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YSB BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPECIAL CELEBRATES HEROES PAST AND THE FOOTPRINTS OF A NEW GENERATION

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- "The color of the skin is in no way connected with the strength of the mind or intellectual powers." -- Benjamin Banneker, astronomer, inventor and mathematician, 1791.
 Two hundred years later, Banneker's words remind us that self- determination transcends the boundaries of color -- from the director's seat where actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner now sits, to the Ivy League halls of America's institutions of higher education.
 In the feature, "The Rise of Racism on Campus," it's reported that upward of 800,000 college students of every race will be affected this year by brewing racial tensions and the rise of "ethno- violence" on campus; YSB (Young Sisters & Brothers Magazine) tells how to stay strong and stomp out racial ignorance on campus.
 "Right Here, Right Now!" is the cover story interview with actor writer, producer and director Warner, speaking candidly about show business, mentor Bill "the Cos" Cosby and Warner's new sitcom brainchild, "Here and Now." The future of the show is anyone's call, but Warner is obviously headed in the right direction.
 The YSB Black History Month salute to African Americans past and present is proof that self-determination transcends the boundaries of color. The "Down with the Underground" feature article tracks the steps of thousands of enslaved African-Americans who chose the road to freedom on the Underground Railroad. The essay, "Footprint of Color," written by 18-year-old Kobie T. Boykins (the first-place winner of the "What's the Word?" Essay Contest sponsored by BET/YSB, Coca Cola and Cox Cable Company), recognizes the heroes and heroines of yesterday and challenges young people to boldly step to the world.
 Young, gifted and "phat" describes both the young designers whose fierce fashions are showcased in the "Eight Young Designers" fashion feature, as well as today's bright young musicians following in the jazz tradition, America's true classical music. Poet Jayne Cortez looks at jazz greats from the '40s and '50s in her poem, "Jazz Fan Looks Back," featured in the "Reflections" column. Readers who are musically or creatively inclined are also invited to write, direct and star in their own homemade music video for the National Nutrition Music Video Contest.
 Love is in the air in "Day for Chocolate Kisses," a heartwarming roundup of favorite Valentine's Day memories for young people, including Prince protege Tevin Campbell and "A Different World's" Karen White. And the serious issue of sexual harassment is debated in "Posse Talk" (YSB's monthly teen-age and young adult discussion group).
 YSB is published by Paige Publication, 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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