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Rhymefest releases new album, donates a portion of profits to Donda’s House

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Grammy award-winning rapper Rhymefest has teamed up with Pledge Music to raise awareness and funds about violence in the community. The Chicago-based rapper and activist is releasing his album, “Violence is Sexy” via the platform, which allows users to purchase music via a pledge or donation. 

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Kanye West, Common create more than 20,000 jobs for Chicago Youth

At a press conference held last Wednesday, rapper-turned-actor Common announced that his foundation has joined forces with Kanye West’s company DONDA’s House Inc. along with the Chicago Urban League to create more than 20,000 jobs for youth in Chicago. 

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Fourth grader denied right to play on school basketball team

A top player for a school basketball team has been banned from playing an an upcoming game because she is a female. Jaelyn Bates, a fourth grader at Frey Basketball Academy, says she was told she can no longer compete with her teammates. 

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America’s Most Wanted: Hip hop, the Media & the Prison Industrial Complex

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The University of Chicago’s Race Center hopes to spark useful dialogue with their event, “America’s Most Wanted: Hip hop, the Media & the Prison Industrial Complex.” AMERICA’s MOST WANTED examines the prison crisis by placing two of America’s most influential industries in the crosshairs: corporate-owned media and entertainment. 

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Major changes coming to popular standardized test, could boost black student performance

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Students in America’s schools will face a redesigned standardized test in the coming months. Curators of the Spring 2016 SAT test books say they are more focused and useful than ever. The changes could boost the success rate of black students. Major changes are described below. 

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15-year-old suspended for suspected ‘gang signs’ in picture

A 15-year-old Mississippi high school teen was suspended after a picture of him displaying three raised fingers surfaced. On Feb. 3, assistant principal Todd Nichols summoned Dontadrian Bruce of Olive Branch High to his office. Nichols showed Bruce a photo he had posed for during a recent biology project, and suspended him for holding up […]

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Genius Alert: teen turns poverty into triumph

An extraordinarily talented 15-year-old inventor  has taught himself how to create technical gadgets with very little resources. Kelvin made his own FM radio transmitter and a generator among other things. And he did it all with things that he’s found in the trash. The teen was discovered by MIT. 

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BYP 100, Project Nia ban together to create youth jobs bill focused on training, work for young people

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In response to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed “tough on crime” strategy, specifically Senate Bill 1342, members of BYP 100 and Project Nia have collaborated to create a youth jobs bill. Senate Bill 1342, now House Bill 5672, included a minimum sentence of one to three years for any person caught with an illegal weapon. 

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CPS Report: privately run charter schools expel students at higher rates

According to a report released by the Chicago Public Schools, privately run charter schools expel students at higher rates than other institutions of learning in the district. The data revealed that during the last school year, 307 students were kicked out of charter schools, compared to 182 kids expelled out of district-run schools. Charter schools […]

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Chicago’s Goodman Theater to honor Trayvon Martin with 10 short plays

Today marks two years since Trayvon Martin’s life was tragically cut short. In honor of the slain teen, Chicago’s Goodman Theater will stage a night of short plays about the killing. 

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