49th Annual Renaissance Ball: #BlackJoy


On Nov. 9, students on Kent’s Campus attended the 49th annual Renaissance Ball. From 7 to 10 p.m., students gathered in the ballroom and enjoyed a night filled with powerful speeches, amazing dance routines and stunning outfits.     The Renaissance Ball began in 1969 when black students were not allowed to participate in Kent’s homecoming events. To combat this, Black…

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KASA’s Annual Face of Africa Pageant


This past weekend, Kent African Student Association, KASA, held its annual Face of Africa Pageant. Organized by the ladies of KASA and guided by senior student president Chanda Chilupe, this weekend marked the third year of the program. The pageant was a success at providing both cultural transmission and duality between African and African American culture. Eight contestants, each representing…

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Activism in Athletics


Over the years, activism has surfaced in music, movies, television and sports which are all still popular today, but recently, athletes have been more prominent with their activist ways, following the footsteps of their predecessors. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick began an athletic protest last year by choosing to kneel during the playing of the national anthem, causing…

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Nappy vs. Natural: Perceptions of Natural Hair


The past few years have been a transition of store shelves filled with containers of “creamy crack,” to shelves loaded with a variety of products mimicking smells of tropical paradise, coconuts and fruit salad. This transition has shown the journey of many African-Americans returning to their roots by embracing their natural hair. This has been a trending topic for a…

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Black to the Future: Music’s Millennial Renaissance


As of late in mainstream media and music culture, there has been a reemergence of original sounds and a continuing reference to aesthetics of the past. Currently in music, artists like Kendrick Lamar, Solange and Childish Gambino have utilized many elements of black music, like rock, funk and jazz and implemented modern twists relevant to their lives today. Simply put,…

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Am I Invited to the Cookout?


  Being black and vegetarian can be something that inadvertently shuts you out of the black community. It doesn’t make you any less black, but it can make you feel a little less invited to the ‘Soul Food Sunday’ cookouts. When I decided to become a vegetarian, I was given strange looks from all of my family members. It was…

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Growing Up A ‘Blerd’


  This past summer, social media was full of various trending topics like #growingupwithbraces, #growingupwithmyname and my favorite, #growingupblack. Interestingly enough, so many people found other people to identify with through their similar upbringings, which brought forth another super, awesome hashtag, #growingupablerd. (OK, so for those who do not know, a blerd is someone who is black and a nerd.…

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Malia Obama: A Girl Who Can Do Both


Malia Obama exemplifies the true meaning of black excellence at only 18. She is already following in her mother and father’s footsteps by attending Harvard University in the fall. Additionally, she finished her summer internship with the United States Embassy in Spain and already has a full list of accomplishments that puts many of our resumes to shame. She’s a…

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SALSA Holds Peaceful Protest After Discriminatory Chants


Sierra Allen, MJ Eckhouse During Kent State University’s Homecoming parade last Saturday, a fraternity chanted a discriminatory phrase aimed at SALSA, a group designated for Spanish and Latino students. Confronting the issue, SALSA united to support one another and spread awareness and positivity  as they painted the campus rock, which is free for student expression. According to SALSA’s Facebook page,…

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