like?

With the rolling out of gun reform proposals from the White House, and opponents and proponents of gun control battling it out, it’s important for us to remain focused on the impact of gun violence – and gun-related legislation – on our youth.

We want to protect them; not further criminalize and endanger them!

A recent editorial by Bernadine Dohrn shines a light on mistakes of the past in curbing gun violence; reforms that only further criminalized and marginalized the experiences of black youth.

As this national conversation continues to rage, we must be on the lookout for fake gun control reforms.

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President Obama Unveils Sweeping Gun Control Plan

In the wake of  the Sandy Hook shootings, President Barack Obama has taken several measures, including creating a panel led by Vice President  Biden, and today, sharing his goals for increased gun control:

The President’s plan includes:
- Closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands
- Banning militar-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and taking other common-sense steps to reduce gun violence
- Making schools safer with more officers, counselors, and better emergency plans
- Increasing access to mental health services
- Ending the freeze on gun violence research

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Quentin Tarantino Says The War on Drugs Is Essentially Modern Day Slavery

In a recent interview, Quentin Tarantino asserted that the war on drugs is essentially modern day slavery.

From Smell The Truth:

“This whole thing of the War on Drugs and the mass incarceration that has happened pretty much for the last 40 years has decimated the black male population. It’s slavery. It’s just slavery through and through. It’s the same fear of the black male that existed back in the 1800s.

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VIDEO: NRA Calls President Obama ‘Elitist Hypocrite’ In New Ad

Today President Obama plans to unveil his plans for gun control legislation.

In a preemptive strike, the NRA has released an ad that asserts that President Obama is an elitist for opposing armed guards in America’s school, since his children are protected by the secret service.

Seriously?

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