New semester, who dis.


The best part about starting a new semester is being able to curve people with a legitimate reason, such as, “Oh, sorry! I can’t make it today, I have a new school schedule!”

Okay I am totally kidding (well kind of), but here we are again in the semester where students scramble for classes like we are playing twister, bending over backwards, standing on our heads, reaching over our competition while trying to land our feet on without breaking our backs. However, during this chaos coupled with the insanity of finals, we forget about the opportunity for self-growth.

The transition between each new semester allows you to reflect on what you have learned, where you started, and where you are going next. It is amazing that we as students have the freedom to choose which classes we will take and use them as tools to discover ourselves, with very few limitations. For instance, if your major is still declared as undecided, you can shop an endless list of creative classes, such as art, social studies, and philosophy, which can assist in creating yourself and who you want to be.

One of the best parts about college is there are hundreds of GE courses that may have nothing to do with your major or your career, but the knowledge you gain from each professor, lecture, and project gives you a new perspective.

College should not be treated as a stepping stone to land a corporate job that will pay for your retirement; the worst thing a person could do is enter college just to find a good job. Higher education is revolutionary because it is an open space for self creation and enables you to cultivate your own individuality. The second worst thing a student could ever do is take a class for a mere unit filler and not grow from its content. Each class a student takes should be strategized based on what you want to learn, what you have not learned, and what will be useful for you.

Although some GE courses are required, as students we have every right to choose classes that nurture our own interests; we pay for the classes we take, therefore we are entitled to choose what material we will spend 9 hours of our lives studying each week. Hence, our schedules should be filled with courses that stimulate our curiosity.

College is also a playground to discover new ideas, cultures, and self-awareness. We as students should seek out classes that will give us a new perspective. Learning about different cultural experiences will not only expand our knowledge about the world around us, but will also lead to self-realization of our own consciousness.

This process of narrowing down classes should also be filtered by what is valuable to us as future world leaders. However, this should not be confused with treating college as a pipeline to the workforce; college should be a supplement to your future career and livelihood. A useful example would be a student going to college to become a doctor, but seeking out ethnic study courses to widened their knowledge about other people’s experiences to assist their craft in the medical field.

Again, it is fair to say that a new semester is stressful because finding the right courses can create so much anxiety. However, amongst all the turmoil, remember one thing: do not work for college, instead let college work for you.

The influence.


The influence. The phrase alone is ambiguous and moving, is it not? Well at least I hope so. My name is Sekina Ward (Dj Sekina Milan) and I am a new Dj with KSSU. I am super excited to be a member of the KSSU family and create my show’s identity with a spiritually elevating approach. To explain my show, I need to share a little about myself first.

 

I am a student here at Sac State (clearly) and I major in Mass Communications. What made me gravitate toward KSSU was the need for experience in public speaking and communicating to a larger audience. My plan is to become a motivational speaker on spiritual healing, producing mass success, and creating an authentic self through meditation, love, and gratitude. My focus for my future career is and will be the basis for my show called The influence.

 

The idea behind The influence is we as organic matter, as forces, and as constantly flowing energy have an impact on the world around us with every action, decision, and thought we release into the universe. How we live our daily lives has a direct effect on the universe, just like a tear drop in a pool of water, it spirals and spreads to the rest of the body of water. That is why when we look at the current condition of this planet, we see much pain and suffering. Humanity has become entrenched with greed, power, anger, and hatred. By no means am I pushing for political action, but I am explaining the philosophy behind my message. As a result of the mass suffering, anger and hatred spreads, sending us all down a vicious cycle of self-inflicted pain. It shows in everything we do and believe in. Our economy is fueled by competitive capitalism, we destroy our planet with pollution, we are divided by classism, and we declare war on those we do not understand. As depressing as this may sound, just imagine if we shifted our way of thinking.

 

What if our economy was driven by love, community, and compassion. What if we invested in environmentally friendly fuels and pushed for a universal energy system. What if our government invested more in educating our youth, rather than big corporations. Most of all, what if we promoted a culture based on love and gratitude? What if people were happy and healthy? What if most people took care of their spirits through meditation and educated their minds? We would live in a very different world.

 

This fantasy world is not much of a fantasy at all, in fact it is only a thought, a decision, and an action away. If we all were healthier, happier, and in a better state of being, our vibrations would be higher and we would release positive energy. One at a time, we would influence each other to grow into the highest versions of ourselves.

 

With meditation, love, and gratitude, this dream is possible. My show The influence will promote this idea and hopefully turn it into a reality, especially for those who tune in (wink wink).  I will also include other topics such as astrology, politics, poetry, and of course music. Expect to hear a lot of Alt/indie, Hip Hop, electronica, and R&B. Most of my music will reflect the theme of my show, but every once in a while I’ll drop a trap song or two (clean versions of course), so don’t get too shook. My show is every Thursday at 9am, which is a perfect way to get your day started. I hope you guys find a little piece of yourself within my show and that I uplift your spirits. Oh and remember, stay one with the universe.

The Oscar for Best Picture Goes to…


indexThe Oscar’s have nominated the movie Hidden Figures for Best Picture this year and a lot of people are ecstatic. The 2017 Annual Academy Awards will hit our televisions on February 26th at 5:30pm in Hollywood at the Dolby Theatre. Hidden Figures is based on a true story that reveals the history behind America’s first successful entry into outer space and shows how three African American women were erased from our textbooks. The film is monumental and inspirational due to its thought provoking story and an extraordinary cast who will awaken your deepest emotions.

Tahari P. Henson plays Katherine Johnson, a mathematical genius who developed the calculations to launch NASA in space, Octavia Spencer plays Dorothy Vaughn the “human” computer” of NASA, and finally singer and now renowned actress Janelle Monáe who became the first African American aerospace engineer after challenging the courts for her entry into a segregated school for training.

The film was set in the 1960s in a racially divided environment filled with tension and hostility. Ironically 57 years later when the film released, it seems America is still in a similar scenario. Antagonistic power dynamics showed the racist attitudes of this time; the hilarious and talented Jim Parsons stepped outside of his realm to play the rigid character of Paul Stafford, one of NASA’s engineers who had racial bias and a grudge against Katherine Johnson for having extraordinary mathematical talents. The gifted Henson will bring tears to your eyes as she struggles daily to use the restroom because the “colored” bathroom was placed several blocks away. The actor’s performances will have you speechless and sobbing into your popcorn.

Although there is no debate on the film’s deservingness for its nomination, there is some friendly competition among the other nominees for Best Picture that include “Fences,” “Lions,” and “Moonlight,” all of which are phenomenal films.

Director Theodore Melfi and producer Pharrell Williams also deserve some praise for helping retell such an incredible story that brings people together, but also for its huge success. Hidden Figures brought in more than $200 million domestically, more than tripling the cost of its production. The movie received an overall rating of A+ and has remained relevant in daily conversation.

Due to the current state of American society and politics, this film reminds us how far we have come in achieving equality. With the power of love, gratitude, and acceptance, we can transcend the impossible to create a world filled with peace, love, and understanding.

Angela Davis: Revolutionary


indexBlack history month is a beautiful time dedicated to celebrating the triumphs, struggles, and successes of our African American ancestors who paved the way for a world we can all live amongst each other and celebrate diversity and equality through compassion. Mainstream activists who deservingly receive much appreciation include Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, and the “controversial” Malcolm X. However, there is one extraordinary individual who also shook up America and changed history for us all.
Angela Davis, born in Birmingham AL on January 26th, 1944 is one of the greatest minds of the Civil Rights movement who often gets left out of the conversation during Black History Month. Angela Davis became involved in politics and activism at an early age when she attended Parker High school. In her junior year of high school, she was accepted into the Friends Service Committee, which helped move African American Children into integrated schools in the North.

 

However, Ms. Davis did not stop there! She was awarded a scholarship to Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts and continued her work with politics and activism. After finding her place in college, she became a student of a well respected philosopher named Herbert Marcuse, who gave her inspiration for achieving her dreams and career. In a 2007 interview, Davis stated:

 

“Herbert Marcuse taught me that it was possible to be an academic, an activist, a scholar, and a revolutionary.”

 

Davis lived up to those words through her involvement in the civil rights movement and the various books she has published. Not to mention being successfully released from jail in 1972 when she was charged with kidnapping and murder, but was found not guilty while simultaneously being the reason behind over 200 protests calling for her release. Angela’s struggle for equal rights makes her a controversial figure.

 

Angela Davis’s trial in 1972 and her involvement with the Black Panther’s Party brings along some debate about whether she is an appropriate civil rights activist to mention when discussing African American leaders. However, Ms. Davis still continues excellent work with politics, activism, and academics through her literature and involvement. Some of her most popular books include Women, Race, and Class, Women, Culture, and Politics, and Are Prisons Obsolete?

Many of Angela’s scholarly journals and articles can be found in the CSU library, which are great sources for research.

 

Davis is still heavily involved with politics and has recently appeared in a new Documentary called “13th“ where she provides her intellect and knowledge about the prison system in American society.

 

Many of the legendary civil rights activists are no longer with us, such as Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X. It is both a gift and an honor to still have such an iconic figure with us still today. Black History Month celebrates the lives, the stories, and the experiences of African American people and dives into the creation of Black culture.

 

This blog is dedicated to the life of Angela Davis and her continuous work for women, people of color, and social justice.