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By Madison Prim Juneteenth is the anniversary of the day General Gordon Granger and Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce that all 250,000 slaves in the state were free. After over 400 years of being in bondage, the day of liberation had finally come.  “We have to celebrate the resilience of slaves who endured horrific, unimaginable conditions,” said Dr. Kathryn Morgan, Ph.D., director of the African American Studies program at UAB as well as a native Texan. Texas didn’t make Juneteenth an official state holiday until 1980, though Black Americans saw it as their true Independence Day long before then. Juneteenth…

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By Kamiyah Burks The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is preparing for the in-person return of their annual Juneteenth Celebration. This free event will be held on Saturday, June 19 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Birmingham Civil Rights District.  Juneteenth is a celebration of the emancipation of enslaved people. The name “Juneteenth” is a portmanteau or combination of the words “June” and “Nineteenth”, which, in the year 1865, is the date on which General Gordan Granger of the Union Army announced freedom from slavery in Texas. Alabama recognized Juneteenth as a holiday in 2011 and is now one of the 47 states and Washington, D.C. that observe the holiday in the United States.  “The commemoration will be a day-long festival…

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Madison Prim https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb30tUGqaCk Right now I am watching a show on Netflix called “Grand Army”. It focuses on the lives of five teenagers who attend a school in New York called Grand Army, and it is by far one of the most realistic depictions of teenage life that I have seen. Hannah Richey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bfAVpuko5o I started watching “Invincible” on Amazon Prime. The premise is Mark Grayson is an average teenager with a superhero for a father. It’s almost like animated Sky High but violent and pretty tragic. The voice acting is also great, likely due to the majority of the…

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We are launching a new series at Kaleidoscope called Green & Gold Heroes. This series will highlight the work of members of the UAB community worthy of the title hero. Each month, Kaleidoscope will profile one Green & Gold Hero selected from nominees submitted by our readers to show the valuable work they do for our campus community. To submit a hero for consideration, just fill out the form below. Loading…

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As Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month comes to a close, The Kaleidoscope is taking the time to celebrate some of our picks for our favorite Asian and Pacific Islander entertainers, music artists, nonprofits and local Birmingham businesses. Today, we are sharing just a few music artists that our staff singled out as worthy of praise. In the coming days, we’ll be sharing even more. Japanese Breakfast https://open.spotify.com/artist/7MoIc5s9KXolCBH1fy9kkw Michelle Zauner is a 32-year-old Korean American indie musician who performs and records under the name Japanese Breakfast and was raised in Eugene, Ore. She also released a memoir in April…

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As Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month comes to a close, The Kaleidoscope is taking the time to celebrate some of our picks for our favorite Asian and Pacific Islander entertainers, music artists, nonprofits and local Birmingham businesses. Today, we are sharing just a few notable movies, television shows and podcast that our staff singled out as worthy of praise. In the coming days, we’ll be sharing even more. Keith Chow, “Southern Fried Asian” podcast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3Z5HOSDYiw&list=PLyeG7UotznWm6kjLcoeU-rtw-uyA2DkrK&index=10 Southern Fried Asian is a podcast hosted by Keith Chow that features the stories of Asian Americans from the South. The guests on…

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