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African American teen dating abuse is a learned behavior

As summer begins to approach us quickly, school is beginning to come to a close. Many youth just experienced one of the best moments of their lives: Prom. Many of us remember how special that night was. We got dressed up to a T, got someone in our family to rent a car for us, got our hair crisp and whipped, and got a lot of attention on that night. It is definitely a special moment in life that many of us cherish, and should. Continue Reading →

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U Have the Right sounds the alarm on teen rape


Ages ago, 2002 to be exact, I had the opportunity to review U Have the Right, a remarkable recording from HSRA (High School for the Recording Arts), Another LevelRecords and Forward Recordings. Financed in the main by Cornerstone (, the Minnesota Lynx and Verizon Wireless, it hit me square between the eyes with something for which I was not the least bit ready. Rape, prevalent as it is among adults, had indeed made an impression, prompting me to write commentaries. For some reason, though, teen rape hadn’t crossed my mind until this disc landed on my desk. I guess, walking down the street, I just looked at adolescents, saw boys bristling with brash energy, fully convinced they run the world, kept going and, by the time I hit the corner, had my mind on something else. Continue Reading →

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