And the world got to finally say, “We told you, so”

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On January 6, 2020, right-wing supporters of President Trump stormed and looted the U.S. Capitol Building, desecrating the property, running through elected officials offices and documents, and forcing the Senators, reporters, and staffers inside to take shelter, all resulting in four people dead.

For a nation that delegates government insurrections and sieges as qualities of a foreign, non-Western, “Third World” country, the United States was surely silent today.

Millions watched as emboldened Trump-worshippers ravaged through the U.S. Capitol Building, looting and defiling government offices and chambers, and freely roaming around the halls of Congress, unfettered.

While supported in some conservative circles, the rioters were almost universally condemned on a national level, especially once matters began to become increasingly violent. Globally, too, several leaders over the matters that unfolded in our nation’s capital.

But, while other nation’s showed concern publicly, privately, millions around the world likely felt a bit of relief and “payback,” watching the self-proclaimed “beacon of democracy” stutter into a kind of political chaos that it aggressively lambasts other nations for. …


Even Ben Shapiro and Scott Walker got involved

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McGraw Tower at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York / Courtesy Pixabay

“White students should grow a pair. They need to stand up to this.”

What Twitter user ‘Patrik Herman’ was referring to is the weeks-long ideological war that took (and is taking) place at Cornell University over the disarmament of its campus police force that has spread beyond the campus’s walls and soured race relations at the Ivy League school.

Following a summer marred by police-civilian contention, Cornell’s Student Assembly attempted, but failed to pass a vote with the goal of disarming campus police, among many things regarding campus policing strategies. That was on November 19.

Roughly a month later, the Assembly met again and switched its position, albeit by a much smaller group due to several representatives who walked out for a variety of political and non-political reasons. In a by The Cornell Daily Sun, however, proponents of the resolution said [the students walking out] appeared to be a coordinated and ‘’ attempt to prevent a vote.” …


Especially without persistent vilification from the White House?

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White House Press Briefing with President Donald J. Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force / Courtesy D. Myles Cullen, Official White House Photo, Flickr

On February 17, 2017, President Donald Trump asserted via Twitter that NBC News, CNN, and The New York Times, among others critical of his administration, were “fake news” and the “enemy of the people.”

For another president, these remarks would shatter the fabric of the nation. With Trump, however, the statement was far from uncommon.

From the beginning, the President’s tone regarding the news media was combative and his usage of the phrase “fake news” had become synonymous with his persona and his dislike of critical reporting on himself.

However, Trump’s characterization of the news media as “enem[ies] of the people” revealed a sense of media hatred from an American president unseen by journalists in decades. Critics the tweet as borderline authoritarian á la Joseph Stalin, who infamously referred to political opponents in such a manner. …


Young people on the election results and what they hope for the next four years under the new administration

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Then-Presidential candidate Joe Biden on the campaign trail during the 2020 Election season / Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

It’s official.

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will become to 46th President of the United States. .

Despite many young people also casting ballots for incumbent Donald Trump, young voters overwhelmingly voted for Biden in this election. They voted with key issues like climate change, racial justice, women’s rights, and LGBTQ+ rights in mind. And for those voters, their wish came true this morning, four anxiety-filled days after Election Day.

So, how do those who voted for Biden feel about his win? What do they see for the future years under his administration? Similarly, how are young Trump voters feeling about four years with the candidate they didn’t pick? …


With the recent outbreak of protests in Nigeria in response to decades of abuse by law enforcement, Nigerian women have made themselves crucial players on a global scale in the fight to end it.

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Protesters on their way to the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria / Courtesy Kristine Umeh

Kristine Umeh is thankful to have never had a personal encounter with her country’s law enforcement. This is, in fact, aside from the routine, yet often unwarranted and abusive checkpoint stops by police when traveling with her family.

It is at these commonplace checkpoint stops that officers use their authority to solicit money, jewelry, phones, and other valuables in the name of combating crime.

Like Umeh, Oluwafolabomi Olujimi knows these checkpoint stops all too well.

“My earliest memory is of my pregnant mother being forced out of her car because an officer thought she was laughing at him” Olujimi said, adding that she is far from the only person with a similar story. …


Thoughts and opinions on the state of LGBTQ affairs in anticipation of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election and a conservative slant in the Supreme Court.

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The White House donned rainbow colors in honor of the passing of Obergefell v. Hodges in June 2015 / Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Broadly, the United States is seen as a safe space for LGBTQ individuals, especially in the eyes of those who may live in an explicitly anti-LGBTQ country and cannot freely express themselves in their own homeland. Home to famous gay-friendly cities such as New York, Miami, and San Francisco and smaller LGBTQ-centric communities, the United States has earned itself a reputation of being a country associated with LGBTQ acceptance and solidarity, especially given its path to this point.

Millions of LGBTQ people around the world have either come to or dream of coming to the United States to live their lives authentically and as their true selves. Here, they can marry freely, adopt freely, be employed freely and fairly (depending on the state), and under the First Amendment, protest, organize, and assemble freely. …


An in-depth look into the life of one of Harlem’s most successful real estate investors

Few people have inspired me as much as the man I am profiling today. Papa, as he is affectionally known, is a man of many stories, some of which I’ve been grateful to hear over the course of my life. I decided to sit down for an interview with him in late May, with the aim of recording his life story for future generations of our family to cherish and learn from. Since his 86th birthday was approaching, however, I decided to hold off on publishing this piece until today.

This is a short biography of my grandfather, Donald Benjamin Coaxum, Sr.


Is this it for the strongman’s 26 year-long rule?

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Protesters in Minsk, Belarus / Courtesy Artem Podrez

Three years after seceding from the Soviet Union, Belarus elected Alexander Lukashenko to the presidency in its first election as an independent nation. The year was 1994.

Since then, Lukashenko has held a firm grip on power, running what international critics describe as an “authoritarian regime.”

Nigel Gould-Davies, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, believes Belarus “has changed less than almost any other Soviet successor state.”

“Belarusian ‘democracy’ has meant one person, one vote, once. Lukashenko’s first election victory in 1994 was competitive. …


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Women’s March on Washington 2017 / Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

100 years ago, millions of American women rejoiced as the 19th Amendment became law. Effectively granting women the right to vote, the amendment was monumental to the progression of feminism and the advancement of women’s sociopolitical position.

However, as it opened doors for American women across the nation in theory, in practice, the 19th Amendment could not free all non-white women, especially Black women, from the shackles of Jim Crow and its racist voting barriers. Non-white women would continue to be barred from voting in many states until the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

In addition to a lack of cohesiveness in women’s advancement on the political stage, women’s rights and feminist discussions in a broader sense were heavily centered around the experiences of middle to upper-class white women, sidelining the realities of women who didn’t fit that description. This lack of intersectionality in the push for women’s rights existed long before the passage of the 19th Amendment and lasted long after 1920. …


How one woman is changing the narrative about public housing residents in New York

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Drew-Hamilton Houses in Harlem, New York City / Courtesy Jim Henderson, Wikimedia Commons

To most New Yorkers, the projects and the people who reside within them are to be avoided at all costs.

Many will pick up their pace or roll up their car windows in order to pass by one of the New York City Housing Authority’s 326 public housing developments, .

While several household names were raised in NYCHA, Jay Z, Whoopi Goldberg, and former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein to name a few, the negative stereotype of the projects persists and disparages residents who are made to feel like their home is somewhere to survive as opposed to somewhere to live. …

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Jaylen Coaxum

Journalist. Native New Yorker. Forever inspired.

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