Enduring Myths, News / February 28, 2019 Blackface in the Spotlight, Again

By Tai Spears A recent series of scandals, and the backlash and public scrutiny that follow, has brought the issue of “blackface” to the forefront. Although it has become a trending topic of controversy, the use of blackface is nothing new in American culture. Its reemergence in the news, however, has reminded many of the...

Black History Month, Health and Beauty / February 27, 2019 When a Hairstyle Is … Sustenance

By Kyra Azore Cornrows have a rich history in the black community, a traditional hairstyle that traveled to America in the belly of the slave ship 400 years ago and can still be seen marching in the streets for freedom today. But cornrows have a more engrained purpose in the history of African Americans. It...

Black History Month, For the Record, Health and Beauty / February 27, 2019 When a Hairstyle Is … Freedom

By Sabrina Shanghie What if I told you the trendy cornrow styles of 2019 once served as a gateway to freedom for enslaved African Americans hundreds of years ago? In the past decade, many cultures have embraced the beauty of cornrows, including some who don’t understand the deep history that the style holds. Braids may...

Are Black Entrepreneurs Being Locked Out of the Burgeoning Marijuana Business?
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Are Black Entrepreneurs Being Locked Out of the Burgeoning Marijuana Business?

By Niaja Smith WASHINGTON –The market for marijuana is booming. Seven states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use. An additional 22 states have made medical use of marijuana lawful. Along with buying marijuana to smoke, customers can now get cannabis-infused candy, cookies, brownies, sodas and cuisine prepared by specialized marijuana…

As the Floodwaters Rose, So Did Some Retailers’ Prices
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As the Floodwaters Rose, So Did Some Retailers’ Prices

After nearly every major disaster, there are reports of businesses taking advantage of desperate and dazed consumers, jacking prices up by two or three times the normal cost for the basics. This year was no different. In the wake of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and, most recently, Maria, thousands of complaints of price gouging followed. Soon…

Is Interest in Classical Music Dying?
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Is Interest in Classical Music Dying?

By Bria Nicole Stone Classical music is one of the oldest forms of music, lasting for over 400 years. In the past classical music was so popular that it was once a core class for many students during the Renaissance Era. Classical music has been a way to indicate class and social status, and many…

Haitian Immigrants Ordered to Return Home
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Haitian Immigrants Ordered to Return Home

By Tyler Brady WASHINGTON –The Trump administration announced Nov. 20 that it is ending a program that for the past seven years has allowed thousands of Haitians to live and work in the United States following a natural disaster in their country. When and Why Did the Haitians Come to the U.S.? In 2010, an…

Is It Time to Put Down Soul Food?
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Is It Time to Put Down Soul Food?

By Tyler Brady WASHINGTON — As we enjoy the holiday season, Americans will be involved in two of their favorite seasonal activities– shopping and eating. It is the time to dine on many of those dishes primarily reserved for this time of the year, and for black Americans, it is a chance to indulge in…

What Were Those Green Berets Doing in Niger?
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What Were Those Green Berets Doing in Niger?

  By Kiana Kisino After four American troops were killed in Niger this month, President Donald Trump faced backlash for telling the widow of one of the soldiers that her husband “knew what he signed up for.” Since then, questions have been raised about the U.S. presence in Niger. • Why are U.S. troops even…

What You Should Know About the Iran Nuclear Deal
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What You Should Know About the Iran Nuclear Deal

By Niaja Smith WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is threatening to pull the United States out of the historic deal that it and more than two dozen other countries negotiated under former President Barack Obama to halt Iran’s efforts to build nuclear weapons. Speaking to the United Nations this week, Trump called the agreement “an…

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