The Media Misrepresent the Revolution

Brian Griffith Archive

Photo by Steve Rhodes via Flickr “We want Freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our Black community”; this is the first point of the Black Panthers’ 10 point program. The 10 points were centered around bettering the Black community and dissociating from the broader white community.   The leaders of the Party were able to see the …

Newsflash: Pro-Black Is Not Anti-White

Domonique Hamilton Archive

Photo by Stephen Melkisethian via Flickr Recently, Black artists like Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar have made very prominent statements showing pride in their African American roots and raising awareness of pertinent problems within the Black community. However, for some reason many people have taken offense to their performances. These people, a majority of the Caucasian descent, have taken to social …

Watching the Throne

Jerzy Messan Archive

Photo by Carla De Souza Campos via Flickr   With all the recent beef involving rappers Drake and Meek Mill, heated debate has been revolving around who is at the top of the rap game. From the barber shop, to the lunch table, everyone has an opinion about who they think is the best out.   It is undeniable, even …

Barbershop Talk

Jerzy Messan Archive

Photo by Scott Smith via Flickr   The communal environment found in well-established Black barbershops provides customers with a quality haircut, a safe place to voice their opinions and feelings, and an outlet for young men to pick up words of wisdom from their elders. Black barbershops are a place that have a distinct “grit, rhythm, and attitude,” voiced Masai …

Black Entertainers and the Role Model Dilemma

Noelani Bailey Archive

Recently a Change.org petition to remove Raven Symoné from her current host position on “The View” was denied by ABC, despite great opposition from the Black community. Symoné’s comments on the recent Spring Valley High School assault were considered insensitive and triggered a petition by members of the Black community who stated that Symoné does not adequately represent the Black Diaspora. …

Grading Report: Black Bruin Style

Jerzy Messan Archive

Midterms and essays are not the only things UCLA fashion connoisseurs and sneakerheads are focused on this fall. With a number of different trends flourishing in the Black Bruin community, class is now in session as young kings and queens make bold fashion statements that symbolize their Afrikan culture, continue to excel academically and look fresh while doing it! Freshman …

Hair is The Last Thing on My Head: Balancing Hair Care and College Demands

Aaliyah Sade Murphy Archive

Whether you rocks your hair natural, relaxed or weaved up, maintainence of black hair demands time and tender love and care but as full time college students that is time that many of us do not have. Loving the versatile doo’s of black hair is the easy part, but for many fulfilling student duties while taking care of one’s hair in this ‘new home …