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2012 Pan Afrikan Festival Edition




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Trending Topic #Pan Afrikan @lilduval Shout out to nc state for showing me love @Sknow: Because I am unable to attend Pan Afrikan I will be logging off of Twitter tonight for the weekend... Toooo sad :-(

The Purpose of the Pan Afrikan Festival

The North Carolina State University Pan Afrikan Festival has been a longstanding tradition at NC State since 1971. It began as a way to attract African American students to the university. Each year this festival sponsored by the Black Students Board, a committee of the Union Activities Board, along with other student organizations on campus serves to inform, educate, and celebrate African American culture and African heritage. In this issue we will recap the most recent 2012 Pan Afrikan Festival.

@SIMply_SYMone92 Ready for the #NCSU Pan Afrikan comedy show tonight with @ lilduval!!!! @techwonder21 Pan-Afrikan has been a blast so far s/o to SAAC’s Black Culture Rocks and DanceVisions performance tonight @MelvinXDerek We are still going hard this Saturday night @ Sushi Nine for Pan Afrikan week! Spread the word. @Future_LA_Chick Had fun at Pan Afrikan this past week! Now, ready to enjoy these last 3 months of work at NC State, then prepare for the big move! @SteeZofBronZe13 : @ Rice_2Riches Lol lil duval is here for the Pan-Afrikan comedy show, that was one of his jokes... it was hilarious

Definition of Pan-Afrikan: Pan-Afrikanism is a sociopolitical world view, philosophy, and movement which seeks to unify native Afrikans and those of Afrikan heritage into a "global African community". Generally Pan-Afrikanism calls for a politically and economically united Afrika or unity of Afrikan people.

@Wolfpack_World Great article about Pan Afrikan 2012 on! @NubianMessage l1LccKrS @J_Stradda Is it even possible 2 have Pan African week w/o a stepsHOw??? @GENUINE_BEAUTY1 S/o to my cousin @RedCorolla and the Envy-us steppers they repd 252 well #NcState #PanAfrikan

Photo provided by Union Activities Board

John Miller, “The best part was the Dance Visions concert and the comedy show...the step show was entertaining, but overall it did not live up to the hype.” Scharmia Roberson, “Pan Afrikan Week was very eventful and enthusiastic. At points, it was expensive so I wasn’t able to attend everything.” Aiesha Burrell, “It wasn’t what I expected. I really enjoyed some of the events, but overall the week was expensive.” Anonymous, “I was disappointed, because some of the events did not measure up to the promotion.”

No, you don’t need to adjust your eyes nor has the Nubian Message overlooked a blatant typo— the “k” holds significance. In most languages indigenous of the Afrikan continent, K is used in spelling rather than a C. Allegedly, the K was dropped and replaced with a C, by British and Portuguese set in their hegemonic views. This is why you often encounter two spellings for the word Kong and Congo, Afrikan and African.

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@JustLo_okAtBazz #State went ham for #PanAfrikan week

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Why the “K” in African?

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: Pre-Stepshow Festival The NCSU Black Alumni Society hosted a pre-step show cookout and concert for students Saturday, April 14. The “blackout” as it was referred to, featured vendors, live music from NCSU alum, Just Once, and food hot off the grill. The blackout lasted from 12p.m.- 5p.m. and was the perfect way for students to kick off their Pan Afrikan weekend.

Photos by CJ Guion

Afrikan Night This week, the African Student Union hosted there annual African Night. The event was hosted by Kornelius Bascombe and featured performances by Botewa (an African student dance group), the play “The Lost Boys of Sudan”, musical acts, as well as other forms of cultural entertainment. There was also a Azonto Dance Competition, and the winner of the competition walked away with a $50 Visa card. The food was catered by Palace International.

Photos by CJ Guion


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Dancevisions NC State’s own Dance Visions captivated audiences Wednesday night as they showcased their beautiful dancing and choreography skill in their annual Spring concert. Dancevisions has been active on campus since 1977. The focus of DanceVisions is to offer a unique extracurricular activity for the entire student body. DanceVisions also provides members with opportunities for leadership and skill development, as they express themselves creatively through dance. It is the oldest dance company at NCSU. Dance Visions dazzled in vibrantly colored costumes as they performed— finally their hard-work from hours of rehearsal, paying off. Photos by Melvin Moore

AATS Annual Spring Fashion Expose The African American Textile Society (AATS) held its 15th Annual Fashion Expose, which is the longest running fashion show at NC State. Aptly titled, “True Life: I Am Fashion” the designers lived and breathed fashion in preparation for this year’s fashion show. The designs ranged from dark and moody to chic and sophisticated. The expose gave students the opportunity to showcase their talent and creativity. Designers competed in two categories : novice & intermediate and beyond. Students from Clayton High School also participated in the show modeling their own designs. The runner up of this year’s show was Elizabeth Croom, a junior in fashion development and product management, whose collection was inspired by designs and costumes worn in Alice in Wonderland directed by Tim Burton. Joelle Purifoy, a junior in fashion and textile management, stole the show with a line inspired by her Nana. This year, Designer to the Stars, Felicia Farrar, was one of the judges. Ms. Farrar has designed for the late Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle, Gillian Anderson, jazz singer Nnenna Freelon, and many others. Her fashions have also been editorialized in Elle, Vogue, and Harpers Bazaar.

Photos by Melvin Moore



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STEP SHOW Pan Afrikan would not be complete without the Annual NPHC Pan Afrikan Step Show! Greek organizations of the National Pan-Hellenic Council took the stage to compete for bragging rights. This year’s step show featured performances from the Eta Omicron chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity Inc., the Xi Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma, Fraternity Inc., Kappa Xi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc., as well as the Mu Xi Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority Inc. This year the participants based their performances off of popular movies such as Major Payne and House Party. During the intermission, the crowd was dazzled by a performance from NC State’s own all-male acappella group, Grains of Time. Music was provided by DJ CEO. At the end of the night after leaving their hearts on the stage, Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity Inc. was crowned 1st place, while Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc. took second.

Photos by CJ Guion

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Comedy Show


Florida native and semi-Finalist on the BET comedy competition series, Coming to the Stage, Lil’ Duval left students in stitches from laughing so hard after he took to the stage of Stewart Theater, Friday night. Comedian, Benji Brown, of the Benji Brown show also joined in on the fun. Both funny men tweeted favorably about their time spent at NC State. @benjibrown1: Thanku NC State for a great show @lilduval: Shout out to nc state for showing me love

Photos by CJ Guion

Taste of NC State Taste of NC State is an event that happens annually to support and appreciate many different cultures represented on NC State's campus. Taste of NC State was founded in 2005 and has become a running tradition that students can look forward to each year. This year the Diversity Activities Board is pleased announce that Asian, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, and African cultures will be the cultures represented at this year's Taste of NC State!

Photos provided by Union Activities Board



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Spring ShowCASE

Photos by CJ Guion

Black Finesse modeling troupe held their annual spring showcase Sunday, April 15. Hosted by K-Nice, the show featured members of the Black Finesse troupe, as well as non-members who had the opportunity to strut during the show’s intermission. The troupe’s 18th year here at State, Black Finesse was originally created as a means for students to “to promote positive images of African Americans on campus,” through the use of modeling techniques.

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Mr./Mrs. Pan Afrikan Pageant

Nina Scott-Emuakpor Rodney McCormick

Kandice Ross

This year the Pan Afrikan Festival saw the return of the Mr. and Mrs. Pan Afrikan pageant in which several students from around campus competed for the title. Contestants were judged on audition videos, career presentations, theme-related presentations, and an on stage questionnaire. After the votes were tallied at the end of the night Nina Scott-Emuakpor and Justin Watkins were crowned as Mr. and Mrs. Pan Afrikan. In addition, underclassmen competed in an outside contest for the title of Pan Afrikan prince and princess. This contest was conducted through peer voting, community service, and an interview process. Edward Okafor and Taylor Hamer were named Pan Afrikan prince and princess.

Justin Watkins

Kaitlyn Barfield

Summer Martin

Pan Afrikan Prince & Princess Vincent Sanders

Photos by CJ Guion : Some pictures provided by UAB

100 Black Affair: Celebrating Black Excellence

In lieu of Pan Afrikan Week, W.E.S.T. and the NCSU chapter of Collegiate 100, put together the semi-formal event 100 Black Affair: Celebrating Black Excellence. The event took place Thursday night, April 12, 2012 in the Talley Center Ballroom. At the event, students had the opportunity to dress up in some of their finest attire and mingle with peers. Several students were recognized for their various leadership roles around campus and received awards. Photos by CJ Guion /Kareem Williams

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