Category Archives: Black Culture

Life With Lo – ColourPop.com Review

By Lauryn Froneberger

Life with Lo is finally back (after all the finals craziness) for another episode!

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This week, a friend and I will be swatching ultra matte lippies  from L.A. cosmetics company, Colourpop.com.

Courtesy: Colourpop.com
Courtesy: Colourpop.com homepage
Courtesy: Colourpop.com
Courtesy: Colourpop.com

As DJ Khaled would say, these colors are definitely a major key to success (I promise you They don’t want your lips to pop) but stay tuned because we’ll tell you what we liked and didn’t, and why.

Study explains racial disparities in unintended pregnancies

by BREANA BACON

According to a press release from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health, 51 percent of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended and are disproportionately common among racial and ethnic minorities.

The study, made available on Nov. 23, examined why African American and Hispanic women have higher rates of unintended pregnancy than White women and found that much of the disparity stemmed from maternal age and marital status, among other factors. The study is said to support public health efforts targeted toward women that are younger, unmarried, who have less income than whites and are less educated.

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Community Roots hosts “Know Your Roots” Cultural Showcase

by INDIA HAMILTON

Community Roots hosted its third annual “Know Your Roots” event Nov. 12. Packed with dance performances, live music and poetry, it was definitely an occasion you did not want to miss.

The lineup showcased a variety of art from culturally driven clubs on campus: Afrochique, Avirah, the Maryland Latin Dance Club, Ethnobeat, Vagina Monologues and the Hip Hop Orchestra.

Latin Dance Club (India Hamilton/Pulsefeedz)
Latin Dance Club (India Hamilton/Pulsefeedz)

Senior studio arts major Frank Abbott, who live-painted a piece during the event, said he was inspired by the skin tones and cultures represented not only in the performances, but in audience members as well.

Painter Frank Abbott's event-inspired artwork.
Painter Frank Abbott’s event-inspired artwork.

As dinner was served, those in attendance were encouraged by executive board members to introduce themselves to people they did not know, share cultural experiences and tweet selfies with new friends throughout the event under the hashtag #KYR15.

Community Roots, a club that started out tutoring at local schools, has transformed into a student activist organization that aims to help students make sense of their world by getting to the root of themselves and their communities.

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From Baltimore to UMD: Can students trust cops?

by BREANA BACON

In light of the recent deaths of unarmed civilians at the hands of law enforcement officers around the country, many people have taken to protests and activism, namely by teens and young adults. Specifically at the University of Maryland, the civil unrest and brutality of police officers has caused an sense uneasiness in some students toward authorities on campus.

UMD students expressed outrage about the immoral acts of police and issues of racial profiling and violence within the past year, following the deaths of Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland and countless others. Through education on the history of police brutality against people of color and reading news articles and discussing the harsh realities of racism and violence in the police force, some students have developed interesting perspectives on those called to protect and serve.

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UMD SGA President Accuses Cornerstone Bar of Discrimination

by JESSIE KARANGU 

The Cornerstone Grill and Loft is under scrutiny after being accused of maintaining a discriminatory dress code by the University of Maryland’s student government President late Thursday night.

Patrick Ronk, who was recently re-elected for a second term, said in a Facebook status that he noticed a sign condemning the sports bar’s patrons from wearing “do-rags, basketball jerseys, sagging pants, or ‘urban wear’ of any kind.” When Ronk approached a security guard inquiring about the sign, he was allegedly told “you’re not black, dude. You don’t have to worry about this.”

No photographic or video evidence to validate Ronk’s claims have been released. Ronk tells Pulsefeedz that taking pictures or video didn’t really cross his mind.

“I didn’t plan this as a stunt at all. This was a totally spur of the moment thing.”

Ronk’s Facebook status has drawn the ire of some African-American students and alumni on social media. Continue reading UMD SGA President Accuses Cornerstone Bar of Discrimination

The Million Man March: Inclusive To All Men? (Opinion)

by AYSIA MORTON

On Saturday, thousands of people gathered at the U.S. Capitol to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.

Celebrities such as J. Cole, P Diddy, Common, and Dr. Cornell West were among those in attendance.

Originally created in 1995, the Million Man March is a peaceful rally crated and led by Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam. It was a restricted gathering for black men only, a time and place for them to “declare their right to justice to atone for their failure as men and to accept responsibility as the family head,” according to the Nation of Islam. It was meant to be a day of brotherhood and unity. Continue reading The Million Man March: Inclusive To All Men? (Opinion)

Tamar Braxton’s “Calling All Lovers” A.K.A the Hopeless Romantic’s Guide to Trauma and Healing (Review)

by MARYAM OUTLAW

R&B singer and TV personality Tamar Braxton is renowned for her always hilarious meme-worthy one-liners and facial expressions. But after releasing her fourth studio album Calling All Lovers October 2, the songstress expresses a more profound side of herself with a 16-track CD shouting with passion and vocal strength.

In a heartfelt salute to Braxton’s past relationships, the Grammy-nominated musician said the album was inspired by boyfriends she dated before she met record-producer and husband Vincent Herbert.

Warning: Do NOT listen to this album in public. It will give you ALL the feels.

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This one is simple. Anyone ever scorned by a beyond trifling beau can relate to this album. Have you ever known a guy who just stopped calling one day and left you feeling embarrassingly insecure? Yup, this is for you. Have you ever unnecessarily put someone on a pedestal, intensely swearing your loyalty to them forever? Hop on board. Have you ever vowed to yourself never to let a dude even look your direction ever again because you know your presence is a reward in itself and he was undeserving. Welcome, welcome.

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University of Maryland students reflect on racial tensions at town hall meeting

by AMBER EBANKS

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Lamontre Randall (center) with members of the panel. (Amber Ebanks/Pulsefeedz)

Baltimore native and public speaker Lamontre Randall planned a town hall meeting which occurred late Wednesday night so that “Maryland students could meet with the real of Baltimore, the people that are really doing something.”

Members of the panel included Astrid Diaz, the Public Relations Chair for PLUMAS (The Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society), Kondwani Fidel, a Baltimore poet and Virginia State University alumnus and other various community grassroots leaders.

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Kondwani Fidel performs two spoken word pieces at the town hall meeting on Wednesday. (Amber Ebanks/Pulsefeedz)

“I think the uprisings woke up the Black community and I think everyone recognized the system for what it is,” said Randall. “The uprisings were great because it was about the young people for once. We hear the older people talk all the time, they talk, but they don’t listen. It actually took some people putting in action for people to say hey something’s going on, let’s figure out what’s going on.”

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Members of the panel take questions from the audience. (Amber Ebanks/Pulsefeedz)

After graduating from the University of Maryland last May, Randall founded BMore Clean, a new initative to help the citizens of Baltimore. Randall believes that there are many things that led to the uprisings, such as lead paint and abandoned homes.

Many people, including Randall, believe that social media has been a valuable tool for people interested in the uprisings.

“It’s a difference between, and our generation is trying to find a balance, a social media activist and a social activist. We need to have people programming their mind that being a social media activist is not the same as being a social activist. Being a social media activist makes you comfortable and it makes it seem like oh, I just retweeted this I can go ahead and live my life without bettering the society around me.”

Randall believes that the Black Lives Matter campaign is a beneficial use of social media.

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FOX’s Rosewood Review

by MARYAM OUTLAW

Last night, FOX premiered its pilot episode of Rosewood, a comedy-drama focused on a private pathologist named Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. (Morris Chestnut), who helps law enforcement solve crimes through his close to perfect autopsy skills.  Though its pilot was far from awful, Rosewood turned out to be what many viewers feared it would: a mundane show not even Morris Chestnut’s chocolatey goodness and a perfect time slot can save.

Pro: Chestnut’s body…obviously.

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Con: Chestnut’s lack of commitment.

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Black Women Breaking Barriers: Viola Davis Wins An Emmy

by AYSIA MORTON

Even if you were not tuned into the Emmys last Sunday, I’m sure you have seen multiple headlines and tweets about the historic moment when Viola Davis won the Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She is the first black actress to win an award in this category.

Davis, who was in utter shock as her name was called, was given a standing ovation by fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson. Henson appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday to address Davis’s win along with her thoughts on being one of the only two African American women nominated.

“God, just please give it to one of us so we will never have to say that again. You know, let’s just break this barrier down and keep on pushing.”

Davis delivered a phenomenal speech which brought audience members to tears.

“In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line. But I can’t seem to get there nohow. I can’t seem to get over that line. That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

After her speech, social media flooded with positive messages of people supporting and commending Davis. According to Leigh Cuen of Vocativ.com, “posts using hashtags including #blackexcellence and #blackgirlmagic skyrocketed, with the latter garnering over 7,000 mentions in tweets about the Emmys.”

Alongside Davis, other notable women of color who won Emmys include Uzo Aduba from the hit show Orange is the New Black and American Crime‘s Regina King.