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The Power of the Black Vote

The Power of the Black Vote

“Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in his book Why We Can’t Wait. More than three hundred years later, the voice of the black community, once a whisper, […]

The Double Standard of Drugs: When Weed Sees Color

The Double Standard of Drugs: When Weed Sees Color

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard the news that marijuana is big business. Weed has become an industry all on its own, creating overnight millionaires whether it be growing or selling and everything in between. According to Forbes, North America spent a […]

Gentrification: Land of the Left Behind

Gentrification: Land of the Left Behind

People, by nature, want to have it all: an affordable home close to exciting attractions and amenities located in a neighborhood full of culture and like-minded people. Often times in booming cities, this perfect recipe comes at the cost of a select group.

A pattern has been created, slowly “building up” a neighborhood by gradually phasing out what was originally there. This is presented in the media under the disguise of “flipping” a neighborhood and rejuvenating a drab area that’s screaming for a makeover and a little elbow grease. Yet, with every renovation and new business, a struggling community finds it harder to meet the demands of the rising cost of living.

The low prices for properties in cities where the cost of living is increasing attract opportunistic buyers who prey on areas that are typically high in crime and low in wealth, which are usually occupied by people of color. The ugly truth is that these neighborhoods are underserved and neglected, creating a perfect storm.

When you’re left out of the equation for economic prosperity, the grass is far from green. Gentrification claims many perks such as innovative restaurants, access to healthier food, and even higher safety rates- at least at first glance. But these advantages don’t factor in the existing community.

Gentrification does not account for the socio-economic conditions, culture, or needs of the current community. Close-knit communities of color cannot survive against corporate greed. The organic bakery and hot yoga studio on the street mean nothing when you have a family to feed and the nearest grocery store is one you can’t afford.

This phenomenon is one that can be seen not only across the country. Neighborhoods like Harlem and our very own Jefferson Street have become victim to such a cycle, slowly but surely erasing history- our legacy.

There is no doubt that the act of gentrifying is political and rooted in a systematic form of racism. Neighborhoods consisting of a particular racial and socioeconomic group were intentionally created. For black people, generations of housing policies and restrictions led to the creation of such neighborhoods.

By picking and choosing when the livelihood of people of color hold worth, and going as far to displace those same people for a dollar, perfectly illustrates the attitude this country holds towards black people and other people of color.

This isn’t being written in hopes of changing the world or even to take back the neighborhood. Rather, the purpose is to raise awareness and protect the remnants of history that remain.

A Junior Mass Communications student with a concentration in Marketing, Editor-in-Chief Shayla Simmons is a native Marylander. Shayla self identifies her editorial writing to be her strongsuit with topics ranging from politics to social issues to pop culture commentary.

Republican Senators Use Nuclear Weapon

Republican Senators Use Nuclear Weapon

By Ada Taylor Editor-in-Chief On Thursday, April 6th, the Senate triggered a policy known as the nuclear option that makes it possible to break a filibuster. It all took place over President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, who many Democrats feel is unsuited for […]

President Trump’s Russian Relations

President Trump’s Russian Relations

By Ada Taylor On Monday, March 20th, the directors of the NSA and FBI testified before The House Intelligence Community. While the conversation was not limited to one topic, much of the time was spent covering Russian interference in the 2016 election. FBI director James […]

TSU Honors Dr. Page

TSU Honors Dr. Page

By Christina Young

Tennessee State University celebrates legacies by honoring the Pioneers of the Mass Communications department on March 3rd. The Distinguished honoree was Dr. Donald C. page, who has taught in the department of Communications since 1977, specializing in mass communications. Professor and Journalist Dr. Syb Brown reflected on Dr. Page’s time here and believes that his positive energy makes his teachings more valuable.

“Dr.Page is such a joy. He’s one of those people that you learn from by watching him and by listening. He drops wisdom so fast he could be the google search. “

Event chairperson Karren Russel looks as Dr.page as a mentor, as he took her under his wing when she first started teaching.

“When I was asked to be a part of the event, I thought back to the time when I was hired at the University and Dr.Page was one of the first people I met. He took me under his wing and gave me some advice on the classes I was teaching, including different teaching techniques. He is someone who always has his door open and always made it a point to help me out, making it unnecessary for me to ask.”

Not only did Dr.Page have the support from fellow faculty and staff, he also had the support from his family, such as his older brother, Gordon Page.

“He’s a wonderful uncle; my kids just think he’s the greatest thing that ever happened. He comes up and sees us regularly and he keeps in good touch. He has love for life, Greek mythology, his sailboat, and his family and friends and his job. He really loves his job.”

His dedication, love and commitment even made in impact on the students he taught by helping them get a foot out the door into their new future. There is so much to be said about our beloved Dr.Page, but we can start by saying thank you. Dr.Page proves that with a little love in your heart, your impact on others can be huge.

A Junior Mass Communications student with a concentration in Marketing, Editor-in-Chief Shayla Simmons is a native Marylander. Shayla self identifies her editorial writing to be her strongsuit with topics ranging from politics to social issues to pop culture commentary.

NABJ Student Chapter Makes a Comeback

NABJ Student Chapter Makes a Comeback

By: Shayla Simmons If one finds himself or herself interested in aspects of print, digital, or broadcast journalism, or wants to hone his or her skills, meet like minded peers and establish fruitful connections, the NABJ (National Association of Black Journalist) Student Chapter is worth […]

A New Conversation: A Student Opinion Piece

A New Conversation: A Student Opinion Piece

By Leona Dunn The purpose of special elections in the fall has always been to bring in the Freshmen Delegation and fill any vacant spots in the current Student Government Association administration. Yet, lately it’s been looked at as an easier, expedited way to run […]

TSU OVC Championship

TSU OVC Championship

By Joshua Walden

TSU’s first game of the OVC Tournament came against the fifth seeded Southeast Missouri Redhawks. They came into the game with (14-17) overall and (9-7) in the conference. TSU came into this game as the underdogs. They were the eighth seed with a (17-13) overall record and (8-8) in the conference. TSU had a good first half and went into the locker room with a 34-28 lead. TSU was shooting great from the field at 52% and lights out from 3 at 60 percent.

The Tigers came out pretty hot in the beginning of the second half opening up a 10-2 run. They extended their lead to a game high of 14 points. SEMO eventually started to trim at that lead and finally got it back under double digits with 11 minutes in the second half. SEMO continued to cut into the lead and came within 2 points of the Tigers with about 7 minutes left. The Redhawk’s gained their first lead since the first half with 27 seconds left but TSU’s Armani Chaney tied it all up at 64 with two free throws. The Tiger’s made the final defensive stop to send the game into overtime.

SEMO started the overtime period strong with 5 quick points. TSU’s Delano Spencer hit a three and Darreon Reddick scored a layup to get the Tigers within two points. With less than 30 seconds left TSU trailed by 3 points and Ken’Darrius Hamilton heaved up a 3 and tied the game at 75. About 3 seconds later SEMO’s Tahj Eaddy hit the game winning 3 pointer. The Tigers fell to the Redhawks 75-78.

Senior Wayne Martin led TSU with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Sophomore Armani Chaney added 14 points and Senior Tahjere Mccall put in 12 points. Jordan Reed was also big on the boards and added 8 rebounds.

The Tigers fought valiantly but couldn’t get the win. Coach Ford says “It’s kind of like déjà vu all over again for us, giving up a second half lead here in the conference tournament”. The Tigers gave away a second half lead to Austin Peay in last year’s OVC Tournament.

A Junior Mass Communications student with a concentration in Marketing, Editor-in-Chief Shayla Simmons is a native Marylander. Shayla self identifies her editorial writing to be her strongsuit with topics ranging from politics to social issues to pop culture commentary.

Spring Break

Spring Break

Alexis Clark Meter staff writer Spring break is officially over, but it appears as if everyone has had a great break! A few students stayed on TSU grounds to complete classes during extreme spring break while others went home to spend time with their families. […]