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I Just Called the Cops On a Group of Young Black Boys

Rana Campbell | Posted 05.21.2014 | Black Voices
Rana Campbell

I wasn't expecting my walk home to be like this at all. "I just called the cops on a group of young black boys. I feel horrible." I'd just entered m...

CDC Doctors Have Identified a Troubling New Disease Threatening Inner-City Youth

PolicyMic | Zak Cheney-Rice | Posted 05.20.2014 | Black Voices

The news: Do you live in the inner city? Is your life defined by high stress, malnourishment and random acts of violence? If you answered “yes,...

O'Reilly and Ryan and 'Inner-City' Exceptionalism

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

Ryan and Reilly can cry crocodile tears as they pretend to be having an "adult conversation" about "what's really going on," but the truth is nothing pleases them more than the continuation of the status quo.

Changemakers in Every Village: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Paul Ryan and the Inner City American Dream Deferred

Antonio Moore | Posted 05.19.2014 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

Ryan's statement has undertones of racial bias and ignorance, and it fails to acknowledge the depth of the context of America's dark history. A history that digs back to the tobacco farms of Jamestown, Virginia, then makes its way forward to the lunch counters in Selma, Alabama.

What Black Boys in Chicago Can Learn from Shani Davis

Kelsey Minor | Posted 04.05.2014 | Chicago
Kelsey Minor

With the Winter Olympics about to kick off in Sochi, I came across Chicago native Shani Davis and I thought what an honest and perfect example to boys of color in a city so hampered down by violence.

'School Reform': They Wouldn't Do This to White Kids

John Owens | Posted 02.08.2014 | Education
John Owens

That this middle/high school consisted of nothing more than a bunch of classrooms on the third floor of an old elementary school, set between a hospital and a jail, only underscored its single-minded, academic focus.

Open-Source Capitalism and the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit

John Hope Bryant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
John Hope Bryant

The real vision, mission and purpose for the 2nd annual HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit was actually quite simple -- to break the traditional cyc...

Drumming to Success: Why Teaching Music Matters

Jason Chuong | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Jason Chuong

When music is taught in school, it offers a crucial link to the outside world -- to one of the most prominent facets of our culture. It acts as a bridge from the classroom to the community.

Emotional Fuel and the Power to Motivate Students

Robert Sun | Posted 07.07.2013 | Technology
Robert Sun

Most people think raw intellectual talent is the primary marker for academic success among children. But new insights are proving that motivation is perhaps even more important to learning than innate intelligence.

Michael Skolnik: "We Should Remember Their Names"

92nd Street Y | Posted 04.01.2013 | Black Voices
92nd Street Y

Political Director to Russell Simmons and co-president of GlobalGrind.com Michael Skolnik recently spoke with us about gun violence in America. After...

Mentoring The Tough And Risky: A Small Cadre Of Successful Women Mentor At-Risk Youth

Paul Wisenthal | Posted 07.09.2012 | Home
Paul Wisenthal

Jabious and Anthony Williams enrolled in an entrepreneurship program at their high school, sponsored by NFTE. In class, Patty Alper and Mena Lofland changed their lives and mentored their successes.

Teaching Entrepreneurship in Inner-City Schools

Rahilla Zafar | Posted 06.05.2012 | Education
Rahilla Zafar

Professor Weigelt of Wharton Business School speaks of the moral obligation elite universities have in helping provide opportunities, role models and improving education in inner-city communities.

Every 26 Seconds, A Student Drops Out Of High School

Tyree Dillingham | Posted 06.03.2012 | Impact
Tyree Dillingham

In the United States, a child drops out of high-school every 26 seconds. Every year, we are producing cities the size of San Diego (1.3 million) full of students that don't even have a high

The Indie on Demand Movie Review: The Interrupters

Dan Persons | Posted 05.21.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In this week's quickie Indie on Demand Movie Review, we take a look at The Interrupters, a documentary, now available on-demand.

The Peter Paul Center Route Out of Poverty

Kevin Powell | Posted 04.15.2012 | DC
Kevin Powell

It's simply not enough for politicians to suggest the poor in America have an unapologetic dependency on government assistance. That is why I greatly admire the Peter Paul Development Center in Richmond, Virginia's east end.

PHOTOS: America's Abandoned Places And How They Got That Way

Posted 01.12.2012 | Travel

The following is a post from David Schalliol, the Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The pho...

PHOTOS: Exploring America's Inner Cities With Photographer Jeff Brouws

Randy Fox | Posted 02.29.2012 | Travel
Randy Fox

Photographer Jeff Brouws has been photographing and studying the plight of America's inner cities for the past 15 years. Brouws' inner-city images acutely document the economic, social and environmental transition that has taken place in the years that have passed since America's manufacturing peak.

Too Important to Fail

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.12.2011 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

2011-09-12-tavistavistavis.jpgBehind every education statistic is a boy with hopes and dreams and abilities that may not show up in standardized testing.

What Can Make Chicago Safer?

Zack Isaacs | Posted 08.06.2011 | Chicago
Zack Isaacs

Before summer officially begins, Chicago is dealing with more than just a spike in temperatures. It seems as if hot weather brings some of the wrong p...

NFTE: Injecting Entrepreneurship into Inner City Education (VIDEO)

Mike Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mike Green

In the same ways teachers are trained to teach math, they should be trained to teach entrepreneurship. They should be given curriculum and the tools to do it, and the shelf time in schools.

Usher gives inner city youth 'New Look' on entrepreneurship, leadership, life

Mike Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mike Green

Millions of music fans know Usher (Usher Raymond IV) as a phenomenal performer who has captivated the music scene for 15 years. With five Grammy Award...

Emotionally Disturbed Inner City Students

Dr. Ronald Ricker and Dr. Venus Nicolino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dr. Ronald Ricker and Dr. Venus Nicolino

The problems facing today's inner city students, particularly those with behavioral and emotional problems, are innumerable and daunting. The Linden Center is an example of a program that attempts to deal with these problems.

Carl Paladino Backs Welfare Prison Dorms, Hygiene Classes

AP | BETH FOUHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK — Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino said he would transform some New York prisons into dormitories for welfare recipients...

Point. Click. Donate. (Repeat)

Claire Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Claire Wasserman

Affecting lives and helping others has never been so easy. The mere click of the mouse yields extraordinary power as websites such as Kickstarter can make anyone with access to a computer a donor.