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Living Single did it first: Celebrating TV’s Black icons

Jennifer Ojilere February 8, 2022
While the TV industry has been painfully slow to expand its attention beyond the lives and experiences of white people, these Black superstars have made a name for themselves by delivering some of the most memorable performances of all time in TV. 
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Black campus leaders discuss Black History Month at SBU

Black campus leaders discuss Black History Month at SBU

Amber Lewis February 23, 2021
Oreoluwa Adewale, president of the Stony Brook chapter of the NAACP, and Sarah Beckford, Black Student Union historian, discuss Black History Month at Stony Brook University and the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Staff picks: Our Black heroes

Steven Keehner, Sam Lauria, Cindy Mizaku, and Fanni Frankl February 20, 2021
#OPINION: The opinions editors at The Statesman describe Black figures who inspire them.
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The Weekly Wrap Up Ep. 18: Black History Month Special Issue

Juliana Slocum February 20, 2021
Editors at The Statesman describe articles from the Black History Month special issue in this podcast from the Weekly Wrap Up.
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A group of students hold posters as they march around campus in support of the Black Lives Matter protests last fall. RABIA GURSOY/STATESMAN FILE

Whitewashed history inhibits us from learning about the past

Matt Venezia February 17, 2021
#OPINION: One of my favorite subjects in high school was history... Looking back now, it was very obvious from the textbooks I read or lessons I learned that “American” meant “white.”
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Local residents of Freeport gathered on June 7, 2020 to march for the Black Lives Matter protests. MAYA BROWN/THE STATESMAN

Defund the police because society should reassess our values if Black lives really matter

Maya Brown February 16, 2021
#OPINION: Every time I see a blue lives matter flag wavering in the wake of a cruel Black death, my stomach begins to compress. I cannot help myself from tracing down the complicated, yet broken system that is law enforcement in this country.
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SBU panel delves into mental health barriers for the Black community

Niki Nassiri February 15, 2021
Stony Brook University’s School of Health Technology and Management hosted a panel discussing the stigmatization of mental illness in the Black community on Feb. 11. 
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USG President Huntley Spencer at the Stony Brook University Black Lives Matter protest and rally on Oct. 21. USG is RABIA GURSOY/THE STATESMAN

Stony Brook USG reckons with the passing of Black icons during Black History Month initiative

Lajiere Blake February 13, 2021
As the Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life, Maia Gomis is one of the brains behind the Stony Brook Undergraduate Student Government’s new Instagram series, which is posting tributes to Black icons who have passed away recently.
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Protestor at a Black Lives Matter rally in Freeport, NY on June 7, 2020. MAYA BROWN/THE STATESMAN

What it really means to be an ally

Justin Chassin February 13, 2021
When we break it down, productive allyship is a continuous process of three qualities: perspective, learning and action.
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Yusef Salaam talks about Donald Trump, police brutality and the power of voting

Maya Brown November 1, 2020
Yusef Salaam, a member of the Exonerated Five who was accused and convicted of a Central Park sexual assault, spoke at Stony Brook University about a wide range of issues, including racial inequality in the American justice system, on Oct. 27. 
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Korey Wise speaks at the Black History Month closing ceremony on Feb. 26. EMMA HARRIS/THE STATESMAN

Korey Wise inspires with his story during the Black History Month closing ceremony

Maya Brown and Amaya McDonald March 1, 2020
After a month of recognizing and celebrating the contributions of black Americans, the Black History Month closing ceremony was held on Wednesday, Feb. 26 in the Sidney Gelber Auditorium.
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Korey Wise speaks at the Black History Month closing event on Feb. 26. EMMA HARRIS/THE STATESMAN

Black History Month Closing Ceremony Photo Gallery

Emma Harris March 1, 2020
Keynote speaker Korey Wise, one of the Exonerated Five and a social activist, spoke and answered questions from audience members.
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