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America is facing systemic prison issues, including what happens when ex-offenders re-enter society after incarceration. In many cases, they are given a few dollars and a one-way ticket home. Congressman Hank Johnson, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia’s 4th Congressional District, has made efforts to address the issue of re-entry. Johnson…

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Steppenwolf is unafraid to bring theater that makes you think about the world around us. With that being said, Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents The Brothers Size by ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney and directed by acclaimed director Monty Cole. A Chicago native, Cole directs a talented cast in McCraney’s tale that weaves together poetry, music and Yoruba…

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It has been 47 years since President Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs” that was in fact also a systemic war on Blacks in America. Although much attention is given to the incarceration of Black men, a growing number of Black women are also being jailed at a higher rate. Although drug use and drug…

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Prison B.R.E.A.K. is an acronym for Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge. Step 2: Teacher and Student Prison is not easy, for anyone. The thing about prison and the entire penal system is it snatches our opportunities to control even the most basic of things. From the point of conviction, both convict and those they love,…

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Historically, Blacks have repeatedly been discriminated against by their White counterparts, whether it be through slavery, denial of education, or through simple prejudice and cultural nullification. However, many do not realize the true extent of Black oppression within the United States because many believe that the racist past of America has been paved over and…

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Meek Mill’s sophomore album, “Dreams Worth More Than Money,” was initially expected to be released last week, but the rapper’s incarceration led to the original September 2nd release date coming and going without any album release.

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Meet Alex. Alex is Sesame Street’s newest Muppet. He will not be a regular on Sesame Street, however, his initial appearance encourages children to not be afraid to talk about their feelings with an adult and also introducing many young viewers the meaning of “incarceration.”  The episode is titled, “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration” In the episode, Alex…

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A new report by Congressional Research Services notes that since the early 1980s, there has been a historically unprecedented increase in the federal prison population. Consequently, this has aided the increase in disparities in incarceration rates by race in America since the start of the Obama administration in 2008. Now, new data show that the…

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It looks like Gucci Mane won’t be calling himself a free man anytime soon. Just a week after reports proved that the Atlanta rapper was still in prison, despite Waka Flocka Flame’s claim that his hip-hop comrade was free, Gucci Mane has now been hit with two more legal blows. On Oct. 28, Gucci’s motion…

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Big Boi is one lucky emcee. After being arrested in Florida on drug charges last month, the OutKast lyricist recently reached a plea deal with prosecutors, allowing him to avoid any jail time. According to the Associated Press, Big Boi appeared in a Miami court on Oct. 13 to work out the deal with prosecutors,…

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T.I. is throwing himself a welcome home brunch to celebrate the end of his 11-month prison sentence. Most rappers who are fresh out of the clink would typically want to have a grandiose and lavish welcome home party for their return home, but newly free rapper T.I. is thinking more upscale when it comes to…

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