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Top 15 Kpop Songs of 2016

By: Natandy Well, it’s officially 2017 and I’m sure you’ve seen many year-end lists. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go that route but I fell down a 2016 K-pop rabbit hole and managed to narrow my favorite songs from last year into a single list. Here are my Top 10 15 (technically 17) K-pop...

Self-Acceptance as a Black Girl: Insecurities in Intense Academics

Written by Maya Foster Ever since I was young, I had a genuine interest in learning and school -- exploring the natural world with my sister, reading various books, and writing down my crazy imagine in the form of stories.  My interests eventually encouraged me to challenge myself with accelerated/advanced placement courses throughout middle school...

Blackness in 2016: Part 3 – Society

By  Cheyenne Matthews-Hoffman Part 1 - Music and Sports Part 2 - Film and TV   There were so many fantastic displays of blackness this year that it’s nearly impossible to quantify. We have Harriet Tubman replacing noted racist Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. President Obama hosted SXSL a White House festival modeled after SXSW where, for...

Blackness in 2016: Part 1 – Music & Sports

By Cheyenne Matthews-Hoffman   At this point, we can all agree that 2016 was absolutely horrible. From hashtags to news articles, everyone everywhere decided that this year was a gigantic dumpster fire never to be spoken of again. And despite the intense horribleness of this trashcan year, Black people proved to be the shining light in...

Who is Ousmane Sembene? 

  Ousmane Sembene is the inventor of African Cinema, and with his inventions, he asks the question, "How do you reach an African audience with African stories?” By watching his documentary, SEMBENE! available on Netflix the storyline opens up with a quote, " If Africans do not tell their stories, Africa will soon disappear." - Ousmane Sembene...

Carrie Fisher Brought The Force to All

  Carrie Fisher is a goddess. Using the term may sound like hyperbole but think of the great gods of mythology; Zeus, Shiva, Tonatiuh all powerful deities, fearsome and striking, vulnerable whether physically or emotionally, but above all, they steered into their flaws. Fisher was a goddess among men. She defied the tired tropes of Hollywood....

Hidden Figures Press Conference

  After three years in the Air Force, I moved from southern Germany to the Hampton Roads area in Virginia. Langley Air Force Base to be exact. Upon in-processing, we learned about NASA and Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughn.  This was the first time I ever heard about the trio. These women are...

R. Kelly? Are You Serious?!

Let’s be honest, music festivals are getting more popular by the day. How can you hate an opportunity to see a good mash up of tried and true favorites, along with rising stars, for a reasonable price? You can’t. That is unless the promoters decide to celebrate one of the most divisive figures in the...

Comic Alert: “Vera and the Dream Thief”

ShadowBlack Entertainment, a comic book company based in Lagos, Nigeria, officially launched their most recent project, a comic book for African girls called Vera and the Dream Thief. Vera is a twelve year old girl who is president of her school’s press club and solves complex mysteries with the help of her two male...

Universal Fan Con: A Safe Space For ALL of Us

  The Black Geeks and Black Girl Nerds have partnered to host Universal Fan Con (UFC), with the mission of taking on the lack of representation in the geek community. The convention is set to take place in Baltimore, MD on April 27, 2018, at the Baltimore Convention Center and focusing on gaming, anime,...
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