Fact-Checks / March 23, 2022 Wordle Has Not Become More Difficult After Being Bought by The New York Times

By Leelyn Ellis On Monday, Jan. 31, The New York Times announced that they had bought the popular online game Wordle from its creator, Josh Wardle. Along with the announcement has come some hesitancy about the future of the game, including its difficulty and access. Users familiar with other games by The New York Times...

Covid-19, Fact-Checks, Health / March 23, 2022 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...

Enduring Myths, Quick Hits / October 20, 2020 The Tragic Outcome of the Myth “Black People Can’t Swim”

By Samantha Chaney Many Americans reminisce about the summers of their childhood when they back stroked through the deep end of their backyard pool or horsed around in a neighborhood public pool. However, many Black children never had an opportunity to create those memories. Lack of access to facilities has left many Black people unable...

Economics, Enduring Myths, Fact-Checks / January 9, 2020 Is Financial Literacy the answer to closing America’s Huge Racial Wealth Gap?

By Alexandra Banks News of Jay-Z making a business deal with the NFL and rapper Nas and Will Smith investing in an app to teach teenagers financial literacy has once again sparked an age-old debate on whether black people are smart with their money. You often hear in casual conversation or see on social media...

Quick Hits, Technology / November 11, 2019 ‘Urban Dictionary’ Gives a Whole New Meaning to Some Choice Words

By Danielle Robinson Have you ever read something online that contained a word that you didn’t quite know the meaning of? Or maybe you’ve heard a friend use a term that seemed completely out of context. Well, you’re not alone in your confusion. Urbandictionary.com is a crowdsourced website created to give meaning to slang terminology,...

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Why Your Favorite Songs Seem to Leave You Wanting More
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Why Your Favorite Songs Seem to Leave You Wanting More

By Alexandra Banks Have you ever been listening to a song from your favorite artist, and right when you’re starting to enjoy the song, it just…ends? Whether this song takes the form of an interlude or just a 90-second melodic experience, it seems as if artists are releasing teasers rather than full-length songs these days….

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 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…

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