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OPINION: If it wasn’t for John Lewis, I wouldn’t be here today

Civil Rights hero and longtime congressman Rep. John Lewis passed away Friday night after his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jordan Parker

July 19, 2020

I was walking around my kitchen Friday night when I received a notification from The Washington Post that Rep. John Lewis — “the conscience of congress” — had died. I paused in a moment of sadness because I knew what he meant to this country. Combine that with the fact that we are still fighting the...

OPINION: Gavin Newsom’s leadership is just what California needs amid a pandemic

California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at the California Democrats State Convention in San Francisco, CA on June 1, 2019.

Jordan Parker

July 18, 2020

When Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that the state would be rolling back its reopening, the uproar began. Angry Californians took to social media to express their dismay with the governor and the hashtag #RecallGavin2020 was the most trending topic on Twitter under the politics section for a few hours after his...

OPINION: Don’t be ignorant — wear a damn mask in public

An employee hands out a mask at Sacramento State on March 12.

Jordan Parker

June 28, 2020

On June 18, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a state mandate requiring all people to wear masks when in public and when social distancing isn’t possible. The decision is the right one as the loosening of stay-at-home orders has convinced our population that we’re back to normal. NE...

OPINION: Give Black people reparations

Graphic based on illustration by Mohamed Assan. Overlay by texture library Poliigon.

Jordan Parker

June 24, 2020

All around the country people are awarded compensation for injuries they’ve sustained at work, in car accidents or for any wrongdoings. However, Black people have never received a single dime of compensation for the historical injustices against them. Black men and women have been lynched, beate...

OPINION: A badge doesn’t make police exempt from the law

OPINION: A badge doesn’t make police exempt from the law

Jordan Parker

May 31, 2020

What is justice? Justice is a police officer being arrested, tried and thrown in jail for their criminal actions. If an officer commits a crime, they become a criminal just like an ordinary person committing a crime would be. We need justice not only for George Floyd, but all of the victims of police...

REVIEW: ‘SCOOB!’ was a great idea that flopped on its face

Shaggy Rogers (Will Forte) and Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker) share nachos at a movie theater during the latest addition to the Scooby-Doo franchise, SCOOB! (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

Jordan Parker

May 20, 2020

Scooby-Doo was my absolute favorite show as a kid and is now my comfort show when I need a laugh or two, but I can confidently say that the release of SCOOB! put a stain on the franchise. I know that’s not very subtle, but director Tony Cervone dropped the ball on this one. For years we’ve seen m...

IN THE EAT OF THE MOMENT: Pittsburgers are the perfect meal for staying in

Graphic by Jordan Parker

Jordan Parker

May 10, 2020

With most of the nation under shelter-in-place orders, restaurants have resorted to takeout only or have shut down completely. I say, ditch takeout and try this delicious recipe that I’ve been devouring since my early childhood.  Let me introduce you to Pittsburgers, a savory dish that is the ...

REVIEW: Netflix struck gold with ‘Outer Banks’

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Jordan Parker

May 7, 2020

 I’m not going to lie, I started watching “Outer Banks” two weeks ago and I just wasn’t interested in the first episode. But after giving it another chance, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Set on the Outer Bank islands in North Carolina, this Netflix series is one of treasure huntin...

OPINION: Black culture is not yours to take

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Makenna Roy

May 5, 2020

Cultural appropriation and stealing from Black culture isn't a new phenomenon.  From Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian-West to Fergie in the 2000s, white women and celebrities love to take Black culture and use it to their benefit — but they don’t love the Black people who created their styles. ...

OPINION: The US Women’s National Team deserves equal pay and denying that is insulting

A judge dismissed the U.S. Women's National Team's claim for equal pay on the basis of lack of evidence Friday, May 1. The team has been fighting for equal pay from the United States Soccer Federation since 2016.
Graphic by Brooke Uhlenhop

Robyn Dobson and Brooke Uhlenhop

May 2, 2020

Ruling that there is “insufficient evidence” that the United States Women’s National Team is paid unequally is a giant slap in the face.  Not just to them or female athletes around the world, but to all women who are working to end the pay gap. On Friday, a U.S. District Court judge for the ...

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