Freelance [investigative] journalist, Journalism major at Kennesaw State University, Arts and living editor at the Sentinel, Co-host of HonesTea on Owl Radio, Columnist at Patheos and It's Going Down, Intern at the Georgia Voice. I'm a spiritual queer leftist using journalism to create and inspire positive, radical change.
"It can happen to anyone - never second guess your privileges," said 20-year-old acting student Ian Woodard regarding the epidemic of homelessness. Woodard is currently in programs at Lost-n-Found (LnF), an Atlanta-based organization dedicated to helping LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. After hearing about LnF services through word-of-mouth, Woodard started visiting the facility daily, making ...
Tomi Lahren spoke at a conference in Atlanta on Feb. 23, and the outcome was far from what she expected. "Tomi Lahren is racist!" yelled attendee and Atlanta local, Jerome Trammel, while standing up and leaving the event. "She's a racist white bitch. Racist white bitch - that's what she is.
"I've seen first-hand the benefits of a pet in the lives of some of my friends who have dealt with illnesses and other issues, so I know we are doing good work by keeping pets in loving homes," said Buck Cooke, Executive Director of PALS, a local charity helping elderly people and people living with ...
"I'm feeling Zen" - it's a phrase often used in the United States, but what is Zen? In popular culture, one can hear the use of the word Zen, often used to describe a feeling of peace or the activities one undergoes to achieve such a feeling.
India's recent decision to legalize same-sex partnerships and intercourse by overturning section 377 has inspired LGBTQ activists in Nigeria, who face many challenges. Journalist Frankie Edozien spoke with The Times of India about how the recent decision is inspiring queer resistance in Nigeria. "India is a commonwealth country with the same history, and legal network ...
If you want the job done right, you have to do it yourself. This proverb is more fitting today than ever, given the fight for equal rights. This spirit of queer liberation can be found in the streets of Atlanta, where today's debate is about combating the racism, classism, and transphobia found in elite local ...
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Meditating and spending more time in nature are excellent ways to calm our minds and heal our souls, but they are not substitutes for medicine and psychological care. The use of allopathic and Western medicines and the use of alternative therapy and holistic medicine are not mutually exclusive.
Every civilization on earth that we know of historically has had ghosts and ancestor spirits as part of their religion. Every religion has gods from heavens, [and there are] Bigfoot reports on every continent except Antarctica. All these people can't be wrong.
This election has highlighted a fundamental problem with the way democracy works in the state of Georgia and with the way democracy works in general. When democracy is corrupted, it stifles the voice of the people in order to preserve positions of power for the "elected."
ndigenous Peoples' Day is a holiday contested by many, but it is one that should be recognized and respected by all. The reality of the human condition is that bad things happen, and while we shouldn't ignore the dark periods in human history, we sure as hell shouldn't celebrate them.
When people think of weed in a religious context, many might focus on modern Rastafarianism in Jamacia, sometimes reducing the religion to simplistic stereotypes. Consumption of cannabis is an integral part of the religion that is used to connect to the wisdom of Jah (God) and the self, according to jamacians.com.
In the United States, the link between capitalism and religion is strong, validating the idea that money is a form of God. Many social critics have drawn comparisons between economic systems and religion, but few have done so like Miguel D Lewis, an elusive philosopher attributed with the following quote: An attempt at researching Lewis led me to an article by Nirvaan Nadeem in the Daily Time s inspired by this very quote.
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Ma Huateng, also known as Pony Ma, is the second richest man in China, according to the Forbes World's Billionaires list, which also lists him as the 21st richest person in the world. Ma is a co-founder of Tencent, a social networking company that produces the WeChat app and owns the popular internet game Fortnite.
James (Jim) Cox Kennedy is the 70-year-old ex-chairman of Cox Enterprises, a media and automobile conglomerate. The company was started by Kennedy's grandfather, James M Cox, former governor of Ohio and presidential candidate, according to Kennedy's bio on Cox's website. With a 2018 net worth of $13 billion, Kennedy holds only 25 percent of Cox ...
There are over 2 thousand billionaires in the world, and many of them enjoy luxurious lives without facing the consequences of their greed. This column aims to change that. In just a century, capitalism and globalization have managed to create and solidify the existence of a super-class of human: the billionaire.
The first minority woman president of Kennesaw State's chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics has only been in office for seven months and has already made changes unlike KSU has ever seen before. "I'm first-generation," Cindy Vo said.
Imagine working hard your entire life to have your dreams taken away because of where you come from. This was the reality faced by KSU student Tony Albarca just last year as he anxiously watched the Trump administration end the DACA program.
Standing up for what you believe in isn't always easy, especially when it means standing up to those in control of your education. There is a long and untold history of student activism at Kennesaw State, one that has culminated to form grassroots movements like TakeAKneeKSU.
Kennesaw State's recent decision to remove university logos from LGBTQ pamphlets hurts transgender and gender non-binary students as it is indicative of a problematic history of KSU administrators suppressing marginalized students. KSU recently made headlines by removing its logo from LGBTQ pamphlets outlining different pronouns and locations of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus.
After spending a year at KSU, Cyndi Thomson went on to use her experiences as inspiration for her musical career. In fact, Thomson reached number one on the country charts in 2001 with her single "What I Really Meant To Say" and recently told the Sentinel that the single, her favorite composition, is about a boy that she knew at KSU.
Kennesaw State students are being arrested for non-violent drug crimes at an unacceptably high rate by the very officers sworn to protect them, forming a problematic relationship between students and officers. According to the 2017 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report released by the KSU police department, KSU police arrested 172 students for drug violations in 2016.
"About seven years ago my best friend's mother misgendered me during a party," said Tracee McDaniel, an activist and trans rights advocate based in Atlanta, Georgia. "[It was] in reaction to her ex-husband openly flirting with me at another one of their family gatherings, which made me feel really uncomfortable at the time it was happening.
This article originally ran in the printed edition of WUSSY vol.05. You can still order your copy Mystery Meat is an Atlanta-based drag performer who first started dabbling in drag in 2015.
We've all been there-it's been a long day, you're feeling yourself, and you want someone else to feel you too. So you open Grindr-stop denying it, queen-and start scanning through an array of faces, torsos and blank profiles.
This story about Tunisia was contributed by a Hornet user through our Community Platform. You, too, can contribute stories to Hornet. Head here for more info on writing for us. Tunisia is a small conservative Muslim country in Africa, found between Libya and Algeria.
This story about rainbow capitalism was contributed by a Hornet user through our Community Platform. You, too, can contribute stories to Hornet. Head here for more info on writing for us. It's Pride season, and modern Pride festivals are all about having fun.
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As one of the only metropolises in the southeastern United States, gay Atlanta is the home to a diverse array of queer people who come to the city to socialize, to experience culture and for community support. Atlanta has one of the highest LGBTQ communities in the country.
This story about an Iranian refugee acting "too girlish" was contributed by a Hornet user through our Community Platform. You, too, can contribute stories to Hornet. Head here for more info on writing for us. In late August, an anonymous 27-year-old man from Iraq was denied asylum by the Austrian government because his gayness was "not believable," according to The Independent .
A campaign has just been launched to add a black stripe to the pride flag. The campaign was created by Darkness Vlad Tepes, a "goth" member of the LGBTQ community. Tepes says that as a gay goth, he does not feel adequately accepted by or represented in the LGBT community and that a black stripe should be added to the flag in order to represent "goth" queer people.
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by Luke Gardner In 1940 in Jacksonville, Florida, a baby girl was born and named after her two grandmothers, Norma and June. Norma June Wilson Davis experienced childhood during times of segregation, but nevertheless remembers the fond memories of the parties her dad would throw for his fraternity.
While people from all walks of life are subject to mental illness, LGBTQ lives are much more commonly impacted by it than those of their cisgender, straight peers. Everyone needs and deserves to take care of their mental health, and perhaps queer people need it the most.
Every Wednesday at Kennesaw State, students have the opportunity to create scarves, hats and stuffed animals made from a simple ball of yarn. The Needle Crafts Club at KSU is a space where community members of varying skill levels can gather, socialize and create hands-on art.
One Kennesaw State researcher is using data science to help address social issues, such as discrimination and hunger, by applying her researching skills to various community and academic projects. Before her recent graduation from KSU, Mizzani Walker-Holmes worked on classified projects for Google, ADP and IBM.
On the first day of every spring semester, the campus awakens from hibernation to greet thousands of new and familiar faces during the annual Welcome Back Week at Kennesaw State. This semester's Welcome Back Week took place Monday, Jan. 7, through Friday, Jan. 11.
A recent article by Lisa Lim in the South China Morning Post discusses how the Chinese word for comrade has been appropriated by the country's gay community. In English the word comrade is used to mean companion. As the socialist and communist movements grew, members of left ideologies would use the word comrade to refer to each other in a discreet fashion.
Most students probably know the fear of having to come up with an answer on the spot, but few face the difficulty of having to come up with an entire performance on the spot. Members of Kennesaw State's "Kennesaw Improv Society, Stupid!" do exactly that, and they help teach KSU students the ins-and-outs of improv performances.
Willie Harris is a former MLB player who has played for the Atlanta Braves, the Chicago White Sox, the Boston Red Sox, the New York Mets and more. Harris, a former Kennesaw State student, now coaches the Minor League Richmond Flying Squirrels and resides in Cairo, Georgia, during the offseason.
Masculinity is a fluid concept; its existence looks different in varying cultures and individuals. Ask any person in the world what masculinity is to them, and you'll get varying responses. In Spanish culture, affection among men is widely accepted, and showing emotion is considered a strength.
A legislator in Japan is facing backlash after his controversial comments about LGBTQ people. Katsuei Hirasawa was attending a gathering in the Japanese city Yamanashi Prefecture on Thursday, Jan. 3, when he said that the "country would collapse" if all its citizens became LGBTQ, according to Kyodo News.
There's a sharp divide in the experiences of queer people across the state of Georgia. From the rural backwoods to metro Atlanta, life is entirely different in many ways. I've experienced both, and the drastic contrast is something that should be discussed in the midst of a state government switch up.
Hearing the word zombie triggers images of green and grey undead figures with decaying flesh slowly limping forward, their hands outstretched and eyes rolled back into their empty heads. U.S. cinema and television is crowded with the faces of the undead, but those faces represent a modern appropriation of the struggle of Haitian slaves.
Brian Kemp took office after barely winning an election that had no clear victor for days. As Georgia's then Secretary of State, Kemp's office oversaw the electoral processes, including the very election he was running in. During that gubernatorial election, over 53 thousand Georgians were blocked from voting, with 70 percent of them being African-American, ...
Within the next few years, most of us on campus today will prepare to enter the workforce. Just like the generation before us, we are expected to use our education to move the world in a more stable direction toward peace, equality and sustainability.
In every culture and religion, queer people are a minority, and it is imperative that we work across religious and national barriers to create a world where everyone can exist freely. We can do this by educating ourselves about other cultures, and by using technology and communication to uplift queer voices across the world.
In the fast-paced and demanding life of a college student, it can be hard to find time to practice self-care. In an attempt to address this, Kennesaw State's Counseling and Psychological Services is hosting Mental Health Matters Week from Monday, Sept. 24, through Friday, Sept. 28.
Seven employees from Henssler Finacial's Kennesaw branch volunteered to break down the boxes and separate out other items to be recycled during move-in Aug. 10-11. According to a tweet from Henssler Financial, its employees helped recycle more than 4.5 thousand pounds of cardboard last year's move-in period.
A group of friends from Kennesaw State is traveling to all 50 states to promote volunteerism and tourism. Hunter Reynolds, a sophomore business major, Blake Harrell, a sophomore communications major and Brendon Ferguson, a junior integrative studies major, have currently traveled to 28 states, mostly by car during their campaign, The State Race.
Lauren Simmons, a 2016 graduate of Kennesaw State is the only full-time female trader at the New York Stock Exchange, a job she enjoys despite a lack of women in the field. At 23 years old, Simmons is the youngest trader on the floor, making her stand out in a room full of mostly middle-aged males.
A Kennesaw State graduate has started a nonprofit to help prisoners access education that could change their lives for the better. Wende Ballew graduated from KSU with a master's of arts in American Studies in 2011, and in 2009, she began teaching a theatre program at Lee Arrendale State Prison.
Asatru is growing, and its members are honoring the old gods by opposing the hate groups who are appropriating their symbology. Iceland's first Pagan temple in 1000 years is expected to open within the remaining months of 2018.
Dance Marathon was voted as the best KSU event by both campuses this year. On March 24, student-run philanthropy KSU Miracle hosted its 10th annual Dance Marathon to raise money for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. The event drew 600 students who were eager to dance and raise money for the children.
The KSU Disney Club hosted the "Once Upon a Time" Masquerade Ball on Friday, April 20, on the Kennesaw campus at the legacy gazebo. During the annual event, students and guests wore their finest attire as they enjoyed the music, dancing, food, drinks, games and even an ice cream bar.
OwlSwap is a clothing sustainability initiative started at Kennesaw State that collects clothing donated by students, and it aims to raise awareness about the negative impacts of the clothing industry as well as teach students how to be responsible consumers and recyclers.
For college students with mental illness, life can be extremely stressful, and the need for emotional support animals is real and should be respected. For these students, having emotional support animals can mean having a friend in times of loneliness and a distraction while facing a sea of horrifying thoughts.
The benefits of prayer are valuable to many spiritual individuals, but the self-expression and catharsis granted through prayer must not overshadow tangible action. It is no doubt that the thoughts and prayers of many come from a place of genuine concern and emotional support for victims of devastating events like the Parkland shooting.
Tensions surrounding LGBTQ rights have risen in Costa Rica in the past few months, giving rise to anti-LGBTQ sentiment and the rise of anti-LGBTQ presidential candidate Fabricio Alvarado.
The body mass index's easy to use formula makes it useful for measuring weight across populations, as long as these measurements are calculated in the name of health and are not used to enforce strict beauty standards.
LGBTQ+ students on campus have been hard at work for years securing funding and resources for Kennesaw State students, but the majority of those resources are on the Kennesaw campus.
http://gty.im/454241880 The usage of electronic cigarettes and hookah pens, better known as vapes, has been banned on Kennesaw State University property for quite some time now. The policy - effective since Oct. 1, 2014 - has many broad goals, mainly to create a smoke- and tobacco-free environment on campus, according to KSU's website.
In the past year, Queer ATL has seen growth in local charities and in local politics. Not all moments impacting LGBT+ Atlanteans have been positive, as we have mourned the loss of queer activists and queer businesses this year. Still, many celebrations of pride were held throughout the year, and multiple hometown drag performers recently moved onto the world stage.
We are only a few days into the Trump administration, and things are already catastrophic for both sides of the political spectrum. Before taking office, Trump ran a campaign which focused heavily on helping the American working class by getting money out of politics - the infamous "drain the swamp" promise.
It's no secret to students at Kennesaw State University and at colleges across America that the prices of textbooks are astronomically high. In fact, the average cost of a college textbook has increased by 73 percent since 2006, according to a study by Student Public Interest Research Groups .
The American two-party system has allowed for the creation of only two vaguely distinct political parties, both controlled by corporate interests. Opensecrets.org provides a list of corporations and special interest groups who have donated to the Democratic and Republican parties. In total, $1,682,370,381 was spent in the 2016 election cycle alone.
The recent move of Rupaul's Drag Race from Logo to VH1 has allowed for the art of drag to exist in places where it could seldom be found before-in the homes of straight cis people. The queer community has had its eye on drag performers for many decades, and it seems straight people have finally caught up.
Kennesaw State plays a leading role to confront student homelessness, but a bigger budget is needed. We need an administration that is willing to readjust the budget in favor of homeless students. This year marks the 10th annualHomelessness Awareness Week , a week in which activities and events are held to collect donations for homeless students and to educate students about homelessness.
The future of Kennesaw State University might have been shifted because of the appointment of Attorney General Sam Olens as the new president of the university. Despite heavy opposition from students and faculty in the form of protests and online petitions, the Georgia Board of Regents chose Olens as president on Wednesday, Oct.
Beginning fall 2017, all students living on campus will be required to purchase a meal plan that is overpriced and wasteful, with the possibility of extra swipes being squandered at the end of the semester.
In the last few months, global attention has been focused on the torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya. A new and extremely comprehensive report was released by the Russian LGBT Network, an activism and advocacy group with offices located throughout Russia.
Ratemyprofessor.com can be a really helpful tool when signing up for classes but only if you learn how to properly use it. Undoubtedly, every professor will have both good and bad reviews, but students are able to maintain their anonymity, foregoing any sense of accountability.
The newly established outfit formed in April 2017 already has songs featured on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and a multitude of other streaming services. The band is made up entirely of college students - three of them currently attending Kennesaw State.
Dr. Amy Dunagin, a Yale University doctoral graduate and history professor at KSU, currently teaches modern world history, modern England history and British history courses and uses her distinguished and comprehensive background to form her teaching philosophy. Dunagin's philosophy on history circulates around its everchanging nature.
With its lack of diversity and its appointment of Sam Olens in 2016, the Board of Regents has proven itself to be inherently problematic. After facing pressure to leave Kennesaw State, President Sam Olens will step down on Feb. 15, 2018. Dr. Ken Harmon, provost and vice president of academic affairs, was named interim president during the transition.
Many new city developments are created by rich assholes for one reason alone: profit. They are marketed to and priced for the middle and upper class, because those people have money to spend. Ponce City Market does not exist to better the community, it exists to create a profit.
Entrepreneurs can be found in the most unlikely of places. In this case, an 'extraterrestrial' clothing company found its footing in the heart of one Kennesaw State student. Alexis Litsch, a freshman art major at KSU, owns and operates her own clothing company called Peace Alien.
The below is a Hornet Community story, created by a Hornet user. You, too, can submit stories for our site. Head here for more information. Lana Del Rey is human. A fascinating one, no doubt, and far from perfect. Del Rey is no stranger to cultural appropriation, like wearing Native American headdresses in her music video " Ride."
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The deans of each college should conduct classroom observations to hold professors accountable or, if time is limited, appoint an administrative board to conduct said observations. Some professors waste hours of valuable class time with rants about things that are irrelevant to the subject at hand, can be unorganized, difficult to reach or may be dedicated to the topic but explain things in a convoluted manner.
As citizens of a developed country, we are privileged to be able to have access to technology, and as students, we need to take responsibility for using it to further our studies. It's no doubt, digital technology has allowed us to make advances in the areas of academia, medicine, transportation and communication.
Kennesaw State student housing needs to honor the privacy of their students by creating a housing contract with more specific language and by not allowing housing agents to enter students' rooms at any time. For KSU students living on campus, dealing with less privacy has become an accepted normality.
With Black History Month around the corner, Kennesaw State prepares to launch a series of events commemorating the legacy of the minds that started a revolution in civil rights and culture in America. Carter G. Woodson, a journalist and historian, started "Negro History Week" in February 1926 after earning a doctorate degree from Yale University.
Students at Kennesaw State can excel in their academic career by utilizing study tools such as tangible objects, methods of note taking and resources like places and people. Without question, the most important tool for student success is a planner.
KSU Miracle, a student-run fundraising organization that donates its proceeds to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, has managed to raise more than $25,000 using a social media-related fundraiser. In December, Juliana Piazza, a senior public relations major and fundraising chair of the organization, planned a "25 Days of Miracles" fundraising push.
With the growing support of the LGBTQ+ community, KSU has a multitude of groups to help queer students connect with others who share the similar experiences that come with specific identities. Kennesaw Pride Alliance, the largest community group, is for all members of the LGBTQ+ community and those who stand with them in support.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spoke at a town hall on behalf of Donald Trump's campaign on Monday, Sept. 12 at Kennesaw State University. The event was small, and despite the fact that it was free for students, not many students attended.
Hundreds of resources can be found on Kennesaw State University's campus, and, for LGBT students, they can be life changing. Every fall, thousands of freshman enter Kennesaw State University and begin a higher education journey that will undoubtedly reshape the way the see themselves and the world around them.
Throughout the 2016 presidential race, many candidates have discussed the topics of college tuition and student debt. According theNational Center for Educational Statistics , the average cost of attending a four-year institution in the 2012-2013 academic year was $17,747.
It would be fair to assume, with how queerness is marginalized in our society, that gay apps like Grindr would take measures to be inclusive. In a perfect world, a gay app would be a safe place, where Queers can escape the judgmental reality of our heteronormative society and build a sense of community along the way.
President-elect Donald Trump has added yet another questionable name to his list of cabinet appointments, sparking more controversy just before the holidays. "I've decided to appoint Krampus as head of the United States Children Services," Trump said at a press conference held in Trump Tower.
College tends to be a source of stress for many students, and it can be especially difficult for those who suffer from mental illness. No matter what you're dealing with, you can take advantage of free on-campus counseling. "Students seek counseling for multiple reasons," Marcy Stidum, the associate director for Counseling and Psychological Services, said ...