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Tuesday January 20, 2009 will be a day of great remembrance and celebration because the first African American President elect, Barack Obama, will be sworn into office during the inaugural events. Projected record high attendees are expected for next week’s speech, parade and banquet dinner, to welcome the new president to the White House.
Noticing an increase in breakage, shedding, split ends and static this time of the year? The culprit is the winter air, which effectively pulls out moisture and leads to several cases of hair damage. Here are a few solutions.
So we embark upon a new year once again! Hopefully, we all enjoyed our Christmas holiday and New Year’s celebrations. Now it is time to get back into the swing of things. If you are graduating, you must be feeling great. If not, then do not fret, but be encouraged, for your time to shine is coming soon.
Not Easily Broken is the on-screen adaptation of the popular dramatic novel from T.D. Jakes. The very beautiful and talented Taraji B. Henson (Clarice) delivers a wonderful performance, as to be expected, because she embodies the persona of a true talented actress; and the handsome Morris Chestnut (Dave) portrays the husband who has taken the background to his successful real estate manger of a wife. Clarice’s materialistic view and ambitious drive in life begins to outweigh the importance of her relationship with Dave; their marriage seems to inevitably be on the way to hitting rock bottom. Dave, who was once a professional basketball player, yearns for the beginning of a family; he feels it is the right time to raise children. Clarice’s mind revolves around what “things” she and her husband can have to appear very high class in public opinion.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story about a man who ages backwards is a charming depiction of a condemned life and a doomed love in the strangest of situations. The film details events from Button’s unusual life from his old birth-a baby with visible signs of cataracts and wrinkles- to his inevitable young death.
With the pitiful state of our current economy, people are losing jobs left and right. If you can get a job, do your best to keep it. If you can upgrade, then upgrade. That’s what many athletes do. Go after the big contract and set yourself up for life if at all possible. In this age where loyalty and being in one place forever has lead millions to being fired, a few individuals have stayed for so long that being fired is the absolute last thing that could ever come into mind.
In light of 2009 rolling in, many individuals made New Year’s resolutions; however, many are personal resolutions and few will actually cross that cultural boundary. This is not an uncommon thing. As each New Year rolls around resolutions are being made all over the world and a very small amount will go unbroken. When asked if she made any new year’s resolutions, Courtney Staton, a freshman in chemistry replied, “I decided not to make any new year’s resolutions because whenever I do make any, I never keep them.” A lot of people make a long list of things that they would like to end or change such as eating healthier, exercising more, or quit smoking but one resolution that we should all strive to make and commit to is having more understanding and respect for different cultures and lifestyles. Staton heard Dr. Mae Jemison speak and ask the question, “How can I go anywhere without knowing where I came from?” Jemison led Staton to want to become more aware of her own cultural background in order to accept the background and lifestyle of others.
The recent post election day incident at the free expression tunnel put significant pressure on many of the institutions and leaders at NC State, and perhaps no student group was put more in the spotlight of the community inside and outside of campus than the student Senate, as the student body and other concerned members of the NC State community watched on to see what their response would be. Unfortunately, many people inside and outside of the student body did not understand exactly what the student Senate’s role would be in responding to the issue because they did not understand the student Senate’s duties in NCSU’s student government system.
At the beginning of every new year, the American population goes into a frenzy with new ideas and expectations. The New Year is seen as a time to make huge changes and implement plans of living out overdue dreams. As a result, a mass majority of us go on to make New Year’s resolutions. These are goals that we make at the beginning of the year that will improve our livelihood. They range from weight loss, to earning more money, to quitting smoking, or even to falling in love. These brand new goals give us a positive outlook on the New Year and the desire to make ourselves happy.
As a dark-skinned, size twelve, black woman, I’ve grown perplexed by the images of African American women in the media. On television and in magazines, black women are a size two with hair down their back and light skin resembling that of a white woman. Dark-skinned women are usually shown with some type of natural hair. Granted, black comes in many sizes, shapes, and colors, but there seems to be a one-dimensional spectrum, with two radical extremes at both ends.
This years Martin Luther King Commemoration speaker features Mr. Morris Dees. While the death of the honorable Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weighs a heavy toll on the many African Americans who fought for equal rights in the fifties and sixties; Students are proud to say leaders on campus are anticipating the commemoration ceremony and hope that just like during the Civil Rights Movement there will continue to be a change and equality.
The Native American Student Association or NASA, celebrated Native American Heritage Month throughout November and hosted a Native Cultural Night that encompassed many aspects of the Native American lifestyle Nov. 18. This event, held in the African American Cultural Center, included food, giveaways, and performances. The money that was raised by the event will help NASA support diversity on campus and maintain funding for future programming.
In order to educate and inform the campus about the sickle cell trait and the symptoms and forms of treatment that come along with the disease, the Kappa Lambda chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. presented their program “C2 The Crippled Cell” on November 18.
When most people think of Thanksgiving they think of food. That’s the honest truth. Even I do. We think of turkey, ham, sweet potato pie, stuffing and so on. Some of us even look forward to the football games and parades on television. All of these exterior favorites have slowly taken away from the internal importance of Thanksgiving.
Monday ushered in the beginning of World AIDS Day, which promotes the awareness of AIDS, a disease which afflicts many people globally. According to the World AIDS Day Campaign website, worldaidscampaign.org, the mission of the organization is to bring together individuals and organizations to bring attention to the epidemic that is drastically impacting our world and society. Their theme this year, “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise,” rings true of their vocation to end the mass spreading of HIV/AIDS and to advocate the practice of safe sex. An elegant red ribbon stands as the symbol for AIDS awareness and is often worn to show solidarity for patients coping with the virus. Red ribbons hang everywhere from the White House to jacket lapels to skyscrapers in every size. According to nationsencyclopedia.com, the campaign began in 1988 at the World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention and has continued ever since.
Beyonce delivers her diva status credit once again with “I AM…Sasha Fierce.” Yes, it is definitely a different sound for Queen B, but what is a real diva without the risks? She formally introduces the world to her somewhat known alter ego – Sasha Fierce. Sasha Fierce is who Beyonce personifies when she burns up the stage, the half of her that is fearless. Sasha Fierce is the sassy comparison to the well-known calm, cool, and collected Beyonce we often see in interviews.