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An Introductory Guide for Understanding Black Lives Matter

Alexa W., Senior Reporter

As a white person, I understand that I will never understand, but I stand with you. I want to preface this article by saying that this piece is intended for white readers.  It is not black people’s jobs to educate us about systematic racism, white privilege, police brutality, or any of the racial issues affecting them, and they shouldn’t have to.  Right now, black people are leading a fight for their rights to life, justice, and equality.  My intent in writing this article is to educate you all in the same ways that I have been educating myself–by providing you with information about white privilege, systematic racism, police brutality, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and ways that white people can help support this movement.  My goal in doing this is to amplify black voices and support their fight

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Exercising While Black Should Not Be A Death Sentence: Ahmaud Arbery’s Story

Alexa W., senior reporter

On February 23 of 2020, Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man–was chased down by two white men–Gregory and Travis Michael–while on a jog in Brunswick, Georgia these men then shot and killed him. Between February and April, two prosecutors recused themselves, the second one doing so after finding no reason to charge the men with anything. On May 5, a video of Arbery’s death surfaced on the internet, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation decided to take over the case. It was not until May 7, nearly three months after Arbery’s death, did the local police make an arrest. The case is still under review today.  

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A Look into the COVID-19 Effects on Refugees

Alexa W., journalist

In times of stress or uncertainty, most people tend to look toward humor as a coping mechanism.  Such remains true of the response to the coronavirus which currently affects the entire world. Although making jokes and poking fun at the disease helps to lighten the mood and make the situation more bearable, it remains important to consider some of the more serious matters at hand amidst the pandemic.

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The Weinstein Trial

A Timeline of Events and Key Takeaways

Jessica Mann (center), one of women who testified against Weinstein, leaving a Manhattan courtroom after Weinstein’s sentencing.

Alexa W., journalist

(GW CHRONICLE) — Harvey Weinstein.  This name–his name–could be seen on the credits of almost every major motion picture at one point in time, establishing his power and control that he had over Hollywood and the entertainment industry.  However, many failed to realize that as his name flashed across screens everywhere, it also elicited fear and anger from the many women whom he objectified, harassed, manipulated, and assaulted.  

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The Oscars Dilemma

A look into the ceremony’s diversity issue

Alexa W., journalist

We have barely stepped into the new decade and the new year, however it already seems as though we are going backwards.  Recently, the Oscars held its 92nd show to honor a myriad of films, however the spotlight fell onto its nominees or rather the lack of diversity present in the nominations.  While a lack of diversity in a nomination list for an award show celebrating elite members of society seems small in comparison to many other issues plaguing the world, this issue is much larger than it seems.  In fact lack of diversity in the Oscars led to popular trends such as #OscarsSoWhite and led many people to boycott the Oscars, celebrities included. Natalie Portman even showed up to the 2020 Awards show in a custom Dior gown which had the names of all female directors who were snubbed by the Academy.

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The Thunberg Effect: Social Media in her Fight Against Climate Change

Alexa W., journalist

IMPORTANT: As many of you know, Australia is currently suffering from bushfires that are bring about mass destruction.  If you would like to donate, but do not know how I have provided a link to an article with information on the crisis and how to donate.

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From the Big Screen to the Phone Screen: Leonardo DiCaprio’s Efforts to Bring About Change

Alexa W., journalist

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Buckner/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (5343725bt) Leonardo DiCaprio during the show Screen Actors Guild Foundation 30th anniversary celebration, Los Angeles, America – 05 Nov 2015

Social media acts as a powerful force in spreading awareness to issues and events as they occur in the world.  Over the years, celebrities have begun to utilize their growing influence to help further raise attention to such information.  Leonardo DiCaprio is one star in particular who has utilized his voice to raise awareness about climate change in the world and its consequences. 

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The War on the “Ideal” Body: How Jameela Jamil is Fighting Against Body Standards

Alexa W., journalist

Jameela Jamil, known by many as Tahani al Jamil on NBC’s “The Good Place,” continuously proves that she is much more than just an actor with fame and money.  Jamil utilizes her influence to preach body neutrality, a movement that doesn’t focus on appearance, but rather mental health and accepting every piece of yourself.  As a means of doing so, Jamil began to bring light to the harmful diet cultures and body shaming that exists in the world, as well as creating her own movement known as “I weigh.”  In fact, her determination even led to Instagram creating a new rule that prohibits the promotion of diet products.  In order to truly understand the significance of this new Instagram rule and the impact of Jamil’s preaching, we must look at the entire journey as a whole.

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