Scandal Review: First Lady Sings The Blues

by BREANA BACON

Buenos tardes Gladiators and welcome to rehab!

Just let me say, I know, y’all. I know. Shonda has played with us, she has toyed with our emotions, she has violated our trust and restored it all in the timespan of a week. This woman is wretchedly good.

I had to rewrite my letter to Ms. Rhimes because it just wasn’t strong enough to exemplify my stress level between last week’s episode and this week’s. It just makes no sense that one single woman can control the emotional trigger of millions of people. She can pull it when she wants, she can put the Scandal gun on safety, or she can throw it over the bridge. People, the point is that it ain’t right that she can control our Friday morning emotional state. Shonda Rhimes needs to be sued for emotional distress. I can’t handle this.

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Anyway, on to the juicy stuff, yes?

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NFL Made The Correct Decision Suspending Greg Hardy (Opinion)

by LIAM BEATUS

After receiving harsh criticism for the way the NFL handled the Ray Rice domestic violence issue, Roger Goodell announced yesterday that the league would be suspending defensive end Greg Hardy for 10 games next season.

The NFL released a statement saying: “Commissioner Goodell noted that Hardy engaged in conduct detrimental to the league and that a suspension of this length would be appropriate under any version of the Personal Conduct Policy or its predecessors.”

In May 2014, Hardy was arrested for assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder. Continue reading NFL Made The Correct Decision Suspending Greg Hardy (Opinion)

Fashion’s First Ladies

by MYA GREEN

Three models are giving the fashion world a strut for their money. In order words, they’re becoming the faces of a new trend that has been lacking in fashion for years now: self-love.

Denise Bidot was the first plus-sized model to open and close a “straight-sized” fashion show in New York Fashion Week last year. She has been featured in ads for Target, Levis, and Forever 21 Plus. She told Cosmopolitan magazine that it was “…about time we represent all women on the catwalk.”

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D.C. teams win 3 for 3

By Miya Treadwell

For D.C. sports fans, the stars aligned as the Capitals, Wizards and Nationals all won Tuesday night. In a 10-minute window, all three teams got the W, which had Washington fans rejoicing and scratching their heads at the same time.

Courtesy of ESPN.com
Courtesy of ESPN.com

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Will it be Waka in 2016?

by VERNA GIBSON

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame is the newest candidate to enter the race for the 2016 presidential election. Flame announced his candidacy with a Rolling Stone video on Monday. In the video, Flame, born as Juaquin James Malphurs, announces his presidency, signs what appear to be candidacy papers and outlines his platform.

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Kylie Jenner Lip-Inspired Challenge Leaves Many Shocked, Amused, Enraged

by MARYAM OUTLAW

Social media exploded in a mixed bag of reactions after #KylieJennerChallenge, a Twitter hashtag that dared youths to plump their lips by putting shot glasses to their mouth and inhaling as hard as they can, went viral earlier this week.

For months, YouTube has become flooded with Kylie-inspired makeup tutorials on how to mimic the teen’s look and achieve fuller lips through illusion. However, Jenner fans have taken the craze to an entirely new level, possibly damaging their mouths permanently in the process.

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Thousands Attend Global Citizen Earth Day Rally on the National Mall

by LINDSEY FEINGOLD

Thousands traveled to the National Mall on April 18 for a rally to stress the importance of climate change and global poverty.

“The rally is timed to coincide with both the 45th anniversary of Earth Day and the spring meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund,” according to the Washington Post.

More than 250,000 people traveled into the nation’s capital to attend the event.

Crowd sitting on the National Mall looking toward the stage at Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day.
Crowd sitting on the National Mall looking toward the stage at Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day. (Jasmine Pelaez/Pulsefeedz)
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Courtesy of One.org

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The New Faces of #BlackLivesMatter (Opinion)

by MAYA DAWIT

Religious persecution is not a new issue. In fact, one could argue that this unthinkable act of hatred has a long and drawn out history both here in the U.S. and around the world. Whether it’s the Holocaust, the mass murder of Syrian Christians or the plight of this country’s true natives, millions of human beings have been killed around the world for how they choose to worship.

We saw another example of this recently growing form of hatred two days ago, when a video was released by ISIS militants that appeared to show about 30 Ethiopian Christians being killed in Libya because of their religion. This video came just two months after a similar one was released by what is believed to be the same group of militants, killing 21 Egyptian Christians on a beach in Libya.

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ISIS Militants hold Ethiopian Christians captive in Libya. c/o alarabiya.net

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‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Review

by SAMUEL ANTEZANA

(Caution: Spoilers Ahead)

The Force is strong in my family…My Father has it…I have it…My sister has it…..You have that power too.

The opening words to the second trailer for the upcoming seventh installment within the Star Wars series is spoken by Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, and it brought a giant smile to my face, almost moving me to joyous tears. The first four phrases before the very last, “you have that power too,” signaled to anyone who has kept up with all six of the movies that Luke is speaking to another force user.

Off the bat, we are showered with fantastic scenes filled with a couple of new faces and two familiar ones, which I will get to later on. Continue reading ‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Review

Censorship: the Progression of How and Why Books are Challenged

By LINDSEY FEINGOLD

CNN recently came out with an article listing the most challenged books of 2014. Novels such as “Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky and “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini, both turned into popular movies, were among those on the list.

Censorship is not a new idea, as it has been around since about 400 BC when the Roman Republic created the Office of Censor. However, it became prevalent in the United States during the early 1900s. There were books that were banned before this era, such as “Fanny Hill” written in 1748, but the 1900s saw a huge increase in the challenging of published work.

In 1921, “Ulysses” was banned. This was one of the first noted instances of a book being challenged and then banned in America. This led to other books being challenged in later years, such as Judy Blume novels about the transition to young adulthood.

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