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

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