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Megan Thee Stallion give her fans a sweet treat with the release of ‘Suga’
Arts & Entertainment

Violet Jira | March 30, 2020

Hot Girl Summer isn’t here yet, but new music from Megan Thee Stallion is! Nearly a year after the Houston rapper graced us with her first full-length project “Fever,” Megan has blessed us yet again,…

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Rowland: Harvey Weinstein sentencing, a monumental verdict for the #MeToo movement
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Gracie Rowland | March 27, 2020

The New York prosecution of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein drew to a close on March 11 when he was sentenced to 23 years in prison for multiple sex crimes. He received a sentence of 20 years for criminal…

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Seniors share grief about COVID-19 pandemic
Coronavirus

Cameron Thomas | March 27, 2020

“I waited 18 years for my senior year, and now, it seems as if it’s been taken away from me,” said MSMS senior Mykailla Foster. Foster traveled home from school on Friday, March 6, for Spring Break….

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Update: MSMS response to COVID-19
Coronavirus

Aiden Leise | March 16, 2020

UPDATE: MSMS will extend Spring break for one week (the week of 3/15-3/21). Then, classes will resume via distance learning for one week (3/23-3/27), before students return to campus on Sunday, March 29,…

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MSMS readies for potential spread of COVID-19
Coronavirus

Aiden Leise | March 9, 2020

MSMS is beginning to prepare its students and staff for the potential scenario of the disease known as COVID-19 spreading to Mississippi, encouraging measures ranging from hand-washing to self-quarantine….

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Bowles: Oklahoma, Texas reveal nationwide problem with racial bias 
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Luke Bowles | March 2, 2020

In 1921, after the smoke cleared in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 300 people lay dead–almost all African Americans. More than 1,000 homes were burned and looted, and the alleged sexual assault committed by a black…

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Jira: The Black News Channel fails to address journalism’s diversity problem
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Violet Jira | February 28, 2020

I grew up on broadcast journalism. Whether it was listening to “All Things Considered” on road trips with my dad, watching “Meet the Press” on Sundays before church or eating dinner over “NBC…

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Rowland: White privilege needs to be addressed
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Gracie Rowland | February 28, 2020

As Black History Month draws to an end, I am once again reminded of my own privilege. While this statement may seem odd or bristling, it’s true. I don’t have to fight for recognition or equality regarding…

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Kobe Bryant’s Controversial Legacy
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Ada Fulgham | February 25, 2020

While so many lament his death and praise his incredible legacy, I can only imagine what Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault accuser feels like knowing that the side of Bryant that fueled her nightmares ever…

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Arnoldus: Why Angie Thomas’ New Book is “On the Come Up!”
Arts & Entertainment

Linda Arnoldus | February 21, 2020

Angie Thomas has done it again. Her debut novel, “The Hate U Give,” became a #1 New York Times Bestseller, touching the hearts of many with its lovable characters and politically relevant commentary…

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Gipson: New immigration policy closes a door on opportunity
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David Gipson | February 18, 2020

America: the land of opportunity…or is it? 

Recently, the Trump administration put forth a policy to wealth-test all green card applicants. The so-called “public charge” rule would deny any immigration…

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Students address concerns with Mississippi K-12 education
News

Cameron Thomas | February 17, 2020

With it being an election year, people are discussing policy and social issues now more than ever. Whether about universal health care, gun control or immigration policies, people tend to be the most passionate…

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Nanney: Clearview AI demonstrates online users’ lack of control over their privacy
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Andie Nanney | February 14, 2020

How many times have you been told to be careful about the things you post online? That everything you put onto the internet is permanent and public no matter what you do?

With the rise of increasingly…

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‘P.S. I Still Love You,’ a Valentine’s Day classic
Arts & Entertainment

Kate McElhinney | February 14, 2020

As someone who watched “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” four times within the first week of its release in August of 2018 and has watched it at least 60 times since then, it would be an understatement…

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Back again: the return of MCR
Arts & Entertainment

Lily Langstaff | February 13, 2020

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘emo?’ Dyed hair, the color black, band tees, and Converse? My Chemical Romance? Emo has changed over the decades from a music genre to, for some people, a…

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‘1917’ sheds light on the past
Arts & Entertainment

Kate McElhinney | February 3, 2020

The phrase “World War I movie” doesn’t generally bring about warm, fuzzy feelings. It reminds students of the horrid memories of watching in-class documentaries and completing graded worksheets based…

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It’s not ‘just hair’: HyunA and cultural appropriation in K-pop
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Ada Fulgham | January 31, 2020

Cultural appropriation in K-pop isn’t new, so Korean solo artist HyunA’s appearance on her Instagram sporting half-done “box braids” earlier this month was, while not surprising, controversial…

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“Sex Education” arrives on the issue of toxic masculinity
Arts & Entertainment

Gracie Rowland | January 24, 2020

Toxic masculinity: a phrase widely misused and consequently viewed as a fictitious radical idea. However, toxic masculinity does indeed exist, just as toxic femininity. The discussion of these issues is…

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Awkwafina’s Golden Globes win reminds us that representation matters
Arts & Entertainment

Gina Nguyen | January 21, 2020

When Awkwafina took the stage at the Golden Globes earlier this month to accept her award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy and became the first person of Asian descent to do so, she looked into…

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Reece: Parchman, a prison in peril
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Davan Reece | January 17, 2020

Nestled between the fields and crops that decorate the Mississippi Delta rests an infamous house of horror that has become a blemish on Mississippi and America’s prison-industrial complex as a whole. 

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Reece: Trump admin lights a flame under the Food Stamps safety net
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Davan Reece | December 13, 2019

I know first hand the blessings that come with government-funded welfare programs. When I was living in a dark and damp motel located in the Bayou of lower Alabama, sleeping on the moist and dingy green…

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Thomas: Was #NotAgainSU the reawakening of racism in America or proof that it never rested?
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Cameron Thomas | December 13, 2019

I am a black man in America.

I take pride in saying that, whether I am embracing my nappy hair or admiring how the melanin in my skin helps me avoid getting sunburned in the Mississippi heat. Sometimes,…

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BTS nowhere to be seen in 2019 Grammy nominations
Arts & Entertainment

Adriana Mays | December 10, 2019

Many people collectively known as ‘ARMY’ were on the edges of their seats a couple weeks ago, waiting to see if the K-pop boy band BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, would be nominated for a Grammy….

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Is Billie Eilish’s “everything i wanted” everything we wanted?
Arts & Entertainment

Reggie Zheng | November 27, 2019

In the span of two years, Billie Eilish—comically known as Billie Eyelash—has rapidly proven herself to be the new angsty alternative artist on the block. Known for iconic songs such as “bad guy”…

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2019 Country Music Awards: silently monumental and severely disappointing
Arts & Entertainment

Violet Jira | November 22, 2019

Gone, it seems, are the days where successful country music was almost always the product of straight, white men exclusively. Never before has something that used to be so niche felt so mainstream. Country…

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Reece: Moving Forward
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Davan Reece | November 15, 2019

In Mississippi, two things are concrete: Christianity and conservatism. It’s the cornbread and butter that I was raised on in the rolling hills of the Tombigbee. It’s the backbone of the fundamental…

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How ‘Harriet’ inaccurately portrays history
Arts & Entertainment

Cameron Thomas | November 15, 2019

The U.S. has always had a way of romanticizing its history, whether in the colorful fireworks on Independence Day or the remaining Confederate monuments spread throughout the South. 

“Harriet” is a…

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Moore: NCAA? More like N-C-won’t-pay
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Carter Moore | November 11, 2019

One of the biggest news items in college sports in the past week has been the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) “decision” to allow players to earn profit from their name, image and…

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Selena Gomez returns with 2 hits, encourages self love
Arts & Entertainment

Raven Day | November 11, 2019

Vulnerability can be a powerful thing when expressed in the right way. For a celebrity to be able to open themselves up to their fans in their work, it takes courage. Selena Gomez wears her heart on her…

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Photo essay: We got booed at a Trump rally… again
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Gina Nguyen | November 8, 2019

At this age, Friday nights are known to be spent at football games, at parties or for some, at home in your bed to finally catch up on all the sleep you lost that week. But, for over 10,000 people, myself…

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The Vision editors report from the Trump rally
News

Caroline Boltz | November 8, 2019

Over 10,000 Mississippians flooded the BancorpSouth Arena for the Trump rally, vying for the chance to see the president last Friday Nov. 1. Five editors from “The Vision” were able to secure a spot in…

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Mays: Are pretty people better than us?
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Adriana Mays | November 6, 2019

Have you ever been offered a discount because of something other than a coupon? Have you ever gotten into an event despite not having a ticket? If so, then have you ever considered the fact that you might…

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Jira: TikTok “moves like a snake” onto Capitol Hill
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Violet Jira | November 5, 2019

From ridiculous jingles such as ‘Why you so obsessed with me?’ to even more ridiculous trends like making Mayonnaise jars into shoes, an unlikely app has taken the world by storm.

TikTok, known…

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Sutton: The Bush, DeGeneres problem is not a problem
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William Sutton | November 4, 2019

Picture this: a place where people of differing ideas, genders and ethnicities come together to take part in society. You are picturing what is known as the American dream, and it’s what our great nation…

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Math Superstars inspires new generation of math-lovers
News

Hua Chen | October 28, 2019

Roughly 300 elementary students from all corners of the state gathered in the Columbus Trotter Convention Center for MSMS’s fifth annual Math Superstars event last Tuesday, Oct. 22. This event is intended…

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Arnoldus: What NASA’s first fully-female spacewalk can teach us about gender inequality
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Linda Arnoldus | October 25, 2019

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir recently made history by executing the first fully-female spacewalk. The spacewalk lasted five and a half hours and was spent doing maintenance repairs on…

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Umar: We can turn the tide of climate change
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Muneebah Umar | October 17, 2019

While vacationing in Florida, a teenage girl witnessed, first-hand, the effects of plastic pollution. Turtles washed up on the shore frequently with plastic straws up their noses and plastic bags lodged…

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Bowles: In God We Trust?
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Luke Bowles | October 15, 2019

I could not be more disheartened over the new Mississippi standard-issue license plate, and it is over one phrase: “In God We Trust.” Many Mississippians do not believe in any deity, let alone trust…

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Yarborough, Alums travel to New York to present Tales and Eighth of May
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Davan Reece | September 30, 2019

Every April, U.S. History students don their historical garb and flock to historic Friendship Cemetery to bring the dead back to life. In the thirty years that Tales from the Crypt has been in operation,…

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Dawe: The prevalence of sexual assault and harassment
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Fiona Dawe | September 27, 2019

When I was 12 years old, I was sexually assaulted. It was on a school bus, coming home after one of my first days at a new school. I didn’t have many friends, and I was trying to talk to this boy that…

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