More black journalists are needed to tell stories for us, about us and by us

Jordan Sheppard | Staff Writer On July 14, President Donald Trump went on Twitter, and in a series of tweets, he attacked four politicians of color: Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). He explicitly told them to “go back” to the “broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Later that day, The Wall Street Journal published an article classifying Trump’s tweets as being “racially charged.” Two days after that, writers for Reuters noted that the comments made by Trump were “racist,” but they had placed the word within quotes. Many … Continue reading More black journalists are needed to tell stories for us, about us and by us

Is Jay-Z a sellout?

Miles Richardson | Staff Writer Flickr User Bugzy Talor The NFL on Aug. 13 announced its partnership with Roc Nation, a music company owned by Jay-Z, hip-hop’s first billionaire. The deal quickly stirred controversy. It followed Jay-Z criticizing the NFL for scapegoating kneeling-to-take-a-stand quarterback Colin Kaepernick and cautioning fellow rapper Jermaine Dupri against working with the league in a similar capacity. Many wondered about Jay-Z’s intentions for entering the partnership. This begs the question: Is Jay-Z a sellout?  The answer is yes, but not necessarily the bad kind. For his entire career, Shawn Corey Carter, aka Jay-Z, has been a sellout. How … Continue reading Is Jay-Z a sellout?

The Democratic debacle

Ryland Staples |Staff Writer The race for the presidency has already been a long and laborious affair. After starting with 26 candidates, the democratic nominees have dwindled down to 10 Democrats vying for the nomination. The current front-runners are former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders, respectively. However, reports say Biden’s numbers are falling. According to a Vox-conducted poll, Warren has 22% of the vote, while Biden has 20%. In New Hampshire, where Warren was received warmly at the beginning of this month, she leads with 27% of the vote, while Biden has 25%. It’s … Continue reading The Democratic debacle

Preparing for graduation

Lindsay Keener | Staff Writer The real world: We’ve all heard about it. The bills, the taxes, the boring nine-to-five jobs, it’s all been the distant future for many of us over the years, but it’s quickly approaching. As a junior, I’ve come to realize that graduation is really only a blink away. The summer is almost here, and it’ll be gone before I get the chance to utter the words “vacation” or “break.” Before I know it, I’ll be a senior headed toward graduation, and if I’m being honest, I don’t feel all that prepared to be a full-time … Continue reading Preparing for graduation

A Kodak moment gone awry

Ryland Staples | Staff Writer Twitter User @HipHopDX Following the death of West Coast rapper Nipsey Hussle, Florida rapper Kodak Black found himself under fire after making inappropriate comments about actress Lauren London, Hussle’s girlfriend, claiming he would “wait a whole year” for her to mourn the death of her significant other. With Hussle’s death so recent and emotions about it so raw, some notable people in the rap community think Kodak was out of line when he made those comments. Rap legends The Game and T.I. voiced their disapproval through video replies they posted on social media. T.I. even … Continue reading A Kodak moment gone awry

President Trump does not care for the Affordable Care Act

Justin Norris | Staff Writer J. Scott Applewhite | Associated Press President Donald Trump is making headlines for restarting efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the piece of legislation informally known as Obamacare. His administration is supporting a lawsuit that argues the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Democrats and Republicans alike are confused by his decision to circle back to this issue. The challenge of repealing the Affordable Care Act is finding a viable alternative that accomplishes three key objectives: expands coverage, cuts costs and keeps the popular aspects of the law in place. The GOP tried numerous … Continue reading President Trump does not care for the Affordable Care Act

U.S. Senate blocks Green New Deal

Amirrah Watson | Staff Writer Manuel Balce Ceneta | Associated Press January 2019 marked the inauguration of one of the most progressive classes of representatives that the United States has ever elected, and it is thanks to some of these new members of Congress that the concept of the “Green New Deal” has been introduced as legislation. Senators, most of them Republican, on March 26 voted 57-0 to overturn the proposed “Green New Deal.” The bill, sponsored by representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ed Markey (D-MA) would have established environmentally conscious goals to be achieved over the next 10 years–goals … Continue reading U.S. Senate blocks Green New Deal