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Beyoncé’s criticism shows societal discomfort with powerful women

By Isabella Winkler, Columnist

August 9, 2016

Whether it was love for the girl power anthems or disgust over the sexually charged language, everyone had something to say when Beyoncé released her latest album, "Lemonade," last week on HBO. Matt Walsh from "The Blaze" argued that “it would be merely absurd ... for a woman to feel ‘empower...

Editorial: Don’t abuse your First Amendment rights

By The Daily Illini Editorial Board

May 12, 2016

Overstating the importance of the First Amendment in facilitating responsible journalism is a difficult task. It allows us to do our jobs as aspiring journalists, but more importantly, facilitates freedom of expression for all U.S. citizens. That said, no one should use the privilege granted by the...

Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Movement: “We have to look at structural racism”

Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Movement: “We have to look at structural racism”

By Samantha Jones Toal

February 21, 2016

The Black Lives Matter movement began in 2013 when three women created the Twitter hashtag #BlackLivesMatter following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin.EJ“It broke my heart. I felt like I got punched in the gut,” said Opal Tometi, co-founder of the movement, during h...

Black Lives Matter co-founder to visit UI

Black Lives Matter co-founder to visit UI

By Samantha Jones Toal

January 28, 2016

The Black Lives Matter movement began in 2013 when three girls created the Twitter hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter, following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin.Opal Tometi, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, will visit the University on Feb. 19 to talk about t...

UI students push for change on campus

By Marijo Enderle

December 9, 2015

By Marijo EnderleAssistant news editorThe creation of an “Illini White Student Union” Facebook page — created on Nov. 18 — gained national attention and sparked responses and new initiatives from University administrators.The Facebook page denounced black students and Black Lives Matter suppor...

Students, faculty gather for love and solidarity rally

Students, faculty gather for love and solidarity rally

By Lilly Mashayek

December 3, 2015

Adorned with red and black arm bands, allies of the black solidarity movement gathered on the quad Wednesday for a “Love and Solidarity” rally. Students and faculty organizations read statements of support for the Black Lives Matter movement and black students, faculty and community members. The ...

"Love and solidarity" event to be held Wednesday

By Daily Illini Staff Report

November 30, 2015

A coalition of students, faculty and community members will hold a "Love and Solidarity" gathering for black students and activists on campus."We call on campus and county communities to join us ... as we express our love and solidarity for Black Students for Revolution, Black Lives Matter Champaign-Urbana,...

University pressures Facebook to shut down 'Illini White Student Union' page

By Marijo Enderle

November 19, 2015

Update: Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said the University will continue to work with Facebook to have the Illini White Student Union page removed from the site.“It is disturbing and cowardly that someone would create an anonymous and senseless social media page specifically designed to intimidate o...