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Jason A. Mitchell
Katura Lesane Delores Milton Roy Singleton, Jr.
Layout and Design
Nikole Redmond James Williams, Jr. Roland Young, Jr.
Front Cover Design
Tabari and Talib Smotherman
Summer School Is Back!!! mk For all the students who didn’t do well this semester, don’t worry because after all these years of patiently waiting
- Brittany Washington Ever wish a semester could be condensed to 5 weeks? This summer, Edward Waters College will offer summer school after a hiatus. In the past, students have expected to attend summer school, only to discover it was canceled due to the school’s lack of preparation. Students stated that last year, the summer school preparation was a “train wreck” and left them with many unanswered questions concerning financial aid and room and board. According to Accounts Payable Manager, Rosaline Lopez, this year “summer school is set and ready.” Samia Guice, Junior, understands the importance of offering summer school. “I plan on being a senior and I am a couple of credits behind, so the fact that summer school is finally here is surely a blessing.” Classes are $250 per credit hour will be held Monday through Friday, from 9am -1pm. “For many years summer school has not been around and I am glad to welcome it back,” said Lopez. Students must visit the financial aid office for registration and information concerning how summer school expenses will be covered. Classes will begin on May 21.
New Start For EWC Sports Renovations in the Athletic Department —Brandon Turman The Edward Waters College Tigers get a fresh start in this year’s sports. In four areas the Tigers brought in new head coaches to help EWC improve in the athletic department. The softball team received Coach Ashley Walker from Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University. The season started off a little rocky for the Lady Tigers, but a few sunny days came and Coach Walker says “there are more to come as we’re winding down on this season.” Some of the players claimed that Coach Walker has been a blessing to them because she is willing to put in the work to turn the program around which the players have been waiting to experience. The Lady Tigers now have a record of 8-19 with a few more games to go in which Coach Walker said, “They will be ready and will finish strong.” The EWC basketball team, is now coached by Frank Burnell out of Daytona State College. Burnell, formally the head coach at Daytona Beach Community College, now Daytona State College, and the assistant coach at the University of South Florida, has been coaching men’s collegiate basketball for 25 years. While at DBCC he led his team to four Mid-Florida conference championships, two tournament titles, and a Florida Community College
Activities Association state championship. Burnell, a Jacksonville native and graduate of Ribault High School, is a four-year letterman of Stetson University, where he was team captain his senior year and team MVP twice. He has also won Coach-of-the-Year four times and was inducted into the FCCAA Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005. Coach Burnell led the tigers to an impressive season but finished early in the conference tournament. EWC ended the 2012 season with an 11-17 overall record and 6-9 in the GCAC. The Lady Tigers brought in Coach Charmaine Wilson who brings a background of history-making, as she was the first head coach at Allen University to lead her team to a victory in a conference tournament game. As graduate of South Carolina State University, Wilson played with the Lady Bulldogs from 1996-1998. Immediately following graduation, she took her first coaching position at AU as the assistant coach, and in 2001 was made head coach. In 2004, following her tenure at AU, Wilson became a first assistant coach at Bethune-Cookman University and helped lead the team to the most wins in a single season.
New Head Football Coach —Brandon Turman
The head football coach, Brad Bernard, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., has enjoyed every moment of coaching and building his family style program. “I appreciate the opportunity to coach such outstanding young men. They’re all like sons to me,” said Bernard. The EWC Tigers finished their first season with a record of 5-5, which is a major improvement from previous years. In the upcoming season, the Tigers face one of the toughest schedules they have had in a long time.
Athletic Spotlight —Brandon Turman
Two senior football players of Edward Waters College are still pushing forward to make their childhood dream come true. Linebacker Rudy Wilson and Wide Receiver Sam Charles have been competing in several combines and all-star showcase games to get their “big shot.” Sam Charles of Miami, Fla., has attended EWC for four years during which he played football all four. “I’ve had my ups and downs on the field, but I enjoyed every moment of my college career. I’d do anything to get another year of eligibility,” said Charles. In his career Charles has put up amazing numbers that have captured the attention from a few NFL teams that include the Denver Broncos and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Rudy Wilson of Tampa, Fla., also attended EWC for four years and played all four years. Wilson finished his senior season as
the second leading tackler on the team. “I don’t regret any of my years of my career; the whole thing was a learning process. Like Sam, I would also do just about anything to get an extra year,” added Wilson. This past weekend the two attended a CFL combine in an attempt to receive a spot on someone’s roster. “The entire weekend went well,” said Charles. “I ran a consistent 4.4 in 40-meters, which is pretty good for a receiver of my height and size. I just pray that God allows me to make on it someone’s roster.” During the workout Wilson’s hamstring tightened up, which disabled him to perform at his best. The two are awaiting phone calls for their next opportunity, that could come any day.
Brother 2 Brother —Ricky Glover
Brothers, when dreaming, dream big. Today’s preparation will set the pace for the future. Grasp what the true definition of success is and have a vision. Set goals and devise a plan to reach them. Through hard work and dedication success will come. When unprepared for the obstacles that lie ahead, both short term and long term setbacks are inevitable.
Sister 2 Sister —Nikole Redmond
Are you your sister’s keeper? Women have long had problems struggling in a man’s world, but according to James Brown “this world would be nothing without a woman.” There was a time women stood together for the right to vote, to work and to be deemed an equal citizen. In today’s society, the unity that was once present has diminished, along with self-love. Criticizing other sisters has become a way of life for some. Black women will degrade themselves to do what they think will make another woman look bad. African Americans have come so far and Black women have yet to get on one accord. Sisters, reality TV has a major influence on the African American community. Shows such as Basketball Wives and The Real Housewives of Atlanta glorify ignorant and catty behavior. Displeasing behavior, degrading other women and bad attitudes are what impressionable, little black girls think is acceptable. The younger generation needs role models, someone who can teach them the importance of sisterhood. The way women treat each other is vitally important to all those watching including children, peers, subordinates and superiors. Non-verbal communication is just as important as the verbal. Smiling is more conducive to creating harmony and a stronger sisterhood than frowning or a judgmental stare. Treat each other with respect and don’t allow the media to tarnish the images of black women. Legacies are constantly being built. Sisters, we are all born females; however, every female is not a woman.
Brothers, you are paying for a first class education, so why sit in coach? Take full advantage of the opportunities in the classroom by excelling one semester at a time. The educational investments each student makes is a step toward achieving dreams. The further education is taken, the more options one has in life. Being on time and attentive for class is imperative because it instills discipline, demonstrates initiative and gives a greater opportunity to absorb the information delivered by the instructor. Brothers, prepare for tomorrow by studying today and putting time into your studies, this is preparation for tomorrow, which is tooling your future.
—Tavaris Warren In today’s society, technology and gadgets are faster, smarter, and very literate. The world of iMac has grown to become the leading resource of communication used in daily life.
According to Apple, the iPhone 4S caught many by surprise, with Apple expected to release the iPhone 5. Instead the iPhone 4 was made available with overhauled innards. The iPhone 4S comes with a faster processor, better camera, smarter virtual assistant and twice the storage of its predecessor. The upgrades come with a significant price difference. Like the iPhone 3GS did to its predecessor, the 4S makes the iPhone 4 obsolete. Apple says this is the most amazing iPhone ever.
To say Apple’s iPad 2 is an easy tablet to review is somewhat of an understatement. The device, a follow up to last year’s wildly successful (and currently market-defining) iPad, is nearly identical when it comes to software, and thoroughly improved. Apple’s iPad2 is similar to the older model, It works just like a laptop.
Based on information provided by Tech Spot, “Apple’s iPod Touch comes with a new color, a new price, and feature-packed OS. It records High Definition video, video chat or instant messaging, checks e-mail, keeps your appointments, connects to the cloud, rents movies, plays music, takes pictures, and plays more games than any of its competitors.”
The “IN” Gadgets
EWC On Trayvon Martin —James Williams
On February 26, in Sanford, Fla., a 17 year-old African American male was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, 28, a community watch coordinator. Trayvon Martin, wearing a hoodie, was walking to his father’s fiancée house after just leaving a convenience store when Zimmerman called the Sanford Police Department to report suspicious behavior. After he was advised to stop following Martin, Zimmerman decided to continue his pursuit. Soon afterward, there was a confrontation that ended with Zimmerman fatally shooting Martin in the chest. When police arrived on the scene, Zimmerman told them he shot Martin out of self defense. Police then took him into custody and released him shortly after saying, “It was not enough evidence to prove that it was manslaughter.” Martin was speaking to his girlfriend on a cell phone at the time of the incident. She was interviewed by an attorney, made a statement and her parents requested her anonymity. The girlfriend stated that Martin expressed concern about a strange man following him. She then advised him to run. She says she heard Martin say, “What are you following me for ?” Soon to follow was a man’s voice responding, “What are you doing here?” The girlfriend said that she heard the sound of pushing and Martin’s headset suddenly went silent, leading her to believe that he had been knocked down. She attempted to call back immediately, but was unsuccessful. When Martin’s parents received word of their son’s Death, they took immediate action. Martin’s death became a national headline. While Zimmerman walked free, rallies, marches, and petitions were signed and organized all over the country, including on the campus of Edward Waters College. People came out in droves in major cities all over the nation wearing hoodies in honor of Martin. Some students on the campus of Edward Waters College felt strongly about the case. “Life is finite. It is an absolute outrage that a human life has been taken due to racial profiling. Hasn’t our country and
government come farther than this?“ says sophomore, Renee` Williams. “Trayvon’s case proves the latter. We still live in a society where an unarmed young, black man cannot walk in a neighborhood with intent of returning to his visiting home without looking “suspicious” Davon Jamison, senior, stated, ”Our judiciary system needs a complete and total overhaul. There is no way someone should be able to take another life and go free for 47 days! How does that work? George Zimmerman wasn’t even detained. He was set free to go home, shower, and return to his normal life, as if nothing ever happened”. Michela Bouie, a junior, expressed her concerns by saying, “Black America will stand up for this case and many others to come. It is a shame that our ancestors fought so hard for our generation to have the same privileges and freedoms that other races have and in a matter of thirty seconds we regressed 60 years. Indeed, the nation is in jeopardy of social and moral collaspe. George Zimmerman is currently charged with second degree murder and has been released on bail.
Our Tigers With Wings
Be like the bird That, pausing in her flight Awhile on boughs too slight, Feels them give way Beneath her and sings, Knowing that she hath wings. â€”Victor Hugo
Pusha T Album Release
Breaking news straight from Twitter on April 4. Clipse member Pusha T., revealed to his Twitter followers that the track which has been long awaited and anticipated by Hip-Hop lovers all around the world, titled “Mercy,” will arrive to the public on Good Friday. Pusha T tweeted “April 6th is GOOD Friday...,” then added “‘MERCY’ drops.”
Hip Hop listeners for years relied on the underground mixtape scene for their enjoyment of unadulterated and unedited music. Mixtapes have been the gateway and door opener for a lot of rappers and DJ’s careers.
The track is rumored to feature Kanye West, Big Sean and Pusha T. This single will mark the first of many to be released from the highly anticipated G.O.O.D. Music compilation, There is said to be more tracks which include G.O.O.D. Music’s label mates along with more guest appearances from Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, Mannie Fresh, Marsha Ambrosius, Frank Ocean and more.
Mixtape Location Mixtapes can be found on various websites such as datpiff.com, mixtapepass.com, livemixtapes.com, and getrightmusic. com to name a few. Most downloads are free depending on the website. According to livemixtapes.com, “Hip-hop will always live thru mixtapes no matter how old or new an artist is. Fans love when artists release a mix-tape because they don’t have guidelines involved in the music. Fans love them and we love them.”
If we go back to the 80’s, mixtapes were just single on cassettes. Now, in 2012 mixtapes have transitioned to cds and internet downloads for accessibility on your” ipod”, cell phone and mp3 player.
Hip Hop Questions 1. What Atlanta native released a mixtape entitled Tru Religion ?
2. What is rapper 50 Cent’s real name ?
3. What is the name of Jay Z’s and Beyonce’s child ? 4. What was the original rap name of 2 Chainz ?
5. What label signed Mystical after his release from prison ?
6. What New Orleans native has the most awaited trial in hip-hop this year ?
A Tribute To Dr. Bertha D. Minus
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Bertha D. Minus, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 21, 2012. The Edward Waters College family will celebrate her life and rich contributions to the College with a Memorial Service in her honor during chapel on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Milne Auditorium. Minus joined EWC in October 2009. In her role at the college, she was responsible for helping to improve the academic standards and competitiveness. She also assisted in formulating strategies to increase retention and graduation rates. Minus was inspired by the quote, “It is not your environment… it is you – the quality of your mind, the integrity of your soul and the determination of your will that will decide your future and shape your life.” Benjamin Elijah Mays. Minus was an inspiration to EWC and she leaves a tremendous mark of excellence upon the landscape of the College and our hearts.
Know Your History The Dynamics Of HBCUs — Carlton Darling
There are 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States. Many people might say attending any of these schools allows students to view the world differently because of their predominantly African-American student and faculty population. All HBCUs offer the opportunity to assist young black students to excel and have the opportunity to do something great in life. They also give qualifying low-income students scholarships and opportunities that they wouldn’t have at an Ivy League university such as Dartmouth.
these great minds had not place to learn?
The history of HBCUs dates back to the 1800s, where higher education for blacks was nonexistent. Back then, only a hand full of blacks received the opportunity to get an education. During that time, a college education was only available to a limited number of students at schools like Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio and Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. As time has progressed, HBCUs have changed for the better and are filled with a history of success stories. Three of our greatest leaders—Frederick Douglas, W. E. B Dubois and Martin Luther King Jr. —all attended institutions, which later became HBCUs. Can you imagine if
Renard Darling, a Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University alumnus, stated that an HBCU taught him about his culture and “the cultural experience that an HBCU has to offer.” This epitomizes the concept and essence of HBCUs and the relevance to humankind’s education and existence both past and present.
Edward Waters College is open for all students who desire to attend. “Like EWC, HBCUs have been cultural and economic beacons of hope for African Americans who desire a unique educational and cultural experience, founded on the principle of educating and elevating Blacks,” said Mass Communications instructor, Jason A. Mitchell. “Education provide the opportunity for progression when oone is granted unobstructed acced to advanced educational opportunites.”
School Of The Month — Carlton Darling
Monthly, the Tom Joyner honors an outstanding Historically Black College and University. In March 2012, Edward Waters College was chosen as the Tom Joyner School of the Month. As a result, each week a student is awarded financial support through a merit-based scholarship. “Candidates must be a male attending a foundation ‘School of the Month,’ have a grade point average of 3.0 and be a campus leader involved in the community with a career goal towards making a difference in the quality of life for his race,” Joyner stated. Five Edward Waters College students were chosen to receive the Hercules Scholarship, which was named after Joyner’s father, the late Hercules Joyner who was a strong supporter of higher education. There were four freshmen and one sophomore: Dante Roberts - 3.6 GPA; Alfred Mickle - 3.75 GPA; Avery McClendon - 3.7 GPA; Tevin Abbney - 3.8 GPA; and Alonzo Cunningham - 3.6 GPA. Each student received $1,500 in a scholarship grant paid directly to their school to assist in offsetting their college tuition.
Synthetic vs. Natural Hair —AK Harrison
Our hair alone sets Blacks apart from any other race and ethnicity in the world. Dread locks, afros and kinky twists are the cornerstone of black heritage; today, however, Black women seem to be going through an identity crisis. “They’re trying to look like and be something they’re not”, claims Anthony Minnus. Minnus, a junior at Edward Waters College, asked whether “our sisters stopped being proud of themselves and their nappy heritage? Black is beautiful. When God made a Black woman, He took time, kissed every curve from head to toe, and blessed every nappy root on her head with grace.” What seems to have Black women convinced that their natural hair is not good enough? When asked why hair weaves were preferred over natural looks, sophomore Felicia Jones claims “I have very ethnic hair.” Some females spoke about the convenience of wearing weave verses their own hair. “It’s simple, you don’t have to deal with your own hair any more, you can just wrap it, comb it down, and go.” said Shakira Brown. The idea of manageable hair is spot-on for today’s busy woman. Whatever happened to, “you can’t rush perfection; or nothing good comes easy, and it takes practice and hard work?” It takes hard work being Black and American. African American women are feeling pressured to maintain a certain image in today’s society. The biggest culprit is television and its clever marketing strategies. Some are consumed by superficiality. “I’m black and I’m beautiful with my Remy,” claims Kiffini LeCount. Remy is a grade of human hair sold at $150.00 per pack. According to Slideshare.net, the origin of Remy Hair started in India, where women, men, children, teenagers, and babies donate their hair as a spiritual sacrifice to the government-owned temple, Tirumala Tirupati Balaji. In turn, the temple sells the hair to women who have been bamboozled by commercialization that curly synthetic hair is more acceptable and aesthetically pleasing then coarse ethnic hair. Remy sells for $650 a kilogram (2.2 lbs) and you cannot buy amounts less than 500kgs per purchase. Black women’s lack of social consciousness and self-esteem hurts the African American community. What’s worse is that they do not care or simply don’t care to know. Women are seeking the approval of other women all while competing against them. “When I’m out, I stay on the lookout to see what other females might be wearing,” said Daysha Evins. Men play a major role
in how women carry themselves. Women still need compliments from men, and men still need challenges to pursue. Sophomore Erick Williamson stated, “They do it to enhance their beauty, but I think they are beautiful without the extras.” Obviously, the look of Black women has changed significantly to mirror the look of Europeans and Latinas. Are they redefining the Black woman or altering their distinctiveness and uniqueness of black women? If so, for what purpose or reason, to compete or assimilate? Regardless, many black women have lost their identity and confidence, in what God gave them. Songstress India Arie sang and stated that “I am not my hair.” Perhaps it is easier said than done. It may take more work to maintain natural hair, but at the end of the day it will be well worth it. The unbeaten path to greatness and individuality frightens some, but never the less, a journey worth taken. The Black forefathers didn’t sacrifice their lives for African Americans to follow trends and become part of the status quo. Be the nappy rooted queens you were born to be. Ultimately, your black is still beautiful.
Black Is Beautiful
Nikki Giovanni Speaks At EWC — Imani Jackson
said using constant product turnover as evidence.Part of the problem is that schools readily pay for athletic hands, but hesitate to financially reward artists. She said that singing, clapping and praising the Lord take something out of a person. “Art kids need the same opportunities.” Giovanni’s expressionism reminiscent delivery touched on numerous topics. The professor commented on Whitney Houston’s demise, gay rights, which she later called today’s civil rights issue, technological improvements (iPADs or computers for all children), women’s reproductive rights (women’s business), unemployment rates (abysmal) and reparations (needed). The bubbly blonde earned laughs, but particularly endeared herself when she drew parallels between Martin Luther King Jr. and modern society before showing the EWC choir her T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. forearm tattoo, an acronym that Tupac Shakur had tattooed across his abdomen. Musicians played a significant role in her dialogue. Giovanni said that a collective audience “War is not a jobs program,” world-renowned witnessed Houston’s downfall, and that people should activist, academic, poet and professor Nikki Giovanni know that they are appreciated before it is too late. said at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla. Her She joked that a year at Spelman could have saved colorful message engaged students, fans and media at Houston.The supermodel songbird could have met a the college.The event, which boasted a packed house, nice Morehouse man, instead of Bobby Brown, whom was part of Edward Waters College’s Academic CulGiovanni said she wouldn’t trust to walk her dog. tural Enrichment Series (ACES) and First Year Experi- While Giovanni reiterated an appreciation for life and ence (FYE). While the crowd showed up and showed liberty, she continuously advocated education. College out for the woman many believe is the godmother of is not just about getting a job.” spoken word, one would be remiss not to highlight Go to college because you need a career,” she the EWC Choir, their diverse vocal range and spirited said.With regard to HBCU critics, Giovanni asked why performance. people readily question Black institutions.“Nobody Before Giovanni launched into her rousing questions the validity of Notre Dame,” she said before speech, she lauded the group and said that they needed adding that the system will “take our labor and our to visit Virginia Tech, where she is a professor of Black money.” She offered scathing criticism of the right Studies.The spirited 68-year-old boasts a list of accowing, although she told the crowd that she would not lades longer than her diminutive frame, but presented instruct them how to vote. Giovanni opined that the a message on behalf of academic underdogs. Virginia GOP was taking their beliefs too far. Tech is an athletic powerhouse; yet, she advocated for The anti-contraceptive rhetoric reflected in arts education and the need for art scholarships. republican debate had nothing to do with women’s “The hardest working dollar is the art dollar,” Giovanni bodies, she said.Giovanni said that it was infuriating to Cont. on page 19
EWC Alumni Spotlight Yvonne P. Mitchell
Along with her career in social services, Mitchell is a seasoned performer in the theatre. She made a debut performance in 2009 to a sold out crowd at the Karples Museum for the production of “Blak Woman Dynamik,” a monologuebased stage play written by Jana Morea Bradley, owner of BeDynamik Productions. Later in 2009, she was cast as Milicent Braxter in an award-winning indie film titled “Treacherous.” Her more recent work includes starring in “Enlisted for Life,” a BeDynamik film currently in production.
Yvonne Pleshette Mitchell graduated in 1992 with a degree in Airway Science Management from Edward Waters College. Mitchell has been employed with the City of Jacksonville for 18 years and is currently a correctional services counselor/GED instructor. She frequents the Jacksonville Pre-trial Detention Facility to assist incarcerated males with obtaining their high school diploma and transitioning back into the community. She also volunteers at the OneJax Institute, which offers an intensive, experiential teen diversity education summer camp that promotes interracial, inter-religious and intercultural dialogue. Presently, Mitchell is pursuing a Master of Science degree with a specialization in Social and Community Services at Capella Unviersity. Her ultimate goal is to own a non-profit organization that assists victims of crime and educates youth about cultural diversity.
Mitchell became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in 1990 as part of the Omicron Beta Chapter. As a member, she strives to strengthen Jacksonville’s three chapters and support her alma mater through the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter. Even though she is originally from Brundidge, Ala., Mitchell graduated from William M. Raines High School in 1987. She is also the proud mother of two children.
EWC Student Spotlight Roland Young, Jr.
Roland Young, a junior, has been named Student of the Month by the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. A native of Atlanta, Ga., Young graduated from Grady High School. After graduation, he interned at Walt Disney World for two years prior to transferring to Edward Waters College, when he ultimately realized that college held the key for him to enter a career he could flourish in and enjoy.
leadership program through CSX, Corp. His success in the program eventually led to CSX offering him a paid internship, which he still occupies.
Other groups he participates in are the EWC Campus Ministries and a mime ministry called “Steppin’ Out on Faith.” As the son of a reverend, Young has followed in his father’s footsteps of faith and strives to be a witness to all on how the power of God, prayer and devotion can Upon entering EWC, Young impact one’s life. demonstrated an abundance of focus and determination to strive for excellence. He began receiving scholarship and ambassador opportunities once word spread of his eagerness to be a campus leader. In his first year at college, he was offered the chance to become EWC’s Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) Fellow, an opportunity which is presented to only a few hand-picked students at each institution. He was nominated by the Office of the President as EWC’s preferred candidate, and ultimately selected by ICUF as EWC’s 2010-2011 ICUF Fellow to lead campus campaigns and engage state government officials to boost ICUF’s impact in Tallahassee. As a mass communications major and campus leader, Young now serves as Vice President of the Mass Communications Club. He is also president of the students in the Black Executive Exchange Program (B.E.E.P.), an initiative through the National Urban League which provides hand-selected students networking, internship and mentoring opportunities with black business executives from large corporations all throughout the U.S. to prepare them for careers in Corporate America. Young was also part of an exclusive
Upon graduation, Young hopes to obtain a permanent full-time position in CSX’s Corporate Communications Department and pursue graduate school.
DO YOU KNOW
TIGER SPOTLIGHT —Nikole Redmond
Name: Carl Green Birthdate: March 3, 1993 Major: Mathematics Classification: Freshman Parents’ Name: Pauline & Carl Green Siblings: Three Sisters & One Brother Hometown: Panama City, FL Clubs/Organizations: Jacksonville Urban League Nulites, National Honor Society Honors and the Dean’s List Things I like most about EWC: Chapel, and the resources Favorite Book: The Bluest Eye If I could change one thing it would be: Nothing My Ideal Mate: Is an ambitious girl Three people I would invite to dinner: Zora Neal Hurston, Nas and Young Jeezy My motto to others: With God and ambition nothing is impossible
Name: Brittany Miller Birthdate: December 13 Classification: Freshman Major: Education Sibling: 4 Brothers & 2 Sisters Hometown: Tallahassee, FL Things I like about EWC: Dorm life, every minute the girls and I aren’t sleeping we are watching television, listening to music, pulling pranks, debating and getting fines. Favorite books: The Skin I’m in Favorite T.V. Show: The First 48 If I could change 1 thing it would be: No one would be racist Ideal Perfect Mate: Intelligent, wealthy, handsome, outgoing, well mannered, well dressed, strong, respectful, sophisticated, sincere, honest & a manly man Three people I would invite to dinner: Nikki Giovanni, my best friend and my potential husband Motto to others: Always be true to yourself, and don’t change who you are to fit with others because GOD made you different.
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to watch a bunch of men talk about women and women’s rights as if women were slaves. The performer didn’t solely use her platform for gripes. Instead she encouraged people to embrace their gifts. Rather than revel in mediocrity, she told them to find extraordinary, loving, supportive people. Giovanni constantly said that she was a menopausal, “old lady”, but delved into current topics with ease and wisdom. She saluted participants of the Occupy movements, and said that comparisons of them with mobs, especially those who lynched people, were inappropriate. The poet also big-upped the hip-hop generation, and said that misogyny in hip-hop is not among her most pressing concerns. Hip-hop is on the same train as the blues, which routinely blamed women, she said. Giovanni stated that women answer back to questionable lyrics, but they also let men know when too much is being done, she said before citing Nelly’s late night “Tipdrill” video, in which he infamously swiped a credit card down a video model’s posterior. Nelly later told journalists that the credit card move was the model’s idea. Giovanni said that he (Nelly) learned a lesson and that hip-hop learned a lesson when Nelly attempted to host a bone marrow drive at Spelman after the video’s release. The students boycotted.
Witty, gritty and gregarious, Oprah “Living Legend” Nikki Giovanni presented a cognitive and cultural harvest. She reflected skepticism of systems, but unwavering belief in humanity. “I have a lot of faith in people,” she said. “The people are not lacking.”