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[ Inside the Issue ]

Morgan Gridiron to NFL Glory [Pg. 6] Alumni Profile [ Pg. 9]

Takers Screenwriter Interview [Pg. 12]

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October 18, 2010 Volume 68 Issue 2 Photo by Lawrence Johnson

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Photo by Tionah Lee Happy Homecoming! We have reached this time yet again, when alumni revisit the campus to marvel at what’s new and current students reflect on the accomplishments of Morgan’s past. It’s a time for celebration, reunion and connecting the Morgan family. This year is especially unique because the 12th President of Morgan State University, Dr. David Wilson, will be formally inaugurated. Dignitaries from all over the country will attend this historic occasion on Thursday, Oct. 21. The student organizations at Morgan will also be included in the Inauguration event. Dr. Wilson insists on making this a memorable moment not only for the faculty and staff but also for the students, which is his central focus.

Retaining the Morgan State legacy is important and with the contributions of you: the students, faculty and staff, The Spokesman Newspaper can continue to provide the latest news for our community and abroad. We are launching our fundraising effort, “News and Brews” which is a partnership between The Spokesman and The New York Times. With a $20/month subscription, The Spokesman will hand deliver twice a week: The New York Times, The Spokesman Newspaper and your choice of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or a muffin. With this effort, we plan to raise enough funds to become a self-sustaining publication.

In this issue, we feature some of Morgan’s prestigious alumni to honor them for their achievements and to share their stories with the Morgan community. Morgan alumni have contributed greatly to the positive reputation of Morgan State University and for this we applaud them.

Enjoy Homecoming week and remember to reflect on the past to appreciate the present!




NEWS- Makeba Williams-McLeod CAMPUS LIFE- Chante Small SPORTS- Blake Bryson BODY&SOUL- Adegoke Olubusi SCHOLARSHIPS&INTERNSHIPS- Obeahon Okaiwele POETRY- John Robinson FASHION- Krishana Davis ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT- Jannelle Richmond PERSPECTIVES- Saren Bright ALUMNI- Reginald Larkin








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Conquering the Crown

by Jannelle Richmond Arlene Asante and Meldrick Poindexter are the new faces of Mr. and Miss Morgan State University for the 20102011 academic years. With their busy and demanding schedules they were able to spend a little time to give an inside look about how it feels to reign as King and Queen. Meldrick Poindexter is from Upper Marlboro, Maryland and explains that serving on Julian Benson and Ashley Hines’ (Mr. & Miss Morgan 2009-2010) Court as Mr. Junior was such a great experience for him. He said, “I got the chance to do a lot of good for both my class and the Baltimore community through the position.” He continues, “when campaigning came around I figured that I could do even more as Mr. Morgan and have a greater impact on Morgan and Baltimore.” Arlene Asante is from Hyattsville, Maryland. Asante expressed that the past Miss Morgans influenced her to run for the highly esteemed position. She says, “Carissa Harrison is one Miss Morgan that I definitely looked up to because of the way she conducted herself



as a leader and a lady.” She explains that she loved the way the past Miss Morgans upheld their missions to be genuine advocates for Morgan State University and she felt as though she possessed those same qualities. Both King and Queen explained that time management was their biggest obstacle to overcome. They both participate on campus in several school events, forums and various school organizations. Mr. and Miss Morgan agree that being King and Queen and juggling school work are very time consuming. With so many students looking up to them for motivation and advice they never forget to acknowledge those who inspire them the most. Poindexter shares that Keshawn Forbes ( Mr. Morgan 2007- 2008) was a great example for him as well as the student body. He explains, “Keshawn was always so active and busy, but you would never know because he balanced it so well.” Meldrick admired Keshawn for his ability to balance and still graduate with a GPA over 3.5. He says, “I think that’s something that’s really worthwile to know as a student, it is entirely possible to be active on campus and graduate with a high GPA.” “ MORGAN’S OFFICIAL NEWS SOURCE”

Arlene Asante shares that Celia Powell, who formerly held the position of Miss Morgan, was a praying sister to her, a dear friend and a role model. For the rest of their reign they show no sign of slowing down with a host of events soon to come namely,“King’s Cater to You” on Nov. 5 hosted by Mr. Morgan. This event allows Morgan men to show their appreciation to the women of MSU. “The King in You” is an empowerment program to teach men of Morgan lessons that will follow them after their matriculation. Also, an event for Morgan women, “And Then They Were Queens: Why I Don’t Have a Man” featuring Dr. Brooks is hosted by Miss Morgan. With their crowns on proudly and upholding the Morgan State tradition, these heirs to the throne give their best advice to the students. Meldrick wants students “to stay true to themselves, stay focused on the reason why you came to college; which is to get an education.” Arlene concludes, “students can have fun and enjoy themselves but what it boils down to is balance.” WWW.SPOKESMANNEWS.COM

AWARENESS MONTH Womens Studies Program: Domestic Abuse Awareness by Alexandria Langston Baltimore, MD—On a gloomy and rainy Monday afternoon, a small crowd gathered around the Domestic Abuse Awareness Information table by the bookstore in the University Student Center. At the table, there were goody bags filled with Hershey Kisses and Dum Dum lollipops, purple ribbons and loads of literature about domestic violence. “Excuse me sir, would you like to donate to the House of Ruth?” student volunteer Regina Graves, yells to a young man passing by.   Often overshadowed by Breast CancerAwareness, October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence founded it with a mission end violence against women and children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4.8 million women annually experience some type of physical assaults and rape from their partner. Women ages 19-24 years old are at risk of experiencing non-fatal intimate partner violence. Many of those women are college students and young

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mothers. They are also often women of color: African Americans, American Indians, and Alaska Native women experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence the Family Violence Prevention Fund reports. “What law enforcement can do right now is limited. Many women fear that the law enforcement can’t protect them. The system is not set up where they can really have protection they need,” said Dr. Julie Cary Nerad, Associate Professor of English and

co-coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program.

Morgan and The Fight for a Better Nation

Amongst the chants for change were also stories of adversity. Shawna Stich, an unpaid intern with the National Organization for Women, who said once she got out of college, there were no jobs available for her major. Lindsay Wright, a civil rights activist from Detroit, Michigan, who had seen 12 homes on his block in foreclosure. His city has been hit the hardest by the economic recession, and he believes it is time for action. “I am mad enough to cuss and when you’re mad enough to cuss that mean it’s time to take action,” Wright said. Sergio Sanchez is a member of the Farm Labor Organization; a North Carolina based labor union made up of Latin American immigrants. His reason for participating in the rally, he said, was because major companies, like R.J Reynolds Tobacco Company, are exploiting Latin Americans in North Carolina to the point that it resembles slavery of old. “They exploit the workers because most of them are undocumented workers. They have them work from sun up to sun down, and they keep them in labor camps…a lot of them die out there,” Sanchez said. “It’s modern-day slavery.” Many participants in attendance agreed that the nation is headed in the wrong direction and needs change. They also agreed that the fight has just begun and in order to get the nation to listen to them, they must stand united. “You don’t drown from high waters, you drown when you stop kicking,” Ben Jealous, President of the NAACP and an honorary graduate of MSU said. “The reason we march, the reason we rally, is to commit in mass to be a part of the solution.”

by Ansar Miller Washington D.C- With Black Hawks flying over head, George Clinton’s funkadelic music blasting through the speakers, and the voices of over 200,000 people at the National Mall, the message of the day was still heard loud and clear, “One nation working together.” The One Nation Rally, held in Washington D.C. on Oct. 2, aimed to unify the nation in an effort to prompt Congress to improve jobs, education, and social justice. The organization hosting the event, One Nation Working Together, is a coalition of labor unions, civil right advocates, and college students bringing together their resources and voices together to invoke reform. “I believe it is a good way to show the nation that we can all come together and fight for the same cause as one,” said Michelle Kusi, senior psychology major at Morgan State University. Morgan State University students had an opportunity to attend this event in order to show their support for the various causes and learn about what is being done to improve the problems. They stood unified with the coalition to demand economic and social change. The trip was sponsored by the NAACP. “We believe it is important for Black college students to attend these types of events because it connects them with their past and makes them aware of their future,” said Alfred J. Rucks, a NAACP board member. “ MORGAN’S OFFICIAL NEWS SOURCE”

Alongside law enforcement officials, shelters like the House of Ruth historically have helped protect women and their children. A network of “safe houses” for women who are fleeing abusive relationships, however, can only temporarily house a fraction of those who need them, hence the fundraiser for expanded resources. And as the crowds dwindled down at the close of the day, the jar was filled to brim with donations from Morgan State students. 




Bears Volleyball Off to a Slow Start by Kiska Wright

Baltimore, MD—The Morgan State Lady Bears volleyball team’s Sept. 29 loss to the American University Eagles slumps their overall record to 0-22. The Lady Bears are currently 0-3 at home in the Hill Field House this season. Morgan State finished the match on Wednesday night with 23 kills while committing 21 attack errors. With 97 attempts, their hitting percentage was .021. American recorded 38 kills and 12 errors in 100 attempts for a .260 percentage hitting percentage.

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Lady Bear Ngebui (Natalie) Chafeh led the team with eight kills and seven added assists for the team’s high. Teammate Dominique Bozier was close behind, with five kills and a block. Shaundalyn Taylor recorded three blocks for the Lady Bears. This current string of record-breaking will hopefully lead to more motivation for the Lady Bears this season. They will start the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play with the first serve against Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Maryland. They will have a tough schedule after that, playing Howard University, Hampton University, Coppin State University and Delaware State University.

From the Morgan Gridiron to NFL Glory by Blake Bryson Homecoming season is swiftly approaching; Morgan State will face Delaware State Saturday, Oct. 23. To honor our distinguished alumni for homecoming, The Spokesman found it fitting to select a Morgan State graduate who has played football both here at Morgan State and in the NFL. Although there is not many alumni who have went on to play professional football, we were able to get in touch with a Morgan alum who played in the NFL, and he gave us some insight to questions we all sometimes wonder about regarding to what occurs in “The League.” John Sykes is a 1971 Morgan State University graduate. He was a running back drafted by the then Baltimore Colts in ’71, and later played his remaining football years for the San Diego Chargers. He stressed that no matter how talented you may be at a sport, the importance of getting your education and obtaining that degree cannot be measured. Sykes stated that the NFL stands for “Not for Long.” Sykes implies

that for most college athletes, a college degree will more likely be utilized in their post undergraduate days. What do you feel Morgan prepared properly for the NFL? “Morgan had a lot of players who had skills on the NFL level and it was just as hard making the team as it was in the NFL.”

who you feel helped you get to the NFL? “I had the privilege of working with four outstanding coaches. In high school, I trained under George Young and Joe Brune. At the college level, Coach Earl Banks and Coach Nate Taylor impacted my running style and my attitude towards playing football.” After being drafted, did you feel intimidated by any of the other players coming from big state schools with big time football programs and you were coming from an HBCU? “No! We were taught that they put their uniforms on the same way we did!” Sykes says, “I was taught to fear GOD not man.” Did you enjoy your time in the NFL? “Yes, I enjoyed the NFL. I enjoyed the perks that came along with it.” Overall, how would you describe your experience being in the league? “It was wonderful and short lived. I was extremely blessed to make it to that level of my professional football career.”

“no matter how talented you may be at a sport, the importance of getting your education and obtaining that degree cannot be measured” -John Sykes



What do you think it failed at? “I don’t feel that Morgan failed in preparing me for the NFL. I think Morgan was very successful in preparing me for the opportunity to play.” How was life in the NFL different than before? “My life in the NFL was quite different than before because it became more challenging and expectations for me became greater. Interestingly enough family and friends’ support became increasingly greater. They all wished the very best for me and my success.” Was there a specific coach or person “ MORGAN’S OFFICIAL NEWS SOURCE”



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The Ultimate Morganite

member. For the next six years, Logan taught marketing courses on Saturdays in Morgan’s School of Business and Management in the Weekend University.

Inspired by the academic atmosphere, she began her matriculation in 1972. Logan says, “Working on a college campus was inspirational [when] deciding to become a student.” In 1981, she graduated from Morgan with a Bachelor’s degree in the Department of Business Education, as a Secretarial Science major. Between 1972 and 1983, Logan obtained secretarial positions assisting the Department of Psychology chairperson, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, and the Vice President of Student Affairs. She was also assigned to the Honors Program. In 1983, Marsha W. Logan received her Master’s degree in Marketing Management, while working in an administrative position in the Office of Continuing Studies. The following year she began teaching at Morgan as a part time faculty

Logan’s number one concern is the students. “I use my life story as a nontraditional student to encourage other adult students,” says Logan. She puts a lot of effort into encouraging and advocating for the student body. Logan believes that the commitment of the students to receive the education they deserve is primary and has remained constant throughout all of her years with Morgan State University. Logan has seen this institution go through many changes, and is very impressed with its evolution. She believes it is for the betterment of HBCU’s as a whole and the students that attend. Ms. Marsha W. Logan is one of Morgan State University’s outstanding Alumni and her contributions to the school are deeply rooted.

by Nicole Davis “When I think about the many years I have spent at Morgan State University and my involvement here, it is hard to recall everything,” says Baltimore native Marsha W. Logan. She began contributing to Morgan State University long before she became a student. Logan has been a committed member of the Morgan family for over 40 years. Her career began in 1970, when she was appointed as a stenographer in the Dean’s office, when this institution only had one Dean for the entire student body and the office was located in the former Soper Library, which is now the Banneker Building.

A Spokesman Story by Krishana Davis

Bobby Marvin, former Spokesman editor, freelance writer, blogger, entrepreneur, father, and college dropout, proves that drive and determination can help one reach their goals regardless of the obstacles in their past. Marvin was an editor for the Spokesman Word, a section that brought poetry and culture to The Spokesman, while he attended Morgan State University until 2006. In an interview, Marvin spoke about his experiences at Morgan while working on The Spokesman staff and how it has shaped his career.



Krishana: What activities were you involved with on campus? Did you hold any leadership roles?   Bobby: Besides The Spokesman, I really wasn’t involved in any activities. I’m what they call a “non-traditional” student. I was working and going to school fulltime. I was also trying to raise my little girl, so I was pretty busy to say the least. My leadership role with The Spokesman was carrying the responsibility of a section editor.   Krishana: What internships in the writing field did you have while attending Morgan?   Bobby: Technically, I didn’t participate in any internship while attending Morgan. I interned with the Afro before I enrolled and during my “time-off” I interned briefly with, where I met my mentor and hero, Doni Glover. But I figured, I was getting real life experience by writing professionally.   Krishana: For what section of the Spokesman did you enjoy writing for the most? Bobby: I enjoyed writing for my section because it focused solely on the Spoken Word art form and culture.   Krishana: How would you describe the atmosphere of the Spokesman? Bobby: The staff was definitely supportive, especially the editorial board. I became a section editor fall 2004 and the staff I worked with “ MORGAN’S OFFICIAL NEWS SOURCE”

Logan is currently the Administrative Specialist for the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies. She has dedicated herself to this position since 1983. Logan prides herself on being a strong advocate for all students; with one of her biggest responsibilities being the Coordinator for the Academic Recovery Program. This program supports students who have been academically suspended from the institution in an effort to get them back on track. Logan is currently the advisor for the Alpha Sigma Lambda Continuing Education National Honor Society for nontraditional students and the Absolutely Beautiful and Confident (A.B.C.) Modeling Organization.

had a pretty good camaraderie with one another. Krishana: What was your most memorable experience from working at The Spokesman?   Bobby: My most memorable experience with The Spokesman is the teamwork. We knew how to get the job done.   Krishana: Do you believe writing for The Spokesman helped you in your current career?   Bobby: Like anything else, practice makes perfect. The Spokesman was a medium for me to share my work and to grow as a writer. As I continued, I became a better journalist. I was also able to build some relationships that would become beneficial to my career.   Krishana: What are your plans for the next five years?   Bobby: Upon graduation, I plan to go to graduate school and continue to write and build my company. Five years from now, I see myself operating my own production and publishing company and working part-time as an adjunct professor.   Krishana: What advice would you give students who wish to get in the field of journalism? Bobby: The advice I would give to journalism students is to read, study your craft and be determined. Most of all, when you reach the pinnacle of your success, don’t forget to pass the ball to someone else. WWW.SPOKESMANNEWS.COM

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from 2000 to 2007. During that tenure as deputy mayor, her responsibilities included managing Baltimore City’s intergovernmental relations in the United States Congress, the Maryland General Assembly and the Baltimore City Council, with oversight over the Baltimore City School System and the Baltimore City Health Department. 

In the non-profit sector, Secretary Hitchcock served as Chief Operating Officer for the national headquarters operation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1998 to 2000.   the corporate sector.  Secretary Hitchcock has been a practicing attorney as well. She was managing partner in the 10 lawyer, Baltimore-based law firm of Fugett and Hitchcock from 1987 to 1989 – a full service law firm, specializing in corporate, civil, real estate and criminal law.  Prior to private practice, Secretary Hitchcock was Assistant Attorney General for the Maryland Attorney General from 1980 to 1987, including serving as a litigator in the litigation division and as special assistant to the Attorney General. 

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Frank Edmonds is Senior Vice President, Xerox Supplies Business Group within Paper, Supplies & Supply Chain Operations. He was appointed to this position in July 2006. In this role, Frank is responsible for all end-to-end supplies business worldwide which develops and markets papers and consumables for all Xerox equipment. He manages 1,100 employees and his organization has over $1B in annual revenue. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Sales Operations at the United States Solutions Group where he was responsible for all sales, marketing, customer satisfaction Jeanne D. Hitchcock, Esq. has had a distinand distribution of all products and services guished career in the public, private and non profit for the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam. During his career at Xerox, Frank has held a variety of senior leadership positions to include: Vice President & General Manager for the Federal Government Customer Business Unit; Vice President & General Manager, Xerox of Maryland/Virginia; Vice President & General Manager Strategic Marketing Partnerships, Corporate Marketing & Strategy; Senior Vice President, Industrial Business Operations; Senior Vice President, Western Sales Operations, and Senior Vice President, Eastern Sales Operations. Frank has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Morgan State University. He is a member of The Executive Leadership Council and member of the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. Frank also serves as a member of the Morgan State University Board of Regents; and he is a member of the Xerox Corporation Political Action Committee Board of Trustees. Frank ginia,

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Secretary Hitchcock has served on numerous boards, including the Maryland Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association, the International Franchise Association, the Volvo Advisory Board, has tutored law students in preparation for the Maryland bar and was one of the founding members and President of the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Afro American Newspapers and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.  Secretary Hitchcock enjoys spending time with her daughters and grandchildren, playing tennis and reading.  

sectors. She is currently the Secretary of Executive Appointments in the administration of Governor Martin O’Malley, Governor of the State of Maryland.  Secretary Hitchcock serves in the Governor’s cabinet and is responsible for managing the Governor’s executive level appointments, including over by Anthony Lampkin 300 boards and commissions and the judiciary. 

Alumni Posts Avon L. Dorsey

University of Maryland School of Law, having been admitted to the Maryland bar and to the federal court for the 4th judicial circuit. Secretary Hitchcock graduated from Morgan State College, now Morgan State University, in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology.  She is a product of the Baltimore City public school system, graduating in 1964 from Eastern High School, then one of the premier all girls public schools in Baltimore City. Prior to her tenure as Secretary of Executive Appointments, Secretary Hitchcock served as Deputy Mayor of Baltimore under Secretary Hitchcock has also worked in Secretary Hitchcock is a 1977 graduate of the Mayor Martin O’Malley “ MORGAN’S OFFICIAL NEWS SOURCE”

Avon Dorsey graduated from Morgan State University in spring 2008. He obtained a degree in Fashion Merchandising. Dorsey is the founder of Fashion at Morgan (F.A.M.), the fashion organization here at Morgan State University since 2005. Since graduating from Morgan State, Avon has worked for Teen People magazine, reported on New York Fashion Week, and has started his own online magazine, appropriately titled, “Style 101.”

Cayla Hutton

Cayla Hutton is a 2009 graduate of Morgan State University. Her major was Fashion Merchandising. Since graduating, Cayla has put her degree to good use as she is now a fashion editor for W Magazine, a prestigious fashion magazine known all around the world.



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Morgan’s Community Garden by Krishana Davis

Baltimore, MD—Across Hillen Road and a few short paces from Harper-Tubman dormitory presents a new incentive to aid Morgan’s commitment and initiative to “Go Green.” The Food and Nutrition Club at Morgan State University recently began growing organic vegetables. Led by President Nabila Williams, a junior Nutritional Science major, the group grows squash, herbs, tomatoes, eggplant and other vegetables in a garden at the park adjacent to the Harper-Tubman Dorm. Williams came up with the idea last year. After some research, she presented the idea to her advisor, Dr. Izis Forrester Anderson, who helped her find some land. The mission of the Food and Nutrition Community Garden is to increase the availability of fresh produce in an urban environment. “There is a lack of access of fresh produce in urban black areas,” Williams said, adding, “There is a link between processed foods and numerous diseases like heart



disease. Having access to fresh foods and knowing how to prepare them will lower the incidence of these diseases.” Although the idea was popular, the Food and Nutrition Science Club had a hard time finding a spot on Morgan’s campus to begin the garden. Eventually Dr. Anderson came across Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.’s plot across from Harper-Tubman dorm, which is dedicated to domestic violence and awareness. After some negotiation, the Food and Nutrition Club was given a portion of the land and in fall 2009, members of the club and the sorority worked together to clear out a section of the land for the garden. This past summer marked the first growing season for the Food and Nutrition Community Garden. The Garden Team planted tomatoes, peppers, melons, eggplant, herbs, which grew fruitfully in the garden. This upcoming growing season the Garden Team hopes to grow kale, lettuce, herbs, and cabbage. “ MORGAN’S OFFICIAL NEWS SOURCE”

The section of land available was not as large as Williams had hoped for. It did not allow members of the community to have their own garden plots. In the next year, however, Williams hopes to push her mission forward by implementing a plan to distribute the fresh produce to students on campus and people in Morgan’s community. “Learning how to grow food is important, a lot of people living in the city forget how to grow [vegetables].” Williams said. “You forget how to provide for yourself.” Williams encourages anyone who is interested in working on the Food and Nutrition Community Garden to come and help including students, faculty, and staff. The Food and Nutrition Club meets every Tuesday at 12:00 p.m in Key Hall room G57 and the Garden Team meets on Fridays at 2:00 p.m.



The Colored Museum by Wahkeeyah Johnson

the chance to put a modern twist on the “exhibits” making them relevant to the audience members. Cast member Ama Brown, who played Miss Pat the Bubbly Cabin Stewardess, said, “The Colored Museum gave me an opportunity to see what it meant to be a slave. I had a chance to see how our people felt being completely stripped of who were.” Audience members seemed to enjoy the play as much as the cast. “The Colored Museum was important to me because when I first entered the play, I knew nothing about some of the stereotypes depicted in the scenes, and two hours later, I was motivated to change my life,” Asialyn Taylor, a junior at Morgan State said.

Baltimore, MD—A packed house welcomed the Oct. 1 production of George C. Wolfe’s play, The Colored Museum. The performance took place in the James E. Lewis Museum in the Murphy Fine Arts Center. It was directed by Shirley Basfield Dunlap and showed Morgan State’s theater students performing at their best. Upon arriving, audience members were encouraged to sit back and fasten their shackles as they would be traveling through the Middle Passage aboard the “Celebrity Slave Ship.” The Colored Museum was broken into 11 satirical “exhibits” that examined typical black stereotypes. Some exhibits included “Cookin’ with Aunt Ethel,” “The Hairpiece,” and “The Last Mama-on-the-Couch Play.” These scenes were used to help viewers understand the predjudices that Blacks were subjected to on a daily basis. Theater Morgan students even had

Cosby Comes to Morgan by Najia Mclean

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Baltimore, MD— Comedian Bill Cosby visited the Murphy Fine Arts Center last month to tape his recently launched web series, “OBKB.” The weekly, 10-minute program is reminiscent of Cosby’s family-friendly, CBS series, “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” where he interviews children in kindergarten through fourth grade, only this time around he includes adults. The name for the web series comes from the beloved, linguistically-challenged character Mush Mouth, from the classic show, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. In one taping, Cosby interviewed seven very vivacious and outspoken Catholic nuns. As they discussed serious issues, such as the differences between a Catholic education and public school education, Cosby’s comedic timing kept the atmosphere light and laid back. One memorable moment: Cosby asked the nuns if any of them ever heard the excuse “the devil made me do it.” The nuns never answered the question, responding only with gales of laughter. “OBKB” is one of Cosby’s latest endeavors and is sponsored by Jell-O, with whom he has worked since 1974. Cosby will act now as the company’s executive producer in their revamped campaign for the time-honored dessert. WWW.SPOKESMANNEWS.COM


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CAMPUS LIFE A Fashion Collision by Krishana Morgan

Baltimore, MD—Three times the makeup, three times the shoes, and three times the designer clothing will be used at this year’s Morgan State University’s Homecoming Fashion Show on Oct. 18. The reason? Two new fashion houses join the time-honored Fashion at Morgan brand: Absolutely Beautiful and Confident (A.B.C), and iConic Modeling Empirical will team up to rip the runway. The event, themed “The Three Worlds Collide,” will mark their first time walking together. “‘‘The Three Worlds Collide’ is the perfect title,” stated A.B.C. President Krenae Morgan, “We’re all in a battle for the best fashion show we can give. I loved planning this homecoming fashion show because it shows how tough all three presidents are.” For the show all three organizations had to collaborate on selecting identical shoe and hairstyles, which was considerably easy since the three presidents had similar ideas. The hardest part, Morgan said, was choosing a theme.

Alscott Worrell, iConic’s president, said, “One challenge we have faced in organizing the Homecoming Fashion Show is having adequate practice space. iConic is not a straight runway organization. We have much more to work on in preparation for the show.”

they will be using a few designers from the area who were featured at Baltimore Fashion Week a few weeks ago. Morgan said that her favorite line is Devin Brown’s Intysin which was modeled by Mr. and Miss A.B.C. Derrick Spellman and Shondrea McCargo on the homecoming flier. Although all three modeling organizations represent something a tad different, they all hope for an excellent show. F.A.M., the oldest of the three organizations, has a more high fashion appeal and its purpose is to provide a window into the fashion industry. A.B.C. is considered the modeling organization that fuses high fashion with urban, edgy looks. Lastly, iConic brings a new, non-traditional twist to the homecoming show. It specializes in runway technique with eye-catching footwork and a signature walk that President Worrell calls the “Tyra’s [Banks].” “This homecoming

The three organizations will be using an array of different designers to help pull off the show. Although iConic and F.A.M. presidents would not reveal their list of fashion designers before the show, A.B.C.’s leadership said

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ing short of sold out,” Christina Lyles, President of F.A.M. said, adding, “The show is going to be hot! I think the audience will be

“Takers” Premiere

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tensen, and Michael Ealy. The film’s police officers are played by Matt Dillon and Jay Hernandez. Each character from the movie has a personal story alongby Chante Small side the main storyline of the big bank robbery heist. “With the characters, we pretty much figured out Baltimore, MD—Peter Allen, the screenwriter who were the good guys and who were the bad guys. to the recent hit blockbuster Takers, visited Morgan State last month for an exclusive interview. Our heroes are really the bad guys, the law break“Takers” made its theatrical debut on August 27. The ers, and we figured we wanted a team of detectives plot, according to, is based on “A no- who couldn’t take no for an answer,” Allen said. So far, the movie has been a nationwide hit. Taktorious group of criminals who continue to baffle police by pulling off perfectly executed bank robberies.”  ers made $21 million dollars in its opening week“One of my co-writers, Gabriel Casseus, came to me end and was the number one movie in theaters, beatwith the idea one day and said, ‘I want us to write a ing The Last Exorcism.The domestic gross-to-date black version of Heat.’” Allen added that he wanted to averages $56 million, according to Box When asked how he felt about the movie’s success, Aldo it with a black cast, and that he wanted very slick production for the movie’s look and feel. It took  five len said, “It really feels good to have a number one movmonths to write and 11 years to get to the screen. ie. What also feels good to me besides having a number The cast for “Takers” is a group of well-known one movie is that audiences really like it. It feels good men from the movie screen and the music indus- to really connect with audiences and have your origitry. The lead characters are Idris Elba, Paul Walk- nal intentions play out on the screen. That’s good stuff!”  er, Tip Harris (T.I.), Chris Brown, Hayden Chris“ MORGAN’S OFFICIAL NEWS SOURCE”


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1. Why are there still no ceilings in the Bookstore?

2. Why does the New Communication Center bridge look like a wild life preserve? 3. Why does McKelden look like a hunted house? 4. Why is Grandma Morgan following me on Twitter? 5. When is New Communications building going to be named? 6. When is Frederick Douglass state getting a make over? 7. When is the last time you swam in the MSU pool? 8. Where is the MSU Pool? 9. Why is the fitness center the size of a living room? 10. What’s up with fried chicken Wednesday in the refact? 11. What is that smell in the refact? 12. Why is my email still being hacked? 13. Did you know President Wilson is requesting friends on Facebook? 14. Who is lurking in the Holmes hall bathroom? 15. Why do we play Del State every Homecoming? 16. Why do we trash Morgan’s campus? 17. Are you excited about the homecoming concert? 18. Is Waka Flocka going to perform “short bus shorty”? 19. Is Sallie Mae cutting you off too? 20. Where is the money coming from to build new buildings on campus? 21. Why is the refact chicken giving me high blood pressure? 22. How much money did you spend on carry out this week?






Project: D.R.E.A.M

by Shanna Green The journey of the impossible starts with people believing that things cannot or will not happen. I am an inner-city Baltimore youth. I overcame a lot of obstacles. I had a lot of hardships and a lot of tears on my pillow. I am the product of the State. I am a foster care alumnus. The key word is that I overcame. I overcame everything that was thrown at me. I did not let the stigmas of the world keep me down. That is why I can stand here today and call myself the “Impossible Woman.” My name is Shanna Marie Green and I am 21 years old. I am a sophomore at Morgan State University with a 3.0 GPA. My freshman year, I started an organization called Project D.R.E.A.M (Driven to Reproduce, Empower, and Multiply) Foster Care United, where other foster care alumni can get support from others who understand. I was encouraged to start this organization because of my first experience on campus, where most people do not know the life of a foster child. My journey to college began with Orphan Foundations of America (OFA), who help me pay for my college tuition and fees. In 2009, they found out about Project D.R.E.A.M. online and called me to find out more. After interviewing me, they were blown away. They asked if I would be interested in representing all foster children in America. I said yes. The OFA representative then asked if I would attend a Congressional hearing on adoption laws and policies on Capitol Hill later that year, in December. It was an all-expense paid trip. On that day I arrived in Washington, D.C., I was nervous, but I put my best foot forward. My duty that day was to be the voice for other foster youth. My professors, my pastor, my spiritual mother and father all came to support me. They were more excited than I was! Ever since that day, the OFA has asked for my opinions on a lot of issues dealing with foster youth and how to make a difference. About a month later, in January 2010, I was just arriving back to campus getting ready for the spring semester. I received a phone call from OFA. “Are you sitting down?” the OFA representative asked. I was not. But I quickly did. She said, “Well how would you feel, next Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, meeting Barack and Michele Obama at a reception in the White House?” I could not believe it. I do not think I started to believe it until I was actually walking through the doors of The White House. Then it dawned on me, “You are about to meet the first Black President!” The event was recorded live on the White House Web site, in honor of National Mentoring Month. I have plenty of photos. I was sitting right behind The Obamas as they gave their speech. I was still in total shock until they came and shook our hands. The President then asked me, “How was I doing?” Wow. Wow. Wow, was all I could think to myself. Many would say my journey was not supposed to happen—that it was impossible. One thing I learned is that all things are possible, through faith and love. WWW.SPOKESMANNEWS.COM

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