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  • E-News U. Contributor 9:06 am on March 29, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , , , women performers   

    Hampton U. conf.: Hip-Hop, the black family and Liberal Arts 

    By Nya-Gabriella Peets

    “And It Don’t Stop: Hip-Hop, The Black Family, and Liberal Arts” was the topic of discussion of the March 15 seminar of the 34th annual Black Family Conference. The conference featured Issac Watson (also known as Native Son), Felicia Coleman, Curtis Stembridge, and Amiri Baraka, who spoke on African- American history and today’s condition of Hip-Hop and Rap.

    All of the panelists had many thought provoking statements to add to the discussion, but Felecia Coleman was the lady of the hour.

    Coleman is a student at Hampton University, in addition to being one of very few female recording artists on campus.  Being the only female on the panel, she added a perspective to the discussion which would have otherwise been neglected.

    Coleman has four mix tapes and is currently working on her fifth. When describing her music, she says it is dynamic and aims not to sell sex. She repeatedly emphasized that sex is not the only thing women have to offer when it comes music.

     “With music,” said Coleman, “you hear with your ears, not seeing with your eyes.”

    An audience member also brought up a point about the industry and the urgency for profession asking how can Hip-Hop be changed when people are more worried about wealth, rather than knowledge. Coleman said it is up to the listeners. They are the ones with a voice and should request substantial music, because there is music with substance out there.

    Coleman was very passionate about music and the female image that is portrayed in the Hip-Hop industry.

    The writer is a student at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 9:03 am on March 29, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , , hela, Henrietta Lacks   

    Hampton U. examines the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 

    By Antoinique Abraham

    The 34th Annual Black Family Conference incorporated its theme, “Roots & Wings: The Road to the Future Runs through the Past,” into a panel discussion based on this year’s selected read-in book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebecca Skloot.

    The panel discussion held on March 15, highlighted widespread issues concerning the black family.

    Topics included were racism and discrimination, as well as individuals knowing their medical history.


    Panelists included Denise Motley Johnston, human resources director for recruitment at Duke University; Karima Jeffery, associate professor in Hampton University’s English Department; Fredda Bryan, breast cancer survivor with the American Cancer Society; and Phill Branch, assistant professor of English and Cinema Studies at HU.

    “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is based on a poor black tobacco farmer, whose cells were taken without her knowledge or consent in 1951. This book tells the story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine.

    Johnston used the acronym R.E.A.D.Y to place the book into different categories: Respect, Ethics, Acknowledgement, Dignity, and the ability to say “yes,” she said, are all important factors that individuals should taken into consideration before allowing one to conduct research.

     “Where is our voice in research projects?” said Bryan, regarding the necessity and importance of being involved in your medical process. “What is meant for good can be turned into bad and ugly.”

    Although HeLa – Lack’s cells – became one of the most important tools in medicine, she remains virtually unknown and her family can’t afford health insurance. 

    Questions of race were prevalent in many of the inquiries to the panelists. A common thread was, would this book be relevant if it was written by a black woman, or if Henrietta Lacks was a white woman?

    According to Branch, if this story was written by a black woman, the content would be same yet the publishing would have been different and her story wouldn’t have been heard.

    The Hampton University Read-In was scheduled on March 27 and 28.

    For more information about the Henrietta Lacks Foundation, visit rebeccaskloot.com or henriettalacksfoundation.org.

    The writer is a student at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 9:29 pm on March 15, 2012 Permalink |  

    Hampton U. Black Family Conference closing luncheon 

    By Brian Sproul

    The culmination of the 34th annual Black family conference at Hampton University will take place Friday, March 16 with the closing luncheon in the Student Center ballroom from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m.

    The luncheon will include a performance of the “The Immortal HeLa: The Life and After Life of Henrietta Lacks. Performers include Billicia Charnelle Hines, Janine Jones, Shelia J. Maye-Thomas and Karla Crump Reaves. There will also be a musical selection from Dondre Jackson, a music major at Hampton University, said organizers.  

    H.U. Professor of Humanities Olayemi Adeniyi has been a part of the conference committee which is responsible for all the events that are taking place over the course of three days. She expressed great excitement over her first experience with the conference: “I want to learn more about the black family and the different issues we are going through as black families; how we can address these issues, and make changes to help black families become united and healthy.

     “Through the conference, I will be able to learn how we as educators can make a good impact on the black family as a whole all over the nation and around the world.”

    The price of the luncheon is $25.

    The writer is a student at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications 

  • E-News U. Contributor 8:59 pm on March 15, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , Daphne Maxwell Reid, , Joseph Thomas Newsome, Tim Reid   

    Family values with a touch of Hollywood at Hampton U. 

    By Da’Reinn Stevens

    The 34th Annual Black Family Conference geared up for a great start Wednesday evening at the opening ceremony. This year the conference focused on issues black families face, with the theme “Roots and Wings: The Road to the Future Runs through the Past.”

    Joan McMillan Wickham, president of the National Hampton Alumni Association, began the program by welcoming everyone in attendance. She also gave a brief history lesson on how the event came together.

    “We have to make sure Hampton stays relevant in society,” said William R. Harvey, president of Hampton University.

    The idea came from six black family court judges, said Wickham; the judges noticed the issues black families faced and knew it needed to be fixed. The judges challenged the Hampton University family to start a conference to help empower and educate families.

    Before long it was time to introduce the keynote speaker Daphne Maxwell Reid; photographer, actress, mother and wife. As a woman who prides herself on her family and where she came from, Reid’s words would not be forgotten.

    She is a native of New York where she graduated from Bronx High School of Science. She then went on to Northwestern University. There she earned her degree in interior design and architecture. This was also the place her career in modeling began.

    Mostly known as “Aunt Viv” from the TV sitcom ”Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Reid has also worked on shows and movies including but not limited to the “Cosby Show” and “Sister Sister.”

    She is married to Tim Reid and together they operate the New Millennium Studios in Petersburg, Va. The studio is the first full service film studio in the area. When Reid is not busy working she enjoys traveling, photography, and sewing.

    “Every lesson has a purpose and you should learn that lesson so you won’t repeat it,” said Reid as she encouraged students to do everything they aspire to do.

    After Reid’s keynote speech, Harvey introduced the Newsome family. Their family was awarded the black family award for their heroic relative, attorney Joseph Thomas Newsome.

    Newsome earned his law degree from the Howard University Law School and was very active in the Hampton Roads community, serving as editor of the Newport News Star. He was also the first African-American to practice law before the Virginia Supreme Court.

    The week will continue through Friday, March 16 with numerous seminars and activities focusing on financial literacy, education, and health.

    “During the program I stopped looking at this event as an extra credit opportunity and appreciated everything I learned,” said Rhyan Weller, a Hampton University sophomore.

    The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 7:04 pm on March 14, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Anonymous, , cyber terrorism, , Ides of March, threats   

    HU campus prepared for ‘Anonymous’ threat, officials say 

    By Kathryn Kenny

    Hampton University Chief of Police David Glover said, “the search continues” as local and federal investigators teamed up in hopes of finding the individual responsible for the “HU anonymous” YouTube videos that went viral nearly a month ago, causing a stir among students and faculty, and leading authorities to take precautions.

    “Dr. [William R.] Harvey has made it clear to me in several conversations that he is interested in the safety of the campus. He has had us pull out all the stops,” said Glover. “We have spoken with the federal authorities and state authorities to assist us where they can. it a much bigger efforts than just us here.”

    The videos created a buzz throughout campus after a masked individual adamantly expressed his/her concerns about the university, stating that their “identity and power will be revealed on March 15.”

    Said Glover, “There are things behind the scenes that are being done — more Web based — in an effort to figure out who the poster of the video might be.”

    Though the video did not directly pose a threat to the campus, [it] has prompted HU PD to take immediate action.

    Yuri Rodgers Milligan, director of university relations, said that the amount of visible police officers on campus was set in place in the event of anything as well as to discourage behavior that is harmful to the student body.

    “The information in the video was nonspecific,” said Glover. “It wasn’t pointed at any direct action that’s going to happen, but the date of the 15th is in there and so we are taking the prudent measure, in terms of physical presence.

    “We have folks in the right place at the right time.”

    Police believe that the “anonymous” individual is a student at the university.

    In 2009, Hampton University experienced a violent threat from a former student who shot three students in Harkness Hall. No one was killed in the incident.

    Many parents were not taking this week’s matter lightly. A number of parents have contacted the university relations office and dorm facilities expressing their concerns insuring that their child will be protected.

    “I’ve received several phone calls from parents about this,” said Denise Griffin, dorm director in Dubois Hall. “I got a call from a mom in Texas saying that she was afraid for her son. What I don’t like is that, this ‘Anonymous’ is spreading fear and I have to reassure parents because of it.”

    As for some students, mixed feelings have emerged as to whether or not the video should be taken seriously.

    “I laughed when I saw the video,” said Simone Curd, freshman psychology major from Indianapolis. “Half of the stuff in the video wasn’t even factual. Personally, I think it’s a fluke. He’s just trying to scare everybody.”

    Other students are taking measures not to come to school to insure their safety.

    “A lot of students fail to realize that just because we are a black college, it doesn’t mean things like this can’t happen.” said Lauren Foster, a senior political science major. “Stuff happens around here; actually a lot does, but most of it gets swept under the rug and that’s what scares me.”

    Through the heat of all of the investigations set in place, Thursday marks the start of the 34th Annual Black Family Conference. Many teachers are canceling classes to allow students to attend the informational seminars and events ranging from topics such as “Financial Literacy” and the “Evolution of Blackness.”

     “We will continue as we normally do,” said Glover. “As of right now, classes and events are going to go on.”

    The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 9:54 am on March 13, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Constant Center, , Kentucky, Lady Pirates, , NCAA, Norfolk, Stanford, The Cardinal   

    Hampton U. Lady Pirates take on No. 1 seed Stanford 

    By Kiara Dunston                            

    Gutsy, resilient, well-coached, and constantly raising the bar is exactly how the Lady Pirates’ Athletic Director Keisha Campbell described the team. For the third year in a row, the Lady Pirates have won the MEAC, and this year they’re up against the No.1 seed, Stanford.

    As many people gathered Monday evening in the Hampton University Student Center Ballroom to celebrate the Lady Pirates, those who’ve been there every step of the way spoke of their season thus far.

    President William R. Harvey praised the Lady Pirates’ accomplishments, as well as their athletic director and faithful announcer. DJ Vince, who DJs at every home game, expressed happiness for the girls.

    Fans sat around in anticipation for ESPN to announce the brackets. Prior to the announcement, the Lady Pirates were introduced and congratulated. They were supported by their fellow men’s basketball team as well as their cheerleaders.

    The Student Center was packed and some fans had to stand or sit on the floor. Students and faculty accompanied the men’s basketball team and the cheerleaders.

    As ESPN began to announce the brackets, to most people’s surprise, Hampton and Stanford universities were the first matchup announced; Hampton placed as the No. 16 seed and Stanford was seeded No. 1.

    Most people were hoping to be a higher seed than last year’s No. 13 vs. No. 4-seeded Kentucky, maybe earning some respect due to a consecutive conference championship season. But the Lady Pirates and their coaches made it clear that it didn’t matter who they were matched up with.

    The Lady Pirates will play Stanford at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the Ted Constance Center in Norfolk. The game will also be broadcast live on ESPN 2.

    The writer is a student at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications



    By Chattan El-Webb

    The Lady Pirates have won the MEAC [Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference] for the third year in a row and are now facing Stanford University in the NCAA tournament.

    Students, faculty, and the Lady Pirates waited with anticipation Monday evening to find out who they were facing off.

    When the results were announced, students cheered “We’re going to California,” but other members of the crowd did not seem to have the same enthusiasm.

    “This sucks,” says cheerleader Brittany Bowers. “They should have been seeded higher. They have a good record and deserve a fair chance.”

    Men’s basketball player Emmanuel Okorabo was shocked: “This was disrespectful to the girls, they had a higher record.”

     “This was just unexpected and shocking,” said Lady Pirate Keiara Avant. “Our record shows we should have had a better seat.”

    The writer is a student at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications



  • E-News U. Contributor 2:24 pm on March 6, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: education platforms, , President Obama, , Virginia Primary   

    Va. primary election doesn’t excite Hampton U. students 

    By A. Raquelle Robinson

    HAMPTON, Va. – Students here passed on presidential candidates Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor, and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, whom are the only ones to appear on the March 6 Virginia primary ballot.

    CBS News’ Political Hotsheet reported that Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum were not on the ballot due to the failure of candidate in collecting 10,000 signatures each in order to qualify.

    Some students at Hampton University flocked away from Romney and Paul in the upcoming Virginia Republican primary. Students responded that they were unaware of Romney or Paul’s plans for college education and that they didn’t really know what they would gain from one of them winning office.

     “It is very beneficial to have a president focus on education because most of the country’s leaders and best decision makers have a college degree or a degree of higher learning,” said Blake Bynum, senior business management major from Alexandria, Va.

    On Paul’s official campaign website, he promotes homeschooling. He proposes returning the control of education to parents and teachers on the local level.

    Romney’s official website did not have education under the issues tab. On Education.com, Alex Burgos, the campaign spokesman for Romney, reported that the candidate wants families to save money for college instead of focusing on direct government assistance.

     “I need the loans, grants, and scholarships to lessen some of the expenses,” said Dustin Scales, sophomore music performance major from New Brunswick, New Jersey.

    Christopher Bishop Jr., a junior political science major from Dallas, said that he couldn’t afford school at all without his G.I. bill financial aid.

    President Barack Obama’s official website said that education is a national priority and that Obama has doubled investments in scholarships and financial aid. In the president’s State of the Union Address, he proposed that if college tuition continued to go up, then its federal funding would go down and that he will keep the loan interest rate from doubling in July.

     “Less debt is always great,” said Nicole Jones, sophomore biology major from Richmond, Va., who is on loans and a grant.

    The Washington Post reported that Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum called President Obama a “snob” for encouraging all Americans to attend college.

    “That’s not snobbish,” said Cassandra Spears, a senior biology major from Detroit. “Wanting people to be more educated is not snobbish, that’s smart. Every president should want that for (his) country.”

    For the Virginia Primary, students said they deviated away from candidates that don’t relate to them. 

    The writer is a student at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 9:41 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , presidential candidates, , Super Tuesday,   

    Virginia Primary: Education issues on students' minds 

    By Ja’Kari Whitfield-Taylor

    As the Republican presidential candidates prepare for Super Tuesday, students in Virginia and across the country, look to each political party’s views on education as the deciding factor on their votes for the 2012 presidential election.

    For college students, the candidate’s education policies are a major factor in who they vote for.

    “If you can’t stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down,” said President Barack Obama during the State of the Union address last month. “Higher education can’t be a luxury – it’s an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford,”

    This statement piqued the interests of many college students across the country, including some Hampton University students.

    “I pay for school primarily through loans and work study so my education is definitely a luxury,” said Arriel Cooper, a 5-year MBA major from Chicago. “With tuition on a steady increase I may have to take a semester off to work and save money, Hopefully, Obama’s new education policy gets passed. It will make college less stressful.”

    Dustin DeMary, a psychology major from Portsmouth, Va., said, “I mean, I support it but I don’t really go with it because I’m not paying for tuition and everything else I pay out of pocket. For those who do have to pay for loans and stuff like that, it will help them out in the long run because he’s cutting the interest rates.”

    When several HU students were asked if they knew of education proposals of any of the GOP presidential candidates, their answers were unanimous “Nos.” Some students said they didn’t know who the candidates were.

    The Virginia Primary is among 10 primaries and caucuses being held on “Super Tuesday,” March 6. Only two of the GOP candidates will participate: Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. 

    All other candidates – including Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich didn’t meet the 10,000 signature requirements needed to qualify for the primary.

    The writer is a student at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

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