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What Happens When We Don’t See Ourselves?

M. Blessing Akeju, Contributing Writer November 4, 2021

While roles for Black women in modern television and film have expanded, much could be improved. Numerous shows now provide multiple Black main characters and dynamic supporting roles. A generation...

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Mayoral Candidate Lewis Spears: Jersey City’s Unexpected Contender

Nicholas Felix, Features Editor October 28, 2021

Mayor Steven M. Fulop is pursuing his third mayoral term, but his opponent, Lewis Spears, has answered the people’s call for change. In my perspective, Fulop has failed the city as a leader. In my opinion,...

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Top 10 Tips for New College Students

Tyshon Johnson, Contributing Writer October 4, 2021

College can mean newfound freedom and a stepping stone for a successful career. It can also be extremely daunting. Here is a list of 10 tips to help make the transition a little simpler. 1. Failure...

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The Pandemic Made my Depression Worse

Ivana Estime, Contributing Writer September 14, 2021

I found that school and Zoom became more and more overwhelming this past year during the pandemic. My anxiety made it worse for me to get things done. It became harder to focus and continue to work. I...

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Can the Unemployment Department Do Better?

Melina Quispe, Social Media Manager September 9, 2021

Nearly 14,000 residents in Hudson County filed for unemployment claims in March 2021. Out of the 21 counties in New Jersey, Hudson County had the 8th highest number of cases processed. This surge of cases...

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Anti-Asian & Pacific Islander Hate Crimes in America

Nicholas Felix, Features Editor May 3, 2021

Hate is a powerful weapon often favored by persuasive leaders who twist politics, the media, and other public and private institutions to spin people towards dangerously directed agendas. Hate is venomous...

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Kamala Harris and the Flaws of Representational Politics

Nevin Perkins, Op/Ed Editor March 31, 2021

Millions across the nation celebrated Kamala Harris being sworn in as the first female and Black Vice President (VP) of the United States on Inauguration Day. Chucks and Pearls, her signature ensemble...

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Keep Your Shirt On: What to Wear to Virtual Class

Julie Marie Frances DeVoe, Copy Editor March 29, 2021

While going over a syllabus as a new student at NJCU, I was shocked when I read “no undergarments or absence of undergarments” under Zoom etiquette. I had to refrain from laughing as I never encountered...

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Black History Month Opening Event

Ivana Estime, Contributing Writer February 27, 2021

The Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center kicked off Black History Month with keynote speaker Dr. Daryl Scott on the importance of Black history and celebrating the accomplishments of Black people in February. Dr....

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We Demand Diversity on Campus

The Editorial Board February 11, 2021

Some of us have never had a professor of color at NJCU. The university claims to be a diverse institution, but data shows the unequal ratio of white professors to professors of color. In October 2020,...

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NJCU Canvasses in Georgia

Ellen Gruber Garvey January 21, 2021

When Georgia “turned blue” and voted in two Democratic senators in the January 5 runoff, it wasn’t that citizens had simply changed their minds about who to vote for. Stacey Abrams and thousands...

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Amanda Nesheiwat on Climate Change, Environmental Racism, and COVID-19

Monica Ortiz, Contributing Writer December 15, 2020

I initially discovered Amanda Nesheiwat when Thomas Dallessio and Susan Haig from CivicStory recommended I contact her because of her work with the environment and sustainability. I immediately scheduled...

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