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Spring 2013


Lindy’ s Review

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INCITE: COLLEGE LIFE 04. President’s Address 06. A BSU Love Letter Jasmine Johnson 08. 28 Reasons you love the BSU 10. COBOL SPOTLIGHT: Progessive Black Men Inc

10 14. Female Reloaded

INCITE: CULTURE 15. Lindy’s Jeffery McCain 16. Gaines Revitalized Jeffery McCain

INCITE: THE BSU 17. In Case You Missed It BSU’s past events. Were you there?


Jeffery McCain--Staff Writer

President’s Address As I conclude my term as Black Student Union President, I reflect on how it all began. For the majority of my education, elementary through high school, I was always surrounded by black people; people of my own race and I loved it. Stepping onto Florida State’s campus was a culture shock for me. I felt the university that I wanted to attend so much, was not for me. Within a week I considered transferring to another college or maybe even going back home. Luckily, being around C.A.R.E kids and the Black Student Union made me feel more at home, but still I did not completely assimilate to college the life. Coming in as a student I was a little rough around the edges. In high school I had always been the loud one or the class clown, and I knew I had a lot to learn. I walked into college with a Mohawk, oversized tee- shirts, Roca Wear jean shorts, and of course the all-white fresh forces like I was the man. No one could tell me anything. As a freshman, I idealized the business men I use to see on TV and I knew college was supposed to transform me into that man. My guidance counselor use to tell me involvement in different organizations will naturally evolve me into the man I was aspiring to be. I soon realized that high school did not prepare me professionally for college. Nonetheless, I took my guidance counselor’s advice and tried to get involved anyway. I applied for senate, and was not slated. I applied for conduct board, and was not chosen. I applied for Deputy Secretary for Campus involvement and once again I was rejected. I felt defeated. All I wanted to do was better myself as a Black Man, the reason I came to college. I began to accept it. I was going to be that student who went to class and went home until suddenly one day an opportunity arose. I was offered a position with a BSU political party, no interview, and no rejection. It sounded perfect for me so I gladly joined. The party joined never ran a slate, but it started my development process in regards to leadership and planning. My efforts did not go unnoticed. The president of the opposing party asked me to apply for Black Student Union Executive Board and a month later I was the new community service chair of the Black Student Union. The expectations of executive board were at first over whelming, but it was a challenge I needed. Ask anyone who’s ever been on BSU E-board. There are very few positions on campus that demands so much of your time, dedication, and sometimes money. On E-board I faced many obstacles that I struggled with, but surely overcame. I am a horrible public speaker. It is a weakness I am still working on. And what did I decide to do? Run for a position within the BSU to further expose my weakness. It was a move I felt was necessary to direct the BSU in the direction that it needed to go. I improved my speech a little, but lost the election by thirty votes. I threw a tantrum like no other. I invested too much time and too much effort to lose.

It is usually rare for individuals from of the losing party to apply for E-board. I even said during the elections that I would not apply if I lost, but never say never. I was told I wasn’t going to get COBOL Director if I applied and I was encouraged to apply for something else. I knew what I wanted to do and where I felt I can leave the biggest impact, and COBOL was it. Expecting rejection, I came hard with my interview with a PowerPoint, plan of action, and goals. I made sure I left no room for them not to choose me. I was elated when I got that call welcoming me to E-board. COBOL Director was a challenge in itself, but I enjoyed it, especially planning large events like the showcase. COBOL showcase is probably the largest event I’ve planned to this day and I was proud when it came together. The Black Student Union demanded more and more from me each year going from community service events with a handful of people to the COBOL showcase planning for hundreds. I can say it now, but losing my first election was the best thing that ever happened. COBOL prepared me to run for President and after losing once, the pain of defeat was too much for me to go through again. On April 6th 2012 in senate, after being rejected from conduct board, the executive branch, senate, and losing my first election, I became the President of the largest participatory agency at Florida State University. When I first got on E-board, I thought it would be amazing to be President but it was a faraway goal that I did not expect to materialize. I never considered myself a leader when I first started and I still believe I have a lot to learn, I will never wear a suit just because ,and I do not wear my name tag to the bathroom. I just wanted to work hard for an agency that helped mold me in the man I am today. A lot of freshmen have a lot of aspirations on campus to do this and become that, but I hope if there’s anything people take away from this is that titles mean nothing but the journey to get there is where you draw passion and drive from, and life is a learning experience. I’ve seen people cry from the mounting pressure of events, but I’ve seen the relief, excitement and jubilee after a job well done. I have created long lasting relationships with all the people I have encountered and consider them family. I know relations change from administration to administration, but with the BENT-JOHNSON whether they are older than me or been on E-board just as long as me, I consider them my kids. No matter how much they stress me out, I still love and cherish them all. To those who served with me on the Williams- McCoy , McCoy-Suah, and Bent-Johnson Administrations thank you for all you have done in taking a chance on that boy with the Mohawk, who hated to speak, who only needed an opportunity.

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OnUnion, Friday October 16th, 2009 in the Moore Auditorium, I was crowned Miss Black Student and so my love for the Black Student Union began. I would have never imagined that 3 ½ years later I would be Vice-President, but here I am. My time at Florida State has truly been remarkable. I have been able to travel and represent the Seminole community in many facets, but nothing more rewarding than representing the BSU. Florida State University is one big classroom and my greatest lessons have come from BSU1968. This will be one of the last times; I will be able to share with everyone how I feel about the Black Student Union. As I embark on this next step in my life, I want to share the lessons that have been my anchor through college life. So I would like to use it as a chance to say thank you-my personal love letter to the Black Student Union. It has been a privilege to serve you. The student body has determined the positions I have held with BSU. My contributions to the Black Student Union are what YOU have ALLOWED me to do and I thank you for that. But what I want you to know is each of you has your own platform. You have a specially designed purpose meant just for you, to leave YOUR legacy at Florida State. Mine was BSU, wherever you are, wherever you serve is your platform. Do not seek titles to attain a fancy garnet and gold magnetic nametag. Seek positions that YOU can truly make a difference in-where your presence and absence will be felt. I started my work with the BSU as a job but it was not long before I understood that there was something more going on here. It was more than just being on executive board. Something in me connected with each of you in a way that allowed me to see myself in you and you in me. I listened and grew….sometimes I was a teacher and sometimes you taught me. But nonetheless I learned. I learned that you’re responsible for the energy that you create for yourself and you’re responsible for the energy that you give to others. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. I don’t mean to bust Newton’s third law of motion, but its something I live by. Don’t wait for anyone else to fix you, save you or complete you. Do it for yourself, so you can help others achieve the same. There was a time, where I wanted to give up, join another organization that was more flexible with people who cared about me, beyond my contribution to the BSU. I could’ve quit, but I decided to stick around and try to re-brand the Black Student Union. I did. Only to be taught, that there is a common thread that runs through all of our pain and all of our suffering in our culture. We all have a story-burdens packed deep within us that makes us think we can’t, but we can. We can. Black Student Union, its constituents, executive boards taught me I can. I know that there are no coincidences, only divine order. Black Student Union is hopefully just one of the stops on my destination to success. BSU has given me so much. My achievements in my life were small gifts given to me by BSU that I applied. I know entering into law school and hence forth into my professional career, BSU has helped me build a strong foundation of who I am-Jasmine Johnson. And for that, I say thank you.



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This edition of Incite sits down with the President, Sabastian Berry, and Vice President, Caleb Cineas, of the Florida State Chapter of Progressive Black Men, Inc. Progressive Black Men, has been lighting up the campus from their videos on YouTube, the DarkSide Spring Week, and winning the 2013 Motown Getdown.

prevalent during the initial days of Can you briefly describe the organization for those who don’t Progressive Black Men. Although Florida State University was very know? supportive of PBM’s ideology, the response of the student body was Progressive Black Men, Inc. is a varied. PBM experienced support, community service organization started 23 years ago on right here indifference and, at times, hostility. This varied response extended to on Florida State’s Campus by 12 the greater Tallahassee community. distinguished young men. We are Many people questioned the pura brotherhood organization that emphasizes the importance of truly pose of Progressive Black Men and the need for Black Men to organize giving back to not only our campus community, but our local and in this integrated society. The first vice president, Oswald Walker, national communities as well. received a threatening phone call from a self-declared member of the How did PBM start up on camKu Klux Klan; he persevered, just as pus? the organization has over the years. On November 27, 1989 Progressive Black Men was established on the How much community service do campus of Florida State University you all do in a school year? by twelve minority students who SB: Members are required to comformed a friendship while enrolled in the Summer Enrichment plete at least 25 hours of community service a semester to remain Program here at the university. Their similar interest in academic active in status. For the 2012-2013 school year our philanthropy is achievement, self-improvement Grace Missions, where we mentor and a commitment to help others every Thursday from 5pm-7pm. reach their potential evolved in them forming an organization that We also fundraise, volunteer, and reflected their values. In the early assist Second Harvest of the Big 90’s, an environment of anti-Affir- Bend, Habitat For Humanity, and the Big Ben Homeless Coalition just mative Action and anti- minority to name a few organizations. students organizing was rather

CC: A lot! I honestly don’t keep track until I start logging in my hours on ServScript. The hours just fly by. What makes PBM different from other organizations? SB: Firstly, we live up to our principles of Academic Excellence, Communal Support, and Fellowship of Brothers; as well as our motto of Collective Knowledge, Effort, and Strength (CKES). In an age wrapped up in self-indulgence and vanity, we remain true servants to the greater community. Never strive to be an organization that hides behind the title of a “community service organization” we strive to live and be the change we want to see. CC: I couldn’t really say what makes us different but I’d say my favorite thing about our organization is the genuine people that we have in it. It’s a lot of different personalities in PBM but somehow we all mesh with each other. I think that’s what makes me like the organization more and more.


Which PBM event is your favorite?

way that hasn’t been felt in quite some time. The idea behind PBM Darkside was to introduce a more sophisticated, suave, and edgy side SB: Personally I love all of them! to serving the community. As well I have been a member since fall as a refined image of the organi2009, and as the current chapter president, I cannot help but to have zation as a whole. Doing things as usual this year has never really a fondness for all of our events. However, I do love our Tale of Two crossed our thought process. We Charities Benefit Dinner, our annu- wanted to give the campus, and not al community service trip, and our just our members, a great week and that’s what I hope that they got. karaoke night is always fun! Thanks to the PBM Darkside! CC: My favorite PBM event would CC: The Darkside was just our way have to be the Service Trip. It’s of showing the campus that we’re a heartfelt weekend filled with community service, and brotherly a social organization also. We love to have fun almost as much as we bonding. Also our Karaoke night is always a great event, I’ve enjoyed love community service. How was Houston? myself the last two years.

tion One Academy, and YES Prep of the Houston Fifth Ward. I feel as if we truly made an impact on the lives of many people in need. Not to mention the bonding time we experienced as a brotherhood while experiencing the beautiful city of Houston. You should check out our pictures on our Facebook page: The Florida State University Chapter of Progressive Black Men, Inc.! CC: Houston was amazing, it a beautiful city, not to mention huge. From the three days we were there I fell in love with the city. I can see there is a lot of community service to be done. But overall the people were great and I liked the vibe.

What was the Darkside?

SB: Phenomenal! (Fiyah! lol) It was definitely one of the best service SB: Good question! This year, under trips I’ve been on, and I’ve been on the Berry-Cineas Administration, there has been a shift in the atmo- 3. We worked with Habitat for sphere within the organization. Our events have been packed, our Humanity, an service is at a high, and our pres- organization called Generaence on campus is being felt in a

What’s been the most difficult

thing about PBM this year? SB: I have seen this organization grow so much and over a great deal over the past year, and neither growth or change happen without some sacrifice and pain. We have overcome all of the obstacles that have been presented to us. Our biggest challenge has been within ourselves. At the start of our administration, the vice president (Caleb Cineas) and I asked all of the members to look inside and truly ask themselves why they joined this organization, and we asked them to promise to never let the passion they had on day one diminish, which is easier said than done. CC: The most difficult about PBM this year was just the transition, the members of PBM are becoming younger so it’s a lot of

things we had to learn and pick up on. I’d say we did a great job at it though. Also just staying relevant on campus but sticking to the basis of our organization. Who’s the funniest member? SB: ME (Sabastian Berry)! Or maybe Tyrice Santiel, he may have me beat! CC: I can’t put a finger on exactly who’s the funniest because everyone has a sense of humor. Top 2 would probably be though: Sabastian and Tyriece What don’t a lot of people know about PBM? SB: Being in the organization for 4 year, I’ve heard A LOT! Like, “PBM is a ‘mini-frat’” (whatever that means); or “How come you

all are called Progressive BLACK Men, women and white people can’t be progressive too?!”; or say PBM is this or PBM is that. At the end of the day, we serve our community and our campus. Some of the most influential student leaders and members in the black community got their start right here. Our years of existence may be few, but our impact, contributions to campus, and our brotherhood are all very real and apparent. A lot of people may not know though that we are actually not for black men only. We actually have had white members and currently have Cuban member and a Nicaraguan member, shout out to Ozzy and Cristian G! CC: That we’re here to better the community, people get caught up in our social events but we’re a community service organization at heart.

Twitter: Facebook: Youtube: began as a simple project during a social media management course taken by FSU student Jervishia Walker, and has expanded into the entertainment website that it is today. Started in the summer of 2012, the site now boasts over 150,000 views, and covers health, music, arts, fashion, relationship advice, & sports. What’s so amazing about this site is that it is ran entirely by college students- from the daily content publishing to the marketing efforts. is definitely run with the college student in mind. Not only do you get the latest news from a college student’s perspective, but we also offer a wide variety of other college related material.

Q&A Femalereloaded. com has an in house certified personal trainer, Kamal Cudjoe, who owns a Broward county based boot camp, and a sociology and philosophy FSU graduate, Danielle Lyn, who answer any health/ fitness and relationship/sex questions our audience may have every Friday. Questions can be anonymous, and none go unanswered.


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Stylish ‘Nole Tuesdays Every Tuesday a different FSU student is selected who displays impeccable style. The student is interviewed, during which key staples in their wardrobe, as well as whom they consider their style icon, are revealed.

Lindy’s I often find myself lost in thought, the most common question I have is what am I going to eat today. Most of the time something like, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, or Subway comes to mind. This time though, I wanted something that truly spoke of Tallahassee. What’s the point of being in a place like this and not taking advantage of the homegrown cuisine. It was decided, I would be heading to a place that I had never tried before, to a restaurant that was solely Tallahassee’s. I looked over at my roommate and said “Are you hungry.” He gave me that look that said, is that a real question, and we were on our way. Five minutes later we were in the Silver Shadow, my 2003 Ford Focus, hurtling down Monroe Street, headed straight for Lindy’s. It was a place that I had heard of during a meeting of this very magazine. I’d looked it up and seen awful reviews, but I thought, What’s living if you don’t pull down your shorts and slide on the ice. We finally arrived at our destination, a green and brown old style building, whose sign simply stated Lindy’s. I opened the door walked in and it hit me. The wonderful, mouth watering aroma of chicken and pork chops. We stood behind the counter, studying the menu trying to suss out what we would be ordering. There were a myriad of options which did nothing to help me. I looked up and down that board until the meal chose me. It was as if the ½ Chicken Dinner was screaming out, “Eat me!” so I obliged. Chicken wasn’t the only craving I had, I needed to have Pork Chops in my stomach as well. I asked “How much is a pork chop own it’s own?” To my dismay the woman taking my order informed me that they didn’t sale single pork chops. My stomach dropped and took my heart along for the ride. I looked her in the face close to tears and uttered a feeble please, but to no avail. I was spending 8 dollars on the dinner there was no way I was willing to shell out another 4 for a Pork Chop Sandwich. She then informed that I would need to order two sides. I scowled at her, still upset from my pork setback, and decided on the mac and cheese and french fries. We took our seats by the window and waited. An elegant looking older lady wearing an AKA jacket walked in, I stared at her, mesmerized and thought, I need livers! I slamed two dollars on the counter and said, “I would like some fried livers as well. We were now at the table our meals in hand, sans the liver, my roommate looked around and uttered where is hot sauce. To my horror I saw a bottle of Crystal, not Louisiana but Crystal. This does not bode well, I told him, what restaurant doesn’t carry Louisiana. We opened our Styrofoam boxes and I pulled out the container of Mac and Cheese. I popped the lid and stared, it was white. Some of you may enjoy white Mac and Cheese but I cant say that I’ve ever had any that was better than the good ole orange stuff. I took a bite. Ladysmith Black Moombasa, I thought to myself, this is

amazing. I take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about white Mac and Cheese, in this instant I was in cheese heaven. It was prepared with elbow macaroni, that was tender and easy to chew. The cheese was delicious as well, it wasn’t too cheesy like a number of restaurants that I’ve been to. The understated taste of the cheese made it that much better. I looked down into the empty container and lamented, over the fact that there wasn’t more of it. With that out of the way, it was time for the fries, they were of the crinkle cut variety, and were sprinkled with a reddish brown seasoning. I couldn’t quite place my finger on the seasoning but it was incredible as well. To be fair though, I have seldom met a fry that I didn’t like. The fries were good but now it was time for the piece de resistance, the reason why I had come here in the first place, the chicken. Eerily enough it looked like the kind of chicken that my Grandma fries on her stove. The crust was a flaky golden brown with flecks of pepper and other seasonings. Yes, that’s right you could see the seasoning in the batter, something that I have only seen in homemade chicken. I’m looking at you Popeye’s and KFC. I piked up the wing first and took a bite. I took a second bite and without even realizing, I know had a drumstick in my mouth. If my Grandmother ever read this she would, probably be mad, but this was without a doubt one of the best pieces of chicken that I’ve ever had. Every seasoning that they used complemented the chicken perfectly. My roommate and I sat in silence as we ate the rest of our chicken. To speak would be an affront to this majestic bird. I was interrupted by the woman from behind the counter, “Here you go,” she said, handing me my livers. I paused, took a bite of one of the livers and went back to my task chomping on more of the chicken. The liver hadn’t been that good, as a matter of fact I thought it was awful. It’s taste however could not take away from the deliciousness of this fine fowl. That being said I do have some qualms with Lindy’s, drinks are not included with the dinners and are about $1.50, they do however provide free water. They have a ton of different specials that are inexpensive, such as the $4.95 chicken and waffles. Tenders are the menu as well, as are a host of other foods, sadly enough they don’t serve fish. The building is not the best, but it’s been my experience that the best food comes from these kinds of places. I wouldn’t describe it as a hole in the wall, but it’s not the Ritz Carlton either. All in all I would definitely recommend that you go and check out Lindy’s on 1231 E Lafayette St Tallahassee. If you’re like me and you love fried chicken it’s worth the drive. -Jeffery McCain


Gaines Revitalized I found myself walking through an area that I have no other words for than, blighted. I’m sure most of us have seen the area, there’s construction everywhere and it’s now become a pain to get through. Barricades and road closed signs adorn the 1.7 mile tract of land that is, Gaines Street. I zoomed down the street on my scooter, eyes skyward, taking in the structure that was being built. I looked around and thought, Wow this is ugly, there is nothing here. Abandoned buildings litter the landscape, and have become a den for street artists. I found myself wondering, why hadn’t anyone bought land, that was this close to campus. Gaines, in my mind, looks like a wasteland. A place that time forgot, as it were. How could an area this close to campus be undeveloped and unused. I was sitting at home when I got the email about College Town. Apparently, that structure that I had just seen was about to become the greatest thing to happen to FSU since the tomahawk chop. I’d seen the buses with the Eat, Play, Live slogan emblazoned on their sides, but there was nothing there. All Saints Cafe is in the area, but why would that make me want to live on Gaines St. Who in their right mind would want to live in a commercial desert? Little did I know what that unfinished structure was destined to become. College Town is $20 million undertaking, with 2.2 million of those dollars coming from The City of Tallahassee and Leon County. It lays on a 116,000 sq ft tract of land that is zone for mixed use. As such it will feature both apartments and commercial businesses, a style that has been on the rise since the 1990’s in many urban areas. Funded primarily by Seminole Boosters, Inc., the project once completed is projected to provide 136 new beds in the Gaines area. It should also provide 248 new jobs in the Tallahassee area and bring about $181,000 dollars in property tax revenue after the first phase of building is completed. All of this is great news for the City of Tallahassee, but it doesn’t primarily mean much to us. That’s where the commercial properties come into play, as of March College Town has seven businesses ready to set up shop. The biggest one of these is America’s Backyard. Those from South Florida might recognize the name as there is one in the Ft. Lauderdale area. Backyard as it’s

fondly called is an enormous venue that does everything from sell food, host bands, and serves as an open air nightclub. 18,000 sq ft have been allocated for this venue. Let me put that into perspective the Civic Center Arena area, where the Basketball team plays, is also 18,000 sq ft. Just imagine the kind of fun that is possible in a venue of that size. Recess, a South Florida inspired rooftop bar with a pool, will also be a part of College Town, and a sure fire way to beat the heat. It should face Doak Campbell Stadium, and is being touted as a game day destination. For those that love fro yo or bagels both Pomberry and Brooklyn’s Water Bagels are signed on to be members of this mixed use property as well. Pomberry bills itself as a provider of “100% natural frozen yogurt... using hormone-free milk, [and] fresh fruit that is never frozen.” Samba Cantina, Ginza Red, and Madison Social will round out the venues providing full dining experiences. Samba Cantina is a Brazilian/Mexican fusion bar and grill that will provide a number of dishes, while Ginza Red is a Japanese inspired sushi lounge. For those like myself, Madison Social will be the place to be. Sporting over 20 flat screen TV’s, this bar and grill will have separate dining and lounging areas and will probably be a good place to watch a game. Rise, is the last confirmed club and is a dayclub/ lounge that should be over 4,700 sq ft, which will have an outdoor patio and private cabanas. College Town, which was slated to be completed in June of this year, is just one of many new buildings that will revitalize the Gaines St. area. North America Properties, a self described “multi-regional real estate operating company” will be erecting two buildings as well. The so called Ferguson and Sallie sites are due to be completed in August of 2014, and will provide 580 new beds and will create an estimated 755 new jobs. It is predicted that there will be a total of 26,920 sq ft of new retail space as a result of these two new developments. Once completed the improvements of both sites are valued at over $55 million. The entire Gaines St. region is set to change for the better, as are a good deal of other areas around and on the campus. Tallahassee may finally be shedding it’s small town roots. - Jeffery McCain

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Spring 2013, 2nd Issue  
Spring 2013, 2nd Issue  

Florida State University Black Student Union Incite Magazine second spring 2013 issue. Featuring the BSU cabinet, 28 Reasons Why You Love th...