Engage: Dream Act divide; Top-earning African-Americans
Students protest in support of the Dream Act in Los Angeles.
November 21st, 2011
12:33 PM ET

Engage: Dream Act divide; Top-earning African-Americans

Engage with news and opinions from around the web about under-reported, untold stories from undercovered communities.

Survey: Ethnic divide on California Dream Act
The Los Angeles Times reports that 79% of Latinos and 30% of whites approve of a new California law that would "permit undocumented students who graduated from California high schools and meet other requirements to receive taxpayer aid to attend the University of California, Cal State and community colleges starting in 2013." - The Los Angeles Times

Meet the African-American 1%
Who are the top-earning blacks? They account for 1.4% of the top 1% of households by income. This is the first in a three-part series.  - TheGrio.com FULL POST

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November 21st, 2011
10:00 AM ET

At 61, grandad lives gridiron dream

By Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN

Montgomery, Alabama (CNN) - Barring one photo on his desk, Alan Moore's dorm room looks like most others.

Sparsely furnished and 12-by-15 feet, it has cinder block walls and a sole window overlooking the Faulkner University campus. Three pairs of jeans hang from the back of the door near a cooler of soft drinks. A half roll of athletic tape straps a 13-inch TV to the foot of the bed.

On a recent afternoon after class, the place smells like air freshener, perhaps in anticipation of yet another reporter's arrival. A practice football uniform sits crumpled on a chair in the corner. There are no dartboards on the wall, no supermodel posters, no rock 'n' roll icons - only a Faulkner football schedule.

On Moore's desk, cluttered with pens, paper, a calculator, Bible, thesaurus and a bottle of Advil, the framed photo stands out: It shows a padded-up Moore alongside his five grandkids.

At 61, Moore may seem like an odd fixture on campus, but in many ways, he fits right in. He came here to go to school, to play football.

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November 21st, 2011
06:00 AM ET

Goldie Taylor: Finding the courage to tell the story of my abuse

Editor’s note: Goldie Taylor is an Atlanta-based cable news contributor, author and columnist. She is managing editor of The Goldie Taylor Project and CEO of the advertising agency Goldie Taylor OmniMedia.

By Goldie Taylor, Special to CNN


It was supposed to be the best year of my life. I was at the top of my class and got my first car, a 1974 Ford Mustang.

But it was also the year that I was repeatedly molested by a school football coach. Twenty-six years later, just when I thought I had neatly folded and tucked it away for good, I am still battling shame and guilt.

A few days ago, I found a copy of the grand jury report detailing allegations of child rape against a former Penn State University football coach on the Internet. The first few paragraphs left me speechless. I tried again and again to read it. But I couldn't get past the first several pages. I laid the document on my coffee table and went for a walk. It was after midnight and the streets were empty. Alone with myself under the soft glow of streetlights, I began to weep.


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