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Michael Steele Rips Republican Party #SOWHITE

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 9:06 PM

By Soraya Shockley

Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele says that the Republican Party lacks authentic representation of black Americans and the issues they care about. As he exited what's been reported to be the whitest Republican National Convention in decades, Youth Radio's Soraya Shockley asked Steele about the state of race in his Party.

Steele was the first black chairman of the RNC from 2009-11 and during his tenure, he was a voice for inclusion and expanding the demographics of the GOP. However, once out of office, Steele has been critical of the Republican Party's lack of ethnic diversity, especially as this election year has seen divisive racially charged rhetoric and a dwindling number of black delegates at the RNC.

Steele told Youth Radio he sees the dearth of black delegates on the convention floor as a real problem--one that goes way beyond who showed up in Cleveland this year.

Donald Trump is strikingly unpopular among young black voters, with fewer than 2% saying they'd vote for him if the election were today, according to a national poll from the University of Chicago's Black Youth Project and the AP.

Trump's campaign has alienated communities of color. He's gone after Black Lives Matter protesters, called for bans against Muslims entering the US, and announced plans to build a wall between the US and Mexico. So the presence of speakers of color at the RNC begs the question: are these speakers being tokenized?

Reflecting on what he's heard from the podium so far this week, Steele said, "We acknowledge the history, we love talking about the civil rights act, we love talking about Abraham Lincoln and emancipation. But we're not talking about today...I was thinking about Janet Jackson: 'What have you done for me lately?' That was 1865. That was 1872, that was 1964. What have you done in 2016?" (1:33 to 2:09)

Among the handful of black speakers who have taken the stage at this year's RNC, Steele says he's yet to hear a single authentic moment from them. "I want to see a black person stand up on that stage and speak authentically about our community and relate our republican ideals to that...When you seem to harangue and chastise the community for its condition... you're losing folks, and you're using [black voices] to do it." (4:38 to 5:22)

Will Steele cast his vote for Trump? "I haven't decided," he told Youth Radio. (6:30 to 6:32)

Soraya Shockley is a reporter for Youth...

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Calm In Cleveland?

(5) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 4:27 PM

By: Soraya Shockley

 Outside the Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday, Cleveland police officers closed in on a group of protesters wearing black shirts emblazoned with the words "Revolution Nothing Less" and burning an American flag. For a moment, it seemed like the protest scene at the...

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Reality of Meh: RNC Protests So Far

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 10:21 AM

2016-07-20-1469024606-3601023-13735666_10154629899488132_2485567909831179158_o.jpgPublic Square, Cleveland:Police in tactical gear circle around downtown Cleveland. Their set up makes them hard to actually identify, at first we mistook them for miltia members. (Noah Neslon/Youth Radio)

By Andrew Meyer, Youth Radio

Things have been relatively calm here in Cleveland the...

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Black Journalists Take Lessons From Elie Wiesel

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 4:45 PM


By Sonari Glinton-Los Angeles

Back in college, NPR reporter Sonari Glinton studied with the Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, who died this month at the age of 87. Here, Glinton reflects on Wiesel's profound influence on his life and work. Glinton also issues a...

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Teen Wonders How To Move Forward After Week Of Violence

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 2:13 PM


Police officers in Oakland, Calif line up across from demonstrators last Thursday as protesters in several cities across the county marched against the police shootings of Alton Sterling (Louisiana) and Philando Castile (Minnesota). Photo Credit: Amanda Agustin/Youth Radio

Originally published on,...

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A Renaissance for Oakland and the Warriors

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 12:53 PM

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes at their practice facility. (Photo Credit: Chaz Hubbard)

A Youth Radio Sports exclusive featuring interviews with the Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes and James McAdoo.

By Garrison Pennington

In the middle of downtown Oakland, between nondescript...

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Pepper Sprayed In Youth Jail

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 6:12 PM

By Joi Smith, Youth Radio

Lonnie Wright grew up in East Oakland. Over the years, he earned the nickname "Little Two Three" because he lived on 23rd Avenue, near Garfield Elementary School. Now 22-years-old, Wright says the environment he grew up in was tough.

"It was just young kids like...

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One Teen's News Startup In A Favela

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 6:09 PM


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 | 4:12 PM


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 | 6:00 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 | 1:53 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 | 3:24 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 | 8:33 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 | 9:35 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 | 8:16 PM


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 | 7:55 PM


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 | 6:26 PM


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 | 2:09 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 | 4:17 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 | 3:21 PM

Originally published on, 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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