After announcing a bid for the White House, Senator Kamala Harris has been at the center of controversy. Many are speculating whether she is working towards change or attempting to use the Black community as a stepping stone to becoming the Democratic presidential nominee.Read More
A disparaging microscope hovers over Black female hair, especially within the present-day era of dominating social media.Read More
American youth, especially those within the Black community, learn to suppress most of their negative emotions at an early age through the lack of conversation about mental health.Read More
Since students received their first phone, they’ve constantly been told to stay off it by parents, teachers and even media outlets. Students often consider using less screen time to focus on studies, but sometimes can’t help themselves.Read More
In September, two women, Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, accused then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting them in the early 1980s.Read More
Voter disenfranchisement laws are statutes that suppress the voting rights of reformed felons and individuals on parole or probation, often varying according to state legislature. As America’s rate of incarceration swells, augmented by the prevalence of police forces emboldened by remarks sanctioning police brutality by the president, the rate of voter suppression expands.Read More
What does it mean to be black and excellent? If you search Twitter, Instagram or any other social media where #BlackExcellence exists, to be black and excellent, means to be black and successful. It means to be black and to be an aspiring doctor, lawyer, scientist, engineering other jobs that traditionally correlate to wealth and intelligence.Read More
One would think that in 2017 sexual harassment, assault and misconduct of women in the workplace would be a thing of the past. In the weeks since Actress Ashley Judd came out in a New York Times article accusing film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, legions of other women like Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow Rose McGowan and most recently Lupita Nyong’o have stepped forward and recounted their horrific encounters with Weinstein. Some are accusing him of sexual harassment, assault and in the most extreme cases, rape.Read More
BY AMINA LAMPKIN
What do you all think about Halloween? How has your outlook on the ghoulish night changed as you’ve grown older?
I’ve always loved the holiday. It was fun driving past the inflatable pumpkins in my neighbors’ yards or seeing what creative costumes my classmates came up with. Even now, I still enjoy Halloween. But, each year I wonder what ridiculous and insensitive costumes I’ll see on my social media feeds.
It doesn’t even have to be Halloween for traditional and significant aspects belonging to a specific culture to be appropriated. We see it everyday. But Halloween brings cultural appropriation to new heights.
BY AMINA LAMPKIN
Launched on Oct. 5, 2017, Blitter is an independently black-owned social media app for black Twitter users. Blitter is similar to Twitter: users can create 120-character posts (known as bleets) with embedded videos, limited to 15 seconds in length, and images. The app’s interface includes a popular and recent section. Having been on the app store for less than two weeks, Blitter is still a bit glitchy; however, founder and developer Patrick Harris, is working hard to get rid of bugs.
by JULIAN HOLMES
In the wake of recent tragedies such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the recent massacre in Las Vegas, and other disasters that have transpired in the last month, the world has been shocked numb.Read More
BY AMINA LAMPKIN
If you google “what is a lone wolf,” 14 million results will appear. The first answer is a definition from the dictionary: a person who prefers to act or be alone. As you continue to scroll through the results, more often than not it is used as a character trait to describe mass shooters.Read More
Despite Dove’s management having removed the advertisement and apologized for its insensitivity, their repetition is indicative of a larger issue at hand.Read More
One would never suspect that hair could be such a difficult commodity - that certain hair wouldn’t be accepted in particular places. However, the corporate world has proven to make things more and more difficult.Read More
Stereotypical personas, ranging from “Jezebel,” “Sapphire,” “Mammy,” “Brute,” and “Uncle Tom,” are memorialized as the misrepresentation of black people and are constantly scripted into films and predominantly reality television series.Read More
Thompson’s story of entrepreneurship is not different from the stories I listened to while attending The Naturalista Hair Show. The Naturalista Hair Show displays, not only the beauty of Black natural hair, but also the power of passion in entrepreneurship.Read More
Words and phrases comprised of “ight,” “finna,” and “fleek” are often displayed through social media sites such as Instagram and Twitter, and inevitably adopted by a greater audience as it begins to infiltrate the scripts of television series, clothing brands and the jargon of entertainment news reporters with expectations of appearing more, “hip with the times,” “gangsta” or “trendy.”Read More
The end of the spring semester is a time filled with nostalgia and bittersweet memories, and a time of reflection for many college students as they embark on the journey ahead. But for the University of Maryland and the Bowie State University, the conclusion of last semester unveiled the bubbling racial tensions on campus.Read More
Gabriella Estevez felt empowered as she left Stamp Student Union on Thursday.
On Feb. 9, Estevez was one of several students who attended the “Purpose, Pipelines, and Presence Intentionality in Graduate Education Diversity,” presented by the Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion.Read More