The Los Angeles Dodgers won the 2020 World Series championship on Oct. 27 by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game 6.
The Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series 16 days after the Los Angeles Lakers clinched the NBA Finals. This is the Dodgers seventh championship. It has been 32 years since their last World Series title in 1988. This title ended the franchise’s championship drought.
“I knew the Dodgers would win. It is great to see after they have fallen short for the past three years,” said Hampton University senior Cameron Smith.
The Dodgers maintained a winning percentage of .629 over the past four seasons, including the playoffs which is the highest winning percentage of any team in a four-year span in the wild card era. Mookie Betts, Corey Seager and Clayton Kershaw had standout performances through the series that helped lift their team to victory. Mookie Betts secured the Game 6 win for the Dodgers in the eighth inning by hitting a home run to give his team a two-point lead. World Series Most Valuable Player, Corey Seager, finished the series with a .400 batting average, .556 on base percentage, seven runs, five runs batted in and two home runs. Clayton Kershaw finished the 2020 playoff campaign with a 2.93 ERA in five starts.
In the eighth inning of game 6, Justin Turner was removed from the game with no further explanation until after the team won. It was later discovered that Turner tested positive for COVID-19 and needed to isolate immediately.
For the Dodgers, the 2020 headlines should be centered around their resilience and becoming World Series Champions throughout all the obstacles they faced during the 2020 season. For the next year, Los Angeles is now formally known as the city of champions.
As COVID-19 cases continue to increase nationwide, artists are finding themselves maneuvering through this “new normal” with a restrictive, unpredictable nature.
Here at our home by the sea, we have a large community of artists, all of which specialize in different art focuses. With the coronavirus not letting up on its rampant expansion throughout the nation, we wanted to get insight on how these artists are handling their craft amid this “new normal.”
Reginald Baker Jr. is a 2019 Hampton University graduate from Richmond, Virginia. He was an audio production major.. He is a musician, songwriter and producer that goes by the stage name “RJ $tackhouse.”
To give a bit more insight on his artistry, $tackhouse goes in depth with his craft and the musical influences that inspired it.
“I describe myself as a music artist because I try to mix genres when I feel inspired,” $tackhouse said.
“I started rapping in middle school when I got my first MacBook computer and started producing around that time, too. Now I still do rap, but I try singing, too. I’m not a good singer, but that’s why we have Auto-Tune. I just try to mix my electronic sound with natural sounds. My influences musically are Michael Jackson, Drake, Frédéric Chopin, Anita Baker and, more recently, Brandy. Other than music artists, I get inspiration from nature, life experience and storytelling. I always take the rapper approach to my music, but honestly, you’ll never know what you get when I drop something.”
As coronavirus cases continue to increase across the nation, the financial hardships that were imposed are getting heavier. The physical restrictions set in place are also challenging many artists’ capabilities. $tackhouse shared his experience with the difficulties he ran into and how those difficulties have affected his craft.
“It’s been very inspiring. I haven’t really gotten any new equipment and software. Just been making music on my phone,” $tackhouse said.
“I didn’t know you could turn your iPhone into a studio until the pandemic started. And I created two albums off it, Self Care and Self Harm. I was never inconvenienced because I always make music at night when I have nothing else to do. I won’t go to sleep until I make a song or at least get an idea out there. I’ve slowed down now because I have a new day job, but I still get it in on the weekends. The only thing I wish I could’ve done this year was be in more live shows. Just to get my name out there to more people.”
Artists’ motivation has been affected by the pandemic as well. In most cases, two outcomes have been produced: artists were encouraged to become more disciplined in their craft and tap into their unlocked creativity, or they have lacked the motivation to continue their craft. $tackhouse touches on the pandemic’s effect on his artistic motivation.
“It helped me find my first album theme and second album theme, so I’m happy for that,” $tackhouse said.
“Self Care, the album I started before quarantine, was basically me complaining about life and being depressed,” he said. “The second one, Self Harm, was more about me exploring my sound and expanding on new ideas I got over finding myself. It was more experimental, I guess, and I had more features on it, so it was also a collaborative effort which is kind of new for me. I used to not work with other artists before 2018.”
Creative block is a commonality among almost all artists. With the setbacks that the pandemic imposed, artists may be more prone to creative block. Stackhouse explained whether or not the pandemic personally affected his ability to access his internal creativity.
“Not at all,” $tackhouse said. “The only thing that keeps me from thinking of anything to create is being busy with work.
“I never have any song ideas when I’m at my day job. I get all my best ideas at night when I’m tired. Although when I go outside and spend time doing things by myself, I come up with ideas. I do a lot of exploring. The more exploring I do, the more ideas I get, usually. I have had writers block, though. Like right now, actually. That’s because I feel drained because I’ve been making and pushing out so much music this year. Usually, I take a long break from releasing music and just keep experimenting until I find the right song to make. If I find a central theme for a project, I expand on that and keep it to myself until it’s time to reveal it to the world in full.”
With the mental, financial and physical challenges that the pandemic has brought along, it brings about the question of how some artists have been able to keep focus on their art during this difficult time. The HU alum shares how he has been able to remain focused on his craft and encouraged creatives to get a true sense of self and discipline.
“I work out a lot and changed my diet to be a little bit healthier,” $tackhouse said. “I say just explore outside by yourself. Don’t talk to anyone and keep a mask on, but go outside and be away from others. I go to the mountains like every month and hike. Sometimes with my friend Rondy. That’s when I clear my mind and get away from reality for a day.
“Also, stay off social media so you can have time to think and breathe. Then come back because you might find your next song idea on the internet. I started doing other things too, like painting. I’m not good at it, but it’s something to keep me sane. Drink tea, meditate and stretch, too. That’s what I do.”
It is without a doubt that RJ $tackhouse has been putting in work this year. His fans certainly cannot wait for what he has in store. To give a little more insight, $tackhouse touched on some upcoming projects that he has in store.
“So I’m featured on two projects this Halloween,” $tackhouse said. “The projects are by REK Productions and Young Carrot. I have a song with my friend Nása that comes out Oct. 23, so by the time this comes out, it’ll be out. It is called ‘Silence.’ That’s my introduction to my R&B’-ish type sound. We also have a music video for it filmed by the one and only 4kMalcom. I’m working on a collaboration project with Nása, too, but the release is to be announced. I’m also working on an R&B album that will most likely come out [in] 2021. I think I’ve tapped out my project meter for the year.”
RJ $tackhouse can be found on Instagram @therjstackhouse, where some of his music is featured. His music can be found on all digital streaming platforms under his name, RJ $tackhouse.
Fifty-five years ago, the US Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which outlawed any discriminatory voting practices. This Act was passed because at the time many Africans Americans couldn’t exercise their right to vote in the southern states without having to answer difficult questions from a literacy test or paying a poll tax that a lot of people could not pay at the time. Many prominent figures, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis, fought hard to make sure African Americans gained the right that every citizen should be free to exercise.
Decades later, many African Americans find themselves still fighting for the right to vote. Many find themselves having to deal with unnecessarily long lines, issues with their ballots or the media undermining the importance of voting. Many young Black citizens question the validity of their vote. The answer is yes; your vote does matter. Black voters have always been a major demographic that politicians need in order to truly win an election. Every vote counts, but a Black vote definitely counts.
“African Americans cannot afford not to vote. We must vote for people who have our best interest in mind, heart and soul,” said the Black Voice News reporter Aubry Stone. Stone breaks down why Black citizens should be exercising their right to vote now more than ever in her article Why African Americans Should Vote.
“We can’t expect to win with every vote, but if we don’t vote, we can certainly expect to lose,” Stone said. African Americans have had a long history of discrimination, violence and abuse with the judical system. By voting, they can begin to elect people who will truly represent them.
The pandemic has made many people question the purpose of voting even more. Some wonder how safe the polls will be for in-person voting, and some wonder about the accuracy of mail-in voting all together. There are many ways to continue to vote while still being safe. For those who choose to go out to the polls, be sure to sanitize, wear a mask and remain six feet apart when standing in line. For those who simply do not feel safe enough to go out to vote, then mail-in voting and absentee voting is often an option depending on one’s local election laws.
Before voting, make sure to research who the candidates are and see how they can best serve not only your community but all Americans. This is extremely important because things such as social media have previously influenced which candidate is chosen. If Americans want to see a change, it all begins with voting. If African American votes in this country truly did not matter, they would not make it this hard. Our voices matter, and our votes matter too.
When looking for colleges, many students may know about schools in their regions or maybe even schools that family members attended. They may have heard of Ivy League schools such as Yale or Harvard and may even strive to go there.
However, HBCUs are slowly gaining more relevance, and more and more students, even non-Black ones, are considering going to them. Historically Black Colleges and Universities are institutions that were created for the purpose of giving Black people access to higher education.
However, they have been relatively hidden from the wider American consciousness. But in the past 10 years, their names, including our beloved Hampton University, have been spread across the nation. To keep them alive, alumni and students have to share their stories and donate.
This and more were discussed at Hampton University’s Homecoming event, HamptonYou Live: Endowment Giving at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
With Associate Vice President for Development Felicia Blow hosting, a large panel of HBCU alumni and supporters gathered to discuss why endowments and donations from current students and alumni are key to keeping the doors to Hampton open.
One reason why these donations are so important is because they help fund not only faculty but also public service missions as well.
Endowments have very specific guidelines, and while it changes per school, they tend to allocate as much money as they can to trouble areas without too much risk. Some advantages of endowments that were listed included attracting highly qualified students, higher quality of learning for a lower price and more support for programs and events.
However, the issue is that HBCUs get significantly less funding than other universities and colleges, especially in comparison to Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs). The experts involved with this panel explained why HBCUs seemed to be falling short when it came to money and why some closed entirely. Panelists suggested that although HBCUs have recently received large donations from the likes of individuals such as Mackenzie Scott, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife, the key to keeping HBCUs open and running is not large donations every once in a while but rather smaller donations from students and alumni. The steadier donations a university has, the better it is for its survival.
However, this is easier said than done. While it is doable, the reason why donations are not as frequent at HBCUs compared to PWIs is because of the wealth gap between blacks and whites.
Black people have only recently obtained large amounts of capital compared to whites. Statistically, many are not as rich as white people on an average basis. Even so, if planned out correctly, steady donations can be done to keep HBCUs open.
Another reason as to why endowments are so infrequent is because some people are discouraged from even attending HBCUs.
Many guidance counselors in high schools seldom mention HBCUs to students as an option, because they are not as well known compared to the Ivy Leagues and Big 10 universities. Some even actively discourage it due to misrepresenting the purpose of an HBCU.
During the event, a story was told about how a Black athlete would take calls from universities with his coach. However, when an HBCU called, he said he would rather get his hands chopped off than talk to them.
Because of blatant lies and disrespect, HBCUs are still seen as less valuable options when compared to other universities, so people, especially non-Black people, do not want to donate to them. However, as Michael Owens, a panelist and a member of the Columbia Investment Management Company, stated, “We can’t wait on White America to save our HBCUs.”
While many schools are still getting steady endowments from alumni and companies that are interested in working with them, HBCUs need to focus on gaining more money in order to succeed and stay relevant in America.
This past week, Her Campus held its first HerHBCU Digital Conference, a three-day event packed full of workshops in partnership with the Her Campus chapters at Clark Atlanta, Howard, and North Carolina A&T. The workshops were designed to serve as a safe space for HBCU women to network and help each other grow professionally.
The first day’s events began with an opening session where Her Campus alumni described the importance of such events due to the lack of inclusion and diversity in the Her Campus national organization. Representation was a vital theme emphasized throughout the three-day event.
“Events like these are important because there’s not a lot of representation and inclusion for our community,” said Kiara Davis, the campus correspondent of the Hampton University chapter of Her Campus.
The opening session then broke off into multiple workshops that included topics such as How to Have a Great E-Board, Her Declassified Writer’s Survival Guide, Bonding, The CC Rule Book and The Content Corner. Speakers and panelists were excited to share their insight on different topics that they gained from their journeys throughout college, including the fight for the Her Campus national organization to be more inclusive.
“We want inclusion and for Her Campus to promote more HBCUs in their newsletter,” said Tamaiya Bea, the campus correspondent for the North Carolina A&T chapter of Her Campus and one of the hosts for the Spilling the Tea: The HBCU Woman’s Reality workshop. “We work really hard and never get featured.”
During the Spilling the Tea panel session, many of the panelists spoke on the need for more stock photo images featuring women of color for articles written by HBCU chapters. Most chapters result in having to use the same images for multiple articles or just having to use images that don’t represent the audience for which the chapter is typically writing.
“Her Campus does an amazing job of making members feel included, but it comes with time,” said Tiana Nichelle, campus correspondent for Hampton University’s Her Campus chapter and founder of the HerHBCU Conference. “We need more pictures with black girls,” she continued.
In addition to students, a few staff members at Her Campus Nationals were in attendance to support the event, and also take note of how they can better accommodate the various HBCU chapters.
“This is so impressive,” said Jamie Hawk, Director of Sales at Her Campus Media. “We know virtual events are not easy, and the fact that you have really built something of substance, in a time that we want to hear from you. You deserve to be heard. You do incredible work. We are so proud to be affiliated with you. We are so thrilled to support you in any way that we can.”
Day two of the event included workshops that ranged from helping young entrepreneurs elevate their brands and careers to helping students prepare for life post-grad—holding a total of 10 sessions throughout the entire day. Throughout the sessions, hosts encouraged attendees to dig deeper within themselves to find their true purpose in the world.
By the third and last day of the conference, many attendees were not only happy to get much needed tips to help expand their careers but they were also glad to have the opportunity to be able to connect with their fellow peers after months of being separated. Although they were not able to meet face-to-face, the HerHBCU event provided a way for students to connect and socialize.
“It’s been hard the past couple of months not seeing my Hampton friends, so the HerHBCU conference was definitely refreshing,” said Briana Previlon, a junior political science major at Hampton University. “Plus, I got a lot of good information I can use for other clubs I’m in.”
The HerHBCU conference was so popular and such a success that the event had to switch from Hopin, a platform created for online events and conferences, to Zoom in order to accommodate the large number of students wanting to attend. Having such a great turnout, there are plans to hold this event again next year.
Hampton University’s homecoming celebration is a time where alumni can come back to their “Home by the Sea” and remember the good times they shared on our illustrious campus.
It gives students a moment to realize how much they love their HBCU and connect with some of the most elite people in the world. Thousands of people travel from all over the country to step foot on campus for one of the best weekends of the year. Our culture shines bright for everyone to see, and it is always a celebration that you don’t want to miss.
Alumni and students put tons of time and energy into preparing for homecoming. You must get your fits prepared for every event, remain hydrated and stay ready because HUHC1868 does not come to play. Homecoming will always be a time where we can relax, have fun and be proud.
Each year, homecoming is filled with events such as a bonfire, block parties, cabarets, daily 12-2’s, 12-5 on Friday, concerts, parties, tailgates, the football game, the fashion show, food trucks, vendors, step shows, band performances and convocation.
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram went up in flames with the recent announcement to cancel the HUHC1868 gathering. It was a hard decision for the administration to make, but it was the safest option.
“It makes me sad because I live for October to come to my Home by the Sea to see my friends and family. I’m grateful that we have the virtual homecoming. So far I’ve been able to see the different events and memories, although I miss my Hampton family and receiving my Hampton hugs,” said April Rogers, class of Ogre Phi Ogre 6.
No HBCU students or alumni could picture a school year without homecoming. Either way, from the students to the alumni, everyone is going to represent homecoming week, canceled or not.
Hampton University’s Office of Alumni Affairs had to do something to bring everyone together in some way with the pandemic going on. They put together Homecoming-Ish, Hampton University’s first virtual homecoming. From Oct. 19 to 25, alumni and students tuned in to watch the events through Facebook and YouTube. Even though they were not able to gather in person, the comments were filled with love and gratitude as they watched the events take place virtually.
Not being able to attend homecoming on campus in person really put a damper on the moods of alumni, students and faculty.
“It takes away the real fun of a college campus feel,” HU alumnus Breeon Buchanan said. “Homecoming isn’t just about the activities but the real connections you get to make with other alumni and friends.”
Virtual homecoming will do for now, but the countdown for Homecoming 2021 begins now and it will certainly be one for the books.
Everyone has their own experience at Hampton. Although my freshman year was cut short due to the current pandemic, I spent a lot of time there along the waterfront. It first began during Pre-College. I met two of my best friends at a party held by Freshman Studies, and the next day we went to the waterfront around sunset, where we took pictures together with my camera. When I returned to Hampton at the end of the summer, a freshman, the waterfront happened to be right outside my dorm. I met other classmates, re-connected with friends from the summer, and relaxed there. Being one of the few peaceful spots on campus, I always went to the waterfront when I needed to unwind and take pictures. While being there, I’ve watched others spend time with their friends, families, and significant others. I’ve seen the people on the other side of the marina get on their boats and go exploring towards Norfolk and seen some come back from their adventures, tying up their boats for the day. Hopefully next year I can make more memories at the waterfront.
Donald Trump will win this year’s U.S. presidential election for one reason and one reason alone: He is the best at drawing attention to himself.
For evidence of Trump’s mastery of gathering attention, one must look no further than his various tweets and news conferences. Over the years, Trump has proclaimed that Hillary Clinton is crooked, mosques need to be surveilled, Mexicans are rapists, Barack Obama is the founder of ISIS and has even encouraged punishment for abortions. These comments shouldn’t surprise us. Law 6 of Robert Greene’s 48 laws of power says: “Court attention at all costs. For it is better to be slandered and attacked than ignored.”
Trump knows the more incendiary comments he makes, the more people will begin to feel strongly about him. Whether that feeling is negative or positive, all that matters is that he keeps members of the general public reacting to him. As long as this continues, he remains in power.
During the 2016 election, the focus of many Americans was on resisting Trump. Many people put so much energy into trying to stop Trump from getting into the White House that they forgot to focus on their own agendas.
What many failed to understand back then, and even now, is that the more you attack Trump, the more his message spreads. Every time you share his words, post an angry rant about him on social media or discuss his hateful rhetoric with friends, you add fuel to his fire.
I can guarantee you Trump does not mind you slandering him. In fact, he probably loves it. Trump knows that every time he is portrayed in a negative light, he gains just as many followers as he does detractors, if not more. This is simply great marketing.
Think of the most successful restaurants and clothing brands you know. Let’s use McDonald’s and Nike as examples. Don’t you think it’s safe to say that there are restaurants with more tasty burgers than McDonald’s? Aren’t there plenty of shoes far more comfortable than Nikes? Of course there are. So why do so many more people buy more from them than from other companies? The reason for this is that these companies spend millions of dollars each year to make sure their brand is seen in commercials by as many consumers as possible.
Do you think McDonald’s spends any time worrying about the vegans out there who might be offended by their commercials? Or that Nike pays any mind to the people who hate them because of allegations of the company using sweatshop workers? Of course not. These people were never going to buy from them anyway. If you thought you were changing anyone’s mind by voicing your opinions on Trump, think again. Every person in America has already made up their mind about Trump. So if you thought you were doing the right thing by exposing him or his racist and misogynistic philosophies, then in the words of Malcolm X: “Ya been hoodwinked! Bamboozled! Led astray! Run amok!”
The reason why these great companies don’t pay their boycotters any attention is because they are a business, and in case you didn’t know, so is Trump. Who are his customers? You guessed it. Right-wingers and confederates who feel they have been underserved by Obama’s presidency. Those were a long eight years for them, during which they were forced to sit silent as the world around them became increasingly liberal. Trump observed this and rode their pent-up frustrations all the way to the White House.
And now, four years later, he is about to do it again.
A wise person once said, “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” With that in mind, why are we so quick to speak and slow to listen? This country is very divided because no one is taking the time to sit down and listen. One of the great things about America is that everyone is different. People come from other regions of the world. The diverse American population allows for different beliefs and values which truly makes the United States a great place to live. However, it may be the very differences in American values and beliefs, especially along the lines of politics and race, that burn more bridges than they create.
Many HU students point out that race is one of the most significant divisions in America. HU student Nyasia Parks said, “Everyone has a different background, so there are bound to be disagreements.” Another HU student pointed out that America never addresses the issues. “We just ignored the problem,” said Chris Henderson.“What makes things worse is that people make up their own facts and fiction.”
Today, with the presidential election approaching, things are beyond divided. You cannot say you support Trump or Biden without an argument. What happened to when we could talk about our disagreements like mature adults and still be friends at the end of the day? We can’t even agree on essential issues such as health care, education and climate change.
Some might say the media has something to do with it. The documentary The Social Dilemma gave a great example of how our brain is being manipulated by what we see on social media. If you only follow people who think like you, you only see their side of the story. You cannot base your thinking only on what you see. That’s not how you grow as a person.
OK, work with me, close your eyes and imagine an airplane. For the aircraft to fly, it needs both wings. When the right wing wants to turn right, the left wing has to change from vertical lift to horizontal lift. The left wing has to accommodate the right so that you can reach your destination. American leaders have to work together so that they can better the country. When it comes to making this a better place for race and gender to live, we have to work together. It is not about Republicans or Democrats; it is about the people. Your hate for the other side should not get in the way of making a decision. Like the name of our country, we should be united to make this a better place for all people.
COVID-19 has changed the way we see the world. Period. Point blank. Just a few short months ago, nobody would have dreamt of society being told by government officials to stay home to slow the spread of a global pandemic. What we’re going through currently is world history and will be looked back upon as such. But what about the people who’re affected by these changes? It’s not surprising that people are falling into depression because of these life-changing events. But I feel like people fail to realize that the circumstances have changed. The kind of depression people fall into during the current pandemic is something much worse.
I have had to live with my anxiety and depression for a while now. While at school, I often felt like I was looking at myself from a third-person perspective, flowing through my classes and my life in general, all alone. I would mentally check out for weeks, even months on end. When I looked up and noticed I haven’t been paying attention, I realized that I also haven’t talked to anyone for months on end.
With COVID-19, that downward spiral has become 10 times worse. Now there isn’t even a routine anymore. If I had to describe the change, I would say that I feel like I have been put into a two-dimensional plane, only moving right and left. When I’m so used to being in a three-dimensional plane, it feels like all of the historical things that 2020 has thrown at everyone, was enough to blast me into an entirely different plane of existence. Every day feels the same, repeatedly; I wake up, do my daily task of school and work, and then go to sleep only to do it all over again the next day. With nowhere else to go, I feel like all I can do is go left and right until I stop moving altogether.
I feel like this is worse than “normal” depression people dealt with pre-2020. Between the election just days away, the pandemic that has been ravaging the world for all but two months of the year and entire industries of businesses being forced to close down for months on end, it’s pretty easy to feel hopeless during this time. Still, it’s never healthy to go through life not feeling anything.
You cannot just stick your head in the ground and watch as time passes by. You have to realize that you are your own protagonist. You make life worth living. I remember always being told “Look on the bright side,” or “It could be worse.” That would always get on my nerves, but it’s true when you think about it. Start by being thankful for the little things in your life, the things you enjoy doing, the foods you enjoy eating and other things that bring you joy.
A friend of mine always used to tell me that whenever I was feeling stressed out and overwhelmed about something, “you should step back, take a break, maybe drink some tea or eat a granola bar and just take some time for yourself.” I know that that helps me destress when things start to pile up in my mind and I start feeling like I’m about to crash. Now that may not work for you, so try making a routine that will help you destress during this very stressful time.