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#BlackOnCampus Hashtag Takes Twitter By Storm

By Mya Green

Student demonstrations at the University of Missouri sent a shockwave on social media, sparking other college students all over the country to follow suit. Over the past couple of days, students have taken to social media to share pictures and tweets showing their support for the students in Missouri.

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On Wednesday, a hashtag created by black college students giving them an opportunity to share their stories of racial prejudice or bias and shed light on microagressions at their universities.

The hashtag started a conversation, which brought issues like discrimination, underrepresentation, and racism to the forefront.

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According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, the number of African Americans on Twitter nearly doubled from 13 percent to 25 percent, while the percentage of Caucasian Americans only grew from 5 percent to 9 percent. Even though African Americans only make up around 13 percent of the population, they account for 22 percent of Twitter users.

People who opposed the hashtag created a counter hashtag called #ConservativeOnCampus where white students voiced their opinions based on personal experience.

Nonetheless, the #BlackonCampus hashtag  garnered over 60,000 tweets in one day. While tensions rise on campuses across the country, Twitter continues to be a place where black students feel comfortable expressing their frustrations and sharing personal anecdotes.

UMD’s 2015 Homecoming Juke Joint, A Night to Remember (PICTURES AND VIDEO)

By Lauryn Froneberger and Mya Green

For the past few weeks, some University of Maryland students have complained about the lack of social engagement on campus.

However, organizers of the Juke Joint Performance Showcase sought to change their minds. Students from every year, major, city, country (and continent) filled the Adele H. Stamp Grand Ballroom to show their pride in the greater Black community and enjoy the performances from fellow Terps.

In case you missed Tuesday night’s Juke Joint, check it out in the video playlist and pictures below.

National Coming Out Day Draws Support On Social Media

by MYA GREEN

On Sunday, members and supporters of the LGBTQIA community flocked to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Reddit to share their stories, post encouraging messages, and, for some, come out for the very first time.

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Although the holiday has been around for almost 30 years, it was especially celebrated this year after the Supreme Court decided, in a 5-to-4 decision, to legalize gay marriage in the U.S.

A decade ago only one state, Massachusetts, allowed gays and lesbians to marry. Even though life before social media is unimaginable for some, Twitter and Tumblr were not in existence 10 years ago.  Continue reading National Coming Out Day Draws Support On Social Media

Landmark Apartments: Do They Miss the Mark?

by MYA GREEN

College Park is undergoing a serious face lift.

While many adjust to increased development, the demand for off-campus housing is increasing due to new on-campus housing policies at the University of Maryland.

The Edward St. John Learning Center construction site on campus.
The Edward St. John Learning Center construction site on campus.

Continue reading Landmark Apartments: Do They Miss the Mark?

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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Continue reading Fashion’s First Ladies

IOS 8.3 with New Emojis – Are We Moving Forward or Backward?

by MYA GREEN

Well folks, Apple has done it yet again.

New emojis were made available to the public on Wednesday. 300 new emojis were added to the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and iPod keyboard. Among  the updates are:  6 different skin and different hair color options, 32 more flags more flags, lesbian and gay couples with or without children and an Apple Watch emoji. (We’re onto you Apple.)

Some organizations and companies have expressed their support and excitement about the companies decision to be more inclusive but there has also been some backlash. The way these new emojis have been used in some cases has been negative and some believe that the new options open an awkward door for people to now perpetuate stereotypes using the app. Continue reading IOS 8.3 with New Emojis – Are We Moving Forward or Backward?

Spring’s MUST HEAR Music and MUST SEE Videos

by MYA GREEN

Hello fellow music lovers! Spring is finally here and the change in weather must have our favorite artists feeling just as good as we are because the new music that has come out in the past couple of weeks has been straight fire! Artists like Rihanna, James Bay, John Legend, and J. Cole have all been blessing our ears with new tunes just in time for Spring! Here are some new songs and music videos that will be added to our iTunes libraries soon enough. Continue reading Spring’s MUST HEAR Music and MUST SEE Videos

Empire Finale: What DIDN’T Happen?

by MYA GREEN

Alright friends, before we get started we must all collectively pick our jaws up off the floor; I know they’ve been there since Wednesday night’s crazy finale of our favorite show. Okay, crazy is understatement.

It was insane, outrageous, and flat out nuts!

I had to go back and re-watch both episodes just for you all (partly because my mom kept asking me questions and because SO MUCH happened). Now, before we start chatting, even though we all know Empire went out with a bang, how big was the bang?

The first hour of the finale had 15.577 million viewers.

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BUT WAIT – the second hour of the finale had a whopping 17.5 million viewers!

Now with that’s said let’s recap! Continue reading Empire Finale: What DIDN’T Happen?

50 Shades of Black: Diversity In The Black Community

by MYA GREEN

The African-American Studies Department held an event on Monday afternoon entitled Engaging Black Diversity: A Conversation With UMD Students. The purpose of the program was to help start discussions about race, identity, class, immigrant status and social mobility amongst the diverse black community.

Five panelists posed questions to the audience and gave anecdotes about their perception of race in America.

The moderator, Dr. Sangeetha Madhavan, an associate professor of African-American Studies and an associate director of the Maryland Population Research Center opened up the discussion by sharing an excerpt from the book “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  Continue reading 50 Shades of Black: Diversity In The Black Community