Monthly Archives: December 2015

Grand Jury decides against indictment in case of Sandra Bland; but it’s not the end

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Maya Boddie | Local & World Editor

A Texas grand jury will not indict anyone relating to the case of Sandra Bland, according to CNN. Questions of excessive police force arose after Bland was arrested during a traffic stop and  found dead in a jail cell three days later in July.

“After reviewing all the evidence in the death of Sandra Bland, a Waller grand jury did not return an indictment in the death of Bland, nor were any indictments returned against any employee of the Waller County Jail,” Darrell Jordan, a special prosecutor handling the case said after the grand jury met for more than eight hours Monday.

Although no indictments will occur as of Monday, December 22, a grand jury will meet again to decide whether or not to indict anyone involved in this case.

According to NBC, protesters gathered on Tuesday demanding that U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch intercede after the grand jury declined to indict anyone in the case of Bland’s death. The protestors said they would hold demonstrations until January, when the jury reconvenes on the issue of the trooper’s conduct.

“The Sandra Bland case is just the latest in a string of injustices and miscarriages of justice in this country,” Deric Muhammad, a community activist said as he and around 20 others gathered in front of the Waller County Courthouse in Texas Tuesday afternoon.

Lewis White, another special prosecutor in the case said in a telephone interview, “We’re letting the grand jury make the decision. They’re making all the decisions. The only thing were doing is telling them what type of charges, if they chose to purse them, are available.”

White said that the grand jury’s decision Monday does not mean the case is over, as the panel could still consider charges on conduct related to the original arrest.

“The fact remains that if she was never arrested she would have never went to jail, she would have never died,” Jenaki Muhammad, vice co-chair of women’s affairs for the activist group National Black United Front, said.

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders supports Sandra Bland’s family as well as others involved in the #blacklivesmatter movement.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that she, like too many African-Americans who die in police custody, would be alive today if she were a white woman,” Sanders said. “We need to reform a very broken criminal justice system.”


Ozell Sutton, Civil Rights activist dies at 90


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Maya Boddie | Local & World Editor

Civil rights activist Ozell Sutton died “peacefully” at St. Joseph Hospital in Atlanta Saturday.

Sutton, who celebrated his 90th birthday a week ago, marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama in 1965, and was one of the first African-Americans to serve in the Marine Corps.

Not only did Sutton march for equal rights with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., according to The Associated Press, Sutton was also staying in the Lorraine Motel three years later in Memphis, Tenn., where King was assassinated in 1968.

Odell Sutton participated in may civil rights acts throughout the south during the 1950s and 60s. According to The Arkansas Times, a biography of Sutton at the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame writes that he served as a “decoy” to distract the mob when nine black students attempted to desegregate Central High School in 1957.

An Arkansas native and Philander Smith College graduate, Ozell Sutton received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2012 for his work in the United States Marine Corps. He was the director of the U.S. Justice Department’s Community Relations Service in Atlanta until his retirement in 2003.

Soon after graduating from Philander Smith, Sutton became the first black reporter to work for a white-owned newspaper in the state when he was hired by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette in 1950. There at the newspaper, Sutton fought for certain equalities such as titles. He wanted black men and women to be referred to as “Mr.” and “Mrs.” just as white were.

According to The Root, Alta Sutton, daughter of Ozell Sutton told the news service that her father was the 26th general president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and also worked as director of the Governor’s Council on Human Resources for then-Arkansas Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller.

Great-grandaughter to Ozell Sutton, Briana Martin, a freshman computer science major at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, says Sutton was a “really wise, hard-working, positive and funny man who will be remembered as an incredible father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.

Cam and Curry, North Carolina’s Finest: How an NC native and import are making the entire state stand up



Donald Ralls | Contributing Writer

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton are quite possibly the two biggest names in sports right now.

Both are leading two first place overall teams (Warriors are 24-1 and Panthers are 12-0) and are playing at extremely high level while doing so. Curry, who was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been a fan of the Panthers since the organization began in 1995. Curry is constantly  posting pictures on social media with his wife, Ayesha Curry, showing his passion for the NFL team. Curry is a legit fan, to say the least. He even attended Carolina’s playoff game in Seattle last season.

Similar to Curry, Newton likes to show his love for a state that has treated him well since being drafted first overall by the Carolina Panthers in 2009. He was spotted at the Charlotte Hornets and Golden State Warriors “Dell Curry Night” game on December 2, sporting a jersey made famous by the legendary Hornets player, who may be known more for being Steph’s dad.

While both have been dominating their respective leagues this year, Newton has particularly been a monster in fourth quarters. He completed 20-26 passing attempts ( 76.8%) when trailing in the fourth. His Overall total quarterback rating of 76.8% in the fourth quarter ranks 1st in the NFL.

Also what sets them apart is offensive coordinator Mike Shula reestablishing the commitment to a multidimensional running game. It creates a game that is revolved around Newton and letting him play his game making others around him better.

The Panthers next three games will be against New York Giants on December 20, Atlanta Falcons on December 27 and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on January 3. By looking at the record of these teams and taking into consideration that, if they playoffs started today they would all be out, it is possible Carolina could be in trouble but it’s not very likely. The Panthers would be 19-0 if they remain unbeaten through the Super Bowl.

The Warriors bid for a chance to be undefeated heading into the new year ended on December 12 against the Milwaukee Bucks, 108-95. It was the team’s last game of their seven-game road trip and, had they won, they would have been the first team in NBA history to go 7-0 on a road trip. When asked if there was a sense of relief following the loss, interim head coach Luke Walton said, “Not from me. Losing sucks. Even if you are 24-1, losing still sucks. I’m sure the long flight home tomorrow and guys unwinding a bit, I’m sure there will be a little relief mentally going forward.”

It’s clear to everyone that the undefeated Newton and the Panthers are great but Curry and the Warriors are still just as great, if not more so. One of the things that have contributed to the Warriors streak is their incredible team chemistry. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Warriors have a tradition of eating together on the road. They show their chemistry in the game with great communication, support for each other’s achievements, and knowing each other tendencies on the court.

It’s the small things that make the Warriors’ chemistry great, like the growing relationship between Marreese Speights and Shaun Livingston on the second unit. Livingston is a point guard by trade with great passing ability and his 6’7 frame allows for much versatility. Speights is a scorer, moving without the ball and finishing at the bucket with both hands.

Both have started to realize each other’s tendencies and have settled into their roles on the second lineup and contributed well to what the Warriors are doing. Aside from their role players, what really got Golden State over the hump in last year’s Finals and what is leading them now was not playing centers Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli in late game situations. This created a more fast paced team to create fast break three’s and transition lay-ups, making the game easier.

Their “small-ball” lineup of  Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes, and Draymond Green is virtually unstoppable. All five are shooting threats and can give you at least 10 points a game. And, of course, in case you didn’t know, Curry is arguably the best shooter on the planet, averaging 5 three-pointers a game.

Curry and Newton are in two different sports but are both leaders of their teams and their sport top players. They continue to win games in history making fashion while staying humble enough to inspire their fans and people around the world with their smiles and charismatic personalities. These two men are great players in their profession but even greater human beings.

Hollywood vs. the NFL: Will Smith stars in the football drama “Concussion”



Jelani Scott & Wesley Eggleston | Sports Editor/Staff Writer

Set to be released on Christmas Day, Hollywood’s latest sports drama,  Concussion, starring Oscar nominee Will Smith as lead character Dr. Bennet Omalu, is already causing quite a stir. Since 2002, the Nigerian forensic pathologist has been largely responsible for bringing the issues of concussions in the sport of football to light in the modern day world.  Smith’s portrayal of the groundbreaking doctor will show him highlighting the major issue of head trauma that has occurred for decades in the NFL.

The film will also star Luke Wilson as infamous NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Alec Baldwin as Omalu’s partner-in-crime Dr. Julian Bailes and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Omalu’s wife, Prema Mutiso. Dr. Omalu is also credited with being a driving force for the discovery of the brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which has caused numerous athletes to live horribly post-retirement.

“People can lose their ability to think if we don’t do this right…you [have] kids, five, six, seven years old, and you [have] to take precautions. There’s ways to prevent this,” said Hampton Assistant Athletic Director Donovan Rose. In 2013, long-running PBS program Frontline reported that the NFL approved a rule that prohibited “runners and defenders from lowering their heads and hitting with their helmets when outside of the tackle box — the area of the field between the two offensive tackles” and penalized teams 15-yards for such hits.

Earlier this year, ESPN reported, using data via The Associated Press, that there were “111 concussions in games during the 2014 regular season, down from 148 in 2013, and 173 in 2012, a 36 percent drop over that three-year span.” Discussing concussions is a touchy subject Americans would love to avoid because the reasons why concussions occur are the same reasons why hardcore fans love the game of football. The hard hits are part of the reason why the sport is so popular.

Fans may not like to see their favorite team be penalized but it has become this way because concussions have gained more exposure from Dr. Omalu and his team’s findings. In one of the film’s scenes, Pittsburgh neurologist Dr. Joseph Maroon (played by actor Arliss Howard) tells Smith’s Omalu about the unwanted doors he will open. “If just ten percent of the mothers in America decide that football is too dangerous for their sons to play, that is it…it is the end of football,” he reprimands.

While this effect has yet to be seen in real life, more work has been done recently that may discourage future football players. In 2012, following a study on football players at an Indiana high school, Purdue University researchers concluded, “high school football players over the course of two seasons [will have] changes in brain activity that significantly correlates to the number and distribution of hits those players took.”

They also found that “changes in the region of the brain that have been associated with CTE, results which suggest that detrimental effects of hits to the head may be cumulative and compounding.”

Concussion may have audiences wondering how it could change the NFL’s public perception. The time for everything to be put on the table will finally arrive when the holiday season comes in three weeks.

Norfolk welcomes NATO for annual 3-day conference

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Atiya Strange & Sydney Merrell | Contributing Writers

Norfolk, VA- The City of Norfolk welcomed members of The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for their annual Chief of Transformation Conference at the Waterside Marriott. NATO is comprised of 28 countries from Europe and North America and all were represented.

The 3-day conference featured panel discussions esteemed officers and special guests. The conference included several panel discussions addressing the evolutionizing face of warfare, looking past Warsaw, regional stability, and national security.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 opened with the keynote address from Alexander Vershbow, American ambassador and the current Deputy Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. “This conference is an opportunity to connect and exchange views and collaborate,” Vershbow said. Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Denis Mercier of France joined the panel in the first discussion of the day “Road to Warsaw.”

The general presented his short term expectations, stressing the importance of the rapid response and readiness of forces in the state of an emergency.

He urged attendees to look beyond Warsaw, where the organization will meet for the 2016 Summit, towards the future of NATO in Warsaw, Poland. General Mercier later spoke with journalists and highlighted NATO’s recent efforts towards more efficient responses in face of danger.

“The ability to adapt and respond to new geostrategic challenges has, and will, be one of the greatest hallmarks of NATO,” said General Mercier. “The Atlantic Alliance has, for the past 66 years, succeeded in constantly adapting to changes while meanwhile remaining an effective and fit-for purpose organization.”

General Mercier’s plans for NATO by 2030 were progressive, “We have to look at the big picture. Because of the trends we are facing, everything leads us to deal with the short term,” he stated.

He belabored the need for better communication and unity between the nations, suggesting the development of a “cloud sharing” program.

“I am very confident in the outcome and output of these discussion which I’m sure, will strengthen the posture of the alliances in a very challenging period for peace and security in the Euro-Atlantic area,” stated General Mercier in his opening remarks.

Learning styles: Study strategies to get the A



Sloane Mebane | Lifestlye Editor

The semester is drawing to an end. However, even though the holiday season is right on the horizon, there is still one last barrier to winter break–finals week. Everyone dreads finals because of the immense amount of information that must be regurgitated onto a two-hour comprehensive examination. While some have already devised a study plan, many students haven’t even begun to plot their study regimen.

In order to create a personalized study plan, you must first know what kind of learner you are. There are several different types of learners, each with unique study strategies that work best for them. The three main types of learners are visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Visual learners are able to learn best by seeing. This can include reading a textbook, studying via diagrams, or a demonstration by a teacher or student. These types of learners don’t do well with a standard lecture environment when information is being audibly taught.

Cheryl Chua, a senior biology major from Vancouver, Canada knows exactly how she has to study after four years of college. “I definitely have to read the material over a lot. I would have to say I’m a visual learner because it’s all about repetition,” said Chua.

Another visual learner, freshman Raleigh Sykes from Largo, Maryland, who is undecided on his major also understands how he learns best. “When I’m listening to the teacher, if I’m writing down stuff I’m not really paying attention so I have to just sit back and listen. I jot down key terms from their lectures. I make an outline of the chapter and I make flashcards.”

The second type of learning style is auditory. Auditory learners are able to comprehend and retain information best when it is audibly taught. According to LearningRx, a website dedicated to training the brain to be more efficient, “reciting information out loud and having music in the background may be a common study method [for auditory learners]. Other noises may become a distraction resulting in a need for a relatively quiet place.”

The last learning style and the most unique is kinesthetic learning. This type of learner comprehends and retains information best by hands-on-learning. Kinesthetic learners can’t be passively listening or reading content. They must be actively participating whether that means taking notes while in class or acting out complex concepts.

Kinesthetic learners may find that group studying is the best for them to learn content so if you find out that you are this kind of learner then try and establish a study group or join one that is already developed.

While most people have a specific learning style that is most effective for them, often people employ a mix of strategies that encompass all three learning styles. For example, while you may be an auditory learner, flashcards may also be an effective visual learning strategy that can help while studying during final exams. Furthermore, online flashcard platforms like Anki provide the opportunity to include recordings and photos into flashcards.

Therefore, take a VARK questionnaire at and find out what kind of learning style is best for you. Whether it is watching lecture videos online, reciting information  aloud or learning in study groups, by knowing how well you study you are able to create study strategies that will guarantee you an A on your upcoming final exams.

Biles ahead: How Simone Biles is taking over gymnastics



Joanna Rowell | Staff Writer

Although Gabby Douglas is considered to be “the face of gymnastics” since her performance in 2012 Summer Olympics, there is a new gymnast on the scene. Simone Biles, an 18 year old, two-time all-around world champion is now considered, by experts, to be Douglas’ main competitor.

On December 2, Sports Illustrated published an article stating why Biles deserved to win the magazine’s coveted Sportsman of the Year Award. Biles is one of four women on the list of twelve candidates and, along with Serena Williams, is the second African-American woman on the list. Biles could become the first woman since 2011 to win the award.

Since she began competing in World Championships in 2013, Biles is already considered the most decorated American female gymnast in the event’s history, with fourteen medals, ten of which are gold. Biles’ ten medals gave her the record for most gold medals won by a female gymnast in the history of the World Championships.

She also hold the distinction of being the first African-American to be world all-around champion and the first woman to win three consecutive world all-around titles.

While Biles is now no stranger to international competition and the world is becoming more familiar with her, there was a time when she had to deal with some adversity before reaching that level.

In 2013, when Biles was 16, Italian gymnast Carlotta Ferlito said, in an interview after the World Championships in Belgium, “I told Vanessa [teammate Vanessa Ferrari] that next time we should also paint our skin black, so then we could win too.” Italian Gymnastics Federation spokesperson David Ciaralli defended Ferlito after her comments, saying she “was referring to a trend in gymnastics at this moment, which is going towards a technique that opens up new chances to athletes of color.” Ciarelli went onto say that she was also not racist.

Ferlito, who criticized Biles’ performance as well, apologized for the comments a few days later. Now, two years later, Biles has outperformed anyone’s expectations and continues to reach new heights.

She, along with Douglas, can also add her affiliation and sponsorship with Nike, which was announced on November 11, to her list of achievements. The two competitors were teammates on October 27 in Glasgow, Great Britain at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, where they made history with their win, making it the first time they have won three consecutive world team titles.

Although they are being painted as rivals, Douglas made it clear, in an interview with USA Today in October, that the two felt nothing more than playful competition between them. “Me and Simone, we really wanted to go out here and just have fun. We’re like, ‘Let’s crush it!,” said Douglas after the Glasgow event. “We just really wanted to enjoy it because it goes by so fast.”

As we approach the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, it is becoming clear that Douglas and her heir apparent Biles are getting ready to take the world by storm.

From Lower Merion to LA: Kobe comes close to the finish line



Jelani Scott | Sports Editor

In the ever-changing world of sports, there are only a few athletes that are privileged enough to become staples the way Kobe Bryant did in the NBA.

For 19 years, Derek Jeter was the face of the New York Yankees and the MLB. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, two future first-ballot Hall of Fame NFL quarterbacks, are continuing to dominate their positions 10+ years into the careers. These names, along with legends that came before them, achieved a level of greatness that made fans think they would be around forever. Unfortunately, there comes a time when the world has to say goodbye to these titans and, for Los Angeles Lakers all-time great guard, the day is officially almost here.

When Bryant announced his pending retirement on November 29, he did so in a poem that had the sound of man who sounded victorious rather than defeated. His injury troubles, which began in the 2012-13 season when Bryant tore his achilles towards the end of the season, may have pushed up the date of his farewell tour but he seemed comfortable with his decision.

In the piece, entitled Dear Basketball, Bryant wrote:

This season is all I have left to give.

My heart can take the pounding

My mind can handle the grind

But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.

And that’s OK.

I’m ready to let you go.

At the time of his 2013 injury, the then 34-year-old Bryant was averaging his most minutes (38.6) in six years and had averages of 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6 assists through 78 games.

Now, at age 37 and two more major injuries under his belt, Bryant decided to end the speculation that had been brewing for years and was starting to overshadow his legacy. To say that Bryant accomplished a lot would be an understatement. Bryant became the first guard drafted out of high school after being selected 13th overall in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets.

The Hornets, who unintentionally made one of the most important trades in NBA history, agreed to trade their pick the night before the draft and were told by the Lakers to draft the 17-year-old Philadelphia native from Lower Merion High School.

From the moment he made his debut on November 3, 1996, Bryant showed promise and captivated an entire generation of future athletes. Superstars Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who was eight when Bryant debuted, and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who was 11, recently shared their thoughts on the transcendent guard.

“I did idolize Kobe Bryant. I studied him, wanted to be like him. He was our Michael Jordan,” said Durant to ESPN on November 30. “I mean, in high school I wore a nappy-a** Afro because of Kobe Bryant…I wanted to be just like him, man,” said James. “I always thought Jordan was so out of this world that I could never get there. Kobe was someone that I just always kind of wanted to be like and play like.”

Durant and James, who both teamed with Bryant to win the gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics, are way above ordinary but Bryant reached an extraordinary level that will take some time to eclipse. The 17-time All-Star won the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest, five NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVP awards, an NBA MVP trophy and became the Lakers’ all-time leading scorer in 2010.

Barring a miraculous turn around from the currently 3-15 Lakers, the guard’s last NBA game will be on April 13 at Staples Center against the Utah Jazz. For a player that has been a part of a winning culture for 14 of his 17 NBA seasons, being at the bottom of the league is unfamiliar territory.

Bryant has gone from teaming with greats like Shaquille O’Neal and Pau Gasol to up-and-comers like Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell and has been thrusted into the “veteran mentor”  role we never thought we would see. When Bryant visits his former rivals for the last time in the coming months, it’s almost guaranteed that the fans once booing him will show him some well-deserved love.

Kobe Bryant will always be remembered as a true warrior with a complicated life path that achieved greatness under the bright lights of Hollywood. In the years to come, it will be hard to argue that Bryant was to the 2000’s what Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan was to the 80’s and 90’s, respectively.

And, as his storied career comes to an end, it will end the way it began: center court with the world watching.

Black Lives will still matter in 2016

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Leondra Head | Staff Writer

Many Black lives were lost this year due to police brutality and senseless killings of unarmed black men and women. The influential organization Black Lives Matter has  campaigned against violence towards African American. The organization regularly organizes protests around the deaths of black citizens killed by law enforcement officers, endured racial profiling or police brutality in the United States. The Black Lives Matter Movement began with the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media sites. The hashtag began after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Black Lives Matter became nationally recognized for its street demonstrations following the 2014 deaths of two African Americans: Michael Brown, which resulted in protests and unrest in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York City. Several other African Americans deaths were protested by the movement this year, including Eric Harris, Walter Scott, Jonathan Ferrell, Sandra Bland, Samuel DuBose, Freddie Gray and Laquan McDonald.

Laquan McDonald was an unarmed teen who was shot 16 times last year in Chicago. A Chicago police officer spent 13 seconds firing as Laquan McDonald lay prone on the street, emptying his pistol and reloading even though the black teen never made a motion to fight back, according to charging documents released ahead of video showing the deadly 2014 shooting. Police were called to the scene when McDonald was seen walking around outside in a neighborhood with a knife. According to the documents, “McDonald never spoke to the officers and never responded to their numerous verbal commands that he drop the knife.”

Officers described the teen as having a “blank stare and a glazed look in his eyes.” Other officers stated that they “did not see the need to use force against McDonald when they encountered him,” and that he began running away when sirens could be heard. The officer was just released on bail. The officer arrested for the shooting posted bond and was released from jail on Monday, November 30, 2015.

Freddie Gray was a black life lost this year. The first trial for the Freddie Gray case was held on just yesterday, November 29th. On April 12, 2015, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man, was arrested by the Baltimore Police Department for possessing what the police alleged was an illegal switchblade. While being transported in a police van, Gray fell into a coma and was taken to a trauma center. Gray died on April 19, 2015; his death was ascribed to injuries to his spinal cord. On April 21, 2015, pending an investigation of the incident, six Baltimore police officers were temporarily suspended with pay.

The country could not forget two tragedies which occurred within a month of each other. On June 17, nine innocent black lives, including Pastor Clementa C. Pickney, were taken in an act of domestic terrorism at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. This act seemed to almost set the nation back fifty years to the Civil Rights Movement era, when the destruction of the African American church was the norm. A few weeks later, on July 10, a 28-year-old woman named Sandra Bland was pulled over for a minor traffic violation by state trooper Brian Encinia.

He arrested her for not turning on a signal light to switch lanes, which was followed by an escalating conflict, during which he alleged that she had assaulted him and which was recorded by his dash-cam and by a bystander’s cell phone. The officer was placed on administrative duty for failing to follow proper traffic stop procedures. The release of the dash-cam video supports the claim that normal procedures were not followed by the arresting officer.

Bland was found hanged in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas, on July 13, 2015. Her death was classified as a suicide by the county coroner, and was followed by protests against her arrest, disputing the cause of death and alleging racial violence against her.

These African American depict and represent the black lives lost to excessive force by police. The many unarmed African America citizens killed by law enforcement officers are caught on camera by dash-cams or innocent bystanders. The Black Lives Matter Movement highlights these lives and many others killed annually through demonstrations and police brutality.

2015 Soul Train Awards: A ride of a unique experience in fashion


Lindsey Miles | Staff Writer

The Soul Train Awards of 2015 was aired on Centric and BET Sunday, November 29th, 2015. The ceremony was hosted by the eccentric Erykah Badu, but what was with that shade that she threw at Iggy Azalea during the beginning of the show?

Despite what happened on the stage, let’s discuss what happened on the carpet. Ms. Badu was looking magical as ever as she strutted down on the red carpet in her elongated black hat and widened black shoulder sleeves that complement her long black dress. Let’s not forget the glorious and admirable purple eyeshadow and lipstick.

Khalida Volou, a junior journalism major from Baltimore had to give props to the host’s outfit. “I respect Erykah Badu’s fashion, she’s rockin’ that top hat.”

According to Sydney Miles, a junior criminal justice major from Long Island, New York, “The 2015 Soul Train Awards was the best one hands down! It brought originality back.” This Soul Train Awards really brought old school style to 2015. Whether it was high-waisted flared pants or an array of colorful suits, this year’s red carpet really was the epitome of glamour. Many celebrities wore outfits that glistened with sequins. Others stood out with gold and silver accessories.

One of the stars of the night was the legendary Baby Face that was honored with the Legend Award. In celebration, Fantasia Barrino sang Superwoman by Karyn White. She glowed in a gorgeous floor length red dress with cutouts at the shoulder and a slit to her upper thigh. With flawless makeup she captured the whole rooms attention with her beauty and talent.

Another fashion standout was Jidenna. While winning best new artist, he was the classic man; timeless and dapper yet still sleek and cool with his simple cane as an accessory. His green suit and complementing amber beard and hair was a truly unique standout look that surely drew many wandering eyes throughout the night.

Demetria McKinney, Kat Graham and Vivian Green were all showing skin in their short cut, belly baring, cleavage flaunting outfits. With vibrant and sparkling purples, greens and blacks these ladies flaunted their physique throughout the night.

The Soul Train Awards was truly a night to remember with celebrities dressed to impress. Visit for more of their wonderful looks and inspiration for your own closet.