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The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor
Makenna Roy

Makenna Roy, audience engagement editor

Makenna Roy is the audience engagement editor for The State Hornet. She joined in spring 2020 and was previously a beat writer for the opinion section. Before joining The State Hornet, she was a staff writer for the Current at American River College.
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[Photo] THE LO-DOWN: The most iconic songs that made me the bad bleep I am today

October 12, 2020

Graphic by Makenna Roy. Illustration by Tara Gnewikow.

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OPINION: Black culture is not yours to take

Trendiness is not only means of validation for Black culture
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...

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REVIEW: Netflix’s ‘Too Hot To Handle’ was lukewarm

Another reality dating show that lacks representation
April 30, 2020

 Like every other reality dating show, it tried to be different. Like every other reality dating show, it wasn’t. “Too Hot To Handle,” challenged 10 single people, five men and five women,...

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OPINION: The stimulus package should not exclude those that need it

Dependents, immigrants and spouses of immigrants were among those excluded
April 25, 2020

The past two weeks social media was filled with people finding out their stimulus check was deposited into their bank account — not everyone is having the same experience. The pandemic has cost many...

OPINION: Women making history in 2020

OPINION: Women making history in 2020

3 women of color who are breaking molds and leaving their mark
March 31, 2020

I have found that even in 2020 there are women at the forefront of social change who are still not getting recognized for the work they are doing. We are witnessing women on the frontlines of social movements...

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OPINION: Black women helped shape civil rights; it’s not talked about enough

Fight for civil rights is often credited to Black men
March 30, 2020

With Women's History Month coming to an end, I began asking myself who my favorite women that I learned about in history classes were. I was unable to think of one. In schools, U.S. history is often...

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NEWS PODCAST S2E5: A look at the past with Sac State professor and former Black Panther Stanley Oden (Part 2)

March 6, 2020

On this week’s episode of The State Hornet News Podcast, we continue last week’s conversation with Sac State political science professor Stanley Oden to discuss his time as a student organizer at University...

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NEWS PODCAST S2E5: A look at the past with Sac State professor, former Black Panther (Part 1)

February 27, 2020

For this week’s episode of The State Hornet News Podcast, opinion writer Makenna Roy and staffer Gavin Rock sat down with Sacramento State political science professor Stanley Oden to discuss his childhood...

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OPINION: Colorism is alive and thriving in the Black community

February 24, 2020

I will never be able to fully grasp what my darker skinned brothers and sisters face daily, but just because the melanin content in my skin is not as high as others does not mean I do not face discrimination. I'm...

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OPINION: The power of feeling seen

As a young Black woman, being heard and seen are not the same
February 5, 2020

Growing up, I constantly found myself being the odd one out. Being subjected to having typical Black woman stereotypes and tropes forced upon me. Once I found the people that I considered icons in the...

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