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A girl gets a dose of the Cuban made Soberana-02 vaccine for COVID-19 in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021.

Cuba begins vaccinating children as young as two for Covid-19

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

By Patrick Oppmann, CNN — The Cuban government has begun to vaccinate children as young as two years old for COVID-19, the island’s state media reported, in a bid to get kids back into classrooms. While other countries have said they will eventually vaccinate children, Cuba is believed to be the first to give Covid-19 vaccines to toddlers. In September, it declared that its homegrown vaccines were safe to give…

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Zaila Avant-garde

Zaila Avant-garde becomes first Black American winner of Scripps National Spelling Bee

By Editors' Choice

Zaila, a 14-year-old from Harvey, La., won on the word “Murraya.” She became the first Black American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee in almost 100 years of contests. By Maria Cramer and Alan Yuhas, NYT — The national spelling bee has been held for almost 100 years, and for decades, its organizers have steadily made the words more difficult, veering into the realms of medicine, art, zoology and…

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Environmental Academy

How the meticulous bookkeeping of two sisters led to reparations for Black people across the country

By Reparations

One program that benefited helps expose D.C. teenagers to nature, often for the first time. By Theresa Vargas, The Washington Post — The teenagers show up each Saturday to explore patches of nature in a city where it’s easy to forget so much greenery exists. Some of the middle-schoolers who come have grown up exploring the outdoors with relatives and learning the names of the wildlife around them. But most…

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Deante Campbell of Sanford joins student protesters during a demonstration June 4 against institutional racism at South Portland Police Station.

Teenagers lead the way in Black Lives Matter movement

By News & Current Affairs

Nationally and in Maine, young people of color are leading protests and asking their local leaders to address systemic racism. By Megan Gray, Press Herald — Mariam Beshir spent the days leading up to her graduation from Gorham High School organizing a Black Lives Matter march in her town. She wanted to celebrate. But she knew that Tamir Rice should have graduated from his own high school this year if…

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Teens Protest

Black Lives Matter Protests Bring Teen Activists Into the Streets

By News & Current Affairs

“My people are being killed.” By Sarah Emily Baum, Teen Vogue — Veteran organizers, like Nupol Kiazolu, the 19-year-old president of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, are familiar with the ebbs and flows of a protest. She stood nose-to-nose with Nazis in Charlottesville. She’s fled law enforcement with rifle sights set on her chest. She knows it means risking her life, even before the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

What About the Children?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — Do you see the light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel? With all 50 states and the District of Columbia) either lifting “shelter in place” orders or relaxing them, with restaurants opening, albeit at half capacity, things seem to be slowly returning to “normal” whatever that is.  Many of us are still “social distancing,” as defined by the Centers for Disease Control as staying…

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Young Black Men

About that April 2019 Jobs Report

By News & Current Affairs

Aspects of the report are disturbing. Over the last year, the black unemployment rate has risen 0.2 percentage points to 6.7 percent and the white unemployment rate has dropped 0.4 percentage point to 3.1 percent. The rise is all among black men. By Portside —  Economy Adds 263,000 Jobs in April as Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.6 Percent By Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research 45% Of Young…

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Nov 19th Edition of Vantage Point Radio: Can the Working Families Party Be the Third Force in American Politics?

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Topics: Protecting the Financial Health of New York Consumers • “The Adultrification of Black Youth in the Criminal Justice System” • Can the Working Families Party Become the Third Force in American Politics. Guests: Lorelei Salas (New York Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, New York, NY) and Jeree Thomas (Policy Director, The Campaign for Youth Justice, Washington, D.C.)

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