Yahya Kamalipour, Ph.D, is the new chairman of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
Yahya Kamalipour, PhD, is the new chairman for the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at North Carolina A&T State University. He joined A&T in August after previously serving as a chair and faculty member in the journalism program at Purdue-Calumet. On Sept. 9 -10, JOMC students attended a meet-and-greet to welcome Kamalipour to the university. During the event, Kamalipour shared with students his goals and objectives for the department, which enrolls approximately 500 students.
Working Hard For Their Money: A&T Students/Restaurant Workers From Left: Quanisha, RaAnne and Corey
Fast-food workers throughout the country participated in Thursday’s nationwide protest coordinated by Fight for $15, a union-backed campaign in which workers are demanding a $15 wage and union recognition. With the support of local labor and community groups, workers have been taking part in a series of intermittent one-day strikes in various cities over the past two years, shaming big fast-food companies like McDonald’s over low pay and irregular hours, according to The Huffington Post and other news outlets.
Strikes and protests through civil disobedience have spread well beyond big cities such as New York and Chicago, where they were originally based. On Thursday, workers took to the streets in places such as Durham, N.C.; Tucson, Ariz.; and Rochester, N.Y., according to news reports.
Several N.C. A&T students who work in fast-food outlets recently discussed the difficulty they encounter in trying to make ends meet on their minimum-wage salaries. The students did not participate in any of the protests.
North Carolina A&T State University’s International Students and Scholars Office wants to make sure its international students are comfortable while here. Students come from practically everywhere, including Africa, Asia, Europe, The Islands, The Middle East, North and South America and Southern/Southeast Asia.
“We issue documents, set up orientation and get the students well acquainted with the university,” said Linda Graves, director of the ISSO. Located in Murphy, ISSO requires its students to correctly complete all documents to be able to attend the university. The documents include financial guarantees, international student data forms, change of address forms, departure forms, and immigrant data forms.
The ISSO provides advising services, visitor support programs and intercultural activities to support the academic success and personal adjustment of international students and scholars. “I enjoy the student’s humility, their intent to do well, obedience to themselves, culture, and their intuition,” said Graves.
A highlight for students each spring is “Festival of Colors: Blending Academics, Competence, Inclusion, Diversity and Change Recognition and Celebration,” a program that honors and recognizes the achievements of A&T’s international students. This year’s Festival of Colors, which took place in April, included cultural displays, presentations, ethnic food, and fellowship.
Located in Stallings Ballroom, the ceremony began with words of encouragement from ISSO’s administrators and staff.
“We are at a learning institution so it is a part of our intent to help support and display the many cultures of this great institution,” said Judy Rashid, former director of Student Affairs.
Dejah Denbrook, who graduated in May, is from the Virgin Islands. With a 3.5 GPA, Denbrook came to A&T to follow a family tradition.
“I decided to come to A&T all the way from home because my sister was an Aggie and she loved it,” said Denbrook. “I wanted to follow in her footsteps.”
Denbrook believes the transition between cultures was easy because she was able to quickly adapt to the culture and environment and make friends, but cannot wait to go home to eat one of her mother’s home cooked meals.
“The first [meal] I will eat when I return is coconut chicken and rice,” said Denbrook
Supply Chain Management student, Baturia Rabiath Salifou, came to North Carolina A&T from Benin, Africa. Salifou is an only child from a small town in Benin and successfully maintained a 3.3 GPA throughout her studies at A&T.
“I came to A&T because it was the best HBCU to offer my major,” said Salifou.
The “Head 2 Toe” radio show is considered one of the best informational shows in Greensboro and surrounding areas, according to the show’s producers and creators at WNAA 90.1 FM. The show returned to the air last spring after a two-year absence.
Now, back by popular demand, the show has taken off for a second chance with host Ezima Murphy and her co-hosts: Nicoki and Charlz Henry and Macray Huff.
The show is a guide to ethnic hair, nail, and skin care that also includes celebrity interviews to health and beauty topics.
“The show is to give listeners tips and educate them about how to take care of their hair, nails, and skin,” says Murphy, adding that the root cause of certain skin and hair conditions ailments often are discussed.
“We’ve had callers call in to talk about lime disease, and someone else called in to talk about antibiotics and how it affects kids. Taking to many antibiotics as a kid growing up can lead to diabetes, obesity, autism, etc,” said Murphy.
Ezima Murphy is office manager for WNAA 90.1 radio station, based at N.C. A&T State University.
When Murphy was asked to develop a show for the station, she knew just what to talk about that would catch the listeners’ attention.
“More than 10 years ago, I worked as an administrative assistant in a beauty salon, and just listening to some of the questions that the clients would ask the cosmetologists on a daily basis, I ended up gaining a lot of knowledge about hair and so forth,” said Murphy. “So the idea kind of came to me naturally, because it’s something I’m familiar with and I’ve heard other people talk about it, even had people come up to me with questions about their hair.”
Nicki Henry has been a licensed cosmetologist in Greensboro for more than 20 years and owns her own salon with her brother, Charlz Henry. She also was excited about the show’s return, eager to share the latest tips and tools about hair and skin care.
“The goal of the show is to educate our listeners on the topic because sometimes you think something as simple as ‘how do I moisturize my hair?,” should not be a question,” said Nicki Henry. “However, someone may not know how to do that. When it comes to skin care, ‘how do I get rid of acne?’ people may not know how to do that so, our main goal is to educate our listeners on beauty overall.
Henry says that the show is not only geared toward women, and that topics cover men and children, too.
“The men sometimes may have problems with razor bumps and so forth, so we’ll have a professional come on the show and talk about how to get rid of those razor bumps; and for the kids, you know during summer time kids are going to summer camp, in summer camp there’s swimming; mom and dad may not know how to protect their childs hair so we give them tips on how to protect the kids hair while in summer camp and so forth,” said Henry.
The third guest host is Macray Huff. Huff moved from Stuart, Va. to Greensboro 10 years ago to gain more clientele that would possibly help him gain more experience. Huff always wanted to move to a big city like New York, but Chicago seemed like a good spot for him. A while after landing in Chicago, Huff was hired by AJ’s Salon, the epicenter of the Style Network’s reality TV show “Chicagolicious.”
Huff’s main purpose on “Head to Toe” is to educate listeners and give them tips on how to treat, wash, and style their hair. Huff has had a passion for hair since he was 5 years old an, d is taking his skills to another level while traveling back and forth between Greensboro and the Windy City to take care of his loyal clients.
The show has now been back on the air for several months and has gained a more listeners, according to its hosts. “Head 2 Toe” show airs every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. on WNAA 90.1 FM.
A mixture of sadness and joy rang forth during the May 29, 2014 memorial service for Maya Angelou at Mount Zion Baptist Church, the educator/writer's Winston-Salem, N.C. church home for 30 years. Highlights included music and songs from the church choir, dance ministry and words of reflection from Angelou's grandson, Colin Johnson. Photo by Bonnie Newman Davis
Program seeks ” A Model of Justice and Accountability”
By Debora Timms
JOMC Journal Contributor
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. paraphrased 19th century abolitionist Theodore Parker in speeches when he said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Some residents in Greensboro, N.C. believe steps could be taken to bend it a little faster.
A diverse group of community members have banded together to change what the Rev. Nelson N. Johnson, executive director of the Beloved Community Center, terms a “subculture of double standards and corruption” within the Greensboro police.
The desire to change the police culture of Greensboro is not new. Barbara Lawrence, assistant professor of justice and policy studies at Guilford College, recently spoke at a community forum at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. She explained, “Historically, the issue of police review boards arose out of consistent and persistent police abuse of black people and communities during the 1950s and 1960s.”
During the forum, “Greensboro Police Reform: Creating A Model of Justice and Accountability,” Lawrence and James P. Mayes, interim chair of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at North Carolina A&T State University, discussed the concept of civilian police review boards. Such boards have been introduced with success throughout the nation. Although the idea was once considered radical, today more than 100 oversight agencies conduct citizen review processes of one type or another in 80 percent of large cities.
In Greensboro, the Beloved Community Center helped establish an Interim Civilian Police Review Committee (ICPRC) on Jan. 14. The need for its creation was documented in a report titled “Our Democratic Mission – Transitioning the Greensboro Police Department from Double Standards and Corruption to Accountability and Professionalism.”
On April 9, Johnson stood before the City of Greensboro’s CRC Enhancement Committee to ask the city to act to create a permanent civilian police review board. “The ICPRC is not adequate to address the problems of police misconduct on its own,” he said, and it is essential that “the police should not police themselves.”
Speaking to Johnson after the presentation, he was encouraged and hoped reforms would be made by the city council to “reconceptualize” the current review board structure.
Independent oversight was a concept discussed by Lawrence during the community forum. She noted a number of commonalities between successful review boards. To start, they are all established by law and comprised of appointees named by the city mayor and/or city council members. Additionally, boards have a broad scope of operations and, most importantly, hold subpoena powers. The ability to compel parties to supply documents and provide testimony is a critical element to being effective.
Among those present at the April 26 forum were a group of students from Wilson High School in Florence, S.C. Made up of 17 young black men and three teachers, the trip was designed to teach the teens more about their history and provide them with a new perspective on dealing with the law. Some who participated in the trip want a career in law enforcement.
The audience was able to comment and ask questions. Wilson High School teacher Ramonta Lee asked why an appointment process would be used in selecting board members. Many in the crowd nodded their heads and murmured in agreement with Lee’s statement, “Once you give the power to appoint, you have the potential to taint.”
That is why, said Mayes, the structure of the review board must ensure the integrity of the process. There needs to be a high level of independence in the board’s operation. Although members are appointed, diversity would allow for a greater community voice. Education would be given to ensure members have the expertise to fulfill their commission and the board itself must be democratized and operate with transparency. This would avoid even the perception of bias.
One of the Wilson High School students asked if race and discrimination were obstacles that should deter minority officers entering the police force.
Lawrence, a former New York City police officer, replied there is a need for “more people that look like you” to pursue careers in all levels of the law. She discussed the educational project 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, started in 1995 by African Americans in the field of law enforcement.
The museum and the forum impressed the Wilson High School students in attendance. Earl Franklin, an 18-year-old senior, found the visit “educational.” He came on the trip with “preset ideas, but the civil rights exhibits gave me a better, a higher understanding” of the past.
Daniel Edwards, also an 18-year-old senior, said the forum showed him why having “more minority officers doing better things” was so important. Edwards felt “encouraged to step up and follow through” with his aspirations to be a police officer.
The A&T Jazz Ensemble brought jazz’s roots to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCAT) through Jazz on the Yard on Thursday, April 24.
The A&T Jazz Ensemble performed “Jazz on the Yard” for its 2014 spring concert. The performance consisted of 16 pieces performed in part by Grimsley High School and the A&T Jazz Ensemble. The concert was separated into five parts with a brief intermission between parts three and four. Under the direction of Stefan Stuber, Grimsley High School performed three pieces which included songs by Duke Ellington, Doug Beach, and Victor Lopez in part one of the program. Seventeen A&T State University Jazz Ensemble musicians played the remaining pieces which included familiar songs such as “Feelin’ Good” and “Knock Me Off My Feet” under the direction of Mondre Moffett.
The audience crowded NCAT’s Harrison Auditorium at 7 p.m. to hear the two jazz bands play Jazz on the Yard. Excitement to hear jazz music from the student collaborators was evident in spectators.
“We’re all excited about it,” NCAT’s Chancellor Harold Martin said. “We’re always looking for ways in which we can give our students the biggest stage to share their great talents and tonight is one of those opportunities to do that.”
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Throughout the performance audience members enjoyed being serenaded by A&T State University Jazz Ensemble’s vocalist, Knolan Johnson, listening to Grimsley High School’s and NCAT’s great jazz musicians, and even enjoyed a short dance performance. A particular crowd favorite was the “Knock Me Off My Feet” arrangement played by Taylor Williams, a NCAT junior biology student, on the flute.
“I was so nervous but excited!” said Williams. “When I got onto the stage I was especially nervous but I relied on my preparation and played to the best of my abilities.”
The piece was a suggestion of Williams’ that caused the audience to cheer, clap and sing along.
In two and half short hours the crowd enjoyed what took four months of planning by Moffett to achieve. Moffett is the director of the A&T State University Jazz Ensemble. He is also a trumpeter, producer, composer, arranger, and educator. Moffett selected the final pieces included in the performance, recruited the Grimsley High School Jazz Band, created the arrangements for the 13 pieces played by the A&T State University Jazz Ensemble, and was instrumental in the programs marketing efforts.
Jazz on the Yard was only a list of various songs suggested before it became “Jazz on the Yard.” For Moffett, Jazz on the Yard began taking shape when he heard “Blues on the Corner” by McCoy Tyner during NCAT’s Christmas break.
“I knew ‘Blues on the Corner’ was going to be on the concert,” said Mr. Moffett. “I knew it would be a fabulous piece to play and it would be challenging.”
Subsequently, Moffett created the theme Jazz on the Yard. Jazz on the Yard allowed Moffett to bring his diverse list of jazz compositions under one umbrella. “On the yard” of Jazz on the Yard, is a metaphor for the NCAT campus and reaching out in the community.
“This is music you might experience on the campus in the everyday mundane experiences here at A&T State University,” said Moffett. “It also serves as a metaphor to invite a guest, to reach out in the community and bring about those students or those jazz participants or those seeking excellence in music.”
Following the theme of Jazz on the Yard, Moffett reached out to the students at Grimsley High School to participate in the performance. In late February, Moffett was contacted by Grimsley High School’s jazz band director Stuber to conduct a workshop with the young musicians. The workshop focused on improvisation which is the impromptu playing of an instrument without previous practice or planning and a key skill for jazz musicians to develop.
“From that workshop, they had success in various competitions,” said Moffett.” So, I said well you know what how about I invite [them] to perform in the concert.”
The efforts from Moffett, the Grimsley High School Band, and the A&T State University Jazz Ensemble were well received and appreciated. After seeing the success form this year’s concert.
Moffett intends to continue the theme Jazz on the Yard.
“I aspire to have a series of Jazz on the Yard leading to a huge event in the Greensboro Stadium,” said Moffett. “Stay tuned for Jazz on the Yard series part two in the fall.”
Students explore future careers and hidden talents
By Caynan Bufford, Breaunna Carruthers and Tyeisha Newman
JOMC Journal Contributors
North Carolina A&T State University’s Aggie Enrichment Summer Camps soon will be in full effect.
These summer camps focus on academic and enrichment activities that promote interdisciplinary experiences for elementary, middle and high school student.
Carolyn Strachan, Information and Communication specialist for Summer Sessions and also director of the Aggie Enrichment Camp, explains the programs benefit young students.
“The teachers work with them on the areas they are weak in,” she says.
The Aggie Enrichment Summer Camps offers programs such as sewing, television production, theatre, web design, art, robotics, and more. Students are allowed to choose which programs interest them most.
The wide choice of programs allows for a smaller teacher to student ratio and a better learning experience in according to the program’s mission, Strachan says.
Carolyn Strachan runs the Aggie Enrichment Summer Camps program.
“Our programs give students the opportunity to explore possible future careers, discover their hidden talents and excel academically when they return to school in the fall,” says Strachan.
Although some of the camp’s programs cater to middle school students, many of them focus on high school students to help prepare them for college. Such programs include Research Experience for Undergraduates, Trio Upward Bound, Aggie Impact Scholars Program, Sophomore Immersion Program in Research and Academics, and Pre-Matriculation Program.
“These programs help prepare them for college or at the least get them to start thinking about college,” Strachan explains.
” Lights Camera Action,” is one of the camp’s most popular programs that teaches campers how a television studio works. Kenneth DeVanney, who runs the television studio in A&’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, has led the camp for five years. DeVanney is preparing for the camp by getting JOMC students to become camp counselors to supervise and help the campers get a better understanding of how the studio works. During this minicamp the campers will watch the counselors use the equipment and demonstrate how the equipment works. At the end of the class the students will put on a final show of what they learn and each student will get a certificate and a copy of the show.
Ken DeVanney runs A&T's television studio and the "Lights, Camera, Action" summer camp.
When DeVanney was asked to define the “Lights Camera Action” camp in three word, he replied “fun, enlightening and work.” The campers are able to tell their camp counselors what they want to do for the day and the counselors will demonstrate what to do and the campers will copy. The campers will learn how much work it takes to run a television studio and also how much fun it can be.
The enrichment camp programs also enable students to meet people from throughout the country, thus sparking students’ interest gaining new ideas and perspectives from others
One of the largest camps is the Paul Robeson Theatre group involving children ages 6 to 13 who enjoy acting, singing, and dancing. The program students develop the theatre skills and talents on the stage as well as off. Split up by weekly intervals each week has its on theme and helps bring together the children’s final performance that they will do at the end of the camp period.
Another fun camp that children tend to love is the “Aggie CSI” amp. It targets children from the age 6-13 who are interested in criminal justice. The children will take part in several crime scene investigations and explore other hands-on activities such as uncovering clues, identifying fingerprints, and become more informed about human anatomy.
Triad area parents such as Kimberly Green appreciate what the program provides their children.
“My family and I are from Winston Salem and I have been signing my nephew up at the camp for years,” said Green. “I would recommend the camp to anyone with children from ages 9 and up. It is a great thing”.
North Carolina A&T State University students are preparingfinal exams May 5-9. As Ashleigh Wilson reports, final exams are more than a series of tests, because they can heavily dictate whether a student passes or fails a course.