Virginia Passes Law for Expungement of Marijuana Charges

Kyra Robinson | Staff Writer On Monday, Virginia took a step towards pro-marijuana reform by passing a bill that now allows those charged with marijuana possession to expunge their first charge by paying a $150 fee. The bill was proposed by Republican Senator Tommy Norment and had a 38-2 vote. Norment considered the bill’s win to be progress for marijuana reform. Norment’s Democratic colleague, Senator Adam Ebbin opposed the bill for its inability to stop the racial disparity of marijuana arrests, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Originally, Norment had planned to push for a decriminalization bill, but ultimately decided against … Continue reading Virginia Passes Law for Expungement of Marijuana Charges

Historic royal engagement excites millenials

Kyra Robinson | Staff Writer After breaking the internet with their historic engagement announcement, Great Britain’s Prince Harry and television actress Meghan Markle have set their wedding date to May of next year, according to CNN reporters. They announced their engagement Nov. 28, and social media went into frenzy, since the love affair was widely considered so untraditional. Markle is half African-American, half Caucasian and a divorcee — the first to marry into the royal family in 81 years, Fox News reported. The most recent time America cared so deeply about social affairs in Great Britain was when Prince William … Continue reading Historic royal engagement excites millenials

Hampton students get out the vote

Kyra Robinson | Staff Writer Virginia kept its “blue status” after Tuesday’s gubernatorial election, where all three Democrats gained their sought political seats. Ralph Northam beat Republican Ed Gillespie for governor with 53.9% of the vote. Justin Fairfax defeated Republican Jill Vogel for the position of lieutenant governor, and Mark Herring gained his second term as the attorney general of the state. Another notable win was the victory of Democrat Danica Roem, the first openly transgender elected official in Virginia as a state Delegate, whom beat 11 term seat holder and openly transphobic, Bob Marshall Various organizations on campus worked … Continue reading Hampton students get out the vote

HU student involved in Planned Parenthood action

Kyra Robinson | Staff Writer Hampton University’s Planned Parenthood: Generation Action (PPGA) president Michyah Thomas was in New Orleans for a reproductive justice conference when the news broke that President Trump would roll back the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act. She was among other women passionate about political change, mingling and enjoying good food when an official of the SisterSong Inc. conference delivered the news. Thomas said immediately, the mood in the room changed. “Everyone in this room is here for a reason,” the sophomore Political Science major recalled what the official expressed, “You are here because … Continue reading HU student involved in Planned Parenthood action