DeErricka Green | Managing Editor
On Sat. April 5, 2014, seven National Pan-Hellenic Council teams continued the annual tradition of honoring African American culture and African roots through stepping, in the conclusion of the Pan Afrikan Festival.
Since the early 90s, members of the Divine Nine NPHC organizations have competed during Pan Afrikan for the title of step show champions and bragging rights. The organizations perform rhythmic displays in front of a panel of judges who are also members of NPHC organizations, as well as a captive audience.
Colton Palmer, an alumnus member of the Kappa Xi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. facilitated Saturday’s event in the new Talley Ballroom.
The Mu Omicron chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Mu Xi chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., as well as the Eta Omicron chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. represented the Wolfpack in this year’s show.
Other performers, including East Carolina University’s Eta Mu chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Duke University’s Alpha Alpha Chi chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Shaw University’s Delta Gamma chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and members of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. went the distance in an effort to take home the gold.
The men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. impressed judges and the crowd with their precision and welcomed the Spring 2014 initiates of N.C. State’s own Xi Zeta chapter to close out their performance.
Members of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. shocked the audience by daringly swinging golden shovels while wearing blindfolds during their Saw-themed routine.
Despite stiff competition from members of Greek organizations at other schools, both titles of sorority and fraternity step show champions stayed with the Wolfpack.
The Eta Omicron chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. took first place dressed as high-energy special agents, and the Mu Omicron chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. won battling the forces of the Jumani board game. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. each earned second place.
Each performance in the year’s show, and since the 90s, represent not only the hard work and determination of these organizations and our community, but the unchained legacy of our African roots and culture.
Check out the gallery below of pictures from the step show!
The 17th Annual AATS Fashion Expose
Kierra Leggett | Editor-in-Chief
Uvana Doran, a senior in Fashion Merchandising at North Carolina A&T won first place in the Intermediate category of the 17th annual African American Textile Society’s Fashion Expose. Surrounded
by her models backstage after the show Doran said the experience of winning first place was, “wonderful.” According to the designer, this yea
r’s fashion expose was her “first formal showcase.”
Doran’s collection, “Retro Chic: Ying-Yang” featured curve hug
ging dresses with a color palette that consisted primarily of
black and white. This fit right in with the theme of this year’s
show, “Back to Black.” According to Lisa Redfearn, Co-Chair of the show, the purpose of this simplistic theme was in part, to show-off the “art and skill that it takes to develop a collection.”
Redfearn, who served as chairperson for last year’s show said planning for this year’s event was a bit easier because she had one year of experience under her belt as well as a Co- Chair that she could share responsibility with. Redfearn and Diamond Jackson, Co-Chairs for the event began planning in the fall semester, before renovations to Talley and the Talley Ballroom in which it was held, were complete. According to Jackson, the planning committee made sure that they had everything else together so that when it came time for them figure out how things would work in the ballroom, they would be ready. “Because it wasn’t until a couple weeks ago in the beginning of March, that we could really see which part of the room we could use, how the stage would be set up, and what was going to be available to us technology wise, we recognized that stress would be a part of the process and made sure that everything else was in tact so that we could just roll with the punches.”
The Tuesday night show featured designs from a total of 26 designers and was sponsored by The N.C. State Inter-Residence Council, Union Activities Board, Belk, N.C. State Student Government and Tompkins Textile Student Council.
The majority of designers who competed in the showcase, did so in the novice category. Among them was Lisa Hong, a sophomore in Fashion and Textile Management won first place in the Novice category with her collection, “Skyfall.” Hoang’s collection included lots of bling and some pieces that resembled the regalia of a queen.
Also competing in the Novice category was Miranda Goode, a junior in Fashion and Textile Management. Goode’s collection “Street Decadance,” featured lots of black, gold and white. The designer, who took to the stage in a lace robe and black jumper described her collection as “sexy and very bold.” She also said that she could imagine a celebrity such as singer Rihanna wearing her collection.
Charnessa Hamlett, a junior in Fashion and Textile Management and the 1st place winner in the novice category of last year’s show, returned to the AATS Fashion Expose in the Intermediate category. Hamlett said her collection this year was much different from her last. “This year I used color,” said Hamlett. “I used all my favorite colors.”
According to Edward Brown, Director of Diversity Programs and Assistant Director of Student Services, this was the first time that the AATS Fashion Expose sold out. Hosted this year by Jazmyne Childs, a junior in political science and DJ Dez of WKNC’s Smooth 60, the AATS Fashion Expose is the longest running fashion show at N.C. State.
Apr 03 2014
This unsigned editorial is the opinion of the Nubian Message’s editorial board, and is the responsibility of the editor-in-chief.On Wednesday evening, a press release was issued announcing that due to safety concerns, the Pan Afrikan Concert is cancelled. As was to be expected, within minutes of the release, Twitter was abuzz with people expressing their disbelief and frustration with the news. Though students’ annoyance with the last minute cancellation is understood, no matter how bad the timing, so too is the University’s decision to pull the plug on the concert.
Safety of students is always top priority for campus administration and given the danger imposed upon the members of the group, we can understand why members of N.C. State’s campus administration did not want to risk proceeding with the concert. Though we don’t feel that the cancellation of the concert was a display of disregard for diversity on campus, those who feel that way are entitled to do so.
Those individuals are also entitled to exercise their right to speak out against things they feel are wrong and unjust, and we always support students in that regard. However, in the last few days of Pan Afrikan 2014, we are also advocates for making the best out of a less than ideal situation. It is important that we do not allow the cancellation of the concert to put a damper on the rest of Pan Afrikan 2014. There are so many more Pan Afrikan events that deserve our attention and support, so don’t let this stop the rest of the week.
If you personally feel that campus administration’s decision was unwarranted, let it be known, but don’t spend the next three days harping on it. There is a saying that goes, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
Now that we’ve been handed a lemon, who’s ready to make lemonade?
Amanda McKnight | Staff Writer
Following the Pan-Afrikan Week kick-off celebration on Harris Field Saturday, about 200 people gathered in the Talley Ballroom for N.C. State’s only night dedicated to African heritage.
The African Student Union brought in 2014’s week long Pan-African Festival with Africa Night.
The event’s them was Engaging with the African Diaspora.
Attendees heard from voices such as Africana Studies professor and ASU advisor, Dr. Deidre Crumbley, who spoke about the importance of fellowship and and what it means to be a part of the African diaspora.
“We are trying to reconnect our heritage,” said Omollo Mboya, a Junior in Computer Science.
“Africa Night is a coming together to celebrate our African Heritage to remind ourselves of some of the food that we had back there, some of the dance that we had back there, some of the fundamentals of how were there.”
Members of ASU performed a mix of traditional and modern dances of African Heritage origins including the Nae Nae which has become popular in the last year.
East and West Africa were the the regions featured throughout the night
Skits performed by students gave a small glimpse of daily life in West and East Africa.
Traditional West African dishes such as jollof rice, beef suya and plantains are just some other the foods guests had the opportunity to taste during the event.
A presentation from the group “Friends of the Congo” told of the current conflict occurring in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and charged those with the a voice to help spread the word and educate others about their cause.
“It’s cool that people get together and explore their heritage a little more and get to show everyone else what Africa is really about,” said Kristopher Sutton, a senior in business administration. “The continent is so diverse and students are able to show the effect of their heritage on their lives.”
The MC’s for the night were Tyler Allen, a senior in biological sciences and former ASU President Busola Ola.
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