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  • "Yet the election of the first African American president happened in spite of Harlem's clubhouse — and was a sign of its power fading. The landscape had been shifting for years. Black voters had been moving to the outer boroughs and suburbs, and Harlem's political heirs came to prominence in places like southern Queens and central Brooklyn."
  • "The greatest opportunity for young people like Felipe lies in the passage of the federal Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, also known as the Dream Act. In a 2009 report, The College Board estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate each year from high school. The legislation would enable those who arrived in the United States before 16 and have lived here at least five consecutive years to obtain residency."
  • "Social acceptance and the multilayered nature of the caste system inform not only the social but also the economic and occupational aspects of the lives of Dalit women. Their occupational pattern is impacted by resource rights such as land and credit, access to education and modern skills, and restrictions on labour mobility. Several village studies (Thorat, 2005) have pointed to exclusion in the hiring of labour and low wage rates, the discrimination being greater in the case of Dalit women than men."
  • "The incident was the latest in a series of problems the retailer has had in its dealings with minorities and women.
    "There have been several past instances of black customers claiming they were treated unfairly at Walmart stores, and the company faced lawsuits alleging that women were passed over in favor of men for pay raises and promotions."
  • “My professors were not that excited to see me in their classes,” said Mae C. Jemison, a chemical engineer and the first African-American female astronaut, who works with Bayer’s science literacy project. “When I would ask a question, they would just look at me like, ‘Why are you asking that?’ But when a white boy down the row would ask the very same question, they’d say ‘astute observation.’ ”
  • "Black women suffer the most from being locked out-of their apartments. According to a recent Milwaukee study, in every one in every 20 renters are evicted each year. But in neighborhoods where most residents are Black, the numbers change significantly. One in every 10 renters is evicted every year, and those evicted are usually Black women, 40% are Black single mothers. This has been referred to as the “feminine equivalent to incarceration.” While much focus has been paid to foreclosures and its devastating effects in recent years, eviction can have just as crippling an impact to one’s life as well. Not only does eviction go on your credit report and lowers your FICO score, but it will make it harder for you to find another apartment, as most landlords won’t rent to you. Higher rental rates, security deposits and penalty fees are to be expected too."
  • "A beautiful girl with a checkered past and the poor delivery boy who loves her – it could be any soap opera on one of hundreds of Arabic channels, but it's not. "Shankaboot" is a digital experiment in storytelling made for the Web, and its success could usher in a new genre of serial drama in the Arab world.

    "In the first 10 episodes, we are introducing lovely, interesting characters that young people can identify with," producer Katia Saleh told The Times. "Down the line, [we'll] introduce other topics that would appeal to Arab youth and are not brought up in the mainstream media, something appropriate for the Web.""

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