Category Archives: Opinion

A-listers are not fit for the Oval Office

The U.S. requires skilled and experienced leaders to run the country.

By Ravyn Adams
Associate Opinions Editor


Photo Illustration by Jacqueline Arredondo and Eriana Ruiz

President Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. President Oprah Winfrey.

Has a nice ring to it, no?

We’re certainly past the days where a celebrity president was the beginning of a walk-into-a-bar joke. The days where multimillion and billionaire celebrities have deemed themselves not only worthy, but also able to lead the free world are certainly upon us. Continue reading

Church shooting evokes emotive thoughts

A Brookhaven Courier contributing writer shares his personal experience covering tragedy.

By Jacob Vaughn
Contributing Writer

Photos by Jacob Vaughn
A teddy bear and flowers lie behind police tape Nov. 6 in front of the First Baptist Church where 26 people were killed the previous day.

I did not lose anyone that day. I was not connected to the town in any way.

But in the midst of conducting interviews and taking photos throughout the night, I felt like one of the locals who had just lost 4 percent of his town’s population. Continue reading

Student breaks silence, speaks out

By Stephanie Salas-Vega
Managing Editor

Photo Illustration by Eriana Ruiz

Speaking up about it didn’t get me anywhere. Silence helped me pretend it never happened. Continue reading

‘Fake news’ threatens journalism


The rise of “fake news” threatens the credibility journalists have taken years to create. This credibility is only worsened in a world where social media feeds have replaced traditional newsstands. Continue reading

Gun violence ignites controversy

By Infinity Holloway
Fashion Editor

Whenever there is a mass shooting, it’s always deemed too soon to discuss gun control to prevent further mass shootings in the U.S. Continue reading

College degrees earn jobs

Due to the rise in university tuition costs, people debate the value and merit of a college degree. 

By Lauren Keuning
Opinion/Layout Editor

Photo Illustration by Eriana Ruiz

Annual tuition at public four-year institutions increased nearly 400 percent since 1971, and 11 percent since 2011, according to Continue reading

Student reflects on life with curly hair

By Mira Scott
Staff Writer

Though natural hair may not be considered a trend, many millennials think it is. Natural hair has always been a part of the fashion scene. However, in the past, fewer women of color embraced their natural hair, and instead used hot combs, straighteners, perms and sprays to straighten it. Continue reading

Research finds CBD beneficial

Cannabidiol studies continue to impact modern medicine and alleviate disease symptoms.

By Dr. Dank
Dope Columnist

Photo by Eriana Ruiz
Various cannabidiol, or CBD, products available for purchase in Texas include gummies, bath bombs and patches.

Medical cannabis – the more we get to know her, the more we learn of the therapeutic effects she has on the body. Continue reading

New gen offers change

Though millennials are diverse, some people do not like the youngsters.

By Monica Mitrovic
Copy Editor/Editorial Proofreader

Millennials aren’t the scary monsters older generations make us out to be – we’re just scarily adaptive and tech savvy. Continue reading

Student shares diet, new lifestyle

The Green Queen discusses healthy lifestyle choices to reduce environmental waste.

By Monica Mitrovic
Copy Editor/Editorial Proofreader

Photo Illustration by Eriana Ruiz

I was a meat lover. My favorite meat was lamb, even though I rarely ate it. My parents used to call me mesar, a Serbo-Croatian word for meat lover that directly translates to butcher. As I grew older, I learned more about the harmful dietary and environmental effects of consuming red meat and other animal products. And in July, I became a vegan. Continue reading