MSNBC | June 15, 2010
An onlooker with a cell phone taped the scene as a cop punched a 17-year-old girl he was attempting to arrest for jaywalking.
It’s summertime, but the living ain’t easy
Carol Marin, Sun-Times, June 13, 2010
Tough parenting is the key to stopping violence
Rose Russell, Toledo Blade, June 12, 2010
Getting youth motivated goal of youth program
Robert Lee Long, Desoto Times, June 11, 2010
Black youths get message early on
Aida Paull Pierrefonds, The Gazette, June 11, 2010
Boston teens gather to address youth violence
Tom Menino, NECN, June 9, 2010
Startling sociological findings about violence and Boston’s inner-city youth
David S. Bernstein, The Phoenix, June 9, 2010
Surveyed adults think economy causing youth violence
TaRhonda Thomas, Colorado 9 News, June 9, 2010
Student suspended for racial taunts
Aiyana Baida, Highlands Today, June 8, 2010
St. Paul works to reduce racial disparities in juvenile justice
Deb Pleasants, TC DAILY PLANET, June 8, 2010
Cali program tries to halt youth gang violence
Kirsten Begg, Columbia Reports, June 8, 2010
Rally to Save Youth Jobs — This Is It!
Staff Writer, Open Media Boston, June 8, 2010
Pragmatism also plays a part in exodus of black students, leaders from Dallas ISD
Jacquielynn Floyd, The Dallas Morning News, June 8, 2010
Youth learn about media and its impact on stereotypes
Staff Writer, The South Los Angeles Report, June 8, 2010
Survey suggests more teens using n-word, perceptions mixed
Jerry Mitchell, Clarion Ledger, June 7, 2010
Lack of pride in black youth
Rawles Pacquette, Dominican News, June 7, 2010
Tech organization works to mentor Lubbock’s youth
Merideth Murphey, Daily Toreador, June 7, 2010
Apartheid was a legalized, oppressive system of segregation in South Africa that lasted until just before Nelson Mandela became the first black president of the nation in 1994. Since the end of Apartheid, the racial segregation that existed before (though it was certainly not gone) was replaced by a predominant economic segregation. Since the fall of Apartheid, the income of whites has gone up 24%, while the non-white income has dropped 1%. In addition to the white-favoring distribution of wealth, a black middle class that is isolated from poor blacks in the townships has developed in South Africa as well.
If you took all the shrimp from Bubba’s shrimp farm, sausage from Oscar meyer’s factory, vegetables from Whole Foods produce section, and fat back special seasoning you woud have world class gumbo, and probably some serious indigestion. Although you may be hooked on Tums for the next 24 hours, you would probably feel like your gluttonous indulgence was worth it. Well, it seems like even in 2010 many Americans cannot digest the thought of living in a real melting pot. I’m not talking about an assimilatory melting pot, but a pot that doesn’t dilute any one ingredient’s flavor, but allows it to complement the others. Enough with the food analogies (I’m salivating as I type) let me cut to the chase, the United States of America has yet to reach the point where we can claim to be a religiously tolerant nation (or racially, ethnically, sexually, etc.). But for the purpose of this post I’ll focus on religion. Case in point, South Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley or should I say Nimrata Randhwa Haley.
It is no secret that “minorities” have had a long way to go in politics, but what about religious minorities? Almost four years ago when Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison decided to take his oath of office on a Quran rather than the Bible, he drew a lot condemnation. He assuaged some of the dissidents when he chose to use the two volume Quran published in London in 1764 that Thomas Jefferson once owned. Yet, some folks were still infuriated. In an article written by columnist Dennis Prager, he said that Ellison was trying to undermine American civilization.
Remember a couple months ago when I both asked and answered the question “What The F&%^$ Happened” to Lauryn Hill?
Well, in case you didn’t get around to reading that article, I’ll briefly recap. Lauryn Hill rose to superstardom after the one-two punch of The Fugees’ The Score and her seminal solo debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. However, shady friends and the incredible pressure and stress that come with fame and the music industry basically broke Ms. Hill in half, leading to a painfully emotional and bizarre (but actually good) Unplugged collection, a slew of disastrous concerts and public appearances, and then silence. Lauryn Hill seemed to have disappeared from the public eye forever…
I am very excited about the première of the third season of True Blood—dashing Bill, virginal Sookie, stereotypical of black women Terra, sinisterly charming Eric, and rogue-like Jason Stackhouse. To say the least, I am a fan, but not a cult-like fan. I would never attend a True Blood movie première dressed as a Vampire, a Hobbit (i.e. Lorde of the Rings), a boy wizard (i.e. Harry Potter), or as an Upper East Side fashionistas (i.e. Sex and the City). That’s not me.
I’m just a regular-ole-everyday kind of fan who wanted to invite her regular-ole-everyday black friends to her modestly small apartment to watch the third season première of True Blood. In my mind, it was a simple request. But, the response from my dear “tried and true” black friends was, “Black people don’t watch True Blood.” What? What do you mean black people don’t watch True Blood? The sheer numbers of weekly viewers alone attest to the fact that there must be a percentage of black people watching the show. Perhaps, the type of fandom black people display is more low key then die heart Twilight fans. Perhaps, we do not join online groups and play fantasy football version of True Blood’s picks.
Teens Face Worst Summer Job Market in 41 Years
Joseph Pisani, CNBC, June 8, 2010
The kickoff to the summer job season is not looking so hot for teens.
Young Americans are expected to face a tough summer job market.
Employment among 16-to 19-year olds in May grew by just 6,000, the smallest increase since 1969, when teen jobs fell by 14,000, according to government data analyzed by employment firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. In May 2008 and 2009, teen employment grew by over 110,000.
“It’s certainly a preliminary strong indication that it’s going to be a tough job market for teens,” said John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
Jobs traditionally given to teens are apparently going to older workers who are willing to take low paying job to make ends meet. Employment among 20- to 24-year-olds grew by 270,000 in May, an unusual spike, considering that employment in the same age group fell by 261,000 in May 2009.
“Also impacting the job market for young adults are the large number of older adults who are willing to accept even a temporary, seasonal position simply to generate some income,” said Steven Rothberg, chief executive officer of CollegeRecruiter.com, an online entry-level job-posting site. (Read the full article)
When I turn 89, I’m going to tell everyone to kiss my ass. By then I would have done my share of sucking up and can finally either ask for it in return or just simply say “fuck off”. Whatever comes out of my mouth will certainly not be followed by an apology. Which is why it is beyond me why Helen Thomas, who clearly has a strong, developed viewpoint would go back on such rich commentary. Why in the world where everyone from Obama to Starbucks is on Israel’s dick would an old white lady like Helen Thomas renege? In my view, she should have made the point and stood her ground! But she apologized and so the world is left with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Gee, thanks Helen. Two people would have been better than one.
I would like to know what alternate universe Slim Thug is currently smoking in where it’s okay for him to comment on the state of Black women. That’s all I want to know. This week, the rapper caused a firestorm with a blog that he posted on Vibe.com that basically says Black women should lower their standards and be “down for their man more”. This coming from a man who cheated on his Black woman, had a baby by another woman, causing the demise of their relationship. Maybe if she had been more down for him, they’d still be together…
I still struggle with the idea of privilege. I grew up in an area where the school system just recently got taken over by the federal government, there was a crackhouse right across the street from my home, and at least 8 boarded up house on my block. I would call these the manifestations of poverty, but now I don’t know what to call myself. After two years at an Ivy+ school I have not come to terms with the privilege that I am receiving at this school. The separation that I now must struggle with as my chances have now skyrocketed and I am almost assured to enter into the middle class life after I finish my education. But most of all, I struggle with the idea of where I will fall between the tensions of middle class and lower class life. How I will transition between what Professor William Julius Wilson calls the truly disadvantaged and life after I leave school.
White House Meeting on Black Men and HIV
Gregorio Millett, White House Office of National AIDS Policy, June 4, 2010
The toll of the HIV epidemic among Black men in the United States is staggering. CDC estimates that 1 in 16 Black men will become infected with HIV in their lifetime. An estimated two-thirds of people living with HIV/AIDS in the Black community are men, and Black men in some U.S. cities have HIV rates as high as heavily impacted countries in Africa. According to CDC, Black gay and bisexual men are the most heavily impacted population in the Black community. One study in five major U.S. cities found that as many as half of all Black gay men in these communities were living with HIV. Although not as heavily impacted, Black heterosexual men are also at high risk for HIV infection through heterosexual sex and injection drug use.
On June 2, 2010, The Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) convened a meeting at the White House on Black Men and HIV (watch here). The meeting included black men living with HIV, experts on HIV/AIDS, Federal, State, and local policymakers, community-based service providers, representatives from foundations, and leaders from across the black community’s civil rights and faith organizations. The purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness about the domestic HIV epidemic among Black men, discuss government and community responses to the epidemic, and promote a conversation among diverse elements of the Black community. The meeting is part of a series of discussions that have been hosted by ONAP over the past year. Past meetings have focused on HIV among women, youth, and other topics. (Read the full article)
The Black Youth Project examines the attitudes, resources and culture of the young black millennials.