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The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Hadera McKay

Hadera McKay, Opinion Editor

Hadera McKay (she/her) is a junior Writing, Literature, and Publishing major with a concentration in publishing. This is her second semester serving as The Beacon’s opinion editor. McKay enjoys reading, writing poetry, and critiquing cultural consumption through the lens of Blackness.

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Illustration Lucia Thorne

What the hell happened to Wendy’s money?

April 13, 2022

“How you doin’?!” When I was 9 years old, my grandmother used to make me repeat talk show host Wendy Williams’ famous catchphrase. She assessed my voice for my ability to parrot the pure diva and...

Courtesy of Meryl Prendergasts Instagram.

Meryl Prendergast: The artist behind the new exhibit ‘Stitching Earthly Scars’

April 13, 2022

English indie-pop singer-songwriter Dodie is seen wearing Northeastern University student Meryl Prendergast’s clothing collection, “Stitching Earthly Scars,” on a late night of February this year Dodie...

Illustration Lucia Thorne

How you feel about the slap at the Oscars says something about your perception of Black men

March 31, 2022

“Keep my wife’s name out of your f—cking mouth!” Those were the words that— muted in the producers’ attempts to de-escalate the gravity of the situation for viewers—were unmistakably uttered...

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Escapism or Erasure: the challenge of consuming white content as a Black person

March 17, 2022

This past spring break, I finally finished my three-month-long first watch of the late 90s classic, Sex and the City. As the end credits ran, I was more somber about it than I’d imagined I’d be.  Sex...

Super Bowl halftime show reflects the Black experience, but its efforts are performative

Super Bowl halftime show reflects the Black experience, but its efforts are performative

February 17, 2022

Barring Eminem—this year’s Super Bowl halftime show was an unequivocal celebration of the Black experience, from the tactful location of SoFi Stadium in the historically Black and Hispanic neighborhood...

Sam Levinson and Blackness: Did the white man get it right?

Sam Levinson and Blackness: Did the white man get it right?

February 10, 2022

BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) nominated writer, producer, and director of the hit HBO show “Euphoria,” Sam Levinson has faced controversy at all levels of his career. From his...

Why we still love Twilight

Why we still love ‘Twilight’

December 11, 2021

Why do the Twilight movies make us so intensely, undeniably uncomfortable?  Is it because we are instantly shown a problematic love story between an abusively gas-lighting 107-year-old horny vampire...

Is Taylor Swift revolutionary or is she just white?

Is Taylor Swift revolutionary or is she just white?

November 11, 2021

With the upcoming re-release of Taylor Swift’s award-winning album Red on Friday, it’s about time to investigate exactly why we love this white woman and her mediocre singing voice so much.  The...

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