THE SENTINEL OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY AT N.C. STATE UNIVERSITY
“RISING STARS OF TOMORROW”
RALEIGH, N.C. n VOL. X, ISSUE 15 n THENUBIANMESSAGE.COM n FEB 29th, 2012
Another Shoe Riot n 4
Black History Tidbit: Roy L. Clay, Sr. n4
Interview with “Born to Shine” Host Kornelius Bascombe n6
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What’s Happening on Campus
Diversity in the Media
29 Student Media Diversity in the Media Panel 7PM Washington Sankofa Rm. Witherspoon Student Center (AACC) From Root to Tip 7PM Walnut Room W.E.S.T/Collegiate 100
CJ GUION | EDITOR - IN - CHIEF
This week, the Nubian Message of N.C. State Student Media will be hosting a panel discussion surrounding the importance of diveristy in the Media. A group of distinguished panelists from different backgrounds culturally and professionally will discuss their experiences and hardships in the media. Panelists will discuss their organization’s philosophies towards diversity; particular programs and initiatives they’ve created to increase diversity awareness,; as well as, various other issues. The panelists for the event include Gerald Owens, an anchor of WRAL; Jon Bloom (VP and General Manager of 96.9 FM); Pam Spaulding (Blogmistress, Pam’s House Blend); John Drescher ( Executive Editor, News & Observer); Kelvin Jervay (Publisher, The Carolinian); and Karen Waters (Editor, the Triangle). The Program will begin at 7PM and will take place in the Washington Sankofa Room of Witherspoon Student Center/ African American Cultural Center.
More information about the panelists:
Gerald Owens - An anchor of WRAL TV. He has been working for the television station since 2002. He is a graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro where he majored in Business.
Culutrally United : Society of Afrikan American Culture 6PM Riddick Lounge
Jon Bloom - Vice President and General Manager of La Ley (96.9 FM, North Carolina’s first and only 100,000 watt spanish speaking station)
NAACP General Body Meeting 7PM Park Shops 215
Kelvin Jervay - Advertising manager for The Carolinian, which serves as the twice-weekly African American newspaper in Raleigh.
Karen Waters - The editor of Triangle Magazine, and LGBT resource for Raleigh/Durham/ChapelHill area. She has also worked on various GLBT newspapers around the country. She is also a graduate of NC State University.
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John Drescher: Excecutive Editor of the News & Observer since 2007. He is a graduate of UNC Chapel - Hill and Duke University. Pam Spaulding - Blogmistress of Pam’s House Blend which serves as the coffeehouse blog site for LGBT issues. Program begins at 7PM in the Washington Sankofa Rm of Witherspoon Student Center. Each of our panelists will address the topic briefly, and then the floor will be opened to the audience to answer any questions they have regarding the topic.
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Is Diddy a Racist? SAMPSON BLOH | STAFF WRITER
Is P. Diddy a racist? I will let you decide. If you witnessed the NBA All Star slam dunk contest last Saturday you may have heard the Hip Hop bad boy, record producer, entrepreneur and award winning music artist Sean Combs, CKA Diddy shouting out loud , “Black Power,” with his fist up doing the black power salute. Combs did this when asked about a new network of his that is about to be launched soon. Combs stated as he was doing the salute, “the revolution will be televised.” Many may say that Diddy has the right to say whatever he wants and might also not find this offensive. However, the problem is that this is not the place for anyone to participate in a black power salute and talk about the revolution; no matter the context. I will upgrade the NBA and basketball as America’s most prestigious and internationally recognized sport and believe that the All-Stars event was widely watched. Many around the world already have negative perceptions of Blacks in America; so in a way, by doing this, Combs reinforced negative stereotypes from those who do not know better. Just last Tuesday, I attended a meeting for an organization for African American men on campus. One of the members who had previously studied in Europe said that he was once asked if all Blacks in America possess guns. Knowing Combs’ status in the American and black community makes me find this to be shameful for black people. Often, it seems like our most celebrated brothers are the ones always the ones involved in ignorant behaviors. This
is one of the many examples of how the media helps reinforce stereotypes. As for combs, I have always found him to be a ‘wack” individual but after the black power salute, I lost all respect for this man whom I have previous looked up to as an inspiration. Of course I am not being a “hater,” and I am proud that he, another black man is doing well for himself, especially knowing the history of America and the suffering of African Americans. However, he expressed his happiness in a way that made him look ignorant and made him appear to be a racist. This was unprofessional and it is not the way that a role model should act. At a time when we have a black president, there’s no need for a celebrated black man to be doing the black power salute. Republicans and Fox News could try to make a connection with this against the president in order to promote their race and class war campaign. This could also be used in the future against Mr. Combs himself by those who might not like him. Mr. Combs is a grown man and he should have known that certain things should not be said in certain environments. It is sad that rich and popular blacks like Diddy himself are the ones making black people look bad. Just recently boxer Floyd Mayweather posted a tweet about New York Knicks stars Jeremy Lin which I, like many had found to be disrespectful. As far as the Sean Combs incident is concerned, I do not believe that he is a racist but what he did was very ignorant, irresponsible, and stupid.
Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
KELVIN CARTER | STAFF WRITER
Why do fools fall in love? As current entertainment news states, Chris Brown and Rihanna have begun recording remixes on each other’s songs once again. Chris Brown featured Rihanna in his latest single, “Turn up the Music Remix” Later, it was announced that Rihanna featured Chris Brown, in return, in her song, “Birthday Cake Remix” Both songs were released in the month of February, in some cases known as the month of love. Rumors spread afterwards that Rihanna and Chris had been rekindling their past rocky relationship. As we all can remember back in 2009 in February news spread of R&B singer Chris Brown physically abusing his girlfriend, Pop singer Rihanna. At the time people went into an uproar declaring that Chris should be punished. However, the court allotted Chris 180 days of community service, 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling, and probation from being within 50 yards of Rihanna. But recent gossip states that Rihanna and Chris Brown have been seeing each other off and on throughout time. After the release of the Chris Brown and Rihanna’s music people have criticized their collaboration. Many people look down upon Rihanna based on her decisions to have anything to do with Brown. It’s
been mentioned that even Jay-Z, CEO of Roc-A-Fella Records, is upset of Rihanna’s decisions. Many believe that this minor relationship between Rihanna and Chris Brown will just cause more problems and will probably spark another Chris Brown outburst. Chris Brown is still currently in a relationship with his girlfriend Karrueche Tran. As for my opinion, domestic violence happens every day and is a serious topic that should be taken serious. However one thing we must all remember, is that people make their own decisions. Women constantly are advised to stay away from the gentlemen who have physically, emotionally, or verbally abused them. The same goes for men who are in abusive relationships. Whether Rihanna and Chris are in love or just want the public’s attention we may never know but one thing they have and will always gain is the media’s attention. I believe Rihanna and Chris Brown are keeping a connection with each other to feed off one another, musically and socially. Chris Brown alone has so many fans while Rihanna continues to improve and gain more followers. Believe it or not there may be a motive behind Rihanna’s decisions., if you watch and listen to the music each writes I would advise the public to just sit back and watch as Rihanna and Chris Brown rekindle the drama among each other.
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Hometown: Jacksonville, NC Major/College: Polymer and Color Chemistry/College of Textiles Campus Involvement: -African American Student Advisory Council, Secretary -College of Textiles Tutor -Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society Member -National Society of Collegiate Scholars Member -Multicultural Student Affairs Peer Mentor -Peers Entering Acceptance towards Christ Eternally, Treasurer/Usher -University Scholars Program Member Academic Achievements: -Dean’s List for Fall 2010 (4.0 GPA), Spring 2011, and Fall 2011 Community Service Involvement (inclusive, but not limited to): -Sanctuary of Jacksonville, NC Nursery Volunteer (Dec 2009 - Aug 2010, June 2011-Aug 2011) -Service NC State Volunteer (Aug 2010, Aug 2011) -NC Senior Games Racquetball Volunteer Referee (Oct 2010) -Food Bank of NC in Raleigh, NC Volunteer (Apr 2011) -Open Hand in Atlanta, GA Volunteer (Civil Rights ASB Trip) (Oct 2011) -MLK Service Challenge Volunteer (Jan 2012) Favorite Quote: “The difference between a student and a scholar amounts to one word, discipline
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Another Shoe Riot ELIZA BROOKS | STAFF WRITER
Braxton Jackson Hometown: Jacksonville, NC Major/College: Nuclear Engineering/ College of Engineering (Minor: Africana Studies) Campus Involvement: -Black Alumni Society Mentoring Program, -Caldwell Fellows Program (Caldwell Ambassador and Class Liaison), Chancellor’s Aide, -CSLEP’S Leadership in Action Program (Mentor), -The Kappa Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc (President), -National Pan-Hellenic Council (Vice President), -National Society of Collegiate Scholars, -NCSU Reach Out and Touch (Co-Founder/ Co-Chair) NCSU University Scholar’s Program, Student Advancement and Retention Program (Mentor) Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2009, Spring 2010), MSA Freshman Scholar Award, N.C. State Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship Recipient, Walton Family Foundation Scholar, ACAAGS Academic Achievement Award
It comes as no surprise for many that the resent release of the highly anticipated Nike shoes has lead to riots and uproars at many retailing locations, AGAIN. Over the Christmas holiday, several media outlets reported several riots in malls across the country stemming from the re-release of the Jordan Concords. Several weeks later, shoe riots have occurred again, this time following the release of Nike’s foamposite sneakers. This time, the story was a bit closer to home, as Crabtree Valley Mall faced a similar situation which forced the mall to cancel the launch. My initial response to this was, “Really?” It was easy for me to initially point the finger of blame at Nike for allowing something like this to even happen. Nike is no amateur in the area of marketing. From this assumption, it would be fair to say that as a successful business Nike understands the concept of supply and demand. As demand for a particular product increases, the price for the product will also increase. With that being said, why would they sell the Galaxy Foamposite shoe for $220 and release a very limited number of shoes? Having a low price and small quantity leads to an much larger pool of potential consumers; and, like we've seen in the past couple of months, this creates conflict. Maybe it was their intent to set a price that a large percent of their consumers would be able to afford. Then again, maybe they had something else on their agenda. Whatever their true reason for doing so was, one thing that they were successful at doing was
shedding light on a number of issues starting at our foundation. With that in mind, I reevaluated my initial urge to fault Nike and took the opportunity to reevaluate myself and the actions of my community. How did we go from marching for freedom and equality to rioting over shoes? Have we come to a time and place where we are willing to lose souls for soles? As we look, admire, and even mock one another’s shoes, we need to go a step further and notice the foundation that crumbles beneath them. How foolish do we look to be camping out, rioting, and even fighting in order to buy glow in the dark shoes? To collectors, these particular shoes are seen as a hot commodity but to the rest of the world they are seen in a comical light. Imagine what kind of image this is creating for us as a whole. I'm not saying it is wrong to be a sneakerhead, but what I will say is that I think we should be begin to think about who we are and what we stand for both literally and figuratively.
Black History Tidbit: Roy L. Clay Sr.
Community Service Involvement: NCSU Reach Out and Touch (Co-Founder/ Co-Chair); Organization mission is to meet the needs of the community through empowerment, public service, and advocacy. To achieve this mission Reach Out and Touch annually adopts a local family as well as institutes service projects that raise awareness and monetary aid for the community. Creating to Benefit the Community and Students Foundation (Co-Founder/Director); Non-Profit Organization whose mission is to to provide students, with a concentrated focus on leaving a positive legacy on their community through service, with an opportunity to continue their education through monetary assistance. Favorite Quote: “Man’s Greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done” Frederick Douglass
Before there was Bill Gates, there was Roy L. Clay Sr. Roy Clay was a key figure in the development of Silicon Valley. He was also a key developer in Hewlett-Packard’s computer division leading the team that created the HP 2116A in 1966. Clay served as the head of the Research and Development department, as well as the designer of the software for the 2116A. Today, Clay is the CEO of Rod-L Electronics, which has been a leader in electrical safety equipment testing. It’s products are used by many of the top electrical companies in the world.
Using Social Media to Battle HIV/AIDS Epidemic CJ GUION | STAFF WRITER
African-Americans represent approximately 14 percent of the U.S. population, but accounted for an estimated 44 percent of new HIV infections in 2009. African American women make up a disproportionate number of those cases. NCSU students Khalia Braswell, Kamar Galloway, and Jeremy Currence are providing assistance in a project funded by the National Science Project which will study the use of social media networks in promoting HIV and AIDS prevention education among African American female students. $252,360 was given to NC State University to conduct the study. The National Science Foundation awarded a twoyear grant supporting the project, which is being conducted at NC State and Pennsylvania State University. “Being apart of the NSF project is very important to me because it impacts African-American college women. HIV/AIDS is spreading amongst our community and those who are being affected are not informed,” stated Khalia Braswell (Communications/Computer Science major). “I am excited to be able to use knowledge gained through coursework and experience to contribute to this project. Social action is very important to me and I look forward to impacting our community through this project.” Braswell assists with the social media and web aspect of the project. Galloway serves as the Social media specialist. “I joined the NSF project because it was an oppor-
tunity to solve a pressing issue in the African-African community. After hosting several on campus focus groups, it became apparent that the HIV/AIDS prevention education online content did not resonate with African-American female population. As the project's social media specialist, I am developing a interactive website that spreads awareness through a user friendly interface. My goal is to build a social media platform that is informative as it is easy to navigate.” Kamar Galloway (Business Administration) stated. Jeremy Currence recently joined the project and now serves as the webmaster and designer for the project website. “I began working on the NSF project to do some work that actually makes a difference. I'm the webmaster and designer for the website, a task that's new to me and my Computer Engineering experience. Sometimes internships can become tedious when you're working on a piece of a project that you aren't around to finish. I like working with my research team to promote HIV awareness/prevention because we're reaching out to people directly, in a way that benefits us all. I'm working with some of the brightest people “ Currence (Computer Engineering) said. The award began Sept. 1, 2011, and is expected to continue through August 31, 2013. The project title is: “Developing a Culturally Compelling Social Network Approach to HIV/AIDS Prevention for African American College Students.”
Black and Proud, Maybe Not:
Do other Ethnicities make Black Beautiful? CORDERO SLASH | STAFF WRITER
Recently a L’Oréal ad has been released depicting singer/songwriter Beyoncé Knowles stating that her skin is a “mosaic of all the faces before it” (meaning that she is much more than just black). While this is a positive commercial in terms of diversity and making reference to Beyoncés diverse background, it does beg the question: is being an African American so stigmatized in today’s society, that many of us are compelled to emphasize other aspects of our ethnicity just to downplay the fact that we identify with the black culture? In the ad she highlights that she has an African American, Native American and French background, and the first thing that I noticed about the ad, besides it downplaying the ethnicity and culture that she most likely solely identifies with, is that the commercial blurs the lines between nationality and ethnicity through the use of the word “French” to describe Beyoncé. French is not an ethnicity, but rather a nationality. I think our people are sorely misguided in a lot of cases, because it seems that when many black people note the features of themselves and others that are appealing it’s mostly because of the ethnic features they are composed of that are not black. We tend to see this in those who say they have “good hair”, and pretty eyes or skin. Many highlight what they are mixed with instead of coming to the conclusion that being black is appealing enough in itself. The African American experience has been both a proud point in our history denoting our shared cultural heritage as well as a hindrance in the United States in terms of many important aspects such as with housing, employment, economic and social opportunities, but I for one do not feel as though it’s necessary or even pertinent to try and separate oneself from that,
just because of the social implications or for this type of commercial. It seems that many of us do this and I feel ashamed that we feel the need to separate ourselves because of the majority’s notion of what beauty or positivity looks like. There are all types of beauty and though one’s background does play a part in skin tone, I don’t think that different ethnicities have anything to do with finding your proper makeup shade. I am a fan of diversity and of a person knowing all of the facets of their biological makeup. In addition to this, I am also not insinuating that Beyoncé is attempting to distance herself from the black community with her comments. At the same time, I believe this ad in fact attempts to do so whether knowingly or unknowingly. In most instances, I don’t see others separating themselves from their culture in anyway. In other words, if you are a white person then most of the time you’re just that. There are exceptions such as Italians or some Spanish Americans but that just makes my point; they fully accept that they identify with a specific culture so why can’t many of us? I understand that being black is often seen as different things for different people and that being a black person often doesn’t mean that a person has just a single ethnic background, but the one thing that does bond us is our shared cultural and social experience, especially in the US. I feel that this L’Oréal ad is something that attempts to further divide us, we know that to the vast majority of people living in the United States we are in fact one. It is my opinion that we need to stop associating blackness with negativity, or a lighter complexion or mixed heritage as the defining characteristic of beauty, and be proud of the notion that black is still beautiful.
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Alexis Teasdell From: Charlotte, North Carolina Major: Middle Grades Education; Language Arts and Social Studies Campus Involvement: - President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People - Historian Association of African American Student Educators - Secretary for Peers Entering Acceptance towards Christ Eternally - College of Education Ambassador - Peer Mentor - Student Assistant for New Student Orientation -I was nominated for 3 Ebony Harlem Awards my freshman year Academic Achievements -Mary McCloud Bethune Scholarship Recipient (2010-2011) -Bryan Knox Scholarship Recipient (2011-2012) My Favorite Quote: “Set goals so high that without God you would be a miserable failure” Volunteer: -Service Raleigh Volunteer (2011) -Salvation Army Coat Drive Volunteer (2011)
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Interview with Kornelius Bascombe
Recently, The Nubian Message had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Kornelius Bascombe, a Senior in Sociology. This year he had the opportunity to host segments of Time Warner’s show “Born to Shine,” which is a show that celebrates African American culture and the leaders who are shining every day. He was also a participant in the Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Your OWN Show” competition where he garnered nearly 6 million votes in the contest. Nubian Message: What made you decide to pursue a career in the media?
Assir Aboushouk Hometown - Originally from Sudan, Africa, but later lived in Cary, NC Major/College - Double Major in Mathematics Education/ College of Education and Statistics/College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences Campus Involvement - Treasurer of the Kappa Chapter of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Historian/Special Events Coordinator for the North Carolina Teaching Fellows of NC State. Was on the Track & Cross Country teams his first two years at NCSU. Academic Achievements - Deans List (Fall 2011)
Kornelius Bascombe: “What made me decide to pursue a career in the media was a friend and their interest in media... I had no clue what TV was all about. Before pursuing media, I was a criminology major and wanted to become a police officer. My friend Demi and other fraternity members encouraged me to pursue media, because of my personality. Then I entered a contest to get my OWN show on Oprah’s OWN network. After competing in the Oprah contest, I received a lot of great feedback, and thought to myself that this is something that I could see myself doing. After that, I won a contest to host “Born to Shine” with Time Warner and was successful with that.” Nubian: What are your plans following graduation? Kornelius: “After graduation, I plan to move to LA where I will be pursuing more media opportunities. Time Warner is great, but one opportunity is not enough especially the media field. You have to consistently be doing more than one thing to stay ahead of the rest. You can’t be complacent. This is just the beginning.”
Community Service Involvement - Helped Coordinate Volunteers for the Record Setting MEGA Blood Drive. -Mentor for High School students in the NC -Mathmatics and Science Education Network (MSEN) Pre-College Program. -Youth Soccer volunteer Coach.
Nubian: Has it been tough taking on a hosting position, while continuing to balance this with being a student in college?
Any other beneficial information - the oldest of 6 brothers and a sister.
Nubian: Do you believe that you have balanced this pretty well?
Kornelius: “Yes, most definitely. Managing my time, studying, going to student events can be pretty tough in addition to being a host; Having to travel to tapings and participating in forums for the show. However, being a senior this year has made it much easier.”
Kornelius: “Yeah, because not many people are able to be in college and host a TV show. The NC State has been so supportive. The faculty, staff, and students have given me lots of encouragement. It’s great having a family that supports me in everything that I do. I feel like the people on this campus are my family. I also serve as a role model to some students who might look up to me.” Nubian: What advice would you give to any student who possibly wants to get a job in the media or even the entertainment business? Kornelius: “Don’t wait for the opporutunity to come to you... You have to start developing your own opportunities now. No matter what you want to do, whether it’s singing, rapping, acting, you have to start now. While you’re sleeping, someone else is working their butt off. You have to be grinding your chops. You have to start contacting media agencies and different production companies. No Dream is too big. I dream of being the next X Factor or American Idol host.” Nubian: What doors has “Born to Shine” opened up for you? Kornelius: “I’ve hosted numerous talk shows, live
events (shows on campus and across North Carolina). This opportunity has also opened the door to many connections and networking opportunities. I’ve been able to connect with the producers, writers, and directors of the show. Also, having the Time Warner title holds a lot of weight. When I introduce myself and say that I’ve worked for Time Warner, it helps a lot. Many of the producers of the show serve freelance, and could have potential opportunities for me down the road.” Nubian: What is your ultimate career goal? Kornelius: “I want to have my own night time talk show or daytime talk show. Do a little more acting, but I more so want to tell people’s stories and empower the community. I would like to be the next Conan, Jay Leno, or Oprah. I want to do something fun, and not too serious. Anyone who knows me, knows that I like to have fun.” Nubian: What is your motivation for success? Kornelius: “The idea that I have to become successful. I come from a background of not having much. I have to be successful for my family, myself, and for my future family. I have to show them that you can make it. If you work hard, anyone can make it. My internal motivation is having the mindset, that if I do this and do that, I can be the next host of my own television show. I like to set high and unattainable goals. The moment I feel like I’m edging toward this goal... I set another one. There are moments when I’m down, and it can be challenging, but I keep telling myself, that I can do it. Nobody is responsible with for my successful, but me. I also make sure to surround myself with positive people, my family, and friends.” Nubian: If you weren’t pursuing a career in the media, what would you like to do? Kornelius: “Social work or Law enforcement, more so Federal. I would want to do something dealing with family and kids.” Nubian: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Kornelius: “No Problem.”
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Major/College: Biological Sciences (Junior)
Hometown: Orange, New Jersey
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Hometown: Greenville, NC
Major: Political Science with a major in Spanish (Senior)
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Organizations Achievements: -W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society -Peer Mentor - Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS) - Minority Men in the Medicine -Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic) Certified in State of North Carolina Academic Achievements -Dean’s List -National Honor & Merit Scholar’s Society -National Society of Collegiate Scholars -Invited by Assistant Dean to Present at Summer Program (2010-2011) -College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Honors Program Service: - “Community Health Fair”Minority Men in Medicine of MAPS “So You Want to be a Doctor” Minority Association of Pre-Health Students -Free Prostrate Screening Volunteer -Service NC State Non-Campus Activities: Church (Youth Advisor, Mime) Favorite Quotes: “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” ~ Henry Ford
Campus Involvement: - E-Board position in the Kappa Omicron Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. - PEACE Church - Member of Uninhibited Praise Gospel Choir - E-Board Position of Society of Afrikan American Culture (First two years of undergraduate career) - Former Student Senator of CHASS Owes success to: -African American Cultural Center Career Goals: -To attend law school and one day become a successful attorney
Major/College: Accounting and Business Administration (Poole College of Management) with a minor in Spanish (Junior) Campus Involvement: -President and Co-founder of the Poole Council (which is the new student government organization in the Poole College of Management); -Treasurer of Uninhibited Praise Gospel Choir; -Peer Mentor with the Peer Mentor Program; African-American Cultural Center volunteer Academic Achievements: - Dean’s List (Fall 2010, Fall 2011); -Freshmen Honors Convocation Recipient; -SECU People Helping People Scholarship; -Greensboro’s Gate City Rotary Club Scholarship; - Eberhart Scholarship Enrichment Fund Community Service Involvement: - Poole Council Book Drive (collected over 490 books and provided them to children in Third World countries); - Poole Council Food Drive (led the collection of over 370 cans and donated them to a local food bank); - Service at State to package food for Haiti earthquake victims (Fall 2010); -Service Raleigh to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis (Spring 2011). My personal motto is: “Although Perfection is not attainable, that is no excuse to not strive for Undistracted Excellence, Greatness, and Success”
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Dear Nubian Queen,
I have been friends with this girl for the past two years and we have become the best of friends and practically inseparable. I love to spend time with her and we can talk for hours and never run out of words to say. My friends and family adore her and quite frankly I do too. She is everything that I am looking for in a girlfriend but I am completely stuck in the friend zone. I want to become more than friends but I do not want to ruin my friendship. Please help. Sincerely, Friend Zone Dear Friend Zone, Speaking historically opposite sex friendships have usually been reserved for those women and men who wanted to get married. However, within the past few decades this clear line has become extremely blurred. Still, we do not see many opposite sex friendships that are strictly that, friendships. Women and men are completely different and I would not encourage any man to try and figure us out. To be honest, I am not sure if I have the answer for you but I do I believe that you can answer the question for yourself. Personally, I think it is very easy to turn a friendship into a relationship. However, if the relationship is not successful then it is almost impossible to restore the integrity within the friendship. If you are interested in this young lady then I do believe that it is your duty to tell her. Hopefully, she has the same feelings and you all will live happily ever after! But, In the back of your mind you may be thinking about rejection but those feelings are only natural and come with the territory. If she is not interested in you romantically then just continue your friendship and do not make yourself emotionally vulnerable to her. If you notice the foundation of your relationship has become unstable and awkward then your friendship may not have been as great as you pictured it. I am not going to tell you to date her friends to make her jealous. If you date her friends then you are definitely not going to be able to date her because that is a serious violation of the “girl code”. I am also not going to tell you to flirt with her because that may make her feel uncomfortable. But what I will tell you is to stay true to yourself and be honest with your friend. Best of luck and hopefully everything will work out in your favor. Sincerely, Nubian Queen
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BLACK HISTORY QUIZ
Leatha Pettress Hometown: Brown Summitt, NC Major/College: CHASS / Social Work Campus Involvement: - Member of BSSWA(Baccalaureate Student Social Work Association) -Member of AAASE(Association of African American Student Educators) Academic Achievement: 3.41 GPA Community Service: - Mentors through SAY (Students Advocating for Youth) Village She is bright, personable, energetic, and easy-going, and she volunteers for whatever the village needs. In addition, she mentors a 4th grade boy at Fuller Elementary School and has done a remarkable job with him. Robin Williams
1. WHO WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO JOIN THE NCSU MARCHING BAND? _______________________________ 2. WHAT COURT CASE DECIDED THAT UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES IN NORTH CAROLINA SHOULD BE OPEN TO AFRICAN AMERICANS? ___________________________________________ 3. WHO WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN ACADEMIC STAFF MEMBER AT NCSU? ______________________________ 4. WHO WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PHD RECIPIENT AT NCSU? _____________________ ___________ 5. WHO WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO BE RECRUITED FOR THE MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM? ___________________________ 6. WHAT WAS THE FIRST YEAR THAT FINANCIAL AID WAS MADE AVAILABLE TO AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS? ______________ 7. WHAT WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN SORORITY ON CAMPUS? WHAT WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN FRATERNITY ON CAMPUS? _________________/_____________________ 8. WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE FIRST EDITOR OF THE NUBIAN MESSAGE? __________________________ 9. WHO WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN “BILLIONAIRE?” _______________________________ 10. WHO WAS THE FIRST FEMALE AFRICAN AMERICAN TO WIN A GRAMMY AWARD? _______________________ 11. WHO WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO STAR IN A NETWORK TV SHOW? __________________________
Last week’s Black History Quiz 1. Who Was the First African American Student Senate President? Eric Moore 2. Who Was the First African American Male to Be Voted Leader of the pack? Kedrick Lowery 3. This Network was established in 1992 to Offer Support to African American Women at NC State? Sista 2 Sistuh 4. This student Group Gave NC State The Grade of an “F” in 2002 for the recruitment, Retention, and Enrollment of African American Students? African American Student Advisory Council 5. In this year, the First Four African American Undergraduates Enrolled at NCSU? 1956 6. What is the name of a Group of Students Who began a series of Sit-ins at Woolworth’s Diner in Greensboro, NC? Greensboro Four 7. This Town in North Carolina UseD to be a Prosperous seasport with a 2/3 population of African Americans before it was Rioted in 1898? Wilmington 8. This African American Received a Patent for The Traffic Light? Garret Morgan 9. Who was the first African American Actor to Receive an Academy Award? Sidney Potier 10. This African American Sitcom was cancelled in 2009, and was Revived in 2011 on a New Network after fans protested it’s Cancellation? “The Game” 11. This singer released a single of “The National Anthem” after Performing the Song at The Super Bowl? Whitney Houston 12. Which Singer Holds a Record of Receiving the most Grammy’s in One Night? This Record is now Also Held by Another Singer? Beyonce’