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Soledad Says Take a Stand

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Soledad O’Brien Urges Greensboro Audience to Stand for What Is Right

By Kimberly Fields

JOMC Journal Reporter

“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crisis maintain their neutrality. “
Such were the words from Soledad O’Brien, an award-winning CNN anchor for the morning show “Starting Point” and a CNN special correspondent, quoted Dante from “Dante’s Inferno” during her speech Friday for the African-American Leadership Speaker Series at The Elm Street Center. O’Brien’s address focused on taking a stand for what is right and being a witness to other people’s stories.

O’Brien referenced her parents , a black Cuban mother and a white Australian father, and other life encounters in her. Her parents, who were discriminated against and spit on in the 1950’s and 60’s, showed her that if you live your life with dignity, eventually, people will follow your lead. They continued to live their life together because they believed that America was better than the racism they experienced.

O’Brien’s parents’ experience of raising six bi-racial children in a majority white neighborhood in Baltimore left her with this message.

“History eventually comes around and you can be part of making that change happen and if you stop at every mean word, if you are derailed every time you are spit upon, literally or metaphorically, then you are probably not going to be in a position to change the world. You are going to be derailed.”

O’Brien attributes her mother to her career. Her mother, who stood as a witness to a 12-year-old African-American boy in a 99 percent white school who was in the hall alone with the principal, vice principal and dean.

Not knowing what was going to happen, she stayed to make sure nothing would happen even when the principal told her he had it under control and she could carry on. She stayed and shifted the control to her, impacting the young boy, who she did not know, and O’Brien, who revealed the significance it made in her life.

“I remembered thinking that the one person in power was the one who would not be shushed away,” Said O’Brien. “It was the person who didn’t say anything, didn’t make a ruckus. She just stayed and she stood for a kid she did not even know, I mean really, a lick about him. It was about being a witness. So I don’t think it is an accident that all these years later I like telling the story of all these people who stories are rarely told, who voices are almost never heard. Who really would never have a microphone in their face if we didn’t run out and find them and help them tell their story.”

When it comes to leadership, O’Brien encouraged the audience to take a stand together in terms of a community, national and international. She says that everyone may not be reached, but it will make a difference to those that can be reached; the more people that will take a stand and be a witness, the more people that can be reached.

Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole and Dr. Edward. B. Fort were the recipients of the awards presented The African America Leadership, a branch of United Way Greensboro that is designed to acknowledge African-Americans who make Cornerstone Society gifts of $1,000 or more annually to United Way Greensboro. African-Americans are encouraged to become leadership givers by dedicating their time and resources to help reinforce the impact of United Way of Greater Greensboro’s partnership and programs. Their mission is to improve lives by mobilizing and uniting the caring power of our community.

Cole, former president of Spelman and Bennett Colleges , was the recipient of the African-American Leadership Founding Award. Cole is the only person to have served as president of these two colleges for women in the United States, the first African-American woman president of Spelman, and the first African-American to serve as the chair of the board of the United Way of America Inc.

Fort, who served as chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University from 1981-1999, received the Gwendolyn and Alvin V. Blount, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. He has consulted and written for various institutions on multiculturalism, strategic planning, leadership, and policy formulations impacting urban universities and public school districts with diverse student populations.

Fort is currently the chancellor emeritus and serves as the Edward B. Fort Professor of Education at A&T.

A&T Trains Future Broadcast Journalists

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Anthony Wilson, a news anchor in Durham, and Sharon Stevens, a reporter in St. Louis, Mo., work with student journalists.
Renard Davis of A&T learns some behind-the-camera techniques.

 NABJ Short Course Trains future journalists at A&T

By Melody Y. Andrews

Students skim through newspapers and digital news feeds one last time in a frantic attempt to memorize the headlines.

Pencils and sheets of notebook paper are taken out, desk cleared.  It’s quiz time.

How many U.S. senators are in your home state?  Where is President Obama today?  Who is the new Pope?

The first lesson for participants in the NABJ Short Course is know your news.

The National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) Multimedia Short Course, an annual four-day intensive journalism workshop hosted by North Carolina A&T State University began Wednesday night.

Short Course coordinator, Gail Wiggins, has been working with the short course since its beginning 21 years ago.  For Wiggins, the NABJ Short Course is all about connecting.

“Our broadcast production and electronic media students get the opportunity to network with professionals in the industry to get a real sense of what broadcast production is all about.  What the television industry is all about, especially for those who are serious about going into broadcast news,” explained Wiggins.

Jeremy Pierre, a senior broadcast major from Xavier University, agrees that the workshop has provided him a major networking opportunity.

“Working with the professionals is a great opportunity for any young, future professional.   The short course has also provided me with a great chance to connect with other young aspiring journalists who have similar goals.”

Along with from the opportunity to network and learn from experienced media professionals,  the program also seeks to put students in real-life situations in the world of broadcast.

“I love it,” said Adeisa Smith, a senior broadcast journalism student at A&T.   “It is a fast-paced crash course in journalism, multimedia journalism, news reporting, editing, producing all in one just in a matter of four days.  I’ve just been blessed all week, because I’ve been getting so much insight from different mentors.”

Smith is among 25 students from universities throughout the country who is participating in this year’s short course. Since 1992, the NABJ Multimedia Short Course has worked with hundreds of students.

With the help of  A&T faculty and mentors who are industry reporters, news directors, producers, videographers and graphic designers, students produce a newscast, webcast and related online content.

“For them to just give us insight and an outlook on what you want to do in this industry is really great,” says Smith.

The short course is deeper than acing tests and listening to industry advice; it’s about learning and practicing. Students get the opportunity to learn from mistakes and hone skills to maximize their potential which requires diligence.

Brian Waters, a senior broadcast and integrated media major from Morgan State University, said hard work is what drives the workshop.

“The NABJ Short Course has prepared me because they don’t just give you something, you have to work for it,” said Waters.

For more information on the NABJ Short Course, visit

Yvonne Johnson on what it means to be a winner

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Despite Upset, Aggies Still Upbeat

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Aggies still upbeat after upset
By Uniqua Quillins

JOMC Journal Reporter

Kevin Ware (5) and center Gorgui Dieng (10) as they lay the defense on tough in Lexington, Ky during game two of the NCAA tournament. Photo: James Crisp

After a hard fought road to qualify for the NCAA tournament, the Aggies were not able to pull off an upset against the number one seed, the Louisville Cardinals.

The final score in the match was 48-79, which is a 31-point blow out for the Aggies. The leading scorer of last night’s game was freshman forward Bruce Beckford, who had 12 points and four rebounds that were all defensive. Other contributing players include: junior guard Lamont Middleton who had nine points and four rebounds, senior guard Jean Louisme and senior forward Adrian Powell both scored eight points a piece, and senior forward Austin Witter had three points and three rebounds. The Aggies also utilized their bench towards the end of the game. Bench scorers included freshman Shaun Stewart, junior guard Jeremy Underwood and senior forward Lawrence Smith.

The main element that hurt the Aggies play was Louisville’s tough defense which forced the Aggies to have a total of 25 turnovers.  “We just didn’t execute,” Beckford told ESPN. “Their press caused turnovers and that’s how they won the game.”

Even though the Aggies were not able to advance past the second round in the NCAA tournament, they still hold the 2013 MEAC championship title, and made history winning their first-ever NCAA tournament game  to advance to face the number one seed.

“I’m going to think about the loss because I’m a competitor and I hate losing,” Powell told ESPN. “But at the end of the day, we accomplished something that nobody has done. … Nobody expected us to make it that far in our conference. We shocked everybody and proved everybody wrong.”

Defying the Odds

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Defying the Odds
By Uniqua Quillins
JOMC Journal Reporter

The N.C. A&T men’s basketball team won its first ever NCAA tournament game on March 19. Their opponents were the Liberty Flames, of Lynchburg, VA, which they defeated 73-72.
“I thought our kids persevered,” said A&T head coach Cy Alexander told sportscasters after the game.
The leading scorer of this historic win was junior guard, Jeremy Underwood, who scored 19 points from the bench. Freshman guard, Bruce Beckford, was also a leader as he scored 16 points and had nine rebounds. Lamont Middleton, junior guard, also had a superb performance with 14 points and 5 rebounds.
During the NCAA opener, the Aggies came out with a lot of intensity and confidence. It was the first half where the Aggies were able to gain their highest lead of seven points. In the second half, Liberty tried to toughen their game and was successful in lessening the seven-point lead the Aggies had. However, through much athletic ability and aggressive effort, the Aggies did not allow Liberty to tie the game. Instead the Aggies gained more momentum and were able to obtain their highest lead of 10 points.
The great accomplishment the Aggies had in order to get to this step was winning the MEAC tournament. The tournament took place in Norfolk, Va on March 16. The Aggies first Florida A&M and defeated them 65-54. The second game the Aggies were victorious in was against N.C. Central with a 55-42 victory. The third game the Aggies won 84-78 against Delaware State. Senior forward, Adrian Powell, scared his 1000th career point at the 3:52 mark of the first half during this game. In the final championship game, the Aggies were able to defeat Morgan State 57-54.
This MEAC championship title is the 16th N.C. A&T has won – the most in the MEAC conference. 18 years ago, 1995, was the last time the Aggies were able to pull away with this title. This marks first-year head coach Alexander’s sixth MEAC title, but his first with N.C. A&T.
Next, the Aggies will go on to face the Louisville Cardinals tonight in Lexington, KY.

Aggie Pride Ignites NCAA

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Jarell Pittman captures the energy and excitement at A&T as the men’s basketball team beats Liberty University and goes up against Louisville tonight. AGGIE PRIDE

Gun Violence

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 31,000 people died from firearm-related deaths in 2010 (the latest figures available).  The Chicago Police Department says nearly 500 people died in 2012 from gun violence. Nearly 90 percent of those deaths involved African-American men 18-35. Then there were the Newtown, Conn. (26 deaths), and Aurora, Colo. (12) shooting massacres in 2012

Closer to home, students at North Carolina A&T aren’t immune. In a series of stories, they discuss how gun violence has affected them.

Jordynn Carlisle lost her father to gun violence when she was a child.

Makaela Southerland’s father was shot and lived to tell about it.

New Rules for Spring Break ’13

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Dangerous Spring Break Destinations

 Safety Tips for 2013

By Raven Davis

Jomc Journal Reporter

It’s that time of year, college students are heading south to escape the hectic lives to embrace a tradition known as spring break.

Everyone is prepared with their swim gear, sun block and relaxed outfits packed and ready to go. Even though students are ready for a fun-filled memorable spring break, lets face it. There are people out there ready to take advantage of care-free college students. The good news is that there are ways to avoid event that could  put a damper on your spring break journey.

Farther south is where most students appear eager to go.

Fun in the sun defines spring break. So does safety.

“I will be in Panama City for the first time this spring break and I’m expecting nothing but fun; I hope my friends and I return safely,” says Whitney Bratcher,a  business management sophomore  from Orlando.

The Huffington Post lists the top five places most appealing to college students:

  • Cancun, Mexico
  • Punta Cana, Mexico
  • South Beach, Miami
  • Panama City Beach, Florida
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

These five hot spots have gained popularity over the years due to the festivities that are hosted specifically for college students. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico’s “Electo Beach Puerto Vallarta,” a music festival, attracts thousands of college students over the course of 42 days. Other activities that cater to college students are beach parties, sports games and performances and appearances by celebrities.

Unfortunately, because of high crime rates that range from violent crimes and robberies, Panama City is among the top five most dangerous spring break destinations, as listed by Life123.

Other dangerous destinations include:

  • Acapulco, Mexico
  • Cancun, Mexico
  • Negril, Jamaica
  • South Padre island

Warm climates always attract students from everywhere during spring break.

College students are seeking excitement and a grand time when they arrive at their spring break destination. “I had plans of going to Panama City Beach because there is a lot of fun things to do there for younger people, but I have been researching and I see that it is not that safe of a place. I don’t want anything bad to happen when I’m so far from home” says Kaih Reed, public relations sophomore from Los Angeles.You don’t have to change your plans; follow these tips as mentioned by the Mother Nature Network to ensure your safety:

  • Travel in groups at all times, even during the day time;
  • Intoxicated people are easy targets. Be sure that everyone in the group is not under the influence;
  • Drinking and heat is not a good match. This combination can lead to dehydration, and a  hospital visit;
  • Book a hotel near the festivities to avoid any chances of drunk driving;
  • Keep cell phones charged for easy contact;
  • Do not go off with a stranger no matter how attractive you may find them;
  • Do not engage in underage drinking. Law enforcement cracks down on illegal drinking during Spring break;
  • Be smart about money. Do not go to ATM’s alone or carry large amounts of cash;
  • If you have to carry large amounts of money, do not make it visible in public.



First Friday: A Walk Of Art

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The name speaks for itself. Every first Friday of the month, local merchants and arts organizations showcase their wares and work in downtown Greensboro. Visitors from far and near come out to eat good food, hear good music and see good visual art. The JOMC Journal recently captured on video the heart and soul of First Friday’s participants. Click the following links to see what we found:

Jazzmin Lawrence finds out what First Friday means to the Green Hill Center and what its brings to the March 1 event.

Leigha Cutting profiles African American Atelier, which focuses on African-American art and culture

Kenya Moye talks with Liz Hendricks of Design Archives

Knock Me a Kiss A Knockout

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Knock Me A Kiss: Class and Race

By Nicole Jones

JOMC Journal Reporter


Countee Cullen

On Valentine’s Day the Paul Robeson Theatre opened its doors for the first performance of the semester, “Knock Me a Kiss,”  by Charles Smith.  The play is set in the 1920’s during The Harlem Renaissance.  Smith creates a fictionalized historical account of the wedding and events surrounding poet Countee Cullen and the daughter of W.E.B. Du Bois, Yolande Du Bois.  The production shows what it means to make sacrifices in order to achieve greatness.

Whether it was love, family, or sexuality, Smith examines the sacrifices that numerous black artists made during this historical period.  The re-occurring theme of pleasing others before self is evident throughout the play.  The main character,  played by sophomore theater major Alice Moore, constantly struggles with following what in her heart versus her parent’s desires.  Jazz musician Jimmy Lunceford, played by freshman theater major Kirk Hill, repeatedly tries to win Yolande’s heart by changing his ways and even his place of residency.  Even though Yolande loves him, his social status is deemed not worthy of a relationship or marriage for the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Du Bois.  This dilemma essentially presents another theme of marrying for class and not love.

The character of Countee Cullen, played by junior theater major Malcolm Evans, was the most interesting.  The renowned poet enjoys much success during The Harlem Renaissance, but struggles with personal issues such as adoption and homosexuality.  Even though the set isvirtually the same in every scene, the casts’ frequent costume changes aptly captures the 1920s era.  Friday night’s audience of about 40 included students and members of the Greensboro community who seemed to enjoy the performance. “Knock Me A Kiss” is a solid account of African-American history and a perfect event for Black History Month.


Showtimes:  Feb. 21-24, 2013 at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 3 p.m.  Sunday.