Author: Bleu Bell | Online editor


Senator Warren talks HBCUs, criminal justice reform

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Elizabeth Warren has big plans for HBCUs — $50 billion worth of plans, to be exact. The 70-year-old senator from Massachusetts has proposed a two-cent wealth tax that will fund universal childcare, raise the wages of every child-care worker and pre-school teacher, pump about $800 billion into […]


Democratic presidential candidates talk Trump, justice reform

COLUMBIA, S.C. — In the wake of President Trump’s controversial visit to Benedict College on Friday, nine Democratic presidential hopefuls shared their thoughts on criminal justice reform at the 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum, co-hosted by Benedict and the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center. Most candidates echoed the same points, […]


Trump’s first visit to an HBCU stirs controversy

COLUMBIA, S.C. — President Donald Trump gave a keynote speech Friday on bipartisan criminal justice reform to a handpicked crowd at Benedict College, while protesters and MAGA-fans alike gathered outside the historically black institution’s gates. “The more people I spoke with, the more clear it became that the system could […]


Kavakaze celebrates four beau-tea-ful years

Kavakaze is an eclectic tea-bar specializing in kava and kratom, two alcohol alternatives that have been enjoyed for over 3,000 years, to promote relaxation and socialization. Kava is a plant of the pepper family native to the Pacific Islands that is typically consumed before religious ceremonies and consumed socially to […]


Black Twitter sparks Popeyes chicken sandwich craze

Popeyes on Jackson Bluff ran out of the new fried chicken sandwich before 3 p.m. Photo Submitted by Bleu Bell  A new favorite menu item at Popeyes has restaurant lines out the door, making the popular fried chicken chain “Louisiana not-so-fast.” The fried chicken sandwich, available spicy or classic on […]