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Do Blacks Really Commit the Most Crimes?

“What demographic commits the most crime?” asked my professor. White people, I thought. I knew the answer, but I was hesitant to speak. I usually am in my political theory classes, choosing instead to absorb the discussion. I also assumed it was such a simple question that I wouldn’t need to answer it aloud because […]

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Understanding Why the Cheerios Ad Hurt Black Women

“De nigger woman is de mule uh de world” -Zora Neale Hurston. Recently, Cheerios released a new ad. It opens with a young biracial girl talking to her white mother about her black father’s health. It closes with the mother confirming that cheerios is indeed good for the heart and the father waking up covered […]

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The Long Road to Higher Education

By: Yasmeen Smalley Minority students in Rochester may be at a disadvantage for high school graduation, according to the 2010-2011 New York State Report Card. Rochester Superintendent Bolgen Vargas ran on a platform of collaboration, communication and raising high school graduation rates. And while high school graduation rates are rising in Rochester, as well as […]

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I’m a Feminist…Hear Me Roar!

I am a feminist, and it’s incredibly unfortunate that the term has such terrible connotations. Yet I won’t pretend for a minute that it wasn’t the feminist movement itself that did it to the term: scrambling the definition with our own confused desires to retain femininity and not have it be synonymous with weakness. However, […]

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Youth News and the Bad News Dilemma

Earlier this year, Talkback4Teens introduced a new segment to our monthly TV show called “Youth News.” We take a few moments out of the episode to talk about- you guessed it: youth news. This usually entails pouring over Facebook, looking through our Twitter accounts, Googling “youth news,” and picking up a paper throughout the month […]

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