1:1 With Cheo Coker

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1:1 With Cheo Coker Writer: Mark Edwards; Editor: Kadeem Pilgrim Cross Colours had the opportunity to have a conversation with Writer-Producer Cheo Hodari Coker about film and music and how they affect the culture. Known for creating hit television shows and movies such as Luke Cage, NCIS Los Angeles, and Creed II, Coker spoke on how Hip-Hop has influenced him, how he incorporates that into his work, and how he views the importance of representation both narratively and aesthetically.   Before Cheo worked in the film industry he was a notable music journalist. He gave us some insight into how he...
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Ask Carl & TJ: The Know Your Rights Edition

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Ask Carl & TJ: The Know Your Rights Edition Writer: Mark Edwards; Editor: Kadeem Pilgrim Local elections are taking place all over the country this November, and in just one year, a presidential election that will decide the direction of the country. So, if the collective decisions of the U.S. population are so important, we must feel our input matters greatly, right? Well, that’s not the case for everybody.   In 2016, the black vote saw its most dramatic decline in 20 years after a record high in 2012. 19 to 30-year old’s have the lowest voter turnout among all other...
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1:1 With Mariah Hilliard

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1:1 With Mariah Hilliard Writer: Mark Edwards; Editor: Kadeem Pilgrim At first glance, many see Mariah Jasmine Hilliard as a dancer and choreographer. Hilliard is based in Los Angeles, California and has performed alongside major artists, including Drake, Normani, Saweetie, Diddy, and French Montana.  However, if you look a bit deeper you realize she is much more than that. Mariah is proud Hampton University alumna, reps her home state of Delaware with Pride, and was recently featured in HBCU Buzz’s HBCU 30 Under 30 list for 2019. Growing up in a household with a mother that danced, Mariah seemed destined...
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Revisiting the LA Riots

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Written by: Mark Edwards It has been twenty-seven years since LAPD officers were acquitted of brutally beating Rodney King, and the conversation surrounding police brutality has not changed. In fact, various forms of protests opposing police brutality have become increasingly familiar in the U.S. following the infamous LA riots of 1992. With the help of technology, the subject of police brutality and its impact on the African American community has become more visible to the public.  In the early 90’s people rarely, if ever, saw events as graphic as the footage of Rodney King’s beating publicized in the media. Now...
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Cross Colours Salutes GI Joe

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Written by: Mark Edwards Rapper and community activist GI Joe is influenced by the 90s era in both his music and his style of dress. With that insight, we had to ask GI what 90’s artist he thought had the best style? “I’d probably go with 2Pac man. He had that thug swag image on him, you know? That street savvy swag, but at the same time intellectual. At the same time, he was busting Rolexes on’em, Cubans, he was hitting like that on’em. He was one of the first I paid attention to who was rocking fashion without a...
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