VMAs start conversations about diversity

Beatriz Caldas, Diversity & Social Justice Coordinator

September 18, 2015

That celebrities love to argue on social media is nothing new, but when they raise interesting questions and concerns about our society, we should listen.

On July 21, MTV released the nominees for their Video Music Awards. Not everyone thought they did a good job with diversity.

“If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well,” wrote Nicki Minaj on her Twitter account after nominations were released. “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for video of the year.”

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Boone brings together the past, present of race issues

Mathew Jones, Staff Writer
March 27, 2015

Students put down their coffees and picked up their pens as William Boone began his talk titled “Race for Prophets: A Critical Conversation.”

“One of my issues with academics, particularly at my institution, is that we tend to mystify all these conversations,” said Boone, an associate professor of English and Africana studies at Winston-Salem State University. “I’m not trying to talk over your head; I’m going to speak directly to you.”

Boone covered a wide range of issues relevant to race in his discussion with students and faculty in the Leak Room on March 12. He encouraged students to speak their minds on diverse topics from President Barack Obama to hip-hop mix tapes.

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