Author Archives: Hannah Elizabeth

What the Black Community will Hold Biden Accountable for

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The 2020 United States Presidential Election has been one of the most dramatic political sagas in modern history. The coronavirus pandemic, the anxious tallying of millions of mail in ballots, claims of voter fraud and suppression, the administration of the most polarizing American president in history on the line, the oldest candidates ever on the […]

Black Comedy and the Culture

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I’ve been watching stand-up comedy for as long as I can remember. Long before it was age appropriate and long before I understood most of the punch lines. This was the only time my older brother allowed me into his room. He had his own television and we would watch Def Comedy Jam in secrecy […]

What Billboard’s Blunder Can Teach Us About Institutions

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On August 10th Billboard published a digital cover story about Verzuz–the widely popular social media phenomenon launched by legendary producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland. What began as a display on Instagram live of the friendly, long time rivalry between these iconic producers, soon turned into a pivotal cultural moment. The battles started at the height […]

The Death of Elijah McClain

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23-year-old Elijah McClain died in August of 2019 after an encounter with the police in Aurora, Colorado. McClain was walking home from a convenience store on the evening of August 24th when someone called 911 saying McClain looked “sketchy” and was wearing a ski mask and waving his arms. McClain was approached by police on […]

Remembering Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau

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The body of Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau, a 19-year-old Black Lives Matter activist, was found on Saturday night around 9:15 p.m. on Monday Road in southeast Tallahassee, Florida. According to reports, Salau was a victim of kidnapping and homicide along with 75-year-old Victoria Sims, a former local politician and AARP volunteer. Root.com reports that 49-year-old Aaron […]

Expel The Hate: White Allies & The Movement For Change

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In November of 2016, shortly after Donald Trump had been declared President elect of the United States, The New Yorker published a series of essays that were slated as reactionary pieces to the results of the election. The late, great Toni Morrison’s essay, “Mourning for Whiteness”, was particularly moving, encapsulating and remains timely even four […]