Talking to the right people

Ryland Staples | Staff Writer Salvador Melendez | Associated Press Let’s be honest with ourselves. Life can be stressful at times. Especially now that we are in college. A Harvard Medical Researchers study that looked at more than 67,000 college students across the country “…found that while racial or ethnic and sexual or gender minorities are especially vulnerable, high rates for stress events, mental health diagnoses and the risk of suicide or suicidal thoughts were reported among all students surveyed.” Personally, I did not think college would be this mentally draining. Admittedly, I thought college was going to be like … Continue reading Talking to the right people

The divide over R. Kelly’s music

Lindsay Keener | Staff Writer Frank Micelotta | Associated Press In most communities, music is said to bring people together. What happens when it has the power to tear people apart? In the weeks after the controversial six-part docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly,” I have found myself disgusted with the amount of people still willing to play the music of someone facing allegations of sexually abusive behavior. Is talent justification for supporting someone who could be a monster? Is it enough to play his music on Hampton’s campus? “Among black culture, his music is popular, and hearing it is to be … Continue reading The divide over R. Kelly’s music

The fallacy of the vegan diet

Brandi Hutchinson | Staff Writer Attention all vegans, vegetarians, and healthy eaters: It is a common misconception that food produce that is vegan or vegetarian, withholding dairy and meat, are automatically healthy, but that isn’t always the case. Did you know that Oreos are vegan? As well as Starburst candies, Skittles, Doritos, Pringles and Pot Noodle soup. It is very easy for vegans and vegetarians to believe that they are overall healthy eaters just because they exclude meats from their diets. However, that is a common mistake. Many unhealthy vegan snacks are loaded with sugar, fats and sodium. Ridding your … Continue reading The fallacy of the vegan diet

Respect trans and non-binary people

Ryland Staples | Staff Writer Jacquelyn Martin | Associated Press Recently, there has been a lot of hateful rhetoric said about individuals who don’t identify themselves on the traditional binary spectrum of gender, as well as people who don’t conform to the tradition norms of gender roles. These people often consider themselves to be transgender or non-binary/genderqueer. There has been a lot of disrespect going around on social media with people proclaiming that even if they were told a person’s personal pronouns, they would still call them by their birth-assigned pronouns. In my opinion, that is very disrespectful and shouldn’t … Continue reading Respect trans and non-binary people

The United States’ responsibility

Lindsay Keener | Staff Writer I have often wondered what it is about America that makes this country so admirable. Is it the American Dream? The idea of the melting pot? Our open arms? If so, America is losing its best traits. The current treatment of asylum seekers at the border wall by the Trump administration has been nothing but unsatisfactory. Children are being separated from their parents, families are met with tear gas and the United States has closed the border crossing. Many of the men, women and children are coming to the United States in hopes that they … Continue reading The United States’ responsibility

Black feminism vs. white feminism

Kyra Robinson | Opinion Editor Feminism has become prominent in our far more liberal society, but like many social justice issues, there still remains a racial barrier that is very difficult to penetrate. Mainstream feminism history begins with women such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton who were leaders in the suffrage movement and Margaret Sanger who was the founder of Planned Parenthood. However, this history does not resonate with black women because black women could not even vote until the 1960s, and the origins of Planned Parenthood are not exactly so kind to the black community with … Continue reading Black feminism vs. white feminism

The normalization of shootings in America

Kennedi Williams | Staff Writer Max Ortiz | Associated Press It seems that every time we turn on the television, we see another tragedy. We find out about shootings taking place in common, frequented areas such as schools or religious centers. They happen so often, that we, as a country, are becoming desensitized to them, and a lot of them are not even making the national news. Whenever a shooting occurs, the same routine happens where people express their condolences the first few days but then stop thinking about it within the next week. Why is this? Why are these … Continue reading The normalization of shootings in America