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The U.S. has undergone a very tense past few months. Coronavirus, economic collapse and several instances, whether they were covered by the media or not, of police brutality against Black Americans.

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Editor's Note: KentWired invited E. Timothy Moore, emeritus professor of Pan-African studies at Kent State, to write a guest column about the importance of Juneteenth in the Black community, and to all communities.

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Editor's Note: KentWired invited Mwatabu Okantah, associate professor in the Department of Pan-African studies at Kent State, to share a guest column about racial injustices in America. 

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Picture this: You’re about to go on stage and perform your face off. You run on to center stage and there they are — a full audience. But some audience members are staring at you with judgmental eyes. “What’s wrong with them?” you ask yourself. “Did I crack? Do I look stupid?” 

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Being inside the house for this extensive amount of time can become quite humdrum. There are only so many embroidery and reorganization projects a person can do. One self-improvement task has seemed to strike just about everybody stuck inside currently: cutting your own hair. 

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As an international student, I was frightened when I saw the pictures of empty supermarket shelves on my social media feed because it was at that point that I realized I was all alone in this and that I had to survive and take care of myself. 

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It’s hard to say anything original about the state of the world at the moment; it’s terrifying, confusing, upsetting and discouraging. I’ve felt this quite hard myself, like the majority of the world’s population at the moment. The area of my life that has been affected the most by this was …

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In a time of crisis, when every news outlet both big and small are reporting around the clock, it can become difficult and overwhelming to not only keep track of all the information, but to make sure it’s accurate as well. However, amidst all the stories about the COVID-19 outbreak, the Kent…

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I’ll cut to the chase: I’m scared of the coronavirus.