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Are we turning to violence to get respect? Many teenagers carry guns and many other weapons because they feel safer against their peers. Why do teenagers feel the need to turn to violence to get their point across and to get even with an enemy?

On June 20th, up and coming rapper Lil Snupe was shot to death. Lil Snupe, whose real name is Addarren Ross, was 18 years old and recently signed to Meek Mill’s record label. Reports say that an argument broke out over a video game and Lil Snupe was shot twice in the chest.

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Last week, the Supreme Court’s conservative faction revealed more clearly than ever before its true colors. It showed that in the political war over America’s future, it supports those who want to return to the exclusionary policies and practices of the past.

That this is guiding principle of Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito is no surprise. But their contempt for using the law to right injustice and expand the franchise of democracy has never before been so nakedly displayed.

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Nelson Mandela, now 94 years of age, was born in 1918, which was way before my time.  Although I’m a 90s baby, that doesn’t mean that I’m not old enough to know about him.  No matter how old are young you are you should know him. Nelson Mandela is history!

Mandela is a civil rights activist and a world leader.
Mandela was the first black president of South Africa.
Mandela dismantled the legacy of apartheid.
Mandela played a huge role in putting an end to racism, poverty, and inequality, not only in South Africa, but across the nation. 
Mandela is a symbol of global peacemaking.

Mandela was repeatedly arrested for seditious activities, going against the government.  In 1962, he was arrested and convicted of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government, where he was sentenced to life imprisonment.  He served 27 years in prison and shortly after his release, he was elected President in South Africa.

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History was made in Texas on Wednesday, June 26, when 52-year old Kimberly Lagayle McCarthy became the 500th person executed in the state of Texas since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976.

MURDER CONVICTION

McCarthy, who was originally sentenced in December 1998, was 36 years of age when she was found to have murdered her 71-year-old neighbor, Dorothy Booth, in Lancaster, Texas, on July 7, 1997.  

McCarthy, a former nursing home therapist who had become addicted to crack-cocaine, was found to have severely beaten Booth, a retired psychology professor, with a candlestick and fatally stabbing her with a butcher’s knife within Booth’s South Dallas home after she agreed to give McCarthy a cup of sugar.

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In its latest affirmative action ruling, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the Supreme Court, ruled the same way it had in its Bakke decision in 1978 and a pair of University of Michigan affirmative action rulings in 2003 – one upholding the law school admissions program (Grutter v. Bollinger) and one striking down the undergraduate admissions process (Gratz v. Bollinger). In each case, the court declared that state universities have a compelling interest that could justify the consideration of race in college admissions because of the benefits that flow to all students from having a diverse student body.

However, all of the court’s decision on affirmative action in higher education were consistent with Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion in Fisher, when he wrote for the 7-1 majority:  “…Strict scrutiny imposes on the university the ultimate burden of demonstrating before turning to racial classifications, that available, workable race-neutral alternatives do not suffice.”

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I have just about had it with people dogging out 19-year old Rachel Jeantel, who was called to testify on behalf of her friend, Trayvon Martin, who was gunned down by neighborhood vigilante George Zimmerman.

What troubles me the most, is that a lot of this ridicule and over-the-top criticism has come from other Black folks.

Yeah, I know she had an attitude.  Yeah, I know she couldn’t read cursive handwriting.  Yeah, I know she lied about some things because she felt guilty and nervous. Yeah, I know she hasn’t mastered the King’s English.  But the one thing that I do know about this young lady is that she showed up to testify and never wavered from telling the truth about what she heard on the other end of that telephone line.

Isn’t that what’s important here?

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This past Thursday evening, during the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Annual Convention, the Houston Forward Times was honored at the NNPA's Annual Merit Awards ceremony held in Nashville, TN. 

Out of the more than 200 NNPA member newspapers, the Houston Forward Times was honored in 3 out of the 14 possible award categories it qualified for; those awards were for Best Feature Story, Best Youth Writer and Best Lifestyle Section. 

Congratulations to Houston Forward Times Associate Editor Jeffrey L. Boney, who received an award for Best Feature Story, out of many national publication entries that were submitted. 

His article, "Ungrateful Negroes?," chronicles the history of African-Americans in this country and their ability to vote, while challenging modern day African-Americans to learn their history surrounding voting. The article also puts a detailed spotlight on the sacrifices many African-Americans made to obtain the right to vote, along with the comparison of modern day African-Americans who may take that right for granted today.

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