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Body Shaming: Is Zendaya a Good Role Model

by LEXI RUSSELL As we all know, Zendaya is one of today’s youngest style icons and has been gracing us with her fabulous looks for years. However, does the Disney star’s beauty overshadow what she represents? A little over a week ago, there was an incident on twitter that raised questions about Zendaya’s rather slender body … Continue reading

Ben Carson endorses Donald Trump

By MICHAEL-ANTHONY MOORE Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon and former GOP candidate, announced March 11 he is now supporting Donald Trump, saying they “buried the hatchet.” Carson told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that he is no longer continuing his GOP presidential race on March 4, then declined to endorse any candidate for the Republican … Continue reading

The Obamas Visit SXSW

  By JANAE SAVOY This year, the SXSW Conferences & Festivals had arguably the biggest moment in their history by featuring President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as keynote speakers in SXSW Interactive and SXSW Music, respectively.   Michelle Obama delivered her speech entitled “Hustle Is a Political Act” on Wednesday, March 16. … Continue reading

UMD’s W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society hosts Pan-African Conference 2016

By TOYIN AKINWANDE     On March 6, W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society partnered with 10 black student groups on campus to “provide members of the University of Maryland community and beyond the opportunity to celebrate the African diaspora, showcase Black excellence, and inspire and ignite students to build sustainable movements for strengthening our community” by … Continue reading

Melissa Harris-Perry: A ghost of MSNBC’s past

by SIMRET AKLILU Late last month, Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC severed all ties with the network after learning about the preemptive notions and editorial limitations that arose concerning her self-titled weekend show. Harris-Perry refused to appear on her show that following Saturday and addressed an email to her staff explaining her decision. In the email, … Continue reading

What Happened, Nina?

By ALEXIS OJEDA-BROWN The upcoming biopic “Nina,” which tells the story of the late Jazz singer and civil rights activist, Nina Simone, has been receiving heavy criticism. The controversy surrounding the film started in 2012 when the announcement that Guardians of the Galaxy and Avatar star, Zoe Saldana, would be portraying the iconic soul singer. Saldana, who is Afro-Latina, … Continue reading

#UMDMelanin: 15 Days. 16 Women. 15 Locations.

Guest Column by SYDNEY PARKER (taken from One of the main reasons I am proud to be a student at the University of Maryland, College Park is because of the large Black student body. Coming here from a predominately white high school opened my eyes up to the diversity within blackness that the world tries … Continue reading

Open Forum on Race In The Media

Wednesday night, a sizeable crowd of students and professors gathered in Knight Hall to discuss a hot topic: race in the media. The Merrill College Diversity Committee, Maryland Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists presented, “An Open Discussion on Coverage of Racial Issues in the Media and the Freedom of … Continue reading