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Stakes Is High: Just Being a Conscious Rapper is Not Enough

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Last Saturday I was in Boston for a summit on social innovation at Harvard University. But, before I left I stopped by Dudley Library in Roxbury to do a workshop on Hip-Hop, Media, and Mass Incarnation called “America’s Most Wanted”. After the workshop I sat down with Boston Hip-Hop artist Catch Wreck to talk about my favorite and least favorite things in Hip-Hop nowadays, the creation of 1Hood, and why just being a conscious artist isn’t enough.

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‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Has a Lot of ‘Gay’ Male Sex, and That’s a Good Thing

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The following piece is from The Root. It was written by Michael Arceneaux.

By: Michael Arceneaux

The prime-time drama has stunned audiences with its masterly storytelling, complex characters and, yes, loads of gay male sex scenes. And that’s a good thing.

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Activists hold silent protest at United Nations


Activists, including members of BYP100, stood in silent protest as the United Stated defended its record before a UN anti-torture watchdog.

On the second and final day of the UN Committee Against Torture’s review of the U.S., the young protesters flaunted UN protocol and stood up as America’s delegation talked about abuse by police in the country. 

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Grand jury testimony in Michael Brown slaying closed to finished

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The grand jury determining whether to charge a white Missouri police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen in August appears to be approaching a decision.

A private pathologist hired by Michael Brown’s family was scheduled to testify on Thursday after the grand jury requested him to do so. 

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Why so few white kids land in CPS — and why it matters


The following piece is from WBEZ. It was written by Natalie Moore.

By: Natalie Moore

Whites represent only 9 percent of the district’s student body, making school segregation worse.

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George Zimmerman supporter changes story, says Trayvon Martin was racially profiled

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More than a year after Florida neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, one of his biggest supporters is changing his story.

Zimmerman’s former neighbor Frank Taaffe testified before a grand jury earlier this week, and revealed details about the racially-charged conversation he had with a man he believes was George Zimmerman. 

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The last faces of American slavery: Stunning pictures of men and women who were born into slavery


The following piece is from Daily Mail. It was written by Beth Stebner.

By: Beth Stebner

In the 1920s and 1930s, an interest in slave narratives was rekindled, and as part of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Work Progress Administration, more than 2,000 first-person accounts of slavery were collected, as well as 500 black and white photographs. 

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Loyola University Chicago student Chan Wilson missing


A Chicago college student has been missing since Friday Nov. 7.

Chan Wilson attends Loyola University, and was reported missing by his father.

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White women using #nappyhair hashtag on Instagram


An interesting trend executed by white women on social media is emerging.

A growing number of Caucasian females are using the #nappyhair hashtag to describe their locs. 

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WCG Walks Out on US Gov’t Representatives at the UN


The following piece is from We Charge Genocide. It was written by Sarah Ji.

By: Sarah Ji

[Tuesday] night, the We Charge Genocide team walked out on the 23 U.S. government representatives during their time to respond to the concerns we raised. Asha presented our 2-minute statement, which included a critique that there is no real mechanism for pointing to the police as a source of violence or for accountability. For two hours, we supported survivors and advocates speaking on their issues and telling their stories.

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