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,...

Quick Hits, Religion / November 11, 2019 Black Millennials May Be Leaving the Church, But Not the Faith

Lukas Hartmann/Pexels By Rebecca Johnson Millennials across all races are attending church less, but black millennials’ church attendance has gone down the least out of all racial groups, according to a Pew Research Center study.  Thirty-eight percent of black millennials attend church on a weekly basis, which is 12 percentage points lower than older black...

A&E, Music, Quick Hits / November 11, 2019 Amid the Music Streaming Rush, a Vinyl Revival

By Spencer Green After nearly vanishing from store shelves and most households, vinyl records are making a strong comeback.   More than 16 million vinyl albums were sold in the U.S. in 2018, producing vinyl’s highest total revenue in 30 years, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Of course, the $419 million...

Reaching New Heights in Death
A&E

Reaching New Heights in Death

By Tai Spears As the world continues to mourn the untimely death of Nipsey Hussle, the rapper’s music streams and sales have risen dramatically. According to initial reports made by Nielsen Music, on the day of and day after his March 31 death, his catalog of songs collected 101.5 million on-demand streams (audio and video…

Blackface in the Spotlight, Again
Enduring Myths, News

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…

Valentine’s Day Is A Holiday Retailers Can Love
For the Record

Valentine’s Day Is A Holiday Retailers Can Love

By Zadriuna Bridges Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, has become the day for love and all things that represent it. We spend our time planning the best dates and gifts, hoping to give our Valentine a perfect day. But how much did that perfect day cost us this year? According to Business Insider, $20.7 billion is…

Josephine Baker: The Original Queen B
A&E, Black History Month

Josephine Baker: The Original Queen B

By Sydney Stallworth You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone today who isn’t a fan of mega-star Beyonce. She is described as a musical genius, the best dancer in Hollywood, and the ultimate triple threat. But if you’re a fan of Queen Bey, you need to know the OG queen of performance. A woman who…

Claudette Colvin: Teen Paved the Way in Integrating Buses
Black History Month, For the Record

Claudette Colvin: Teen Paved the Way in Integrating Buses

February commemorates the annual celebration of Black History Month, which highlights the important contributions by people of African descent. Each year, however, we discover that there are many more black individuals and groups that significantly contributed to today’s world, yet remain unacknowledged in today’s history lessons. Black people have made (and continue to make) considerable…

Gladys Bentley: Testing the Limits in Entertainment
A&E, Black History Month, Music

Gladys Bentley: Testing the Limits in Entertainment

February commemorates the annual celebration of Black History Month, which highlights the important contributions by people of African descent. Each year, however, we discover that there are many more black individuals and groups that significantly contributed to today’s world, yet remain unacknowledged in today’s history lessons. Black people have made (and continue to make) considerable…

Dr. Vivien T. Thomas: Uncharted Black Medical Professional
Black History Month, Health

Dr. Vivien T. Thomas: Uncharted Black Medical Professional

February commemorates the annual celebration of Black History Month, which highlights the important contributions by people of African descent. Each year, however, we discover that there are many more black individuals and groups that significantly contributed to today’s world, yet remain unacknowledged in today’s history lessons. Black people have made (and continue to make) considerable…

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