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Why we need more black female rappers

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I swear, this is not another “I miss Lauryn Hill” article, even though, yes, I do miss her output. “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” (and, to a lesser degree, the “Unplugged” double album) changed my life for the better. But as often as Hill is cited for being the greatest female rapper of all time (I agree) and, in some circles, the greatest rapper, period (I also agree), she wasn’t the only. There were several, and as an ’80s baby, I grew up watching them and sneaking to order their videos off Video Jukebox and playing dumb like I didn’t know where the charges came from when my parents got the bill. 

Right-wing gets it wrong on Mississippi

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If you ever doubted that conservatives were sore losers, the recent Senate election in Mississippi should remove all doubt.
After complaining for a half century about African Americans not voting for Republicans, African Americans did just that in the GOP runoff between incumbent Senator Thad Cochran and State Senator Chris McDaniel, a staunch Tea Party supporter.  And because blacks did not vote for McDaniel against their best interest, rightbwingers are livid.

A trailblazer’s view of ‘Building Atlanta’

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ATLANTA – Atlanta businessman, construction management mogul, philanthropist and now author Herman J. Russellhas released his book, “Building Atlanta: How I Broke through Segregation to Launch a Business Empire.”
 Award-winning broadcast journalist Angela Robinson recently hosted a book signing and interviewed Russell on his life, struggles, and how he broke through segregation to launch his business empire. The interview was serious and at times brought memories that provoked tears and laughter. 

Dallas County accidentally backs reparations

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It was a mistake … but it was well executed.
During a recent meeting of the Dallas County Commissioners Court last week, officials voted on an item called the “Juneteenth Resolution,” in reference to the annual commemoration of the day U.S. soldiers arrived in Texas to free slaves after the end of the Civil War (June 19, 1865). The only African-American commissioner, John Wiley Price, submitted the resolution. The resolution eventually came up for a voice vote and was passed unanimously.
But Price’s resolution addressed more than Juneteenth. Price’s resolution addressed everything from the injustices of slavery to Jim Crow laws to predatory lending practices that African Americans have been subjected to.

Student TCAP scores across Tennessee grew this year but at a slower pace

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The number of students in Tennessee who are meeting academic standards rose for the third year in a row, although at a slightly slower rate, according to the new state-wide data released by the Tennessee Department of Education today (July 1st). Students who took the state’s Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) tests showed small improvements on most tests, which continued the state’s upward trajectory of the past few years.
Some of the biggest gains highlighted were in math, where 19 percent more students scored proficient in Algebra II than in 2011 when the test was first administered. More students in grades 3 to 8 scored proficient than last year, but the pace of that growth has slowed.  Around 100,000 more students across all grade levels are proficient in math in Tennessee than in 2010.