Devin Murphy for USAC President

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“USAC has [had] an immense history of student activism – student empowerment, and really advocating for key issues that students deal with”- Devin Murphy Are we ready to ACT? So critical of the oppression we suffer as an Afrikan-American community, we often overlook our own homophobic self-oppressive nature. Devin Murphy, third-year Political Science and Afro-American Studies major, is a minority …

Irmary Garcia: USAC Cultural Affairs Commissioner

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This afternoon, I had the opportunity to sit down with Irmary Garcia, the incoming Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) Cultural Affairs Commissioner. She proved to be very knowledgeable, not only of student government, but also of the innumerable difficulties that Afrikan-American students face at UCLA.  She was eager to divulge what she has planned for her new position. Interviewer: Sharila …

Janay Williams for Academic Affairs Commissioner

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Meet Janay Williams, a third-year Microbiology Immunology Molecular Genetics major and African American Studies minor. Williams is a candidate for Academic Affairs Commissioner in the 2014 Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) elections. She is one of four African American candidates running under the Lets Act Party. Born and raised in Moreno Valley, Williams grew up in a large family as …

Black Power Week: Willie “Mukasa” Ricks Speaks

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Willie “Mukasa” Ricks lowers his microphone from his mouth and projects it to the crowd, “We ain’t no Americans… what are we?” The crowd responds, “Africans!” “That’s right,” says Rick— a much grayer man than the one appearing on photographs held by nearly all of the students and faculty present at Tuesday night’s meeting. (The photo shows Ricks, Stokely Carmichael and …

Poem: Darker Than Blue

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We people, who are darker than blue The evil man has evil plans to eliminate me and you! we people, who are darker than blue the evil man has evil plans to do evil things to us two Target bright Black women is what they do, break the connection between you two! To break the connection between woman and man! Pay HER more money so …

Poem: Untitled

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A nation that deals death by drone, jails its own, kills for sport, and sleeps asses in seats with a spectacle of courtroom reports can offer no fair retort to innocent lives cut short. Puppeteers will profiteer from fear the mass media exports and bloody hands will be wiped clean at beachside resorts. WAKE  up there’s never justice in kangaroo …