Two A&T Graduates Offer Lessons From The Future


Lessons from our future By Aggie Press Staff Two well-known N.C. Read more

A&T Journalism Students Enjoy Meeting CNN's Anderson Cooper


Hanging With Mr. (Anderson) Cooper By Ashleigh Wilson Aggie Press Managing Read more

#FlashbackFriday: Women's History Month


Spotlight: Women's History Month By Dele Odumosu Aggie Press Guest Contributor Women's Read more

Hot Off The Press: Alma Adams Opens Greensboro Office


Opening Day for Alma Adams' Greensboro Office By Kristen Shipley Aggie 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

2014 Midterm Elections

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2014 Midterm Elections

WXANT News

A&T Campus News Outlet

During this past week, WXANT took the streets on the campus on N.C. A&T to see if students are truly informed about the upcoming Midterm Election. As Kalyn and Mija report, some students shared their opinions about the upcoming elections as well as who they would like to see in office.

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Project Vote Smart Encourages Democracy

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Project Vote Smart  Encourages Democracy

By Ashleigh Wilson

Aggie Press Managing-Editor

It’s that time of year again, where yards are covered in signs and televisions are filled with endorsement ads, cars are packed with campaign stickers, and volunteers make their rounds to register people to vote. It’s election season.

With state and local general elections approaching, adults are not the only abled bodies that influence the political process.

On the campus of North Carolina A&T State University, student can be seen encouraging their peers to register to vote. These volunteers are part of many nonprofit organizations that help mobilize college students to register and vote.

Victoria Harvey, an A&T junior political science student

One organization, Project Vote Smart, is comprised of interns and volunteers whose main goal is to “defend democracy.” PVS offers several outlets for citizens of any state to have access to voting records, public statements, campaign finances, and background information on candidates.

For the past few weeks, the Greensboro volunteers of PVS have been on A&T’s campus registering students to vote and encouraging them to boost their political awareness.

Victoria Harvey, an A&T junior political science major, stated that she is heavily involved in politics.

“As a political science student, I strongly believe that it is my civic duty to vote in every election,” said Harvey. “That is why I am very passionate about mobilizing students to go to the polls and vote, no matter if it is a local, state or presidential election.”

According to the Center for Information and Research on Civil Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), registration is crucial in getting college students to vote, and “in 2008, of the 18-24 year-old college students that registered to vote, 87 percent actually voted.” Read more

Journalism Panelists Discuss Michael Brown Shooting

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Journalism Panelists Discuss Michael Brown Shooting

By Dominique Moody

Aggie Press Contributor

What is justice?

That question and others continue to be asked by many African Americans after the untimely murders of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and other young African-American males throughout the country.

And it was a question raised recently during a panel discussion, “Hands Up! Who’s Shooting: Media Coverage of the Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.” The discussion came during an Oct. 24 Town Hall Summit in the department of journalism and mass communication at N.C. A&T State University.

Linda Callahan, Michael Hewlett and Yasmine Regester discuss the media's coverage of the Michael Brown shooting.

Panelists, which included Yasmine Regester, a reporter for the Carolina Peacemaker, Linda Callahan, a journalism professor at A&T, and Michael Hewlett, a courts reporter for the Winston-Salem Journal, agreed that media coverage of the Michael Brown incident and similar shooting deaths of young black men throughout the country help shed light on a major problem in America. Media coverage also demands that the question of equal rights and justice be examined.

Callahan noted that justice can consist of many things.

“Justice is no one having special privileges, and everyone has an equal opportunity to be treated equally,” she said.

Yet, in today’s judicial system, African Americans reflect a disproportionate number of those who populate the courts and prisons. Such numbers lead to the question of  “white privilege” which may be why a police officer felt it was OK to gun down an unarmed black male two months ago in a predominantly black town outside St. Louis, Mo. Read more

Asheboro Halloween Is All About Fun

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Asheboro Halloween Is All About Fun

By Kathleen Mora

Aggie Press Guest Contributor

Asheboro, just south of Greensboro, N.C., is setting the final touches in its sixth annual “Trick-or-Treat at the Park” event.

Every year on Halloween, the towns’ recreation department plans a safe alternative for community families who enjoy trick-or-treating.

During this event, the department heads close down the downtown street in Asheboro, (Sunset Avenue) as well as the park right behind it.  The park area is used for outside businesses to set up booths and Halloween-inspired games. Area businesses also sponsor the event, and many participate by setting up booths outside their businesses to distribute candy and other goodies.

All the candy is free, of course.

“Many stores put their little spin on the event, for example the tattoo parlor gives out temporary tattoos for the children along with the candy,” said Jody Maness, head event coordinator.

Maness said that a former employee came up with the idea, and the turnout during the first year was more than expected.

“After that year, it has really taken off. Families really enjoy it,” said Maness. Read more

GHOE 2014 Recap: Aggie Tailgate Traditions

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Aggie Tailgate Traditions

By Kristen Shipley

Aggie Press Assistant Editor

Shawn

A&T senior Shawn Waddell grills at the 2014 Homecoming tailgate

During the weekend of Oct. 24, it was the “Greatest Homecoming On Earth” at N.C. A&T where students, alumni, families and people of all ages indulged in homemade goods and socialized before the highly anticipated football game between A&T and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).

Behind the grill, tending to ribs and flipping burger patties, stood senior architectural engineering student Shawn Waddell, whose family has a long-standing tradition of tailgating.

“Every game I know where I’m at. I know this is where I reside: on the grill, or out there dancing, or just talking to some random person I don’t even know,” said Waddell, and he plans to carry on his family’s tailgating tradition after he graduates in May 2015.

The Waddell family tradition of tailgating started long before the term ‘tailgating’ was used.

“We used to tailgate out of our motor home years ago, and then when the school started tailgating we moved into what the school was doing,” said Waddell’s mother, Myra Waddell. “Before it was kind of haphazard, everyone just eating out of their trucks out of necessity because it was cheaper than eating inside the stadium.”

Unlike her husband and son who attended A&T for undergrad, Mrs. Waddell received her graduate’s degree from A&T, and it has become a family traditions of attending the N.C. historically black college university.

Greensboro native and A&T alumna Cassandra Nash Watkins added that families have been tailgating since the very beginning. Read more