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One Teen's News Startup In A Favela

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 7:09 PM

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By Rafael Johns, Youth Radio
With additional reporting from Desmond Meagley

When military police forces raided Brazil's Alemão favela complex in 2010, only one tiny local newspaper, Voz da Comunidade (Community Voice), was able to cover the resulting violence from inside the...

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Pandora, Uber, And Beyond: Tech Comes To Oakland

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 5:12 PM

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By: Pendarvis Harshaw

Adan Faudoa is 24 and grew up in the Bay Area. He didn't always think he'd be a tech guy. His dad had other plans for him.

"As a kid, my dad was a big gear head," he said, "So,...

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Racial Standoff: Chicago Failed Laquan McDonald

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 7:00 PM

By: Lawrence Wilks-Roger via The Youth Project

I am a young black man from the Southeast Side of Chicago, and I want to express my views about Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old boy who was shot 16 times. The dash cam video of his death was released last night, but it took a...

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#ParisAttacks: An American Abroad

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 2:53 PM

By Caitlin Miller

It's not easy for me to put into words the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that have been running through my head since the horror of Friday night. This is my attempt as a young American woman who has been living and working in Paris for over a year to...

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Ahmed Mohammed Didn't Just Build a Clock, He Built a Time Machine (#istandwithahmed)

(13) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 4:24 PM

By Shaffy Moeel, Youth Radio Alum

Young Ahmed Mohammed's recent arrest over a handmade clock launched YR alum Shaffy Moeel back in time to memories of her own public school education and left her wondering, if she had been treated as Ahmed was, who would she be now?

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Guatemala's Election May Drag On: More Electoral Violence a Possibility

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 9:33 PM

María Emilia Martin, special to Youth Radio

Half of Guatemala's population is under 19-years-old, making it the youngest population in Latin America, and analysts point to their anger with the current regime -- and use of social media -- as instrumental is the political upheaval there. Youth Radio board member...

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Free And Fair Elections In Guatemala Face Serious Challenges

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 10:35 PM

María Emilia Martin, special to Youth Radio

Youth Radio board member María Emilia Martin currently runs a non-profit in La Antigua, Guatemala devoted to the practice of independent journalism in the public interest. She's sent us this dispatch from Guatemala during the historic political upheaval currently underway. Half...

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Unlocked: Juvenile Probation Reformed

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 9:16 PM

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By: Soraya Shockley

Reported over four months, Unlocked is a three-part investigation into alternatives to juvenile incarceration-both model programs and cases that raise serious concerns. From Alameda County in San Francisco's East Bay, to Wayne County, Michigan, Youth Radio reveals how...

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Unlocked: From Probation to Incarceration

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 8:55 PM

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By: Soraya Shockley

Reported over four months, Unlocked is a three-part investigation into alternatives to juvenile incarceration-both model programs and cases that raise serious concerns. From Alameda County in San Francisco's East Bay, to Wayne County, Michigan, Youth Radio reveals how...

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Unlocked: The Understaffing of Juvenile Hall

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 7:26 PM

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By: Brett Myers

Reported over four months, Unlocked is a three-part investigation into alternatives to juvenile incarceration-both model programs and cases that raise serious concerns. From Alameda County in San Francisco's East Bay, to Wayne County, Michigan, Youth Radio reveals how...

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Barbara Lee Hosts Community Forum on Racial Justice

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 3:09 PM

On August 18th, 2015 Congresswoman Barbara Lee held a community forum at Brookins AME Church in Oakland, CA to discuss policing, church shootings, and racist policies in America. The event featured a panel of youth activists and Oakland Councilwoman Desley Brooks. Hundreds of people from the community gathered to listen...

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A Teen Take on Ed Tech

(2) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 5:17 PM

By Soraya Shockley

Remember when a TI-84 was the most technologically advanced tool in the classroom? I don't! Tech has always been a part of my high school reality. But as digital and traditional learning mix and mingle, reactions have exploded over whether education technology, or "ed tech," is...

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Comics Diverge: All-New, Diverse Super Heroes On Their Way

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 4:21 PM

Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe.

By Raphael Johns

Nine year-old Gray Sansom-Chasin and his 13 year-old sister Zoa Chasin are sorting through comics at their home in Park Slope Brooklyn. They're looking for examples of comic books that get...

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'To the Youth of This City': Have the Cries for Justice in Baltimore Been Heard?

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 6:02 PM

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The first day of May seemed to mark a turning point in the story of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man who died of a severe spinal injury incurred while in police custody. His death set off a wave of protests that turned violent...

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Gender Fluid Generation: Evolving Gender Norms at School

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 9:18 PM

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Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe.

By: Nanette Thompson

The first time I learned that gender could be fluid was in sex ed in the 9th grade. I remember the teacher mumbling under...

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HBK Makes Its Own Rules Within Indie Rap

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 10:02 PM

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He's worked with several of rap music's elite, including Wiz Kalifah and 2 Chainz, and now he's headlining his first nationwide tour. But before Bay Area based rapper/producer IAMSU hits the road, he and his crew,...

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The Inventor Is In: The Nashville Children's Hospital With a Mobile Makerspace

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 2:47 PM

By Noah Nelson

Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe.

All around the country, computer hackers, artists, and other do-it-yourselfers are meeting up in "makerspaces," to share tools and build cool stuff together, like robots or musical instruments. Makerspaces are...

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Nurturing Conscious Digital Natives

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 1:44 PM

By Clifford Lee

Just what exactly is a "digital native," and more importantly, what should we non-"digital native" educators do to help students manage their online identities? That's a question Youth Radio--an Oakland-based, youth-driven media production company--set out to answer, by developing curriculum resources that prepare teachers to...

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From the Bay to Rural France: French Grief Through American Eyes

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 3:11 PM

By Eva Slusser

Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe.

Photo Credit: Eva Slusser
Photo Credit: Eva Slusser

After graduating from UCLA, I postponed the monotony of a 9...

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Oakland's Turf Dancing: From Street to Subway [VIDEO]

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 3:19 PM

By Luis Flores

Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe.

You might want to get up and dance after watching this video, but we recommend leaving that to the professionals.

Oakland, Ca. has always had a prominent art scene grown organically "on the block" by the city's youth. One trend that's made its way from inner-city Oakland neighborhoods into the public eye is the unique dance style known as "turfing." Turf dancers have found new audiences by taking their art to the most public spaces: subway cars on Bay Area Rapid Transit, the regional subway system better known to locals as BART.

iDummy, Slow Motion, and C4 Boom are all young turf dancers who have practiced their art for years. In 2011, a few of these entrepreneurial turfers took their street show to downtown San Francisco. They would dance on Powell St., an area with high foot traffic, asking for donations. After numerous complaints from businesses they decided to take their skills to a new platform.

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There is careful planning and strategizing that goes into what the dancers call the "BART street show." Recently BART developed a mobile app that makes it easier for riders to report disturbances on the train -- iDummy tells us that he thinks the app was made to specifically target performers like him. Now, turfers avoid riding trains that go to cities like Concord or Walnut Creek where, in their experience, riders tend to be more closed-minded about their impromptu performances. This may have to do with the demographics of these cities and who tends to ride on these trains.

These dancers say they feel most misunderstood when it comes to asking for donations. Once they have completed their dance routine, they announce, "the best nation is a donation." They emphasize that they never shame anyone who does not want to contribute. According to iDummy and C4 Boom, the biggest reward is to simply see people smile and enjoy the show. At times, people who do not have any money will offer whatever they have. The dance crew has received bottles of wine, packs of incense, body oils, and even leg warmers as donations.

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As turf dancing has evolved, it has also become a more structured activity with occasional battle events where turfers compete with each other and against other dance styles. But there's something special about seeing a train show. So the next time you are riding between West Oakland and San Francisco be on the lookout for an energy-filled performance that is sure to entertain.

 

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