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YSB MAGAZINE CLOCKS THE NEW YEAR STRONG ON KNOWLEDGE, POWER, FAITH AND UNITY IN '93

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 ~PRNewswire~ -- The special December~January holiday issue of YSB sums up what's important to youth today: family, faith, unity and knowledge. These issues are addressed throughout the special Christmas~Kwanzaa issue.
 YSB tackles a fresh agenda for the new year in the feature article "Computer Black, Computer Blue." As it stands now, computer blues confront the majority of African American students who, for the most part, are getting a raw deal; now here's how African American students, their parents, teachers and school administrations are hooking up to lobby for computers in predominantly black schools.
 Hip hoppers from all walks of life emphasize empowerment. YSB kicks it with platinum-selling recording artist LL Cool J -- James Todd Smith -- and master mixer Marly Marl at Marl's "house of hits." LL ("Mama Said Knock You Out") tells how faith and family have helped him to bounce back harder and stronger as one of rap's biggest stars, and with a def new groove. In "Reflections" rapper KRS One (Kris Parker), tells how faith and trust in himself helped him to persevere during his homeless days on the streets of New York City.
 "Posse Talk" (YSB's monthly teenage and young adult discussion group) confronts the issue of homelessness; the group of Washington high school and college students reveal their true feelings about homeless people and solutions to this social phenomenon. Young people nationwide also respond to the issue in the monthly survey column, "What's Your View?"
 On the sports tip, YSB profiles the comeback of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham who's back from a knee injury that sidelined him for most of last season. Meanwhile, top ranked high school basketball player Rasheed Wallace is keeping his feet planted firmly in reality, but enjoying his first taste of fame in the "Game Time" column. Also ridin' high in this issue is equestrian extraordinaire Melanie Wright, one of a tiny number of African Americans crackin' the whip on horseback.
 In whimsical style, black designers show off fashions in the fast lane of hip-hop culture starring Jamaican rapper Chubb Rock, whose new album is reviewed in "Hype." The fashion-conscious and money- wise should also check out the bumpin' Afrocentric athletic footwear showcased in "Work Tip." Already an award-winning mechanical engineer for General Motors, entrepreneur Harold Martin tells how he went from employee to MVP -- the first and only African American manufacturer of athletic footwear.
 Afrocentric games presented in "What's Going On" and a special "Bookin" t?ion offer culturally enriching gift ideas for Christmas and Kwanzaa shoppers, while "Mo' Money" peeps gift selections from $5-$30. "Worldbeat" offers musical holiday choices, including the new four-CD compilation of reggae music by luminary Bob Marley and hips readers to the social protest Maori music made by rappers Down Under, sure to be a hit with someone special.
 YSB is published by Paige Publications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Black Entertainment Television (BET). BET is the nation's first and only cable television network providing quality programming targeted toward African Americans.
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 ~CONTACT: Pat Symonds or Shelley Walker of YSB, 202-298-8063~


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