During a recent interview with Baltimore’s 92Q radio show, Lupe Fiasco weighed in on controversial upstart Chicago emcee, Chief Keef.
“Chief Keef scares me. Not him specifically, but just the culture that he represents,” Lupe told Baltimore’s 92Q.
A group of Chicago teens have compiled a series of letters detailing their thoughts on the crime and violence plaguing their hometown.
Entitled “Don’t Shoot, I Want to Grow Up,” the essays were written and then collected by students at the Columbia Links high school journalism and news literacy program at Columbia College. They hope to present the collection to Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Police Chief Gary McCarthy in the coming weeks.
“Don’t Shoot, We Want to Grow Up” offers a vital perspective.
It’s a much-needed window into the thoughts and worries of a population arguably most-impacted by Chicago’s rising tide of violence; it’s youth.
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.
Chicago emcee Lupe Fiasco recently sat down with MTV’s Rap Fix Live with Sway Calloway.
Upon watching his appearance on a 2006 taping of “My Block: Chicago,” Lupe became emotional, shedding tears for friends in the clip who have passed on, and mourning the continued violence that currently plagues the Windy City.
According to the results of a study conducted by the Black AIDS Institute, young Black gay men have a 1 in 4 chance of contracting HIV by the age of 25.
Gay Black men only represent 1 in 500 Americans.
Furthermore, HIV rates amongst black gay men are actually on the rise.
According to a recent study by Stanford University’s Center for Education Policy Analysis, Black and Latino students are underrepresented at highly selective colleges.
The study analyzed race, income, and enrollment patterns at America’s top Universities from 1982-2004.
Even after accounting for income disparities, white students were five times as likely as black students to enroll at a top-tier university, and two-three times as likely to gain admission.
Four people are dead, including a 13 year-old boy, and 29 others are wounded after yet another incredibly bloody weekend in Chicago.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, 13 year-old Tyquan Tyler was shot in the chest after a drive-by shooting.
Another shooting victim was just 14 years-old.
The number of violent incidents that occurred in just three days is breathtaking.
A recent article from NewsOne’s Dr. Boyce Watkins highlights the remarkable story of David Boone, a Cleveland high school student who went from homelessness to acceptance at Harvard University.
When his family was torn apart by conflict with local gang members, Boone couch-surfed, and inevitably lived on the streets. He’d duck into his friend’s house to shower in the morning, do homework in train stations, and desperately withstood pressure to join local gangs.
Boone’s hard work and perseverance paid off in spades; he’s the salutatorian of his high school, and will be attending Harvard University in the fall.
Check out the inspiring story of Fred Dukes, a college-bound Atlanta student who graduated from High School despite being homeless and having no support from family.
Dukes’ mother left Atlanta for a job opportunity in South Carolina. Fred stayed behind, and managed to make it through school with a 24 ACT score and 3.0 GPA. He did so without family support, sleeping in homeless shelters and occasionally a friend’s couch.
Preliminary results from a blockbuster survey of black gay youth, conducted by the National Strategy for Black Gay Youth in America, reveals that 43 percent of black gay youth have thought about or attempted suicide as a result of issues related to their sexual orientation.
Released by Youth Pride Services, the report is the first of three to be released this year.
According to the results, over half of those surveyed fear or have experienced family disownment as a result of coming out of the closet.
Maryland politician Pat McDonough has called on state troopers to patrol Baltimore’s upscale Inner Harbor in order to protect it from dangerous, roving mobs of violent black youth.
Echoing Philadelphia Mayor Nutter’s infamous call for black youth to “pull up your pants and buy a belt” last Summer, McDonough’s statements single out black youth as a source of terror for residents and visitors to Baltimore’s famous tourist attraction, and have caused a firestorm of controversy.
The Baltimore Sun has even called on McDonough to be sanctioned by the Maryland legislature.
Over 100 students at Detroit’s Western International High School have been suspended from school after staging a walkout in protest of what they feel has been a poor educational experience.
In response to the mass suspensions, the students have started their own school – dubbed a “Freedom School” – to attend instead.
According to a scathing report released yesterday by the Justice Department, the Memphis and Shelby County juvenile justice system routinely treats black youth more harshly than their white counterparts.
The report states that black youth are “treated disparately in almost all phases of the juvenile court process;” they are twice as likely to be detained, less likely to receive warnings or leniency, and are more likely to be sent to criminal court and tried as adults. The report also found that black youth received harsher treatment even if their grades or criminal histories were better than their white peers.
According to a recent study by California’s Tobacco-related Disease Research Program, Tobacco advertising targets California’s low-income and African American youth.
The study found that advertisements marketing menthol cigarettes had greater visibility at retailers near predominantly black high schools. In fact, their findings suggest that as the black population of a high school grows, so do the number of advertisements selling menthol and particularly Newport cigarettes in the school’s vicinity. Black students were also more likely to recognize a Newport ad than other races, and low-income neighborhoods reportedly see greater instances of underage tobacco sales.
Obviously, the toll that this is taking on the health of our community, particularly our youth, is unconscionable.
On Monday Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law a bill that would require applicants for welfare to be tested for drugs. Dubbed the Social Responsibility and Accountability Act, the law is set to go into effect on June 1st, and will certainly face challenges from civil liberties groups.
According to Colorlines.com, over two-dozen other states are considering similar laws. Supporters argue that such laws will save taxpayer money and stop abuse of the welfare system. However, much like the supposed threat of “voter fraud” that is allegedly behind the recent spate of discriminatory voter ID laws across the country, there is very little evidence that drug-taking welfare recipients is a widespread problem.
The Black Youth Project examines the attitudes, resources and culture of the young black millennials.