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Being a Black Journalist: Interview with Donovan X. Ramsey

Donovan X. Ramsey is a Columbus, OH native that has broken into the journalism world through hard work and dedication of journalistic pieces that puts value and significance on race and class. This multimedia journalist explains the importance of his experiences with his own website and networking skills and the advice to other uprising black journalists like himself.

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Donovan X. Ramsey (Photo taken by Shayan Asgharnia for Okayplayer).

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Dreadfully Discriminatory

A federal court appeal ruled, in mid- September, that banning an employee due to their dreadlocks is not a form of racial discrimination. In the Africana world, doing this is a form of discrimination.

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A business man with dreadlocks

The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals came to a 3-0 decision that dismissed a lawsuit brought forth by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) which claimed that “prohibition of dreadlocks in the workplace constitutes race discrimination because dreadlocks are a manner of wearing the hair that is physiologically and culturally associated with people of African descent.”

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Kwanzaa: How To Celebrate African Culture, Properly

Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday but a holiday that celebrates the values of ancient African culture. In addition, it was created to bring inspiration to African-Americans who worked for progress during a great time of social change for blacks in America during the 1960s.

This pan-African holiday was created in 1966 by Maulana “Ron” Karenga, who is now a professor and chairman in the department of Africana Studies at California State University: Long Beach. Born with the birth name Ronald McKinley Everett, he changed his name to Maulana (Swahili-Arabic for “master teacher) and Karenga (Swahili for “keeper of tradition”).

Kwanzaa is based on the year-end harvest celebrations that have been occurring in Africa for thousands of years. Its name comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits of the harvest”.

Below, you will find the day-by-day instruction- the seven principles of the Nguzo Saba– to celebrate the African culture, respectfully.

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The Kinara, candleholder, and the Mishumaa Saba, the seven candles for Kwanzaa. (Source: http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/kwanzaa-history)

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5 Ways Black Students Should Prepare for a Predominantly White Institution

Figuring out what college or university one wants to attend is always difficult. For black students, especially now with the racial epidemic in the United States, they have to decide to attend an HBCU (historically black college/university) or a PWI (predominantly white institution). Blacks students who attend a PWI (speaking from experience) may state that it’s an eye-opening experience. Here is a list to prepare black students attending a PWI in the 21st century.

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A black student holding two sweaters for her two perspective schools in Oklahoma: The University of Oklahoma (PWI) and Langston University (HBCU). (Source: http://www.thehbcufessions.com/single-post/2015/12/21/The-Great-Debate-Who%E2%80%99s-Winning-the-HBCU-vs-PWI-Argument)

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