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Story and photos by Ashley Barrientos and WPLN Last summer was undoubtedly an electric season of racial reckoning for the United States. Residents of Nashville were especially instrumental in the mobilization of the Black Lives Matter movement that shook the country’s bones. Thousands of protestors lined the streets of downtown Nashville throughout May, June and …

Story by Ashley Norman / Contributing Writer Emily Smith was 14 years old when she started her first job in Montgomery, Alabama. She restocked shelves at her hometown’s local grocery store. It was 1999, and she was making just over $5 an hour. Fast forward 22 years, and Emily is now working full time as …

Photos by Ashley Barrientos / Lifestyles Editor After a 10-hour shift of serving hot platters of tacos and enchiladas, Sofia slumps into a leather booth. Her small feet throb— she didn’t get a break today— as she glances at her cracked phone screen, which flashes the time: 11 p.m. Surrounded by glasses empty of Coke …

Story by Destiny Mizell / Contributing Writer Photo by John Lane / Contributing Photographer If there is one lesson to be learned in the historical-event-packed year, 2020, its that we Americans can join forces and go against corruption and injustice as a people, despite differences. A prime example of this notion would be the GameStop …

Story by Sara Roesch / Contributing Writer Cover photo via Barack Obama’s Twitter After a trialing year in 2020, it is as important as ever to recognize and honor the annual celebration of Black History month. The roots of Black History month began in 1915 when Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard doctoral graduate, was inspired by a …

Story by Darby McCarthy / Contributing Writer Photo via Pexels   The COVID pandemic has produced an era of security in testing, but tests aren’t foolproof. They can tell you the opposite of what is true. Consequently, a person with symptoms who is told they’re negative risks infecting family and friends because they didn’t consider …