Yesterday, Rep. Todd Akin (Mo.) made the internet nearly explode when, in response to a question about why he oposes abortion even in cases of rape during an interview, he said that “legitimate rape” doesn’t result in pregnancy. According to Akin, also the GOP’s senatorial candidate in Missouri, a woman’s body has some sort of magical defenses so that, if she is legitimately sexually assaulted, she does not end up pregnant. The flip side of that argument? If a woman claims that she was raped–and only women are raped, I guess–and tests show that she is pregnant? Well, I suppose she wasn’t raped, then.
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Preserving legacies of black segregated high schools in Lynchburg area
JESSIE POUNDS, The News & Advance, 8/13/12
Summit on black college student leadership set for September
Staff Writer, Salisbury Post, 8/13/12
Black Children in Meridian, Mississippi Sent to Jail for Dress Code Violations
Michael Allen, Opposing Views, 8/14/12
Has Obama Been Good for Black Americans?
Alan Caruba, The ML, 8/15/12
Black, Latino Students Make Up Nearly All School Arrests
Arun Venugopal, WNYC News, 8/15/12
Black youth to get police training in first academy of its kind here
The Cap Times, Bill Novak, 8/16/12
Miss Black USA Pageant Showcases Beauty, Brains, Service
The Washington Informer, Staff Writer, 8/17/12
‘Police Academy’ hopes to improve perception of police among black youths
Wisconsin State Journal, Nico Savidge, 8/18/12
“Those who can do, those who can’t, teach.” –Unknown
I hate this quote.
How is it that teachers are responsible for the training and crafting of all of the world’s professions, yet it is deemed socially inadequate for a talented individual to become a teacher?
It is odd that we live in a country that puts education on such an emblazoned pedestal, but fails to holdits teachers in high esteem. The fact that teachers don’t earn nearly as much as doctors, lawyers, or businessmen absolutely baffles me. Teachers—especially those who work in under-resourced communities—must be masters of both their craft and human personality. They must sit in front of a room of 30 or more individual beings who range from dispassionate and dispossessed to affluent and astute. They must then try to instill knowledge based off standards that are relatively arbitrary and inadequately interesting to the highly stimulated youth of our time. Let’s not talk about the work that takes places outside the classroom. Furthermore, in urban environments, teachers must be more than instructors; they must play the role of both social workers and role models. Teachers need to be able to intervene in difficult situations and help students who might not have any support in their home lives. They need to be the launching point for students’ futures. In short, to be effective, teachers have to be multi-talented, innovative, resilient, and interesting all at the same time.
Yet, many of my peers, admittedly very intelligent and talented young people, refuse to go into teaching because of a nagging feeling that they can’t be just a teacher.
They say this subject is getting old.
I love it when they ask to touch my hair,
they say, it feels like a sheep or wool…
Or when a man lustfully locks his eyes
on a females thighs and says,
girl you just to cute to be a dike,
or when they say, come here,
come here you little sambo, you little coon,
u speak so well while spitting that spoken word.
You’re so articulate and clean
or when they deem my name meaningless,
I stop being Jonathan, and start being their gay friend…
During a debate on the MSNBC show “The Cycle,” journalist Toure asserted that the Romney Campaign was using coded language in order to “niggerize” President Obama.
Toure was referring specfically to Romney’s response to Vice President Joe Biden’s “chains” comment earlier this week; explaining that Romney’s overuse of the term “angry” to describe the Obama Campaign was an attempt to play off of the “angry black man” stereotype.
On August 15, a 19-year-old transgender woman known as Tiffany (nee Donta Gooden) was found murdered in Chicago.
She was stabbed to death.
This is the second murder of a transgender woman in the last four months, both of which occurred on the city’s west side.
Gooden’s body was found just three blocks away from where Paige Clay, another transgender woman, was found dead in April.
Clay, 23, was found shot and killed in an alley in the 4500 block of West Jackson Boulevard in the neighboring West Garfield Park neighborhood.
The two victims had strikingly similar backstories.
The Huffington Post’s HuffPost Live recently assembled a group of journalists and activists to discussing the “crisis-level” crime statistics in Chicago.
Chicago’s murder rate is currently 4 times New York’s and twice as high as Los Angeles.
This truly is a crisis; serious dialogue, analysis, and solutions are desperately needed. Enough is certainly NOT being done.
882 arrests and 1,666 summonses were made; sixty-three percent of the arrests were of black students, and forty-eight percent of summonses were in the Bronx.
The NYPD is clearly disproportionately arresting students of color; these practices wreak havoc on the ability of these young people to succeed academically.
Singer and BYP fave, Janelle Monae has just been named the newest face for the CoverGirl brand:
Responding to mounting pressure from the media and general public, the Jonesboro Police Department has released a reenactment video that they believe proves that it was possible for 21 year-old Chavis Carter to have shot himself in the head while handcuffed in a police cruiser.
The video purportedly shows an officer, similar in size to Cater, being handcuffed and placed into the back of a cop car. He then pulls out a toy gun and places it against his head.
At a campaign stop in Virginia yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden told a crowd (that included hundreds of African Americans) that Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s positions regarding Wall Street would put them “back in chains.”
The remark sparked outrage from the Romney Campaign and the GOP. Biden later claimed he meant to use different words.
“Campaigning in Danville, Va., Biden said the Republican ticket wanted to “unchain Wall Street” by getting rid of regulations Obama signed into law two years ago. Then, to a crowd that included hundreds of black people, he added: ‘They’re going to put y’all back in chains.’
Along with Marvin Gaye and Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone is part of a cohort of black musicians who have biopics in the works that have struggled to actually come to fruition.
Recent rumors had Mary J. Blige to star in a film of Simone’s life.
Now, the gossip is that Zoe Saldana has been tabbed to play Simone in the biopic, Nina:
What it means to know the “male mind” is nothing other than knowing the crux of a structure. It may be that we extract and store knowledge to navigate the rules determined by the social world. Television shows, movies, radio programs encode the idol, the archetypical male.
Check out a clip of Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas appearing on the Jay Leno Show beside First Lady Michelle Obama.
In an adorable moment, the First Lady jokingly scolds Douglas for splurging on an Egg McMuffin after her widely-celebrated win in the Women’s All-Around competition.
“JAY LENO, HOST: You trained your whole life, you win. How did you celebrate? What did you do?
GABBY DOUGLAS: We didn’t have time to celebrate. It was team finals and had to turn the page all-around finals and event finals after that. But, after the competition, I splurged on an Egg McMuffin at McDonald’s.
Some activists say President Obama is simply not doing enough to motivate Blacks to head to the polls.
After widespread excitement and hope within the community at the prospect of an African American president in 2008, many are frustrated and disillusioned by a perceived lack of progress. The unemployment rate in the Black community is sky high.