TNJN 360: DSLS Fall 2017 Networking Trip

This organization caters to students of all majors and works to make diversity a priority in members’ everyday lives.

Justin Crawford, a senior and Co-President of DSLS gave a definition to what the organization deems as a networking trip.

The group stayed at the Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites Hotel located on the same street that houses University of Cincinnati’s business area. Students got a chance to settle into their rooms, enjoy food from a local eatery and given free time to explore the city.

Students woke early to eat breakfast and read up on the places they would be touring for the following day. The group toured Gyro Advertising Agency where the president Trey Harness and Executive Creative Director Mike Tittel gave them a tour of the office and explained what their company does for its clients and its employees.

They also got a chance to tour the local television station WKRC-TV. Their escort Jennifer Hosty, a local sales manager at the station answered many questions about producing a news broadcast and even got the group inside the studio to watch as the noon newscast was being televised.

New to the group and networking trips, R.J. Clay, a sophomore majoring in sports management, had a lot to say about his first time traveling with DSLS and his takeaway from this trip.

Mrs. Wirth is a woman who is highly invested in exposing members of DSLS to diversity and issues that some have, are, and will face in their lifetimes. To promote this even further she makes it a priority to take the group to some cultural place every networking trip. After touring companies, the group ended their day at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. After giving the group a few hours to roam and take in the museum, Mrs. Wirth left her group, and a few people listening in, with some words of enlightenment before packing up and heading back to Tennessee.

Don’t Make Light of Their Lives: Police Brutality

This summer, President Trump raised controversy when making “insensitive” jokes pertaining to police brutality during his speech in Long Island. Many believed that his comment supported the attacks that had been occurring over the past few years. Trump stated, “please don’t be too nice”, referring to police officer’s treatments to suspects. Although he and some of the officers in attendance at his speech may have found it funny, what about the innocent victims who had to deal with these cruel acts of unfairness, or what about their loved ones who had to bury them. It may not raise brows as much today, but let’s not forget about those that died in the past 6 years.

Police Brutality is nothing new to world. If anything, data has shown that in the last three years, numbers have dropped. Over the years, the topic of police shooting has resurfaced, by the help of social media and smartphones. Record, post, share! In the matter of moments, a new video is released via social media.

Between 2011-2016, thousands of people have died in police related shootings. Some have even suffered from the rough handling displayed by the police officers. More recently, the most prominent factor that each incident has had in common is that the victims were unarmed, black men.

Many people argued that the media portrayed black men as criminals without giving them the satisfaction of being suspects. People took to Twitter to start hashtags such as, #IfTheyGunnedMeDown, which promoted awareness to the insensitive acts of media hegemony that depicted black men to be evil based on the images used on the news. One of the most famous pictured being that of Mike Brown, after he was murdered.

Could these shootings support claims that dominant ideologies overrule what is ethically and morally accepted in our society, in regards to police brutality?

“When people say ‘black lives matter,’ it doesn’t mean that blue lives don’t matter,” – Barack Obama.

In the middle of all of the controversy, the Black Lives Matter Movement, was structured. The sole purpose was to unify groups and allow people to stand up against police brutality civilly, but things did not always turn out peaceful.

Many people have been arrested for peacefully protesting. Take Ieshia Evans for instance, she silently stood in the streets during a protests and was sent to jail.

Over 900 people were killed by the police in both 2015 and 2016 each. Thus far, around 800 people have died due to shootings by police in 2017.

In the years to come let’s not forget about Kelly Thomas. Let’s not forget Alton Sterling, Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, and the thousands of men and women who lost their lives. “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” Don’t for a second overlook the cases like, Kyam Livingston. Police brutality doesn’t only define the shootings that took place; remember those whose needs were ignored. “I can’t breathe”, 11 times Eric Garner cried out. Remember that these people did not have mercy. Remember that their lives were taken from them.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King.



The Juicy J Show Podcast

The Juicy J Show, produced by Jelissa Baidoo, is a podcast used to give young adults the platform to discuss current events and give their opinions on these topics. This is the first podcast series produced on The Juicy J Show. In this podcast series titled, “Facetious Fridays”,  we discuss issues with infidelity and cheating in today’s society. It includes guest appearances from three college girls, from The University of Tennessee Knoxville, who have different perceptions of cheating in relationships. This is a relevant topic today. For instance, the infidelity incidents, in the media, regarding Kevin Hart and Eniko Hart, Gabrielle Union and D. Wade, and other public figures in the industry. The purpose of the podcast was to bring light to these issues that are sometimes overlooked or deemed to be normal in our society today. Each girl spoke of their own personal experiences with cheating and how they chose to deal with it. The podcast also includes advice on how to deal with being cheated on and how the meaning of cheating or taking a break in a relationship is not definite. Between men and women, the definition of each situation is ambiguous. In other words, everyone has their own perception of what it means and how to handle it. “Facetious Fridays” will not only be about relationships, but will also include other topics in regard to social issues in our society, as millennials. This is the first of many series to come on The Juicy J Show.