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Kaelan Doolan

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Affinity Helped Me Land An Internship At CBS — My Thanks And Farewell

A little over a year ago, I received an email from Evelyn saying I was chosen to be a writer for Affinity Magazine. I had seen the opportunity pop up on Twitter and figured I’d give it a try. What I didn’t know was that I would begin what would be a fruitful, painful and amazing writing career for Affinity. I didn’t really know what I was doing when I first got hired. I just

Race

The Fatal Consequences of Saying No: Black Men and Rejection

Yesterday, in the city of Cleveland, Ohio, 74-year-old Robert Godwin, Sr., was shot and killed, on camera, by another Cleveland resident named Steve Stephens. Stephens’ reasoning for the murder, the footage of which he posted on Facebook and talked about on Facebook Live, was because his wife had left him a short time before. In the video that Stephens made showcasing his murder of Godwin, which, out of respect for Mr. Godwin and his family, will

Politics

Presidential Twitter Beef: How 140 Characters Could Lead to Nuclear Destruction

There’s many things on the planet that can spark global conflict. Assassination, global alliances, money, religion; all of these thing, for centuries, have been the catalyst for the worst conflicts in human history. Now, if allowed to continue, Twitter can be added to that list. Since the election, Donald Trump has tweeted about various subjects, from refugees, to relations with China, to meandering about complete nonsense. Recently, however, the dictator-elect has partaken in a new

Race, Uncategorized

The Lynching of Joe McKnight

This one hurts. The other ones were agonizing, yet this one seems to leave a particularly repulsive taste in the mouth. Yesterday, former NFL running back, Joe McKnight was shot and killed in Terrytown, Louisiana. The circumstances of this shooting are what really drive the pain deep into the heart. A white man, of whom I will not give the dignity of saying his name, shot and murdered McKnight for cutting him off. The man

Real Life

Why Black Thanksgiving Is the Best Holiday Ever

I hate Thanksgiving. I hate the history behind it, and I hate a good majority of the people who celebrate it. But I myself celebrate it for one reason and one reason only; my black ass family. Black Thanksgiving, in and of itself, is like a holiday. You have relatives of all shapes and sizes, that make this holiday one of my favorites every year. What’s even funnier is that there always seems to be

Race, Uncategorized

Blackface: The Old Face of Racism

With the Halloween season coming to an end, many people have come up with creative ways to dress up for the festive holiday. However, this does not come without its fair share of ignorance. Racially offensive and stereotypical depictions are a common controversy across the country, particularly at universities. I had the unfortunate experience of coming face to face with such a problem. On September 24, multiple black students at Xavier University, my school, in

Race

The Black Plague: The Stigma of Mental Illness in the Black Community

The subject of African-Americans and mental health has been practically done to death time and time again and is a widely known subject, most recently touched upon, to a mass audience, in the show Empire, although not in a fully accurate way. But another thing that is touched upon in the show is the stigma that comes with it. The stigma among the black community about mental health and mental illness, has been no secret for some time.  Recently,

Race

White on White Crime: The Statistic the Media Loves to Hide

On September 28, an event, that seems to be almost common place in America, happened; a school shooting. Unfortunately, one boy at the school was killed and the perpetrator, a 14-year-old boy, murdered his father before going to the school. The shooting occurred at Townville Elementary School in Charleston, South Carolina, where the boy shot a 6-year-old, two boys, and a female teacher. This event will most likely bring up some redundant discussion of gun control, however there is something no major news

Op-ed, Uncategorized

The Day Rap Died: Remembering Tupac Shakur

20 years ago, today, the world of music lost one of its brightest and most charismatic stars; Tupac Amaru Shakur, better known by fans as 2Pac. It was on this day that Tupac had succumbed to gunshot wounds he received six days earlier, on September 7th. Tupac, along with his entourage, were leaving a fight between Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon,at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. As his car came to a stop, on

Race

The Impact of Racism in the Retail Industry

One would think, in the 21st century, that retail discrimination against black customers would be a thing of the past. Sadly, however, a recent incident involving actress Zendaya, proves that thought wrong. The 20-year-old actress says that while trying to purchase $400 worth of gift cards, the clerk at the register had told her that she couldn’t afford them. Not only did she say that she couldn’t afford it, she actually tossed her wallet at her.

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