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Strange Occurrences Surrounding Disappearances in National Parks

Najla Alexander, Staff Writer December 7, 2021

Have you ever noticed how much we as a society always often hear and read about people going missing and just up and vanishing sometimes with no trace? Especially along the trails of some of the most famous...

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Can We Please Stop the Fake Arrest Trend on TikTok?

Najla Alexander, Features Editor September 27, 2021

Yet another trend is sweeping TikTok and this one will make you groan at not only how ignorant it is but also questioning why this became a trend in the first place. Another trend that is popular but many...

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

The White Symbol Behind Captain America’s Shield

Najla Alexander, Staff Writer May 18, 2021

The new Marvel show “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” that debuted on Disney+ discusses a lot of issues surrounding racism and race like where the symbol behind Captain America’s shield intersects...

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The World’s Outlaws

Rayiah Ross, Staff Writer May 6, 2021

Outlaws, bandits, fugitives and social pariahs. We often look through the lens of historic cowboy roots fighting against the influence of European settlers. We think of white men with their blue jeans,...

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No More “Black Pain” Movies

Rayiah Ross and Najla Alexander May 4, 2021

Mostly, all you ever see from streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime is the portrayal of Black men and women in America and the horrors of what they live through every single day. The fear of...

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The Whiteness of True Crime

Najla Alexander, Staff Writer April 21, 2021

True Crime is a genre loved by many.  Spanning from documentaries to podcasts to novels and TV shows, the True Crime genre showcases the overly motivated investigator and the family who didn’t want...

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The Importance of Young Adult Fiction and The Hunger Games Era

Rayiah Ross, Staff Writer April 14, 2021

*Includes commentary about each movie, so spoiler warning if you've never seen them… But if you haven’t seen them, go watch them right now! This article will still be here when you’re done. The...

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Ginny and Georgia: The Problem With All-White Writing Rooms

Ginny and Georgia is one of the newest and hottest Netflix TV series of this month. The story revolves around a young mom of two children navigating life, learning and growing from their mistakes while...

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The New Age of Children’s Toys: A Step Towards Representation For All

Najla Alexander and Rayiah Ross March 15, 2021

In 1959 the first Barbie doll, named after inventor Ruth Handler’s daughter Barbara, came onto the market with soaring popularity now for over 55 years. The original Barbie consisted of one body type,...

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The Misconceptions of False Rape Allegations and Victim Blaming

Rayiah Ross and Najla Alexander March 8, 2021

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s relationship has been a talk of the town for years now. Depp and Heard have had a rocky relationship, to say the least. After their wedding in 2015 and quickly divorcing...

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The Importance Behind Black Horror Films

Rayiah Ross and Najla Alexander March 2, 2021

Police corruption, racism and domestic abuse wrapped into four short stories do not begin to scratch the surface of the everyday horrors Black Americans face. Shown in the film Tales From The Hood,...

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Racial Health Disparities In The COVID-19 Era

Rayiah Ross and Najla Alexander February 22, 2021

The Netflix TV show, Evil, follows, questioning psychologist Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers) and seminarian David Acosta (Mike Colter) following cases that test what they believe are along the lines of...

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