Simret Aklilu

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Trump’s Muslim ban causes controversey and chaos

By Simret Aklilu Less than two weeks after his inauguration, President Donald Trump signed an executive order last Friday, banning refugees and immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen and Syria from entering the country for 120 days. People from seven countries, which are composed of predominantly Muslim citizens, were subject to the extreme … Continue reading

Is this how people really see Black women? The Riri Williams story

By Simret Aklilu When Marvel Comics announced that its next character to continue the iron man legacy would be a Black, MIT engineering student named Riri Williams, the minority community was beyond elated. But when the much-anticipated comic book arrived, what followed was a wave of criticisms concerning the cover’s sexualized features attributed to young, … Continue reading

Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz: we are not saying ‘all lives matter’

By Simret Aklilu Pastor Carl Lentz of Hillsong Church NYC took to social media in late September to relay one message: We are not saying ‘All Lives Matter.’ Lentz posted a statement on Facebook saying that “At THIS church, we are not saying ‘All Lives Matter’ right now because this is a logical assumption that … Continue reading

Obama to black voters: “Go vote”

By Simret Aklilu President Barack Obama delivered a vigorous speech urging the African-American community to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the Congressional Black Caucus on Sept. 17.

Black Political Science Association resurfaces with major changes

By Simret Aklilu UMD’s Black Political Science Association (BPSA), formerly known as the Black Political Student Association, is making a comeback in the 2016-2017 school year after a short-lived hiatus, said junior Government and Politics major and current president of the BPSA, Breonna Massey. In the past, BPSA has provided a safe environment for minorities to … Continue reading

Rihanna: a Multifaceted, Uncontested Icon

By Simret Aklilu After more than a decade of success, renowned pop star Rihanna continues to keep the music industry at the edge of its seat. The 28-year-old singer, humanitarian, and fashion icon was awarded MTV’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award — a Lifetime Achievement Award given to artists who have had a tremendous impact on … 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

Formation: the new anthem of Black History Month and #BlackLivesMatter

By SIMRET AKLILU “Unapologetically black” is perhaps the only phrase that could describe Beyoncé’s new hit single Formation. The video, which came out less than 24 hours on Tidal and YouTube before the singers much anticipated Super Bowl performance, was perhaps the most controversial because it addresses issues that have plagued the black community for decades. The … Continue reading