The 2016 Election Cycle Has Descended Into Chaos — Here’s Why

If we’re completely honest with ourselves, this election season is a mess. The messiness is a result of several converging factors, chief among them the voter suppression efforts and the Donald Trump effect. Recent voter suppression legislation is a direct backlash against the diverse electorate that turned out for the 2008 presidential election. Since then states across the country have passed measures making it increasingly difficult for vulnerable populations to

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Why Zoe Saldana Was Mis-Cast as Nina Simone

Last week Zoe Saldana came under fire for being cast as singer and activist Nina Simone in the upcoming biopic “Nina.” The controversy has centered around Saldana having to don blackface and a prosthetic nose to portray the singer more authentically. The issue has brought up questions regarding the continued lack of diversity in Hollywood. Let’s first address the idea that Zoe Saldana is somehow not black enough to play

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Is a College Education Worth the Cost?

Going to college was never just a possibility for me, it was an expectation. Funny enough, the expectation never included how my college education would be paid for. Of course, there was the hope that academic or athletic excellence would result in a scholarship, neither of these were guaranteed. And as I got older, it became more and more apparent that my parents could not afford to send me to

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Empire, Scandal and Representations of Black Americans on TV

There was a post making the rounds on Facebook recently that pointed to the shows “Empire” and “Scandal” as reinforcing negative images of black people. I’ve seen memes calling “Empire” propaganda and coonery. People accuse its creator, Lee Daniels, of trying to promote a homosexual agenda, and point to both shows as damaging to the fabric of black America. But how often do we see shows about black wealth and

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