Director Joel Schumacher and Youth Writer Treviny Marie Colon from The Bronx, NY, Talk Scenarios Film "Man In The Mirror"

The Blog


Hillary Clinton, the Lip-Service of the Left, and the Black Lives Ignored

by Ijeoma Oluo

Last Thursday, right-wing blog The Federalist posted a clip of a speech Hillary Clinton had given at a campaign stop that day. The 15-second clip featured Clinton saying: “I mean if we’re honest, for a lot of well-meaning, open-minded white people, the sight of a young Black man in a hoodie still evokes a twinge of fear.” For many black people, this snippet was offensive. It quickly made its way through social media and turned into a full-blown firestorm.

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Protest outside of Waller County Courthouse in Hempstead, TX (Melissa Phillip, AP / Houston Chronicle)

Police Violence Against Black America Feels Like Living in The Hunger Games

by Brianna Garrett

Writing this piece breaks my heart. I’ve tried over and over with different starts and different ideas, trying to look at Sandra Bland’s story from every possible angle, until I realized that her death is not just a story or a cautionary tale. To write this piece, to think about Sandra Bland, what she had to endure during her last minutes and what her family must endure now, breaks me. Reading the countless pieces about it,

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Film News

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MTV’s “White People” Puts White People’s Feelings First, As Usual

by Janee Woods

I admit that my curiosity was piqued by the potential of “White People,” a documentary by Jose Antonio Vargas examining how young Americans experience their whiteness. Having spent my teenage years living in a small town that was 96 percent white, I wondered how today’s young white people perceive their own racial identity because in my experience growing up, my friends didn’t seem to ever consider their whiteness unless it was to assert that they personally were wronged when they believed that a person of color was given an opportunity solely because of race —

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Education Now


The Fight to Bring Better Sex Ed to New Orleans Public Schools

by Desiree Browne

condoms-artWhen your city has the second highest STI rates in the country and a staggering number of unplanned teen pregnancies each year, it’s time to do something. Representative Wesley Bishop (D) is stepping up by fighting for a bill that would require more comprehensive sex ed in New Orleans middle schools and high schools. Currently, city schools teach abstinence until marriage despite overwhelming evidence that that is a very bad idea.

“If the rest of the state wants to stick their head in the sand and doesn’t want to move on it,

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Video Feature of the Week

This week, our Chicago youth are discussing gender roles and gender identity.