Weekly News Round-Up: Aug 1st – August 7th, 2011

Aug 1st – 7th


White supremacist principal running Bronx school with majority black and Latino students
Corinne Lestch, Daily News Writer, 8/1/11


The Racist Scourge
Roger Cohen, The New York Times , 8/1/11


Choosing Between an HBCU And a PWI
Ja’el Gordon, Huffington Post, 8/3/11


Strategic Plan for CHS Aims to Close Achievement Gap, Maintain Excellence
Mary Mann, Maplewood Patch, 8/2/11


No more excuses for black crime
Walter Palmer, Philly News, 8/2/11


The Upsurge of Black Youths in the Greater Toronto Area
Percy Konadu Yiadom, Ghana News, 8/3/11


Benefit numbers up, youth unemployment up – answers needed
Staff Writer, Scoop Independent News, 8/5/11


Black ‘Youth mob’ attacks in Milwaukee brings summer fun to a halt…
Staff Writer, TBM News, 8/6/11


The Politics of Emancipation
Selwyn Ryan, TE Newspaper, 8/7/11


New Orleans public school achievement gap is narrowing
Andrew Vancore , The Times Picayune, 8/7/11


Why Do Black Students Perform Poorly on Standardized Tests?
Britt Middleton, BET, 8/7/11


Is Nicki Minaj In An Abusive Relationship?

These days, it seems like all Nicki Minaj does is win, win, win.

Pink Friday is still selling like hot cakes, “Super Bass” is currently the number 3 song on the Hot 100 chart, and (by most accounts) she nailed her supporting slot on Britney Spears’ massively successful Femme Fatale Tour. Even today, news broke that Nicki has signed on to provide vocals for a character in the upcoming animated flick “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” alongside Jennifer Lopez, Joy Behar and Young Money cohort Drake.

Nicki Minaj is the definition of a rising star right now. And that’s only made the persistent rumors regarding a violent, July 12th confrontation with (alleged) boyfriend Safaree all the more disturbing and distressing.

Nicki has denied repeatedly that any abuse occurred. But a 9-1-1 tape that leaked yesterday tells a very different story.

When Next Season Doesn't Come…


During this lockout, I have purposefully avoided reading, listening or watching anything NBA-related for fear that the truth would hit me hard, and I might actually cry. Despite my best efforts to avoid this, yesterday, I looked at the picture of Kevin Garnett hanging near my desk and I came to a disturbing realization. Say for some strange reason, the NBA and it’s players don’t come to an agreement and this labor disagreement lasts the entire season. Older players, especially those who have suffered from serious injuries, may not return to the court. Ever.
I may have already watched Kevin Garnett play his last game and not even realized it. The NBA lockout and the potential loss of a season is a constant topic of conversation in the office so when I brought up this fact, several of my co-workers hinted that it was time for me to latch my NBA love to the next great player and follow his career. Someone even told me to consider my loved ones, would I rather watch them deteriorate or see them go painlessly?

A Camera Revolution, Eavesdropping Laws & Being Arrested for Recording Police Officers

What if Fred Hampton and the Black Panthers who were murdered by the Chicago police department had the capability of recording the police raid that caused so much controversy in 1969? What if the Rodney King Video was never recorded in 1991? What if someone had been able to record John Burge when he enforced police torture on American citizens for more than a decade? Through videophones we have a grassroots accountability system for police and other forms of government that have traditionally been able to sustain corruption in the dark corners of invisibility.

As we move into the 21st century our society repeatedly finds new innovative ways to use these technological advancements. But there seems to (historically) and consistently be someone in power attempting to restrict and control these modern capabilities.  As we see with Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and a plethora of examples around the world, the camera revolution has been a tool to shine a spotlight on traditionally invisible problems.  However now in Illinois and other states, wire-tapping laws are being used to make it illegal to record police officers.

Take Back Boystown: White vs Right?


Boystown was built and created by gay whites with hard earned money years back…Its sad that Boystown has been taken advantage by these f***ing savage monkeys.
“They also happen to be very noticeably out of place!! So why are they not questioned and asked to leave by the police is amazing! Check their ID and if they don’t live there ask them to enter an establishment or leave!!! …They travel from all over the city to infest ‘Boystown’ with their ghetto mentality and violet [sic] attitude! Watching that video really has sickened me!!! It is what it is, and they were all Black!”
Quotes found on the TAKE BACK BOYSTOWN Facebook page, courtesy of Huffington Post.



Raise The Roof DC Style

The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire, we don’t need no water let that mother f*** burn. There are many things that John Boehner (R-OH) is good at doing: crying, blaming liberals, crying while blaming liberals. One thing he probably can’t do is the dance ‘raise the roof’. I’m not saying Republicans can’t dance. I saw Sarah Palin rap and dance (look out Beyonce). But on a serious note, the reason I’m focusing on this old school dance is because the debt ceiling debate itself is really all about the past. 

Today as the American economy teeters back and forth on the abyss of no return, Republicans seems to be fond of playing kickball off of Mount Everest. Raising the debt limit is really a question of collective accountability. In a democracy, you take responsibility for your government’s decisions, even if you didn’t like them when they were made and you like them even less today. That’s the deal — you don’t get to pick and choose. But in reality the discussion about raising the debt ceiling is all a game of political hackey sack.

Not Even Black Toddlers Are Safe From Media Slander

Yes, the CBS station in Chicago chopped up an interview by a 4 year old to make it look like he was a thug in training, when he really wanted to be a police officer. I guess scary black men are an old hat and now we need a new boogie…um…boy.

Check how the boy’s “reaction” to the violence was characterized as “disturbing” and “Very scary indeed”. This was a planned, orchestrated and intentional act of character assassination on a 4 year old boy.

It’s also interesting that this comes on the heels of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to impose a new curfew for Chicago children under the age of 12.  With the school to prison pipeline in full effect, propaganda like this leads to more black youth being criminalized and brutalized by the police.

Sadly, this also takes away from the very real problem of violence in our communities and how to effectively solve it, without demonizing children for ratings.

WBBM communications director Shawnelle Richie issued this statement:

“We accept responsibility for the mistakes that were made, both in the reporting and editing of the story. The video of the child should not have aired. As soon as news management identified the problem, they took immediate steps to ensure that the video would not air in subsequent newscasts. In addition, we have followed up with our employees to make sure that we all have learned from the mistakes that were made.”

Yeah right

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill's Fans

Last week, Lauryn Hill announced the birth of her sixth child, a son, and then somehow found the strength to perform in LA just days after. Of course, this newest edition to Hill’s family surprised very few, since photographs of her on stage during her Moving Target tour last spring led to speculations that she was pregnant–a rumor she later confirmed. As is the tendency when news of Hill’s personal life emerges, the commoners side-eyed, sighed, smh’d and almost angrily mumbled about Lauryn running game like the Knicks/build[ing us] up only to lose the championship. Would she still appear at Rock the Bells and perform 1998’s axis-altering solo debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill as had been planned? Would we ever hear that follow-up studio album? This latest pregnancy put everything (the fans wanted) in jeopardy.