Victims of Gun Violence


Victims of Gun Violence By Eniola Adeniyi Aggie Press Guest Contributor Antonio Read more

A March To The Polls


A&T Students March To Polls By Uniqua Quillins Aggie Press Guest Read more

Project Vote Smart Encourages Democracy


Project Vote Smart  Encourages Democracy By Ashleigh Wilson Aggie Press Managing-Editor It’s Read more

Journalism Panelists Discuss Michael Brown Shooting


Journalism Panelists Discuss Michael Brown Shooting By Dominque Moody Aggie Press Read more

Asheboro Halloween Is All About Fun


Asheboro Halloween Is All About Fun By Kathleen Mora Aggie Press Read more

Victims of Gun Violence

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Victims of Gun Violence

By Eniola Adeniyi

Aggie Press Guest Contributor

Antonio Smith: a nine-year-old fatally shot

Shaquise Buckner: a 16-year-old honor roll student, shot in the head

Jason Seballes: a 16-year-old killed

Damian Rodriguez: a 21-year-old shot

Hadiya Pendleton: a 15-year-old shot and killed

Jonylah Watkins: a six-month-old shot and killed

All names listed above have two things in common. All are victims of gun violence and are from south side Chicago.

Dear Black Communities

Photo Courtesy of Eniola Adeniyi

These are some of the victims that have been shot or critically wounded due to the gun violence outbreak in South Side Chicago, but do you hear about that? No.

There is hardly any media coverage on these killings that have taken place in 2013, and gun violence has recently increased since July 2014. Is not Black on Black crime a topic worth discussing?

Is this not an issue worth protesting for?

We have our African American babies killing each other, and we just sit and cry while saying, “Turn yourself in?” Please, explain this to me.

However, if a white police officer kills one of our Black babies, then we are ready to riot? Now, that is not fair at all.

We need justice in all places, not just in scenarios where race plays a factor. What about human rights? What about human life?

There should be no reason why a six-month-old baby is a victim to gun violence. Does this not move you to action?

#PrayForChicago

Photo Courtesy of Eniola Adeniyi

How can we just simply sit down and say, “Damn, that another one,” another black youth slain by his or her brother or sister.

Where are our protests and demonstrations for this?

Black communities, we have got to do better. Where are our renowned celebrities and public figures?

Are such “key” figures absent because of the lack of media coverage? Is that the reason why we decide not to hold our protests and marches?

I discovered one protest that was held by Project HOOD and led by Rev. Corey Brooks. He made a valid point that caught my attention, “Amber alert from the hood because our black children are missing. Missing education, missing employment, missing parents…”

That list contained enumerated several causes for gun violence, lack of education, employment, parental guidance, and many more social problems.

However, how many more bodies must drown in their own blood, with bullets shot by their fellow mates, before we do something deeper than crying?

All I am saying is that we, as African Americans, and the media are giving large amounts of attention to the Ferguson shooting and other racial killings. Yet, we must also give an equal amount of attention and coverage to Black on Black crimes as well.

This one-sided fight needs to stop, and Obama, where are you?

Dear Obama

Photo Courtesy of Eniola Adeniyi

A March To The Polls

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A&T Students March To Polls

By Uniqua Quillins

Aggie Press Guest Contributor

A March To The Polls

N.C. A&T, Bennett, Guilford College and UNCG students pose together outside the Greensboro Courthouse.

As Uniqua Reports, On Wednesday, Oct. 29, N.C. A&T Aggies met with Bennett Belles to march to the polls and cast their ballots.  After arriving at the Greensboro Courthouse to vote, Aggies and Belles were also met by students from Guilford College and UNC-Greensboro.

Project Vote Smart Encourages Democracy

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Project Vote Smart  Encourages Democracy

By Ashleigh Wilson

Aggie Press Managing-Editor

It’s that time of year again, where yards are covered in signs and televisions are filled with endorsement ads, cars are packed with campaign stickers, and volunteers make their rounds to register people to vote. It’s election season.

With state and local general elections approaching, adults are not the only abled bodies that influence the political process.

On the campus of North Carolina A&T State University, student can be seen encouraging their peers to register to vote. These volunteers are part of many nonprofit organizations that help mobilize college students to register and vote.

Victoria Harvey, A&T junior political science student

One organization, Project Vote Smart, is comprised of interns and volunteers whose main goal is to “defend democracy.” PVS offers several outlets for citizens of any state to have access to voting records, public statements, campaign finances, and background information on candidates.

For the past few weeks, the Greensboro volunteers of PVS have been on A&T’s campus registering students to vote and encouraging them to boost their political awareness.

Victoria Harvey, an A&T junior political science major, stated that she is heavily involved in politics.

“As a political science student, I strongly believe that it is my civic duty to vote in every election,” said Harvey. “That is why I am very passionate about mobilizing students to go to the polls and vote, no matter if it is a local, state or presidential election.”

According to the Center for Information and Research on Civil Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), registration is crucial in getting college students to vote, and “in 2008, of the 18-24 year-old college students that registered to vote, 87 percent actually voted.”

Additionally, in 2008, “58.2 percent of African-American youth voted, which is the highest turnout rate of any youth racial/ethnic group since 1972.”

Despite the high youth participation in the 2008 election, young voters only comprised about 19 percent of the electorate, according to CIRCLE. This data suggested that there is an apathetic attitude towards politics among young people.

Harvey, who grew up in a home in Wilmington, N.C. that valued politics, firmly believes that college students need to vote at their universities because it can help to make a difference on a local scale.

She is aware of college student apathy towards politics but continues mobilize others to vote and also stays informed on current policies.

While there are students who are highly involved in politics, there are also other individuals who are not as enthralled about the democratic process.

Victavis Williams

Victavis Williams, an A&T junior graphic communications system student

Victavis Williams, a junior graphic communications system student, said that he is has no interest in politics.

“I feel that it’s important to be involved in whatever interests you, even if it’s politics, sports or the media field,” said Williams.

Although he recognizes the importance of political involvement, Williams believes that politics is mainly filled with lies and that is why he does not to get involved in politics.

“It’s like crabs in a bucket…because as soon as you make it to the top, someone is sure to pull you back to the bottom,” said Williams, adding that politics are a form authority and power, involving lies and over-competitiveness. If placed in the wrong hands, a positive outcome is not always to be expected, he said.

In fact, negligence is not the issue of college students voting. According to CIRCLE, in 2010, 12.2 percent of college students said their reason for not voting was due to a lack of interest.

Kashawn Little, a May 2014 social work graduate and HANDS LLC business owner, said that he is a registered voter who is highly involved in politics.

“The local elections are very important to me, [and] they hold more weight than the presidential election,” said Little. “Right now, the state of North Carolina’s governor has cut $500 million out of education, causing tuition to raise for out-of-state students by 12.4 percent. They have taxed our college food and entertainment (which was originally covered), and this is causing students to pay more money just to stay in school.”

Little believes that all decisions made by elected officials have effects on their constituents, and he plans to run for a political office in the future.

Along Little’s passion for politics, he also bears a strong dislike for government policy.

“I hate politics because the ones who have the power should not have it,” said Little. “I hate politics because America has become so small minded, and people don’t think for themselves.”

Kashawn Little

Kashawn Little, a May 2014 A&T social work graduate

Little explained how American politics is polluted with people who claim they love this country. Yet, those are the same people who will do anything in their power to inhibit the progress of the president.

Little uses this distaste of politics to fuel his desire to run for a political office and bring about positive change in local communities.

In terms of mobilizing students to be both present and active in politics, all three Aggies feel that there is still work to be done.

According to Harvey, student involvement at A&T could be increased if greater emphasis were placed on local and state elections, rather than presidential elections.

“As a member of the Political Science Society here on campus, hopefully, we figure out a way to make the policies more relatable to students.”

Williams stated that every election affects the residents of particular districts or regions, which also include college students.

According to Williams, if A&T students conducted more research on politics, then there would be more student involvement. However, “there still has to be some type of interest in that field for involvement to take place.”

Little said that student involvement, on the ground level, begins the students. He said that students cannot solely rely on their parents or media for knowledge on politics.

“Do the research for yourself,” said Little.

Polls will be open in the state of N.C. on Nov. 4 and the ballot will allows citizens to vote on the 12th congressional district of N.C., statewide ballot measures and school board officials.

To learn more about Project Vote Smart, visit http://votesmart.org.

For more information about voting guidelines in North Carolina, visit http://www.ncvoterguide.org.

 

Journalism Panelists Discuss Michael Brown Shooting

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Journalism Panelists Discuss Michael Brown Shooting

By Dominque Moody

Aggie Press Contributor

What is justice?

That question and others continue to be asked by many African Americans after the untimely murders of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and other young African-American males throughout the country.

And it was a question raised recently during a panel discussion, “Hands Up! Who’s Shooting: Media Coverage of the Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.” The discussion came during an Oct. 24 Town Hall Summit in the department of journalism and mass communication at N.C. A&T State University.

Linda Callahan, Michael Hewlett and Yasmine Regester discuss the media's coverage of the Michael Brown shooting.

Panelists, which included Yasmine Regester, a reporter for the Carolina Peacemaker, Linda Callahan, a journalism professor at A&T, and Michael Hewlett, a courts reporter for the Winston-Salem Journal, agreed that media coverage of the Michael Brown incident and similar shooting deaths of young black men throughout the country help shed light on a major problem in America. Media coverage also demands that the question of equal rights and justice be examined.

Callahan noted that justice can consist of many things.

“Justice is no one having special privileges, and everyone has an equal opportunity to be treated equally,” she said.

Yet, in today’s judicial system, African Americans reflect a disproportionate number of those who populate the courts and prisons. Such numbers lead to the question of  “white privilege” which may be why a police officer felt it was OK to gun down an unarmed black male two months ago in a predominantly black town outside St. Louis, Mo.

“Why is there still a systematically form of white privilege in society and in the justice system?” asked Regester.

Panelists and audience members noted the reoccurrence of the same issues African-American male teenagers being outcasts, stereotyped or targeted, often resulting in their death at the hands of  law enforcement.

“Does society need police?” was a rhetorical question posed by Hewlette, who then asked “Are these police officers that we are looking to protect us really doing their job to serve and protect all people?”

Some audience members agreed that African Americans will always have a negative perception of white police officers even though they are required to serve and protect all citizens.

In Ferguson, Mo., there are more white police officers than  African-American police officers. And in 2013, African-Americans in Ferguson were 66 percent more likely be stopped by the police.

When asked how they reacted when Michael Brown was shot multiple times and left to die in a pool of his blood for several hours before his body was taken away, many in the audience filled with alumni, faculty and students said they felt a deep sense of sadness, a feeling experienced daily when dealing with racism in the criminal justice system.

One way to combat such wrongs is by becoming familiar with the political process and taking a stand by voting, urged Arthea Perry, another A&T journalism professor.

“We all need to go register to vote, and actually vote in order to stop the madness that continues to happen in the legislative, and judicial part of the government,” said Perry.

Teresa Styles, an A&T professor who formerly worked for CBS News, discusses the role of the media in tragic situations.

College students in particular must realize that the  upcoming elections can determine the rest of their college experience and their future beyond college, said an audience member.

Several of A&T’s journalism faculty members and communicators, some of whom once worked for small, medium and large daily newspapers and broadcast operations, noted that a strong black press and black journalism presence in the nation’s newsrooms contributed to past coverage of civil rights issues in America. Those educators include the summit organizer, Bonnie Newman Davis, who, for nearly 20 years worked for the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Richmond, Va., and other national media outlets; Cathy Gant Hill, a former reporter for the Greensboro News & Record;  ]and Teresa Styles, a former producer for CBS News. Had it not been for black reporters covering race riots in the late 1960s, many stories would have been left untold, they agreed.

 

Asheboro Halloween Is All About Fun

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Asheboro Halloween Is All About Fun

By Kathleen Mora

Aggie Press Guest Contributor

Asheboro, just south of Greensboro, N.C., is setting the final touches in its sixth annual “Trick-or-Treat at the Park” event.

Every year on Halloween, the towns’ recreation department plans a safe alternative for community families who enjoy trick-or-treating.

During this event, the department heads close down the downtown street in Asheboro, (Sunset Avenue) as well as the park right behind it.  The park area is used for outside businesses to set up booths and Halloween-inspired games. Area businesses also sponsor the event, and many participate by setting up booths outside their businesses to distribute candy and other goodies.

All the candy is free, of course.

“Many stores put their little spin on the event, for example the tattoo parlor gives out temporary tattoos for the children along with the candy,” said Jody Maness, head event coordinator.

Maness said that a former employee came up with the idea, and the turnout during the first year was more than expected.

“After that year, it has really taken off. Families really enjoy it,” said Maness.

The lowest number of people to attend the event, 2,000 people, occurred one rainy Halloween, according to organizers. Since Halloween falls on a Friday this year, “Trick-or-Treat at the Park” expects about 10,000 people..

“I think that it is a great idea, the kids have lot of fun seeing all the different costumes around the event,” said Nicolas Del Hoyo, an Asheboro resident who has previously frequented the event.

When it comes down to the candy, Maness mentioned that the city provides half of the candy given out, and the businesses provide the other half.

In addition to the candy and games, there are also many interesting characters roaming around the festival, such as Batman, zombies and ghosts. These characters are played by community enthusiasts, and some employees from the comic store downtown.

However, Maness is worried that during the events some people, with a bit of risqué costumes, will attend locals bars on Sunset Avenue while children roam the public area trick-or-treating.

“Parents should be aware that everyone is free to dress up as they want, and to think about those kinds of things before bringing their children to their event,” said Maness.

Nevertheless, on Oct. 31, Maness and his volunteers will begin setting up booths at the park by 8 a.m., and by 4 p.m. everything will be ready for the arrival of the kids and their families.

Many of the volunteers are from the Asheboro High School Key club.

“I just want to state that even though it is an event planned and brought by the recreational department here in Asheboro,” said Maness.  “Everybody put in work for this event, we owe it a lot to all the other departments involved.”

 

Aggies v. Hornets

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Aggies v. Hornets

By Alexis Wainwright

Aggie Press Photography Editor

On Saturday, Oct. 18, the N.C. A&T Aggies played Delaware State University Hornets in Dover, Del. at the Alumni Stadium.

The Aggies took over Delaware State’s Homecoming, not just the Aggie football team, but the Blue and Gold Marching band as well.

Despite A&T’s lack of offensive scoring, the Aggies scored quite a few points, and this is the Aggies first win in Dover since 2002. The Aggies had a 30-point lead at the beginning of the game.

Approaching this game, the Aggies had not beaten Delaware State in the past two years, and according Coach Broadway,“Like all wins it was a good win. We’re proud of our team for going up to Dover and coming back with a win.”

With this win, A&T starts a new winning streak, and this game is the second straight win.

The Aggies played Florida A&M University for their annual homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Aggie Stadium.

The Aggies swept the game with a final score of 40-21.

GHOE 2014 Recap: Aggie Tailgate Traditions

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Aggie Tailgate Traditions

By Kristen Shipley

Aggie Press Assistant Editor

Shawn

A&T senior Shawn Waddell grills at the 2014 Homecoming tailgate

During the weekend of Oct. 24, it was the “Greatest Homecoming On Earth” at N.C. A&T where students, alumni, families and people of all ages indulged in homemade goods and socialized before the highly anticipated football game between A&T and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).

Behind the grill, tending to ribs and flipping burger patties, stood senior architectural engineering student Shawn Waddell, whose family has a long-standing tradition of tailgating.

“Every game I know where I’m at. I know this is where I reside: on the grill, or out there dancing, or just talking to some random person I don’t even know,” said Waddell, and he plans to carry on his family’s tailgating tradition after he graduates in May 2015.

The Waddell family tradition of tailgating started long before the term ‘tailgating’ was used.

“We used to tailgate out of our motor home years ago, and then when the school started tailgating we moved into what the school was doing,” said Waddell’s mother, Myra Waddell. “Before it was kind of haphazard, everyone just eating out of their trucks out of necessity because it was cheaper than eating inside the stadium.”

Unlike her husband and son who attended A&T for undergrad, Mrs. Waddell received her graduate’s degree from A&T, and it has become a family traditions of attending the N.C. historically black college university.

Greensboro native and A&T alumna Cassandra Nash Watkins added that families have been tailgating since the very beginning.

NCAT Tailgates 2014

Aggie students, alumni and friends participate in line dances at the A&T 2014 Homecoming tailgate.

“Back in the day, when I was a child and people could not get a hotel because of their color…they stayed at different people’s homes,” said Watkins. “We had 25 people in a three bedroom house one year, and it was the best homecoming I could ever remember.”

A&T alumna and former cheerleader Deborah McClendon has three generations of Aggies in her family and believes that the best part of tailgating is, “the fellowship, family, getting to see people you haven’t seen in a long time and coming back.”

Mrs. Waddell, who is known among family and friends as an amazing cook, typically makes the dishes when tailgating at A&T. She often makes peach or strawberry cobbler, and according to friends and family, those are their favorite dishes.

All three ladies can also remember when the A&T football team used to play at World War Memorial Stadium. “We all have gold helmets because we all helped to build the [Aggie] stadium,” said Myra, McClendon and Watkins.

“The other big thing about tailgating is sharing the love through the generations,” said Mrs. Waddell. “To be honest, that’s what Aggie Pride is all about.”

Hot Off The Press: What is the Shmoney Dance?

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Taking a closer look at the ‘Shmoney’ dance

By Raven Davis

Aggie Press Contributor

Bobby Shmurda

Hip Hop artist Bobby Shmurda

The hit single “Hot Boy” by Hip Hop artist Bobby Shmurda and the popular “schmoney dance” has made its way to N.C. A&T. Take a look at students’ opinions about the content of Shmurda’s hit song. Do you know what “Hot Boy” is really about?

photo credit: Jambi Wish via flickr cc

The Disappointments Room

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The Disappointments Room

By Ashleigh Wilson

 Aggie Press Managing-Editor

Two downtown Greensboro buildings will be the scene of an upcoming horror movie starring Kate Beckinsale.

On Sunday, Oct. 19, in downtown Greensboro, the movie crew of the upcoming movie “The Disappointments Room” was hard at work modifying the facades of two buildings on South Elm Street. The crew was transforming the facades of 121 and 123 S. Elm St. for shooting on Monday, Oct. 20 to resemble New York brownstones.

121 S. Elm Street was the historic site of the W.C. Porter & Co. Drug Store which is noted for employing a young William Sidney Porter during the late 1800s, who would later become a famous short story writer.

According to the News & Record, DR Productions, this movie’s production company, plans to film Monday morning on the set. In the afternoon, the filming will then move to Greenhill Cemetery, and scenes will also be shot on Tuesday in front of 203 E. Murphy St., located in downtown Madison.

As Ashleigh Wilson reports, “The Disappointments Room” is anticipated to be released Fall 2015 and tells the story of what happens when a family unlocks an attic containing unimaginable horrors that reveal the house’s dark past.

Homecoming = Shop Til’ You Drop

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Homecoming:  Shop Til You Drop

By Taylor Young

Aggie Press Guest Contributor

Most Homecomings at historically black colleges have one thing in common: fashion

At North Carolina A&T State University, GHOE is the perfect time to look your best as you set out to catch up with both old and new friends, check out the pep-rally or step show, attend musical performances featuring the nation’s top hip hop, gospel and r&b soul artists, and of course, enjoy A&T’s homecoming football game or swing by the tailgates for some yummy food.

For some women, the process of getting ready for homecoming is an arduous process. From hair, lips, nails, shoes, to dresses, jeans and tops, homecoming means that you must have at least three or four days worth of these items which means: shopping, primping, more shopping and more primping.

But hey, isn’t it all worth it when the compliments start rolling in?

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