Students get a taste of the French Quarters on Campus

By Madison Brydie, Staff Writer At Xavier,  the anticipated experience consists of not only Black excellence, but an authentic New Orleans atmosphere. On Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, the Xavier Activities Board held, “Xavier’s Bourbon Street,” featuring street like performers scattered throughout campus to mimic the atmosphere of New Orleans iconic Bourbon street. Some of the performers included: a saxophonist, pianist, a bass player, a guitar player, a tarot card reader, and a Micheal Jackson impersonator.  “I’ve only seen one performance but I think it’s a really great vibe,” said Amaya…

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The Black Community v. Mental Health

By Kiersten McCollum, Staff Writer Access to fair and equitable mental health aid is a struggle that can be recognized internationally. Within the Black American community, there is a long and complicated history surrounding the stigma of mental health as well as the inequality and inaccessibility of mental health resources and aid.  “Up until recently, I don’t believe it [mental health] was taken very seriously,” said Harper Cooper, a freshman Biology pre-med from Atlanta, Georgia. “ I feel like people took it as if you had mental health issues you…

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Ethicality of Compensated Activism?

By Kiersten McCollum, Staff Writer Earlier this month CBS and Global Citizen announced their new collaborative show, a five-episode reality competition series titled “The Activist”. The show would put six contestants against each other to compete in various “activism-themed challenges” and be judged by celebrity co-hosts Usher, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Julianne Hough. Following the network’s promotional announcement they were met with social media criticism resulting in the show’s format being reworked. CBS and Global Citizen decided to get rid of the competition aspect of the show and make it…

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Top 5 Black Horrors that are a MUST for the Upcoming Sinister Season

by Bailey Whitley, Staff Writer Horror Movies. This violent genre of film is known to induce fear into the hearts of its watchers, yet some relish in the idea of coming back for more. No one really understands why thought. It may be the adrenaline running through their veins of not knowing what may come next. It may be just plain insanity. However, there is one thing that black people know for sure will always remain the same- the token black character will never make it to the end. Whether…

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