Ava DuVernay’s new film is not just a wrinkle in time for dreamers, but a wrinkle in time for Sade Adu’s music fans.
March 9 will be our first time hearing fresh music from the soldier of love herself, Sade. She recorded “Flower of the Universe” specifically for the debut of the film adaptation A Wrinkle in Time and will be available on the movie’s soundtrack.
Film director DuVernay explains via tweet that both the song and collaboration was “a dream come true.”
Some may believe that we would never hear from Sade again, or that her time and career had come to an end because her last album came 8 years ago in 2010 titled, Soldier of Love. Thanks are in order to DuVernay for her efforts and such gift.
DuVernay tweeted, “I never thought she’d say yes, but asked anyway. She was kind + giving. A goddess. We began a journey together that I’ll never forget.”
Sade as the lead vocalist of the eponymous English band, together managed to release six albums over a lucrative 30-plus year career. Stretching from her first recorded album, Diamond Life (1984) to her last album Soldier of Love (2010).
The band Sade take their time between albums. Their absence of new material usually lasts anywhere from eight to ten years as noted by Newsweek. In 2010 Soldier of Love came out and collected a No.1 hit on Billboard’s 200 album chart. Their album before that, Lover’s Rock was produced in 2000, and eight years before that album they released Love Deluxe in 1992.
While there hasn’t been any sort hint that there may be a new album on the horizon, it’s safe to say we’re in close proximity. Even if there isn’t a new album on way surely, both dreamers and believers alike can appreciate the fresh serenades from the American Music Award’s 2002 Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist, Sade.
Fayetteville State University is one out of four Historically Black Colleges and Universities selected to receive $3,000 grants to advance LBGQT inclusion, resulting in the screening of the film The New Black to advance on campus LBGQT inclusion. The film The New Black premiered March 21 in the Bronco Cinema. Doors opened at 5:30 p.m. with the screening at 6:00 p.m. followed by a panel discussion.
Dr. Brent Lewis, director of Cultural Programming and the Safe Zone Office stated: “[This funding] will truly enhance and build upon the LGBTQ work we are currently doing at FSU.”
He also stated: “Showing The New Black on a HBCU campus such as FSU, provides a safe space for the campus community to discuss LGBTQ concerns in the Black community in an open forum. I believe receiving this grant along with the opportunity to show this film will benefit our campus in many ways. It will benefit LGBTQ students as those that come will get a better understanding of the LGBTQ community. I think it will impact the faculty and staff who attend in addition to the heterosexual students of color on our campus (both out and in the closet) with knowing there are others who have similar experiences and who are living in their truth, or show up in all spaces as their authentic identity.”
Shameka Johnson, Spectrum president stated: “We have decided to host this event on our campus because we want to create a dialogue within the cross section of our LGBTQ community as well as the campus population at large.” She also stated that “receiving this grant will impact our campus because it will give us the funds to help reach more LGBTQ+ students and create a safe environment to learn and be, and educate students who may not be a part of the community and have questions.”
Shontae Halsey, Spectrum secretary/historian stated: “The New Black film is included in our first annual FSU Pride week, promoting scholarships, inclusiveness, community engagement, and celebration. The funding will provide us the opportunity to promote our event, cover logistical fees, and serve food and beverage as we host this event in the university cinema.”
She also stated: “Our event will be open to all interested parties, including members of Spectrum, a host of other student organizations, faculty, family, and the Fayetteville community at large. We will also specifically invite religious leaders and university leadership.”
Dr. Emily Lenning, Spectrum faculty advisor, stated: “We are so thrilled that HBCUs are working to meet the needs of their LGBQ students, and we are grateful to The New Black for creating a platform for further progress. “This grant sends a message that what Spectrum is trying to do on our campus vitally important and in line with national level conversations about what it means to be Black and Queer in the United States.”
Spectrum president Shameka Johnson stated “We are grateful for the opportunity to be able to reach more students and help more LGBTQ+ Broncos.”
This year’s Black History Month came to an end with a beautiful commemoration presented by The Weekend Activities Committee and The Office of Cultural Programs. Respect Your Roots: Black History Month Celebration took place on Sunday, February 25, in the Seabrook Auditorium. The commemoration was hosted by Brian Barber, a student at FSU. The night was definitely something to commemorate.
The program kicked off with a montage of powerful images of Black history presented by King Greasy Entertainment. The short film walked the audience through a timeline of hardships from slavery to present-day racial issues. A performance by the University Concert Choir also moved the crowd with a Negro Spiritual, a type of religious song originating among Black slaves in the American South.
The powerful performances of the first half of the program included a dance by Ayanna Taylor, spoken word by Jamario Lynch, and two step tributes to Africa by the Pi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and the Omega Beta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. The Male Royal Court proudly portrayed the Seven Founders of Fayetteville State University. It was a brief, but important, representation of how our Historically Black College and University came to be.
The second half of the night featured a tribute to The Harlem Renaissance with an ensemble performance by singer Aaliyah Tate, dancer Alexis McNeal and artist Alexis Sweeney. Tate performed “Strange Fruit” made famous by Billie Holiday in 1939. Following Tate was spoken word poetry by Victoria Frye and Bre’anna Washington. The performance was about loving our natural hair and the power of being Black. The profound “I Have A Dream” speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. was also performed by emcee Brian Barber. The finale of the night was Tara Melvin’s powerhouse performance of “Change Me.”
The night was overpowered with heart, soul and everything Black History Month represents. The response from the audience proved that this celebration was wellneeded. The Weekend Activities Committee and The Office of Cultural Programs along with every talented singer, dancer, artists, and poet did an outstanding job. Let’s hope Respect Your Roots comes back next year for another fantastic show.
Shea Moisture founder and CEO, Mr. Richelieu Dennis has recently announced via Twitter that Essence magazine has returned to 100 percent Black ownership for the first time in nearly two decades.
“It is with great joy that we announced that Essence is under new ownership and is now an independent African-American owned company,” he said.
While that is a win for the Black community, the question still remains: Has the CEO and his other company Shea Moisture been forgiven for their inclusive advertising mistake produced by Shea Moisture just April of last year?
Shea Moisture received backlash from Black women and throughout the natural hair community, The products were advertised to women with natural hair via YouTube and blog sites catering to women with naturally kinky curl types.
According to Ebony magazine, the “Break Free from Hair Hate” campaign did not receive the love and acceptance it wanted from the wider base to whom it was trying to expand. The ads featured White women and light-toned Black women. Many women took to social media sites to express anger with the company’s decision to feature advertisements without darker-toned women or women with more coarse hair.
Not only did Shea Moisture issue a statement from their Facebook account, but Mr. Dennis also apologized while visiting The Breakfast Club. First, via Facebook, Shea Moisture explained, “Wow, okay – so guys, we really f-ed this one up. … We are pulling this piece immediately because it does not represent what we intend to communicate.”
During the interview with The Breakfast Club, Mr. Dennis said that he recognizes his core has gotten the company this far and wishes to make sure they are representing their customers as such.
“We’re the brand that has stood up for women to say: ‘Hey, you should be able to wear your hair as it grows out of your head.’ We want our core to move forward with us. We don’t want to move on without them, and we don’t want them to feel like we’re moving on without them,” Mr. Dennis explained.
Representatives from Essence spoke of being excited to return this culturally relevant and historically significant platform to ownership by the people and consumers whom it serves and offer new opportunities for the women leading the business. So Mr. Dennis is showing the community he is a part of that he is committed to it 100 percent.
It seems that with every passing year it gets harder and harder for the Grammys (and everyone else) to ignore the genre of hip hop and rap. For years, the genre had to claw for respect from the Grammy voters. Who could forget the controversy of 2014 of Macklemore winning Grammys over Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Jay Z?
Hip Hop/Rap has faced a lot of criticism over the years, some of which is fair. 2017 was no different as hip hop/rap continues to evolve with the times. Despite everything, it is clear rap is not going anywhere anytime soon. So without further ado, here are the biggest storylines out of the genre of hip hop of the year:
1. RAP MOST CONSUMED GENRE: According to Nielsen Stats, hip hop/R&B music surpassed rock/pop music as the most consumed genre of music in the U.S. in 2017. Hip hop/R&B was streamed more than the genres of rock and pop combined this year. According to Billboard, Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed “DAMN.” was the top album of 2017. 5 of the top 10 albums by Billboard were either rap or R&B with albums, with The Weeknd, Drake, Post Malone, and the Migos claiming top spots. Today’s rappers are the trendsetters, tastemakers, and the rock stars of the 21st century. Rappers like the Migos, Drake, and Cardi B function doubly as rappers and pop stars with their
worldwide appeal. As rapper Lil Uzi Vert asserts, “I’m not a rapper, I’m a rock star.”
2. YEAR OF THE MUMBLE RAP: The biggest storyline was the rise of “mumble rap.” The sub-genre refers to the lack of lyricism that some rappers today have. So-called mumble rappers such as Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yatchy, Playboi Carti, and Lil Pump have made their place known among the Billboards Hot 100 and have amassed large fanbases.
The most famous example of mumble rap is Lil Pump’s “Gucci Gang,” that is peaked at #3 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 while rapping the phrase “Gucci Gang” nearly 50 times in the two minute song.
3. OLD VS. NEW: Mumble rap has been legitimized by most of the younger generation who have embraced the catchy tunes, much to the chagrin of the older generation of fans and artists. However, mumble rap was not all 2017 had to offer, music-wise. 2017 should also be noted for the return of adult contemporary hip hop. Projects from A
Tribe Called Quest, Eminem, and Run The Jewels were just a few good albums catering to the older demographic of hip-hop. The biggest album in the adult contemporary hip hop genre, however, belongs to Jay Z. Dealing with grown-man topics such as infidelity, financial literacy, and personal growth, Jay Z’s album 4:44 might just be the unofficial Black man’s guide to Black excellence.
4. WOMEN OF RAP: Not to be outdone, female rappers have rose to the forefront of the genre. Cardi B has been making history left and right after the success of her single, Bodak Yellow, which earned two Grammy nominations. North Carolina artist Rapsody earned a Grammy nomination for her album Laila’s Wisdom. And alas, the diss song Shether, lit the music community ablaze, as well as the beef between Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj.
Fayetteville State University welcomed Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the New York Times best-seller Hidden Figures, which was adapted into an Academy Award-nominated film, as part of the Chancellor’s Speaker series
on Tuesday, February 6.
Guests arrived as early as 2 hours ahead of the event’s start.
Among these was a retired pediatrician named Deborah Chapman, who secured her seat an hour early. “I’m a scientist!” she said, explaining her interest in Margot Shetterly’s work. “I would not even know about these
women if it weren’t for this author. And I’m sure it’s just the tip of the iceberg. These women, they are not the only hidden figures in our history.”
And Deborah Chapman’s sentiments, like many guests, foreshadowed the theme Shetterley’s discourse.
“This is wonderful, that these women did what they did at the time they did it. I mean, how can you not be inspired by them?” Chapman said.
Shetterly began her discourse describing the many childhood inspirations which prompted her to delve into the story that is Hidden Figures.
Speaking of her mother, Shetterly shared, “She nurtured my love of the written word.”
“My father, who worked as a research scientist at NASA Langley in Hampton, Virginia (where Hidden Figures takes place), he pushed me into math and science classes,” she said.
Shetterly went on to take inspiration from both of these influences although she ultimately chose a career in investment banking.
“If someone had told me that someday I’d be making my living as a writer, and not just as a writer, but a writer of history, I would have said to that person: you are out of your darn mind,” she shared.
She was unaware as a child that the everyday people who at the time seemed “normal” would turn out to be significant figures in history.
“It never occurred to me growing up that Black people could not be scientists because the veryfirst scientist that I knew was a Black man and the first Black man that I knew was a scientist. We lived in a community where many people worked for NASA, including the women I write about in my book.”
Shetterly’s childhood reality was what she considers to be “abnormal,” in the sense that she saw Black persons and women working diligently in STEM fields despite the prejudices and racial climate of the ‘60s – ‘80s.
“It’s simply a matter of fact for me that Black women, that all women for that matter could be scientists or engineers or mathematicians,” she explained.
Shetterly went to expound on the idea that she, at the time, did not understand the significance of the work being done by her father or of the four women she writes about in Hidden Figures.
“I knew Katherine Johnson growing up, but I knew her as one of the people that my mother saw on the weekends at her sorority meetings or somebody who worked with my father. I did not know her at that time as the mathematician who wrote the trajectory equation for John Glenn’s 1962 orbital space flight,” Shetterly said.
In discussing the powerful influence of her writing, Shetterly shared that many of her audiences meet the story of Hidden Figures with a wide spectrum of reactions: sometimes joy, confusion, and even anger. Readers so often ask Shetterly: “Why haven’t I heard this story before?”
“The more time I have spent trying to answer that question, the more that I come to believe there is another, much more important question that we should be asking ourselves when it comes to stories like Hidden Figures, and that question is: What else have we missed?” Shetterly responded.
And as response to this question, Shetterly emphasized the importance in finding and telling these stories that somehow go untold. Not only did Shetterly urge the audience to seek out hidden truths, but also to view history
through a holistic lens.
“We tend to see Black history or women’s history to be somehow removed from Ameri- can history. Hidden Figures is a Black story and it’s a Virginian story. It’s a women’s story. And it’s a mathematician’s story. Because of those things. Not in spite of them. Because of those things, it is most fundamentally, an American story.”
It’s a Seussical musical for ages young and old.
Get your tickets now or else they’ll be sold.
For if they are sold, don’t you worry or fret.
You can see it soon, I bet.
The Seussical will be here from February 1-25 of this year.
You might be wondering what in the world is a Seussical? We’ll, it is a musical put on by the
Cape Fear Regional Theater.
In act one, we are transported into the world of Seuss. The lights dim, and the stage lights shine. Here we meet the adorable Jojo (played by Ally Ivey) as he discovers a mysterious red and white stripped hat in the center of the floor. Attached to that hat we find an overzealous Cat in the Hat (played by Ben Franklin). The Cat in the Hat, tries to get Jojo to explore the wonders of thought with a song entitled: “Oh, the Things You Can Think.”
The Cat in the Hat and Jojo take the audience on an adventure where we meet the colorful characters of Seuss such as Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie La Bird, the Sour Kangaroo, and many more. Watch as Horton (played by Paul Urriolaz ), a determined elephant, strives to save the Planet of Who, which is the smallest planet on a flick of dust. Horton must battle his own loneliness and ridicule from most of the all the other animals except Gertrude McFuzz (played by Tess Deflyer), who is madly in love with him but goes unnoticed. Act one is filled with singing, dancing, laughter, and acrobatics.
Act two continues Horton’s colorful story, as he stumbles upon Mayzie La Bird (played by Tiffany Renee Thompson) and her egg. The fun continues through a Seussian menagerie of meetings, mishaps, and momentum. You will want to be in the audience at the end when the egg hatches in this play full of fun and surprises. Watch the play this
February and find out what those surprises are.
A growing number of Broncos have expressed interest in knowing how much they can create within the walls of the Telecommunications Building. With both a valued advisor Mrs. Calhoun and one of our great media professors, Professor Berry having recently taken on new journeys away from our campus, some students were frightened at the
thought of not having a place to allow their tech savvy imagination to run free.
The Communication, Languages, and Cultures department chair, Dr. Todd Frobish has welcomed creative individuals who possess work ethic and commitment with open arms to the campus TV station. One by one, students curious of what was being curated behind the doors of the studio with the ‘ON AIR’ light on wandered in. Dr. Frobish explained that he was recording a show and to jump right into the mix of things if you were, in fact, interested.
The more involved students became with equipment and all the bells and whistles within the control room, their interest peaked. An organization was reborn. And what better time than the year in which the university celebrates 150 years of academic excellence?
Together, Dr. Frobish and Dr. Alanna Miller, faculty advisor to student newspaper The Voice, rounded interested students to create and produce something special and memorable for returning Broncos of
the 150th Homecoming Parade.
With student ideas brewing about how to produce and create more and perfect their craft, the introduction of more stories and content was invited. Dr. Frobish has asked students of the organization to not only learn TV roles but to produce them alongside his productions of Geek Talk and Bronco Exchange, which featured Chancellor Anderson
and new Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin in the recent past.
Managers of Bronco TV Studio are bringing to the mix two different shows in the spring: Your Health in 15 and Attitude Check. Both shows are created by students for students and are scheduled to air on our closed-circuit campus television, throughout the City of Fayetteville on FAYTV and Bronco TV’s YouTube channel. Bronco TV wishes to create for ourselves and students and ask that our Bronco family tune in to support!
Black Panther, the next entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is set to be released in theaters on February 16.
Chadwick Boseman stars as the titular character reprising his role from 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Marvel fans have been waiting for a theatrical release for the hero since the character debuted in a 1966 Fantastic Four comic book, with talks to create the film since 1992.
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Black Panther was the first Black mainstream superhero, arriving before Black characters such as Luke Cage, Falcon and John Stewart as a version of the Green Lantern. Stan Lee was inspired to create the hero after he came across a pulp adventure hero who had an actual black panther as his helper.
Many thought that the name came from the actual Black Panther Party, the African American revolutionary party, founded in 1966, so the writers briefly changed the character’s name to Black Leopard before changing it back. Among his numerous powers and abilities are enhanced speed, stamina and healing, similar to X-Men’s Wolverine.
Black Panther is being released in the middle of Black History Month, and features an all-star predominantly Black cast including Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker, along with some up and coming actors such as Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan and Daniel Kaluuya. Box office sales are estimated to reach 150 million on its opening weekend, according to Indie Wire. Tickets are selling out fast, so if you haven’t already purchased your tickets, you should do it sooner rather than later.