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Melat Eskender

Melat Eskender
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Opinion: Why Oprah Should Not Run For President in 2020

As a black child growing up in the early 2000’s, The Oprah Winfrey Show was on the screen of my clunky TV 24/7. My mother refused to watch any other talk show host, and being a young girl attached to my mother’s hip, her decision was essentially my decision. Oprah, in a sense, raised me and acted as my second mother. I spent the majority of my days watching her talk to celebrities and galvanizing

Race

New App Crowdsources Funds to Pay Bail for the Incarcerated

An all-black team of programmers and tech entrepreneurs created an app called “Appolition,” which has recently been gaining traction in the media for its effective solution to a growing problem in the United States. About two-thirds of America’s jail population are behind bars awaiting trial. And five out of six of those people are in jail because they could not afford bail or because a bail agent declined to post a bond. This amounts to

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Trump’s Presence at Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Is an Affront to Black People

This Saturday, President Trump visited Jackson, Miss., where he toured and delivered remarks at the newly-opened Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Trump was provided with a brief tour of the museums before addressing an audience of approximately 200 people. Trump adhered to a brief 10-minute speech, speaking largely of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, who was assassinated in his driveway by white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith in 1963, and the

Politics

“The Hate U Give” Banned by Texas School District

Thursday of last week, NYT best-selling novelist and Mississippi-based writer Angie Thomas announced on Twitter that a Texas school district had banned her book “The Hate U Give.” The critically acclaimed novel “The Hate U Give” has made the longlist for the National Book Award for young people’s literature, was the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner for fiction and has been on the New York Times list for young adult best-sellers for 39 weeks. It

Race

Tamar Rice Was Shot Three Years Ago Today

Today marks three years since the fatal shooting of 12-year-old, African-American child Tamir Rice. On November 22, 2014, a man called 911 to report that a “guy with a gun” was pointing it at people at Cudell Recreation Center. Within the two-minute call, the man had described the gun as “probably fake” and belonging to a “juvenile.” However, dispatchers did not relay these details to officers Frank Garmback and Timothy Loehmann. These dispatchers would later

Politics

Democratic Senators Call for Investigation of Pruitt Directive to Purge Scientists

This past Thursday, ten Democratic senators asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate a new directive issued by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Implemented on Oct. 31, the directive restricts any scientist who has received EPA funding from serving on the agency’s scientific advisory panels. In a letter sent to the GAO on Thursday, the senators described the directive as a boon to corporate interests as it has strengthened “the voice of industry-funded scientists.” Although Pruitt

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Alrighty, Then: Democrats Now Have a Favorable View of George W. Bush

Democrats now have a 51/42 favorable view of George W. Bush, according to a recent poll from The Economist and YouGov.  The majority of the 1500 adult Democrats who were polled viewed Bush (POTUS 43, not to be mistaken with his father George H.W. Bush) as somewhat favorable or very favorable. This number is absolutely astounding in comparison to the Democratic bases’ opinion of him during his presidency, as only 6% of Democrats approved of how Bush was

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Ohio Will Soon Vote on a Bill That Could Lower the Cost of Prescription Drugs

This November, Ohioans will be able to vote on the highly controversial and widely discussed Issue 2. If you’ve watched TV or gone online in Ohio during the last few months, there’s a probable chance you’ve seen ads for Issue 2, aka the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act. The citizen-initiated statute would require the state of Ohio to pay no more than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — which currently negotiates drug prices 20

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Hillary Clinton Continues to Attack Bernie Sanders

In a recent interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Hillary Clinton denounced Bernie Sanders as a saboteur to her campaign; saying Sanders did not “move quickly to unify the party and his supporters.” She continued to smear his base as “incredibly divisive” and suggested that, like Bernie, his base did not consist of real Democrats. Hillary Clinton has repeatedly blamed Bernie Sanders and his supporters for her loss to the most unpopular candidate in history,

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EPA Head Scott Pruitt Won’t Address the Impact Climate Change had on Hurricane Harvey

In an interview with Breitbart host Alex Marlow, Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, denied there was a link between Hurricane Harvey and climate change. Here is an excerpt from the interview: ALEX MARLOW (HOST): Have you tracked any of the media fallout, because the same thing always happens every time there’s even a little bit of rain. It seems like the left-wing media tries to make this seem like it’s climate

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