Civil rights leader Angela Davis speaks at Bovard

first_imgDr. Angela Davis, a prominent political activist, spoke at Bovard Auditorium on Monday night about topics that ranged from the prison-industrial complex to racial injustice in the Academy Awards.Davis is known for her involvement in the counterculture movement during the 1960s. Today, she advocates for social justice causes such as prison reform, racial equality and gender equality.Dr. Michelle Turner, director of the Black Alumni Association, moderated the event and welcomed Davis.“[She] has been one of the most iconic women in the struggle for blacks in this country,” Turner said.Davis grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and moved to New York during high school. She attributes her accomplishments and outlook on political involvement to her upbrining.“I always thought of myself as a part of a community,” Davis said. “I never thought of myself as an isolated individual. It really was never about my becoming something that set me apart from everyone else. It was about using the knowledge that I acquired, using whatever talents and skills I had, to further the struggle for freedom.”Her appearance at USC came on a day of special importance to Davis: the anniversary of her release on bail after two years in prison. She had been arrested on charges of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy and was released on Feb. 23, 1972. Davis’ incarceration garnered international attention, resulting in a worldwide campaign to have her released.One of the current focuses of Davis’ activism is the reform of the prison-industrial complex and the incarceration of large numbers of black people. According to Davis, incarcerating more people is a profitable enterprise for  government and industry.Davis also stressed the importance of viewing all social justice issues as interrelated. She mentioned domestic violence, mental illness and education disparity as components of a larger societal problem.“I’m really interested in understanding connections, seeing ways in which all of the various social justice struggles that we’re involved in are connected, seeing the intersectionality of those struggles,” Davis said.She did express her skepticism about what has been done to combat these social justice problems, however.“I have a hard time accepting diversity as a synonym for justice. Diversity is a corporate strategy. It’s a strategy designed to ensure that the institution functions in the same way that it functioned before, except now that you now have some black faces and brown faces. It’s a difference that doesn’t make a difference,” Davis said.Davis also offered a new outlook on race that she believes could revolutionize race relations in the United States by changing the system fundamentally.She said colorblindness is not the solution to the problem of racism; instead, society should recognize inequalities and work to eliminate them.“I see the role of colorblindness as being that of preventing people from understanding the depths of racism. Because racism is not simply about the color of an individual’s skin. It’s about structures of oppression and repression,” Davis said.She encouraged students to continue pursuing their own interests in order to bring social change.“We can never predict when change is going to come,” she said.last_img read more

Chelsea 2-1 Man United: Blues’ dramatic comeback!

first_imgA first Chelsea goal from David Luiz ensured that Carlo Ancelotti’s side still have a slim hope of retaining the Premier League title after Wayne Rooney had given Manchester United the lead in West London. Frank Lampard completed the recovery with a second half spot kick which keeps United’s lead at four points ahead of Arsenal in second spot.Chelsea could have made the breakthrough on two occasions in the opening moments, after Fernando Torres was denied his first goal for the club following a foul inside the penalty box, with the referee having penalised fellow January signing Luiz for a tug.And the hosts could have found the net after five minutes, when a run down the right from Ramires was closely checked by United’s John O’Shea, but the Irishman couldn’t stop the ball continuing for Nicolas Anelka. He delivered a cross which Florent Malouda fired in from the edge of the area. The shot was aimed directly at Edwin van der Sar, but the lack of defenders in Malouda’s vicinity was not encouraging for United fans.As the half progressed, both sides had spells in which the opening goal could have been scored. Both Anelka and Rooney dragged shots wide from long range efforts.In an even contest like this, chances need to be taken, and as the 30 minute mark approached it was the visitors who took theirs after an overlapping run from Patrice Evra opened an avenue for Nani to explore. The Portuguese winger’s run drew sufficient attention from the Chelsea defence to allow Rooney space, and after Nani moved the ball onto him, the England striker turned to face goal and let rip a right footed shot from the edge of the box which beat Petr Cech low to his right.There was much derision from the home support as they felt Rooney shouldn’t have even been on the field following his indiscretion at Wigan on Saturday. No matter, Rooney was available for selection and Sir Alex couldn’t have cared one jot. And the United boss had more reasons to be cheerful when Van der Sar showed he’s still got it with a couple of quick and instinctive saves from close range. Lampard launched a free-kick in from the Chelsea right which flew to the far post where Branislav Ivanovic prodded the ball goalwards only to see the panther-like Van der Sar keep him at bay.It was a close as Ancelotti’s men had come to levelling up the game but as the players returned to the dressing room, United looked like extending their lead at the top of the table.Chelsea needed a response. They came out for the second half with determination and guile and this paid dividends as Luiz reclaimed parity with his first goal for the club.A cleared ball from the United defence was scooped up by Michael Essien who delivered the ball back into the danger area where Ivanovic flicked the ball onto Luiz, who with an excellent volley, smashed the ball into the left corner of Van der Sar’s goal and give the Blues a way back into the contest.With the scores level, the game truly opened up and chances were in abundance. Rooney could have had another had his errant shot been remotely on target after 64 minutes. Gary Neville, who was with the United fans in the Shed End was cursing his former colleague. Shortly after, an error by Michael Carrick could have been punished had Malouda made more of the chance. Carrick would have been sighing with relief after Nemanja Vidic and Chris Smalling combined to nullify the threat.With the game standing all square, the changes began. Didier Drogba was on for Nicolas Anelka, Dimitar Berbatov replaced Chicarito. Yury Zhirkov came on for Malouda. But most noteworthy was Ryan Giggs making his record equalling 606th league appearance for Manchester United when he replaced another stalwart, Paul Scholes.In neat piece of symmetry, Giggs was equalling the record of Sir Bobby Charlton who made his 606th and final league appearance on the same ground, and 20 years and one day since he made his debut for the Red Devils.With time waning the game sprung another surprise, a contentious foul conceded by Smalling on Zhirkov gave Chelsea the chance to take the lead. Lampard stepped up and thundered the ball straight down the middle to give Ancelotti’s men the lead for the first time.To compound matters for United, captain Vidic received a second yellow card in the dying moments for a foul on Ramires; suffering a suspension which will rule him out of the weekend’s clash with Liverpool At half time Ferguson would have been happy and settled with the game, but a second half revival from Chelsea keeps the title race alive, but only just.Source: Goal.comlast_img read more

DeMarcus Cousins: Tandem with Anthony Davis ‘could have been something great’

first_img Related News NBA wrap: Mavericks capitalize on Clippers’ turnovers, pick up win in Dennis Smith Jr.’s return “I think about our pairing all the time,” Cousins said, via The Athletic. “Me and AD talk about it. It’s f—ed up. It could’ve been something great, something special, but other people had different things in mind. That’s out of our control, and you never know what’ll happen later on down the line.”He wasn’t re-signed during free agency in July, which Cousins said was a tough blow since he gave his all to the Pelicans. However, New Orleans didn’t offer him any rehab treatments in the summer on top of letting him slip into free agency. DeMarcus Cousins is back on the court and playing with the Warriors after dealing with a torn Achilles, but he can’t help but think of his time with the Pelicans.Last season, Cousins and Anthony Davis showed potential to be the most powerful frontcourt duo in the league, but various other injuries, then the torn Achilles, ended Cousins’ time in New Orleans. Cousins was averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 5.4 assists with New Orleans before he ruptured his Achilles in January 2018.Since joining the Warriors on the court two games ago, Cousins has been dominant on both ends of the court, even though his stats are lower.Meanwhile, the Pelicans are 22-25 and Davis is sidelined with an injured finger.last_img read more