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A Fiery Reminder That Black Lives Matter From a Hip-Hop Artist Rhyming Behind Bars

Rapper Richie Reseda hasn’t let a 10-year prison sentence stop him from making his message heard.

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An imprisoned hip hop artist currently serving a 10-year sentence in a California state penitentiary released a track decrying the prevalence of state violence against black communities. The song, 28 Hours, by Richie Reseda, was co-released by Black Lives Matter and Los Angeles-based art collective G.R.E.E.D.Y. City last month. With lyrics that reference the deaths of Renisha McBride, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and others, the song represents a passionate, politically charged condemnation of police violence and mass incarceration.

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Teenage Syrian Refugee Rappers Forge Music Out of Struggle

The boys of Syrian Dream are hoping that they might one day tour the world.

Four young Syrian boys are taking their emotions from struggling with displacement and channeling it into music. Their rap group, Syrian Dream, is based out of Alexandria, where they have been living for the past few years after being forced to flee their hometown of Damascus. Armed only with a flute, the boys beatbox and sing lyrics that depict the harsh journeys that one must undertake in order to escape the ongoing civil war in Syria, such as travelling across the Mediterranean on rickety boats.

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Palestinian Hip-Hop Group DAM Has a Message for the Patriarchy

“Who Are You?” is a pointed critique of both everyday gender inequality and fairweather “make believe” feminists.

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For the rappers that make up DAM, “make believe,” fair-weather feminism can be just as troubling as the gender inequality they see on a regular basis.

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For decades, commenters on all things wrong with black America have pointed with an enmity similar to that of Michael Dunn to the negative influence of hip hop culture. From C. Delores Tucker to Bill Cosby to Bill O'Reilly, many decry that hip hop draws its listeners to moral depravity, lawlessness, early death. The killing, ostensibly over music, of Jordan Davis proved these critics right. Michael Dunn shot right through the music, and hit Davis' liver, lung, and aorta.

Social justice communities must be careful not to replicate the blame game endemic of the culture wars. We should mourn for Jordan Davis, and our anger should be placed on the system that facilitated Michael Dunn.

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The Next Frontier of STEM Education: Ensuring Access For Minority Students

if students who are underrepresented in STEM are nurtured, America's sure to be able to meet the demands of the 21st century workforce.


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Despite the growing diversity of America's population, a recent study from the U.S. Department of Commerce (PDF) found that whites are twice as likely to have a science or engineering job as their black or Latino peers. To help eliminate this gap, some of the most innovative STEM initiatives are those geared toward increasing the number of minority students getting involved in those fields.

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Compton, Who? With a $70 Million Donation, it's 'Dre Day' For Elite USC

In the fall of 2014, 25 students who probably won't be coming from the City of Compton will start in Dr. Dre's $70 million program at USC.


Back in 1993, Dr. Dre told America to "Strap on your Compton hat." But 20 years later it's not Dre Day for his hometown of Compton, California, which, along with rap group N.W.A., helped put Dre on the map.

Nowadays, Dre, born Andre Young, is teaming up with his longtime collaborator, music mogul Jimmy Iovine, to strap on a University of Southern California hat. They're giving the private university 13 miles up the 110 Freeway from Compton $70 million to endow the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for the Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.

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