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Lupe Fiasco Releases ‘Jonylah Forever’ (Jonylah Watkins Tribute)

Chicago emcee Lupe Fiasco has released a song dedicated to Jonylah Watkins, the 6 month-old infant gunned down on Chicago’s South Side earlier this week. A wonderful tribute to a life lost FAR too soon. Check out “Jonylah Forever” after the jump…

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Sequestration Will Deepen Racial Inequality in America

Lost in the conversation surrounding sequestration is the disproportionate impact it will have on minorities.Spending cuts to important programs will likely deepen racial inequality in the U.S. Do you think the Obama Administration and Congress will be able to reach an agreement?

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David J. Johns Appointed Exec. Director of Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced the appointment of David J. Johns as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

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Unemployment Rate Falls to 4-Year Low; But Black Unemployment Rate Unchanged

February’s unemployment rate is the lowest since December 2008, but unemployment amongst African Americans did not change and remains very high. What can and should be done to address black unemployment?

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REPORT: Black Students BY FAR the Most Affected by CPS School Closings

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, an astounding 9 out of 10 Chicago Public School students potentially impacted by school closures are African American. Shameful.

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Homeless Woman Sent to Prison for Sending Child to Better School Out of Her District

Tonya McDowell – a 34 year-old homeless woman – has been given prison time for sending her child to a better school out of her district. Should a parent receive jail time for securing a quality education for her child?

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Homeless Man Returns Engagement Ring; Receives $175,000 in Donations!

A woman named Sarah Darling accidentally dropped her engagement ring homeless man Billy Ray Harris’cup. Rather than pawn it, Harris returned it to her. Since then, his actions have gone viral, and supporters have raised $175,000 for him. Amazing.

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STUDY: Youth Incarceration Rates Have Dropped Dramatically

According to a new report, youth incarceration rates have dropped by 41% since its peak in 1995. And because cash-strapped are receptive to alternatives to expensive long-term incarceration, this moment presents an opportunity to solidify lasting change.

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‘This American Life – Harper High School’ Takes Closer Look at Chicago Gun Violence

A recent installment of This American Life takes a closer look at the crisis of gun violence in Chicago’s South and West Sides. following the lives of faculty and students immersed in the systemic obstacles that create and perpetuate the violence that is robbing us of our youth.

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REPORT: Learning Gaps for Black Students Start in 2nd Grade

According to a recent report, Black students display significant learning gaps by the 2nd grade, and they only grow larger with age. If these trends persist, only 1 in 20 black kindergartners will go on to graduate from a 4-year university. What needs to be done to close this gap?

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