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Thursday, April 3, 2014

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New York City Schools Are The Most Segregated In The Nation: New York is said to be a microcosm of the entire country because it is deemed to be such a melting pot of nationalities and culture. However, according to a recent study New York has the most segregated public schools in the nation. Some say charter schools are to blame, but charter schools only serve 6% of all children in New York. In 2014 one might expect the most segregated schools to be found in red states not in a so-called progressive/liberal blue state like New York. However, economic inequality normally follow racial lines. The schools with the most black students always seem to be under served and under funded. Schools with a majority white student body don't face the same budgetary and financial constraints.

Using Fashion To Educate and empower Women: Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion brand that hires high potential women in Uganda to make sandals to enable them to earn money through dignified employment that will go directly towards their college educations and ensure they will continue pursuing their dreams. To date, they've enabled 47 women to continue on to university. "We currently employ 50 women in Uganda from all walks of life. We believe that every woman has a dream. When she is given the opportunity to pursue those dreams, we are collectively walking towards a brighter and more just and beautiful world" says Sseko of their program.

DJ Tiger Paying Homage To Frankie Knuckles: By now most fans of urban music have learned that the legendary House Music DJ Frankie Knuckles has made  his transition and joined the ancestors. Frankie Knuckles is to House Music what Kool Herc is to Hip-Hop. The Bronx born Knuckles moved from New York to Chicago and began spinning at a club known as The Warehouse. The rare records he played became known as House Music, a name that was derived from the name of the club- The Warehouse. Knuckles went on to record full-length albums and even won a Grammy in 1998. Off The Corners' own DJ Tiger is working on a tribute mix that will pay homage to the great Frankie Knuckles. Salute! 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

GNSF! Crazy Legs On CNN "How Breakdancing Inspires Ugandan Youth

By Dita Quinones

Wowzers Cadowzers! The revolution has been televised: Breakdancing inspires youth in Uganda. And Crazy Legs is the leader. You know you’re doing big things when you’re A.K.A. is made middle name to your government name. Legs was introduced by CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux as Richard Crazy Legs” Colon.” She asked him how she should address him and he humbly stated, “Legs.”


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