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Did School Integration Fail Black Children?

Did School Integration Fail Black Children?
Back-to-school is just around the corner and 60 years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision, many children will be returning to “resegregated” schools. The anniversary year has prompted much investigation and analysis, most pointing toward waning enforcement of integration orders. But what if integration itself is part of the problem?
 
As a young girl in Bainbridge, Ga., I attended segregated schools two years before the 1954 Brown ruling and six years after. My teachers and school administrators lived in our neighborhood and knew my parents. These educators had high expectations for us and were daily role models and cheerleaders for our success. I had a rich, balanced educational experience rooted in strong cultural awareness.

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Blow it up! Dismal results for Shelby Democrats warrant ‘New Deal’ for African Americans

Blow it up! Dismal results for Shelby Democrats warrant ‘New Deal’ for African Americans
Following the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, which included the Black Cabinet, opened the door for African Americans to participate widely in policy change and government. More importantly, it led to wholesale defections from the Republican Party into the Democratic Party. 
 
Subsequent Democratic Party leaders – from the Kennedys to Lyndon Johnson – supported and signed civil rights legislation and solidified the loyalty of African Americans by and large to the Democratic Party.  

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  • Written by Bernal E Smith II

Natural ways to prevent yourself from contracting Ebola

Natural ways to prevent yourself from contracting Ebola
Every time you click on a news site these days, you are sure to see a headline or two with something about Ebola. While Ebola hasn’t actually been contracted by anyone currently living in the US, it is currently residing in our country.
 
Two American doctors who were working closely with people in need sadly contracted the disease and were brought home to the US for treatment.

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  • Written by theGrio

Black kids don’t have to be college-bound for their deaths to be tragic

Black kids don’t have to be college-bound for their deaths to be tragic
Another unarmed black boy has been shot down by police. Absorbing the ongoing news of the investigation Monday morning, I listened to eyewitness interviews and looked on as the media flashed pictures of Michael Brown, the 18 year old gunned down by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer over the weekend.
 
The repeated refrain in so many of the accounts is, "Brown was supposed to start college on Monday." In the photos accompanying stories from outlets more sympathetic to his plight, he's often pictured in a high school graduation cap and gown. Social media posts use his planned next steps to underscore the tragedy of his life cut short. His educational status even makes its way into headlines, sometimes to the exclusion of his age, his name or the word "unarmed":

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Low African-American employment in hi tech Silicon Valley

Low African-American employment in hi tech Silicon Valley
The nation’s digital technology and social media companies are helping to transform how people throughout the world communicate and do business.  In the process, Silicon Valley has become more than a geographical headquarter for digital and social media companies. It’s where cutting edge technological research is being conducted.
 
There are, however, some glaring contradictions and serious disparity issues involving some of the most financially profitable social media companies in the world.  They are the issues of economic inequality and inequity.  The companies lead the world in technology but ranks at the bottom when it comes to workforce inclusiveness and overall economic fairness toward African Americans and Latino Americans.

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Cuts to Section 8 will increase homelessness in Memphis

Cuts to Section 8 will increase homelessness in Memphis
Homelessness is a major issue in the City of Memphis. According to a 2013 report by the Community Alliance for The Homeless, homelessness has decreased by 13 percent between 2012 and 2013. However, one does not have to look high and low to observe the faces of countless men, women, and yes, even children who won’t have a safe place to sleep tonight.
 
Obviously, there are many factors that contribute to homelessness. The greatest contributor to what has become a national epidemic in the United States is an appalling lack of affordable housing. Rents today are higher than ever, forcing families and individuals to tighten their belts on other basic necessities such as food, transportation, child care, and medical costs.

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These fire and fainting challenges are stupid and dangerous

These fire and fainting challenges are stupid and dangerous
A teenage boy stands in the shower wearing shorts and douses himself in acetone (nail polish remover). He lights a match and throws it on himself. When he catches fire, he runs around the house in pain until he ends up back in the shower and his friends put the flame out.
 
This is called the “fire challenge,” and it is the new THING that teenagers are doing across the country.

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