The A&T Register https://ncatregister.com The Student News Site of North Carolina A&T State University Fri, 13 Nov 2020 23:19:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 College B.F.F.S., Black females facing society https://ncatregister.com/18048/the-scene/college-b-f-f-s-black-females-facing-society/ https://ncatregister.com/18048/the-scene/college-b-f-f-s-black-females-facing-society/#respond Fri, 13 Nov 2020 22:00:26 +0000 https://ncatregister.com/?p=18048 Black women often have a hard time navigating life. N.C. A&T junior public relations student, Azhane Rowe recognized this issue and built a brand entitled College Black Females Facing Society (College B.F.F.S) to empower and provide resources for Black women. Inspired to make this platform while on her study abroad trip to Europe, Rowe found...

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Black women often have a hard time navigating life. N.C. A&T junior public relations student, Azhane Rowe recognized this issue and built a brand entitled College Black Females Facing Society (College B.F.F.S) to empower and provide resources for Black women.

Inspired to make this platform while on her study abroad trip to Europe, Rowe found a content coach who educated and helped her grow her brand and boost engagement on her platform. College B.F.F.S. posts college opportunities, discounts for various places, time management tips, motivation and weekly blog posts to their website. 

“I try my hardest to create transparency with the process leading up into college and help with those already active in college,” Rowe said. “College is not a scam; it is an investment and I really want my platform to stress the positives of college life and then how to deal with the negatives.”

Rowe was able to grow her platform to over 900 followers in less than a year through consistency, hashtags, mentorship and reaching out to accounts who already have an established follower base. Her passion resonates with her listeners and followers and allows her page to be a recognized platform for young black females not only on N.C. A&T’s campus, but on other campuses as well. 

College B.F.F.S has a total of five interns, all with separate duties and responsibilities to help the page run smoothly during the school year. Zakiya Payne, a junior multimedia journalism student at N.C. A&T, is College BFFS lead editor. 

The creator and founder of College B.F.F.S., Azhane Rowe.

“I enjoy working with this platform because it gives me a chance to work on skills that I will need in the future and working with the platform reminds me that I am achieving great things someday,” Payne said. 

I had the opportunity to meet with Rowe socially distanced to discuss why it is important to have a platform like this in this climate and what to expect in the future from College B.F.F.‘s.

Why is it so important to have a platform like this for black girls on the college level, especially during this social climate in 2020? 

Azhane: “‘I feel as if we have tried to look to big corporations to be an advocate for us like of course during the whole black lives matter earlier this summer we were begging from statements from companies like Coca-Cola and companies like that and they just blatantly ignored us. I believe it is time for us to have something for us, by us. I feel as if no one can talk about what African Americans must go through in education better than us.’”

What can we look forward to in the upcoming months and even as we go into the next year from your platform? 

Azhane: “‘We have empowerment merch and the one that we have out right now for presale, but we will be having a pop-up shop soon, is our ‘Prosper & Grow’ shirts. For me in life, the only way that I can get stuff done and be successful is to not be afraid, and to prosper and grow, you cannot be fearful. In the upcoming year, I am planning to launch my College B.F.F. ‘s mentorship program working with myself and my interns I have now. I also will be working with radio stations to hopefully get my platform on broadcast radio to have the necessary conversations and motivation to all my followers.’” 

Azhane plans to keep inspiring and making a positive impact on her campus, community and anyone who will listen and engage. With her passionate attitude, she will continue to succeed. 

For more information on the College B.F.F.S. you can visit their website or their Instagram.

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Veggie friendly restaurants near campus to visit https://ncatregister.com/18069/theculture/veggie-friendly-restaurants-near-campus-to-visit/ https://ncatregister.com/18069/theculture/veggie-friendly-restaurants-near-campus-to-visit/#respond Fri, 13 Nov 2020 22:00:15 +0000 https://ncatregister.com/?p=18069 Attention all plant-based Aggies, November is all about you! This month is vegan awareness month and those who follow a plant-based lifestyle are encouraged to use this month as a time of reflection and exploration.  A vegan meal excludes any ingredient that comes from animals like cheese, milk, eggs, honey and milk. The vegan diet...

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Attention all plant-based Aggies, November is all about you! This month is vegan awareness month and those who follow a plant-based lifestyle are encouraged to use this month as a time of reflection and exploration. 

A vegan meal excludes any ingredient that comes from animals like cheese, milk, eggs, honey and milk. The vegan diet mainly consists of vegetables, fruits, legumes, and dairy alternatives. Veganism can be more than a diet many vegans have committed to abstaining from using any products made using animal byproducts in their everyday life.  

A vegan diet tends to be higher in fiber and lower in cholesterol than non-vegan diets, vegans are proven to have better heart health than non-vegans. According to a study done by the United Kingdom National Health Service followers of a plant-based diet have a 22% lower risk of heart disease.

Even with the popularity of veganism and a social push to increase the options for vegan fare it can be hard to find vegan- friendly dining. Below is a list of five vegan food options (and two special mentions) in Greensboro. 

Crafted The Art of the Taco – Crafted offers gourmet taco and street food options made from fresh local ingredients. Their menu flaunts global cultural influences that have made this a popular choice for locals. Most of their menu offerings can be made Vegan.

Sticks and Stones – An eco-friendly pizza place that is committed to sustainability. They have a seasonally changing menu made from locally sourced ingredients. Picky vegans need not worry as they offer vegan chicken tenders too. 

Boba HouseA vegetarian restaurant that specializes in  Vietnamese and Thai inspired cuisine. Vegan diners will be pleased to find that more than half of their menu can be made vegan. This award-winning restaurant is worth the hype, try the Pacific Rolls! 

Zoës Kitchen – This Plano, TX-based food chain sports two Greensboro locations. (Friendly Avenue and Wendover Avenue). Zoës offers fast and fresh Mediterranean food options.

Emma Keys – Best known for their burgers Emma Keys is a staple. Plant-based people they’ve got you covered. They offer two vegan burger options and an impressive selection of toppings to customize your meal.

Special Mentions: 

Mikes Vegan Cookout – Mike’s menu includes Vegan burgers, hotdogs, and sides. This food truck is a good option for Vegans that miss the comforts of a cookout. The truck moves around a bit so be sure to follow their social media for dates and locations.

Crooked Tail Cat Café – This café allows patrons to book appointments to have a warm drink with a furry friend. The cats are adoptable rescue cats from a local group. They even offer a kitty matching service to help you find the right feline for you. 

All of the above restaurants are suitable for vegans, vegan curious, and vegan supporters. In this season of inclusivity, it is important to make sure we are considering those with dietary restrictions. Choosing a restaurant that gives the vegan in your life more than one option is a simple act of consideration. 

 

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Service and Sacrifice gallery honors local veterans https://ncatregister.com/18066/theculture/service-and-sacrifice-gallery-honors-local-veterans/ https://ncatregister.com/18066/theculture/service-and-sacrifice-gallery-honors-local-veterans/#respond Fri, 13 Nov 2020 19:00:26 +0000 https://ncatregister.com/?p=18066 The Greensboro History Museum opened on Nov. 11 to honor local veterans. The museum features the Voices of a City: Service and Sacrifice gallery, dedicated to veterans’ service and contributions to Greensboro and Guilford County for over centuries. The day also made it 95 years since the museum first opened to the public on Nov....

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The Greensboro History Museum opened on Nov. 11 to honor local veterans. The museum features the Voices of a City: Service and Sacrifice gallery, dedicated to veterans’ service and contributions to Greensboro and Guilford County for over centuries.

The day also made it 95 years since the museum first opened to the public on Nov. 11, 1925, according to Yes! Weekly

The gallery features artifacts from Greensboro veterans from the War of 1812 to the Afghanistan and Iraq war. The weaponry, uniforms, letters and portraits of local soldiers fill the glass cases, along with plaques for guests to read that tell how the specific war affected the city and the story behind the artifacts.

Artifacts like the medical bag from Dr. Elmer Dellinger, a black physician and educator during the Spanish-American war in 1898, organized a volunteer unit that became part of the state’s first permanent unit of black officers. He taught chemistry at the Agricultural and Mechanical college, which is now North Carolina A&T State University.

The brass bugle, or trumpet of Robert Lee Campbell, World War I veteran and N.C A&T professor, is shown once you reach the end of the Voices of a City: Service and Sacrifice exhibit. 

One of the first black officers in the Great War, Campbell, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for bravery under fire while serving in France in 1918. After his service, he taught mechanical engineering at what is now N.C. A&T and became the first professor of military science. 

The bugle was used in local parades and memorial services by the African American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars bands up until the 1950s, according to the exhibit’s listed facts. The bugle was donated from the Office of the Chancellor at North Carolina A&T State University and was conserved as part of the museum’s Adopt a Object program in 2014.

The story of Tuskegee Airman, Andrew Johnson, a Dudley High School graduate that went on to become a second lieutenant in World War II, is also featured in the gallery. After retiring as a lieutenant colonel, he taught the ROTC program at his alma mater.

The museum usually opens every year to celebrate Veteran’s day, as the exhibit brings many visitors who want to learn about their local heroes. 

Carol Ghiorsi Hart, anthropologist and director of the Greensboro History Museum, says that during times like this, this is the perfect day to come together.

“It’s nice to have those days in the year that you stop for a minute and reflect and honor those who served our country. Today [was] certainly one of those days,” Hart said.

She says since they are a city-facility, they were supposed to be closed, but the museum staff asked for permission to be open to give local visitors an opportunity to reflect on the services and sacrifices made by veterans to serve our community.

“I think people [on Veteran’s Day] do think about history and the past, and they want to go to a museum sometimes just to have an opportunity to think back, remember and reflect,” Hart said.

Rodney Dawson, curator of Education at the Greensboro History Museum, says that hopefully people could take the time to understand the sacrifices veterans have made to protect the country through the exhibit. Dawson is a veteran himself, as he served in the Persian Gulf War from 1989-92.

“I think [certain] people should have a better understanding of the sacrifices many men and women make when they join [the service],” Dawson said. “Whether they go to combat or not, they are sacrificing lifestyles and giving up things for a period of time just to protect the country.” 

The Voices of a City: Service and Sacrifice exhibit is located on the second floor of the museum. Admission is free, and the museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Winter Wonderlights brings holiday spirit to Greensboro https://ncatregister.com/18059/theculture/winter-wonderlights-brings-holiday-spirit-to-greensboro/ https://ncatregister.com/18059/theculture/winter-wonderlights-brings-holiday-spirit-to-greensboro/#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2020 17:00:25 +0000 https://ncatregister.com/?p=18059 The Greensboro Science Center has opened the first holiday light show for Greensboro and the triad area. As a new addition to the science center, Winter Wonderlights gives local visitors a holiday zoo light experience like never before. Through interactive displays of bright colorful Christmas lights and playful exhibits, families can explore 12 “magical realms”...

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The Greensboro Science Center has opened the first holiday light show for Greensboro and the triad area. As a new addition to the science center, Winter Wonderlights gives local visitors a holiday zoo light experience like never before.

Through interactive displays of bright colorful Christmas lights and playful exhibits, families can explore 12 “magical realms” of holiday-themed attractions. 

During the event’s Nov. 6 opening night, Glenn Dobrogosz, CEO of the Greensboro Science Center, said that this event is something new and exciting for everyone. By introducing the light show to the community, Dobrogosz and the Greensboro Science Center staff are aiming to end the incredibly strenuous year on a high note. 

“As a science museum, you wouldn’t expect us to do a light show,” Dobrogosz said. “We wanted to be the first organization to bring a holiday event to our community. We had to step up to the plate.”

Once the COVID-19 pandemic hit, they knew the light show was needed more now than ever before to bring holiday spirit to the community. The holiday walk-through display features bold Christmas lights, music and games, and is designed for social distancing. 

Greensboro Science Center employee, Landon Alison, expressed how the staff made sure, when planning the event, that it would be an enjoyable time for everyone while also prioritizing their health and safety. 

“Health and safety is the number one priority,” Alison said. “This is so we can ensure an overall fun place for people to come and bring their families.”

The event has various exhibits placed indoors and outdoors. On the ground, both inside and outside the event, there are several markers indicating the flow of traffic to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Upon entry to the science center, the event begins indoors. The two exhibits inside include Wishes for the World and the Snow Globe Theater. 

The Wishes for the World exhibit gives visitors the opportunity to write down any wishes they have for the world. The exhibit is full of colorfully wrapped Christmas presents and bright vibrant Christmas trees, which is where guests have the opportunity to hang their wishes once they are completed. 

The exhibit also includes interactive animated story telling for those to watch and listen to while waiting to make their wishes.

The Snow Globe Theater has an animated showing of penguins singing various Christmas carols to entertain guests. In adherence to the CDC guidelines, theatre seats are blocked off to restrict guests to exhibit entry only and to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

The Greensboro Opera has also participated in virtually singing carols throughout the halls for guests to enjoy, while heading to the outdoor portion of the event. The halls are well lit with Christmas lights and decor and large candy canes, wrapped Christmas presents, as well as Christmas wreaths and trees. 

Some of the outdoor exhibits include the Wintry Welcome, the Festive Fun Zone, and the Peppermint Path. The Wintry Welcome includes artificial snow as well as food and souvenir vendors for all to enjoy. 

The Festive Fun Zone includes interactive lily pads that change colors right under your feet each time they are stepped on. After the fun zone, the Peppermint Path leads visitors to see Santa Claus. On the trail are well lit projections of interactive peppermint swirls and there are large candy canes throughout all leading to meet Santa and make their wishes.

There are interactive light shows at the Snowball Surprise, the Dancing Fountains and a live performance at the Gingerbread Barn. Each show occurs every 10 minutes, with the exception of the Snowball Surprise occurring every five minutes. 

The Winter Wonderlights experience has brought together so many friends and families from near and far. Dalton Caine from California says he looks forward to holiday events like this.

“I was born here in Greensboro,” Caine said. “But I haven’t been to the Science Center since I was 5-years-old, so it’s definitely something different. It’s nice to come back and bring my kids to do something Christmas-y early.”

Winter Wonderlights is open to the public from November until Jan. 3, 2021. The event is open seven days a week and runs nightly from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 

For the holiday season, they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

There is a timed ticket entry to limit the amount of guests at the science center at a time. Tickets may be purchased onsite or online at the Greensboro Science Center website.

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Aggie Student V.E.T.S. Center at The Oaks supports student veterans https://ncatregister.com/18030/the-yard/aggie-student-v-e-t-s-center-at-the-oaks-supports-student-veterans/ https://ncatregister.com/18030/the-yard/aggie-student-v-e-t-s-center-at-the-oaks-supports-student-veterans/#respond Wed, 11 Nov 2020 22:30:36 +0000 https://ncatregister.com/?p=18030 The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA) department is housed at the Aggie Student V.E.T.S. Center; a resource for student veterans and dependents of veterans to process educational benefits and connect with N.C. A&T’s veteran community.  Since 2014, The Aggie Student V.E.T.S Center has been located at the Oaks; it is across from the...

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The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA) department is housed at the Aggie Student V.E.T.S. Center; a resource for student veterans and dependents of veterans to process educational benefits and connect with N.C. A&T’s veteran community. 

Since 2014, The Aggie Student V.E.T.S Center has been located at the Oaks; it is across from the A&T Four statue and resembles a house. The Oaks used to be a residence place for past chancellors and presidents of the university. Initially, the school offered veterans and disabilities services at the basement of Murphy Hall in 1974. 

N.C. A&T was the first UNC system school to have an on-campus building designated to serve student veterans. 

Maurtisha Thomas, University Veterans Affairs Certifying Official, represents the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She is responsible for processing educational benefits for veterans and ensures that N.C. A&T receives funding under this department. Thomas stated the amount of funding that goes towards the OVMA. 

“We bring in about $1.8 million dollars every academic year; from summer I till summer II of the next year,” Thomas said.

This year, the Aggie V.E.T.S. Center celebrated Veterans day with a Grab-n-Go breakfast, lunch and a gift for those that show their Military ID. Traditionally, Veterans day was celebrated during a football game by acknowledging all branches and veterans on the field. To show appreciation, student veterans and veterans around the area are given a discounted football ticket. During this specific game, the Aggie V.E.T.S. Center would tailgate and give out free food towards the special population. Throughout the week, different competitive events would take place to engage their community. 

Shatoria Reid, Veterans Coordinator and Certifying Official , oversees internal and external events related to the Center and the veterans community. She has built relationships with many recruiters in Greensboro. According to Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Jones, Director of Veterans and Military Affairs, he detailed the amount of students that Reid and Thomas manage per semester. 

“Typically, especially now with COVID-19, between the two of them [Reid and Thomas], they manage about 500 students per semester,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jones. 

Before the pandemic, student veterans were welcomed to congregate at the Aggie V.E.T.S. Center and gave complimentary snacks. If needed, students could take a nap in the facility. Sponsors would host lunch sessions for students to attend workshops and prepare for job fairs,

During the spring semester, the V.E.T.S. Center would have a resource fair of various companies looking specifically for military affiliated students. The event would have food trucks at the facility and have free food for the first 500-600 students. Anyone that is looking to hire military affiliated students, the Center passes the company’s information to veteran students. According to Thomas, Lieutenant Colonel Jones is working on several grants to highlight this special population. 

Since 2013, N.C. A&T has been recognized as a military-friendly school. Lieutenant Colonel Jones’ main concern is to stay competitive so veterans and dependents of veterans continue to come to N.C. A&T because of the services offered at the Aggie Student V.E.T.S. Center. 

“If we do not do our part, the 1.8 million dollars goes away where military affiliated students would not be able to attend N.C. A&T,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jones. 

In the Spring, The V.E.T.S. Center plans to launch their Green Zone Training. This training will  educate faculty and staff on how to be prepared for students that are deployed or on active duty. Lieutenant Colonel Jones emphasizes how the V.E.T.S. center is an advocate for military affiliated students. 

“If we have a student veteran that may run into housing challenges, we have partnerships to help them get housing. We are a conduit to ensure we connect them to every resource possible that is available to them,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jones. 

Due to the pandemic, all paperwork is through a portal for students to make requests to meet with staff members. Staff members can be reached via zoom and in-person. The Aggie V.E.T.S. Center has walk-in appointments on Wednesdays from 10 a.m – 3 p.m. For more information, please visit their website.

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MEAC Cancels Cross Country Championships https://ncatregister.com/18039/the-score/meac-cancels-cross-country-championships/ https://ncatregister.com/18039/the-score/meac-cancels-cross-country-championships/#respond Wed, 11 Nov 2020 17:24:21 +0000 https://ncatregister.com/?p=18039 While other fall sports were moved to the spring of 2021, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has decided to cancel the cross country championships for the 2020-2021 academic year. Cross country will be the only fall sport at N.C. A&T will not be able to compete in their last season as a member of the...

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While other fall sports were moved to the spring of 2021, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has decided to cancel the cross country championships for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Cross country will be the only fall sport at N.C. A&T will not be able to compete in their last season as a member of the MEAC.

After consulting head cross country coaches and student-athletes, the conference decided to cancel the cross country championships because of its possible placement in spring 2021.

N.C. A&T’s Athletic Director Earl Hilton believes it would have been unsafe for athletes to compete in the cross country championships this academic year.

“[The MEAC] Cross Country Championships got canceled for this year because they would have to happen in the middle of the indoor track season,” Hilton said. “You have the same students running distance in indoor track who also run cross country. It’s not safe or healthy to try to prepare for both of those events at the same time.”

However, Regan Kimtai, a junior cross country runner at N.C. A&T could not believe they lost a chance to become one of the greatest cross country teams in the university’s history.

“When I heard from MEAC officials, I was like, is this for real? Because this year we had the strongest team ever,” Kimtai said.

Kimtai wanted his team to have the opportunity to leave a mark on the MEAC for the last time.

“We were trying to finish strong to leave a legacy. We wanted to say we won the cross country championships the last time we were here,” Kimtai said. 

Additionally, Kimtai felt his team trained hard enough to withstand competing in multiple sports at the same time.

“I was straight and my teammates were ready. If you saw them, they were still training hard for the cross country championships,” Kimtai said.

For graduating seniors, this was an opportunity to compete before graduation. However, the NCAA will be allowing them to compete during the next academic year according to Earl Hilton.

“The NCAA is going to give them their season back and if they want to come back, run and pursue a Master’s degree, we are happy to have them,” Hilton said.

Although Hilton believes that it would be hard for recent graduates to put their life on pause, they still have the option to come back and compete.

“If they just have one season of cross country left, I think it would be tough to put your life on hold all summer and come back only for a cross country season that will last 8 weeks and be done,” Hilton said

Kimtai believes that if he was in that situation he would choose to come back and compete because he could leave giving his best performance.

“If I was a senior, I would definitely run. I would like to run for my school one last time, and at the same time, I would want to do something impressive and run my best time. Maybe that next season when I run, it changes my life,” Kimtai said.

Although many lost the opportunity to compete in the MEAC, runners can still compete at a high level next season in the Big South.

 

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North Carolina student is the youngest British Vogue photographer https://ncatregister.com/18042/the-scene/north-carolina-student-is-the-youngest-british-vogue-photographer/ https://ncatregister.com/18042/the-scene/north-carolina-student-is-the-youngest-british-vogue-photographer/#respond Wed, 11 Nov 2020 07:00:27 +0000 https://ncatregister.com/?p=18042 Kennedi Carter has become the youngest photographer to ever shoot for British Vogue. She had the highest honor of shooting Beyoncé for three covers of the magazine.  She is currently a senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, majoring in African American studies. Carter was handpicked by British Vogue Editor,  Edward Enninful after...

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Kennedi Carter has become the youngest photographer to ever shoot for British Vogue. She had the highest honor of shooting Beyoncé for three covers of the magazine. 

She is currently a senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, majoring in African American studies.

Carter was handpicked by British Vogue Editor,  Edward Enninful after Beyoncé specifically requested a woman of color to be her photographer.

Carter expresses how it felt to shoot the iconic, American singer, Beyoncé.

“It felt like it dropped out of the sky. I’m 21… I haven’t really had many opportunities like this.”

She also talked to British Vogue about how she kept her nerves at bay and just fully enjoyed the experience. She made sure to thoroughly research Beyoncé and was astonished by how much control she was given on the shoot.

“I had underestimated how much she’s willing to submit herself to a vision and truly become someone else’s muse,” Carter said.

The Vogue cover was done back in August and lasted two days. The styling was done by Enniful and the creative director, Kwasi Fordjour. 

Carter noticed Beyoncé had good energy throughout the entire shoot. During the shoot, the singer would always make sure that Carter felt comfortable.

“I was just going with the flow,” Carter explained. “She was just so, so nice…Plus she’s from Texas. So she has that energy.”

The UNCG student has a lot of respect for Beyoncé because she has been able to control her own narrative from such a young age. 

“It’s really amazing that she’s using her influence to be able to give young artists this experience and allowing their voices to be heard. She’s opening the door for others,” said Carter.

The Durham native is still in shock that she has had so many opportunities, in just a few years, at such a young age. Carter knew that photography was going to be her main career, but she didn’t expect to find success this soon. 

“I thought I wouldn’t be able to do something at this level unless I was older, with many years in the game. This is for people at the pinnacle of their careers.”

At age 21, Carter has had a self-portrait featured in the New York Times, shot portraits of NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace for GQ, and was  honored on the British Journal of Photography’s 2020 “Ones to Watch list.”

On her website, Carter explains her work as “the aesthetics & sociopolitical aspects of Black life as well as the overlooked beauties of the Black experience: skin, texture, trauma, peace, love, and community.” Her photos show Black people in simple settings but shot sophisticatedly. 

Although she is still young, Carter seems to have an amazing ability to keep her composure in the wake of her growing success. When asked by Vogue what did she do after the shoot, she said “I just got home, got into bed, and went to sleep.”

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University Galleries to host Radcliffe Bailey in discussion about race in art https://ncatregister.com/18024/theculture/university-galleries-to-host-radcliffe-bailey-in-discussion-about-race-in-art/ https://ncatregister.com/18024/theculture/university-galleries-to-host-radcliffe-bailey-in-discussion-about-race-in-art/#respond Wed, 11 Nov 2020 06:30:34 +0000 https://ncatregister.com/?p=18024 The Black Aesthetic: Imagery and Race in Art is a virtual program that will be hosted by the University Galleries at N.C. A&T on Wednesday, Nov. 11th at 6 p.m. This virtual program will be a discussion with Radcliffe Bailey, a renowned visual artist, it will examine the political, historical and societal impact that art...

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The Black Aesthetic: Imagery and Race in Art is a virtual program that will be hosted by the University Galleries at N.C. A&T on Wednesday, Nov. 11th at 6 p.m.

This virtual program will be a discussion with Radcliffe Bailey, a renowned visual artist, it will examine the political, historical and societal impact that art has on people that descend from Africa. Another prominent feature that will be present is Angela Ray, a noted actress, and author; she will be moderating the discussion.

Bailey is a modern African American artist that is known for his wide variety of art pieces that include sculptures, paintings, tintype photographs, and much more. His art pieces display his heritage and childhood in the South.

Bailey was born in Bridgeton, N.J. and he grew up in Atlanta, G.A. As a child, he went to the High Museum of Art with his mother very often. The artworks of James Van Der Zee and Jacob Lawrence were showed to Bailey by his mother. The introduction of art at an early age encouraged Bailey to attend Atlanta College of Art where he graduated from and received his BFA.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. are just a few of the places where Bailey’s work can be found.

Students and other members of the community will be allowed to attend, however, this event is by registration only. The registration link can be found in all student and faculty emails.

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The USDLA is helping to make distance learning easier https://ncatregister.com/18019/the-yard/the-usdla-is-helping-to-make-distance-learning-easier/ https://ncatregister.com/18019/the-yard/the-usdla-is-helping-to-make-distance-learning-easier/#respond Tue, 10 Nov 2020 19:00:39 +0000 https://ncatregister.com/?p=18019 The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is celebrating National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) with a series of free virtual events from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11.  The USDLA is a non-profit organization established in 1987 to support distance learning development, training and research. The organization focuses on the fusion of new concepts and puts...

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The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is celebrating National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) with a series of free virtual events from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11.

 The USDLA is a non-profit organization established in 1987 to support distance learning development, training and research. The organization focuses on the fusion of new concepts and puts an emphasis on the importance of communication in distance learning.

 NDLW is an annual event held by the USDLA to raise awareness about distance learning and to recognize leaders in the field. It is an opportunity for teachers, students, colleges and schools to discuss current issues, trends and the best practices associated with distance learning.

 The NDLW 2020 is different because distance learners are no longer a specialty population. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced everyone providing or receiving an education into the distance learning family. This year’s NDLW theme, From Surviving to Thriving: Rocking the New Normal, pays homage to the massive shift in education modality.

 The goal of this event is to help novice distance learning participants connect to and network with veteran participants. Throughout the week there will be sessions, meetings with the event’s sponsors and Keynote speeches from USDLA executives.  

 There will be two sessions per day for a total of 10 sessions with each one covering a different topic. The sessions range from 45 minutes to one hour in length and are led by a panel of experts on the subject.

 Some of the sessions offered during this year’s NDLW are listed below along with a brief description of what will be discussed during the session. For detailed information on the sessions and to view the sessions panelist visit the USDLA’s website.

 Nov. 9, 1:00-1:45 p.m. Constructing Online Collaboratories: Approaches to Building Community Remotely

The session shares insights and best practices to develop, maintain, and sustain online collaboratories for organizations working remotely.

 Nov. 10, 11:00-11:45 a.m. What Everyone Needs to Know about Accessibility in Distance Learning

In this session, leaders in accessibility will discuss best practices in making distance learning available for all.

 Nov. 11, 11:00-11:45 a.m. Focus on Open Education Resources and Digital Textbooks

During this session, representatives from major providers of open education resources and digital textbooks will discuss best practices in online courseware.

 Nov. 12, 2:00-2:45 p.m. The Broadband State of Your State

 This session will describe how the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is mapping broadband infrastructure through the entire United States.

 Nov. 13, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Leadership in Online Education

Experts will discuss the past, present, and future of online education and how the pandemic was a catalyst for change.

 While the sessions are free they do require prior registration. You may complete the registration form online on the USDLA’s website. After submitting your form you will be given an attendee ID that you will use to access the conference.

 If you have any questions or suggestions about NDLW, you may contact the NDLW 2020 chair, Dr. Georgianna Laws, at glaws@usdla.org.

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Best of Both Worlds: Rap and Pro Sports https://ncatregister.com/18009/the-score/best-of-both-worlds-rap-and-pro-sports/ https://ncatregister.com/18009/the-score/best-of-both-worlds-rap-and-pro-sports/#respond Mon, 09 Nov 2020 19:01:05 +0000 https://ncatregister.com/?p=18009 Two things that are highly influential in society are sports and hip-hop. Basketball and football in particular are heavily tied to rap music. From the athlete name drops in rap lyrics, the attempted mixtapes by athletes or the fashion trends, the relationship with hip-hop and sports is one of the most defining combinations of American...

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Two things that are highly influential in society are sports and hip-hop.

Basketball and football in particular are heavily tied to rap music. From the athlete name drops in rap lyrics, the attempted mixtapes by athletes or the fashion trends, the relationship with hip-hop and sports is one of the most defining combinations of American culture. 

With all things in life, change happens. The early era of rap with sports had a far different culture than today. The trends or what most consider popular is far different or more advanced than it used to be.

Black athletes during the rise of hip-hop  were starting to share their favorite music publicly, which raised eyebrows throughout rural America. From 1991-1993, the University of Michigan men’s basketball starting lineup took America by storm. The “Fab Five” — as they are famously known — consisted of Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Chris Webber, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. As they received more attention from the media because of their flashiness, they revealed their favorite music to be hip-hop icons like those 80s artists who began to bridge the gap. Those artists included Ice Cube, EPMD, Tupac Shakur and others.

Over the years, athletes are quick to follow the fads of hip-hop. Jerseys from all sports leagues are worn now as fashion statements, but those in fashion can thank hip-hop for that. Since the 90s, rappers have consistently improved sales of jerseys, hats, hoodies, sweaters and anything with a team logo on it that could make them look fashionable and still rep their hoods. Even the less popular sports in Black America like hockey and soccer get represented through apparel.

 Former NBA superstar Allen Iverson started to “dress like a rapper” when he arrived at games. Iverson’s attire would include baseball caps, jewelry and baggy clothing. All of those articles of clothing are popular in the rap community, and Iverson is considered to be the biggest influence for the way of dressing for NBA players. The trend was so popular and common, the NBA made a “dress code” in 2005 that banned things such as chains, medallions, and baggy clothing.

Business in both realms can be very beneficial if it is done right. Legendary rapper Jay-Z along with Creative Artists Agency, founded Roc Nation Sports management group in 2013. Roc Nation is also the rap label that was founded by Jay-Z. Roc Nation’s management includes athletes such as Saquan Barkley, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and many more.

To promote their team , the Toronto Raptors named rapper Drake as their Global Ambassador in 2013 to promote their franchise campaign “We The North”. Since his arrival, the Raptors won their first title in franchise history in 2019.

The wave that hip-hop has caused has been nearly unmatched, and sports is the perfect partner. For 30-plus years, they have been tied with giving the world plenty of cultural shifts and trends. 

To many, rap will never die and it won’t be too many athletes that will not at least “attempt” to hop in the studio. For right now and in the near future, the two will continue to be a perfect pair.

 

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