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Sophomore Duke University athlete, Rachel Richardson, allegedly endured a storm of racial slurs during a volleyball game against Brigham Young University (BYU) in August. Richardson reported the abuse, and the suspect was initially banned from all of BYU’s athletic events. In an Aug. 26 statement, however, the BYU athletics department reversed course on their decision...
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It’s fall and that means Halloween is just around the corner! Do you prefer the ghostly or laid-back fall vibes? I like it spooky. And while it took me about two weeks to get out the decorations to set the all-hallows-eve mood up in my home, I’m likely the only one who will experience it....
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On February 17, 2022, Russian Federal Customs Service detained WNBA superstar, Brittney Griner for possessing vape cartridges containing cannabis oil. Griner was then arrested and charged with smuggling narcotics. This information was kept relatively quiet for weeks. Then, news of her detainment broke on March 5, Griner’s wife, Cherelle T. Griner, took to Instagram on March...
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Mississippi is fostering a queasy reputation for corruption, and gaping holes in its oversight and sunshine laws are making that reputation deserved. The steady crank of court filings in the state’s expanding Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) money racketeering and bribery scam is uncovering new revelations every week. At the heart of the suspected...
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You hardly ever see truly sexy movies anymore. Today’s studios focus on blockbusters with three hour run times and comic book characters who don’t seem to have any desire to do anything other than destroy cities as they try to save the world. Where’s the passion, romance, intimacy, or just good ol’ sexual tension and...
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Although I came out only a year ago, my journey as a gender expansive person started well before adulthood. As an Assigned Female at Birth (AFAB) child, I had a complex relationship with my gender and sexuality, appreciating facets of both girlhood and boyhood. In particular, I found solace in anime and cartoons. Sailor Moon’s...
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On June 10 Lizzo released a new song titled GRRRLS, which instantly faced backlash from the disabled community over the use of an ableist slur. Lizzo was quick to change the specific lyric and even went as far as re-uploading her song on all platforms without the ableist language. The slur in question was sp*z,...
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The A&E and Lifetime documentary, Janet Jackson., aired January 28. The two-night, four-hour event promised to reveal more about Jackson’s life and career. My hope was that the trailer wasn’t over promising what it would inevitably deliver. Jackson, notoriously tight-lipped about her personal life – and even some aspects of her professional life – hasn’t...
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“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  WRONG.  Words do hurt. They hurt a lot.  Looking back on 2021, women athletes made huge statements. In an unprecedented move for her field, Simone Biles courageously prioritized her mental health. In their first showing in the Women’s College World Series, the...
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Book bans continued this month with a brief effort by the Goddard school district, in Wichita, Kansas, to ban a list of books including well-known novels “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison, “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas and “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood.  The list, which was created and submitted by a...
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