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Lil’ Kim is a reflection of our critical society

May 2, 2016

“Everything about me was wrong — my hair, my clothes, just me.” Lil’ Kim said these words in an interview with Newsweek Magazine back in June 2000. This was back when Lil’...

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Black fraternities are reshaping black culture

April 25, 2016

I had never been a supporter of Greek life. Something about the hazing, the dues and the invite-only parties just seemed so insincere to me. That all changed when I was exposed to the black Greek community....

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Initiatives for safer sex should include oral sex

April 18, 2016

Sex is a big deal. No matter if you’re sexually active now or waiting for later, getting the facts about sex and the possible risks involved is vital. Sex education, however, has been missing a big...

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Minority students need professors who believe in them

April 11, 2016

Teaching is a tough job. The profession requires one to inspire, encourage and engage with their students. This becomes an even more difficult task when a teacher and student are coming from two different...

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We need a feminism worth fighting for

April 4, 2016

I have a confession: I’m embarrassed to call myself a feminist. The movement started with the simple goal of wanting women to be valued and heard in the same way as men, but the most recent wave...

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We must acknowledge alcoholism on college campuses

March 29, 2016

We all have a drunken story or two (or twelve). Waking up disoriented the morning after a crazy night on Sixth Street is common for University of Texas students. It’s also common for these incidents...

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It’s time we have the talk

March 22, 2016

The University of Texas at Austin has overlooked the experiences of minority students for too long. Blatant disregard of minorities’ struggles has kept us from living up to many of the core values...

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Emojis and flirting: a cautionary guide

March 8, 2016

I remember the simple days. The days when texting “(;” to your crush was enough to let them know that it was going down once that final bell rang at 3:00 pm. Now with hundreds of emojis to...

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Colorism cannot be ignored any longer

March 6, 2016

You won’t see any protests or hashtags demanding we put an end to it, but there is a silent killer of the black community. Colorism, the idea that lighter skin tones are more desirable than darker...

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Hip hop is smarter than you think

February 23, 2016

What comes to mind when you think of hip-hop music? Most people think of money, drugs and fast women. Ask me what comes to my mind and I’d say politics, passion and poetry. Admittedly, today’s...

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My blackness isn’t for sale

February 16, 2016

From the moment we were stolen from our homeland to this very day in 2016, African-Americans have been brainwashed to believe that black is ugly. In a society where blackness is counted against you, self-love...

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Rising above a culture of silence

January 28, 2016

College is a stressful time for any student. For ethnic minorities, however, navigating through a predominantly white college campus can be particularly demanding. It is common for the alienation felt...