Monthly Archives: January 2017

Desired Supplies for a desired look

(Desired Beauty Supplies)

(Desired Beauty Supplies)

Nyaa Ferary | Features Editor

In the Hampton Roads area, there are so many local establishments to try. Since the results of this year’s election season, it is vital to find ways to support black owned businesses to keep the money in communities of color.

Attending an HBCU, it’s common to hear conversations of backing our peers and raising each other up, but an even bigger topic would be hair. With that being said, this week’s local black owned business is the Desired Beauty Supplies store founded here in the Hampton area. For the hair gurus and dudes trying to keep their dos sharp and slayed, head over to Desired Beauty Supplies for all your hair care needs.

Desired is located on Big Bethel Road about 15 minutes away from campus by the Hampton Town Center. The beauty supply carries the common and popular products that you are probably accustomed getting from your local beauty store back at home.

Desired Beauty Supplies opened back in December of 2011. Their goal was to fill the gap that they felt was missing in their community, which was hair care. This family business prides themselves on their ability to understand what each customer needs.

They carry hair products like Cantu Shea Butter, Crème of Nature and Motions, in addition to the numerous hair tools, jewelry, wigs and weaves, braiding hair and relaxers that the average person might be interested in as well. There is something available there for everybody.

The beauty supply cares about the community and often participates in clothing drives and other community service events. They also have participated in beauty expos and workshops for natural hair.

Lately, many people both men and women have been paying more attention to the health of their hair and have been focusing on growth.

Therefore, the beauty supply is a great resource to learn about the different products that would be beneficial to black hair because they know firsthand about the types of hair care lines that work and that do not.

Desired Beauty Supplies is open most days from 10am until 8pm. Be sure to follow them on Instagram as well @desiredbeautysupplies.


Four fierce beauty box subscription for women of color



Leenika Martin | Staff Writer

One of the toughest parts of being a woman of color is finding cosmetic products for their unique features, skin and hair. The last thing college students need to worry about is if their foundation is the right shade or if their conditioner actually conditions kinky-curly tresses. However, there are several beauty boxes that are tailored specifically for WOC and that can be delivered right to your dorm.

1. Onyxbox 

The creators of the OnyxBox, Delali Kpodzo and Myriam Bocobza pioneered the first all-in-one beauty box, We Are Onyx ,for WOC when they launched in January 2013.

Monthly Cost: $25 and free shipping

What’s in the Box: Not only does the box include trusted black girl brands like Shea Moisture, but you may also receive products from smaller, lesser known boutiques. Each month, recipients can expect 4-6 deluxe or full-size makeup, hair, skincare and nail products worth over $70!

2. Glowwbox  

U.K.-native Jason Cameron created the Glowwbox as an easy way for ladies of “colour” to discover the best products for their skin and hair type. Since its release in the summer of 2013, the Glowwbox has expanded its shipping to the United States. Their site includes a short profile to help tailor the products that are included in the box.

Monthly Cost: £15 (about $19) plus shipping and handling

What’s in the Box: The first week of the month Glowwbox delivers 6 sample, trial and full-size hair and cosmetic products specialized for your profile.

3. Cocotique

Founder Dana Hill shifted from her background in the entertainment and fashion industies into WOC beauty and wellness. Using her connections, she expanded her brand to feature an abundance of companies. In addition to being the CEO of Cocotique, Hill also founded a boutique public relations agency called the Divine Marketing Group.

Monthly Cost: $20 and Free Shipping!

What’s in the Box: Cocotique features over 150 brands from natural hair brands like Lotta Body and Feminine Care products like Summers Eve. Each month’s subscribers can expect 5-8 sample or full-size beauty and lifestyle products.

4. Hues Box 

This box was founded as a family affair. Jeanne Harris, her mother Robin, and her sister Jasmine were done with beauty boxes neglecting women of color. So, they created their own! Not only did they create a convenient way for black women to shop, but also a way for small businesses to connect to a larger audience.

Monthly Cost: $15 plus shipping and handling

What’s in the Box: You won’t find these top-quality products in Walmart because they are all from small vendors. They deliver from the 1st-15th of each month and are filled with four cosmetic goodies.

Restaurant review: Pho 79 is un-Pho-getable

Jerica Deck | Lifestyles Editor

Tired of burgers and fries? Pho 79 is the perfect place to try a new dish. Located on Coliseum Drive near the Peninsula Town Center, this hidden gem has a diverse array of Vietnamese food. It has a moderately upscale feel to it, but the food is relatively cheap. The dishes only range from about $5 – $14 per person. This makes it the perfect spot for a group of budget-conscious college students to have a night on the town.

While on the outside it appears to be subpar, once customers go inside they see a hip and trendy atmosphere. This eclectic restaurant has beautiful décor that makes its visitors feel like they’ve entered a whole new world.  It is gorgeously decorated, has a snapchat worthy fountain, and a full bar that’s perfect for any students over 21 who are looking for a good time.

Vietnamese food can be very hit or miss, but overall their food is pretty good. The pho is to die for. It’s chock-full of veggies and meats. This soup-like meal is perfect to warm customers up for a cold winter day. They also do carry-out, making it convenient to take back to a dorm. While they had various new foods to try, the restaurant could use more vegetarian options. Also while their food is good, it is a bit under seasoned.

The shrimp needed a dash of old bay or some sort of extra kick. Their spring rolls were a bit bland as well. It’s almost as customers have to coat their food in sriracha to take it to the next level. However, with a bit of salt and pepper, the food is still good overall.

They also have other tasty options besides pho that draw in customers. Their banh mi is very authentic. This Vietnamese sandwich serves various meats on a baguette, and is only around $5. Another popular favorite is their bubble tea. It’s the perfect drink to complement their meals.

What really made Pho 79 stand out was their outstanding service. The waiters and waitresses were extremely friendly and personable. They continuously check in on their customers and make them feel at home.  Also, there was very little wait time. The food came out in a timely fashion.

Overall, Pho 79 deserves 4 out of 5 stars. It’s definitely a nice place to try something different and a trendy spot for a girl’s night on a budget. The food was good, but it could use more pizazz to take it to that next level. Still, this restaurant is a cute chic place to hang out.

Three must-see shows on Netflix right now



Nyaa Ferary | Features Editor

The semester is gearing up but there is still a lot of free time to do nothing before it gets intense. In addition, to the Hampton weather bringing a lot of rainy, gloomy days, there’s just a vibe that makes you want to stay inside and catch up on your favorite shows. Whether you choose to stay by yourself or with others, put on those comfy sweatpants, order some pizza and Netflix and chill. Here are three shows perfect to watch on those lazy days spent inside.

1. Black Mirror. This British science fiction series is themed around the harsh reality that technology and social media run people’s lives. Every episode has it’s own storyline that has a satirical way of portraying the same lesson.

Majority of the stories seem extreme and unrealistic at first. However, by the end of the episode it’s clear to see how some of these situations can actually happen in the future. Just an example, the first episode involves a sex scene between the prime minister and a pig and another takes “having receipts” to another level. The thought provoking series is now in its third season and bound to have you obsessed.

2. The Series of Unfortunate Events. For those of us who were bookworms as a kid, might remember this 13 book series written by Lemony Snicket. It was about the three Baudelaire children who became orphans after their parents died in a fire. Many might remember the movie that came out back in 2004 with Jim Carrey and how heartbroken they were that only the first three books were covered and never followed up on.

Netflix put us out of our misery with their original series picking up where the movie left off. Many people who have seen the series’ debut season say they were disappointed with the character portrayals of Count Olaf and that it was too comical. On the other hand, it does give a detailed account of all the unfortunate events within the book that would often get opted out in a movie. See if it lives up to the hype and check it out.

3. Chewing Gum. This is another British Netflix original. It is a raunchy comedy, much different than the other two picks. The show is about 24 year-old Tracy who grows up in a religious household and is now dealing with the stresses of trying to lose her virginity. Each episode Tracy discovers something new within the world of sex and ends up in extremely awkward situations as she attempts to get it on. The show has one season on Netflix, which would be great for a quick binge watch.

A lot of the time it is hard to find something to watch on Netflix especially when you’re looking for something particular. Netflix originals are starting to gain a good reputation for the variety of content its producing so here are just a few of the good ones to get you started.

Drones, dodgeball make Pro Bowl must-see TV

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Jelani Scott | Sports Editor

For many NFL fans, the Pro Bowl has always just been a filler, meant to get fans from the conference championships to the Super Bowl.

This Sunday’s All-Star game will return to the NFC vs. AFC format, which has not been used since the 2012 season, and will feature some dynamic young stars in a battle for bragging rights that will take place from Caping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

This year’s contest will mark the third time since 1979 that the Pro Bowl won’t be held in Hawaii, a move that may have upset some players but thrilled others due to the decrease in travel time.

The game is trying to make up for the ground lost by last year’s edition, which saw little to no marquee name participation and the lowest ratings ever for the event (5.0).

This year, the NFL has done all they can to ensure that they do not have another disaster of a showcase by adding big names and big pre-game events.

The NFL will present fans with a Pro Bowl Skills Showdown for the first time since 2007. The event, which was taped on Wednesday, will air tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

A dodge ball game, “power relay challenge,” a precision passing competition and a best hands showdown are among the competitions that players from both conferences will compete against each other in.

On Tuesday, NFL PR specialist Brian McCarthy tweeted that the Skills Showdown will have an event called the “WR Drone Drop.” Sounds pretty cool, right? But just what is it?

According to the promo video that accompanied the tweet, the FAA-approved drone will fly into the sky and drop football into the hands of Pro Bowl receivers below, a true test to see who has the best hands.

The dodgeball game will see Cowboys’ rookies RB Ezekiel Elliott and QB Dak Prescott, Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr., Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson, Panthers LB Thomas Davis, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy line up against LB Von Miller and CB Chris Harris of the Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton, Kansas Chiefs QB Alex Smith, Cincinnati Bengals DT Geno Atkins, and Cleveland Browns OT Joe Thomas of the AFC.

The “Drone Drop” event should create some exciting moments for players and fans and should fit in nicely with the other scheduled events.

The NFL front office is hoping that the introductikon of this technology, a return to the traditional format and some top-tier talent will make this yeat’s celebration one to remember.

How to fight the “pink tax”

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Jerica Deck | Lifestyles Editor

Many companies are catching fire for making various women’s products more expensive than nearly identical male products. Nicknamed “the pink tax,” research shows that items marketed towards women often cost more than male counter parts. The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs found that in 2015, women’s shampoo cost 48 percent more than those marketed towards men and women’s jeans cost 10 percent more than men’s.

While on the surface this issue may seem like it just costs women a few more dollars, the pink tax plays a major role in gender inequality because women on average make only 80 cents per every dollar that men make. Women of color suffer even more from the pink tax because they have a larger wage gap between their counterparts.

This can negatively impact women of lower economic classes as well. Over time, the pink tax costs women thousands of dollars just because of their gender. Rather than just accepting the gender-based pricing discrimination, here are several ways that women can fight against gender-based prices and save a few extra dollars themselves:

1. Buy men’s razors

Put down the pretty pink razor because men’s razors have many benefits. Without the girl packaging, men’s razors are cheaper than women’s. They also tend to be sharper, so they get rid of hair more efficiently.

2. Use male deodorant

Many girls love the scent of men’s soaps and fragrances, but they are too often scared to try men’s products for themselves. Male deodorant often has a clean and fresh scent that works well for both genders. For those that want a less powerful scent, try looking for blander smelling men’s deodorants. Men are perceived as sweating more than women, so their deodorants are often stronger than females ones. This helps users to be stress free and save a bit of money.

3. Try unscented soaps that are marketed towards men

Without the perfumes, unscented male and female soaps typically have the same ingredients. The extra cents are going towards the feminine and unneeded packaging. Men’s soap will leave women just as clean and smelling the exact same way.

4. Purchase reusable menstrual products

While there is not a male equivalent to menstrual products, women are forced to spend money to care for their periods. Rather than buying a box of tampons or pads every month, try a reusable option. Things like period panties, soft cups, and menstrual cups can save female consumers money over time. They are also better for the environment because they create less waste.

5. Boycott products and brands with gender-based pricing

Companies charge women more for their products because women continue to pay extra money for these products. However, if women band together and don’t fall into this trap, they will have to lower their prices.

Companies are designed to meet the needs of its consumers. If women demand equality in terms of pricing, brands will lower their costs in order to keep that clientele. It’s important to only support brands that coincide with one’s beliefs. Use your dollars and your voice to disband the pink tax .

Let me keep my hat on before I go off

Avary Gillard | Staff Writer

It was just the other day, I was having a really rough morning and I really wanted to skip my first class. I barely wanted to get out of bed, let alone do my hair, so I threw on a baseball cap. I completely forgot about the rule on hats. My professor told me to take off my hat when I walked in. I nicely put my things down and went straight to the bathroom to make a miracle out of this mess.

I walked back into class and all I could think about was how bad my hair looked, I couldn’t focus and I felt like everyone was looking at the top of my head.

Girls should be allowed to wear hats in class. In high school, I was not allowed to wear a shirt with spaghetti straps, because it was seen as distraction for the male students in the classroom. The educational system was so concerned about the focus of the male students that I was unable to wear spaghetti straps in the heat of South Carolina weather.

Does Hampton think that me being a young Hamptonian woman, wearing a hat to class will distract students from learning? I think not.

“Hats are a fashion statement nowadays and mainly worn to boost girls self-esteem,” says Jillian Brown, a freshmen, pharmacy major from Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.

Whether we choose to believe it or not, we care what people say and often times think. If I had the opportunity to keep my hat on I would be able to focus on the lecture and not on the fact that my hair is a mess.

Although I personally believe girls should have the right to wear a hat, there are some students who disagree. “I see things a little differently, if the boys aren’t allowed to wear hats we shouldn’t be able to either. I think it’s the respectful thing to do. Taking off your hat is a sign of respect and shows your attentiveness to the professor,” said Terri Coleman, a freshmen political science major from Newark, New Jersey.

There’s validity in her point, but hats are simply hats. A hat is just another accessory. It’s no different from a fresh new pair of Jordans.

Being forbidden to wear a hat is like telling a woman what she can and cannot do with her own body. It’s taking away her right to express herself and dress as she pleases. If my leave out doesn’t look good, who’s it harming if I throw on a small hat?

Making a girl take her hat off in front of the whole class does nothing but humiliate her to the point where she is overly self-conscious about her hair. The weather here isn’t always the best. As a result, we should have the right to dress appropriate for the weather by covering our hair.

Senate confirms President Trump’s nominations



Leondra Head | Local and World Editor

With a Trump presidency already underway, the nation is anxious to find out who will join his cabinet. The Senate confirmed President Trump’s first cabinet members Friday, January 20, formally approving his defense secretary and the secretary for homeland security.

The final vote to confirm retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to run the Department of Defense was 98-1. New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was the only senator to vote against him. Mattis becomes the first senior military officer to serve as defense secretary since President Truman nominated Army Gen. George C. Marshall in 1950. Trump signed a bill clearing the way for Mattis to be confirmed on inauguration day. Congress passed the waiver, making an exception to a law requiring defense secretaries be out of the military at least seven years before serving earlier this month.

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly was confirmed at 88-11. Kelly, who retired last year as head of the U.S. Southern Command, will take over a department with more than 240,000 employees to oversee border security, protecting the president and America’s electrical grid. The two national security nominees were considered the least controversial of the picks. In order to be confirmed quickly by voice vote, the Senate must be unanimous.

The U.S. Senate is still in the process of confirming President Trump’s cabinet nominations. From Exxon CEO, Rex Tillerson for the Secretary of State nomination to controversial Jeff Sessions for the Attorney General nomination. Tillerson was nominated by Trump in November as the U.S. secretary of state. If the millionaire businessman is confirmed, he will be the richest Secretary of State without any political experience.

If Sessions is confirmed, he will be the most unprecedented US Attorney General. According to the Huffington Post, Sessions was once rejected as a federal judge over allegations he called a Black attorney “boy,” suggested a white lawyer working for black clients was a race traitor and joked that the only issue he had with the Ku Klux Klan was their drug use in the 1980’s. During this time period, Sessions also referred to civil rights groups as “un-American.”

“I disagree with Sessions statement regarding civil rights groups. The NAACP stood in the gap for all minorities who felt disenfranchised by the American government and society,” said Anasa Dixon, a junior political science major.Dixon went on to say, “America was founded on the sentiment of liberty and justice for all. The NAACP and other equal opportunity seeking organizations epitome that sentiment as well.”

The Senate still has to confirm: Former Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue as Trump’s Secretary of agriculture and Ben Carson, former Republican candidate for Secretary of housing and Urban Development Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The other appointments the U.S. Senate has to confirm is the Director of National Intelligence, Secretary of Education, Secretary of the Army, Secretary of the Interior, Energy secretary, Labor secretary, Treasury Secretary, Secretary of Commerce and the Transportation Secretary.

“Trump’s cabinet appointments will ultimately promote Trump’s agenda. I hope the Senate does their research on all of Trump’s cabinet nominations in order to ensure that equal rights for the American people while upholding the law,” Brittany Smith, a sophomore political science major from New York City said.

Who the repeal of ‘ObamaCare’ will affect



Amanda Jones | Staff Writer

The Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, is at risk of being repealed by Congress. Since its institution on March 23, 2010, the act has provided for numerous benefits, rights and protections for the American people. CNN Money reports, “Under Obamacare, senior citizens pay less for Medicare coverage and for their prescription drugs.

Many Americans have received free contraceptives, mammograms, colonoscopies and cholesterol tests. And small business employers with older and sicker workers have not been slapped with super high premiums.” Since 2010, the rate for healthcare recipients in the United States has increased, reaching more than 20 million people.

Not only is Obamacare beneficial for small businesses but it is a significant factor in the production of jobs for the economy. The Obama administration has sought to increase the number of jobs in the economy through the health care act by utilizing tax dollars and adhering to the financial needs of small businesses in order to provide the necessary health coverage for their employees.

Forbes magazine supports this position stating, “the economy has added 7.7 million jobs since March 2010”. With this, efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare have in some areas been extremely unpopular. Professor Robertson-Jones of the Nursing Department elaborates on the effects of the decision saying, “The people that it was designed to benefit are the same ones that are going to be effected the most.

When you think about other countries, typically is are universal health care and coverage for all. I think that is extremely important because that is a privilege that shouldn’t be limited to the ones that are wealthy.

As of 2017, the Trump administration has made a commitment to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, discarding parts of the act deemed detrimental and keeping aspects of the act seen as harmless. As of January, the Senate, reported by NPR News, “approved a budget resolution that sets the stage for broad swaths of the Affordable Care Act to be repealed through a process known as budget reconciliation.”

Congress intends to initially defund provisions of Obamacare through budget reconciliation, which would begin to limit the supply and efficacy of the care provided. When asked about her position on Congress defunding necessary freedoms of Obamacare, Amirrah Watson a freshman nursing student replied, “I strongly stand against efforts unless there is an effectively transferable and immediate replacement of equal or better value to the American people.”

The defunding of Obamacare will have large effects on minority populations as well as areas with mostly rural communities.

Philly rapper PnB Rock releases his first album




Aaron Worley | Arts and Entertainment Editor

Trap music remains an important part of the music culture because of its distinctive sound. The content of the songs included in this genre is typically the same as other niches of rap, with drugs and money being the prime bragging points and Philadelphia rapper PnB Rock does nothing to make himself dissimilar during his latest project.

His first studio album, “GTTM: Goin’ Thru the Motions” fails to bring the insightful glimpse into his perspective that should be expected from a new rapper. The songs here aren’t anything special; they rely on the distinguishable sound of music that is trying to be singles, and are just made to be infectious amongst listeners.

The meaning of ‘infectious’ is probably not the definition expected. However, in this concept, the songs are mainly ones that will garner a reputation for being played at parties just because of the popularity.

“Attention,” the opener of “GTTM” starts the album off on a weak note and feels forced with a mechanical techno beatThere is nothing to learn from PnB in this track; it does not come off as something that would be replayed, but as a bragging song for him to get the chance to brag about his material possessions. Wiz Khalifa is featured on this track but does not save the song, despite his best efforts. The chemistry is odd; it never existed to begin with, and pairing two artists who sound as awkward as ever together usually never works out.

The ignorance and excessive simplicity of the lyrics in this project are also a low point. Lines like “Off weed off lean/I don’t ever stay sober” and “Diamonds dancing/you can see my s*** like blu ray” on “New Day” feel like a backwash of everything trap music has ever been, and the three topics they love to include.

The other problem with this track is that it does not even sound pleasing and even irritates at times. The point of the track was to generate hype around it as a song that would be catchy and ‘hard’ so it is confusing what route or audience Rock wanted to attract with his method for accomplishing this.

There are a few moments when the album shines, nonetheless. “There She Go” serves as a rhythmic track that makes great use of auto-tune to describe a woman Rock is supposedly chasing. “Selfish” actually draws empathy out of Rock’s situation, as he wants a girl all to himself. The vocals work here, make their purpose clear, and give Rock interesting material to work with.

If someone listened to this

project all the way through, they would very quickly notice that a majority of the songs revolve around love and heartbreak, but not in the traditional sense. The times where this actually comes off as genuine end up sounding fresh and unorthodox compared to rappers like Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz.

While not a groundbreaking album by any means. “Goin’ Thru the Motions” is sure to please people who could really care less about subject matter. Maybe after all, that was Rock’s purpose from the start.