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OPINION: Cultural Appreciation: Navigating the gray areas between appropriation and appreciation

Two members of the 9th Ward Black Hatchet Mardi Gras Indians parade through the New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival. A centuries-old African-American practice, Mardi Gras Indians have come under scrutiny for their adoption of Native American garb. Practitioners named themselves after natives because of historical native assistance in escaping slavery.

Stacey Sheridan, Contributing Writer

May 6, 2019

A few weeks back, on an unreasonably snowy April Sunday, I attended a first birthday party, the theme of which was “First Fiesta!” — it was adorable; everything was bright and cheery. There were three different kinds of tacos and an assortment of imported Mexican beers. Guests chatted over chips an...

Who sang it better?

Who sang it better?

Mikayla Price, Contributing Writer

February 4, 2019

Ariana Grande has two songs on Billboard’s Hot 100, is the second most streamed artist on Spotify and was Billboard’s 2018 Woman of the Year — she is one of the most popular female singers right now. With that comes a lot of media attention and, arguably, a lot of responsibility. Over a week ago...

Cultural appropriation in ‘The Ridiculous 6’

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Donyae Lewis

May 6, 2015

“The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous.” This was the statement released by Netflix after dozens of Native American actors walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s upcoming movie “The Ridiculous 6.” Read More »...

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