The Importance of Being Intersectional (by Lule K.)

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Although it is not always a pleasant conversation to have, there is a significant difference between being a feminist of color and being a white feminist. Unfortunately, today’s feminism movement is at a risk of coming to a complete halt until there is an understanding that feminists do not only include cisgendered, able bodied, middle-class, white women. This is where intersectional feminism comes into play. Intersectionality is an extremely important aspect of feminism, as it allows one to acknowledge a variety of oppressive incidences, even though the injustices may not directly affect you. There is no “one-size -fits-all” type of feminism. Culture, race, gender, class, and ability must all be brought into question when discussing feminism. The topic of intersectionality has been one thrown around for decades. Recently, however, it has made its way into mainstream media. Even so, many are still confused as to what it exactly means.

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A Transfer of Power (by Angel T.)

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It is a scary thing to consider the possibility that entertainment has overrun our lives and that the value or quality of one’s life is potentially measured by how many tools of entertainment they possess or the number of likes they get. Yet, this possibility is one that may quickly be turning into a certainty. In the face of this phenomenon, the question of whether entertainment has the capacity to ‘ruin’ society is often asked. My answer to this is that entertainment in itself does not equate to extreme harm; however, our view of entertainment and how much precedence we give it in our lives somewhat determines the extent to which our society can be ruined.

I recently came across a magazine with the headline: “534 Instagram Looks—You and Your Feed Never Looked So Good”. Normally, I wouldn’t really care or give this a second thought, but something that Neil Postman talks…

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Donald Trump Is the Next President. Now What? (by Lule K.)

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When Donald Trump announced his running for the election it was not taken seriously. Now he’s the new president-elect of the United States of America. Okay, so what does this mean for people of color?  Trump has about two months before taking power and already people are experiencing extreme racism, sexism, and prejudice in previously comfortable environments. Recently, a woman was sexually assaulted by a man who shouted the infamous words from the recording of Donald Trump that was released. Swastikas, racial slurs, and various homophobic related graffiti has polluted the walls of multiple cities. Police shootings and brutalities are not only echoes of the past but instant replays of history. He claims to want to restore law and order within the US, but the result will be more police brutality towards black people and migrants.

But he’s won. And there is little to nothing that anyone can do about…

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Why We Need Acceptance More Than Ever (by David R.)

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A black woman saving the life of an alleged KKK member from a mob during anti-KKK protests in 1996. The subsequent photos were part of Life Magazine’s “Picture of the Year”, and the woman, Keisha Thomas was later interviewed on the Oprah Winfrey Show. The story is reminiscent of a time when race relations and political differences led to all-out violence in Americas cities; during the civil rights movement, protesters, both black and white, were attacked, detained and even brutally murdered for their political beliefs.

freedom_riders An attack on the Freedom Riders in Anniston, Alabama.

One example of violence towards protesters is that of the Freedom Riders, groups of both black and white civil rights protesters who’s journey through the desegregated south was cut short on the 14th of May, 1961, when their Greyhound bus was firebombed in Alabama by members of the Ku Klux Klan. Though all American Citizens have the…

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Conquering Misconceptions: A Commentary (by Angel T.)

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I remember when my second grade teacher announced that we would be participating in a pen-pal program. The first letters from our pen-pals in the U.S arrived and I held my breath as I opened myletter. Her name was Kendall and she was nine, two years older than me at the time. I remember taking in all the details: she loved fishing with her dad, had two siblings, and wanted to be a model when she grew up. Approaching the end of her letter, I recall wrinkling my nose in confusion as I read her last few sentences: “What’s Africa like? Do you live in a big hut or a small one? Do you ride elephants or lions to school? Do any giraffes walk by your village?” At the time, I didn’t understand why she asked these questions. I have never lived in a…

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A Gaming Gamble (Angel T.)

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Just two weeks ago, one of my brother’s friends was completely cut off from his favorite video game, Roblox. The reason?

“I was going through *Tyler’s tablet, when I noticed that he had over 200 followers and friends. I was a bit stunned—he doesn’t even know 200 people,” says Tyler’s mother. “There was also an ongoing conversation feed on the side of the page and what was being said shocked me. The language used was totally inappropriate for children, let alone my nine year old son.” She adds that from some of the conversation feed, such as the personal questions asked, she could tell that some of these “followers and friends” were older gamers trying to extort information from younger kids by masquerading as one of them.

In order to purchase the game, Tyler’s mother entered her credit card details. A few days after going through Tyler’s tablet, she noticed that $700…

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Music In the Internet Age Part I (by David R.)

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When it comes to Top 40 radio, it seems as if the year’s most highly rated albums have been left out, with Kanye West’s Life of Pablo only providing two popular singles and the year’s most acclaimed album Radiohead’s Moon Shaped Pool being left out entirely. In that case, what is on top? Closer by the Chainsmokers, a song that the most gracious critic would call vapid at best. So how did he get here? We were virtually dragged along by a drastically changed music industry that has become increasingly inconsequential to the progression of music as art in the last 20 years.

Since the advent of the internet, file sharing has been one of it’s primary uses; the idea that books, movies and music could be accessible on a grand scale and were essentially free excited the general public, who were sick and tired of paying for art that…

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There is Beauty in Truth (by Lule K.)

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“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know” ~ John Keats

Let’s be completely honest for a second. If the truth was always told, much less people would make money. Telling the truth and making it interesting is an extremely tedious task in which quite a few journalists do not, in fact, complete. More than you would hope as an innocent reader. So why is lying such a daily occurrence in the media? Well, to be uncomfortably honest, it’s because no one cares. Sure there are a select few of us that do further research and make sure that the writer has backup for their backup. If you do do that, then I commend you because that is more than I can say for myself. And going along with this whole honesty theme, I find that taking a writer at…

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Fabrication vs. Integrity (by Angel T.)

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We live in an era where the facts find themselves shoved aside in favor of glamor. Truth is a rarity, viewed as optional or bothersome. In a profession that, in modern times, prioritizes questions of “How many people will read my work?” or “Will anyone notice if we tweak the details just a tiny bit?”, there is one crucial question at the heart of good journalism that should be asked more often—what does telling the truth mean?

Last week in Journalism class, I watched Shattered Glass, a movie about journalist Stephen Glass who fabricated all of his stories and got caught. Aside from demonstrating the stupidity in inventing stories and passing them off as legitimate, the movie highlighted important aspects of truth in the world of journalism.

The first aspect is recognizing that without truth, credibility is lost, and consequently, so is respect and trust…

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Journalistic Integrity (by David R.)

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In the film Shattered Glass ( a film about a young journalist named Stephen Glass fabricating his articles while working at the magazine The New Republican) , what stood out to me as the most damning mistake on part of the New Republican was the magazine’s total lack of concrete fact-checking into cases that were, shall we say, less-than-airtight. The magazine’s first editor in the film seemed to make little to no effort to verify the reportings of the young Stephen Glass up until the point where a mistake was made. The movie implies that this is because sed editor trusted Glass to tell the truth in his articles, even though he had no way of verifying Glass’ stories. This point helps us understand the most important aspect of reporting the truth as a journalist; the foundation for all writing must be undeniable proof.

Such proof comes in three main…

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