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Robert Kelly, former R&B legend known as R. Kelly, was found guilty Monday afternoon on charges that will likely send him away for a long time. On Monday in Brooklyn, New York, the federal jury found him guilty of racketeering in regards to the allegations of him partaking in sex trafficking. Many fans of Robert Kelly have denied these allegations, as have many stood by the allegations beside the women who’ve come forward and shared...

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Each summer Tent encampments fill unoccupied areas in the Twin Cities. Each winter we see the people in those encampments endure displacement yet again. Year after year, we, us, our community, we are stuck in this cycle together until we find a solution. Minneapolis’ cost of living is well above the national average, requiring at least $55,476 annually to live comfortably. Yet, the average annual income for a Black family in Minnesota is 38,178, as...

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Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis police officer responsible for the murder of George Floyd has filed to appeal his murder conviction as of September 20 which was recognized by the courts on Sept 23. He requested and received approval by Judge Cahill for the State to pay $5,000 for his legal fees for his appeal. After we published our article, that decision was reversed. Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison earlier this year, convicted...

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Anyone with a heart would hope a missing person would be found and brought back to their loved ones. Even the thought of a loved one being there one moment and gone the next is a fearstrucken reality lived by many, lingering in the minds of protectors such as guardians, partners, even friends. And unfortunately, the fear comes from the fact that not everyone is fortunate to see their missing loved one come back. Alive...

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At least 13 U.S. troops and a hundred Afghans lost their lives August 29th, when the Kabul airport bombing attack occurred as the U.S. Forces were working to evacuate by the August 31st deadline. The assumed terrorist led Biden to make a public statement of “We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.” Now, after further investigation into who were the victims of the deadly retaliation bomb, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie...

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Poverty is not a result of there not being “enough” because there’s not enough to go around. But because “enough” through exploitation, consumerism, and capitalism to name a few,  has to leave someone with the short end of the stick. There has always been more than enough to go around to ensure the basic necessities of life for all. But through time, we’ve been conditioned through social systems to feel we are always to chase...

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History changed when the first Black official was hired by the NFL in 1965, forty-five years after the NFL began. But today, we see another mark in history.  The first Black official hired by the NFL was a male; Burl Toler. But after 55 years, we see a drastic change in the system. Maia Chaka, the first Black woman to be hired by the NFL has changed the narrative in football. Chaka has stepped into...

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What is the intention behind not making it a priority to incorporate social emotional curriculum in free, public institutions? If social emotional skills are essential to child development and strengthening one’s ability to foster healthy relationships, not only with others, but with self, then why is it not a necessary component in K-12 education? The most important stage of a person’s life, as it is when our brains are most malleable. I personally have never...

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Do American beauty standards uphold white supremacy? Do BIPOC struggle with body positivity because they truly believe something is wrong with their bodies, or is it that America is encapsulated in an exclusive standard of appearance? A standard that perpetuates supremacy and suppresses equality. A standard centered in European ideals and white presence. A standard that influences the beautiful, vast colors, shapes, and sizes that share and make the space of this nation to idolize...

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Food in the context of “Blackness” has become very political, as now many of us have the luxury of choosing our foods to various extents, unlike many of our ancestors. It’s become political through systemic racism, but also for the very fact that “Black food,” is still centered around what was given to us during slavery–not as a means to nourish our bodies, but a means to keep us alive to continue our duties. Overtime...

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