#FergusonRiots - The Kerner Commission Report


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BREAKING NEWS: No Charges Against Wilson


No Charges, No Indictment By Ashleigh Wilson Aggie Press Managing-Editor After several Read more

Hot Off The Press: J.Cole New Album To Be Released


J. Cole New Album '2014 Forest Hills Drive' By Kristen Read more

The Road To Recovery, A Female Basketball Player's Comeback


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Hot Off The Press: A Loss for Mrs. Winner's


A Loss for Mrs. Winner's By Tymal Apedo Aggie Press Assistant Read more

#FergusonRiots – The Kerner Commission Report

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The Kerner Commission Report puts Ferguson riot into context

By Kim Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor N.C. A&T

Aggie Press Guest Contributor

Oakland protests

A protest in Oakland, Calif. following the grand jury decision that no charges be filed against Police Officer Darren Wilson

In 1967, President Lyndon Johnson charged the Kerner Commission to examine the cause of the riots of the 1960s. What the authors discovered, among other findings, was that the news media did a good job of covering what happened during the riots, but not such a good job of explaining to the American people why the riots had occurred.

The authors researched the poverty in the inner city, the lack of basic necessities, the lack of jobs and education, the rise in single-parent families, lack of police protection, absentee landlords who raised the rent but didn’t repairs crumbling apartment complexes, and political power structures that neglected these communities. The authors concluded that news media did not report on these problems that festered over decades, and one day these issues boiled over into the riots that occurred in Detroit, Newark, N.J., and later in Washington, D.C., and Greensboro, N.C.

Fast forward to Nov. 24, 2014. Read more

BREAKING NEWS: No Charges Against Wilson

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No Charges, No Indictment

By Ashleigh Wilson

Aggie Press Managing-Editor

Robert McCulloch

St. Louis Country Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch presents the grand jury's decision in the case of Officer Darren Wilson

After several weeks of deliberating, the decision has been made.

Last evening, the world turned in to hear the final decision of whether the grand jury would indict Police Officer Darren Wilson.

On Monday, Nov. 24, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced that no charges were found against Officer Darren Wilson in the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

“After their exhaustive review of the evidence, the grand jury deliberated over two days, making their final decision,” said McCulloch. “They determined that no probable cause exist to file any charge against Officer Wilson and return to no true bill on each of the five indictments.” Read more

Hot Off The Press: J.Cole New Album To Be Released

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J. Cole New Album ’2014 Forest Hills Drive’

By Kristen Shipley

Aggie Press Assistant Editor

J. Cole

Rapper J. Cole is expected to release his third album "2014 Forest Hills Drive" on Dec. 9

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The Road To Recovery, A Female Basketball Player’s Comeback

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The Road To Recovery, A Female Basketball Player’s Comeback

By Takia Draughan

Aggie Press Guest Contributor

We often hear about star athletes who shine under pressure, but what happens to those who get hurt during the most important times of their athletic careers?

This story is about a young woman, Ty’Ais Cooper, who was a star player in high school, and during her senior year, she tore her ACL. Cooper explained her steps to recovery and revealed who helped her get back on track with her athletic career. Currently, Cooper plays basketball at Catawba Valley College and is positive about her future.

Hot Off The Press: A Loss for Mrs. Winner’s

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A Loss for Mrs. Winner’s

By Tymal Apedo

Aggie Press Assistant Editor

Chicken Esophagus

Pictured is the actual chicken esophagus that was found in a piece of fried chicken from Mrs. Winner's

Approximately two months ago, a N.C. A&T State University sophomore accounting student allegedly found a worm in a piece of chicken that was served at local fast-food restaurant Mrs. Winner’s. Social media exploded in disgust when a photo of the alleged worm began circulating online.

Michael Umphenour, area manager, oversees the Mrs. Winner’s restaurant located on Summit Avenue, and in an interview with The Aggie Press. he disputed the claim made by the A&T student and stated that his store did not serve a worm in its chicken.

On Tuesday evening, Sept. 9, Delonta Dupree and friends walked to the local Mrs. Winner’s that is conveniently located in the Aggie community.

No different than any other visit, Dupree ordered an eight-piece meal with two sides to-go.

Once home, Dupree began to enjoy his meal and after eating four pieces of chicken, he reached for another piece and noticed what appeared to be a worm. Read more

Hot Off The Press: Aaliyah Movie – Review

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The Aaliyah Movie Review, Hit or Miss?

By Aleigha Hamilton

Aggie Press Contributor

Aaliyah

A photo of Alexandra Shipp who played Aaliyah in the Lifetime biopic film.

The story of a noted young R&B singer, whose life was cut short due to a plane crash, would lay the foundations of a stellar movie.

Was that the case for Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B that premiered Saturday night on Lifetime? Not even close.

Aaliyah’s biopic was disappointing, but that is not entirely the network’s fault.

Lifetime was not granted any rights to use Aaliyah’s music. However, they were allowed to have Alexandra Shipp (who played Aaliyah) perform covers of Aaliyah’s songs, and during the summer, ample controversy arose over the making of this movie.

In short, Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman, who originally was casted to play Aaliyah, dropped out the film. Aaliyah’s family did not approve the making of the film nor did Lifetime ask the family for permission to create this biopic.

With the disapproval of Aaliyah’s family, who also owns the rights to her music, they choose not to grant Lifetime the permission to use her distinct voice in the movie. Read more

First time voting introduces A&T student to role model

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First time voting introduces A&T student to role model

By Kristen Shipley

Aggie Press Assistant Editor

Watch Party at Greensboro Coliseum

Kristen Shipley stands with Melissa Harris Perry and Joe, an A&T student, at Adams' watch party campaign in the Greensboro Coliseum Nov. 4, 2014.

The traditional occasion of an 18th birthday brings many joys to an ambitious teenager: legal adulthood, the ability to buy lottery tickets, tobacco (for some) and, most importantly, exercise the right to vote.

Having celebrated my birthday in June of this year, I voted for the first time last week in the Nov. 2014 elections. Not only did I cast my ballot, but I also made a point of becoming involved in the democratic process – and I sure am glad that I did.

Spoiler Alert: I got to meet the famous author, professor and MSNBC newshost of her self-titled show, Melissa Harris Perry, who is my role model and biggest inspiration for getting involved in politics and journalism.

It all began towards the end of September as I walked out of the cafe with a few friends.

A volunteer, Josette Ferguson, asked us about registering to vote in North Carolina. Knowing the importance of voting, I eagerly filled out the registration forms, and she asked me if I would be willing to be a volunteer for the upcoming election. After agreeing, I had a brief interview with Ferguson about Alma Adams, the Democratic candidate who ran to represent District 12 in the House of Representatives, and the volunteer expectations. Read more

Hot Off The Press: Election Day 2014

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Election Day 2014

By Mariya Moseley

Aggie Press Contributor

NACB

The New Academic Classroom Building is the location for some on-campus students to vote

I Voted

"I voted" stickers available for those who cast their vote

Today is election day, and on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University, a voting location can be found on the lower level of the New Academic Classroom Building (NACB).

NACB polls are designated for on-campus students residing in the residence halls of Suites E and F, Pride, Haley, Cooper, Villages, Holland, or Curtis, and the voting hours are from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m .

NACB Voting

Students cast their vote in the New Academic Classroom Building in between classes

On-campus students that reside in the residencies of Barbee, Vanstory, Morrow, or Morrison are asked to go to Bethel AME Church, located on East Market Street, to cast their votes.

Additionally, off-campus students can find their designated voting locations on their voter registration card.

It is recommended that students report to the polls early to vote in case discrepancies arise and cause them to vote at a different location. Read more

Hot Off The Press: Movie Review

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‘Dear White People’ Puts Spotlight on Issues of Race On College Campuses

By Kristen Shipley

Aggie Press Assistant Editor

Dear North Carolina A&T Students,

This is a reminder that despite claims of a so-called ‘post-racial’ America and a ‘post-Obama age,’ racism is still alive and well, but, I am sure you already knew that.

Have you ever wondered what college would be like if you did not attend the largest historically black college or university (or HBCU, for those who do not know) in America? What might your college experience be like if you attended an Ivy League college?

If you are a minority (which would include most of the students on this campus), do you think that you would regret attending a predominantly white college?

Director Justin Simien explores and answers all of these questions in his new movie “Dear White People,” and if the title is not enough shock value, then the satirical, yet serious dialogue on racial stereotypes, microaggressions and white privilege certainly are. 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. Read more

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