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11 compelling hip-hop lyrics that give props to Africa

africanlyrics 600Middle America caught whiff of the tension brewing between the police and low-income black communities in the early 1990s because of the lyrics on N.W.A’s “Straight Outta Compton” album and Public Enemy’s call to “fight the power that be.”
People didn’t need to hear statistics about women entering the workforce in droves because Queen Latifah said so in “Ladies First.” She was no journalist, but she was reporting about a new generation of women who were taking charge at home and work. When Jay Z told folks to “change clothes” and to “throw on a suit [and] get it tapered up,” we knew hip-hop was growing up right before our very eyes.

Wagatwe Wanjuki: How to fail a rape victim

endinggrape 600After reading “Colleges Become the Victims of Progressivism,” where Washington Post columnist, conservative, and consistent curmudgeon George Will argued that there is no campus rape epidemic and that victims of sexual assault are lying, Wagatwe Wanjuki, took to Twitter to chronicle her own rape. While doing so, she revealed that after opening up about being a victim of sexual violence, she was asked to leave her school.
Wanjuki tweeted:
Where's my survivor privilege? Was expelled & have $10,000s of private student loans used to attend school that didn't care I was raped.
11:16 AM - 9 Jun 2014

Traditional parental roles and the grind of change

modernfamily 600A cache of new research from the Pew Center paints a picture of the modern American family – a picture in which the historically rigid roles and responsibilities of moms and dads are meeting in the middle.
But that picture has always been a bit different for African-American moms and dads, and the ways this cultural shift is unfolding reflects those differences.
“As such roles change, African Americans are included too,” says George Garrow Jr., executive director of Concerned Black Men. The nonprofit seeks to uplift children and families by building African-American male role models.

African-American workers stuck in poverty wages

workers 600WASHINGTON – As fast food and retail workers continue to march for higher wages, a new study by the Economic Policy Institute revealed that African Americans are more likely to earn poverty wages than whites.
EPI released the “Raising America’s Pay” study in conjunction with the launch of a new research initiative focused on “broad-based wage growth as the central economic challenge of our time – essential to alleviating inequality, expanding the middle class, reducing poverty, generating shared prosperity, and sustaining economic growth.”
During a panel discussion about the new project, Valerie Wilson, director of EPI’s program on race, ethnicity, and the economy, said that over the last 30 years, wage growth has been far below productivity growth, for a lot of workers, regardless of race, ethnicity or gender.

African-American horror film poised to terrify audiences

thriller 600(PRNewswire) – The film world hasn’t offered viewers an authentic African-American horror movie since the 70’s cult classic Blacula.  However, that is about to change with the entry of a brand new cinematic offering, “Matthew 18.”
Not a spoof, satire or send-up, “Matthew 18” is a chilling film delving into the disparity between logic/science and faith/spirituality/the supernatural.  When the film’s lead character is confronted with horrifying evil, which belief system can save her – the faith-based one traditional in her family, or her own scientific, scholarly one?