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03 Letter from the Editors
04 President’s Address INCITE: COLLEGE LIFE 06 Our Favorites Some of our favorite things this spring. Staff
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18 COBOL Spotlight: Kolors of Kurves
Exploring Black History Month’s relevance. Jodeci Richards
12 C.Y.P.H.E.R. What members are seeking to teach us. Sarah Aristil
13 Sex, Money, & Weed How to handle college’s “obstacles.” Daschielle Louis
16 FSU Draft Who’s suited and who’s booted for 2013. Jeffery McCain
24 Is R&B Dead? Should we pour a forty, or listen for a pulse? Carlene Geffrard
28 Arizona, Skittles, and a Hoodie Examining the Stand Your Ground law.Ricardo Ledan
INCITE: CREATIVITY 32 The Anthology Flash Fiction: I Spy by Jodeci Richards
33 The Gallery Showcasing an FSU student artist.
INCITE: THE BSU 35 In Case You Missed It BSU’s past events. Were you there? Staff
39 Calendar Upcoming Black History Month events. Staff
Jodeci Richards--Editor Cathy Charles--Editor Sarah Aristil--Staff Writer
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Eugene Butler, III--Staff Writer Carlene Geffrard--Staff Writer Ricardo Ledan--Staff Writer
Daschielle Louis--Staff Jeffery McCain--Staff Writer Khadijah Templier--Graphics
LETTER B from the EDITORS
lack History Month has never been about the fleeting moments peppered throughout February. Sure, the bombardments of black-centric school lessons, movies hailing unity, and TV shows boasting black themes for an episode or two may seem like enough when we’re kids. But as we get older we realize that there’s more to February than people have taught us.
Don’t get us wrong: we, too, sat in front of the TV, racked with giddiness when The Color of Friendship came on (and we probably still would) and when Angela Bassett played Rosa Parks. However, these things are only superficial facets of Black History Month that can only dig so deep and reach so far into who we truly are as a people and as individuals. But we started recognizing this flaw early—probably as soon as the month was established—and decided to lean less on the shows and the movies and the lessons and more on each other. We’ve come to appreciate Black History Month beyond such superficialities because, as we’ve grown, we’ve learned more about our heritage. We’re now teaching each other and learning more about our history and culture than those things ever could. And we also know that there’s so much more to us than what can be covered during a single month. This issue of Incite is meant to focus on who we’ve found ourselves to be over time—not what’s been taught to us over the years. We must remember that the famous names aren’t just the ones who make this month what it is—we are as well. We’re making history every day and we have the chance to make differences, too. It doesn’t matter whether your change is recorded in history books or found through obscure web searches. What matters is how you represent yourself during Black History Month and throughout all years, so that someone—anyone—can say that your contribution was a worthwhile one. Incitefully yours,
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President’s Address This year, one of the Bent-Johnson Administration’s main goals was to develop unity among Florida State students. An opportunity to do so will surely arise during Black History Month. Black History Month is significant to our student body and the black community because we must remember the contributions so many African Americans made to this country. As our mission statement declares, the BSU ensures our peers continue to remember their past so they can build on the present and fight for their future. Black History Month gives the African American students here at Florida State a chance to celebrate our community’s progress and successes. This month is a celebration for us as a community. We are making important progress in our academic performances, motivational leadership, and community service while still remaining true to who we are. From start to finish, we will strive to uphold our mission statement not only during this month, but also throughout the year, and we’ll begin with our 28 Days of Service. From February 1st to February 15th, you can drop off canned goods for our food drive during Market Wednesday at the BSU table or at the BSU House (206 Woodward Avenue). Or you can donate clothing from February 16th to the 28th for our clothing drive at the same locations. By giving back to a community that’s given so much to our identity and culture, we can begin to reinforce the BSU’s main purpose. Our executive board’s goal—as they’ve planned all the events for this month—is for everyone to gain a better understanding of our community as a whole and to walk away feeling empowered and proud of our rich history and culture.
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Everyone has a secret... and Olivia Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite and keeping those secrets under wraps. Revered and feared at the same time, Olivia—a former communications director to the President of the United States—left the White House to open her own prominent crisis management firm. She is hoping to start a new chapter in her life—both professionally and personally—but she can’t seem to completely cut ties with her past. Thursdays 10 | 9c
Wonsaponatime Vintage in Railroad Square brings you hand-picked vintage items that you can incorporate directly into your wardrobe. They select pieces that are relevant to the trends. They carry vintage items from the 50s to the grungy 90s. There’s something for everyone, and whatever trend you are following. 1046 Commercial Dr., Tallahassee, FL. (850) 778-2188
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie Taylor Crowley: As I hadn’t read any books other than required academic texts in 2012, any sort of fiction would’ve piqued my interest at the end of December. Not only did The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis—featured in Oprah’s Book Club— spark my attention, but it completely entrapped me and kept me locked in my room for the greater part of my winter break. The story begins at the turn of the 20th century and guides the reader over a 60-year period through the voices of characters who are connected to the title character in different ways. By using tough love and a black iron fist, Hattie keeps her family together at the seams the best ways she knows. Coming from an extremely close-knit and loving family myself, it was interesting to read a child’s perspective on their unfaithful mother and undoubtedly lazy father. Oprah wouldn’t have it in her book club for no reason. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is an enticing and empowering read and recommended to everyone.
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Ever since we heard that nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis was the youngest nominated for an Academy Award for best actress, we were intrigued. We were even more so captivated by her being merely five years old when she first auditioned for Beasts of the Southern Wild. But while her youth initially enthralled us, her performance as Hushpuppy in the Indie film kept us thoroughly hypnotized—and a bit emotional. Beasts follows the journey of Hushpuppy Doucet and her father, Wink, after a harsh storm floods the Bathtub—a small post-apocalyptic-looking area settled outside the levees of a more industrial town. Bathtub and its survivalist-mentality inhabitants seem like a cross between Where the Wild Things Are and the movie The Borrowers, with Hushpuppy being Max—hailed by the Wild Things. Hushpuppy and Wink were abandoned by her mother and have since been left to their own devices. But it seems that Wink has never truly settled into his role as father and has a tough time understanding the needs of his young child. In fact, he acts more like a reluctant big brother tasked with watching his younger sister than a father. However, you can clearly hear the love in his voice and see the hurt in his eyes as he watches over her. This visually astounding film is well supported by Wallis, whose performance as Hushpuppy is gripping. The way she speaks to the audience is something of a primal poetry—her grasps on more adult concepts, though basic, are beautiful in their simplicity. And they make you love her. 7 BHM 2013 FACEBOOK.COM/BSUINCITEMAG
Food Truck Thursdays Every Thursday night (weather permitting) go out for live music, friends, and food! Food Truck Thursdays features a different band or performer each week and the food is second to none. Come out with your lawn chairs, coolers, and friends to have a great time!
330 W. Tharpe St., Tallahassee, FL. Thursdays 6:00pm-10:00pm
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Since winning the BSU Pageant, your new Mr. and Ms. Black Student Union are using their bold personalities and great ideas to make lasting impressions on our student community. Here, they offer their thoughts on the BSU and future plans for the organization. How does it feel to be Mr. /Ms. BSU? EB: It feels amazing to be Ms. BSU. I’m the same goofy down-to-earth girl—except with a title. SW: When I recall all of the 5 hour practices throughout 6 days of the week—those nights when I slept in Strozier Library just to stay ahead in my class—and when I think about all of the hard work I put into making my performance great, I learned to appreciate it. It is definitely an experience I encourage others to pursue. It is life changing.
What was your favorite pageant experience? EB: My favorite pageant experience was being about to develop a strong bond between myself and my pageant brothers and sisters. Now we’re inseparable. 8 BHM 2013 FACEBOOK.COM/BSUINCITEMAG
SW: My favorite pageant experience would be the time we spent as a family outside of pageant practice. I loved interacting with my pageant brothers and sisters.
What’s the best thing about your co-chair? EB: Sheldon has this drive that makes him constantly motivated to succeed. Whatever he sets out to do, he does. Whatever you ask him to do, he will do and if he can’t he will find a way to get it done. SW: She has the biggest heart and the most genuine spirit you will ever find in a person.
What are your future career goals? EB: I hope to be a Physician’s Assistant. SW: I plan on being an athletic trainer for FSU athletics
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What is one thing that people don’t know about you?
Mr. and Ms. BSU. Different groups will be putting on various performances based on songs between the 1995-2005 eras. It is going to be a fantastic event and I am grateful for being able to participate in it.
EB: I must have two straws in order to drink a drink from a restaurant. I need two straws.
What impact do you want to make in the organization and in the community?
SW: I am a big gamer! I can beat anyone at 2K13 or Call of Duty.
EB: I just want to be positively remembered for doing something extraordinary. Not just for the Black Student Union, but for the entire campus of Florida State University.
What’s your biggest obsession or pet peeve? EB: I’m obsessed with scarves and winter hats. My biggest pet peeve is when people crack their knuckles, necks, backs, or other body parts. SW: My pet peeve is clingy females.
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SW: I want to make sure that the students on campus have not lost sight of what the BSU’s purpose is. As the face of the BSU, I would like to enlighten the community on BSU’s importance in the community and its importance to the student body.
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ts . h g u o Th r u o Y n. o i t s e u One Q edgable when they do get older. So they can understand things they’re gonna go n 2005, during an interview with 60 Minutes, Morthrough if they’re a black child living in a gan Freeman touted Black History Month as “ridiculous” because “Black history is American history” and shouldn’t be “ … relegated … to a month.” Freeman predominantly white place, like Florida. then went on to say to a seemingly confused (and possibly embarrassed) Mike Wallace that the way to “get rid — Olivia Bennett
of racism” is to “stop talking about it.” I was barely a teenager in 2005, so I had a limited social awareness. But in watching that clip today, I would understand if some individuals of the black community were a bit contentious. How dare a fellow black man denounce something we fought so hard to get? This is our moment to shine! Our moment to educate anyone who isn’t us on the triumphs and tribulations of our people! Right?
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Well, maybe. But maybe Freeman had a point. Why can’t we always educate people on our triumphs and tribulations? Do we really think one month out of the whole year can represent even a fraction of our history? Usually, the resounding answer is no. And that’s based on an education standpoint. For those people who back that point of view, it’s mostly about how we’re going to teach children black history if we rid the year of the month, especially if history books aren’t as inclusive of our history as they should be. But there are some people who feel like maybe the question of relevance is mostly about people’s attitudes towards each other. They feel as if Black History Month’s establishment was meant as a way to educate the racially ignorant in a time where America was reaching for a way to see past race. But now that we’ve educated—or at least have tried to educate—people, it’s no longer up to the month to make things any better—to move towards a post-racial America.
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necessarily do anything that’s particularly special for black history because I live it throughout the entire year. I celebrate ...at this point in time, if you don’t know about my history throughout the entire year. it, a month isn’t going to change your point I’m cognizant of African American of view. If you’re already isolated enough to contributions to the American society. not know about anything that would happen, I’m thankful for it. I talk about African especially today, [and] if you didn’t know the American history throughout the entire relevance of today, having a month for it year. February is just a month where won’t really change your opinion for it. more people are more open, I guess, to — Cody Kennedy hear or to want to learn about African But despite whether or not you disagree or agree with Freeman, we really need to take a step back and American history. see if Black History Month means as much to us as we declare. Actions speak louder than words, so let’s be — Eugene Butler, III honest. What is it that we really do during Black History Month as adults? Do we don dashikis, sing Kum Ba Ya around campfires, and deeply discuss our peoples’ advancement? Um, no. We live life like it’s any other month, for the most part, because what else is there to do besides study and party? Right? As college students, our passions and opinions tend to flare when we need them to. But can we honestly say that we wholeheartedly observe Black History Month? Or do we just defend it when our spirits are wounded by those who see no fit for it in their calendars? Well, we kind of do both.
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Back and forth arguments surrounding topics like Freeman’s usually spur verbal merry-go-rounds. You get the “if we didn’t have it, no one will talk about it, and then the white man wins” argument and then you have positions similar to Freeman’s. Then after hours of heated debate, finger pointing, and name calling, everyone breathlessly concedes that they’ve been talking like pinwheels. But that’s not a bad thing. There’s a saying that goes, “If there are no ups and downs in your life, that means you’re dead.” Well the same can be said for the arguments we make. When we stop talking about black history completely—despite negatively or positively—that's when it disappears. n Jodeci Richards INCITE 11
riday nights are filled with pulses— rhythms felt only in words and beats mastered by lashing tongues. You stand on Strozier’s steps, entranced and submerged in an underground world. You feel honored that they allowed you to come so close to a scene so vicious and poetic—like they granted you entrance to a public space. All you can do is stare in awe and grin and wish that you had the talent these people—your peers—have. You wish you were an emcee. In what was initially meant to be a simple inquiry into the heart of C.Y.P.H.E.R (Cultivate Your Pure Hip Hop Elements Respectfully), I found an entirely new culture that revolved around the four main elements of Hip Hop. It was a culture I felt an immediate attachment to—as if it was one of the unknown pieces of my history. Our history. By attending only a few C.Y.P.H.E.R events, I glimpsed the purity of Hip Hop. And I witnessed how the members truly live up to their devotion to break the current embedded pre-conceived notions surrounding the culture due to “commercialization and exploitation.” Of the four elements shrouded within this movement—DJ, Emcee (MC), Graffiti, and B-boy—it was the MC facet that really garnered my attention. An MC (the master of ceremonies) vocally coordinates the party and is the Hip Hop element that C.Y.P.H.E.R performs most on campus. But it’s not only verses spat off the top of the dome. Emceeing is manifested either through freestyling (consciously letting out all thoughts in a consistent
fluent motion) or preconceived writing. Both styles are commendable, but derive from different processes. In my interview with the many members of C.Y.P.H.E.R, freestyling was described as “poetry in motion,” whereas writing is technical and structured. Freestyling is an art in itself. As one member put it, “It forces the artist to connect a chain of words that you can never recreate again. It exists only in that moment.” Because it’s evanescent, freestyling allows room for error. All you have to do is remain within the metronome of the beat’s song—a practice called Important Audio Pattern. Writing, however, allows the artist to stop and edit. To fix mistakes. Freestyling doesn’t give you that chance, which, in a way, makes it a pure unadulterated form of emceeing. A form that no one really sees any more because corporations commercialize, capitalize, and exploit Hip Hop’s culture. The rising popularity of corporate rap has compelled yet another transformation in Hip Hop commonly known as the Revolution of Real. In fact, the culture of Hip Hop is a like a time capsule—its sound immortalizes the political and social nature of its surroundings. Hip Hop endures a continual metamorphosis that parallels the consciousness of the era it comes from. From afrocentricity to gangster rap, Hip Hop has not only offered itself in the explanations of history and culture, but also ignited many political changes that continue to affect our society today. Hip Hop is not dead. It has, and always will continue to thrive, transform, and write itself into our history. nSarah Aristil
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Sex, Money, & Weed Before getting there, some high school seniors might be under the impression that college is all about partying, having sex, and smoking weed. They’re absolutely right. Now, before you get all nervous—or excited—there are some things you have to know before you attain or indulge in any of these things. Here’s a mid-year reminder to use common sense, even though that’s definitely not as easy as it sounds.
It’s Friday night. Your roommates have all gone to Coliseum and Pots. With the room to yourself, you put the velvet sheets you packed on the bed and strategically place Glade candles all around the room. The night starts off with you and that special someone starring into each other’s eyes as Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” plays in the background. One thing leads to another and—well let’s just say your clothes have found their way to the floor and your only protection lays unopened next to it. As great of a night as it was, you totally aren’t prepared for the phone call that you get a couple of weeks later. And even more unprepared for the decisions you have to make regarding your schooling, health, and responsibilities. No one is here to dictate what you can and can’t do with yourself, and it’s now your time to make responsible decisions. So use condoms! condoms! [birth control!] And condoms! Even though some people hate to wear them because sex “doesn’t feel the same,” condoms both prevent pregnancy and help people avoid getting stuck with incurable Sexually Transmitted Infections. This is especially important because, according to the Center for Disease Control, “Nearly half of the 19 million new STDs each year are among young people aged 15-24
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years.” For more information on STI testing and pregnancy centers, please check out: http://awomenspregnancycenter.com http://www.stdtestexpress.com http://www.stdalert.com And remember: Safe sex is great sex, better wear a latex ‘cause you don’t want that late text, that “I think I’m late” text. - Lil Wayne
We’re all too familiar with “The Struggle.” The story of nearly every college student’s life, it dictates what we can and can’t do with our time. Budgeting in college can be one of the hardest things to tackle. (Especially if you spend money on babies, STI testing, or weed.) When FSU distributes those net checks at the beginning of the semesters, our first instincts are to blow it at the mall. And if you’re really feeling yourself and your newfound wealth, you’ll probably drop $25 at Chili’s for the ribs and strawberry lemonade, or decide to go to every themed party thrown during disbursement weekend. Stop. Throw that SunTrust card across the room (but don’t lose it), and budget. Yes, budget. Pay any outstanding bills, reserve money for the food you say you never have, and get the books you didn’t get because you missed deferment. Once you have all the important stuff out of the way, you can buy all the graphic tees, sneakers, and thrift store items your little heart desires. After that tiny bit of budgeting, you won’t be so stressed about buying those things, To build your budget, you can start here: http://www.budgetsimple.com
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And visit collegebudget.com for discounts geared towards college students!
Ganja. Dro. Purp. Chronic. Reefer. Pot. Indo. Whatever you want to call it, we all already know what it is. And unless Florida follows Colorodo’s lead and legalizes marijuana, it’s illegal. No matter how many times we compare it to the harmful effects of cigarettes, we’re still not supposed to have it. Getting caught with weed on campus can be more detrimental than you think. You can get fined, jailed, and possibly get kicked out of school. And holding cells definitely aren’t better than Sally, Dorman, Kellum, and Deviney dormrooms—combined. Now if you find yourself attempting to be a weed entrepreneur in your hall or complex, be aware that with laws so tight on possession, intent to sell will just dig you deeper into some mess. Don’t think so? Check it out here: http://registrar.fsu.edu/dir_class/archive/fall2009/ alcohol.htm And here: http://norml.org/laws/penalties/item/florida-penal ties
eally, the best advice anyone can give you is to stay smart. As adults, we’re all familiar with the rules and the laws and common sense--no matter how much we want to forget them or pretend we don’t have any. Remember that you’re here for a reason, so don’t knowingly do anything that disrupt your grind. You don’t want to pay for it later. n Daschielle Louis
Nathaniel Watson (also known as Nate Wattz) is a senior at THe Florida State University majoring in graphic design. He’s a part of many on-campus organizations,
such as Progressive Black Men, Inc., C.Y.P.H.E.R., and Poetic Lyricism. Occupy Wall Street helped Nate realize that people are not only capable of coming together as one unit to resolve common issues, but are aware that there are issues that need to be resolved. However, he disagreed with the negativity and constant blame that surrounded Occupy Wall Street. He felt that if true and consistent change were to emerge, it would have to be positive. Nate also felt that the internet, with its ability to transcend both time and space, was an invaluable resource that could commence a revolution of thought; and, thus, Watson birthed the Conscious Shift. Conscious Shift is the Renaissance for the Internet Age. As stated on the website: “Conscious Shift is a massive change in the consciousness or ideals of the human race on an individual and collective level, much like the renaissance, awakening, enlightenment.” The project promotes cultural and societal change through personal growth and education reform and focuses on seeking, scrutinizing, and questioning knowledge in all areas of different concentrations. Nate Wattz: an unsung hero who seeks to spark a fire that will orchestrate a change, especially in our culture, and tackle the unresolved issues in our society. n Sarah Aristil
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After what some would say was lackluster 11-2 season, the Noles are ramping up and preparing to win a second ACC title. But after losing the talents of Bjoern Werner, E.J. Manuel, and Lonnie Pryor, there are a few skeptics concerning our chances of winning another ACC title, especially with Clemson QB Tajh Boyd returning for his senior season. Coming into the 2013 season, the Noles have also lost 5 assistant coaches, including Mark Stoops—the very man who was responsible for one the stingiest defenses in the nation last year. For those who might be just a tad bit worried about our chances next year, this is the part where you calm down and take a deep breath. While, yes, we may have lost recruiting coordinator Dameyune Craig to Auburn, the classes that he left us with are stellar to say the least. The recruiting class of 2012 was ranked #6 in the country and, during the spring, we should see these rising sophomores and redshirt freshmen’s impacts on the field. RB Mario Pender was sidelined with a groin injury during the 2012 season, but he is expected to be a force in the 2013 season. Pender—the sixth best running back in the class of 2012 from Cape Coral, FL—should carry RB duties along with Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. as long as he stays healthy. Provided that Wilder Jr. can keep his off-the-field troubles in check. The class of 2012 also touts DE Mario Edwards Jr., 16 BHM 2013 FACEBOOK.COM/BSUINCITEMAG
the son of former Seminole and National Defensive Player of the Year Mario Edwards. Edwards Jr. was considered the top DE in the nation and Rivals.com also ranked him the #3 player in the nation (regardless of position). Edwards had an impact last year, playing in four games and racking up seven tackles as a freshman in the ACC championship game against Georgia Tech. He and fellow class members Chris Casher and Eddie Goldman seem poised to help strengthen a line that has lost All American Bjoern Werner, Tank Carradine, Brandon Jenkins, Everett Dawkins and Anthony McCloud. Jameis Winston, who was ranked as the top dual threat QB in 2012, looks to battle current starter Clint Trickett for the #1 position this spring. Winston was also a standout HS baseball player and is a two-sport athlete here at Florida State. He is reminiscent of E.J. Manuel, standing at 6’4’’ and weighing 207 lbs. The QB redshirted last season in order to learn the offense and save a year of eligibility and was often seen on the sidelines pumping up and congratulating teammates. Look for big things from this Alabama native, as he is the future of FSU football at the QB position. The class of 2013 isn’t too shabby either. As it stands in January, the Seminole 2013 class is ranked
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SING #10 and only has 18 commits so far. #24 rated LB in the class, Eddie Stevenson, has already enrolled. Look for him wearing the jersey number 4, according to his Twitter page. The LB hails from Bartow, FL, and could help to cement what was a lackluster line backing corps last season. He, along with DE Demarcus Walker, comprises a fraction of the outstanding players who will be here in the spring. Walker, another December graduate, stands at 6’4’’, weighs 280 lbs, and looks to continue the tradition of great DEs at FSU. Originally a Crimson Tide commit, Walker changed his mind for the better and is now enrolled. #2 ranked RB Ryan Green has been clocked at a 4.5 40 and looks to add depth to an already talented corps of running backs. He may not see extended playing time as a result, but will no doubt get touches in the future. A shoulder injury plagued him in his senior season, but look for him to carry the ball well in the spring. With the addition of the #3, #4, and #11 offensive lineman in the class of 2013—Ira Denson, Ryan Hoefield, and Austin Golson, respectively—Green should be well protected in the future. Speedster Levonte ‘Kermit’ Whitfield of Orlando, FL, has been clocked at a 4.37 40. Whitfield is freshman WR 17 BHM 2013 FACEBOOK.COM/BSUINCITEMAG
Marvin Bracy’s cousin, who is a speed freak in his own right. Bracy competed in the Olympic trials and was the fastest high school athlete in 2011. The only player faster than him in Florida history was former Florida RB Jeff Demps. Kermit wisely decommitted from the University of Miami and will join an already outstanding receiving corps that isn’t lacking in speed. E.J. Levenberry Jr., yet another standout in the 2013 high school class, is the 4th ranked OLB in the country and made 151 tackles in his junior season. This Virginia native is a physical specimen at 6’3 233 lbs. Who said that FSU was losing E.J.? We got one right here! All of this incoming talent means that, in the coming years, we won’t be rebuilding, but reloading. Certain ESPN analysts predict that Clemson will dominate the ACC next year, but with talent like this, we’ll be able to compete at the national stage, not just the ACC. Some also say that without Stoops and Craig our recruiting will fall off. But if you just look at the already talented class of 2014, you’ll see that isn’t the case. So if someone asks you if Florida State is dropping off, just look them in the eye and give them a chop. n Jeffery McCain. (Photo Courtesy of Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)
his issue, Incite is recognizing a COBOL organization that’s been on fire! In September of 2011, Antoinette Wakefield was granted the opportunity to start an on-campus organization called Kolors of Kurves, which was declared an official registered student organization in the spring of 2012. The purpose of the organization is to help guide young women and men of any and all sizes to unlock, uplift, and reach their full potential. It is a service and social organization that informs, celebrates, advocates, and creates opportunities for the curvaceous in capacity. They help individuals grow and use their talents to help others, as well as teach them how to be active, healthy, and committed. As a part of their “I Am Beautiful Campaign,” last year KOK put on their first annual Plus Size
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pageant and gave a deserving young lady a $500 scholarship. This year they’re putting on something even bigger: a plus-size fashion show and charity event, which will showcase the dynamics of plussize fashion and teach positive self-esteem and confidence in oneself. KOK presented not only one of the biggest fashion shows on the Florida State campus, but the first plus-size fashion show we’ve seen . The House of Kurves Fashion Experience was hosted by BET’s Antonia “Toya” Carter on January 26th, 2012 at The Moon nightclub. The production also served as a charity event for the local Tallahassee Refugee House and the American Diabetes Association. Here’s a glimpse into their House of Kurves Experience from their photo-shoots! n Cathy Charles
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merging in the 1940s, R&B was born as a combination of jazz, gospel, and blues. But its prevalence and popularity the 1960s, which birthed legendary names like Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and The Supremes. It continued to accelerate with names such as Aretha Franklin, Prince, Mary J. Blige, and Alicia Keys arriving in the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s. Bear in mind that those names belong to black artists. In fact, some of the genres from which R&B was born also had primarily black origins and artists. So what’s recently been happening to the once mainstream and popular genre? And why are white artists becoming more successful singing “R&B” songs than the black artists who popularized and dominated the genre in the first place? It’s easy to superficially blame the decline of rhythm and soul to the rise of dance music. Every genre suffering in today’s pop world is scapegoating dance music. But perhaps we should fault the R&B artists who rid themselves of the component that initially made them R&B: soul. Though it isn’t so tangible that it can be solidly defined, the soul in music derives from sincere human emotion that an audience can feel, relate to, and be moved by. Name a recent mainstream heartbreaking or sensual song in which the artist was singing their heart out.
What happened to the songs that you could play at your wedding? Or even baby-making music where the singer actually feels for their significant other, instead of worrying about tapping some girl (or girls) for a night? It’s so hard to name songs because others about “poppin’ bottles” and “birthday sex” have replaced them. Pure R&B albums don’t even chart well on the Billboard Hot 100 unless it hosts a club song or features a popular rapper. Beyoncé’s latest album, 4, was one of her most R&B-heavy albums and even it didn’t perform as well as her previous more pop efforts. And if Beyoncé—one of the most recognized names in the world—can’t sell R&B, who can? The songs pegged “R&B” that do chart are heavily influenced by Hip-Hop or Pop, like Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now” and every Rihanna song that plays non-stop on the radio. Some could argue that we still have authentic R&B artists like Jill Scott, Ledisi, and Anthony Hamilton around creating pure R&B music, but their mainstream success is limited compared to pop-influenced R&B. Understand that, of course, there are R&B-influenced songs and artists doing well on the charts. However, there is one difference. Those artists are white. Justin Timberlake’s two albums had more soul than many current R&B artists have in their entire album (*cough* Chris Brown). He sold millions and gained
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more popularity than ever by producing soulful songs like “End of Time” and “Cry Me A River.” And now Justin Bieber is using a similar formula with his most recent album, Believe. Both sing R&B-centric songs and enjoy more success than the black artists who essentially created the genre. Other white artists benefitting from a more soulful sound include Adele—who, in the past two years, has garnered much success—Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Robin Thicke, and Joss Stone. Some might use race as an excuse for these artists’ success. But maybe skin color isn’t a factor. Maybe the reason for their success is raw talent and an unabashed want to record something that strays from the mainstream, which is an attitude that audiences move towards in a new age that celebrates individualism. Many black R&B artists may be recording pop and dance records because they feel that they reach a broader audience. They might think that catchy beats and simple lyrics equal more international fame and success. But the emergence of more soulful songs—some labeled as “Pop” merely because of their popularity, not for their sound (like “Rolling in the Deep”)—that have reached the top of the charts clearly debunk that theory. So while black artists are quick to jump to the more popular genre, some white artists are going in other directions. Audiences get tired of hearing the same and
similar songs with the same production sound, so they gravitate towards a different sound. There are current successful black artists who make great music, but who’ve had less mainstream success than some of the mentioned white artists, like Elle Varner, Miguel, The Weeknd, and Melanie Fiona. Frank Ocean is another success who’s slowly gaining popularity and critical acclaim. Producer Jermaine Dupri recently declared that Ocean can save R&B. But some people might argue that his newfound popularity is attributed to his coming out of the closet before he released his debut studio album, Channel Orange. However, maybe it’s the quality of his music that brought him this far. You can hear him pouring his heart out to beats that aren’t contrived merely to make hits—factors missing from many R&B records today. But we can’t put the fate of R&B onto one person’s shoulders and ask him to lead other artists down similar paths. We as consumers must also do our part. If we paid more attention to the artists trying to preserve R&B, maybe the genre won’t be lost. We shouldn’t ignore artists if their songs don’t have a catchy dance beat. We should support all soulful R&B artists. Because—as their audience and as the consumer—we have the power to either let R&B die or to resuscitate it. n Carlene Geffrard
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On Straight Flexin’ by Joyce Philippe Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not responsible for any altercations, injuries, heartbreaks, and broken phones that may arise while flexin’. Flex at your own risk.
s human beings, it’s only natural for us to strive to be the very best. We constantly set goals to improve ourselves, reaching for the next level. This is especially true for college students. We all have our own issues when it comes to college life. Your car hasn’t seen anything past half-full since the last time financial aid dropped. You come from the club with your hair looking more tired than your feet are. Your significant other isn’t as faithful as you would like, and your “Two Can Play That Game” logic tells you to start looking for a side piece of your own. On social media we laugh about our problems, but there is nothing worse than having The Struggle written all over your face on a regular basis. Now imagine yourself at your peak. You are top of the pyramid—high grade; you’re a hot commodity both socially and financially. Your GPA is higher than gas prices and you dare anyone to challenge your status. For some, there is a thin line between this dream and reality. Unfortunately, not everybody is going to be “That Guy.” This is why we flex. Flexin’ is not limited to freshmen, but is open to everyone across the board. Instagram was created to turn amateurs into artists, and it is our job to make sure our lives are always picture perfect. So go ahead, cash your rent money and spread it all over your bed. Let us know how you ball on a stack of 30 singles. When taking mirror pictures, make sure to twist your body until your hips go from Zoe Saldana to Nicki Minaj, and never forget to pout for the camera. If you were feeling insecure about your skin tone, have no worries: filters can make you 2-5 shades lighter or darker, depending on your preferences. So
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what if you only have three pairs of Jordans, line them up and take a picture of them anyway with the caption “#SneakerHead.” Nobody will call you out because they’re doing it, too. Well, at least not to your face. Don’t underestimate the power of flexin’. If you flex, you can bust it down at the club every Saturday and still be live at church Sunday morning. If you flex, nobody will know that you’re still salty because your girl left you for that frat boy. Flexin’ is not just a simple phrase; it’s a way of life. Flexin’ is not just a simple phrase, it is a way of life. Trinidad James said it best, and now its up to you to follow through. We live in a time where its okay to “fake it ‘til you make it”, just be sure to not lose sight of your goals. Flex correctly, and you will surely speak them into existence.n
You know you’re one of them. One of the millions of people crowded around their TVs at 10 o’clock on a Thursday night while everyone else is pregaming. You’re giddy with anticipation. Kerry Washington is about to deliver another mind-blowing performace. But how successful would she be had not the way been carved for her?
Get Christie Love out of this Scandal In 1974, Teresa Graves changed the face of television when she became the first African American woman to star in her own hour-long television series, Get Christie Love! Since her on-screen debut in 1967’s Our Place and 1969’s single episode of Turn On, Graves slowly climbed up the acting ladder until she landed her pivotal role as title character Christie Love, an undercover female police detective. Graves’ feisty character and catchphrase, “You’re under arrest, Sugah!” led to popular references in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs as well as in the 2002 Austin Powers movie Goldmember. After Teresa Graves left acting to solidify her faith as a Jehovah’s Witness, television lacked African American
Left: Kerry Washington Right: Teresa Graves Photos courtesy of: ABC and The Rap Sheet, respectively.
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women starring in television series. It wasn’t until Grey’s Anatomy creator, Shonda Rimes, introduced America to ABC’s Scandal in 2012 that audiences across the country received another powerful black woman leading a TV series. Rimes’ show made Kerry Washington the lead in Scandal as top-flight crisis manager Olivia Pope. The character, based on real life crisis manager Judy Smith, places an African American woman in a light that is neither derogatory nor squeaky clean. Teresa Graves opened the door for African American woman to get roles like this, and—although it took nearly 30 years for another black woman to possess such a role—Kerry Washington’s performance in Scandal is sure to leave a lasting impression. n Daschielle Louis
ARIZONA, SKITTLES, AND A HOODIE The last time I checked, my hoodie deters raindrops from hitting my face, since I’m too cool for an umbrella. But what if I’d been walking in the wrong community and someone like George Zimmerman mistook me for a suspicious person? What if they pursued me and I acted aggressively in self-defense? Would my death carry any weight? Trayvon Martin’s death almost didn’t before all the media attention. Before the media labeled Zimmerman a racist. But not the “N” word spouting hyper-masculine racist performance often portrayed through nostalgic movies. No, this sort of racism is far more implicit and covert. We internalize covert racism at a very young age—it exists in the characterizations that pervade our culture and is exemplified by racial profiling. And this internalization is something that neither Zimmerman nor anyone else can avoid. He can’t ignore that he, like all of us, internalizes these biases—despite our racial 28 BHM 2013 FACEBOOK.COM/BSUINCITEMAG
identifications. It’s discomforting, but also reflexive. The issue here, though, is that there is a law—the Stand Your Ground law—that could allow someone to act on their racial biases—or do anything unlawful—and not be subject to prosecution. The power of a racial bias is that it filters both what we can easily see and not see. In Trayvon Martin’s case, CNN had an issue preserving his innocence as a murdered 17-year-old boy whose death could have been avoided had Zimmerman not been overzealous. Like most high-profile cases, the case for the victim degenerates into a battle for their humanity—Trayvon’s humanity. For some, his 10-day suspension, hoodie-wearing, grill-flashing Facebook pictures were enough to confirm a violent disposition and propensity to criminal activity.
“I think what’s far more significant is what
“This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around looking about …” “I thought he was just trying to intimidate me ...” “… his demeanor, his body language, was confrontational.” -George Zimmerman Trayvon Martin looked like on that night.” “Aside from the fact that he’s dressed in that thug wear—look at the size of him, he’s not a little kid.” “If this young man was a stranger to George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin looks just like the people who had been burglarizing and victimizing that neighborhood for the last six months.” -Geraldo Rivera 29 BHM 2013 FACEBOOK.COM/BSUINCITEMAG
Geraldo Rivera made some of the more infamous comments surrounding Trayvon’s case during a Fox News broadcast. Comments that shocked viewers as being insensitive to the victim. Comments that even his son publicly distanced himself from. But to be fair to Rivera, he was trying to discuss the idea that minorities are inherently subject to suspicion (based on our internalized covert racist culture) and that a hoodie or “thug wear” can, in a sense, obscure your humanity as an individual. It’s not enough to just look like a criminal, moreso he was trying to argue that, if you are a minority and you happen to a wear a hoodie, then you’ll be seen as inherently suspicious. And apparently subject to undue violence in some cases. He basically advocates conforming to this covertly racist society rather than speaking out on the underlying issues. that’s pretty hard to swallow, even in a “post racial” America. INCITE 29
were the key aggressors in their situations, how can we really support their invocation of the law? Especially considering the racial implications. But Stand Your Ground isn’t just a racial problem. Four years ago, James Wonder shot Chrysler Petit, an off duty FBI agent, in the head in front of his 12-yearold daughter after a heated road rage argument. After hearing about the details in the Zimmerman case, Wonder has since invoked Stand Your Ground as his So what happens when the biases and stereotypes defense. And before this past Christmas, Michael Jock on which people base their actions are intrinsically invoked Stand Your linked to the historiGround after shooting cal demonization of a Randall White two times people? How can sociin the stomach while ety continue to back a waiting in line at a pizza law that people abuse parlor. The instigation to justify their actions? was an argument about Especially when indibad service and common viduals can use it to act courtesy. based on their personal How many more biases against others— unnecessary and inaplike Zimmerman towards propriate invocations Trayvon. must occur for legislature This law gives people to revoke this law? But the opportunity to do in light of gun violence just that. They can use issues and Sybrina deadly force without Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/HO, Martin Family Photos) Fulton’s—Trayvon’s having to flee or retreat. But mother—struggle to should we just count the repeal Stand Your Ground (even with the aid of Florida victims as collateral damage? African Americans and lawmakers), many suspect it just won’t be enough to other minority “out groups” (any group persecuted for budge the Republican legislature. Is this what Stand any reason) have historically been subject to these extrajudicial measures. So can the law really be as colorblind Your Ground has become? This law is shouldn’t be a crutch for people to aggrandize their egos; it’s not an and less biased in the hands of untrained vigilante excuse to fire wantonly at people that happen to piss citizens? you off. We should be rethinking this law. And maybe Well, no. we should come to terms with the fact that our society Almost one year after examining the controversial isn’t mature enough for this kind of responsibility. law, we were reawakened with the death of Jordan
The law in question allows a person to justifiably use force in self-defense, in the event there is a reasonable belief that an unlawful threat is about to occur, without being obligated to retreat.
Davis. Michael Dunn shot and killed Davis after Dunn asked him to turn down his loud Hip Hop music while they’d both stopped at a convenience store. In the time it took Dunn’s girlfriend to enter the store, the situation escalated enough for Dunn to open fire—unaware of his bullets making contact—and killed Davis. When Dunn’s girlfriend rushed out of the store, the two drove off in what he called an attempt to turn himself in. He was later taken into custody at a hotel approximately 100 miles away for fleeing the scene of a crime. In his defense, Dunn’s lawyer commented that Davis brandished a rifle (though it turns out that Davis was unarmed), and thus fired in self-defense. Self-defense is considered one of the primary cornerstones and stipulations of the Stand Your Ground law. But another primary stipulation is that you have to be in fear for your life. In the cases of Zimmerman and Dunn, who 30 BHM 2013 FACEBOOK.COM/BSUINCITEMAG
HANNITY: Is there anything you regret? Do you regret getting out of the car to follow Trayvon that night? ZIMMERMAN: No, sir. HANNITY: Do you regret that you had a gun that night? ZIMMERMAN: No, sir. HANNITY: Do you feel you wouldn’t be here for this interview if you didn’t have that gun? ZIMMERMAN: No, sir. HANNITY: You feel you would not be here? ZIMMERMAN: I feel it was all God’s plan … n Ricardo Ledan
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by Jodeci Richards
The muggy maze that she stumbled through like a drunk lab rat slowly evaporated—mirages clearing from her mind. Pulse thumping. Trying to grasp at thin straws without breaking the scenes. Had she been running? Was she okay?
he needed to know before the story--the dream--vanished. But it was nothing but an I Spy book. The story was the chaos. She could only search for details, with no promise of ever finding them. And with the final pages shorn by helpless shrieking, how could she ever try to? Shrieking. Was that a child? Was it even a school day? Were they pleading? Or was it laughter? No matter. They’re too loud. And too distant. She can’t help. Fan blades lazily paw humid air into circles and vortexes and finally into her face. It feels no different than the air outside, she’s sure. Her tent-like university t-shirt clings to slicks of sweat. Her thighs stick to each other. Stray hairs line her pillows. The foam mattress topper she bought as a buffer between her and the springs had soaked up her sweat. She lolls about in it, grossed out by her own body. It’s how a sponge feels after she’s wrung it damp, but maybe with fewer bacteria. The topper was meant to be a mediator between her and the springs that punched her in her ribs and ripped at her breasts. She’s less picky princess and the springs are more brazen peas. Sirens’ whines pound at her windows. Must be an accident. Must be far away. She can’t help. Grumbling too-big trucks lumber by her room. More agile hatchbacks whiz by, too. So do sedans, she guesses. They all do. She can hear them, but they can’t see her squeezing her eyes closed and trying to will her ears to fall back asleep. But she can’t shut the listening off. She can’t make her room feel midnight black. The thrift store clock perched on her wall doesn’t entrance and immerse her in a dream world. It scrapes at her. It nudges her. And she concedes. She whips her suffocating sheets to the side. A move so swift her groggy body cannot comprehend it. Her shirt is heavy. As are her legs and her fatigued head. She stumbles over yesterday’s jeans and clocks her toe on the belt buckle. She spots the flannel pajamas she’d replaced with a lighter t-shirt at 3:17am in front of her closet. Notebooks and pens and papers and candies are strewn about her floor. Nothing but callous obstacles to a half-asleep girl. Objects she would’ve danced around had she been more lucid. But she still finds her way to the window to peek at Sleep’s opponents. “I spy a sunny day, four police cars, a hysteric woman, and burnt cigars.” They’re too loud. Too distant. She can’t help.
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amille: January 27, 2011 was a life-altering expe-
rience: I got baptized. That one event lead up to a series of events causing me to fully commit my life to Christ. Now my purpose in creating art is to glorify God. I want every piece to signify something that will point back to Christ. There are so many images out there that look so interesting, but what concerns me is the meaning behind it. I believe images impact an individual greatly, so with that, I strive to create pieces that intrigue, edify, and uplift people.
A collection of art pieces by graduating artist Camille Daly
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James Armistead is recognized as being the first black double agent in American history. He was born around 1748 in New Kent, Virginia, as a slave. In 1781 James received permission from his master, William Armistead, to join the American forces in the Revolutionary War, where he served under General Marquis de Lafayette. James’ mission was to infiltrate the British military and spy on General Benedict Arnold, who betrayed the American Continental Army and became a leader of the British forces. James posed as an escaped slave and acted as a guide for Arnold. He quickly gained the trust of Arnold and was utilized as a spy for the British army, but he would remain loyal to the American Continental Army and provide Arnold with inaccurate information. James would eventually discover that the British naval fleet was moving 10,000 troops to Yorktown, Virginia, with the intentions of making it a central post for British forces. Generals Lafayette and George Washington used the details that James’ provided and formed blockades around Yorktown, which crippled the British military and resulted in their surrender on October 19, 1781. After the war, with the help of Armistead and Lafayette, James successfully petitioned the Virginia assembly for his freedom. James took on Lafayette’s last name and lived out the rest of his life as a Virginian farmer. n Eugene Butler, III
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Sunday the 3rd HLSU Superbowl Watch Party Union Green Sunday the 10th Church 11am Soul Food Sunday 2-4pm, BSU House Wednesday the 20th Fireside Chat SSB203 7:30pm
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