The Black ExcelLens Project

Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act

By Maria Cestero The Suffolk County Legislature Office in Hauppauge held a hearing on Friday, April 26 to discuss the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act. Farmworkers and employers alike attended the hearing to debate their views on the proposed bill. The backbone of New York’s massive agricultural industry, farm workers, are not entitled to fundamental […]

Stony Brook Graduate Refused Entry at Harbor Grill For Wearing a Turban

By Kiara Thomas Stony Brook University graduate Gurvinder Grewal was denied entry at Harbor Grill, formerly known as Schafer’s, in Port Jefferson for wearing a turban early in the morning on Sunday, May 12. After Grewal had his ID checked by security, the manager refused him to allow him entry in the establishment due a […]

Take Back the Night

By Maia Vines Students from all over campus gathered at the Student Activities Center plaza on Monday, April 29, to march in support of victims of sexual, relationship and domestic violence. The march was entitled Take Back the Night, since statistics show many cases of sexual assault occur at night. It was hosted by Stony […]

“Cielito Lindo”: A National Symbol of Mexico

By Fernando Acevedo “Ay, ay, ay, ay Canta y no llores Porque cantando se alegran Cielito lindo, los corazones” Maybe you recognize these lyrics or have heard it before. These lyrics are from the famous Mexican song “Cielito Lindo,” originally by Quirino Mendoza y Cortés. The song has become a trademark for Mexico as it […]

Movie Review: Us

By Jorge Jaquez If you met your doppelgänger, would you become their best friend? What would you do if they tried to kill you and replace you? Jordan Peele, the director of “Get Out,” which won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, has delivered an even more formidable film. Peele, the first African-American to win […]

Black Business Bazaar

By Kiara Thomas The Black Business Bazaar hosted by the Black Student Union on April 4 allowed students the opportunity to buy from black-owned businesses on campus.  Vendors who sold food services, skin care, hair care and art lined the perimeter of the GLS Center. “A year ago I [burned] my face and my hands […]

From Mérida, Mexico to Stony Brook University: Yamil Montenegro’s Journey

By Fernando Acevedo In Mérida, Mexico during recess, Yamil Sinuhé Montenegro Hernández followed his routine of playing soccer on a fenced court with boys older than him. “We were third graders and we played against the fifth grade or sixth grade and we would never beat them,” Montenegro said. On this particular day, the third […]

Black History Month Open Mic Night

By Esther Alatishe The Black History Month Committee hosted “Open Mic,” a Spoken Word event based on their theme of “Sankofa: Blackness is Endless”, on Thursday, February 21. The event took place at the Black Box Theater in Tabler Quad in front of a small crowd and a panel of four judges, with careers ranging […]

Black History Month Opening Ceremony

By Maia Vines Stony Brook University kicked off the celebration of Black History Month with the Black History Month Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 6 in the Student Activities Center. The theme of this year’s Black History Month is Blackness is Endless. “Blackness is Endless was created by the committee to really illustrate the infinite […]