Erica Blount

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The Rap Trap: Degradation vs. Empowerment

By Aiyana Fewell, Courtney Williams, Darreonna Davis, Ianna Fenton, Leelyn Ellis and Rachelle Smith Since its inception in the 1980s, hip-hop music has been under scrutiny by various groups of people for a litany of reasons. Some of these reasons include violence, poor representation of African American people and degradation of Black women. Music is…

‘This Is All for Him’: Dom Miguel Stix Is This Family’s Legacy
News

‘This Is All for Him’: Dom Miguel Stix Is This Family’s Legacy

By Briana Alvarado Born in the Dominican Republic, and spending part of his adolescence and adulthood in New York and Riverside, California, Mario Guzman goes back to his roots with his cigar company “Dom Miguel Stix.” Established in June 2017, Guzman says his father, Miguel Conrado Nolasco, inspires the branding of his business. “This is…

Fake News is not to Blame for Vaccine Hesitancy
Covid-19, Fact-Checks, Health

Fake News is not to Blame for Vaccine Hesitancy

By Olivia Green In July 2021, President Biden claimed that social media platforms were “killing people” by facilitating the spread of vaccine misinformation. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell cosigned the statement declaring that misinformation is to blame for low COVID-19 vaccination rates. The debate that followed brought up questions surrounding the public’s belief in vaccine…

Blackfishing or Black Empowerment?
News, Uncategorized

Blackfishing or Black Empowerment?

Black Businesses in an Era of Racial Reckoning By Chanel Cain, Corinne Dorsey, Cory Utsey, Donovan Thomas, Gregory Smith, Jr., Ryan Thomas, Brittney Dezwaan Isaac Welch, Taniyah Keve Podcast: Briana Alvarado, Braxton Babb, Karla Dozier, Robyn Evans, Hadiya Presswood, Jarius Wells, Justin Palmer Black consumers are impacting brands and corporations in unprecedented ways in 2021…

Visitation Restrictions Let Outsiders in and Keep Bison Out of Residence Halls
HBCUs, Uncategorized

Visitation Restrictions Let Outsiders in and Keep Bison Out of Residence Halls

By: Briana Alvarado Following multiple incidents where locals harassed students and broke into Howard University dorms, residence life authorities implemented tighter security protocols in the university’s residence halls. Most of the security crisis buzz was generated by recent events in upperclassmen residence halls Howard Plaza Towers East and West. The outcome was that only one…

Raised Tuition for Howard University Students
Education

Raised Tuition for Howard University Students

By Gregory Smith Howard University students arrived back on campus on August 23, 2021 to complete the 2021-2022 academic school year in person.  Upon arrival students were shocked to learn of tuition increases during an ongoing pandemic. Along with the tuition increase, some students didn’t receive housing assignments until the first week of school. Students…

The Art of the Pivot
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The Art of the Pivot

By: Hadiya Presswood Sesh, a student-organized collective dedicated to artistic exploration and creative expression, is revamping despite challenges as campus life moves into a hybrid model. The organization, while not formally recognized by Howard University, is popular amongst the student body. At its onset, Sesh was hosted in the apartment of its founder, filmmaker and…