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Hidden Figures- 7 Prominent African Americans in Science that Were Not Taught in School

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Photo by Francisco Schmidt via Flickr I recently saw Hidden Figures at the Westwood Village theater and it was inspiring, to say the least. The phenomenal (and I do mean phenomenal) movie is about three Black women who worked at the Langley Research Center as scientists and mathematicians who helped launch NASA’s first successful space missions in 1962. It starred my …

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Voting For Inclusivity: The Ongoing Fight For Black Education

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Photo via Flickr The Universal Declaration of Human Rights asserts that every citizen has the right to primary and secondary level education, regardless of race, class, gender, sexuality. Although higher education is not funded by the federal government, the government is responsible for creating policy framework and administering appropriate oversight. Therefore, university and college admission should be determined by merit, …

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Black is Just as Beautiful

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Standards of beauty  vary from country to country. However, one type of beauty that struggles to be accepted is the Black beauty. Black beauty features like thick hair, full lips, large breasts and butts are all highly sought after by other races, but these features are deemed unacceptable if a Black woman has any of these. M.A.C. Cosmetics recently received negative comments …

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In Living Color? A World Without Black People

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Photo via Flickr In 2015, race relations in America proved to be a hot button issue and continues to be so in the new year. A video that was released last year has resurfaced thanks to the Huffington Post questioning “What would the world look like without Black people?”   The video was created by the Jubilee Project, a creative collective that make …

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ZENDAYA: THE YOUTH’S “REAL” MODEL

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Photo by Disney ABC Television Group via Flickr   Very few public figures emulate talent, beauty, humility, intelligence, and kindness all-in-one within the Black community with such grace and elegance. Many exude one or two of these characteristics, but only some hold them all as effortlessly as Zendaya Coleman. As an actress, dancer, writer, and singer she’s starred in two …

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What’s The Beef With Rap and Hip Hop?

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Photo by Scott Williams via Flickr   Raise your hand if you like rap and hip-hop?  If you’re like me you enjoy listening to both genres and when given the chance will blast Jay-Z or Kendrick Lamar. Within the last year I have noticed that rap and hip hop music has put a large spotlight on the Black community but …

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Producer of “Dear White People” Visits the Bunche Center

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This last Thursday, I was given the opportunity to attend an info session with up-and-coming director Justin Simien and the talented producer/writer Lena Waithe at the Ralph J. Bunche Library. I was fairly excited to meet the masterminds behind the highly anticipated film, “Dear White People,” to hear them speak about their motivations for creating the project, and what sort …

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Mass Incarceration: Slavery By Another Name

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The Afrikan Student Union at UCLA currently exists to promote, protect and serve the social, educational, and political interests of people of Afrikan descent. On Tuesday, February 4th, ASU Administrative Staff introduced a resolution to UCLA’s Undergraduate Student Association Council (USAC) urging it, the UCLA Foundation, and the UC Regents to divest from corporations that have investments in the two …

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From Negro History Week to African Liberation Month

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“Who owns history? Not even the ones who made it.” -Kumasi, Black August Organizing Committee “Black History Month must be updated for the 21st century. February should be the month that we re-double our struggle against imperialism and white supremacy, and for reparations for slavery, the slave trade and colonialism.” This was the message that Gerald Horne, author of Black Revolutionary: …

Why Dairy Should Be More Present In Your Diet

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A mere two weeks ago, while in a discussion about food, I had a friend say to me, “Well you know, Black people are all kinds of lactose intolerant.” This was not a notion I had come across before, but looking further into it, I realized it is an idea that has been floating around quite a bit. While there …