Alan Singer: A Brief History of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Alan Singer, professor of teacher education at Hofstra University in Néw Tork, has written a stunning brief history of the school-to-prison pipeline. He looks at the role of schools in this process.

He writes:

“Since the early 1970s, the United States prison population has quadrupled to 2.2 million. It is the largest prison population in the world. According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, China is number two at 1.7 million people, Iran is number 8 at 217,000 people, and the United Kingdom is number 17 at 85,000. Fourteen million people are arrested every year and over two million are sent to jail. Approximately 65 million people in the United States, or more than twenty-five percent of the adults population, has a criminal record.

“The U.S. incarceration rate is five to ten times the size of other democratic countries. It is over 700 prisoners for every 100,000 people compared…

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New Book Sets Out To Prove Lil Wayne Is A Genius On Par With Shakespeare & Bob Dylan

Originally posted on AllHipHop:

(AllHipHop News) At one point it was not uncommon to hear the words “best rapper alive” attached to Lil Wayne. The New Orleans bred performer fully embraced the tag and his legions of fans happily reinforced the idea. There is now one author who is attempting to give even higher praise to Wayne.

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University of Virginia professor Kreston Kent has penned the book The Literary Genius Of Lil Wayne. Kent uses literary analysis of Wayne’s work from 2007 to argue that the Young Money boss should be celebrated as a brilliant artist on the level of other geniuses like playwright William Shakespeare and legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. He also compares Wayne’s lyrics to highly regarded emcees such as Nas and Eminem.


Kent’s decision to champion the “Lollipop” rapper’s lyrical gifts appears to have been born from both…

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Shminstrel Show? Should We Feel Sorry For Bobby Shmurda?

Originally posted on AllHipHop:


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I received a bunch of inbox messages this week with the familiar words, “Did you see this?”  This is what people write to me on Facebook when they want me to know about some kind of ridiculous embarrassment, tragedy or symptom of dysfunctionality that occurs in the black community.  On this day, I received the same message, with the same video, several times, with each person expressing the same outrage as the person before them.

The topic of conversation was the recent in-house performance that New York rapper Bobby Shmurda did in front of the executives at Epic Records.  The audience, consisting mostly of white people with a few black ones sprinkled in-between, was given a private “audition” by Bobby as he spit his…

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‘Divided Time’ Film Examines Balance Of Hip-Hop & Black Fatherhood

Originally posted on News One:

Divided Time

The hip-hop industry as it exists today is more vibrant and influential than ever, and as the genre continues to inspire young men and women, there are also the realities of responsibilities. Many artists who work in hip-hop are largely male, and some of them are parents. Therefore, the new “Divided Time” documentary examines the balance between chasing hip-hop dreams and being a devoted Father.

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“Divided Time,” which was created by award-winning WFJR Films and High Impact Multimedia director William Feagins, Jr., features a group of talented and burgeoning artists who are also family men. The film takes an unflinching look in to the private lives of theses rap and recording artists, unveiling a side that is seldom seen.

“As a fan of hip-hop, I feel it’s my responsibility to use my films to inspire conversations and highlight topics and/or people who would otherwise go…

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Is Ebola A Form Of Population Control?

Originally posted on AllHipHop:

Shout out to Chris Brown!

This is something that has already been on the minds and hearts of people all over the place. But, basically like Chris Breezy said, it seems like Ebola is some new form of population control – at least that’s what conspiracy theorist say. Now, it has not reached epidemic proportions yet, but the only people dying are in Africa. The other person here in America that died is BLACK. All the white folks are alive like a MF! On top of all that, it seems like AIDS and Ebola have some stuff in common.

(WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The viruses that cause AIDS and Ebola, two deadly, contagious and highly feared diseases, spread through the body using the same mechanism, U.S.-based researchers said on Friday.

The researchers, led by Dr. Paul Bieniasz of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at New York’s Rockefeller University, said they…

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Neuroscientist & Psychiatrist Are Promoting Using Hip Hop To Treat Mental Illness

Originally posted on AllHipHop:

(AllHipHop News) For all the negative societal issues that often get fairly or unfairly associated with rap music, neuroscientist Dr. Becky Inkster at England’s University of Cambridge and psychiatrist Dr. Akeem Sule, a Wolfson College associate, have started the social venture Hip Hop Psych to help treat mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression.

[ALSO READ: Beats Rhymes & Life’s “Hip Hop Therapy” Program Seeks To Improve Young People’s Social Outcomes]

“There is so much more to Hip Hop than the public realizes,” Inkster told The Guardian. “It is rich in references to psychiatric illnesses that have not been properly explored and which could be of enormous benefit to patients.”

Inkster and Sule view patients being able to use Hip Hop as part of their therapy by writing and rapping lyrics. They could possibly see medical students learning about mental health issues through the art form as well.

According to Inkster, rappers have…

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Why are we still celebrating Columbus Day?

Originally posted on theGrio:

Happy Columbus Day?  What is there to celebrate?  And how about Happy Indigenous People’s Day instead?

With Columbus Day upon us once again, we must ask the question: Why, exactly, are we still celebrating Columbus Day?

Although it has been recognized in one form or another since the 1800s, Columbus Day did not become an official federal holiday until 1937, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt, after lobbying from the Knights of Columbus, a prominent Catholic organization, established October 12 as the holiday.  In 1971, Columbus Day was changed to the second Monday in October.

For years, the official line—the folklore, the mythology taught in U.S. elementary schools—has been that the explorer Christopher Columbus discovered the New World in 1492 while sailing the ocean blue.

A recent segment on the HBO comedy show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver summed up the situation perfectly: “Columbus became famous for his discoveries…

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