Sports / April 11, 2021 When Being First Matters, But Only So Much

By Monét Bowen The Washington Football team ended its season boasting about its victories in matters of top-tier diversity, ways that it had jumped ahead of other teams in the NFL, where 70 percent of the players are Black, but a vast majority of the head coaches and front-office executives are not. The team announced...

Sports / April 8, 2021 Discovered: Black Gold in the NFL

By Gregory Smith, Jr. It was 33 years ago when Doug Williams became the first Black quarterback to be a starter and Most Valuable Player in a Super Bowl. Williams led the Washington Redskins to victory over John Elway and the Denver Broncos, 42-10. So much for those who had argued that Black athletes could...

Uncategorized / April 1, 2021 Adding a Black Women’s Touch to Statehouse Power

By Airielle Lowe Last year, her first as Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, Adrienne A. Jones ushered through legislation to settle a lawsuit ordering the state to compensate its historically Black public colleges for years of inequitable funding. Gov. Larry Hogan refused to sign the measure, saying its price tag was much too...

Education, Immigration

African Students Could Be the Hidden Victims of Trump Administration’s Proposed Visa Restrictions

By Greer Jackson Whether by design, coincidence or indifference, the Trump administration’s proposal to tighten restrictions on international students could extract greater tolls on those from Africa, whose numbers are among the least contributing to what the administration asserts is a national security threat, critics of the plan say. Countries on the continent account for…

Is 15 Percent Too Much to Ask?
Economics, Social Justice

Is 15 Percent Too Much to Ask?

By Tia Lowe It was just a few days after George Floyd died under a policeman’s knee on a Minneapolis street, a killing that would breathe greater life into protests against racial injustice as part of the Black Lives Matter movement, that Aurora James posed her question. “What if major retailers like Walmart, Sephora, Target…

‘Blackfishing’: The New Blackface?
A&E

‘Blackfishing’: The New Blackface?

By Jade Whaley   In the midst of increased racial tensions in the U.S., a new kind of cultural appropriation has emerged, which some have dubbed “Blackfishing.” Cultural appropriation, the idea of members of one culture adopting elements of another culture, is a hot topic on social media. The term Blackfishing is used to describe an…

Would increased police training save black lives?
Police Reform

Would increased police training save black lives?

By Ravyn Hardwick George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was seen by millions in video footage gasping, “I can’t breathe” while a white police officer kneeled on his neck until he died. In death, he joined a growing litany of names: Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Philando Castille, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, just…

The Africans Among Them
Immigration

The Africans Among Them

By Jaylin Ward The woman who said a doctor at an immigrant detention center removed one of her fallopian tubes without her consent doesn’t quite fit the Trump administration’s suggested image of a desperate illegal alien sneaking across the border from Mexico. She is 30 years old, has a 12-year-old American-born daughter, and has lived in…

Does Social Media Activism Take a Mental Toll?
Health

Does Social Media Activism Take a Mental Toll?

By Kayla-Ajanae Archer-Buckley Social media has become a key component of activism in the last few years. Movements are easily able to gain traction with the use of hashtags. Popular platforms like Twitter also make it easier to spread information through infographics, circulate crowdfunding pages and share other resources. On its 10-year anniversary in 2016,…

Voter Suppression: An Ongoing Battle in 2020
Election 2020

Voter Suppression: An Ongoing Battle in 2020

By Jalen Whitehead  In the 2020 presidential race, voter suppression has become a hot topic, especially in the Black community. But is voter suppression real and if so, what steps are being taken to fight it? Voter suppression is defined as any effort, legal or illegal, by way of laws, administrative news, and/or tactics that…

High Anxiety
Election 2020, Opinion

High Anxiety

Voters Around the Nation Express Unease as the Clock Winds Down As voter turnout records were being broken in state after state, Howard University journalism students took the pulse of voters around the country. We asked people how they are feeling on this Election Day 2020, one unlike any other in the history of America….

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