"I think that the drug culture and the drop-out movement are in a transitional stage," said Huey Newton in an interview with John Bancroft and David Fenton of Liberation News Service on Aug. 21 in New Haven, Conn. “I think that the youth will drop out and then they’ll start dropping in again after they see they cant find any peace by separating. They’ll drop back in and when they drop back in they’ll be very political. Because then they will have experienced everything short of violence—running away through drugs, and so forth—but when they come back they’ll come back very serious, and they’ll see that the only solution is to transform what’s here and they can’t go anywhere else.
"I think that the youth movement at this time is another manifestation of the separatist idea that many black nationalists preached just a few years ago. The youth drug culture is another manifestation of this—you know, like ‘we’ll get out of the whole thing.’
"But we’re starting to find out that we can’t separate, because imperialism won’t allow us to separate. Imperialism won’t allow developing countries some 10 or 15,000 miles away to live in peace, and they’re already separated on a geographical level. If imperialism won’t let those countries be free 15,000 miles away, it surely won’t let a group of people right here in North Amerika separate."
If you tell someone today that smoking leads to emphysema and chronic bronchitis, they’ll probably wave you off with a yeah, yeah, yeah and silently hate you for presuming
But in 1964 when the Surgeon General’s Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health issued its report on the effects of lighting up, the findings were the first “to definitively link smoking with lung cancer and heart disease,” according to the CDC. Still, for decades many people continued to be ambivalent about the government’s perceived overreach.
In Shawnee, Kansas, 13-year-olds at Hocker Grove Middle School are exposed to an educational poster in sex ed that says the following: “How do people express their sexual feelings? Oral Sex. Sexual fantasy. Caressing. Anal sex. Hugging. Touching each other’s genitals. Kissing.” Whatever else it is, the poster is accurate.
But is it appropriate? And does it matter that, according to one of the middle school’s administrators, it is but a small part of a larger, “abstinence-only” sex-ed curriculum?
A parent at the school was sufficiently shocked by its contents that he aired his grievances to the local Fox affiliate. Alerted to the story, Rod Dreher, a “Crunchy Con” blogger who has thought a great deal about adolescent education by virtue of his family’s decision to homeschool their children, felt outraged too. “What kind of institution exposes middle schoolers to this kind of thing?” he asks. “To be clear, nobody is objecting to sex-ed per se; it’s the specifics of the content here that appall.”
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+ [1-1-14] - Enugu // Visiting my dad’s village :: a complete photo set, as noted. I added some extra photos foreign to the ones I have already shared.
Note: A few of the photos from I and my family’s visit to my village in Enugu, Nigeria. You know, growing up, we tend to lose sight of most, if not, all the things we once held near and dear. My siblings and I had always had profound appreciation for all the Beauty, wonders and adventures our home has to offer at a young age, so to still hold the same fondness in adulthood is just absolutely Beautiful.
It’s important for me never, ever to lose sight of where I am from and the significance of that aspect of my Being. I have every intention of extending the same strain of wisdom to my children. They will come to Nigeria like I did, and call it home, and do the same for their children, and my children’s children. And, so on.
1st Date Rules….. (by TokeMoments)
start the new year right! lol
An Essence survey published last month revealed what many black women already know: Pop culture doesn’t depict them accurately. The ones polled by the magazine (with the help of a research firm) said the other black women they know tend to fall into positive categories like “Young Phenom” or “Acculturated Girl Next Door.” But images of black women “on TV, in social media, in music videos and from other outlets,” the survey found, were “overwhelmingly negative,” conforming to stereotypes like “Gold Diggers, Modern Jezebels, Baby Mamas, Uneducated Sisters, Ratchet Women, Angry Black Women, Mean Black Girls, Unhealthy Black Women, and Black Barbies.”
Had it been included, last week’s Saturday Night Live episode would have made the findings even starker. Scandal star Kerry Washington appeared in sketches as a nagging girlfriend; a sassy, eye-rolling assistant; and a rageful Ugandan beauty queen. There were no roles where her race and gender wasn’t an issue.
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Perth, Australia November 2013
Photographed by Robin Harper
On Tuesday, Rob Ford appeared before a throng of journalists, primed to answer The Question. Yes, the reports were true: He’d smoked crack cocaine. Reporters pounced. The Internet howled. Canadians hung their heads in shame. And now, as the week draws to a close, Torontonians are waking up to a bracing reality: Improbably, incredibly, Rob Ford is still their mayor.
“There used to be such a thing as resigning with some honor when caught egregiously lying or engaging in unethical activities, but apparently not anymore,” lamented Emmett Macfarlane, a political science professor at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, in an interview.
This Saturday, November 9th marks the 20th(!) anniversary of the release of A Tribe Called Quest‘s Midnight Marauders. The third in the trilogy of classic LPs that kicked off ATCQ’s recording career – after 1990′s People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm and 1991′s The Low End Theory – MM also possesses one of the most iconic album covers in hip-hop history. Featuring the group’s signature striped female figure amidst the floating, headphone-clad heads of dozens of hip-hop luminaries spread over three different (red, black and green bordered) incarnations, Midnight Marauders‘ unforgettable cover design was the creative brainchild of Jive Records head art director Jean Kelly with assistance from fellow art director Nick Gamma. This, after the ambitious original cover concepts from Quest leader Q-Tip were abandoned. [Read More]
Tribe’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad co-hosts our very own Microphone Check!
Drake ‘Come Thru’ (James Blake Version)
Polio has returned to Syria after more than a decade, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. Ten cases were confirmed in the laboratory and 12 others are suspected. The last polio case recorded in Syria was back in 1999.
"The cases are probably a result of a steep fall in child immunization rates in Syria owing to the ongoing war," Declan Butler writes in the journal Nature. “Because there tend to be about 200 non-paralytic cases of polio for every paralytic one, the cluster is probably ‘only the tip of the iceberg.’ “
There’s also a major risk that the disease can regain a foothold in the war-torn nation and became endemic there again.
Given its proximity to Syria — and travel around the region — Europe is vulnerable to importing polio cases. Butler explains more:
The situation is “a wake up call”, says Marc Sprenger, director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm. Given the weaknesses in European polio defences, the extensive levels of travel between Europe and Israel, and the millions of refugees fleeing Syria, the ECDC thinks that there is a real risk of outbreaks in the European Union (EU). Member states are taking the threat of import “extremely seriously”, Sprenger adds.
The map shows countries in Europe that are most vulnerable to importing polio because of low vaccination rates and poor surveillance. (Courtesy of Nature)