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Kimberly Gatling Offers Patent Advice

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Kimberly Gatling. Photo by Suzanne Walls

Legal Aggie

Kimberly Gatling shares with students her road to patent law

By Ashleigh Wilson

JOMC Journal Assistant Editor

Local attorney Kimberly Bullock Gatling recalled how she was first introduced to her career field, patent law, by stumbling upon a graduate school fair held during her junior year.

Gatling met a representative from the University of Maryland. Unmoved by his sales pitch, he eventually posed the question, “Have you ever thought about patent law?”

Gatling replied that she had never heard of it, the representative explained that patent law combines and engineering degree with a law degree and works with inventions. Gatling quickly became interested and wanted to learn more. The representative later introduced Gatling to his daughter,  a patent attorney in New York.

“From the conversation, I decided I was going to law school to become a patent lawyer,” Gatling told students recently at N.C. A&T State University, which also is her alma mater.

The representative’s phone call to his daughter changed her career path, Gatling said, adding that her open mind allowed her to graduate from George Washington University Law School in 1999 with a juris doctorate degree.

Gatling’s  “diligence” has awarded her 14 years of working for the Smith Moore Leatherwood Law Firm. Currently a partner at her firm, a prestigious position for any lawyer and especially for a black woman, Gatling has received many accolades over the course of her career. More recently, Gatling received Best Lawyers’ 2014 Lawyer of the Year award for the Greensboro area based upon the nominations of her peers.

“Always be open to possibilities,” she advises.

Currently, Gatling deals with drafting and prosecuting software and handles mechanical patent application. She notes that a large portion of her practice involves prosecuting and enforcing trademarks plus litigation and licensing concerning intellectual property.

“I like the licensing work the most because I love drafting contracts,” Gatling expresses, “but I find the litigation most challenging because there are always unexpected twists.”

Her work hours are typically from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and if necessary, she works in the evenings and on weekends if she has deadlines. Gatling’s describes her work schedule as partner to be fairly flexible as she comments, “I can work from home very easily, and I do that when I need to be home with the kids.”    

Gatling has made the most of every opportunity afforded to her and believes she has succeeded since the graduate school fair her junior year.

 “It’s hard work (but) that’s just a part of private practice life.”

Terrence J Talks Wealth, Wisdom and Mom

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Terrence J recently returned to his alma mater, N.C. A&T, to discuss his new book. Photo by Alexis Wainwright.

Wealth and Wisdom

A&T alumnus Terrence Jenkins reveals why he wrote a book about his mother

Text by Suzanne Walls

Slideshow Photography by Allan Mead and Alexis Wainwright

Videos by Alexis Wainwright

JOMC Journal Contributors

Many people may recognize Terrence J as the former host of BET’s 106 & Park or from the recent Hollywood film “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.”

Jenkins, now a host for E! News in Los Angeles, can now add “author” to his many titles. During a recent visit to his alma mater N.C. A&T State University and the campus radio station, WNAA, Jenkins discussed his new book,  “The Wealth of My Mother’s Wisdom: The Lessons That Made Me Rich.”

The book covers many  life lessons and  advice about  the importance of learning, ambition, vision, and sacrificing, all of which his mother taught him, said the 31-year-old Jenkins.

In his new book, Jenkins writes that “it was the wisdom of my mother that helped guide me into becoming a better man. Because of the decisions she made and her wisdom, I was able to not only stay off of the streets and out of jail, but I was able to go on to college and be successful in my career.”

Speaking to several students from A&T’s journalism and mass communications program from which he graduated, Jenkins appeared  proud to share his background with JOMC’s current students to help encourage and inspire them.

Jenkins recalled how he grew up in Queens, N.Y. with a single mother who relied on public assistance to make ends meet. He said his background provided lessons that remain with him today.  Jenkins noted that his mother, Lisa Gonzalez,  gave birth to him when she was 17 years old, and explained how he was so inspired by his mother based on the wisdom that she had at such a young age herself when raising him.

Jenkins said that it wasn’t until he was leaving “106 and Park,” and about to star in a movie  that he began to reflect more about his mother’s influence and presence. He urged the A&T students to “know that no matter where you come from or no matter how you look, anyone can achieve” the goals that he pursued.

Jenkins ended the session by telling students to never give up.

“It’s not about being better, what matters at the end of the day is your willingness to succeed,” he said.  “It’s about believing in yourself and staying focused.”


Joshua Rogers and the 100 Men in Black Male Chorus

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By Victoria Eaton

JOMC Journal Content Producer

The 100 Men in Black Male Chorus Inc., led by director Marlon West, is composed of males who represent all age groups, ethnicities and walks of life. They love to sing and share the good news of the Gospel through music. Each this, this professionally mixed group of men minister perform throughout the country in churches,  prisons, nursing homes, universities and community events . They have performed at Yale University and on the Sunday gospel production of “Spiritual Awakening.” Awards include Thomas A. Dorsey Choir of the Year and the Shirley Caesar Music Outreach Lamplighter. They recently lifted the audience at N.C. A&T’s opening Lyceum Series for the 2013-14 academic year. JOMC Journal contributor Victoria Eaton was there to capture the performance for this slideshow.


Author Unwraps Craving for Salt, Sugar, Fat

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Text In Community launches with “Salt, Sugar, Fat” author Michael Moss

By Kimberly Fields

Managing Editor

The JOMC Journal


New York Times journalist and Pulitzer Prize–winner Michael Moss admits there are times when he is writing that he reaches a point of despair. During such times, he grabs a bag of chips and fails to eat just one.

Moss’ admission isn’t unusual because such habits are common among many Americans of all vocations. However, in Moss’ new book, “Salt, Sugar and Fat,” he rips open the secrets that lead consumers to devour chips and other so-called junk food that have led to obesity and major diseases.

During a lecture at North Carolina A&T State University yesterday, Moss discussed his new book which is the university’s “Text-In-Community” book for the 2013 freshmen class. Employing a slideshow, snacks on stage and his dry humor, Moss explained how the processed food industry manufactures food items that are filled with calories, carbohydrates, and, of course, salt, sugar and fat.

Potatoes are filled with natural carbohydrates, which makes them sweet, Moss said. The problem with that is when

the brain gets the signal that it is taking in carbohydrates, it wants to continue eating. After you have eaten all of the chips, you will soon be hungry again and even hungrier than when you began.

Moss describes how the food industry hooks consumers. Photo by Allan Meade.

Another factor that keeps people eating chips is the salt content, which leads to what Moss described as “the flavor burst. The salt on top of the chips bursts in our mouths triggering our senses to want more. The salt on the chips, the same salt used on Corn Flakes and Cheese Nips, is also used to cover up unwanted taste that food items can have after being processed. This technique is called a warmed-over flavor.”

In writing the book, Moss encountered varied reaction from food and beverage industry giants such as Jeffrey Dunn, president of Coca-Cola.

“There is no smoking gun here,” Dunn told Moss. “The gun is right on the table for everyone to see and that’s the genius behind it.”

Moss says that corporations want to make as much money as possible by selling to as many people as possible. Thus, the food industry often make and sell food items that are cheap, have a convenient shelf life and are tasty. Such bombardment of processed products result in consumers less likely to search for or purchase healthier items.

Moss provided statistics to bolster his points, noting that that one in three adults and one in six children, between the ages of six and 11, are clinically obese. Eight million Americans now have gout, a form of arthritis, due in part to processed foods.

To avoid processed foods, Moss suggested shopping the perimeter of a grocery store, instead of its center, where fresh and healthier foods are located. A grocery store’s middle aisles are jammed with sugary items designed to grab shoppers’ attention. However, by reaching for the products on the lower or bottom shelves, healthier products such as plain grains and cereals can be found.

Moss also recommended cooking more.

“A little more cooking can go a long way,” said Moss. “Be more mindful and pay attention to what you are eating. Cooking allows you to go from being mindless to being more mindful.”

Related Links to ” Salt, Sugar, Fat”

New York Times Review

Michael Moss Web Page

NPR Interview with Michael Moss

Huffington Post Article





50 Years and Counting: Looking Back, Moving Forward

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Voices of the March on Washington: Looking Back and Moving Forward

By Mariya Moseley

JOMC Journal Repoter


Inside of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 students and community members gathered on the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington. Guilford College and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University hosted  the event, and nearly 100 people were on hand to discuss the historic march  as well as changes for the future.

The program began with a brief film of the 1963 March on Washington, which gave the audience members a rich synopsis of the event. James Shields, a Guilford College educator, described how approximately 250,000 people of all colors and backgrounds gathered for the march. Natasha Nichole Lake moderated the event, which included panelists attorney Barbara Lawrence, author Lea Williams, activist Parker Hurley and the ICRCM Executive Director Bamidele A. Demerson.

Lawrence, a criminal justice professor at Guilford College, discussed many of the social outcomes of the march. She stated that many minorities are now in positions today that they were unable to obtain 50 years ago. She also said that the 1965 Voting Rights Act was a major outcome of the march.

Lea Williams, author of “Servants of People,” mentioned black women who were instrumental in the civil right struggles, including Ella Baker, Septima Clark, and Fannie Lou Hamer. Hurley mentioned the prominent role that Bayard Rustin, an openly gay civil rights activist, played in the struggle for equal and human rights.

Demerson recalled being 12 years old when the march occurred. Noting that W.E.B. Dubois died just a day before the march, Demerson said, “I have to think about the fact that Dubois was the forefront of social change. It was the very things the march articulated which Dubois worked for centuries before the march.

” I focus on Dubois because he is the silent voice,” Demerson continued. “Please let us think about him as well when we think about the March on Washington.”

Olivia Brown, a Washington and Lee University student, said the program was “both inspiring and illuminating.”

Richard Cannon, a junior jourmalism student at North Carolina A&T State University, said the program was a good learning experience.

“The march was a success, and it really instilled in many African-Americans specifically that you can dream and that your voice matters, said Cannon.




Janelle Monae discusses artistry, fame and “The Electric Lady”

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Janelle Monáe delivers promotional spots at WNAA-FM at N.C. A&T State University

Janelle Monae discusses artistry, fame and “The Electric Lady”

By Bonnie Newman Davis

Janelle Monáe, the popular recording star who has achieved fame not only for her vocal prowess and artistry, but also for her signature pompadour hair style and penchant for black and white pantsuits, recently stopped by N.C. A&T State University to perform with the band and to discuss her new album, “The Electric Lady,” which drops Sept. 10.

Prior to an interview with Bonnie Newman Davis, an endowed professor of journalism at A&T, Monáe displayed her own electric dance moves while the Blue and Gold Marching Machine performed her song, “ Q.U.E.E.N.” She later answered questions about her work, which includes filming commercials for Covergirl cosmetics and Sonos wireless speakers. In between, Monáe posed for photographs with A&T’s band, students, faculty and staff.

( “Accentuate the waist,” Monáe, was overheard telling members of the university’s Golden Delight dance team during the photo shoot.)

It has been nearly five years since Monáe’s talents as a R&B, funk, pop and rock and roll performer entered a broader sphere after the release of Metropolis, Suite I: The Chase, in 2007 which garnered her a Grammy nomination for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for “Many Moons” in 2008. After signing with Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records, her fate was sealed, and her debut album The ArchAndroid was released in May 2010. Featuring the singles “Tightrope” and “Cold War,” The ArchAndroid peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 and garnered Monáe her second Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album. She earned an additional nomination that year for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for “Tightrope.”

In 2011 Monáe lent her vocals to Fun.’s “We Are Young” featured on the band’s Some Nights. A success for both artists, “We Are Young” brought Monáe her first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 and multiple GRAMMY nominations, including Record Of The Year. In 2013, We Are Young received a Grammy for “We Are Young.”

Despite the song’s youth-centric title, Monáe, 27, has done virtually the impossible by capturing the attention of fans twice her age. Mention her name to music lovers 45 and over and hear them shout:

“I love that she dresses in tribute to her parents,” said a 57-year-old Detroit journalist.

“You know she is one of my favorites; she’s got panache,” echoed at Prince George County, Md. resident.

“Had I known she was in Greensboro, I would have driven up to see her,” noted a veteran Durham, N.C. television journalist who caught a Monáe performance earlier this year.

Monáe appears not surprised about her generational crossover appeal. Born in Kansas City and an alumna of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, she explains her appeal to older audiences as being the result of musical influences such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, James Brown and Prince.

Such artists created timeless music that has proven to be transcendent while helping to bridge gaps, she said Monáe. The church also was a major influence, she recalls, with one side of her family more inclined to “scream and holler,” when singing, while the other side, more classically trained, tended to be peaceful and serene.

Both genres left lasting impressions on Monáe, who prides herself on her ability to “stay connected to big ideas” while using art as a way to “connect with everyone: old, young, big or small.” Certainly, Monáe’s new album will further expand her fan base with guest artists such as Prince, Erykah Badu, Miguel and Solange Knowles.

“We are great friends, and he is a mentor to us, to me,” said Monáe of Prince to Billboard magazine. “It’s a beautiful thing to have a friend—someone who cares about your career, and wants to see you go far and to push boundaries and shake up the world—give whatever they possibly can to the cause.”

Asked what messages she has for young people, Monáe replied that she has many.

“Do what makes you happy, “ she urged. “Ask ‘What are you doing that gives you great pleasure, but at the same time gives others pleasure.’”


Janelle  Monáe Slideshow During A&T Visit

Janelle Monáe Podcast During A&T Visit

Remembering Juneteenth

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Because news traveled slowing in 1863, some 200,000 Texas slaves didn’t find out until 2 ½ years later that President Abraham Lincoln had issued the final version of the Emancipation Proclamation granting freedom to slaves on Jan. 1, 1863. That accident of history is now commemorated as Juneteenth — marking June 19, 1865, as the day that those slaves finally learned that were free. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19 as the African-American Emancipation Day has spread throughout the United States and beyond. Today Juneteenth commemorates African-American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America join hands to acknowledge history that shaped and continues to influence today’s society.

Click here to see how communities in Winston Salem, N.C. and Greensboro, N.C. last year commemorated Juneteenth through education, spoken word, theater, poetry, music, children’s activities and more.

Photos by Bonnie Newman Davis, Endowed Professor, N.C. A&T State University

Sources: The Winston Salem Journal http://www.juneteenth.com/

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 http://www.nabj.org/?SEEDncshortcourse1.

Yvonne Johnson on what it means to be a winner

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