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  • Jan 28 2015

    Nobel Peace Prize nominee asks, “Is it justice, or just us?”

    Quianne’ Holmes | Staff Writer


    Mandy Carter posing with President Obama

    Mandy Carter posing with President Obama

    It’s not often you get the opportunity to be in the presence of someone who was nominated for a Nobel  Peace Prize.. N.C. State faculty and students had the opportunity to meet and listen to Mandy Carter and other qualified individuals in a panel discussion on Friday. Carter, a Durham native, graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School and after continued her efforts participating in the movement for equality.


    Who is Mandy Carter? She is a number of things,  an orphan, African-American, southerner, lesbian, and most importantly a social justice advocate.


    The catalyst to her efforts for the LGBT community began as an adolescent. As previously mentioned, Carter was an orphan, she was raised in foster homes until the age of 18. Not having a mom or dad limited her ability to have a typical parental role in her life. She knew something was different about her but she had no idea what it was until years later when she encountered people who were like her and identified as lesbian.


    Carter’s mission is all about equality. She went into vivid detail painting a psychological picture of how slavery existed for hundreds of years. Continuing her analogy, she explained how Africans came here as property. She continued to engage my attention by asking me to think about what justified the “government” to have a law that allowed Africans to be human bondage. She finished the detailed contemporary flashback by saying that someone finally realized that this was wrong, abolitionsists all the way up to Congress through much effort had to realize that blacks deserved the same privileges as whites in that era.


    Carter hopes to pass on her legacy of full equality and justice for all so the next generations can fight this on going battle. She mentioned her fears for the future of LGBT rights, such as the stereotype of being gay as something that only white people can identify as. Carter continued by describing how someone who is African American and identifies with the LGBT community is perceived in the African American community. “Often times in African American communities, identifying as LGBT isn’t something that is perceived well.”  Carter expressed her fears that, once people who belong to the LGBT community receive their rights, they will refrain from helping those who are still struggling with other social rights issues.


    Mandy Carter is a humble, empowered leader. She fights several social justice battles for the many different groups that she identifies with. She is well-educated in her experiences, and her dialect stimulates the possibilities of our future goals in society. All students are encouraged to attend her next event on Thursday, January 29th from 6-7:30 pm in Witherspoon 126.




  • Jan 28 2015

    Hip-Hop & Higher Education


    Rapper J. Cole

    Rapper J. Cole

    ALFRED ANDERSON | Staff Writer


    Hip-Hop, a genre that prides itself on rags to riches ideology, has played host to numerous artists that discovered their niche and achieved success in non-traditional ways.


    These artists were not just gangsters and thugs that grinded their way to the top, but individuals that were smart and educated. There are many Hip-Hop artists that even attended colleges and universities before and after beginning their Hip-Hop careers, some receiving an education at a few prestigious academic institutions.


    For example, Hip-Hop Superstar Kanye West briefly attended Chicago State University in 1990 before deciding to drop out and focus on his music career as a producer and eventually an artist. Although West did not finish school, the spirit of college has always been prevalent in his music. West released three albums entitled College Dropout, Late Registration and Graduation, which serve as nods to his academic experiences.


    J. Cole, a local rapper from Fayetteville, North Carolina attended St. John’s University in New York City in route to his Hip-Hop career. He majored in communications and graduated with honors, eventually becoming a Grammy nominee and releasing three highly successful albums in Cold World: The Sideline Story, Born Sinner and 2014 Forest Hills Drive.


    Rick Ross, also known as the “Boss” attended Albany State University on a football scholarship and studied criminal justice before dropping out and deciding that he no longer wanted to continue his education at the historically black college. His label mate, Wale a rapper from Washington, D.C. also received football scholarships to Robert Morris College and Virginia State University before focusing on establishing himself as the musician we know and love today.


    Atlanta rappers, 2 Chainz and Ludacris also  attended college. After being a high school stand out in the sport of basketball, 2 Chainz played a season for Alabama State University and majored in psychology, before dropping out to pursue his rap dreams. Ludacris attended Georgia State University and studied music management. Eventually, Ludacris would go on to intern at Hot 107.9 in Atlanta and became a DJ by the name of DJ Chris Lova before launching his successful music career and creating Disturbing tha Peace Records.


    In addition, Sean Combs, also known as P. Diddy, one of the most successful and prominent business men in Hip-Hop history attended Howard University and studied business.


    While in school, Combs became an intern at Uptown Records in New York City, eventually dropping out of school and going on to launch Bad Boy Records and becoming brand ambassador of Cîroc Vodka.


    In all, with the number of Hip-Hop artists that have found success, with or without attending college, it is clear that there is no one way to the top. However, it is interesting to note that some of the most popular and successful artists have some college education. Perhaps, their experiences and education has helped to assist them in becoming the stars that we see today.


    Therefore, I think that it shows that elements of education can be used in all walks of life.



  • Inclusion Act
    Jan 28 2015

    Not Swayed

    Students plan to push SGA to pass Inclusion Act  

    Inclusion Act

    New Senate President Cody Long leads the first Student Senate meeting of the semester on Wednesday, Jan. 21

    CHRIS HART-WILLIAMS | Editor-in-Chief 

    More than a dozen students from different multicultural organizations met on  Sunday afternoon to plan next steps to get Resolution 68 passed, a bill created to spread awareness of micro-aggression and structural inequality at N.C. State.


    Resolution 68, also known as the Inclusion Act, was the first of its kind to be presented to the Student Senate. The bill was blocked by the Senators to bypass the committee review process and be fast-tracked.


    Co-sponsor of the Inclusion Act, College of Humanities and Social Sciences Junior Class Senator Kelly Elder, presented the bill at the first Student Senate legislative session of the semester on Wednesday, Jan.15. She urged Senators to fast track the bill, citing that it was important that SGA show support for programs that would benefit students who wanted to impact the campus environment.


    “It didn’t seem like it was as important as other bills,” said SGA Diversity Outreach Commission Chair Maurita Harris a senior studying psychology.


    Harris said the Inclusion Act would support potential campus organizations efforts to host programs that would give students a platform to discuss racial micro-aggression experiences on campus.


    “In response to structural inequality and the concerns associated with it, North Carolina State University’s Student Government will support: Student Government hosting a Town Hall focusing on Community Growth addressing micro-aggression,” the bill reads.


    If  enacted as is, the bill would give the Diversity Outreach Commission $1000 to use as it sees fit to support University groups that wanted to raise awareness of micro-aggression.


    Harris said that the $1000 line item may change once the bill is rewritten.


    “For the future the money might change,” said Harris. “But the goal was always to have money attached.”


    After the bill didn’t succeed in skipping the unpredictable committee review process, concerned students proposed changing the language of the bill to make it more direct, specific and include reasoning as to why it is important to the student body.


    The Inclusion Act was sent to the University Affairs committee of SGA. Supporters of the bill wanted the bill to be fast tracked because often bills that aren’t popular to senators can sit in committee and die.


    Harris said that’s what happened to a bill drafted in October that would alter how Columbus Day is celebrated on campus and honor Native American Heritage, it’s been months and the bill has gone no where since.


    Senator Karli Moore, in conjunction with  former Student Senate President Alex Grandstaff, drafted Resolution 42, which garnered support from Native American students and much of  the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity community.


    The Inclusion Act ultimately asks for resources to support programs that combat micro-aggressions. Micro-aggressions are defined as a forms of unintended discrimination.


    The group of a dozen students agreed that somehow telling the stories of students who have experienced micro-aggression incidents on campus would help to localize issues of institutional racism. Events in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York that have brought national attention to the structural inequality and discrimination of minorities in the country.


    According to Harris students from Sunday’s meeting will have a plan by Monday, Feb. 2.




  • right
    Jan 14 2015

    Where do we go from here?

    Revolutionary Melissa Harris-Perry challenges students to question the status quo


    Quianne’ Holmes | Staff Writer

    With mesmerizing dialect, exceptional wit, and womanly poise, Melissa Harris-Perry captured N.C. State students, faculty, and guests Monday night in Talley Ballroom for the commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    The audience remained engaged throughout the entire presentation often vocalizing their agreement with Harris-Perry ’s analysis of African American leaders in addition to discussing the value of “black bodies” in the United States. Providing visual representations to physically embody the words and synopsis she created was only the icing on the cake.
    While creating a visual picture of Martin Luther King’s statue on the National Mall in downtown Washington, D.C. and the lack of movement, Harris-Perry challenged the audience’s perception of this prominent representation. When Harris-Perry went into detail about King’s image, she spoke of two main points: his voice and his solidarity.

    She explains that his voice had a major influence on his audiences. Melissa Harris-Perry has a voice of her own. Her voice in her commemoration speech “pinched us and thumped us,” said African American Cultural Center Assistant Director Darryl Lester in his closing remarks. “It was inspiring to see a woman of her caliber pay homage and commemorate the great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., while simultaneously speaking about topics many are afraid to touch. I appreciated her ability to be down to earth yet still get her point across in an effective manner,” said Brayndon Stafford, Parliamentarian of the Afrikan American Student Advisory Council. “Where do we go from here?” is the question Harris-Perry asked her audience.

    Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Disruptions of status quo provide opportunities for change.” Harris-Perry said,“We can’t breathe! So what must black bodies do to catch our breath? Does a marching black body still bring change? Does a broken black body still provoke moral outrage, when it didn’t even provoke an indictment?” Black bodies can bring change, but challengers of the status quo must be creative. Sometimes the things that worked many years ago don’t have the same effects. King said, “It’s the creative, dedicated minority who has made the world better.”