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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor

Shiavon Chatman, Opinion editor

All content by Shiavon Chatman
Shiavon Chatman in the State Hornet newsroom recording studio last semester. Chatman is now graduated and has a published book available on Gumroad.

PODCAST SPOTLIGHT: State Hornet alumna Shiavon Chatman on being a young Black author

December 2, 2020
Podcast editor Robbie Pierce and opinion editor Magaly Munoz talk with former State Hornet columnist and podcaster Shiavon Chatman about her book written about Biggie Smalls’ “Life After Death,” being a young Black author and the state of hip-hop.
SHIAVON’S JAWN S2E7, ft. ‘DRINK TIL WE’RE MARRIED’: The Final Jawn, Part 2

SHIAVON’S JAWN S2E7, ft. ‘DRINK TIL WE’RE MARRIED’: The Final Jawn, Part 2

May 9, 2020

On the second half of the final episode of Shiavon’s Jawn, Shiavon Chatman and her aunt, fellow podcaster Johnnetta Wells of Drink Til We’re Married, continue yesterday’s lifestyle conversation,...

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST S2E6, ft. ‘DRINK TIL WE’RE MARRIED’: The Final Jawn, Part 1

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST S2E6, ft. ‘DRINK TIL WE’RE MARRIED’: The Final Jawn, Part 1

May 8, 2020

On the final episode of Shiavon’s Jawn, host Shiavon Chatman has her aunt and  host of the podcast “Drink Til We’re Married,”Johnnetta Wells on to discuss the history of both of their podcasts,...

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BROOKE’S UHLENBOPS S1E10: What’s your favorite song?

May 6, 2020

This week on Brooke’s UhlenBops, host Brooke Uhlenhop has put together a special episode featuring State Hornet staff members: Nijzel Dotson, Bradley Hinkson, Kayla Brown and Shiavon Chatman discussing...

Sac State students vote Grey’s Anatomy as most binge-worthy show

Sac State students vote ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ as most binge-worthy show

Sac State has taste. Who knew?
May 4, 2020

I have been waiting to write about this forever. I wanted it to be my last Jawn for The State Hornet but Sacramento State surprised me and actually had some taste. Sac State students voted “Grey’s...

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SHIAVON’S JAWN: I am not a person of color — I’m Black

Capitalize the “B” in Black always
April 30, 2020

A jawn. Pronounced jôn. Noun. A person, place, thing, or event that doesn’t need a specific name. An indescribable, but memorable entity. I’m Shiavon and this is Shiavon’s Jawn. (If these two...

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SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST S2E5, ft. DRINK TIL WE’RE MARRIED: The ‘Insecure’ Cast, Part 2

April 27, 2020

On the second part of this episode of Shiavon’s Jawn, host Shiavon Chatman is once again joined by her aunt and Drink Til We’re Married host Johnnetta Wells to continue their discussion of the HBO...

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SHIAVON’S JAWN: Why is Lawrence still on ‘Insecure?’

Whatcha gonna do when he wants you back?
April 26, 2020

A jawn. Pronounced jôn. Noun. A person, place, thing, or event that doesn’t need a specific name. An indescribable, but memorable entity. I’m Shiavon and this is Shiavon’s Jawn. (If these two...

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SHIAVON’S JAWN S2E4, ft. DRINK TIL WE’RE MARRIED: The ‘Insecure’ Cast, Part 1

April 21, 2020

On the first chapter of this two-part episode of Shiavon’s Jawn, host Shiavon Chatman is joined by her aunt Johnnetta Wells, host of her own podcast Drink Til We're Married, to discuss the return of...

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SHIAVON’S JAWN: How ‘INSECURE’ is your bestie?

Clap back at your messy friends
April 19, 2020

I just want to say how proud I am of Issa for looking past Condola dating her ex. What kind of person would stop a bag over a man you were supporting financially only three years ago?  Molly. That’s...

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SHIAVON’S JAWN: ‘Insecure’ is back and Kelli is still the best character

Messy see, messy do
April 12, 2020

After a year and half, we finally have our Insecure Sundays back! It’s season four and everybody looks seasoned and paid.  “Insecure” is an HBO scripted series about Issa Rae, a 30-something...

SHIAVON’S JAWN: Maybe there will be sunshine

SHIAVON’S JAWN: Maybe there will be sunshine

April 3, 2020

I’ve written about my Nana a lot. How my memories about her rely on smells and fuzzy sights. I remember how her apartment smelled of Elizabeth Taylor perfume, a light fog of cigarette smoke and whatever...

SHIAVON’S JAWN: The art of not feeling good enough

SHIAVON’S JAWN: The art of not feeling good enough

March 20, 2020

A jawn. Pronounced jôn. Noun. A person, place, thing, or event that doesn’t need a specific name. An indescribable, but memorable entity. I’m Shiavon and this is Shiavon’s Jawn. (If these two...

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OPINION: An unlikely binge list starring people of color

My attempt to get mad ethnic right now
March 18, 2020

No bae? Looking for a cute, little quaran-ting but social distancing is the move right now? Do you have all the snacks but you’re trying not to binge “Sex and the City” for the umpteenth time? Have...

SHIAVON’S JAWN: ‘Ready to Die’ or ‘Life After Death?’

SHIAVON’S JAWN: ‘Ready to Die’ or ‘Life After Death?’

*Insert ‘Why not both?’ gif*
March 15, 2020

A jawn. Pronounced jôn. Noun. A person, place, thing, or event that doesn’t need a specific name. An indescribable, but memorable entity. I’m Shiavon and this is Shiavon’s Jawn. (If these two...

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST S2E3: Podcasting While Black

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST S2E3: Podcasting While Black

March 12, 2020

On this episode of the Shiavon’s Jawn podcast, host Shiavon Chatman is joined by Shona Spikes, Sac State student and the host of her own podcast, Shona Sucks. The two discuss the process of setting up...

SHIAVON’S JAWN: Black women are dying and biased medical training is the killer

SHIAVON’S JAWN: Black women are dying and biased medical training is the killer

February 13, 2020

Black women are dying at the hands of everyone because we’re all conditioned to ignore Black pain if the cries are coming from a Black woman. And that is the hottest tea I will ever serve you. Harvard...

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: So, the Oscars happened

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: So, the Oscars happened

February 11, 2020

On this episode of Shiavon’s Jawn, staff writer Brooke Uhlenhop returns along with managing editor Jannah Khalil to discuss the Oscars with host and opinion editor Shiavon Chatman.    What’s...

SHIAVON’S JAWN: How ‘Roots’ and a Langston Hughes poem changed my life

SHIAVON’S JAWN: How ‘Roots’ and a Langston Hughes poem changed my life

February 3, 2020

A jawn. Pronounced jôn. Noun. A person, place, thing, or event that doesn’t need a specific name. An indescribable, but memorable entity. I’m Shiavon and this is Shiavon’s Jawn. (If these two...

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: Reacting to the Grammys

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: Reacting to the Grammys

January 28, 2020

For the first episode of the second season of Shiavon’s Jawn, your host, opinion editor, Shiavon Chatman, staffer Brooke Uhlenhop and podcast editor Robbie Pierce talk the 2020 Grammys and discuss the...

SHIAVON’S JAWN: Torn between mourning a superhero and being an ally

SHIAVON’S JAWN: Torn between mourning a superhero and being an ally

Goodbye Kobe Bryant
January 27, 2020

A jawn. Pronounced jôn. Noun. A person, place, thing, or event that doesn’t need a specific name. An indescribable, but memorable entity. I’m Shiavon and this is Shiavon’s Jawn. (If these two...

SHIAVON’S JAWN: I’m a reluctant feminist — here’s why

SHIAVON’S JAWN: I’m a reluctant feminist — here’s why

January 23, 2020

This year marks the 100th anniversary of when women got the right to vote.  Women’s Suffrage sought to reform federal laws that excluded women from exercising their right to vote.  This was a...

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: Black art post-Ferguson is traumatic

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: Black art post-Ferguson is traumatic

December 13, 2019

Opinion editor and podcast host Shiavon Chatman sits down with former news editor Adria Watson to talk about Black art, Black award shows and who is the right group to critique Black cinema. Chatman and...

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: Do you know slang from New York?

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: Do you know slang from New York?

December 5, 2019

In this week’s episode of Shiavon’s Jawn, podcast host and opinion editor Shiavon Chatman sits down with copy editor Robbie Pierce and opinion writer Jonah Salazar to play a Jawn-style edition of “two...

Shiavon and her mom in Las Vegas. Shiavon wearing the necklace her mom got her for her 21st birthday, so she could be just like her mama.

SHIAVON’S JAWN: 5 lessons my mother taught me

Stream ‘A Song for Mama’ by Boyz II Men
December 2, 2019

A jawn. Pronounced jôn. Noun. A person, place, thing, or event that doesn’t need a specific name. An indescribable, but memorable entity. I’m Shiavon and this is Shiavon’s Jawn. (If these two...

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: Can we learn anything from the death of Alexis Crawford?

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: Can we learn anything from the death of Alexis Crawford?

November 27, 2019

Opinion editor and podcast host Shiavon Chatman sat down with podcast editor Will Coburn where they discussed the murder case of 21-year-old Alexis Crawford. Crawford was murdered by her roommate and roommate's...

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SHIAVON’S JAWN: Thank you for breaking my heart

November 25, 2019

A jawn. Pronounced jôn. Noun. A person, place, thing, or event that doesn’t need a specific name. An indescribable, but memorable entity. I’m Shiavon and this is Shiavon’s Jawn. (If these two...

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: The boundaries of emotional labor

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: The boundaries of emotional labor

November 21, 2019

Opinion editor and podcast host Shiavon Chatman sat down with Maya Coleman, Sacramento State student and official off-campus activist of the university’s Black Student Union. The two discussed Coleman’s...

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SHIAVON’S JAWN: Nicki Minaj is the true artist of the decade

Put ‘Sucka Free’ on Apple Music
November 18, 2019

A jawn. Pronounced jôn. Noun. A person, place, thing, or event that doesn’t need a specific name. An indescribable, but memorable entity. I’m Shiavon and this is Shiavon’s Jawn. (If these two...

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: The gang reacts to your unpopular opinions

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: The gang reacts to your unpopular opinions

November 14, 2019

Opinion editor Shiavon Chatman sat down with football writer Mack Ervin III and copy editor Robbie Pierce in the latest episode. Last week the State Hornet posted a Google response form for readers to...

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SHIAVON’S JAWN: Break up with your boyfriend because you’re sad

Ariana Grande was really on to something
November 7, 2019

A jawn. Pronounced jôn. Noun. A person, place, thing, or event that doesn’t need a specific name. An indescribable, but memorable entity. I’m Shiavon and this is Shiavon’s Jawn. (If these two...

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: Do you know if your daughter is riding a horse?

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: Do you know if your daughter is riding a horse?

November 7, 2019

Shiavon sits down with opinion writer Magaly Muñoz to talk about the backlash regarding rapper  T.I.’s policing of his daughter’s body. T.I. was featured on the podcast “Ladies Like Us” where...

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SHIAVON’S JAWN: No, I haven’t listened to the new Kanye

You shouldn’t separate the art from the artist
October 28, 2019

A jawn. Pronounced jôn. Noun. A person, place, thing, or event that doesn’t need a specific name. An indescribable, but memorable entity. I’m Shiavon and this is Shiavon’s Jawn. (If these two...

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: How much self-control is too much self-control?

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: How much self-control is too much self-control?

October 24, 2019

Shiavon Chatman and her friend Saleem Obeidat talk about anxiety and dating. Saleem questions if happiness and anxiety really exist or if it is all in our heads. Shiavon disagrees and gets vulnerable as...

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SHIAVON’S JAWN: No Gina, you may not say the n-word

October 21, 2019

A jawn. Pronounced jôn. Noun. A person, place, thing, or event that doesn’t need a specific name. An indescribable, but memorable entity. I’m Shiavon and this is Shiavon’s Jawn. (If these two...

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SHIAVONS JAWN: Don’t let a man without a passport say you’ve never been anywhere

October 14, 2019

A jawn. Pronounced jôn. Noun. A person, place, thing, or event that doesn’t need a specific name. An indescribable, but memorable entity. I’m Shiavon and this is Shiavon’s Jawn. (If these two...

SHIAVONS JAWN PODCAST: Live from the newsroom

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: Live from the newsroom

October 10, 2019

Last week, Tyler Perry opened his first studio in downtown Atlanta, making him the first Black person to fully own a film studio, but is this the best thing he could be doing in his community?  Shiavon...

Shiavon with her grandma circa 1996.

SHIAVON’S JAWN: I was raised by a village that didn’t talk about feelings

October 4, 2019

A jawn. Pronounced jôn. Noun. A person, place, thing, or event that doesn’t need a specific name. An indescribable, but memorable entity. I’m Shiavon and this is Shiavon’s Jawn. (If these two...

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: Stevante Clark on mental health in the Black community

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: Stevante Clark on mental health in the Black community

October 3, 2019

Part two of Shiavon’s conversation with Stevante Clark, carrying on after last week’s episode. In this episode, Shiavon and Stevante talk about mental health in the Black community and what Stevante...

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SHIAVON’S JAWN: The greatest genre on Earth — hip-hop

My top 5 and how I got there
September 30, 2019

A jawn. Pronounced jôn. Noun. A person, place, thing, or event that doesn’t need a specific name. An indescribable, but memorable entity. I’m Shiavon and this is Shiavon’s Jawn. (If these two...

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: Stevante Clark on becoming intellectually independent

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: Stevante Clark on becoming ‘intellectually independent’

September 26, 2019

Part one of Shiavon’s long-form interview with Stevante Clark where they talk about the ways the death of his brother, Stephon Clark, changed his life. Music: Chabba from Filmstro.com

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SHIAVON’S JAWN: You can’t be racist to white people

September 22, 2019

A jawn. Pronounced jôn. Noun. A person, place, thing, or event that doesn’t need a specific name. An indescribable, but memorable entity. I’m Shiavon and this is Shiavon’s Jawn. (If these two...

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: The first meeting of Sac State’s Chapter of the Lil’ Kim Defense Squad

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: The first meeting of Sac State’s Chapter of the Lil’ Kim Defense Squad

September 19, 2019

The second part of last week’s discussion on “stan culture.” This week, Shiavon and former State Hornet news editor Adria are going deeper on stans, casting shade on The Shade Room and standing...

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SHIAVON’S JAWN: Tinder is hell for Black women

September 13, 2019

A jawn. Pronounced jôn. Noun. A person, place, thing, or event that doesn’t need a specific name. An indescribable, but memorable entity. I’m Shiavon and this is Shiavon’s Jawn. (If these two...

SHIAVONS JAWN PODCAST: A belated Bey’s birthday

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: A belated Bey’s birthday

September 12, 2019

 The second episode of Shiavon's Jawn. This week Shiavon celebrates Beyonce's birthday with former State Hornet news editor Adria Watson. Listen as the two take a dive into the toxic end of "stan...

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SHIAVON’S JAWN: A hot girl summer turned hot mess

September 6, 2019

A jawn. Pronounced jôn. Noun. A person, place, thing, or event that doesn’t need a specific name. An indescribable, but memorable entity.  I’m Shiavon and this is Shiavon’s Jawn. (If these two...

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: Managing a #HotGirlSummer

SHIAVON’S JAWN PODCAST: Managing a #HotGirlSummer

August 30, 2019

The first episode of Shiavon's Jawn with The State Hornet opinion editor Shiavon Chatman. This week she chats with Sacramento State student Sade Butler about work, becoming a manager, coping with stress...

Toni Morrison speaks in honor of Nigerian poet and novelist Chinua Achebe at the Town Hall performance space in New York City on Feb. 26, 2008. Morrison died Monday, August 5 at the age of 88.

OPINION: Toni Morrison inspired a generation of writers and dreamers

Morrison, 88, died Monday
August 7, 2019

My journalism professor at American River College used to call Toni Morrison the “Shakespeare of the United States.” She said Morrison created a new language, one through which she told the stories...

A Callery Pear on campus at Sac State. These white blooms are a notorious source of allergies all over the city of Sacramento.

Sac State students weigh in on allergy season

Climate change could be making allergy season longer and worsening its effects
May 15, 2019

It is officially allergy season and Sacramento State students have ditched their winter coats and Christmas mugs for picnic baskets and nasal spray. Students are sneezing into their inner elbows (hopefully)...

Sacramento States Sofie Babic competes in the Sacramento State Invitational on Monday, March 19, 2018. Babic spoke to The State Hornet about the Womens Golf Teams Big Sky Conference victory.

Q&A with Sac State women’s golfer Sofie Babic

Led by Babic, Hornets win second Big Sky title in three years
May 6, 2019

For the second time in three seasons, the Sacramento State women’s golf team won the Big Sky Conference championship and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. The State Hornet sat down with team leader...

Beyoncé in her most recent documentary release Homecoming. The documentary and concert film gives fans insight on her performance at Coachella in 2018.

REVIEW: Beyoncé shows she has no true competitor in ‘Homecoming’

Netflix documentary and concert film relives life-changing Coachella performance
April 20, 2019

I was 10 years old when I saw Destiny’s Child perform live in my hometown of Albany, New York. "Excited" didn’t fit the magnitude of the electricity running through my veins. I knew every song....

#SacStateSays: ‘What is your experience with aggressive drivers in Sacramento?’

#SacStateSays: ‘What is your experience with aggressive drivers in Sacramento?’

March 29, 2019

Gasbuddy, an app that allows you to check gas prices in the United States and Canada, settled the longtime debate on what city has the most aggressive drivers. Sacramento came in at number three, with...

Public relations professor Andrew Stoners staff photo. Stoner is in the process of publishing a book about the late San Francisco Chronicle journalist Randy Shilts.

Sac State professor writes book about late author, journalist Randy Shilts

Andrew Stoner is set to release his book in late May, early June
March 13, 2019

Sacramento State public relations professor Andrew Stoner cites Randy Shilts, AIDS activist, author and journalist in his upcoming book, "The Journalist of Castro Street: The Life of Randy Shilts” as...

A review of 6 great skincare products and 6 to avoid. After only a few weeks of using the items on the yes list, Shiavon started to have clearer skin.

REVIEW: 6 great skincare products and 6 to avoid

Get rid of those products hurting your skin
February 13, 2019

With tests, homework, working and juggling a social life, school can be a stressful place. This can lead to your skin stressing out too. Your skin is the first thing people notice when they see you,...

Sac State student and communications sciences and disorders major, Alejandra Machuca scrolls through Twitter on her way to the parking garage.

Sac State students enjoy favorite apps, hobbies during holiday breaks

December 6, 2018

With classes canceled a few weeks ago, Sacramento State students had a few extra days of Thanksgiving break. Some using social media, while others shied away from their phones to spend time with family....

Sac State sophomore Jordyn Brent warms up during a practice prior to her freshman season. Brent competed on three events for the Hornets for much of her freshman season before an ankle injury held her to just one event.

Sac State gymnast recalls her freshman year’s challenges and successes

Jordyn Brent trains hard after first-year injury in hopes to compete in all four events
November 13, 2018

The time finally came for Sacramento State gymnast Jordyn Brent as she stepped up to the mat at Maples Pavillion on the campus of Stanford University Jan. 8. Brent was preparing for her second semester...

TESTIMONIAL: Not a victim, but am I a survivor?

TESTIMONIAL: Not a victim, but am I a survivor?

October 17, 2018

I was 14 years old. He was older. Too old to be hanging around a 14-year-old. I could see him watching me from afar when I was with my friends. What the hell was he looking at … did he think...

Two sisters work on their square Bauer Babes as attendees look on at the Chalk It Up festival that was held from Sept. 1-3.

Annual chalk art festival turns sidewalks into canvases

Sacramento’s 28th annual Chalk It Up festival draws a crowd prepared for art, food and live music
September 4, 2018

The 28th annual Chalk It Up festival in Sacramento drew in a crowd to celebrate art and expression, specifically through  chalk artwork displayed on sidewalks. The festival ran for three days...

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