They are conducting clinical trials to test a “novel strategy” in which the HIV virus is stripped from human DNA and destroyed permanently by the immune system.
The move would represent a dramatic step forward in the attempt to find a cure for the virus, which causes Aids.
Rhymes & Reasons presents Shannon Matesky.
Hip-hop heads share a special eloquence honed from years of reciting their favorite songs — it makes them fun to talk to. But Shannon Matesky’s in another league.
She’s a poet (watch her on Def Poetry Jam) with the commanding vocal presence of someone beyond her years.
At just 15 years-old, Saheela Ibraheem has been accepted into Harvard University.
And Harvard wasn’t her only option!
Saheela was accepted into 13 other colleges, including the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Brown, and UChicago!
An interesting op-ed ponders when it’s the proper time – and what is the proper way – to discuss race and skin color with young children.
Stacy-Ann Gooden discusses her 2 year-old biracial daughter, who even at such a young age considers herself to be white.
At a hearing earlier today, George Zimmerman officially declared that he will not seek an immunity hearing under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law.
Asked repeatedly by Judge Debrah Nelson if he understood the that he would not be receiving a Stand Your Ground hearing – which would be decided entirely by a judge – Zimmerman responded “After consultation with my counsel, yes, your honor.”
When it comes to the black community and queerness, the common proverb-the more things change, the more they stay the same- provides much truth.
Just yesterday N.B.A. player Jason Collins released his inspiring coming-out story. In this piece, Collins outlined his voyage to self-acceptance, his loving and supportive family and friends and his thoughts on moving forward. Personally, I found his story quite inspirational and moving. Nonetheless, as more and more black public figures come out, I find it disheartening that nothing has really changed for the queer community.
In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, NBA center Jason Collins says he’s the happiest he’s ever been since coming out yesterday.
The new that Collins is gay – delivered through a Sports Illustrated cover story – quickly made headlines across the nation. Everyone from Kobe Bryant, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Spike Lee are just a few of the prominent individuals to express their support.
Collins is now the first openly gay male player on a major U.S. sports team.
An eighth grader was reportedly the victim of racist bullying at Northeast Regional Catholic School in Philadelphia.
According to the young man’s mother, two white students took her son’s notebook and scrawled “a picture of a swastika, the N-word, as well as the words ‘Koolaid,’ ‘watermelon,’ and ‘fried chicken.”
The school says the boys have been suspended for two days and her forced to apologize. And after much prodding from the mother, they were removed from the victim’s class two months later.
And her son is not the only victim of racist bullying at the school.
It is no secret that cities around the country have become war zones with death rates on some days literally comparable to war.
Cities like Chicago have even been nicknamed Chiraq because of all the violence that takes place.
It is important not only to frame this as a social issue, but to also analyze the residual impacts of youth violence, especially when it relates to the overall health of Black Youth.
The family of the late Emmett Till have not forgotten about an offensive Lil Wayne lyric invoking the Civil Rights martyr’s name.
And although the song – Future’s “Karate Chop” remix – has been pulled from airwaves, Wayne has yet to apologize.
So the Till family plans to pressure corporate sponsor Mountain Dew to drop their endorsement deal with the rapper.
MC Lyte was the feature panelist at the Dear Dr. Hip-Hop:Speak, Be Heard, Be Considered event in Dayton Ohio. In the above clip, Hip-Hop author and activist Bakari Kitwana asks MC Lyte about the impact of the Stop the Violence movement, and the iconic song Self Destruction. Later, she goes on to talk about how Hip-Hop once encouraged youth to stay away from drugs, but now rap artists are promoting drug use, and how todays rap is brainwashing our children.
Washington Wizards Center Jason Collins has become the first openly gay player in a major American team sport.
Collins is a 34 year-old veteran of the game; he’s played for 6 teams over the course of 12 seasons.
In a passionately-written op-ed for Sports Illustrated, Collins details his journey to self-acceptance, and his motivation for coming out now.
According to a new analysis, black voters surpassed white voter turnout for the first time ever.
In spite of Republican attempts to suppress minority turnout, black voters actually voted at a higher rate than other groups, including whites.
African Americans outperformed their voter share, representing 13 percent of total votes cast in 2012 while making up 12 percent of the population — despite facing great obstacles to exercising the franchise.
You know what never goes out of style on college campuses? Kegs? Yes.
But also: blackface.
Last last week, news broke that members of the UC Irvine outfit of Lambda Theta Delta corked it up for a music video:
University of Chicago economist Gary Becker recently spoke that The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, addressing what he says it will take to keep “the American Dream” alive.
But one idea raised a few eyebrows: paying parents based on their child’s performance in school.
In doing so, a major barrier to a student’s academic success – a financially-unstable homelife – would be alleviated.