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Weekly News Roundup

October 18, 2010 – October 24, 2010

The Democrats and Young Black Voters Staff Writer, New York Times, October 24, 2010 Kendall Jenner: Power of Youth Perfection Staff Writer, Gonzo Media, October 24, 2010 Rocking the youth vote: Why young people must vote in this election Erick Mchome, The Citizen, October 24, 2010 Survey shows fewer teens use alcohol than some think Allison Tompkins, Courier Press, […]

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Life After Harpo (Run On)

Many years ago, when I was younger, less pessimistic, and even more obnoxious, the local black newspaper decided that I, along with some other black students in the area, was respectable and scholarly enough to feature in its annual round-up of ostensibly intelligent high school seniors.  Someone called a friend and me to the guidance […]

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Obama Tells LGBT Youth “It Gets Better”

October 22, 2010 (Colorlines)  President Barack Obama has a message for LGBT kids: He doesn’t know “what it’s like to be picked on for being gay,” but he does know “what it’s like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don’t belong.” Obama and Secretary of State HIllary Clinton are the latest politicians to join the […]

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Teen birth rate low, but racial disparities persist

Teen birth rate low, but racial disparities persist Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio | October 21, 2010 St. Paul, Minn. — New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Minnesota has the eighth-lowest teen birth rate in the nation, but the rates are much higher among teens of color. Nationally, the CDC […]

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Jay-Z on “Big Pimpin”: “What kind of animal would say this sort of thing?”

Now these are certainly not the most misogynistic lyrics Hip Hop has to offer (ever heard the N.W.A. song “One Less Bitch”?), but damn, that shit is amazingly harsh. And what’s even more amazing is that “Big Pimpin” is unquestionably Jay-Z’s biggest hit, and arguably the best single he’s ever released.

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“I must have done Something Right”: My mother and Tyler Perry’s Father

This week on the Oprah show Tyler Perry shared with Oprah how as a child he was beaten senselessly by his father and that even now his father denies any wrongdoing.  His father states, “If I had beaten your ass one more time, you probably would have been Barack Obama.”Of course, Oprah was stunned and […]

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Black Male Icons Join Docu. Film To Motivate Black Youth

Black Male Icons Join Docu. Film To Motivate Black Youth News One | October 21, 2010 To generate a national conversation on the plight of Black men and boys, the Twenty-First Century Foundation (21CF) has partnered with actor–director Mario Van Peebles and producer Karen Williams to create BRING YOUR A GAME — a groundbreaking documentary […]

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I Don’t Love Her, I Love You

The black teenage male’s love life is conflicted with the fear of nothingness and a damaged sense of reaction. We will love you with the energy of Flava Flav and at the same time share your spot in the bed with someone else. Love is not a joke in this scenario, in fact, it is […]

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Is “black love” a burden?

The other day, I stumbled upon a Facebook conversation about the television show, Private Practice. The women, mostly black, were talking about how they didn’t like Addison (the primary white character) and Taye Diggs (the only black man on the show) dating. They made no mention of race. Suddenly in the middle of the exchange […]

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Walk to school in a ‘kill zone’

CNN | October 20, 2010 CNN’s T.J. Holmes takes a dangerous, 2-mile walk to school with a student in one of Chicago’s toughest areas.

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