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Teen playing “Knockout” game shot twice by victim

17-year-old Marvell Weaver is recovering after getting shot twice by a man who he tried to assault. In May, the Michigan teenager was playing Knockout, a game where the assailant attacks an unsuspecting person by sucker punching them in hopes of knocking them out with one blow. Weaver decided to play with a stun gun.

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City lowers voting age to 16, sees positive results

November 5th marked a day where many citizens took to the polls to election local officials. The day was particularly memorable for those in Takoma Park, Maryland, as the city became the first in the U.S. to lower the voting age to 16 in municipal elections.

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Knockout: anything but a game

Lately, our teenagers have started to play a violent game. “Knockout” is when a person, who is usually walking alone, gets randomly attacked, often punched in the face by at least one person. It could be a boy or a girl, man or woman, homeless person or even the local UPS delivery man. No one […]

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REPORT: Latino Youth Support Same-Sex Marriage At Much Higher Rates Than Black Youth

According to the Black Youth Project’s latest memo, Latino youth support same-sex marriage at much higher rates than Black youth, while support among white youth falls in between.Our analysis examined public opinion on same-sex marriage in 2009 and 2012, focusing on youth between the ages of 18 and 29.

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School to Prison Pipeline: what one Florida school district is doing about it

The nation’s 7th largest school district has reached an agreement with law enforcement agencies and the NAACP to lower the number of students being charged with crimes.

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Graduation Part III: Rocky Lane

My goal is to graduate…go to school for business and management…try to own my own bakery in the near future, try to come back to Englewood and just help out some kids. My goal while I’m still young is to start a cycle with one person, teach that person to teach the next person…”  Rocky, […]

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New documentary explores high school dropout epidemic

While the high school dropout rate has declined over time, it is still an epidemic. A documentary, executive produced by Usher and created by Jason Pollack, seeks to explore the trend in hopes of keeping our youth in school.

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Why “Obamacare” is a Win for Black Youth

Despite right-wing opposition, black youth have a chance to change the course of history by mobilizing our communities to enroll in the new Affordable Care Act’s healthcare insurance marketplace. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare,” offers health insurance to more than 40 million people for the first time.

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Over 3,000 low-income preschoolers miss school due to shutdown

A total of 50 Head Start programs that serve 3,200 low-income preschoolers have shut down due to the halt in government operations. According to a spokeswoman for Head Start, another 11 are set to close by Friday if funding isn’t restored.

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Young activists speak out against racial injustice in America with new project

The George Zimmerman verdict shook the black population, striking a massive blow to our hope. It also sparked activism in our communities in protest of the ruling. Ciara Allen and Anique Hameed are the masterminds behind “The Mountaintop,” a project that seeks to empower young black men and women to speak out.

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