XAB aims to get students more involved on campus 

By Jasmine Christopher Xavier Activities Board, XAB, hosts an event almost every week to get students involved with their community and make Xavier University of Louisiana a fun and comfortable place for students.  They have many different things planned for this year, each event correlating with whichever theme is fitting from month to month, such as their upcoming Movie Night, a screening of Batman.  “We’re just trying to figure out different ways to combine ourselves with other organizations to keep that school spirit alive,” said Dee Nichols, president of XAB. …

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Nyx Parade embroiled in racial controversy 

By Briana Griffith This year, the Nyx parade has the smallest number of members due to the controversy in 2020 with the founder Julie Lea, who posted “All Lives Matter” onto her Facebook page after George Floyd’s death.  Many members of the racially diverse all-female krewes were outraged and blasted Lea for being insensitive. Lea tried to apologize but still refused to embrace the phrase “Black Lives Matter.” This caused the once largest parade with the largest group of members to quickly become the smallest with only an astounding two…

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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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The Legacies of American Slavery and Food: A Conversation with Dr. Jessica B. Harris

By Jerin Minor On November 3, 2021, Dillard University of Louisiana hosted ‘The Legacies of American Slavery and Food’; a conversation with Dr. Jesscia B. Harris, author, and Zella Palmer, director of the Dillard University’s Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture. The two who discussed Harris’s published writings including her famous book, “High on the Hog.” “She writes about African American food traditions in a way that contextualizes our struggles, and restores our ingenuity and creativity,” Palmer said.  Harris is a culinary historian, author of twelve books, and…

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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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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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Brier Evans Reports | Episode 1 | Actress Tina Fears of National Geographic series ‘Genius: Aretha’

In this first episode of Brier Evans Reports, freshman, Brier Evans, sits down with Hollywood and Broadway Actress, Tina Fears, to discuss her role as Clara Ward in the new National Geographic series, Genius: Aretha. The show focuses on the singing legend, Aretha Franklin, as seen through her childhood, her personal adult life, and ultimately, her advancement in being recognized across the US as the ‘Queen of Soul’. The show premiered on March 21st on National Geographic – the next day on Hulu – and stars well-known actors, Cynthia Erivo,…

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