Father Figures Play Important Role in African American Community

By Kristian Graves The positive recognition of fathers in youth, families, and neighborhoods can result in stronger African  American families and a stronger youth.   Jasmin Thames, a student, entrepreneur, and full-time mother cherishes the value of a strong African  American family. She contributes the impact of a relationship with her father to her successes.   “I was always close with my father as a child; I was the youngest and a daddy’s girl,” Thames said. “I am  now a mother of 1, who wanted nothing more than a relationship between my…

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Black entrepreneurs find ways to thrive in niche markets

By Chyna Valentine African Americans have powered through hundreds of years of disadvantage, segregation, and unequal treatment to become successful in their respective fields. Entrepreneurship is a field of work in which people of color are just starting to get a foothold.   “Being black has impacted my business in many ways, Good and Bad,” said Brandon Valentine, owner of  Prince Charles Lemonade. “Bad in the way of working hard to prove to the world that we can produce products in a fashion that can rival or surpass any other race…

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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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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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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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Residents Still Struggle to Recover Weeks After Hurricane Ida

by Tyana Jackson | Staff Writer Almost a month after Hurricane Ida, one of the largest tropical cyclone storms to make landfall in Louisiana, residents are still struggling to return to normal. Several issues have frustrated post-storm recovery ranging from delayed trash disposal to lost wages, and damage to homes and businesses, due to the devasting effects of the storm across many parishes in Southeast Louisiana. New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell said on Sept. 23 that post-storm clean-up and recovery remain a primary focus for her office.  “To date ‘Operation…

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Moving NOLA in an updated Direction: New Millage Proposals

As the world shifts away from the widely publicized United States fight for the presidency, election season is far from over as New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell hosted a press conference on Nov. 16, 2020, to introduce a new Millage Proposal that will be included in the runoff election. The proposal highlights three propositions focused on improving infrastructure & maintenance, libraries & early childhood education, and housing & economic development in the city of New Orleans.  “Over the past 15-years, particularly post-Katrina, we have spent over 1.5 billion [dollars] in…

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SGA’s Election Night Watch Party At Xavier

2020 has been anything but a year of the norm. With the coronavirus pandemic still looming over the United States and the racial tension here in the states being as high as it has been since the Civil Rights Movement, Xavierites still made it a necessity to prepare for the crucial election. Xavier students and officials prioritize their right to vote, putting an emphasis on the importance of voting in this year’s election and voting all year round. On Tuesday, November 3rd the Student Government Association held an election night…

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