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8 Tragedies That Gun Control Couldn’t Have Stopped

8 Tragedies That Gun Control Couldn’t Have Stopped

The ignored gun control conversation: Part 2 (Click here to read Part 1 of this discussion) by: Dr. Samori Swygert We are not addressing the real issue when it comes to gun control legislation.  We are failing to conduct a thorough root-cause analysis of American violence.  Why are so many people growing frustrated, and choosing […]

Teen Killed While Shoveling Snow For Extra Money

Teen Killed While Shoveling Snow For Extra Money

By April Taylor The Chicago Tribune is reporting that a 17 year old high school student, Ronald Hayes, has died.  According to an article published by the website, he was shoveling snow near his house on the Near West Side at the 1300 block of Hastings Avenue when he was shot in the head and […]

Police Worry About Violence After Officers Acquitted In Police Shooting

Police Worry About Violence After Officers Acquitted In Police Shooting

After the shooting by armed police officers in August 2011 of gangster Mark Duggan in Tottenham, London, outraged mobs took to rioting and looting through the streets of the city and elsewhere throughout the country. This week a jury of 10 men and women found that although the 29-year-old senior member of the Tottenham drug […]

Parents in Chicago Tell Clear Channel: Stop Persuading Our Kids to Kill Each Other

Parents in Chicago Tell Clear Channel:  Stop Persuading Our Kids to Kill Each Other

Most hip-hop enthusiasts have been astonished by the way the genre has evolved over the last 20 years.  The music went from telling kids to have fun in the park or engage in activism, to telling them to use drugs all day and blow each other’s brains out. Most psychologists and marketing scholars know that […]

Black Youth Murders in Chicago Being Driven by Mexican Drug Cartels

Black Youth Murders in Chicago Being Driven by Mexican Drug Cartels

The two Mexican couriers were hauling a tractor-trailer full of cash: $3 million collected for drugs sold on the streets of Chicago. Juan Gonzalez and David Zuniga were driving their rig throughIndiana in October 2011, transporting the money to Mexico. As they stopped to fix a flat tire, three members of the Gangster Disciples, Chicago’s biggest street gang, […]

Renaldo Pearson: We Can’t Wait to Address the Sleeping Giant of Mass Incarceration

Renaldo Pearson: We Can’t Wait to Address the Sleeping Giant of Mass Incarceration

The mass incarceration problem is arguably the greatest deterrent to African American progress in the 21st century.  Private prisons are serving to harm entire communities by putting away fathers and mothers for long periods of time.  When their children are not being raised properly, it only worsens the cycle of despair and violence that exists […]

Julianne Malveaux Talks about Trayvon and Gun Violence

Julianne Malveaux Talks about Trayvon and Gun Violence

by Julianne Malveaux Trayvon Martin might not be dead except for the fact that George Zimmerman carried a gun around and acted as a wanna-be policeman.  Rev. Al Sharpton and others deserve props for rallying people and insisting that Zimmerman be brought to trial.  Anytime a gun goes off, I think somebody has to go to trial, […]

‘Memories of Violence’: Monica Beverly Hillz Opens Up About Life Before RuPaul’s Drag Race (VIDEO)

‘Memories of Violence’: Monica Beverly Hillz Opens Up About Life Before RuPaul’s Drag Race (VIDEO)

    In this exclusive interview with SocialScope Productionsfor our new multimedia Web project “Memories of Violence,” which shares the stories of LGBTQ survivors of violence, Monica Beverly Hillz talks about her life before being cast as a contestant on this season ofRuPaul’s Drag Race and coming out on the show as a transgender woman.   Read […]

Lessons: Boston and the Human Spirit

Lessons: Boston and the Human Spirit

    At the Huffington Post, Binta Niambi Brown shares excerpts from her correspondence to friends this week that reveal reasons to rejoice in humanity’s endurance. Some have said this week that we are forever changed — that Boston will never be the same again. Others have countered that saying, we will recover, that we are […]

Words That Make Us Ugly

Words That Make Us Ugly

    Words exceed their structure, their morphology. Words often transcend their semantic and pragmatic content. They become ideas, emotions, revolutions. At times they become perpetrators of violence. Words can be taken lightly, yet their evocative power should never be underestimated. There is a constant debate regarding a class of words largely considered politically incorrect, […]

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