Are Atheists Just Like You and Me?

Atheists

There are roughly 34 million adults in the United States who claim no religious denomination. Straight Up: Urban Voice junior Hannah Cuthbertson of Kettle Run High in Warrenton, VA, spent some time hanging around a few thousand atheists rallying on the National Mall this spring to find out why organized religion turns them off. Some say, their conversion occurred after reading the Bible.

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Trying to Get Minorities to Attend Private Schools is Tough

Private School Diversity

All private schools claim to be champions of diversity. Some make valient efforts. Some are successful, most are not. Public school figures for Maryland show a diversity rate of about 50 percent. Most independent schools, such as the Park School of Baltimore, can’t seem to surpass 30 percent. Straight Up: Urban Voice’s Nathan Randrianarvielo, who is a senior at the Park School, explores why.

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Staying Back to Get a Jump on College Scholarships Is it Right?

Reclassifying

With college education costs skyrocketing, some talented basketball players are choosing to stay an extra year in high school. They want to improve their game and stand out against younger, less experienced players so they can land a full scholarship. Straight Up: Urban Voice junior, Breana Bacon, of Elizabeth Seton High reports on these college hopefuls, who are making a huge sacrifice.

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Bounty Scandal Isn’t Just Happening in the NFL

Bounty Scandal

Everyone knows football is a rough and tumble sport. However, eyebrows are raised when we learn that players are paid a “bounty” to brutally take out the competition. Straight Up Urban Voice senior Connor Murray from Osbourn Park High in Manassas, VA, reports bounty programs can turn up in high school football and sometimes exposure starts even earlier…

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Straight Up: Urban Voice – Spring 2011

Open/Billboard                                   Nigel Peterson
Newscast                                            Amuche Nwafor
25th anniversary vignette –  The United States bombs Libya
25th anniversary vignette – Chernobyl Nuclear accident
Westboro Protest                                Amuche Nwafor
Negative Stereotypes                         Nigel Peterson
US Born                                               Cara Bernard
25th anniversary vignette – Space shuttle Challenger explodes
25th anniversary vignette – Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday first observed
Promo                                                  Nigel Peterson
25th anniversary vignette – Instant replay is first used in professional sports
25th anniversary vignette – The Rock -n-Roll Hall of Fame honors its first inductees
Shades of Beauty                                  Racquel Young
Wake & Bake                                         Lauren Johnson
Cherry Shake                                         Khaya Carter
25th anniversary vignette  – The Oprah Winfrey Show goes national
African-Am Civil War Museum              Cara Bernard
Kool Klux                                               Khaya Carter
Silver Wedding Anniversary                 Jalen Edmonds
End Credits                                            Lauren Johnson

US Born: from Africa to America

US Born

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Shades of Beauty

Shades of Beauty

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Wake & Bake!

Wake & Bake

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