Monthly Archives: September 2012

A Dangerous Time for Teen Drug Informants

Between police and drug dealers, the war on drugs continues, and often it’s the informants who are walking the deadliest path. According to a New Yorker investigative piece, police are increasingly using young untrained men and women to tangle with high-level dealers. For some of the families of informants who have died at the hands of criminals, it’s time to take legal action against their local law enforcement.

Every day, offenders are sent out to perform high-risk police operations with few legal protections. Some are juveniles, occasionally as young as fourteen or fifteen. Some operate through the haze of addiction; others, like Hoffman, are enrolled in state-mandated treatment programs that prohibit their association with illegal drugs of any kind. Many have been given false assurances by the police, used without regard for their safety, and treated

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BET Hip-Hop Awards 2012: Red-Carpet Stars

Check the Vote 2012

Will you vote this year? Wait, can you?

Get the latest news on changing voter laws, election strategies and more, on The Root.

Not registered to vote yet? Time is running out!


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‘Killing’ as a Solution to Chicago’s Violence?

In Chicago, the murder rate is so high that the city made national news this summer, including reports of drive-by shootings. In response to the increasing violence, local CBS Chicago reporter Walter Jacobson sat down with about a dozen young black men, who he says are gang members, to hear their thoughts on the crime wave.

“There’s no solution to the violence,” one gang member tells him. “Killing, killing is the solution.”

Jacobson asked the young man if he would kill personally, if he had to.

“I’ve never killed before, but if I had a gun in my possession,” he said.

Jacobson says he has been walking the blocks for many years, but the state of despair never changes – poverty, sticks and stains.

The gang members do not like the state of affairs any more than anyone

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N.J. State Senator Wants Law to Ban Replacement Refs

New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney wants to introduce a law that would ban replacement referees from being used in professional sporting events in his state.

Many observers had anticipated that it would take political pressure for the NFL and the referees union to come to an agreement.

And while there is no team in the NFL that is labeled as “New Jersey,” both the New York Giants and the New York Jets would be impacted by the law, as they both play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., reports Politico.

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JWoww Engaged: What Should ‘Jersey Shore’ Star Put in the Prenup?

Woww. Jersey Shore‘s JWoww is engaged. Hope she has a prenup.

If you’ve been a fan of MTV’s Jersey Shore, you’ll know that JWoww has been dating Roger Matthews for the past few years.

Roger seems to meet all of JWoww’s criteria for a dream man. He’s heavily tanned, heavily tattooed, and his hair is heavily greased up.

But credit the man for knowing how to propose and getting a girl to say yes.

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How to Get a Small Business Disaster Loan

Is your small business reeling from the economic effects of a recent disaster? If so, you may qualify for a small business disaster loan to help get you and your business back on your feet.

A small business doesn’t have to be physically damaged in order to qualify for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan from the Small Business Administration. These loans focus solely on how cash-strapped a business is, not how much physical damage it’s suffered.

How much money is at stake? It depends on the scope of the disaster. For example, after Hurricane Isaac slammed parts of the Gulf Coast last month, the SBA

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4 tips to avoid political divisiveness in the workplace

Craig Cowart, a partner in the Memphis office of labor attorneys Fisher  Phillips, offers four tips for employers to avoid troublesome political discourse in the workplace.

Craig Cowart, a partner in the Memphis office of labor attorneys Fisher Phillips, offers four tips for employers to avoid troublesome political discourse in the workplace.


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Interracial Dating, a Civil Rights Protest

When XOJane contributor Shayla Pierce, a black woman, began dating and fell in love with her white boyfriend, she thought it was because of their own happy luck. Now, after watching Republican pundit and author Ann Coulter on Fox Friends jokingly talk about white men dating black women as trying to be “Freedom Riders,” she realized that some may think her beau is actually attempting to make a civil rights statement about equality.

While Ann was most likely being slightly facetious, her misstatement got me thinking of some of the dumb assumptions that people have made about my boyfriend because he dates black women. For example:

Hes a Sugar Daddy

According to this widely observed theory, there’s only one thing that could have me snuggling up under the arm of a blue-eyed Irish boy: cold hard

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Usher vs. Tameka: Who Gets My Sympathy?

The unraveling of Usher’s marriage to Tameka Raymond has long been a public spectacle, and last week the two battled each other in another forum, the celebrity interview. Usher sat down with Oprah Winfrey for an episode of her OWN show The Next Chapter, during which he admitted that he’d slept with one of his ex’s bridesmaids.

Days later Tameka, in an Entertainment Tonight televised sit-down, blamed the woman for her affair with her ex-husband, among other things, which has left The Root’s contributing editor Demetria L. Lucas, also a columnist for Essence, bewildered by all of the former couple’s admissions and finger-pointing. 

So there she was on ET, sitting in the house she once shared with her husband, and I was watching, kind of baffled. I’d expected her to respond immediately, because she often defends

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