The Double Consciousness Theory

In & More..., Opinion, Real Talk by 252 Comments

I understood what double consciousness was. I sat in my dorm room trying to understand White privilege in relation to it. It was easy to blind yourself and say it doesn’t exist. They even try to guilt trip you by saying we are making excuses and looking for pity. They can’t see it so they try to tell us it doesn’t exist. “The …

Is Your Hair the Reason You Don’t Exercise?

In & More..., Get it Right, Keep it Tight, Opinion by 64 Comments

Afrikan-American women are passionate about their hair. They can spend a decent amount of time and money to achieve a hairstyle they enjoy sporting in public. However, an Afrikan-American woman’s hair may be the reason for her lack of exercise.  Dr. Amy J. McMichael, a dermatologist at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina, noticed that many …

My N***A, My N***A!

In & More..., Opinion, Youth Culture by 116 Comments

Five months ago when I first heard the song, “My N***a”, by local rapper YG, the first thing I noticed was the beat. Immediately, I found myself grooving to it. Initially, the lyrics weren’t too bad. I was used to YG’s subject matter so nothing came off particularly shocking. Then came the hook. The word “n***a” is repeated a total of …

Reflection: Aja Brown Speaks at Welcome Event

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Oct. 21 — Last week, the Community Programs Office held its 5th annual Welcome Event.  More than 100 students came out to watch the excellent performances, to dance to the music, and to eat the food.  The highlight of the evening, however, was the keynote speaker. The newly elected mayor of Compton, Aja Brown, came out to address the attendees. “You …

Opinion: The Sad Case of Unwanted Black Babies

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When I was six years old, my mother opened our home to a child named Michael. He had big chocolate-colored eyes, soft brown skin, and the sweetest smile. We all adored him, but due to unforeseen circumstances, my mother was unable to adopt him; he was not to become my permanent little brother, and I sometimes wonder if anyone ever …

One Million: A Call for Solidarity

In BlaQue Power, Opinion by 80 Comments

An article from Huffington Post was published this past Friday titled Report Reveals that One Million African-Americans Identify as LGBT. The article contains data from a study that was conducted by UCLA Williams Institute Scholars Gary J. Gates and Angeliki Kastanis, and highlights LGBT Identified Afrikan Americans that many people are unaware of. The report states, “Afrikan-American same-sex couples have …

Opinion: Affirmative Action Bake Sale

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UCLA- This Friday, October 25 the Bruin Republicans and Young Americans for Liberty (BR/YAL) are holding a counter-protest Affirmative Action Bake Sale, in which prices are altered based on race. Their Facebook event states that baked goods will be priced as follows: White Male: $3.00 White Female: $2.00 Asian/Pacific Islander: $2.00 African American: $1.00 Hispanic/Latino: $1.00 Native American: Free BR/YAL are …

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court Will Make a Decision on Affirmative Action

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“This decision is more significant than the Emancipation Proclamation” Proposition 209 is a cruel and unusual punishment for the descendants of slaves. Historically, Black Americans have been deprived of humane treatment. Our government under the Three-Fifths Compromise has considered Blacks less than human. As a result, Blacks were forced into 300 years of abject unpaid servitude, were seen as livestock …

#Colorism

In Opinion by 135 Comments

Growing up the only use I ever had for a brown paper bag was to carry my homemade lunches to school and maybe to construct a poorly made puppet for a school project. In the early 1900’s, people devised a completely different use for the paper bag. Black individuals of lighter complexions would use the brown bags to determine whether …

Stand Your Ground: The Mentality of A Gangster

In Opinion, Politics by 18 Comments

George Zimmerman was recently acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin.  One of the primary reasons for the acquittal was Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.  Upon close examination, it becomes obvious what the laws really mean, who they are for, and who they protect. Currently, twenty-one states have “Stand Your Ground” laws.  These laws are suppose to give property owners …