Cuban Culture Brought to Xavier’s Campus

By Madison Brydie On Saturday, 13 November, Xavier University hosted the ‘El Corazon Cubano: Celebrating the African Heartbeat of Cuba’ presented in the campus’ Opera Workshop. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. guest clinicians explored the African influences in Cuban Culture through interactive language, dance, and percussion classes in Xavier’s Music Building. Cultural differences and similarities, such as dialect, within the African community were emphasized during this time. “They [dialects] represent the people before you, and who taught you how to speak by accepting who you are and expressing how…

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Academic Scholarships Available for Louisiana LGBTQ+ Students

New Orleans, Louisiana–The New Orleans Chapter of PFLAG is accepting applications for scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year. The scholarships recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and non-binary students and encourage their continuing education while helping these students foster a positive image of LGBTQ+  people in society. Most of the scholarships are $1,000, but some are for more.  The New Orleans Chapter has awarded approximately $800,000 to 500 students since 1989.      To be eligible, the applicant must: a) )  self identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer…or…

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New Elliptical Trainer Desks placed in Xavier’s Library

By Youma Diabira | Staff Writer Photos by Cameron Smith | Student In an effort to promote healthy habits for college students, there have been active workstations placed in Xavier’s library. These stations so far have included elliptical trainer desks that encourage students to pedal while completing work.  Cameron Smith, a fifth-year Doctoral Student with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at XULA, from Lake Charles, Louisiana, inspired this addition to the Library while completing his dissertation.  “In marrying my passions for education and health together, I partnered with Xavier’s…

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More Black women hold power in newsrooms. Trends can impact news coverage and representation.

By Brier Evans | Editor Black women make up roughly 3 percent of the total workforce of American newsrooms. And among U.S. newsroom leadership, Black women account for 3 percent of news executives, compared to white women, who account for 31.84 percent, according to the American Society of News Editors, in 2019. But since 2020, the news industry is slowly opening up to placing more Black women in charge of news operations.  “You put a woman in charge of HR or public relations; that’s an old corporate hack,” said Nayyera…

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XU HERALD SPORTS- MAKYE RICHARD

by Daylan Paige | Staff Writer What does this season look like for you?  The season looks like one last time to play with my brothers who I’ve created a bond. One more chance to make history and win a national championship, while pursuing my PRO basketball career. What do you think is the best trait your team has? The best trait of my game is my leadership no matter if shots are falling or not I can always be a positive leader to the younger guys on the team,…

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Candidates make final primary election push as early voting period opens

by Tamir Wright | Staff Writer Election season in New Orleans is in full swing one week out from the start of early voting, as dozens of candidates vying for positions in local, municipal, and statewide races. Among the many candidates across the ballots, voters will be electing the candidates for the office of mayor, city council, state representative, and sheriff. The upcoming mayoral race will have incumbent Mayor Latoya Cantrell seek to become the first woman to be re-elected to this position in the city’s history. Cantrell is running…

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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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