Youth to Leaders National Summit Begins

Today, the Tavis Smiley Foundation kicks off a five-day conference dubbed the Youth to Leaders National Summit in Washington, D.C. The summit highlights some of the issues facing black youth in America. Monday's topic focuses on how the media portrays African-American youth. NPR's Tavis Smiley asks his four guest panelists if the media accurately portrays black youth. Are the statistics about black youth heard and read in the media helpful, hurtful or just hype? And do black youth help feed negative stereotypes through hip-hop music and videos? Tavis talks with Cornel West, Princeton University professor and regular commentator; Aaron McGruder, syndicated cartoonist and creator of "Boondocks"; Jonathan Quarles, a senior at Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University; and Elicia Wyman, a junior at Ohio State University.

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