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Study: African-American homeownership increasingly less stable, more risky

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While historical barriers that excluded Black America from the homeowner market for decades have crumbled, there are signs that emerging types of racial inequality are making homeownership an increasingly risky investment for African-American home seekers. A new study from sociologists at Rice University and Cornell University found that African-Americans are 45 percent more likely than whites to switch from owning their homes to renting them.
 
The study, “Emerging Forms of Racial Inequality in Homeownership Exit, 1968-2009,” examines racial inequality in transitions out of homeownership over the last four decades. The authors used longitudinal household data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics for the period 1968 to 2009, with a study sample of 6,994 non-Hispanic whites and 3,158 black homeowners.

Hip-hop is changing whether you like it or not

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Every so often in hip-hop we’re introduced to a new kid on the block who happens to be white; this new face gets loads of media mentions and a group of the genre’s fans wild out on the blogs – they usually call themselves “true hip-hop heads.”
 
The latest to get the wrath is Iggy Azalea. Before her, it was Macklemore.
 
Plenty of white rappers have had to deal with the closed-mindedness of a group of hip-hop-goers that can’t get past the prehistoric idea that hip-hop is purely a black experience. This is far from the truth. Over time, the Beastie Boys, 3rd Base, House of Pain, Kid Rock, Eminem and even Vanilla Ice have left their imprints on the culture.

Racial, ethnic look at U.S. public school students

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This year, for the first time, there will be more minority students than white students in the U.S. public school system, according to federal government projections. A look at how the numbers break down for public schools from 2014-19, according to the projections from the National Center for
 
Education Statistics:

White students to no longer be majority at school

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KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. – The cheerful sign outside Jane Cornell's summer school classroom in Pennsylvania's wealthiest county reads "Welcome" and "Bienvenidos" in polished handwriting.
 
Inside, giggling grade-schoolers who mostly come from homes where Spanish is the primary language worked on storytelling with a tale about a crocodile going to the dentist. This poster and classroom at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center are a subtle representation of America's changing school demographics.

Lawyers of Color 2014 Hot List has a Memphis element

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Ahsaki Baptist, an attorney with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, has been named to the Lawyers of Color 2014 Hot List, which recognizes minority attorneys that excel in the legal field.  
 
Lawyers of Color, a Washington D.C.-based media and research group that promotes the causes and contributions of the nation’s minority attorneys, annually selects honorees that excel in the legal field and are involved in initiatives that promote diversity.