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Republican school board in N.C. seeks to abolish integration

The sprawling Wake County School District has long been a rarity. Some of its best, most diverse schools are in the poorest sections of this capital city. And its suburban schools, rather than being exclusive enclaves, include children whose parents cannot afford a house in the neighborhood.

But over the past year, a new majority-Republican school board backed by national tea party conservatives has set the district on a strikingly different course. Pledging to “say no to the social engineers!” it has abolished the policy behind one of the nation’s most celebrated integration efforts.

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Blogs

Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Wives: Antoine Dodson x Social Justice x Black Bourgeoisie

Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Wives, and Your Husbands: Antoine Dodson and the Collision of Media Images, Social Justice, and the Black Bourgeoisie

The Background : It Aint Over!

Though the furor over the original video has been replaced with a catchy song, as Teddy Riley (G-rated version) and Ice Cube (R-rated version) have quipped: “it aint over!”  With over 32 million views on YouTube and a live performance on the BET Awards, Antoine Dodson and his story continue to remain extremely relevant.

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Entertainment

Magic Johnson fights to improve diversity on and behind television

The Lakers aren’t the only team Earvin “Magic” Johnson is rooting for. The former basketball star is also throwing his weight behind cable powerhouse Comcast’s proposed $30-billion deal to take control of General Electric Co.’s NBC Universal.

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Sports

Pat O’Conner Honored for Diversity Efforts in Baseball

Since taking over as Minor League Baseball‘s president in 2007, Pat O’Conner has strived to diversify what has historically been a homogeneous industry.

These efforts were formally recognized on Wednesday morning, with the announcement that O’Conner has been named the recipient of this year’s Selig Mentoring Award.

This annual honor was established in 2007 by the McLendon Scholarship Steering Committee, which is comprised of the 15 minority athletic directors currently helming Division 1-A sports programs. The award is named in recognition of commissioner Bud Selig, who has dedicated himself to creating equal employment opportunities throughout Major League Baseball. Previous recipients include Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney and Vince Dooley, former president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.