Albanie Lloyd

Conservative Groups Are Controlling Your Children’s Libraries: The Rising National Book Ban

In the 2022-2023 school year, 1,477 individual books were banned in schools. K-12 education is experiencing a rise in banned books. In 2000, only 378 unique titles were challenged in the United States. In 2022, up to 2,571 unique titles have been challenged. Recently, the children’s book publisher Scholastic went under fire for allowing teachers …

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The Haunted Houses of Washington, D.C. and How They Connect to Slavery

As a Black Marylander, I have heard all types of stories about slaves haunting many parts of the DMV area. Maryland is technically part of the South and did participate in slavery. The stories I’ve been told were always about the restless souls of African-American slaves who didn’t make it to freedom. Their spirits were …

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27 Years of Celebration: The Baltimore County African American Festival

On September 16th in Towson Maryland, the 27th annual African American Cultural Festival was celebrated. With R&B star Musiq Soulchild headlining the performances, the festival had many events and vendors for all ages to enjoy from 10pm to 7pm. The festival is held for families and all ethnic backgrounds to celebrate African American culture. The …

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Why Women are Running the Music Industry Right Now

The summer of 2023 was the season of women. Women dominated the charts all summer from Doja Cat’s “Paint the Town” and SZA’s “Snooze,” to Sexyy Red’s “Skeyee.” For the first time ever, the nominees for the MTV Music Video Awards Artist of the Year were all women. Nominees included Taylor Swift, Doja Cat, Shakira, …

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Liberian Independence Day: History of Liberians in the DMV Area

Every year near the end of July, hundreds of Liberians from across the country gather at The Embassy of the Republic of Liberia in Northwest Washington DC to celebrate July 26, Liberian Independence Day. On August 24, Liberia celebrates Flag Day. For the first time since COVID hit, I attended the Independence Day Festival with …

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Affirmative Action: Reactions from DMV Students and Faculty

The school year ended on a horrible note in late June. The Supreme Court made a historic decision to strike down affirmative action in higher education in Students for Fair Admissions vs Harvard. They declared that race and cultural background should not be a factor during the admissions process. The decision caused students and faculty …

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Updates on Ward 3E’s July 25th Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Meeting

On July 25th, Ward 3E’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissions met virtually to discuss the future developments of the American University Park, Tenleytown, and Friendship Heights areas. Officers in attendance included Vice Chair Matthew Cohen, Secretary Amy B. Hall, Chairperson Jonathan Bender, and Treasurer Tom Quinn. Here are some updates from the meeting: Updates on Crime District …

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