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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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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KARIBBEAN KORNER – Creole Day

Bonne Journée Kwéyol! I know you all may have expected me to speak about the Halloween season but, today, October 30th, 2020, marks the celebration of Creole day in Dominica. Creole Day is celebrated annually on the last Friday of October and usually occurs during the Halloween season. Creole or Kwéyol day is celebrated by the wearing of madras or afro print material by all, listening to folk music, and eating of traditional and cultural foods. On this day the women are referred to as ‘Dame’ and the men are…

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The Commuter Chronicles – Welcome!

Welcome to the Commuter’s Chronicles! This column will be an array of relatable thoughts along with some special guests as well as some fun tips here and there! A little about myself: my name is Noor Alrashed and I am an Iraqi-Muslim freshman majoring in Biology, Pre-medicine as well as a commuter student. I’ve lived in Louisiana my whole life, and the state is unique in itself. If you haven’t already, you have to try the creole food here and head down to Cafe Du Monde for some beignets and…

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Karibbean Korner – Welcome to the Sunny Side of XULA

Hello Everyone! Welcome to the first edition of Karibbean Korner. I am Brier Evans (pronounced as bri-yay), a Speech Pathology major from the class of 2024, and I will serve as the writer for this year’s (2020-2021) Karibbean Korner column. To say a little bit about myself, I am from the Commonwealth of Dominica, which is an island located in the West Indies aka the Caribbean. I was raised in Dominica for 16 years until I left to attenda boarding school in North Carolina known as Salem Academy. I stayed…

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