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Athletes, in general, face adversities regarding the stereotypes that follow them, especially African American athletes. Too often, the media depicts black athletes in a negative manner, spoiling the future of their succes
By Deandra Duggans originally published on November 21, 2004 Athletes, in general, face adversities regarding the stereotypes that follow them, especially African American athletes. Too often, the media depicts black athletes in a negative manner, spoiling the future of their success. Here are a few of those myths: 1. Black male athletes are out of […]
I believe that this year at N.C. State was one of the most interesting and controversial school terms in a long time. When I look back over all of the events that have happened, I can not seem to pick that one moment which stood out the most. When I first came to this University I did not expect to encounter anything remotely intriguing. I am glad to say that I was wrong.
Beautiful weather and a curious taste for ethnic food drew crowds to The Taste of N.C. State, a showcase of foods from cultural organizations across campus Friday afternoon. It was a good excuse for many students to get some fresh air and stroll along the grassy terrain of Harris Field. The event, sponsored by the Diversity Committee of the Union Activities Board and Campus Recreation, was advertised as the “biggest diversity event at N.C. State” by Paula Hagan, a junior in communication and the UAB Diversity chair.
With the end of the second semester right around the corner, many events are beginning to create excitement throughout our campus community. Also, with the end of the week approaching, this weekend’s new movie releases, Obsessed, The Soloist, and Fighting, are causing quite a buzz. Exams are coming up and everyone is going to need a break from studying and doing projects, so here are a few events and premieres to look forward to attending in the midst of all the school work.
Every year is its own adventure for all students, but this past school year has been an especially interesting one for students here on campus. At the beginning of the year, the focus of the entire community on and off campus was brought together by the prospect of the historic election of our nation’s first African-American President. Students all over campus were involved on both sides of the election by organizing rallies, registering voters, and otherwise advocating for their party. President Obama’s election in November was an opportunity for many students to participate in both a major event in their lives (their first presidential election) and a major event in the country’s history.
Virginia Tech suffered a devastating tragedy two years ago Apr. 16 2007. For those who don’t know, 32 people were killed and 21 more were injured on that Monday morning at Virginia Tech University, located in Blacksburg, Virginia. Many of the victims that were injured or killed were students in dorms or in classrooms. Due to the chaos and situation many people were found crouching down in order to find cover and to keep from getting hurt.
The 100 Black Affair was truly a night of elegance. The Collegiate chapter of 100 Black Men of America Inc. in conjunction with Women Empowering Society Together (W.E.S.T.) sponsored their first annual 100 Black Affair: A Night of Elegance semi-formal. This event served as a fundraiser for both the 100 Black Men and W.E.S.T organizations. It was also a “chance to give students the opportunity to enjoy great food, entertainment and people right before dead week.” 100 Black Men along with W.E.S.T are both service based organizations, so the funds that were raised from this event will help N.C. State as well as the Raleigh community. The funds raised will help both organizations do more for the community at large which is their goal.
The Society of Afrikan American Culture hosted “Remembrance of Things Present,” a commemorative forum and lecture last Wednesday in celebration of the 40 years that SAAC has served “as the voice” of African American students on campus. During the program attendees talked about several discussion questions regarding the organization’s founding, past initiatives, and present-day leadership.
What is Pan-Afrikan Festival? Many call it the black homecoming, while others see it as just another black social event. In my eyes Pan-Afrikan is a time for the black students that don’t have the same kind of black connection that they would have at a Historically Black College and University to all come together and remember that it is possible to have at a predominately white institution. As a freshmen coming to N.C. State I was worried about not having that secure feeling about my culture or not having black friends because N.C. State is a PWI. With this said Pan-Afrikan Festival and other things that the Black Students Board has done over the past year has made me realize just how sound the black community is at state.
As one of the closing events for the 2009 Pan-Afrikan Week, the National Pan-Hellenic Council here on campus hosted the step show competition in Stewart Theatre this past Friday. Even though the show had its share of technical difficulties and a trip of the fire alarm, it did not dampen the fun and excitement of many who attended the event.
Pan-Afrikan Week brings out the most talented African as well as African-American students on campus, one of which is DanceVisions and I had the pleasure going to their Spring Concert on April 1 at 8 p.m. I had never been to a DanceVisions program before so I had no idea what to expect. Afterwards, I was thoroughly pleased with the performance and really proud that I was part of a community that was so rich in culture.
In January, nineteen year old Jakhee Sledge was leaving a McDonalds in Bladen County, when he was shot and killed. Jakhee was said to be gang affiliated. The case remains unresolved. In May of 2003, after joining a local gang in the Triangle, Joshua “Jason” Paz was killed during a robbery that he and a fellow gang member were carrying out. Jason was accidently shot by his partner. He died clutching a Mac-90 assault weapon according to an article written by reporter Oren Dorell Since 2003, we, African-Americans, have been winning the race – the race to see how many of us in North Carolina can die in one year. We are the undisputed champions of murder, manslaughter, victim rates, and to top it all off, we get our people involved the earliest. African-Americans hold the record for most sixteen year old murder offenders in North Carolina. I think we deserve a round of applause.
Last Friday, Stewart Theatre began to fill up with people ready to laugh and have a good time for The 39th Annual Pan-Afrikan Comedy show. Everyone in the audience laughed until they cried with almost every comedian’s performance.
The Black Finesse Modeling Troupe hosted the “Your Style, Your Swag” modeling competition at Stewart Theater, Talley Student Center on Mar. 30. Kornelius Bascombe, junior in criminology/political Science and Candace Lee senior in agri-business. The audience experienced a real treat from competitors of the modeling troupes from East Carolina University, Shaw University, Winston Salem State University, St. Augustine’s College and North Carolina Central University.
“This is the perfect way to kick off the Pan-Afrikan festival,” said Toni Thorpe, the Program Coordinator for the African American Cultural Center. This sentiment was echoed throughout the ballroom in Talley Student Center on Mar. 28 when the African Student Union hosted ASU: Slap Black to Africa. African Night is an event hosted by the African Student Union every year at the beginning of Pan-Afrikan to entertain and inform the public about the different aspects of African culture and the issues that affect Africa in today’s world.