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This is a Public Service Announcement from Your Short Friend

by Guthrie McCarty-Vachon

As a diamond member of the 5′ and under club, I’ve learned the ins and outs of being vertically-challenged. Below is a helpful list of 8 things NOT to say or do to your small friend.

1) Do not ask about the weather. I know this may seem like a shocker but the weather is the same from a lower level.

2) We’re not your personal arm rest. Is that really something that has to be explained?!

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Bree Newsome is a Superhero To Me, My Generation and Many Generations to Come

by Brianna Garrett

Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes with multiple abilities to fight multiple causes. In the movies, the citizens usually determine what the strength of a superhero will be, based on various factors and abilities. But in real life, a superhero can be a citizen among us, self-appointed based on the courage and initiative to give voice to those who are silenced. On June 27th, Bree Newsome became a superhero when she scaled the pole to take down South Carolina’s Confederate flag.

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Film News

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“Jason and Shirley” and Dogs and Black Men at BAM

by Steven Thrasher

On Thursday night, after a brutal day of writing about the tragic loss of black life in Charleston, South Carolina, I attended the sold out world premiere of “Jason and Shirley,” director Stephen Winter’s fictional film about pioneering woman filmmaker Shirley Clarke’s 1967 documentary “Portrait of Jason.” Despite my grief and my tiredness in thinking about racism, I was looking forward to seeing the film at BAMCinemaFest 2015.

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Education Now


Karen Fitzgibbons and Our Biased Education System

by Jose Vilson

I almost don’t feel like “I told you so” is strong enough.

This week social media had a field day roasting white elementary school teacher Karen Fitzgibbons for segregationist remarks about the black teenagers who were victims of citizen and police harassment at the pool party in McKinney, Texas. The teacher asserted that in her honest and true opinion, we should have all the black people on one side of town and all the white people on another.

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