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Poverty, Youth Violence and the Anniversary of The Occupy Movement on October 1st Left of Black
As the 2012 Presidential Election season went into high gear, several issues, notably the poverty rate in the United States and the apparent rise of youth violence in American cities like Chicago, were nowhere to be found on the agendas and talking points of either Presidential candidate. 
With the anniversary of the Occupy Movement as backdrop, journalists Rahiel Tesfamariam and Mychal Denzel Smith join Left of Black via Skype, to discuss these and other issues, including Jay Z’s dismissive remarks about the goals of The Occupy Movement and Mitt Romney’s now infamous comments about the so-called “47%.”
Tesfamariam is founder & Editorial Director of the on-line magazine Urban Cusp and a blogger and columnist for The Washington Post and The Root DC, and Smith is a freelance writer, social commentator, and mental health advocate whose work has been seen at The Atlantic, The Nation, The Guardian, Ebony, Huffington Post, The Root and The Grio.
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Left of Black is recorded and produced at the John Hope Franklin Center of International and Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University.
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Tomorrow. 1:30 pm EST. Check it out.

leftofblack:

Poverty, Youth Violence and the Anniversary of The Occupy Movement on October 1st Left of Black

As the 2012 Presidential Election season went into high gear, several issues, notably the poverty rate in the United States and the apparent rise of youth violence in American cities like Chicago, were nowhere to be found on the agendas and talking points of either Presidential candidate.

With the anniversary of the Occupy Movement as backdrop, journalists Rahiel Tesfamariam and Mychal Denzel Smith join Left of Black via Skype, to discuss these and other issues, including Jay Z’s dismissive remarks about the goals of The Occupy Movement and Mitt Romney’s now infamous comments about the so-called “47%.”

Tesfamariam is founder & Editorial Director of the on-line magazine Urban Cusp and a blogger and columnist for The Washington Post and The Root DC, and Smith is a freelance writer, social commentator, and mental health advocate whose work has been seen at The AtlanticThe NationThe Guardian, EbonyHuffington Post, The Root and The Grio.

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Left of Black airs at 1:30 p.m. (EST) on Mondays on the Ustream channel: http://tinyurl.com/LeftofBlackhttp://tinyurl.com/LeftofBlack. Viewers are invited to participate in a Twitter conversation with Neal and featured guests while the show airs using hash tags #LeftofBlack or #dukelive. 

Left of Black is recorded and produced at the John Hope Franklin Center of International and Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University.

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Follow Left of Black on Twitter: @LeftofBlack

Follow Mark Anthony Neal on Twitter: @NewBlackMan

Follow Rahiel Tesfamariam on Twitter: @RahielT

Follow Mychal Denzel Smith on Twitter: @mychalsmith

Tomorrow. 1:30 pm EST. Check it out.

Shit we all say

It’s a lot easier to say “I’m not racist/homophobic/sexist” and then never have to do any heavy lifting than it is to say “I am racist/homophobic/sexist by way of my socialization and I’m working everyday to change my thinking.”

A few thoughts on the “Shit ___ Say to ___” videos. 

For World Mental Health Day: A Lesson in Depression

There is no reason that anyone experiencing those long sleepless nights followed by short spurts of restless sleep, wasting away because they aren’t eating but maybe one meal a day, convincing themselves are going to die because the clouds outside moved an inch to the left and covered up the sun, running away from the mirror afraid to face their own reflection, catching their reflection and not recognizing the person in it, lying in bed watching television they hate because it takes too much energy to reach for the remote and change the channel, justifying their own funk because showers are a chore, and wanting nothing else than for it all to end as soon as possible should feel alone.

From my latest over at Huffington Post Blackvoices, commemorating World Mental Health Day 

Redefining rape: FBI finally comes to reality

Rape is not sex. Rape is violence. Let’s start there and see if we can’t begin having an honest discussion on how to end rape altogether.

From my latest column over at theGrio

Anger at My Nation

The opportunity for justice was over and we were now left with another teachable moment.

I’m over teachable moments. Especially ones that involve the loss of life.

From my latest blog over at the Huffington Post, a reaction to the Troy Davis execution. 

Why we need student loan debt forgiveness

We are approaching that level of crisis with the economy and student loans here in the states. As historian William Jelani Cobb writes, “centrist politics work best during times of economic prosperity — like the Clinton era.” What we need now is radical programs to address an increasingly dire economy. A jobs plan is imperative (“pass this bill now!” the president said to thunderous applause), but any economic recovery that does not include some address of the volatile student loan bubble is incomplete.

From my latest column over at theGrio 

Less Scared Straight, More "Talk Therapy"

"We may get a kick out of seeing these kids be punked by inmates, hearing the tales of prison abuse, and the off-chance there will be actual physical confrontation, but it’s doing little to actually help these teens deal with the exigent circumstances that originally produced their disillusionment. Therapy can."

From my latest on the Huffington Post


Addressing Mental Health During This Economic Downturn

"We haven’t reached Depression era levels of unemployment, but a double-digit (nearly 16 percent) jobless rate in the black community coupled with an increasingly bleak economic outlook (we’ll see what plans President Obama and the Congress enact in September) is cause for major concern. Suicide is already the third leading cause of death for black men between the ages of 15 and 24(rates are lower in black women and black men are seven times more likely to commit suicide). With a rate of unemployment for black male teenagers up near 50 percent and what we know about the correlation between joblessness/poverty and depression/suicide, this is a potentially dangerous and deadly moment.”

From my Huffington Post blog on mental health concerns during economic down times.