- A group of Howard students at Homecoming (circa. 1930?)

If you attend one of the following — Howard, Hampton, Morehouse, Spelman, XULA, Tuskegee, or Fisk — you most likely know of the term “Black Ivy League.” And upon hearing it, unless you’re an elitist, you probably spend your time dispelling the notion that your institution aspires to be anything like an Ivy League.

I mean, unlike the Harvard(s), Yale(s), Brown(s), and Princeton(s) of the world, your historically Black college or university (HBCU) did not have a hand in slavery.


- Black voters in Columbia, August 1948 (Courtesy of The Conversation)

The United States of America is 244 years in the making. In these 244 years, the country has witnessed a lot — the enslavement of Black Americans, the rigid caste system that was based upon it, the genocide of indigenous peoples, a pandemic, apartheid and another pandemic. There have been elections where, if the vote fell one way or another, the freedom to live, and to know that you have agency as a human being, was at stake. …


BY JOSEPH STURGEON III

Released posthumously on January 17, rapper Mac Miller’s sixth studio album “Circles” is equivalent to a one-way road trip. Albeit only 48 minutes long, the trip seems to last for a lifetime, visiting hopelessness and heartbreak, but also hopefulness and recovery.

The album opens with title-track “Circles,” a song that begins with a soft, innocent guitar. The guitar plays for around 12 measures, accompanied by a quiet cymbal, until it’s joined by Miller’s vocals. His voice is sorrowful- as if Miller is aware of all of his shortcomings but has grown past them, not becoming someone…


Apparently, there is still uncertainty among the masses as to what the Confederacy was really all about. According to former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, the general consensus in South Carolina was that the Confederacy represented “service, sacrifice and heritage” until Dylann Roof “hijacked” its meaning with his 2015 attack in Charleston, South Carolina. After that, the Confederate flag’s meaning became ambiguous, she opines.

The truth is that what the Confederacy represents has never been ambiguous. From its inception to its end, the Confederacy had only one motive: to preserve the institution of slavery within the United States. To understand…


The story began in 2016: Colin Kaepernick, the then-starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, took a knee during the pre-game national anthem, stirring waves of conversation throughout the United States. The next day, when asked why he did this, he responded that it was a protest against police brutality and racism in the United States.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said in an interview with NFL Media. “To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish…


Earlier this month, an Arkansas man named Dustin Wright raised nearly $8,000 to pay off the school lunch debt of students at his town’s local high school. Wright’s generous act displays a level of altruism that every human being should aspire to, but as kind as it was, the circumstances surrounding the need for him to perform the act are unnecessary.

School lunch debt should not exist.

Students, especially those still in elementary school, should not have to worry about going hungry in the event that their family cannot afford to cover the expenses of their school lunch. Even further…


By Joseph Sturgeon, Miami Montage

Hundreds of thousands of working-class Americans cannot afford a hospital visit and about 530,000 families go bankrupt each year because of unexpected medical emergencies, according to CNBC.

Florida International University’s NeighborhoodHELP initiative is aimed at combating that issue in Miami-Dade communities. The program, based at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, specializes in researching the social determinants that cause certain illnesses in underserved communities, and works to provide free treatment and services to the uninsured in these areas.

The South Florida Business Journal reports that Miami-Dade has one of the highest uninsured rates in South…


On January 25, President Trump signed a bill to reopen the federal government for just three weeks. For these three weeks, national parks will be staffed, government workers will be paid and government-run websites will no longer be down, as some have been.

The 35-day government shutdown was the longest in U.S. history and it cost the country’s economy $11 billion. Paychecks were stopped for 800,000 federal workers, and Trump’s border conflict still has yet to be resolved. Despite this, President Trump is still actively pursuing his steel wall plan and doesn’t plan to let congressional disapproval deter him.

“We…


On November 2, Long Beach rapper Vince Staples released his third consecutive studio album in the past three years, entitled ‘“FM!”

“FM!” is Staples’ most energetic album yet. Most tracks were produced by Los Angeles-based DJ Kenny Beats. Many of the songs on “FM!” featured upbeat and 808-filled production- an ode to Staples’ unpredictability, as his previous album “Big Fish Theory” took a more avant-garde, techno-inspired approach, while the preceding “Summertime 06” was the most traditional-sounding album ever released by Staples.

With no prior promotion or even mention of any album releasing, Staples first announced “FM!” October 29 on after…


In previous months, various headlines have appeared about celebrities falling victim to drug addiction. On July 24, it was revealed that pop singer and former Disney actress Demi Lovato had a nearly-fatal overdose on heroin. In late 2017, rapper Lil Peep died of a fentanyl and Xanax overdose. On September 7, rapper Mac Miller passed away following a drug overdose, struggling with drug addiction for several years prior to his passing.

Hollywood and drug abuse are seemingly intertwined. One of the most popular Hollywood actresses of the 1950s, Elizabeth Taylor, struggled with drug addiction for much of her career. …

Joseph Sturgeon III

I study American History at Howard University. I like to write sometimes.

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