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Officer-involved shooting in Oregon hotel room

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — One person was taken to a hospital after a police officer fired a gun inside an Oregon hotel room.Hillsboro police say officers went to an Extended Stay America to investigate "suspicious circumstances" Saturday night. Police say an officer fired inside a room of the...

State inspections of funeral homes fall short in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon mortuaries and crematories are supposed to be inspected by state regulators at least every two years.State law requires it. But Oregon doesn't come close.Oregon has nearly 200 mortuaries, 66 crematoriums and more than 400 operating cemeteries. But only about 10...

Missouri scores in all phases in 50-0 victory over SEMO

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — After a humbling performance in the season opener, Missouri's defense has taken out its frustration on two straight opponents, including a 50-0 shutout of Southeast Missouri on Saturday night.The Tigers (2-1) held the Redhawks (1-2) to 94 total yards."Our defense played...

Missouri aims for complete game as SEMO rolls into town

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Southeast Missouri State coach Tom Matukewicz probably cringed just a little bit when he watched film of Missouri's first-half destruction of rebuilding West Virginia last week.Then he probably cringed a little more when he watched the second half.The Tigers bounced back...

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Despite U.S. Open Loss, Serena Williams Is Still the Greatest of All Time

Serena Williams lost her bid for what would have been her sixth U.S. Open Singles title ...

Do Black Kids Deserve This Treatment in School?

Three White Pearland ISD employees are named in a federal lawsuit after humiliating a 13-year-old Black student by blackening his scalp with a Sharpie ...

Why I’m Visiting the Border

People of color are feeling less safe today and any day when we see the realities of domestic terrorism and racially-motivated acts of violence ...

Why Lady Liberty Weeps

The original concept was to have Lady Liberty holding a broken shackle and chain in her left hand, to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. ...

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Biden on racism: White people 'can never fully understand'

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Visiting a black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights era, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden framed current racial tensions as part of an enduring struggle that is older than the nation."In a centuries long campaign of violence, fear,...

Sri Lanka's Tamil-majority north shuts down to support rally

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Shops were shut in Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil-majority north on Monday in support of a rally demanding an international probe into alleged atrocities during the nation's civil war and an end to reported state-sponsored efforts to change the ethnic balance of the...

Black college, Papa John's blame each other over lost funds

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A jumi million donation by the disgraced founder of Papa John's pizza to a historically black college has prompted the school to give up ,000 in scholarships from the company.The Courier Journal reports that only hours after John Schnatter announced his donation to...

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'Jojo Rabbit' wins Toronto's sought-after audience award

NEW YORK (AP) — Taika Waititi's Nazi Germany-set satire "Jojo Rabbit" won the People's Choice award Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival, a prize that has historically been one of the most ironclad predicators of Academy Awards chances.Because so many of the top fall movies play...

'Crazy Ex' star Rachel Bloom wins Emmy, announces pregnancy

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Tony-winner and women's health advocate Phyllis Newman dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Phyllis Newman, a Tony Award-winning Broadway veteran who became the first woman to host "The Tonight Show" before turning her attention to fight for women's health, has died. She was 86.Newman's son, Adam, said his mother died Sunday of complications in New York from a...

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Rocker Ric Ocasek, frontman of The Cars, dead at 75

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Warren offers anti-corruption plan central to her campaign

NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Warren has released a sweeping anti-government corruption proposal, providing a...

UN mission accuses accountability for Myanmar 'genocide'

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French lawyers, doctors, nurses protest pension changes

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of French professionals, including lawyers and doctors, took to the streets of Paris...

Hospital staff rally for protest campaign after new violence

HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of medical staff at one of Hong Kong's main public hospitals rallied Monday to...

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Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist

Hip-hop is a global cultural phenomenon that continues to evolve in many different music and art forms, languages, dialects, and creative formats throughout the world.  As we look back over the last 30 years or more, it is important to understand that hip-hop continues to help shape the consciousness and aspirational values of hundreds of millions of young people.  In fact, I would strongly posit that hip-hop as a transcendent and transformative cultural force has helped to irreversibly change the world into a better place. 

Young people today in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and yes here in North America are less patient with poverty, injustice and the status quo.  They want change not only in their poetry and lyrics, but also young people yearn and cry out for a better quality of life now in their lifetime.  They are demanding change, and young people today are making change a socioeconomic and political reality.  Just two years ago, it was here in the United States that young voters made the critical difference in the outcome of the election of President Barack H. Obama.  No one should ever ignore or forget the fact that it was the unprecedented youth voter turnout in 2008 in North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and in Ohio as well as in the other "swing states" that helped to bring current "political change" to America.  Millions of young voters registered and went to the polls for the first or second time in their lives.

Last week marked the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN).   For three days, June 12-14, 2001, inside the New York City Hilton, hip-hop artists from every region of the nation, managers, promoters, recording industry executives, media publishers, civil rights and community leaders, grassroots activists, academic and spiritual leaders, and members of the U.S. Congress all gathered together to participate in the pivotal and historic summit meeting under the theme of "Taking back responsibility." 

As a result of the success of the summit, Russell Simmons and I co-founded the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network to harness the cultural relevance of hip-hop music to serve as a catalyst for education advocacy and other socioeconomic and political concerns fundamental to the empowerment of youth.  In other words, HSAN was founded to carry out and to fulfill the commitments made at the 2001 summit and to organize and mobilize the growing hip-hop constituency to be agents and leaders for fundamental change in our communities across America.  It has been a decade of unstoppable struggle and progress.  From 2001 to 2010, HSAN has sponsored more than 75 Hip-Hop Summits in cities in the states of New York, California, Texas, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Kansas, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Mississippi.  We also convened Hip-Hop Summits in Toronto, Canada; Kinston, Jamaica; and in Johannesburg, South Africa. HSAN continues to be a non-profit, non-partisan international coalition of hip-hop artists, entertainment industry leaders, education advocates, civil and human rights proponents, and youth leaders united in the belief that hip-hop is an enormously influential agent for social change which must be responsibly and proactively utilized to fight the war on poverty and injustice.

From Jay Z to Eminem, from Naz to Erykah-Badu, from Beyonce to Master P, from Snoop Dog to Busta Rhymes, from Will Smith to Kanye West, from Dougie Fresh to Foxy Brown, from Jim Jones to Julez Santana, from Chris Brown to Fat Joe, from Tego Calderon to Don Omar, and from Missy Elliot to TI along with more than 300 other artists all of whom gave of their time, energy, money and support to help HSAN make a positive difference.  Whether it was "Get Your Vote Right" to "Get Your Money Right" to "Get Your House Right," or successfully challenging the repressive Rockefeller Drug Laws or rallying to restore $300 million to the NYC public school budget, the hip-hop community always rose to the agenda with direct action and support.

But the best way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Hip-Hop Summit Network is to continue to raise more awareness and involvement of young people in every state in the U.S. and in every nation in the global community to demand more "progressive" change.  There are strong winds of repression now blowing from those who want to deny the future advancement of humanity.  2012 is fast approaching in the United States and the Tea Party is gearing up to take America backward.  HSAN along with the Hip-Hop Caucus and other organizations will have to mobilize once again.  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Republican National Committee should both be challenged to ensure a large youth voter turnout in 2012.   If we have learned anything during the past 10 years, it is that all of us should be willing to give more and do more to insure freedom, justice, equality, and empowerment for all.

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is Senior Advisor for the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) and President of Education Online Services Corporation.

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