The Black ExcelLens Project

The Black ExcelLens Project

BHM Spoken Word Open Mic 1st Place Winner: “To Glow Is To”

BHM Spoken Word Open Mic 1st Place Winner: “To Glow Is To”

BHM Spoken Word Open Mic 2nd Place Winner: “The Obeah Man”

BHM Spoken Word Open Mic 2nd Place Winner: “The Obeah Man”

BHM Spoken Word Open Mic 3rd Place Winner: “Performative Activism Performs Poetry”

BHM Spoken Word Open Mic 3rd Place Winner: “Performative Activism Performs Poetry”

The History Behind Aunt Jemima’s Rebranding

The History Behind Aunt Jemima’s Rebranding

By Maia Vines Last month, PepsiCo and its subsidiary, Quaker Oats Company, officially changed the name of the Aunt Jemima brand to the Pearl Milling Company, after 131 years. New packaging is set to hit stores this summer. This comes as part of PepsiCo’s Racial Equality Journey, a series of $400 million initiatives, spanning five […]

A Steady Diet of Change

A Steady Diet of Change

By Kiara Thomas Fifteen patties sizzle on a blue Coleman propane grill in the backyard of a house in Queens Village. Two feet from the patties, on top of a black table cloth, eight aluminum pans of food heat up under warming fuel cans. With each new order, two masked brown-skinned girls with their hair […]

SBU NAACP & Black Student Athlete Huddle Lead Campus Protest

SBU NAACP & Black Student Athlete Huddle Lead Campus Protest

By Maia Vines On Wednesday, students and faculty gathered at the Staller Center’s steps for a Black Lives Matter protest, many donning black shirts that read “United We Stand, Together We Rise.” Students marched around the academic mall with signs and chants of  “no justice no peace,” showing support for the movement.  “It’s discouraging to […]

Woke S1 Review

Woke S1 Review

By Maia Vines Hulu’s new show, Woke, tells the story of Keef Knight, a black cartoonist living in the San Francisco-Bay Area who battles with issues of racial injustices and stereotypes that make up his everyday life. After an incident in which he is racially profiled and mistaken for a mugger, Keef, played by Lamorne […]

My hair was called a bird’s nest

By: Kiara Thomas “El diablo, pero mira a ese pajon,” said a Subway worker to her coworker at Stony Brook University as she cut my herb and cheese bread. I was with my boyfriend getting a sandwich after class last year. I didn’t notice her speak.  I was fixated on my sandwich and what toppings […]

The False Narrative for Progress

The False Narrative for Progress

Photo Credits: Gordon Parks, Untitled, Washington DC (1963) By Esther Alatishe During this intense time in which Black Lives Matter protests and advocacy are sweeping through cities and social media, many are declaring that it is time for a change. At the macro-level, it is time for substantial changes in our criminal justice, economic, medical, […]

A Hero for Leeds United: David Somma

By: Fernando Acevedo Davide Somma, a former professional soccer player who was forced into an early retirement, now finds himself in Stony Brook, New York working towards a career in professional coaching.  Somma never became a global superstar, but certainly became a hero for Leeds United, one of the biggest clubs in England, but now […]