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Memoirs of a Ghetto Girl

My desire to attend college was merely my plan to escape the inner city. I was trying to escape being trapped in the midst of turmoil until I left this earth. This feeling came from growing up within communities displaced by the crack epidemic. To see your elders strung out on drugs, makes you envision your own future. Witnessing the …

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Black Student Union Aims to Create Resistance Through Hip-Hop

Rap is a type of music. Hip-Hop is a way of life. These words are used interchangeably but mean distinctly separate things. On March 27 and 28 the Black Student Union hosted its first annual Hip-Hop Conference to show what Hip-Hop really means. The first day consisted of presentations by students and on the second day there was a performance …

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The Humboldt Room

When it comes to the Humboldt State library, most students think of computers and labs where rows of people can be found researching class assignments or projects. Many buy coffee at the Library Café, or use the little reference desk near the library entrance.   One of the lesser-known features of the library is the Humboldt Room located on the …

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HBO Def poet visits Humboldt State

On Monday evening the Kate Buchanan Room was host to “What Are We Thinking?” The event served as a critical analysis of pop culture and its role in African-American culture presented by poet and spoken word artist Ise Lyfe. During his presentation, Lyfe expressed that something is terribly wrong within the current mindset of African-Americans. Much of this mindset can …

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Humboldt State Hires New Title IX Coordinator

Humboldt State University has hired Tiwana Barnes, J.D, as the new Title IX coordinator for HSU. As a federally funded institution, HSU has an obligation under the Title IX law to protect its students and faculty from sexual violence on its premises.   In addition, Title IX covers discrimination students and faculty may face on the basis of their sex …

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Is Humboldt State University A Representation Of Their Reputation?

Students who decide to attend Humboldt State University get to tell their friends and family about the area’s legendary natural beauty, the redwoods, beaches and the rivers. In return, they get to answer endless questions about Humboldt’s legendary reputation for marijuana. It seems the stereotype is that if you are an HSU student, you are a stoner. Third-year psychology major …

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Slauson Girl Speaks: The Biggest Threat To Black Lives Matter

With “Black Lives Matter” being a major slogan chanted in America right now, maybe this is the perfect time for Black people to address the things that plague Black communities. Specifically, American inner city ghettos where large majority of Blacks are disproportionately secluded. Seemingly on the outskirts of mainstream America, their only advocates are the poverty pimps disguised as local …

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Turbulent Times

During my undergrad, I spent three semesters with The Lumberjack, Humboldt State University’s newspaper as a writer and Opinion Editor. As Opinion Editor, during our weekly editorial meetings the production team would pick a topic and I would be responsible for writing the editorials. Here is an article published in The Lumberjack August 24, 2016 that I wrote. In 2017, The …

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Former Black Panther Ericka Huggins Encourages Action On Campus

(Originally published 2015 in Humboldt State University’s newspaper, The Lumberjack) In honor of Black Liberation and Heritage month, former Black Panther Party member Ericka Huggins spoke at Humboldt State University on Feb. 17, 2015 and challenged students to find solutions to problems in their community. The event, hosted by HSU’s Black Student Union, acknowledged the generations of revolutionary political activism …

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