The quote “Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will” sums up Jabari Dreams of Freedom, a play about a Black kid from the South Side of Chicago, who interacts with children from the civil rights era through his dreams to gain the courage to conquer the challenges of his day. The play opens with… Read more »
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It can be argued that this is one of the most volatile times in our nation’s history. Racism is the undercurrent of many a discussion and Black youth are being viewed as thugs and criminals by some of our most respected politicians. Unemployment, disenfranchisement and poor education leads to an environment that produces individuals who will not be beneficial… Read more »
Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA recently took to Twitter to clarify some controversial remarks he made about what Black youth should do to not scare police. In an interview with Bloomberg earlier this week, the rapper and actor was asked his thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement and the recent rash of high-profile cases of police… Read more »
Two Black teens in Tennessee were jailed for wearing sagging pants. According to reports by WNCN, Antonio Ammons and another teen were in high school when a school resource officer noticed them wearing sagging pants. But instead of allowing the students to be disciplined by school administrators, Officer Charles Woods decided to make it a… Read more »
A Washington, D.C., subway ride turned into a beat down and a lesson in respecting your elders. This video captures an encounter between a 54-year-old hardworking Black man and a disrespectful Black youth.
Hill Harper discusses his new film, The Boy Next Door, working with Jennifer Lopez and helping Black youth.
Rev. Jesse Jackson reveals how Black youth and women can become more prominent in Silicon Valley at the Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit.
A report recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control has indicated a startling discovery. Inner city youth suffer from a unique form of “post- traumatic stress disorder” which the CDC researchers refer to as hood disease. The researchers have stated that inner city kids live in a war zone that they can never leave…. Read more »
William Greene is the principal at Mundy Mill High School in Jonesboro, Georgia, and a noted educator in the state. Principal Greene was chosen by Morehouse College as a panelist at the “Morehouse College Empowering Parents, Guardians and Caring Adults to Support African American Educational Excellence Panel.” Rolling out talked to him regarding teaching and inspiring… Read more »
Three Chicago black youth have filed suite against eight Chicago police officers who conducted an illegal, open-air strip searches without probable cause, a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday claims. The controversial searches, partially seen in video footage picked up by all the city’s TV news stations this week, reportedly too place on May 23, 2013 in… Read more »
According to a report done by the Sentencing Project, 1 in 3 black males will go to prison in their lifetime. Filmmaker Rahiem Shabazz examines how policy and environmental circumstances lead to mass incarceration rates for black youth. Shabazz recently sat down with rolling out to discuss his new documentary, Elementary Genocide. What inspired you… Read more »
A white Iraq war vet was beaten up by a group of black youths who didn’t like being reprimanded about their unruly behavior on a city bus. Jim Hardie of Lacey, Wash., was riding the bus after a long day of searching for employment when a group of teens seated near him began referring to… Read more »
Do you remember when Disney’s The Lion King movie first premiered? The endearing movie about a lion cub coming into his kingship instantly became a cult classic and the highest grossing hand drawn animation movie in history. Released in 1994, it grossed $783 million worldwide. The Lion King was released in 3-D, on Sept. 16,… Read more »
“I know a lot of gangs around Tottenham…they’re building up rapidly.”
Major League Baseball’s Orlando Hudson provided two powerful messages to prepubescent African American baseball players: That playing baseball for a living is the absolute ultimate. And two, that when you pursue your dreams, you provide a powerful portal for others to live out theirs as well. Even after about a decade in the game, Hudson,… Read more »
Tuskegee University professor and Dean Dr. Legand “Lee” Burge shares life lessons taught to him by his mom, Bobbie Burge The lady, Bobbie Jean Burge, was born to Clell and Lena Bates on January 24, 1928, and lived the joy of life until October 27, 2005. Born in Oklahoma City, she chose never to move away, but remained… Read more »
Taking part in the 11th Congressional Pilgrimage to Alabama to commemorate Civil Rights events found me listening to and even singing along with some of the elders as they sang songs that rallied the movement’s pioneers when the going got tough. I heard songs such as “We Shall Not Be Moved”, “We Shall Overcome” and… Read more »
The Bronzeville neighborhood in Chicago has developed a reputation of being one of the city’s roughest areas. Several horrific crimes have taken place there in the last few years. However, the Lighthouse Youth Center has provided a haven for kids who are looking to express themselves while living in the midst of the turmoil occurring… Read more »
Common understands the hardships of growing up in the inner city of Chicago. With 253 murders in six months, the city remains one of the most violent places in America. On July 30, 13 year-old Robert Freeman Jr. was shot 22 times while riding his bike in a vacant lot in the West Pullman neighborhood…. Read more »