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To break the cycle of poverty in Baltimore, fix the culture of poverty

Neighborhoods matter.<p>That's the upshot of two fascinating new studies from Harvard economist<p>Raj Chettyand his colleagues. In the 1990s, the federal government launched an experiment, called the Moving to Opportunity project. It created a lottery for housing vouchers that would allow the winners to …

Nepal quake survivors face threat from human traffickers supplying sex trade

Criminal networks using cover of rescue effort to target poor rural communities in country from which an estimated 15,000 girls are trafficked a year, warn NGOs<p>Tens of thousands of young women from regions devastated by the earthquake in Nepal are being targeted by human traffickers supplying a …

Natural Disasters

Israeli Ethiopian protest against racism turns violent

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Several thousand people from Israel's Jewish Ethiopian minority protested in Tel Aviv against racism and police brutality on Sunday, shutting down a major highway and clashing with police on horseback long into the night.<p>The protest was mostly peaceful during the day, but by …

Israel

In Baltimore we need protest in all its forms. Even joyful ones

Spots of joy are necessary and needed in the seemingly endless fight for justice. In Baltimore on Tuesday night, as the city reeled from how the death of Freddie Gray exposed the violence of a decades-long police occupation of the black population, I didn’t experience many moments of sweetness. But …

Justice

The 'Depraved-Heart Murder' of Freddie Gray

Six Baltimore police officers are charged in connection with his death, including one for second-degree murder.<p>Freddie Gray was murdered by police after an unlawful arrest, the Baltimore City state's attorney said Friday.<p>In a press conference, prosecutor Marilyn Mosby announced 28 charges against …

Justice

The Technology That's Giving Students With Autism a Greater Voice

Last year, Hanna Rosin, a well-known journalist for the Atlantic, wrote an article about her son’s Asperger's diagnosis. He lived with this label for only four months, at which point the disorder was expunged from the DSM V. Now, her son is said to be on the “autism spectrum,” along with one out of …

Autism

The Scenes of Broccoli City: Beachballs, Braids, and Homemade Willow Smith Masks

Photographer Keem Griffey was on hand to capture the magic at this Washington, DC celebration of sweet tunes and sustainability.<p><i>All photos by</i> <i>Keem Griffey</i><p>This year's Broccoli City Festival in Washington, DC came equipped with the hard-to-beat combination of killer lineup and a serious committment to …

Sustainability

'Til Death Do Us Part: The Detroit Rockers Talk Punk, Their New Album, and the Brother They Lost

Resurrected Detroit rock icons DEATH still have a hell of a lot to say.<p><i>Photo by Samdarko Eltosam</i><p>Often the most interesting stories happen on the margins and never find their way into history. This is particularly true in music history and was almost the case with Death. Starting in 1971 in Detroit, …

Ann Arbor

'It Crackles With Life': Beauty Pill Returns

Beauty Pill's <i>The Unsustainable Lifestyle</i> was a promising debut album, an immediately accessible patchwork of the band's hometown, Washington, D.C. In 2004, the record left fans wondering what would happen next, but they would have to wait 11 years. That's because bandleader Chad Clark's heart tried …

Archives

Chance the Rapper and the Social Experiment Remix Jeremih's "Planes"

Jeremih: "Planes (Lido & the Social Experiment Remix)" (via SoundCloud)<p>Earlier this year, Jeremih released his single "Planes", which features a guest spot from J. Cole. Now, Chance the Rapper has teamed with his band the Social Experiment (Lido, Peter Cottontale, and Donnie Trumpet) to remix the …

Chance the Rapper

Beauty Pill's 'Steven and Tiwonge' Is And Isn't A Protest Song

It's a song about duality. It's a song about differing perspectives as much as it is a protest song.<p>— Chad Clark on Beauty Pill's "Steven and Tiwonge," a song about a gay couple in Malawi sentenced to 14 years in prison for their sexuality.<p>On Sunday's <i>All Things Considered</i>, you'll hear Beauty Pill's …

Beauty

Killer Mike Recaps the White House Correspondents' Dinner

As previously reported, Killer Mike attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner last night. He was there representing The Huffington Post, which explains why he got that awesome Run the Jewels-repping selfie with Arianna Huffington. Find his social media recap of the event …

Social Media

Killer Mike talks race and politics at MIT — watch

Run the Jewels // Photo by Ben Kaye<p><i>Photo by ​Ben Kaye</i><p>Kanye West may have taught a court-mandated class on fashion, but Killer Mike got to be head of …

Five new albums to try this week: Alabama Shakes, Jlin and more

Tyler, the Creator – Cherry Bomb (Odd Future)<p><b>Why you should listen</b>: Unexpected chillwave production flourishes, discordant piano lines and the odd instrumental interlude take centre-stage over Tyler’s potty-mouthed raps, on this surprise-released fourth album.<p><b>It might not be for you if</b>… You think …

Pictures of the Week 4.24.15

Martial Arts

Inside a 'Game of Thrones' watch party at a Chicago bar

It may have taken less effort to secure a seat on the Iron Throne. For the last two weeks, Donn Gurule had been searching for a Chicago bar that shows "Game of Thrones," HBO's popular fantasy drama.<p>The first bar he visited turned him away because there was no room, Gurule said. The second bar he …

Sex crimes, drugs and dead soldiers: The U.S. military’s secret African shame

Legal documents, Pentagon reports and a host of FOIA requests reveal AFRICOM’s widespread malfeasance<p>Six people lay lifeless in the filthy brown water.<p>It was 5:09 a.m. when their Toyota Land Cruiser plunged off a bridge in the West African country of Mali. For about two seconds, the SUV sailed …

Corruption

Facebook Video Is On Course To Steal YouTube's Crown

Facebook video is big and it’s getting bigger. For the first time, YouTube really needs to worry about losing its position as the king of online video.<p>Facebook video, which is relatively young in comparison to YouTube which launched in 2005, is now delivering 4 billion daily viewers. That’s up from …

Michael Brown family files lawsuit, seeks at least $75,000 in Ferguson case

<b>(CNN) —</b> The family of Michael Brown has filed a civil lawsuit against the city of Ferguson under Missouri's "wrongful death statute," family attorney Benjamin Crump said in a statement Thursday.<p>The suit seeks punitive and compensatory damages in excess of $75,000, in addition to attorney …

Justice

Baltimore protests: 5 questions demonstrators are asking

<b>(CNN) —</b> Protests are gaining steam in Baltimore after a man died from a devastating injury he allegedly suffered while in police custody.<p>Demonstrators have vowed they'll keep taking to the streets until they get justice. To start, protesters say they're looking for answers about what happened to …

Justice

10 Free Online Courses First-time Entrepreneurs Shouldn’t Miss

Coursera is one of the most popular online platforms which provide free online courses from top universities and colleges worldwide. We are able to …

Management

Emily Calandrelli: Why America needs STEM literacy.

Critical thinking is important. If we blindly believe everything we hear, well then, we’re in for a world of hurt.<p>Phil Plait writes <b>Slate</b>’s Bad …

Critical Thinking

Mobb Deep Talk Career Beginnings & 'The Infamous' on Its 20th Anniversary

Prodigy & Havoc also say they're hoping to have a new album out this year.<p>Two teenagers are standing outside of Island Def Jam on Broadway soliciting …

The Miseducation of Hip-Hop

Recently, I explored golden age hip-hop MCs in order to gain a better appreciation of hip-hop music and culture. After listening to fourteen albums …

Watch A Trailer For RBMA's Tribute To 80s Hip-Hop Radio

Some New York City-dwellers have the age and experience required to remember <b>Kool DJ Red Alert</b>‘s weekly radio hours–and some are stuck playing …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Meet The Kanye West Collaborator Making Hip-Hop With Mumford & Sons – 88-Keys Interview

88-Keys counts rap A-listers Kanye West, Jay Z, Mos Def, The Pharcyde and Talib Kweli among his impressive list of collaborators, so picture our …