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Urban’s newest author: Shafia Zaloom

Shafia Zaloom displays her new book, Sex Teens, and Everything in Between on Friday, September 3, 2019. Photo Credit: Shafia Zaloom.

Callum Yeaman, Staff Writer

October 28, 2019

While the #metoo movement rises and sexual assault becomes one of the most prevalent issues in the United States today, only 50% of high schools require sexual education for their students. Shafia Zaloom, an Urban health education teacher and consultant, seeks to address this issue. Her new book, “Se...

All publicity is good publicity: R. Kelly’s streams increase following sexual assault allegations

On May 10, 2018, Spotify removed R. Kelly's music from their officially curated playlists. In the week following May 10, R. Kelly's Spotify streams increased by 1.4%. (Source: The Verge)

On January 3rd, 2019, LifeTime movies aired Surviving R. Kelly, a docu-series detailing several accounts of Kelly's abuse/assault of young women. In the week following January 3rd, R. Kelly's Spotify streams increased by 16%. (Source: The Blast)

Loki Olin, Features Editor

February 19, 2019

From Michael Jackson to Chris Brown, some of the most influential performers of recent decades have been linked to accusations of sexual assault and domestic abuse. In many cases in the past, off-stage controversies have shattered artists’ reputations and significantly diminished their popularity. Mo...

Midterm Madness Part I: What’s Going On

Midterm Madness Part I: What's Going On

Kian Nassre, Web Editor

October 17, 2018

In light of the upcoming midterm elections, I will be writing a series of articles explaining various aspects of the election season. Part I will inform readers on several key issues that have defined the election cycle. Part II, which will come out in a week or so, will examine the election numericall...

EDITORIAL: Urban, We Need to Talk About #MeToo

Jack Cogen, Opinions Editor

April 3, 2018

The second half of 2017 and these early months of 2018 have been characterized by the anti-sexual abuse movement #MeToo as well as Time’s Up, a legal fund with similar goals set up after Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes. TIME Magazine chose the women who broke the silence on sexual abu...

Sexual assault cases impact Urban students’ media consumption

Lena Bianchi, Head of Illustration

April 3, 2018

As #MeToo becomes one of the most used hashtags and black dresses are worn to a televised award show to protest sexual harassment, women are gaining more access to global support and platforms to speak up and share their experiences with sexual assault in their careers. Over the past few months, the v...

Please talk to your friends about consent

Diego Lopez, EIC of Online

March 29, 2018

My experience with sexual assault and the #MeToo movement has been distant and removed. Coming into high school, I always assumed that sexual assault was a college problem. I assumed that when you left high school and entered college there would be a sudden risk of random predators coming out of the sha...

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