A&E / April 28, 2022 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...

News / March 23, 2022 ‘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...

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...

ESSAY: Naomi Osaka’s Journey to Self
Black Lives Matter, Health, Sports

ESSAY: Naomi Osaka’s Journey to Self

By Janáe Bradford Naomi Osaka seemed to sense that the optics were unsettling, and out of character. She was a top-ranked professional tennis player still a month before her 24th birthday, and she already had earned more money in one year than any woman athlete in history. Yet, there she’d been for all to see: banging…

Was Ketamine the ‘Weapon’ That Killed Elijah McClain?
Black Lives Matter, Police Reform, Politics and Government, Social Justice, Violent Crime

Was Ketamine the ‘Weapon’ That Killed Elijah McClain?

By Brittney DeZwaan A Denver suburb’s decision to pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of Elijah McClain acknowledged the role police officers had in his death after they handcuffed and placed him in a chokehold. Three officers were indicted on murder charges in September. But two Aurora paramedics also were…

The Democrat, the Designer, and the Dress:  Protests on the Outside
Fashion, News, Politics and Government

The Democrat, the Designer, and the Dress: Protests on the Outside

By Ryan Thomas Fashion’s always been about clothes and style, but also class, culture and politics. That’s the way  it was at the Met Gala in September in New York, where Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s appearance in a custom-designed off-the shoulder gown with “Tax the Rich” plastered on the back became a most-discussed item. The optics seemed…

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…

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