Serena Bonnette   Opinions Columnist   Cicely Tyson was a seasoned American actress and model whose career spanned more than seven decades. According to Wikipedia, she received three Primetime Emmy Awards, four Black Reel Awards, one Screen Actors Guild Award, one Tony Award, a Peabody Award and an honorary Academy Award. She passed on Jan. 28. This year, Hollywood lost a legend.   Tyson was mostly known for her roles and portrayals of strong Black women. These roles shattered the stereotypes of the 70s and ultimately made her a star.   According to the New York Times, one of the most notable parts of Tyson’s career was her groundbreaking efforts for civil rights in the film industry. Tyson refused parts and roles that demeaned Black people and encouraged others to do the same.   This notion alone is so important because even today, refusing any kind of a role in the theater or film industry is a huge risk that can cause actors to get blacklisted. Because of her refusal, early in her career she went without work but with dignity. She was a critic against film and television that only portrayed Black people as criminals and low-lives, and, according to The New York Times, insisted that Black people, even if they are portrayed as poor, should also be portrayed with dignity.   Tyson became familiar toContinue Reading

Krista Hanson  Viewpoints Editor  The portrayal of Black people has become so uniform. This monotonous depiction of the Black community is negative in its effort of boxing in people. It changes how society perceives them.   A study from Yale University showed the implicit bias preschool teachers had against their Back students resulted in lower expectations and lower referral rates into gifted programs. Black people begin toContinue Reading

Serena Bonnette   Opinions Columnist   “Slave Play” is a dark comedy play written by Jeremy O. Harris that premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop in December 2018. It is the recipient of the Rosa Parks Playwriting award and was nominated for a best play Tony.   “Slave Play” eventually made its way to Broadway, opening at the John Golden Theatre and running from October 2019 to January 2020 for a short but impactful run. The New York Theatre Workshop says the themes center around race, interracial relationships, generational trauma, sex and power relations. The blunt, forceful, in your face production quite literally took the theater world, history and Broadway by storm.   The play features three interracial couples attending role play therapy for couples on a former plantation. The set was decoratedContinue Reading

Trinity Velazquez  Editor in Chief  For Black History Month, I asked everyone on the Current Sauce staff to write about a Black person they admire. I was originally going to honor Ruby Bridges, but I wanted this series to be very personal.  I started thinking about the Black heroes I have when I got a phoneContinue Reading

 “Not Broken But Simply Unfinished”  Krista Hanson  Viewpoints Editor  In “How a 22-year-old L.A. native became Biden’s inauguration poet,” Amanda Gorman told Los Angeles Times’ Julia Barajas about her time writing the poem that she later recited for the president. Gorman wrote her poem in a “pandemic-induced solitude” where she created her own historical soundtrack withContinue Reading

Christian BellReporter Current Sauce reporter Christian Bell sat down with Northwestern State University President Dr. Chris Maggio to discuss how Maggio kept the university afloat during the shutdown last spring. In his interview, Christian asked about the past fall and how Maggio himself has endured the ongoing pandemic. “First andContinue Reading

Serena Bonnette   Opinions Columnist    On Jan. 6 supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress met to certify the electoral votes of the 2020 presidential election. According to Wikipedia, this was the most violent attack on the Capitol since the burning of Washington during the War of 1812.  Far right supporters started protesting peacefully outside of the Capitol building but eventually began to storm the steps. The extremists ofContinue Reading

Krista Hanson  Viewpoints Editor  As an English major at Northwestern State University, my dream is to one day work in a publishing company with authors getting books ready to be sold. Because of their fast shipping and low prices, Amazon has become one of the most prominent companies for consumers to shop for books. However, buying books on AmazonContinue Reading

 Lora Luquet Arts and Living Editor  Two days before I left for the Thanksgiving holiday, I received a text from my dad saying that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He had no symptoms and was hopeful for a quick recovery.  He was even cracking jokes.  “Isn’t it ironic thatContinue Reading

   Trinity Ford Reporter This semester has been a little rough for me, as I am sure it has been for a lot of you. I used to doubt myself, I had extremely low self-esteem and I lacked self-confidence. That got me nowhere.  I burned some bridges that were toxic.Continue Reading