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2016 was an incredible year for music, especially hip-hop. It was another year of pushing the horizons of this ever-evolving genre, with projects coming from artists as diverse as Young Thug to Anderson .Paak. And it’s hard for the Grammys, or any awards program, to contain that wide scope of talent into a constricted list of nominations. There has always been some level of controversy surrounding award nominations, whether it was last year when Nicki Minaj called out the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) for overlooking black female artists, or this year when Frank Ocean refrained from submitting his album "Blonde" for consideration in the 2017 Grammys. The Grammys, in particular, has faced substantial backlash from the hip-hop community for not properly recognizing hip-hop in proportion to other genres, the most recent example being last year when Taylor Swift’s "1989" beat out Kendrick Lamar’s "To Pimp A Butterfly" for the Album of the Year award.
Bodily autonomy is a term that dictates how we carry, use and control our own bodies. It plays a role in how we situate ourselves in everyday issues, legal situations and even medical responsibilities — especially when it comes to abortion rights. By giving states the individual rights to regulate abortion services, many movements and ideologies have been pushing the public to oppose women's rights to those services. These pro-life groups push to limit women's rights to have control over her own body.
Rutgers students have been known to stand up for what they believe in. Whether these beliefs are portrayed through protests or demonstrations, students always manage to get their point across. While it is important for students to voice their concerns and be vehicles for change, sometimes the reasoning behind their distresses are misguided.
This a response to Ashley Wang’s article, “ America must practice political tolerance,” which should have been titled “America must tolerate racism (or at least the threat of it).”
The sudden and unexpected death of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in February of 2016 produced a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Scalia was originally nominated by former President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and was one of five judges on the bench who had been appointed by a Republican president. This reduction to eight judges, four being Democratic appointments and the other half being Republican appointments, has forced four to four splits on major rulings such as former President Barack Obama’s executive orders in regards to immigration.
Imagine that a disease broke out, the flu for instance, and killed 50,000 Americans in just one year. You would probably be concerned, right? Wouldn't you agree that something must be done, to help those who are sick and prevent any future infection? That would be the most sensible response. Here’s the problem — that deadly disease that I just mentioned is not hypothetical.
To be deeply immersed in playing an instrument, or reading a book, or performing extensive math calculations is a one of a kind experience: The mind starts churning as fast as a train and new bridges are created in it. While growing up, that deep-learning thinking pattern is what I was used to. And it was normal. Sure, in the seventh grade I played with my friends' MySpace accounts because my mom wouldn’t let me have my own, but I can count on my hands the number of times I went on their pages. It was not until I was on a social network for myself, a "gift" during eighth grade, that my eyes and mind were exposed to this foreign, exciting new internet interface (one of many). And from that moment forward, my deep thinking slowly became shallow, school engagements transformed into reluctant obligations and free, creative time became mind-numbing, endless scrolling. The pursuit of answers became too easy, and I admired many lives behind my inaugural iPhone 4 screen. The exquisite art of deep focus and understanding deteriorates the more we fill our time with many nonphysical entities, which technology has readily and dangerously provided.
The Rutgers Board of Governors is holding a vote today to determine whether they will change the name of two buildings and a walkway on campus. But these are no ordinary changes. Rutgers is changing the names of parts of the campus to those that belonged to former slaves and Rutgers’ first black graduate. These changes are an official acknowledgment of Rutgers’ ties to slavery during its inception. Deborah Gray White, the Board of Governors' distinguished professor of history, who chaired the research committee for this project, explained that the hopes of the Board of Governors is to ensure that the Rutgers community knows that black people were essential to the very construction of the University. With this goal in mind, the Board of Governors wants to change the name of Old Queen’s Walkway to “Will’s Walkway,” the College Avenue Apartments into “Sojourner Truth Apartments” and Kilmer Library to the “James Dickson Carr Library.” Rutgers has taken responsibility for its history of using slave labor during its creation and hopes that these changes will reflect their intentions. But this might not be the case.
Time and time again, elected officials and the media decry “failing urban schools” and the handicap they give poor children, particularly black and Hispanic children, entering adulthood. This rhetoric was pervasive during President Donald J. Trump’s campaign, especially when he concluded the final 2016 presidential debate by saying, “Our inner cities are a disaster. You get shot walking to the store. They have no education. They have no jobs.” Trump’s vision of the “inner city” is at least “30 years past its prime,” and it undermines efforts to ameliorate the challenges people in urban centers are actually facing such as gentrification, segregation, the escalating cost of housing, environmental and public health, policing, safe and accessible transportation and more.
In an article published on CNN's website, Mayor Svante Myrick brings to our attention that “125 people will die in America today from an opioid overdose … ” From 2002 to 2013, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths has nearly quadrupled. The way America evaluates its War on Drugs, from mandatory sentencing to the prohibition of drugs, has proved inefficient as the number of heroin users continues to rise. Why do we continue to gasp in shock and shake our heads in disapproval after incarcerated drug users relapse after being released from prison?
In this present and ever so confusing era of the administration of President Donald J. Trump, we have been exposed to a fair share of ignorant statements and rather offensive rhetoric. We have heard the president mock a disabled reporter, we have heard him claim that a judge does not approve of the border wall because of his race and we have heard him say that journalist Megyn Kelly does not care for him because she is bleeding from her “wherever.” Needless to say, it has been an exhausting couple of months for the left respectively and conservatives who have no desire to offer their support for Trump. I have previously written about my fear that the Republican Party will shift more toward the desires of Trump rather than a coherent defense of conservatism. While my worst fears are slowly becoming reality, there are more people to blame than the president and the cowardice of certain Republican members of Congress. Many political commentators, who were once conservatives themselves, have only exacerbated this rhetoric that has emerged in the Trump era. Commentators such as Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and countless more have been blacklisted in my eyes. But the so-called “conservative” commentator, who is truly a danger to the promotion of conservative ideals, is none other than one Tomi Lahren.
A lot of people may believe that monitoring the psychological decisions of a 6-year-old may not be useful for scientific study. But researchers from the University of Illinois proved that the mind of 5 to 7 year olds can become extremely telling of much more than one thinks. In fact, with an experiment conducted on 400 children, researchers were able to display that certain gender biases not only exist, but run rampant within the minds of young children. The socially infused roles of gender have found their way into children’s ideas of who is intelligent and who is not — and the results are a little bothersome.
There is no question that Super Bowl LI will go down in history as an instant classic and a testament to the competitive spirit of the NFL. The New England Patriots got off to a rocky start, going into halftime down 21-3, but managed to score 19 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to tie the game up at 28 with 57 seconds remaining. Many had written them off and assumed the Atlanta Falcons would cruise to an easy victory, but Tom Brady, quarterback for the Patriots, would not be stopped. During the final drive of regulation, Julian Edelman made the play of the game by securing a juggling catch on a ball deflected in the air. All of this with two defenders surrounding him. Seconds later Brady found Danny Amendola for the touchdown and James White tied it up with a 2-point conversion. Brady then casually proceeded to drive 91 yards down the field and punch it in on the first drive of overtime.
From the day he began his campaign, President Donald J. Trump echoed a single rhetoric — that hate and division would solve all the problems of America. And divide the country he has, wielding a single phrase quite carelessly — “fake news.” Trump has waged war with the media throughout his campaign and his current dismal state of affairs (also known as his presidency), and it does not seem like he is going to stop anytime soon.
A controversial debate over freedom of speech broke out after a frightening display of free speech was displayed last Wednesday night at the University of California, Berkeley.
The first black woman to win a Nobel Prize, as well as a great American novelist, Toni Morrison, wrote a great essay in 1993 entitled “On the Backs of Blacks.” The essay reflects on the level to which one is only fully accepted as an American once they assimilate to a culture of hating black people. The article touches on the media’s perpetuation of a concept she calls "race talk." She defines it as “the explicit insertion into the everyday life of racial signs and symbols that have no meaning other than to push black people to the lowest level of the racial hierarchy.” Morrison makes a point to emphasize how elements of pop-culture — “film, theater, advertising, the press, television and literature” — continue to capitalize on small moments where they can build on overt and subliminal messages of racial hierarchy. We see it all the time. In one instant it will be Netflix’s degrading category titles for the movies with black actors playing stereotypical black roles (think “gritty movies”). In another moment it might look like the 11 p.m. news stealthily telling you to fear young black males by showing endless tapes of convenience store robberies night after night. It is so ubiquitous of an act that we as consumers of popular culture do not even realize we are being taught to ignore, laugh at and hate black people on a daily basis.
It was a crisp, sunny Sunday afternoon. Not even a week prior I moved into Allen Hall on Busch campus, and I was very aware that I was out of place as a journalism student living with mostly STEM majors. It only made sense for me to stop by The Daily Targum’s editorial office (located at 26 Mine St. at the time) and check out the weekly writers’ meeting that was posted on their website. I still remember how I was greeted: “Welcome! … Yikes, what writers’ meeting?”
Freezing temperatures for days, for weeks and even months, are what several thousands of immigrants and refugees have faced in Serbia. The country is perhaps facing one of the most brutal refugee and humanitarian crises at the moment. In March of 2016, the European Union (EU) and Turkey signed a £4.7 billion ($5.9B) deal to address the migrant crisis. The deal declared that all refugees and migrants traveling to Greece were to be sent back to Turkey if they did not apply for asylum or if their claims were rejected. But in return, the EU promised to welcome one Syrian refugee for resettlement in Europe for every person deported back to Turkey. As a result, multiple countries in the area, simultaneously, began closing their borders to such migrants. The fencing of these countries shut down the direct migrant path to central Europe, known as the Western Balkans route.Those that had failed to tread this path on time are now facing crippling apprehension. Those that are still brave and desperate enough to push through, end up in Serbia, a non-European country.
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One might not expect that administrative officials at a public university would make their political views known and openly endorse specific legislation, but apparently, this is normal at Rutgers. Within the past two weeks, University President Robert L. Barchi has sent three distinctly political emails concerning the uncertainty of undocumented students during President Donald J. Trump’s first few weeks in office. Not only that, but Barchi also gave a speech at Tuesday’s #NoBanNoWall protest in front of a thousand students in response to Trump’s executive order suspending the entry of refugees and immigrants from certain Middle Eastern countries temporarily — and he is not a fan of Trump’s policy.