Who will commit juvenile crime?: Florida purchases 'predictive' software to identify at-risk youth

Who will commit juvenile crime?: Florida purchases ‘predictive’ software to identify at-risk youth
Mike Clary, Sun Sentinel, May 16, 2010

Is it possible to identify young offenders most likely to commit a crime in the future, and then intervene to stop it?

Yes, answer officials at the state Department of Juvenile Justice in touting a new system of “predictive analytics” that would steer at-risk juveniles to specific treatment programs designed to keep them from becoming adult criminals.

But the state’s purchase of the $15,000 software package from IBM has alarmed some juvenile-justice experts who fear the program could unfairly label individuals and target minorities. (Read the full article)

May 10, 2010 – May 16, 2010

Champions of youth march for future
T. Scott Boatright, Rustin Daily, May 16, 2010

Twitter is especially popular among blacks
Eric Frazier, Charlotte Observer, May 15, 2010

Urban Youth Violence
New York Times, May 14, 2010

Grant to offer at-risk youth alternative to gangs
Sabra Stafford, The Turlock Journal, May 14, 2010

Black youth are painted into a corner
John Sewell, Metro News, May 14, 2010

Push for youth jobs bill
Dorothy Rowley, The Charlotte Post, May 13, 2010

Hip-hop holds African-Americans back, author says
Angela Woodall, Oakland Tribune | May 12, 2010

Black heritage camp offers strong artistic experience
Kate White, WV Gazette, May 11, 2010

Youth violence – call to act
Sophie Perri, Southern Times, May 11, 2010

Houston teacher fired for beating student in class
Associated Press, May 11, 2010

One more youth program in Congress Heights just too much for neighbors
Christy Goodman, Washington Post, May 10, 2010

Black-Kids-Only Field Trip In Ann Arbor
Amy Alkon, MN Daily, May 10, 2010

Student Group Disbanded After Blacks-Only Field Trip
Jana Winter, Fox News, May 10, 2010

School Test Score Gap Is Slowly Closing
Marilyn Lehren, Maplewood Patch, May 10, 2010

Wise choices: Area mentoring programs give young people direction
Tina Hinz, WCF Courier, May 10, 2010

Police target youth crime in Cairns
Ben Blomfield, The Cairns Post, May 10, 2010

The Dark Side of Hookups, “Friends With Benefits” and F— Buddies
Black AIDS Institute, May 10, 2010

Razing Arizona

I guess I have to start protesting Arizona, née Mexico, which sucks because I’m totally not into marching, making colorful signs, or shouting rhymes in unison with a bunch of people.  I suppose, then, that I have to resort to other means of expressing my disapproval.  At first I thought I’d boycott  U.S. Airways, an Arizona-based airline, but then I remembered that my ma’s part-time job is with them.  Besides, if I aim to show up at my sister’s broom jumping events in North Carolina next month, I’m going to need Brenda’s buddy pass hook-up.  So then I thought I’d stop drinking Arizona iced tea,  until I recalled that several years ago I wrote Arizona a letter about the plantation imagery on their sweet tea cans.  Despite the eloquence of my letter they never sent me any free tea.  I only drink water now, anyway, and a wiki search reveals that Arizona brand tea isn’t even made in Arizona, née Mexico.  (New York City!)  Of course, I could root against Los Suns during the NBA Western Conference Finals, but doing so would mean that I would cheer for the Lakers.  But frankly, who’s willing to implicitly support Kobe Bean Bryant in an effort to express one’s solidarity with a bunch of immigrants one doesn’t even know?   I know.  What a totally crazy idea.

Deftones' "Diamond Eyes"

Sacramento, California alt-metal pioneers Deftones were all set to release their 5th album, Eros, last year; but then disaster struck. After a tragic accident left bassist and founding member Chi Cheng in a coma, the band chose to scrap that album out of respect for their fallen comrade, and began work on a brand new album. Their 6th album, entitled Diamond Eyes, is therefore a musical statement born out of tragedy and loss, and its near-perfect execution stands as a testament to the artistic excellence that has marked damn-near every Deftones release since their 1995 debut album, Adrenaline.

Diamond Eyes is not to be missed.

Worried about Bottles of Water, while People Wade through Floods: What about Nashville?

“Our visions begin with our desires.” –Audre Lorde

For the last three weeks I’ve literally sat on pins and needles worried about my family/friends in Nashville. I’ve clicked channel after channel hoping for a news update about the widespread flooding in the city. Each time I went searching for news I was bombarded by corporate oil spills and possible terrorist attacks. For days ABC, CNN, NBC, CBS, and the like chose to feature news stories that provide epic material for future Hollywood blockbuster movies. But, the question is: what about the flooding in Nashville? What about the hundreds of people who have lost their homes and cherished photos? What about the people who have to start, yet again, building a life for themselves and their families? Do their stories matter?

Honestly, I do not mean to romanticize this tragedy, but I am utterly upset at the lack of sustained news coverage. You would think that the national media would actually do its job and report “national” news, but, of course, these stories are not sexy. They do not solicit a type of entertainment consumption that we have grown accustomed to consuming. They don’t show naked brown and black bodies gyrating to the rhymes of hip hop. They don’t show Steven King’s gore. They are not about sex, conspiracy, espionage, lies, and betrayals. Simply, they involve everyday people who are casualties of Nature a force that does not discriminate in its wondrous and disastrous workings unless it’s assisted by the Word Bank’s debt loan program then it does specifically target individual countries like Haiti and Indonesia.

Hip-hop holds African-Americans back, author says

Hip-hop holds African-Americans back, author says
Angela Woodall, Oakland Tribune | May 12, 2010

A group of teenagers armed with little more than an attitude and some turntables created a rebellion 30 years ago in the Bronx. The fire spread across the globe, from Beirut to Beijing, where youths use hip-hop to rap about being denied freedom, power and a voice.

Back at home, the lingua franca of the counterculture has become the language of vapid commercialism and empty values, according to author Thomas Chatterton Williams.

The argument he makes in his book, “Losing My Cool: How a Father’s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture,” is not about high culture versus low culture. Neither is the book — Williams’ first — a thinly disguised attempt to make money by offering lurid details about hip-hop’s royalty.

The stakes are too high for that, especially for African-Americans, said Williams by telephone during a national book tour that touches down Friday at the Book Passage in Corte Madera.

The stakes are higher, he said, because racism and now hip-hop have limited what it means to be black by insisting on one measure: street culture as embodied by Biggie Smalls and Jay-Z. (Read the full article)

Gays in Hip-hop? No Homo!

“If I’m in yo city, I’m signing them tig-o-bitties.” –Nicki Minaj, 2010

When Kanye called for a sort of moratorium on gay-bashing he was simply talking about blatant disregard (i.e. calling a man a “bitch” or a “faggot.”) What he wasn’t doing is starting a revolution in hip hop to love thy neighbor as his faith (Christianity) and his Jesus piece would suggest. He was simply making room for pink polos, skinny jeans, and auto-tune. Besides, few people are swayed to love or defend homosexuals because of some deep inner calling to basic human rights. Instead, they are often, as was Kanye West, pulled by shame or after someone near and dear to them comes out–someone they find truly necessary to their lives. In Kanye’s case, I would argue it was his stylist and not his cousin. Well guess what? MLK needed Bayard. What else is new? Which is why hip hop’s brand of back door gays deserves no applause. Been there, done that.

I am a person who deals well with contradiction (black nationalists typically hate black people; feminists often love Biggie Smalls). But hip hop is not a vehicle for gay rights and never will be. If there is little room for an R&B fag (RIP Luther) then there is definitely no place for a mainstream homosexual artist (I’m talking top 40). No disrespect Deep Dick Collective. While we as an audience may be able to expand our minds to what a straight male rapper can talk about and look like (i.e. Kanye West) there will never be a gay male rapper spitting “give me that bobby” and certainly not an audience singing along. It. Will. Not. Happen. I say this because recently a very sexual Nicki Minaj proclaimed in a recent Details