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OP-ED: Black Students Matter

| November 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Black Students Matter

When I came to UNC Charlotte my junior year of college, I noticed the obvious thing: diversity. Transferring from an HBCU (Historically Black College or University), I knew I was going to encounter more white people than I probably ever have in my young life. This wasn’t a big deal for me because non-black students […]

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OP-ED: Standing with Amber Rose

| September 29, 2015 | 1 Comment
OP-ED: Standing with Amber Rose

For the past couple months, I have been following Amber Rose on Instagram. I first noticed her when she dated rapper and future president Kanye West and have since marveled at her bald head and amazing body shape. But lately, she has been doing something that has made me want to be her best friend. […]

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OP-ED: Miley, what’s good?

| September 8, 2015 | 1 Comment
OP-ED: Miley, what’s good?

This past Sunday, MTV aired its annual Video Music Awards. If you tuned in to the show, you probably witnessed all the foolishness from Rebel Wilson’s police brutality jokes to Kayne West’s presidential aspirations. You also probably witnessed the host of the award show, Miley Cyrus fail to bring the show justice. Overall, the night […]

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OP-ED: Celebrities might be likable, but they’re not always the brightest

| April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Celebrities might be likable, but they’re not always the brightest

For years, celebrities have entertained us with the things they say and do. They always seem to make a fool of themselves without trying too hard, and as their adoring fans, we cannot help but to watch them in amazement. In a recent interview with E! News, child celebrity Raven-Symoné talked about the new Fox […]

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OP-ED: Yes, black girls do rock

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Yes, black girls do rock

On April 5, Black Entertainment Television (BET) aired its annual awards show “Black Girls Rock,” hosted by actresses Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King. The show first aired in 2010 and is tied to the non-profit organization BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc., which was founded in 2006 to empower and mentor the growth, the interests, the […]

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OP-ED: Iggy Azalea is the face of problematic and blatant cultural appropriation in hip hop

| March 17, 2015 | 9 Comments
OP-ED: Iggy Azalea is the face of problematic and blatant cultural appropriation in hip hop

Australian born rapper Iggy Azalea invaded our radios last summer with her hit song “Fancy.” As Atlanta rapper T.I.’s protégé, Azalea delivers her raps in a Southern black drawl, uses hip hop slang and twerks in almost all her performances, despite being white and hailing from a rural town on the opposite side of the […]

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OP-ED: Our Selma — The march is not over yet

| March 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Our Selma — The march is not over yet

“Selma,” the 2014 film directed by Ava DuVernay, serves as a visual history lesson about a painful period in American history. The film chronicles the three 1965 marches from Selma, Ala. to Montgomery, Ala. A number of social activists led the marches, including John Lewis and the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This past […]

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OP-ED: Students of all races need to tackle racism together

| October 21, 2014 | 2 Comments
OP-ED: Students of all races need to tackle racism together

On Oct. 8, something enlightening took place on our humble college campus. Nearly 100 students gathered in McKnight Hall for a program entitled “It Could Have Been Me” to discuss the topic that has been fresh in our conversations for a while now: police brutality. The Black Student Union (BSU) along with other multicultural and […]

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OP-ED: We should be fighting against misogyny, not shaming women

| September 30, 2014 | 1 Comment
OP-ED: We should be fighting against misogyny, not shaming women

The time to stop putting women in the gallows for expressing themselves in a way that makes people uncomfortable is now. Last month, a number of A-list celebrity women had their nude photos leaked onto websites such as Reddit, TMZ and 4chan. The photos were deleted from the websites, but the pictures went viral. They […]

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Photo filters distort the way we view ourselves

| April 15, 2014 | 1 Comment
Photo filters distort the way we view ourselves

We all do it. We feel good about ourselves one day and decide to snap nearly 100 selfies, probably deleting all but one. Then, if we have an Instagram account, we post our lovely pictures and wait for the likes. We want our friends to praise our good looks or someone to post that complimentary […]

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