By Shayla Simmons Middle Linebacker, Christion Abercrombie, has returned to his hometown of Atlanta to begin rehab therapy for brain-injuries. On Oct. 17, he was transferred to the Shepherd Center from Vanderbilt Medical Center. It is expected that Abercrombie will enter the brain injury rehabilitation […]
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By Deejay Darkins The Meter Staff Writer/Photo Editor Serving on Tennessee State University’s Student Government Association is about more than just wearing a crown. Junior, Sierra Holmes, used her platform as the 2017-2018 Miss Sophomore to unite the community in the spirit of spreading positivity […]
A self-employed electrician fell to his death on the campus of Tennessee State University on Oct. 29. The victim has been identified by Nashville Metro Police as 55-year-old Richard Bray, a Nashville resident.
A subcontractor hired Bray for electrical construction for Wilson Hall, where he worked on the sixth floor. Bray stumbled over the edge of the building around 12:20 p.m. Emergency serves where called soon after. . Nearby workers say they were around 50 feet away when they heard someone yell at the time of the fall.
Bray was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center but passed away on arrival.
Metro Police say his death was an unfortunate accident.
By Shayla Simmons Editor-in-Chief In the four years I’ve had the pleasure of attending Tennessee State University, I’ve witnessed the triumphs and the pitfalls of our beloved HBCU. But in recent months, I’ve come to understand that this institution has fallen on a time of […]
Protests against newly-sworn in Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh have been unrelenting and continuous, with protestors swarming Capitol Hill the day of the confirmation vote. Smaller protests were also held across the country. The outcry against Kavanaugh increased after several women stepped forward with allegations of […]
If you’ve consumed even the minutest amount of pop culture in the last few years, at some point you’ve heard about rapper Kanye West’s transformation into a belligerent, uninformed public figure for what can only be described as confusion. In a recent tweet from Oct. 3, directed towards ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick, West urges him to reach out to President Trump to “have a dialogue not a diatribe.” It’s an ironic statement considering his actions.
The court of public opinion has come to establish West as a lost cause for the Black community. He’s “in the sunken place” some would say. After all, how did we go from “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people” to defending MAGA (Make America Great Again) hats as a representation for “good and America becoming whole again.” (In the same Instagram post, West also called for the abolishment of the 13th amendment, which eliminated slavery in the United States.)
The descent into “Ye” has unfolded like a car crash in slow motion. Though you know what is coming, you can’t seem to look away. This is especially dangerous in the case of West. As a pop culture icon who has amassed a substantial following throughout his musical career, his influence (and misinformation) has a widespread reach.
The most terrifying of all is that there seems to be no accountability for West’s actions outside of social critics and unanswered comments. Within his inner circle, West’s comments are unchecked despite the dangerous rhetoric he willingly supports. Even his wife, Kim Kardashian West, has been complacent, even supportive. Despite saying multiple times that she disagrees with his ideas, she continues to excuse his actions.
West’s actions have consequences for the entire Black community. He has become the ‘OK’ that racist, white conservatives need to justify their actions against minority communities. The modern Uncle Tom wears a Perrier-esque bottle costume, masking ignorance with declarations of “love”.
Anything is possible when it comes to politics. But I hope the future does not see West 2020.
When graduating from Tennessee State University last year, Ms. June recognized one disservice to her fellow veterans: No one recognized their service and sacrifices during one of their biggest milestones. As an Operation Desert Shield Air Force Veteran who was graduating Magna Cum Laude, she […]
If you haven’t heard, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice has opened in Montgomery, Ala. The feature is the first ever memorial “dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and […]
By Shayla Simmons Editor-in-Chief The young leaders of the March for Our Lives movement accomplished much in little time, leading a protest both online and in person that garnered international attention, celebrity endorsements and an outstanding wave of support. It has been an impressive feat […]