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Chicago Violence: Our Problem, Our Solution

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There are thousands of articles online at this point about the gun violence in Chicago and the larger issue of gun violence throughout this country. However as it relates to Chicago……there is so much to be said and done that one hardly knows where to start. We can talk about access to guns, a rigged prison-industrial complex, gang retaliation, aggressive police tactics, a lack of economic opportunity, a culture of nihilism in certain urban communities, a lack of quality education in the CPS school system and the attendant lack of life skills preparation, annnnddd the list can go on ad infinitum. It’s simple, this problem is too big to tackle in conventional terms. All of these reasons and at least a dozen others are to blame for the gun violence in Chicago and a multi-prong, swift as possible approach is the only way to make noticeable, measurable, and real progress in not losing so many of our citizens to gun violence and the prison system they disappear into, if they just happen to not lose their life.

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Video: man dies after being put in chokehold by New York police

 An NYPD spokesman would only say the man “was being placed in custody, went into cardiac arrest and died” at Richmond University Medical Center.

A Staten Island father died Thursday after being placed in a chokehold by an NYPD officer. Video of the incident shows other officers slamming his head against the sidewalk. 

Eric Garner, 43, repeatedly screamed, “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” after at least five NYDP officers took him down in front of a beauty supply store in Tompkinsville. 

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Report: black male teens want relationships, not just sex

According to a new study, teenage boys have more than sex on their mind. It turns out that adolescent males actually do desire the intimacy of a relationship over sex.

The study was published in the American Journal of Men’s Health, and is based on interviews with 33 14 to 16-year-old boys. 

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11-year-old donates to homeless from soap line profits

Donovan Smith is incredibly thoughtful and impressive. The 11-year-old boy is using his inventiveness and entrepreneurial spirit to help the homeless.

Donovan, who lives in New Mexico, has created a line of soaps, which he sells. He donates a portion of his sales to combat homelessness.

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NWA biopic casting call criticized for being racist

The casting call for the upcoming NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton is, well, racist.

The call is looking for women extras in the movie, directed by F. Gary Gray, set to be released next year. The call describes a hierarchy of women, “graded” from levels A through D.

Read the casting call notice below.

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The world celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day

Today, people from all over the world will gather to celebrate the life an legacy of Nelson Mandela, Nelson Mandela International Day is a day of service celebrated on July 18, Mandela’s birthday.

Mandela, who was the former president of South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, died at 95 on Dec. 5, 2013. 

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Baby abandoned on doorstep set for college this fall

This is a story that we need more of. An 18-year-old girl who was left on the doorstep of a complete stranger is set to attend college this fall.

Last Friday marked 18 years since Janessa Gibbs showed up on the doorstep of Sara Gibbs’ Mississippi home. 

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Promoting literacy: Florida barbershop hands out books to young customers

If you go to Royal Touch Barbershop in Riviera Beach, Florida, you’ll get more than a haircut if you’re a young boy.

Reggie Ross who owns the shop has boys and men reading books on various subjects such as culture, history, achieving success and college matriculation. Why? Because he wants to promote literacy among black boys and men. 

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Michael Jordan Is Not His Brother’s Keeper, So Why Are We Dying For His Sneakers

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We have all seen and read the news stories of people being beaten, killed and the crazy mobs that happen over a pair of Jordans.  Now I am not going to sit here and pretend to be on high horse, because I appreciate a nice pair of J’s just like the next man.  But I have been hearing some disturbing stories about how selfish Michael Jordan is and his disrespect towards black people. I  watched Rapper Chamillionaire’s YouTube video in which he asked Jordan to take a picture and not only did Jordan refuse to take a picture with him, he became indignant and said “I ain’t taking no pictures with no

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Guest Post

No more excuses: Let’s close the achievement gap

The following post was written by Roger Madison. It originally appears on Black Star Journal, under the title of , “Let’s Close the Achievement Gap: No More Excuses.”

By: Roger Madison

I am tired of listening to excuses.

I am quite frankly puzzled by the growing achievement gaps in testing results that we read about among Black students. It appears to me that someone hoodwinked many Black people into believing that we cannot perform well on tests. We must teach our students that “life requires you to pass all sorts of tests every day.”

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