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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor
Keyshawn Davis

Keyshawn Davis, diversity, equity and inclusion editor

Keyshawn Davis joined The State Hornet in fall 2021 as a beat writer for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Keyshawn has previously done freelance work for Comstock’s Magazine and Sacramento Magazine. Prior to The State Hornet, he was the sports editor for Sacramento City College’s Express news site.
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Hosts Nijzel Dotson and Keyshawn Davis break down the latest single from Kendrick Lamars new album on this new episode of Keys N D Minor. (Graphic made in Canva by Mack Ervin III)

‘The Heart Part 5’, ‘It’s Dry,’ ‘I Never Liked You’, ‘Come Home The Kids Miss You’: KEYS ‘N D MINOR PODCAST

May 17, 2022
On the latest episode of “Keys ‘n D Minor,” Key and Nij discuss the newest singles and albums in Hip-Hop, such as recent singles by Kendrick Lamar off of his newest album “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.” Later, they talk about the latest albums by Future, Pusha T and Jack Harlow.
Jorja Smith performs on the Blume stage at Discovery Park in Sacramento on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Smith is an English singer-songwriter who was one of four women headliners at Sol Blume festival this year. (Photo by Laura De la Garza Garcia)

GALLERY: Music for the soul to blossom

Sol Blume festival returns for first time since 2019
May 2, 2022
Sol Blume music festival makes a comeback to Discovery Park attracting large crowds and loud music. This year, Sol Blume featured four women headliners and Sacramento native artists Victoria Monet and Yelly.
Sacramento musician Josh Knight sits down with Nijzel Dotson and Keyshawn Davis to discuss his music career on April 18, 2022. (Graphic made in Canva by Mack Ervin III)

‘DAMN’ I wish I had tickets to Coachella (ft. Josh Knight): KEYS ‘N D MINOR PODCAST

April 22, 2022
On this week’s Keys ‘n D Minor, Keyshawn and Nijzel talk Kendrick Lamar and have a discussion about Coachella with State Hornet managing editor Magaly Muñoz.
Keys n D Episode 5 Cover

How the Grammys ‘Leave the Door Open’ for artists to feel ‘SOUR’ (Ft. Yung Sam): KEYS ‘N D MINOR PODCAST

April 9, 2022
International rapper Yung Sam joins the show to talk about his upbringing and how living in different countries has shaped his artistry.

Keys ’N D Minor EP. 4 – Reactions to The Weeknd ft. Doja Cat, and writing “good” love songs with Nataya Rule

April 4, 2022
Key and Nij are joined by A&E editor Marin Perego and song artist Nataya Rule to talk about The Weeknd’s tour with Doja Cat and what makes a good love song.
 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion editor, Keyshawn Davis, details the coverage at The State Hornet midway through the spring semester. Davis also shares what sections have improved and the sections that need more coverage. Graphic created in Canva.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: spring 2022 midway diversity audit report

The spring midway diversity audit numbers
March 25, 2022

Hello everyone! I hope everyone is having a great spring break. My name is Keyshawn Davis and this spring I’m the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion editor for the State Hornet. I’m the publication's...

Graphic created in Canva by Mercy Sosa

Doja and The Weeknd tour, festivals vs. concerts and love song 101 (Ft. Nataya Rule): KEYS ‘N D MINOR PODCAST

March 24, 2022
Local singer Nataya Rule joins the show to talk about her album “True Love” and arts and entertainment editor Marin Perego also talks to Key and Nij about concert experiences.

Keys ‘N D Minor- The Kanye West special with Special Guest DonKingdom

March 9, 2022
Key and Nij talk about all things Kanye West with the release of Donda 2 exclusively on the Stem player. Later, they have a sit-down with local rapper DonKingdom.
Graphic created in Canva by Mercy Sosa

The good, the bad and the Kanye (Ft. DonKingdom): KEYS ‘N D MINOR PODCAST

March 3, 2022
On the latest episode of Keys ‘n D Minor, Nijzel and Keyshawn compare Kanye West’s most recent albums: Donda and Donda 2.

Keys ‘n D Minor: Prince Washington- Sac State’s Football player/rapper dual threat

March 1, 2022

In this episode of Keys N’ D Minor: Key and Nij talk about Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Baby’s collaboration album and debate if collab albums are good for the industry. The duo also hypothesize which...

Graphic created in Canva by Mercy Sosa

Nicki and Lil Baby heat check, the problem with Dreamville and more (Ft. Prince Washington): KEYS ‘N D MINOR

February 16, 2022
Nijzel and Keyshawn talk with Prince Washington about balancing his artistry with being on the Sacramento State Football team.
From left to right, Dr. Khanh Dinh, Dr. Carlos Nevarez and Dr. Cassie Donnelly served as the panelists at the Anti-racism and Inclusion Convocation on Feb. 14. They spoke about integrating the inclusivity plan into the campus community. Photo by Kris Hall, graphic made in Canva by Tony Rodriguez.

Sac State’s 2022 convocation discussed turning a plan on paper into action

Speakers outlined the proposed implementation of an anti-racism and inclusion plan
February 16, 2022
Sacramento State discusses an anti-racism and inclusion plan they plan to implement in its virtual Convocation. Speakers in the seminar spoke on how they will go about putting that plan into action.
Sacramento Fire Department stands outside the Sac State Library with Community Service officers and staff members after the library was suddenly evacuated Wednesday, Feb. 9. The fire department arrived on the scene quickly and gave the all clear after just a few minutes for students and staff to return to the building.

Fire alarms set off in Sac State Library during Club Days event

February 9, 2022

Fire alarms went off in the Sac State Library this afternoon, followed by the Sacramento Fire Department arriving to assess the situation. Students and faculty were reportedly evacuated from the library...

Khalil Ferguson seated in his office at United CORE Alliance located on L Street Nov. 9, 2021. Ferguson said co-founding Black Student Union impacted Ferguson because it made him a student leader at Sac State and beyond the university into the Sacramento community.

Black Alumni president reminisces on early life and activism at Sac State

February 2, 2022

Khalil Ferguson seated in his office at United CORE Alliance located on L Street Nov. 9, 2021. Ferguson said co-founding Black Student Union impacted Ferguson because it made him a student leader at Sac...

Graphic created in Canva by Mercy Sosa

“Mid” albums, local artists and streaming bewilderment (Ft. Camilla Covington): KEYS ‘N D MINOR

February 2, 2022
On the first ever episode of Keys ‘n D Minor, Keyshawn Davis and Nijzel Dotson talk to Sacramento musician Camilla Covington about her process as an upcoming artist and her recent EP “Love Letters and Prophecies”.
Tanya Faison, founder of Black Lives Matter Sacramento, waves the Pan-African flag as she leads the “Reclaim MLK” car caravan parade at Sacramento State on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. BLM and the NAACP hosted a caravan parade that began at Grant Union High School then proceeded to Sacramento City College, Oak Park Community Center and ended at Sacramento State. (Photo by Keyshawn Davis)

Sac State serves as final destination for Reclaim MLK Day parade

BLM Sacramento and NAACP host second socially distanced car caravan
January 18, 2022
Black Lives Matter Sacramento and NAACP of greater Sacramento hosted the 7th annual Reclaim MLK Day parade and the second socially distanced car caravan.
Black Student Union Board members Kameya Turner, Leila Cormier, Chiemena Agbakwuru and Ken Wilson during a board meeting on Oct. 11. BSU will be hosting this year’s Afrikan Black Coalition conference where BSU clubs from all over California will visit. Photo by Keyshawn Davis. Photo illustration by Ayaana Williams.

To be Black and free: Black Student Union to host 19th annual Afrikan Black Coalition Conference

BSU plans a conference on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend
December 23, 2021
Sac State’s Black Student Union is set to host its Afrikan Black Coalition Conference during the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the University Union. Read the preview here.
David Moore parado fuera del Salón Tahoe de Sacramento State el viernes, Nov. 12, 2021. Como uno de los único profesores Afro-Americano en la administración de negocio en Sac State, Moore dijo que él ha experienciado más “frío en aislamiento” después de hablar sobre su experiencia siendo perfilado racialmente.

‘Dejen de tener miedo’: Facultad Afro-Americano urge a Sac State a llamar al racismo en campus

December 2, 2021

David Moore, un profesor del colegio de administración de negocios en Sacramento State, termina una junta por Zoom en su oficina estrecha en el Salón Tahoe rodeado por papeles amontonados y vasos vacíos...

A Native student center will be arriving at Sacramento State in fall 2022 on the first floor of Lassen Hall. Described as a necessity by Indigenous students, the center will be reminiscent of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, providing a space for representation and belonging for Native students. (Photo by Keyshawn Davis).

Sac State to open Native American student center

Center hopes to recruit more Indigenous students
November 23, 2021
Members of the Native Scholars Program provide updates on the Native Student Center opening fall 2022.
David Moore stands outside of Sacramento State’s Tahoe Hall on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. As one of the only Black professors in business administration at Sac State, Moore said he has experienced more “coldness in isolation” after speaking out about his experience being racially profiled.

‘Stop being afraid’: Black faculty urge Sac State to call out campus racism

November 18, 2021
The State Hornet spoke with several current and former Black faculty members on their insight about racism at Sac State.
The cover art for Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak’s “An Evening with Silk Sonic.” Photo courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation and Aftermath Entertainment.

REVIEW: ‘An Evening with Silk Sonic’ is nostalgia gone right

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak just dropped potential album of the year
November 17, 2021
Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars recently released their first album as the newly formed group Silk Sonic. Read The State Hornet’s review here:
(From left to right) Amanda Croteau, Josiah Nelson, and María Elena Pulido-Sepulveda are all Indigenous students attending Sacramento State. For them, being a part of the smallest ethnic group at Sac State means facing a lack of representation, feeling no sense of belonging and having to navigate a space that doesn’t support them.

‘Existence is resistance’: the reality of being Indigenous students at Sac State

November 10, 2021
The State Hornet spoke with three Indigenous students about their journeys at Sac State and beyond.
Black Student board members (from left to right) Kayla Anderson, Leila Cormier, Kamiya Turner, Ken Wilson, Kameya Turner, Nilaja Robertson-Thompson, Chiemena Agbakwuru. BSU provides a sense of community for Black students at Sacramento State with 125 members. Photo Courtesy of BSU.

Meet the Board: Black Student Union board members share their experiences and goals

November 1, 2021
A safe place for Black Students: Meet the board members of Black Student Union.
(Left to right) President Kameya Turner, member Kimberly Jackson and Vice President Kamiya Turner talk about their roles and experience in Black Student Union. According to Kameya Turner, BSU strives to uplift Black students at Sacramento State. (Photo courtesy of Kimberly Jackson and photo by Keyshawn Davis).

Putting students first: Black Student Union offers community for Black Sac State students

Club hopes to return to on campus meetings
September 27, 2021
After 18 months of online learning, The Black Student Union at Sacramento State is preparing to return to campus and continue their legacy of supporting Black students in person, says club President Kameya Turner.
Stephany Rose Spaulding, Mia Settles-Tidwell and Josephine Moreno were the three candidates for Sacramento State’s next vice president of inclusive excellence. Each was interviewed and shared their ideas on Sept. 21, 22 and 23, 2021 respectively. (Photo courtesy of University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, UC Berkeley and UC Davis Graduate Studies). (Canva graphic by Emma Hall).

Candidates for Sac State’s vice president of inclusive excellence share goals in open forum

Next VP will focus on diversity, equity and inclusion at university
September 23, 2021
Three candidates for Sac State’s vice president of inclusive excellence spoke to the campus community this week about their plans for the university if they are hired.
Khalil Ferguson, one the founding members of BSU and current president of the Black Alumni Chapter, and his group after participating in the singing game Encore on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. “Welcome Black” attendees played Encore to open the event.

‘Welcome Black’ returns to Sac State campus for first time since quarantine

Event spotlights Black student organizations
September 18, 2021
Black students gather for the first “Welcome Black” event on campus on Thursday, Sept 16 and showcased Black student organizations and other resources available to Black students.
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