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Monthly Archives: January 2011

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The Dark Continent: Youth, Jail, and Electric Fences

I walked up to a 40-foot high fence, while noticing a small yellow sign in the peripheral. The sign said “Caution: High Voltage Fence.” It was made apparent that I was entering into what I could only understand as one of the many manifestations of an incarceration system. When I entered through the front door […]

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Black Mother Jailed For Sending Kids To White School District

Black Mother Jailed For Sending Kids To White School District Dr. Boyce Watkins, News One | January 25, 2011 Ohio – An Ohio mother of two was sentenced to 10 days in jail and placed on three years probation after sending her kids to a school district in which they did not live. Kelly Williams-Bolar […]

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Porn, Poverty, Public Health and the Pursuit of Happiness

For many, it is hard to have open conversations about vaginas, penises, and anuses, especially when ‘beavers,’ ‘one-eyed snakes’ and ‘poop-chutes’ play bump in the [supposed] night. Even when we talk about “them” bumping in the night, many of us create euphemisms to get around the discomfort of talking about sex.  So you can imagine […]

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Curren$y vs. Wiz Khalifa: An N.F.L. Matchup

Curren$y the “Hot Spitta” and Wiz Khalifa have a lot in common. They both have an affinity for climbing psychedelic trees (JETS and Paper Plane Gang should be self-explanatory). They both bounced around record labels for a while before they blew up. Both of them graced XXL Mgszine’s Top Freshman cover (Curren$y in ’09 and […]

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F.O.P. – Funds Owed Pittsburgh

By now people all over the country have witnessed the brutal beating of honor student and violist Jordan Miles by Pittsburgh Police officers Michael Saldutte, David Sisak and Richard Ewing. Jordan was walking to his grandmother’s house when he was approached by the officers, who jumped out of an unmarked car in plain clothes demanding “Where’s the gun? Where are the drugs?” Jordan, who has no criminal record and thought he was being robbed, ran. Unfortunately, the “police officers” caught him, and all three beat 5’6’’ 150 pound Jordan until he looked like this. Yep, they even ripped out part of his hair. Of course they found no guns or drugs, but still proceeded to charge Jordan Miles with loitering, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest.

Those extremely bogus charges were dismissed because officers Michael Saldutte, David Sisak and Richard Ewing basically filed a false police report. They claimed they got a call from a neighbor, Monica Wooding, who said Jordan was loitering on her property. Ms. Wooding not only testified, under oath, that she didn’t make the complaint, but also she has known Jordan, “for years.”

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F.O.P. – Funds Owed Pittsburgh

By now people all over the country have witnessed the brutal beating of honor student and violist Jordan Miles by Pittsburgh Police officers Michael Saldutte, David Sisak and Richard Ewing. Jordan was walking to his grandmother’s house when he was approached by the officers, who jumped out of an unmarked car in plain clothes demanding “Where’s the gun? Where are the drugs?” Jordan, who has no criminal record and thought he was being robbed, ran. Unfortunately, the “police officers” caught him, and all three beat 5’6’’ 150 pound Jordan until he looked like this. Yep, they even ripped out part of his hair. Of course they found no guns or drugs, but still proceeded to charge Jordan Miles with loitering, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest.

Those extremely bogus charges were dismissed because officers Michael Saldutte, David Sisak and Richard Ewing basically filed a false police report. They claimed they got a call from a neighbor, Monica Wooding, who said Jordan was loitering on her property. Ms. Wooding not only testified, under oath, that she didn’t make the complaint, but also she has known Jordan, “for years.”

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Advocates address rising poverty among black children

Advocates address rising poverty among black children Krissah Thompson, Washington Post (via Boston Globe) | January 23, 2011 WASHINGTON — Two decades ago, 22 black leaders gathered for a retreat on farmland in rural Tennessee once owned by writer Alex Haley. The reason for the gathering, which included historian John Hope Franklin and civil rights […]

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Weekly News Roundup

January 17, 2011 – January 23, 2011

Washington state must close achievement gap Dr. Thelma Jackson, The Olympian, January 22, 2011 Mentor looks beneath the surface to find students’ hidden potential for success David Lauderdale, Island Packet, January 22, 2011 Class size takes back seat in education debate JK Wall, IBJ News, January 22, 2011 Digital competition looks for visionary South L.A. youth Olu Alemoru, LA […]

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The Sweetest Thing

I cannot quit Lauryn Hill. Several days ago, if you had asked me what I might entitle my post-Hill Chicago show blog, I would have said something like “Ex-Factor,” “Lost One,” or “Losing Lauryn.”  Instead, I sit here, after witnessing my first Lauryn Hill show in years, having named this entry after my favorite Lauryn […]

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Beyonce Signs On For “A Star Is Born” Remake, Clint Eastwood In Talks To Direct

Our girl Beyonce is reportedly set to star in yet another musical. And although we’d love it if B showed maybe just little bit more range in her acting roles (Am I the only one that was begrudgingly entertained by Obsessed?), this latest foray onto the big screen might be the role she’s been waiting […]

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