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Is Beyoncé Just Recently Pro- Black, or Have We Just Not Been Paying Attention?
Pop Culture/Lifestyle

Is Beyoncé Just Recently Pro- Black, or Have We Just Not Been Paying Attention?

  By: Danielle Groomes Beyoncé channels an African goddess in her 2017 Grammy performance, but is this her first time using her platform to show she is a proud black woman? During Beyoncé 2017 Grammy performance the world not only witnessed a great performance, but black woman embracing her culture. Beyoncé's costume during her Grammy performance was a look inspired by a religious icon, Oshun. She channeled Oshun by wearing the color yellow, a color associated with the goddess and a ornate gold headdress that compared to the halo that the black Madonna wore. Oshun is a West African Goddess of beauty, love, prosperity, order and fertility. Oshun was brought to the Americas, along with various other African traditions, by enslaved Africans. This spiritual figure is...
Get Out and Stay Woke
Pop Culture/Lifestyle, Voices

Get Out and Stay Woke

  By Marquis Butler Get Out hidden messages tell a story deeper than the plot line. Jordan Peele’s, Get Out follows a young black photographer Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) and his white girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) as they prepare for a trip to meet her parents, while there Chris uncovers a truth about the family that he could have never imagined. At first, Chris is concerned because Rose hasn't told her parents that he is black but Rose assures him everything will be fine and they leave. Upon arriving at the house, Chris almost instantly senses that something isn’t quite right with Rose's family. He quickly learns that his suspicions are more than accurate. Throughout  the jaw dropping intense thriller, there are several hidden messages that ...
Black Woman Goes Gold
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Black Woman Goes Gold

    By Naje Graham Viola Davis made history by being the first African American woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2015) and now an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2017. Viola Davis emotionally and tear-filled speech left the audience inspired. After years of hard work, Viola Davis has finally gotten the credit that she deserves. From movies such as The Help that never got the credit that it deserved, you can imagine the excitement the African American community had when Davis won Best Supporting Actress from a role she played where both leading characters were black (Fences). After years of being bashed by the African American community for not giving credit to black actors/actress, the Oscars have made a change. Viola Davis...
The “Inhumane” Travel Ban travels to The Oscars
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The “Inhumane” Travel Ban travels to The Oscars

By: Danielle Groomes This year at the Oscars, Asghar Farhadi, won best foreign language film for the second time. The difference between this year and before is what he calls the “inhumane” travel ban put in place by Donald Trump. As an act of protest, Asghar Farhadi chose not to attend the Oscars and formally accept his award. He chose to support his fellow Islamic countries and not come to America although he was allowed. Instead of him coming to accept his award and give an acceptance speech, Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian to go to space, read a statement from him. After he gave his thanks and showed his appreciation for the award, he went on to why he did not come to the Oscars to receive his award.       “My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and t...
Lincoln University’s President Talks Trump Meeting and “The Quad”
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Lincoln University’s President Talks Trump Meeting and “The Quad”

By Makeda White Lincoln University’s Interim President, Richard Green, will attend the upcoming meeting with the Trump Administration, congressional members and GOP lawmakers to discuss issues challenging the stability of HBCUs. The meeting will be held in the Library of Congress on Feb. 28, hosted by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C) and Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C) in attendance will be more than 100 HBCU leaders as well as various Republican Officials, according to the Charlotte Post. Green was convinced to attend the event after receiving an invitation from the Thurgood Marshall Foundation. “The Thurgood Marshall Foundation felt that it was important to have an opportunity to meet with the new republican administration” Green says, “…to understand what his plans are and what his legi...
Michelle Obama is the Epitome of a First Lady
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Michelle Obama is the Epitome of a First Lady

Averri Glenn First Lady, Michelle Obama is leaving Melania Trump with big shoes to fill but an even bigger legacy to admire. When Barack Obama was first elected back in 2008, everyone wondered what type of first lady Michelle Obama would be, especially as the first African American woman to become the first lady of the United States. Would she be the stereotypical First Lady and invest her time in the décor or flower arrangements or would she do something more significant? There were a lot of questions about what exactly Michelle Obama would do. As you can imagine, being the First Lady to the President of the United States of America you are already under a microscope but being the first BLACK First Lady to the first BLACK President of the United States, there was a different type o...
The Eric Andre Show: Destroys black stereotypes in the media
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The Eric Andre Show: Destroys black stereotypes in the media

Taysar Edwards After years of struggling, Eric Andre, the sociopathic television talk host, finds his niche. Eric Andre, who is now 33, struggled for years as a stand up comedian in his twenties. Majority of his work in standup were in New York and L.A. and while most look back on their twenties and rave about the memories, Andre describes that part of his life as “full of depression and anxiety.” It wasn’t until he discovered transcendental meditation, which he now practices twice a day, that he gained mental stability and was able to propose his dream. Shortly after he filming the pilot for a show, it got picked up by Adult Swim and become the Eric Andre show in 2009. The show is now in its fourth season on Adult Swim. The main focus of the show is a “disinterested, sociopathic ...
Insecure the Voice for Black Girls?
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Insecure the Voice for Black Girls?

Onika Palmer American actress, writer, director, producer and web series creator, Issa Rae has created a vision for black women around America to resonate with on an emotional, mental, and physical level. Based upon her web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, her YouTube show was highly rated and very popular among college students. Issa Rae’s pilot for her new show Insecure is based on her original story line, but with much more controversy. From her raw uncut episode titles to her unusual relationship stories, her new TV series has sparked a larger audience since HBO has picked up the show. If HBO believes in the Insecure movement, then the modern black culture can reach a new audience that could never have been reached by YouTube. “Insecure is part of a cultural Rena...
Is Luke Cage Too Black for America?
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Is Luke Cage Too Black for America?

By Taylor Murphy With an all African American leading cast in a predominantly black neighborhood with various references of famous black activists, Netflix’s Luke Cage is unapologetically Black and White Americans are feeling uncomfortable. "Marvels Luke Cage" Premiered Sept. 30, the show is set in the boroughs of New York City’s Manhattan, a historically black community. Therefore, depicting a mixed cast of brown and black people for the show is realistic not racist. Marvel's latest show is becoming the blackest show, from its soundtrack to the dialogue, Luke Cage has raised many concerns about diversity among White viewers. White people that have racist views reared their ugly heads to show how they really feel:   Marvel’s Luke Cage is a hero to the #BLM mo...
Issa Rae dazzles viewers with her #BlackGirlMagic in Insecure
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Issa Rae dazzles viewers with her #BlackGirlMagic in Insecure

Shannon Marshall Actor and creator Issa Rae took media by storm with her hit YouTube web series, The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, sparking the attention of HBO and leading to her own show Insecure. Rae, a Stanford graduate, is the first African American woman to create and star in her own sitcom on premium network cable. In her new series, Rae is the true definition of black girl magic. Rae plays a 29-year-old women, also named Issa, living in L.A., working at a non profit while attempting to find what she really wants out of her life. Her best friend Molly is a young Black lawyer who is desperately searching for her soulmate. The sitcom follows these two best friends as the attempt to juggle their social lives, their romantic lives and what they want from their lives...