Effort to End Food Desert Nears "Home Stretch"

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Gold Grammy's, Meet Black Culture By Erin Cagler Aggie Press Copy Read more

#ThrowBackThursday: A Sweet Exchange

Chocolate with the Chancellor By Shira Simmons Aggie Press Contributor Many times, Read more

Hot Off The Press: Greensboro Sit-In History

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Don't Fear, Opportunities are Near!

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Effort to End Food Desert Nears “Home Stretch”

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Efforts to End Food Desert in Northeast Greensboro Gain Momentum

By Bonnie Newman Davis

Dozens of Greensboro residents, civic leaders and members of  Greensboro City Council gathered at Laughlin Memorial Church last night to discuss the Renaissance Community Co-Op grocery store’s opening later this year.

Bouyed by a successful online fundraising operation that netted the organization $16,0001, which included international donations, the promise of $250,000 from Greensboro City Council and recent publicity from broadcast journalist Bill Moyers, the meeting’s atmosphere was congenial and festive.

Goldie Wells and John Jones discuss the RCC's meeting agenda.

Goldie Wells, president of Citizens for Economic and Environmental Justice (CEEJ) and founder of Concerned Citizens of Northeast Greensboro, assured the audience that the Co-op is forging ahead and that she is ready to purchase fresh cantaloupe once it opens.  John Jones, another RCC member who moderated last night’s meeting, added that although the store will be organic, he may have to see that it sells a few “neckbones.”

Surveying the crowd, Wells said the effort to renovate the former Winn Dixie grocery store on the corners of Phillips and Woodbriar Avenues “has been a long journey. It takes the citizens to do it. It lets them know you are concerned about this.”

Wells added that an email from a city official states that she has a “handshake agreement” that the requested $250,000 will be on city council’s calendar for the first of April.

Literature distributed throughout the evening provided detailed information about the Co-op and urged everyone to use the hashtag #fullyfundrcc on social media.

“Working  with the City of Greensboro, Guilford County, Self-Help Ventures Fund, Fund for Democratic

An RCC member proudly wears her T-shirt. Memberships are $100 per person.

Communities, Uplift Solutions, Lakeshore Food Advisors and other partners, RCC is on track to open a 10,000 square foot full-service grocery store in the Shops at Renaissance

Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan addresses the audience.

Plaza on Phillips Avenue in the third quarter of 2015,” according to RCC’s executive summary business plan. “The RCC will alleviate a 17-year-old food desert and bring good jobs, healthy living options and community wealth to a neighborhood that struggles with unemployment, obesity and poverty.”

Talking points were distributed to RCC member-owners and supporters, which noted that the Co-op is “NOT” a charity case, but a business that will employ 31 people and revive and transform a neighborhood that serves a public housing complex and numerous single-family homes in nearby subdivisions such as Woodmere Park and King’s Forest.  In a little more than a year, RCC has raised $1.2 million in private investments to open the community owned store. It estimates that approximately $600,000 is still needed for start-up costs.

Audience members during Monday night's RCC meeting.

“We’re in the home stretch, and we now need our local elected officials to close the funding gap,” noted various RCC members throughout the evening. Members urged local elected officials to close the funding gap with economic development grants and loans that RCC pledges to repay. The audience also was urged to attend the April 7 city council meeting when the Co-op will be discussed.

Renaissance Community Co-op


#ThrowbackThursday: Grammy’s 2015

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Gold Grammy’s, Meet Black Culture

By Erin Cagler

Aggie Press Copy Editor

2015 US Music Grammy Awards Show

Beyoncé sings "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" at the 57th annual Grammy Awards

The Staples Center in Los Angeles was the place to be on Feb. 8, 2015, if you wanted to celebrate some of music’s top records of the past year.

The 57th annual Grammy Awards presented a night of laughter, shock, memorable performances, and millions of people tuned in to see if their favorite artists would win a grammy. Hip-hop rapper Kanye West almost let us relive his infamous 2009 “Beyoncé did it better” moment, President Barack Obama addressed the issue of sexual violence, and Sam Smith stole the show by winning four Grammy’s—especially since these are his first four grammy awards.

However, the most important moments of the night were the somewhat silent ones. Read more

#ThrowBackThursday: A Sweet Exchange

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Chocolate with the Chancellor

By Shira Simmons

Aggie Press Contributor

Chocolate with the Chancellor

Many times, students have questions, comments, and concerns about every aspect of their educational experience, and it seems impossible for conversation to ignite between cabinet members and the student body.

Students, concerned with a lack on-campus appearance by Chancellor Harold L. Martin, voiced their concerns during a meet-and-greet with the Chancellor and his cabinet last month in the New Academic Classroom Building at N.C. A&T. Student ambassadors presented questions and concerns on behalf of their constituents, and many of the concerns were related to parking, campus aesthetics, and construction.

“I wish I could close down Benbow road and make it a pedestrian only zone,” said Robert Pompey, vice  chancellor for business and finance. “At most schools in the UNC system, you have to park on the outskirts of campus and ride, or park and walk throughout the campus…so we are leaning toward becoming a more pedestrian friendly campus.”

When asked about the purpose and May 1 opening of the Aggie Dome, Pompey said, “Yes, the Aggie Dome is our temporary food hub, which will have Chic-Fil-A, Pizza Hut, Aggie Wings and some new Asian cuisine, and we did experience some problems with securing the contract for construction.”

Also discussed during this event was Preeminence 2020, and this is a list of goals and achievements that A&T seeks to achieve within five years. A&T hopes to improve on becoming a top choice for students in the UNC system and a premiere choice for students desiring to pursue doctoral studies.

“We have made steady progress, and we are most definitely proud that we are growing, but we have a heck of a lot more to go,” said Chancellor Martin.

Hot Off The Press: Greensboro Sit-In History

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International Civil Rights Center & Museum Celebrates Sit-In History

By Kristen Shipley

Aggie Press Assistant Editor

Panelists active in 1960 protests in Greensboro

From left to right: Clarence Henderson, Alretha Gilbert, Betty Jones-Wall, Brenda Dalton, Charles Best, Ernestine Purdell take a photo with Assistant Editor Kristen Shipley

Restaurants, movie theaters, buses: what do these places all have in common? People sitting.

In present-day society, can taking a seat be a form of protest? History says yes.

Downtown on the first Friday of February, the Greensboro Civil Rights Museum hosted a panel to celebrate the ancillary of the Greensboro sit-in movement, which began when four college freshman from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University sat at the Woolworth restaurant counter to protest segregation. Six Greensboro community members, who joined the sit-in protests in 1960 shared their stories from the sit-in movement and how it felt to live during a time period of racial segregation.

Brenda Dalton James, a students at Dudley High School in 1960, led the discussion, and as a member of the Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E), she said that she was unafraid to be involved in the protests. Read more

Don’t Fear, Opportunities are Near!

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The Search for the Internship

By Zayia Williamson

Aggie Press Contributor

Crosby Hall

With the summer only month away, college students are in disarray.

Internships are opportunities that many college students believe to make or break their future, and while some individuals are set and well on their way to securing their dream internship, a large number of students are not.

Mainstream organizations are extremely desirable to college students, offering hands-on experience and the chance to network with industry professionals; however, due to the demand for students who have previous experience within their field of study, the remainder of students have become more and more discouraged.

The question that many students ask is: “How will I ever be able to grow if no one gives me the opportunity?”

What these college students do not know is the key element needed to catch the eye of internship recruiters is within their scope of vision. Read more

In My Own Words: Campus Parking

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Campus Parking Massacre

By Jessica Springs

Aggie Press Contributor

Jessica Springs witnesses an accident while walking to class and attributes the incident due to the lack of available parking.

Every day students struggle to park on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University, and due to the increase of construction—in an effort to create more on-campus food selections—the fight for a parking spot has only gotten worse.

While some students’ option to drive may come as a pure luxury, it downright necessary for other students to drive to campus to attend their classes.

And I am one of those students. Read more

The Role of A Journalist

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What is the role of a journalist in modern society?

By Bonnie Newman Davis

Journalist and Journalism Educator

Brian Williams

Brian Williams

The last week has been filled with headlines about journalists Brian Williams, David Carr, Bob Simon, Lester Holt and, Mr. ‘Fake News’ himself, Jon Stewart.

Williams, the NBC anchor, was placed on unpaid leave for six months after it was discovered that several of his reports have been misleading, most notably one involving a helicopter under attack.

David Carr, of the New York Times, and Bob Simon, a “60 Minutes” correspondent, met unexpected deaths which led their legions of fans to mourn the loss of two distinguished and significant American Read more

Meet the Aggies

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My Name is- Nicholas Purefoy

Nicholas Purefoy

Childhood Ambition- Sports Star, Movie Star, Work for ESPN, Meteorologists.

Fondest Memory- Meeting Shaquille O’Neal.

Soundtrack- Anything J. Cole makes or is featured on. 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Wildest Dream- Winning the lottery, $200,000,000.

Proudest Moment- Graduating from high school.

Biggest Challenge- Eating Right

Alarm Clock- Cell Phone

Perfect Day- Get up, work out, Eat Breakfast, be out and about, play basketball, chill with friends, chill with the family, go out and party with my bros (friends)

Indulgence- Chocolate

Last Purchase- Aldo Dress shoes

Favorite Movie- Coach Carter, Stomp the Yard, Harry Potter, a lot of movies

Inspiration- My Father and Success

My life is – Interesting and family oriented

Meet the Aggies

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My name is: CreeDeVeaux Mason

CreeDeVeaux Mason

Childhood Ambition: To become a fashion Designer, and veterinarian.

Fondest Memory: Summer Nights in Virginia spending time with my cousin.

Soundtrack: 2014 Forrest hill drive

Wildest Dream: Being chased by ninjas and fighting to get out this old white house.

Proudest Moment: When I received my application to North Carolina A&T state university

Biggest Challenge: Believing in myself, under estimating myself.

Alarm Clock: 8:45 by my blue IPhone

Perfect Day: Sunny, warm, cute outfit, no class and me and my boyfriend going out and enjoying the town.

Indulgence:  Food and Sleep

Last purchase: Aggie one card

Favorite movie: Belle, and Harry Potter series

Inspiration:Life, my mother and the people around me

My Life is: just starting

Meet the Aggies

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My name is – Alexis Morgan.

Alexis Morgan

Childhood ambition – Actor.

Fondest Memory – Good times spent with friends and family.

Soundtrack – J.Cole – Forrest Hills Drive.

Wildest Dream – When a crazy killer pig was chasing me.

Proudest Moment- High School Graduation.

Biggest Challenge – ?

Alarm Clock – Phone alarm.

Perfect Day – A relaxing on a Caribbean island.

Indulgence – Sweets.

Last purchase – Coffee & Bagel.

Favorite Movie – I don’t have one.

Inspiration – My father.

My life is – Complicated.

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