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Should rap lyrics be used as evidence in court?

Based largely on a rap he wrote, and accounts of two witnesses given years after the shooting, rapper Antwain Steward was arrested and charged with double murder. Critics contend rap is a musical art form that should not be taken as evidence of criminal behavior. But some prosecutors say...
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Education

How Art Can Change Society, with Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis describes how photography and music are often the catalyst for radical societal change. Lewis is a curator and historian based in New York. She is the author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard...
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Africa

Want to change Africa? Let’s do it ourselves!

video: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (CNN) – As the old adage goes, “If you want it done right, do it yourself” — and for social activist Rakesh Rajani, those words have become an ethos to live by. He tells CNN: “My dream is that when people wake up in the morning, whether...
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Africa

World Economic Forum on Africa

Video: With almost 200 million people aged between 15 and 24, Africa has the youngest population in the world. How is Africa’s young generation shaping its future and the future of the continent? Will African Americans see the opportunities in Africa before it’s to late? Speakers: Bineta Diop, Kola Karim, Ashish J. Thakkar, Esi...
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Andy Warhol’s Race Riot, 1964

Video: Andy Warhol’s Race Riot, 1964, is a powerful statement on the historical oppression of African-Americans. On this 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, it remains as compelling and relevant as ever.
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Education

Hip hop, grit, and academic success: Bettina Love at TEDxUGA

This impassioned talk explains how students who identify with Hip Hop culture have been ignored or deemed deficient in schools because of mainstream misconceptions associated with Hip Hop culture. Through Hip Hop, these students embody the characteristics of grit, social and emotional intelligence, and the act improvisation- all of...
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The African American Philosophers

Video: A general introduction to the African American writers and philosophers. “Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half-truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, so...
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African-American Music Museum to Be Built in Nashville

Rolling Stone By Kory Grow April 9, 2014 9:05 AM ET A museum honoring the musical and cultural contributions of artists from Otis Redding to Marvin Gaye is set to be built in Nashville. The planned National Museum of African American Music will also honor black musicians who were...
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How to Think Like a Digital Disruptor

Video: James McQuivey, VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, defines a digital disruptor as someone who knows how to use digital tools to do things better, faster or cheaper than before. Digital, he explains, reduces the barriers to entry in the publishing world, which allows anyone to be...
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Education

Turn Around is Possible

Video: Four years ago, Fenger High School was in the news for low test scores, high dropout rates and notorious violence. Enter Principal Elizabeth Dozier. Thanks to her leadership and a government grant, Fenger’s dropout rate is now down by 50 percent and graduation rates are up by 30...
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‘Brilliant Bus’ shrinking digital divide

Video: Estella’s Brilliant Bus, formerly known as Project Aspiration, is a customized mobile learning center, designed to travel to communities and deliver services to children and families throughout the state of Florida, nation and world. In order to make the vision become a reality, Estella Pyfrom invested a large sum...
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Why Do People Stereotype Black Men? Ask Your Brain.

Video: “We create stereotypes, quick references, to help us navigate the world,” she says. “One of those stereotypes is that we equate black men with fear.” Once you identify your own racial preconceptions, Johnson says, “you can give yourself different guidance in how you want to treat the conversation, by...
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Education

Infinite Possibility: Shaka Senghor at TEDxYouth

Video: After 19 years in prison, Shaka Senghor overcomes incredible odds and illuminates the power of hope, education and determination to create your own future. Shaka Senghor was recently selected as an MIT Media Lab Fellow and is the recipient of the Knight Foundation’s 2012 BMe (Black Male Engagement) Leadership...
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Arts

The Hip-Hop Fellow at Harvard University

The Hip-Hop Fellow is a 78 minute documentary (view video trailer) following Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder’s tenure at Harvard University as he teaches ‘The Standards of Hip-Hop’ course, conducts research for his thesis and explores hip-hop’s history, culture and role in academia. The film centers on the...
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Tech

GOODBYE NET NEUTRALITY, HELLO GILDED AGE INTERNET

Video animation explains net neutrality. Did you hear about the recent federal appeals court ruling that shot down the terribly-named “net neutrality?”  Before the court ruling, Internet service providers had to treat all content going through their pipes equally, just like conversations are treated going through a phone line.  That is “net neutrality.”...
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Education

I, Too, Am Harvard

Video- A photo campaign highlighting the faces and voices of black students at Harvard College. Our voices often go unheard on this campus, our experiences are devalued, our presence is questioned– this project is our way of speaking back, of claiming this campus, of standing up to say: We...
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Why American Africans need to focus on Digital Media

Information presented by NBCUniversal is why American Africans need to get more involved in making content for Digital Media. Technology has opened up a vast new world of opportunity, productivity, creativity and entertainment to most of us. It’s impacting virtually everything we do. If we embrace it, we can...
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Africa

UN Report: Dubai is the leading Buyer of Conflict Gold

Video-United Nations documents have revealed concerns that Dubai is the main destination for millions of dollars of conflict gold leaving the Democratic Republic of Congo. An investigation found the illegal gold was being reused and re-sold around the world. Published on Mar 1, 2014- CCTV Africa
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VOTER EXPANSION PROJECT

Video-President Bill Clinton on the fight to protect and expand the right to vote. Voting is one of the most fundamental rights in our democracy. That’s why we American Africans need understand this campaign launching the Voter Expansion Project. We need to expand the vote, because it’s not enough...
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Africa

Children hard hit by South Sudan fighting

Why is this crisis not in the news? The United Nations has declared the South Sudan crisis a level 3 emergency which put the response on par with Syria as more than 800,000 people have been displaced, 3.2 million are in immediate need of food since the fighting that...
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Africa

Trapped miners being freed from South African mine

(CNN) – Rescuers are gradually freeing more and more miners Sunday who have been trapped in a mine in South Africa since Saturday. The mine is an abandoned gold mine in Benoni, just outside Johannesburg, and it was being worked illegally. Boulders blocking the miners from exiting the mine have...
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Perception of the African American males

African Americans males are considered dangerous based on a false identity, misconceptions, and misinformation that are available in the media; this includes but is not limited to rap music, news, and TV shows. This misconception can be traced as far back as slavery. The perception of blacks’ males as...
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Entertainment

THE NEW PUBLIC-INTEREST JOURNALISM

While American Africans are still trying to break down the barriers of traditional media, a whole new approach to media and information is being created. We have more than enough people within our community to take advantage of this new world if we just begin to pursue it. The...
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Arts

The Because of Them, We Can campaign

The Because of Them, We Can campaign was birthed out of my desire to share our rich history and promising future through images that would refute stereotypes and build the esteem of our children. While I originally intended to publish the campaign photos, via social media, during Black History...
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Africa

The Real Africa: Fight the Stereotype

“The Real Africa: Fight the Stereotype,” the social media initiative aims to educate and raise awareness about the common stereotypes surrounding Africa and its people — misunderstandings like Africa being a homogenous entity rather than a diverse continent of more than 50 countries. The campaign features striking images of the members...
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Entertainment

Bloody Sunday

Posted in honor of Black History Month. Bloody Sunday | TV-14 On March 7, 1965 around 600 people crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in an attempt to begin the Selma to Montgomery march. State troopers violently attacked the peaceful demonstrators in an attempt to stop the march for voting...
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Education

Emmett Till

Posted in honor of Black History Month. Emmett Till – Legacy | TV-14 On August 24, 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till reportedly flirted with a white cashier in Money, Mississippi. Four days later, two white men tortured and murdered Till. His murder galvanized the emerging Civil Rights Movement.
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Vice News

Technology is creating a new world that American Africans need to explore. Maybe we can get some ideas from Vice. VICE NEWS is an international news channel created by and for a connected generation. Our documentaries and original news series bring you an unvarnished look at some of the...
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Martin Luther King Jr. – Call to Activism

Posted in honor of Black History Month. Martin Luther King Jr. – Call to Activism | TV-14. On the night of January 27, 1956, when he was just 27 years old, Martin Luther King Jr. received a threatening phone call that would cause his life to change forever.
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Entertainment

Miles Davis – Mini Biography

Posted in honor of Black History Month. Nine-time Grammy Award winner Miles Davis was a major force in the jazz world, as both a trumpet player and a bandleader. He is considered one of the top musicians of his era.
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Entertainment

NBCUniversal News Group invests in video start-up NowThis News

If you want to know where “The Kabluwee Report” is going read the following information. The NBCUniversal News Group said Sunday Jan. 12, 2014 that it has taken a minority stake in social video start-up NowThis News. The two companies will work together out of New York to produce original videos for...
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Africa

Increasing Job Opportunities for Young People in Africa

 Africa is the world’s “youngest” region, with more than half its population under the age of 25. Eleven million youth are expected to enter Africa’s labor market every year for the next decade. #whatwillittake to raise their earning potential? Listen to young people from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Niger describe...
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Education

Minority kids disproportionately impacted by zero-tolerance laws

The two federal agencies tasked with investigating such matters agree. “In our investigations, we have found cases where African-American students were disciplined more harshly and more frequently because of their race than similarly situated white students,” the Justice and Education departments wrote in a recent letter to the nation’s...
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This Is What It’s Like to Be a Black Female NFL Agent

I’m a 5-foot-4, 130-pound woman who loves her stilettos and pastel suits—especially pink ones. What do I know about football? A lot. As a longtime NFL agent and entertainment attorney, I’m as savvy as many of the 250-pounders on the field. And from my first Miami Dolphins game at...
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