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NYC Public Library System Drops $300M on Midtown Branch, While Harlem Library is Outrageously Underfunded

While the New York Public Library system intends to invest $300 million in renovations for its flagship 5th Avenue facility, Harlem’s Macomb’s Bridge library is housed in a converted studio apartment, and boasts 14 chairs, 10 laptops, and 61 shelves of books. Only 25 people can occupy the space at one time. Couldn’t some of that $300 million go to NYC’s underfunded libraries, like the one in Harlem?

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Congressional Black Caucus Holds Emergency Summit on Chicago Violence

The Congressional Black Caucus held an emergency summit on Chicago’s gun violence crisis last Friday.

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Kanye West and Rhymefest Team Up for Free Music Writing Program for Chicago Youth

Chicago’s own Rhymefest and Kanye West are using their skills and resources to bring a free music writing program to youth on the South Side of Chicago.

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11-Year Old Dovonta Andrews Is Shot While Shielding 5-Year Old Friend from Bullet

11-year old Dovonta Andrews is in the hospital recovering from a bullet wound he sustained after shielding his 5-year old friend with his body.

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Trayvon Martin’s Brother Lands Internship w/ Florida Congresswoman

Amidst the sorrow that has befallen Trayvon Martin’s loved ones, its great to report on some happy news for the family. Jahvaris Martin – Trayvon’s brother – has landed an internship at the office of Florida Representative Frederica Wilson.

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Wild Thing

20-year old AJ Thomas reflects on black womanhood, and her commitment to the struggle: “I am no longer a slave to my fears, to others opinions and perceptions of me, to stereotypes, to any negativity. I am an advocate. I am a Black woman and I WILL make a difference. I declare that today I woke up as a wild thing – as a Black woman in all of her glory, with love for herself and love for her people.”

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Moving Beyond November Together

Cedric Lawson will be participating in the Beyond November Movement Convening, BYP’s inaugural convening of 100 Black youth leaders from across the country. He shares his hopes for the convening: More than anything, I want to become part of a deeper network of progressive African Americans who are working toward leveraging our individual and collective power to win real concrete improvements in the lives of young black people – including our own lives.

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New Program Allows Public to Send Chicago Police Crime Tips Via Text and Twitter

The Chicago Police Department has initiated a new program asking the public to send them crime tips via twitter and text messaging. Citizens can even call 911 and tell the dispatcher they have a photo they’d like to send. They’ll be sent a text message, and can reply with the photo.

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Rhymes and Reasons Interviews Eve Ewing About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed Her Life

Rhymes and Reasons interviews Eve Ewing about the Hip Hop songs that changed her life: A Tribe Called Quest’s “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo,” M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes,” and Serengeti’s “Day by Day.”

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Hadiya Pendleton’s Parents Discuss Chicago Gun Violence Crisis

The parents of the late Hadiya Pendleton sat down with HuffPost Live to discuss the gun violence crisis in Chicago: “Many of us walk around in a bubble like if we do what we’re supposed to do in terms of rearing our children, and making sure that they’re not part of the problem, that we’re doing enough. And it’s not enough.”

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