Monthly Archives: March 2017

Have NFL celebrations gone stale?

Donald Huskey | Staff Writer

Over the 2000’s era of the NFL, we have seen some jaw-dropping celebrations. Whether it has been Randy Moss mooning the crowd with his uniform on in Green Bay or Terrell Owens degrading the Cowboys logo as a 49er, the celebrations have been entertaining for sure. But have they gone too far?

The players are still as adamant as ever to show their moves after a touchdown dance, no matter how large the fine is. The NFL has realized this and continue to enforce methods to tone down the wild touchdown celebrations. NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent made a statement on Twitter on March 21, confirming even more cautionary measures. “We’re developing an educational training video for players to show clear examples of appropriate and inappropriate celebrations,” Vincent stated.

During the 2016-2017 season, the NFL levied hefty fines to players in an effort to crackdown on inappropriate celebrations. According to Newsweek’s Ryan Bort, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was fined $9,115 for twerking and Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was fined the same amount for hip thrusting after a sack. The fines continued to pile up with the most expensive fine being handed to Brown. Brown was fined $24, 309 for more sexual gyrations after a touchdown.

With players not following the previous penalties for inappropriate celebrations, it seems this is the last warning before severe penalties will be enforced. Even with this being the case, players still seem rebellious to the NFL’s policies. Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett did not seem too fond of the idea and responded on March 22 to Vincent’s tweet asking, “Let the players express their individuality and creativity. Y’all gonna make an educational video on how we should talk next?”

Bennett is not the only player that has been open with their disapproval of the NFL’s policies. Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman joined ESPN First Take on March 24 to speak his opinion on the NFL’s extensive amount of rules. “We just need them to get out of the way. The game is already too difficult to officiate, the rulebook is thicker than a phonebook, you need them to get out of the way.”

Celebrations are apart of the players ways to interact and entertain the NFL fan base in a unique fashion. Eliminating celebrations altogether will do more harm than good and ultimately cause a rift between the players and the NFL. If the NFL doesn’t want their league dubbed the ‘No Fun League’, they must trust their players to some extent so that it is fun for every participating party, and not just the “higher-ups”.

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“Ball Till They Fall”

Randall Williams | Staff Writer

Football. Basketball. Baseball. And even volleyball. A lot of America’s entertainment comes from sports that end with that word, ball. However, recently the talk has not been about a sport involving a ball, but a family with the word as their last name. The Ball family has been stirring up the basketball world for the last five or six months. They are comprised of father Lavar, mother Tina, and children Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo.

Lonzo, the oldest of the children, is UCLA’s star freshman point guard and one of college’s best players. He averages a balanced 14 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 7.6 assists a game. Following UCLA’s loss to Kentucky in the Elite Eight of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, Ball declared for the NBA Draft where he is projected to be a top-3 pick.

Then comes LiAngelo, who is a high school senior and is ranked the number 223 player in the nation by 247Sports. You may have heard of him dropping 72 points earlier in his last season. The third son of Lavar, LaMelo, is by far the most flamboyant of the three. He has the hair of Odell Beckham Jr. and a jump shot that reminds us of the Stephen Curry. How exactly did this Ball family member make the news? Well, you know, just casually pulling up from half court to begin a game and hitting nothing but net or, better yet, topping his brother by scoring 92 on February 7.

The three sons look to have an extremely bright future ahead of them, as they are all committed to play for UCLA but they aren’t the subject of discussion. Everyone is talking about someone else: their father. The co-head of Big Baller Brand has become infamous for his comments like “I’ve been coaching them all their lives. I’ve instilled something in them that you can’t take out. Like, ‘No shot is a bad shot.’” He’s also told the media multiple times that“He’s gonna be better than Steph Curry in the NBA.”

But, how could anyone possibly hate? Lamelo made a very good point tweeting on March 15,  “Some kids don’t even have fathers and y’all hating on my father because he believes his kids can do anything.” What’s crazy about this is, the 15 year old phenom is absolutely right.

According to “fathers.com,” a 2012 study shows that a staggering “57.6 percent of black children are living absent of their biological fathers.” Now I ask this question, would you rather have an outspoken father who has been by your side supporting you your entire life? Or no father present at all?

The obvious answer is having that unconditional love and care from your dad. Lavar has done an outstanding job as a parent. He’s been married to his wife for a number of years now and remained a consistent figure of admiration in the eyes of his heirs.

On the other side of things, Lavar seems to have more of the family spotlight on himself rather than his children. He’s even gone so far to say on March 13 that “back in [his] heyday, [he] would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one.” The claim has many people shocked and wondering what exactly does that have to do with his sons. Well, the answer is clear, nothing.

With the exception of his last comment, Lavar has directed all of the recent shine to his children, but this has the pressure for the Ball brothers to succeed rising exponentially. Especially with him saying “UCLA is going to win the national championship … guarantee it” like he did on Thanksgiving 2016. This gets a little awkward considering that the Bruins were eliminated by Kentucky on March 24. Not only did they lose, they were beat by a respectable margin of 11 and their freshman star was outplayed.

With Lavar promising a win, and the team doing the exact opposite, it seems as if he talked louder than Lonzo and his comrades walked. However, the loss is now in the past, and in the grand scheme of things it may not even matter. All of the Ball brothers will likely be “one and dones,” meaning they will play their freshman year and, once it concludes, immediately declare for the NBA draft. While the transition from college to NBA is challenging, we’ve seen young college players become superstars after one and dones such as John Wall, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving. What these players didn’t have is a loud-mouthed dad who speaks so highly of his children.

Too many questions remain for the family of the future. Is Lavar Ball just a father supporting his children? A pressuring, providing parent? Or is he simply just a master marketer? Only time will tell. For now, we all await to see if Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo will ball or fall.

Should you go to grad school right after graduation?

Alexandra Carmon | Opinions Editor

Seniors only have one more month until they walk across the stage and receive the degree they have been working their whole life for. Everyone cannot wait until they finally are able to leave and hop right into graduate school. However, my question is, are you sure you want to go to graduate school directly after graduation? Is it a good idea? Well, I have a few reasons why it’s not a good idea to go straight to graduate school.

Number one, many students are unsure of what their next plan is after graduation. As a result, they end up applying to graduate school out of fear. They figured if they continue to stay in school they can put off being in the real world. The truth is, even those who know exactly what they want to do after graduation have fear. So, it is perfectly normal to get butterflies in your stomach when you think about life post graduation. However, you shouldn’t let that scare you into applying to a graduate program that you aren’t ready to study.

This brings me to my next point. Students who don’t know what they want to pursue as a career should not go directly to graduate school. For one, graduate school is super expensive. So why should you pay for a program you aren’t necessarily sure you want to study in? My advice for seniors who don’t know what to do with their life is to think about what they love to do. If you love to write, apply for a full-time job that will allow you to assert your writing skills. Life is all about experimenting new things. Plus, how are you suppose to know what you like if you don’t experiment? Apply to different types of full-time jobs that interest you. Maybe you’ll end up finding out that you like dealing with money, and finally decide to go to graduate school and pursue an MBA.

My last reason why seniors shouldn’t go directly to graduate school is that many people do it for the wrong reasons. They may do it because they see their peers going to graduate school. For one, graduate school is not for everyone. Also, you can still make a decent living for yourself with just a Bachelor degree. Only go to graduate school if you feel like you are ready and that it is your personal decision. Don’t do it because your professors and your parents think you should. Do it for you.

 

Is friendship the key to ending White Supremacy?

Alexis Weston | Staff Writer

About a week ago I was watching Netflix and I noticed a new documentary called Accidental Courtesy. When I read the description I thought it had to be a joke. But, it was real. Accidental Courtesy follows a man named Daryl Davis, a successful black musician whose pastime was befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan and similar hate groups in the hopes of guiding them away from white supremacy and towards a more egalitarian school of thought. Davis’s mission is fueled by one central question: “How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?”

In an era of pro-black activism that advocates unapologetic blackness and looks towards Malcolm X (pre-revelation) as an icon, this approach comes off as a betrayal to many black millennial. How could Davis break bread with someone that has dedicated their life to the extermination of black people? How could Davis enjoy a friendship with someone who has dedicated themselves to hatred? And how could he keep the robes and memorabilia given to him by those that left the Klan because of him?

Kwame Rose, an activist who rose to prominence after an encounter with Geraldo Rivera during the protests for Freddie Gray, told Davis, “You’re uneducated about the reality of most of the people who look like you. Stop wasting your time going to people’s houses that don’t love you, a house where they want to throw you under the basement. White supremacists can’t change.” He left the conversation abruptly shortly after making this statement.

In all honesty, I’m not 100% sure how I feel about Daryl Davis and his efforts. A part of me wants to appreciate the goodness and the optimism of it all. However, to some degree, he’s been relatively successful. He stated in his documentary that, after the Imperial Wizard of Maryland left the KKK because of his friendship with Davis, the chapter fell apart and there is no longer a thriving chapter there. While some people have tried to revive it and members from other areas have gone to the state attempting to reestablish the Klan’s presence there, none of these attempts have been very successful.

So, to some extent, his methods are effective. However, according to PBS’s RACE-The Power of an Illusion Ask the Experts: What the Experts Say, this isn’t the key to eradicating systemic racism. John Cheng, one of PBS’s experts and a Commonwealth Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University who has studied race and ethnic relations, the key is self-education so that one can understand, “the ways that race and racism work and to see things in terms of social relations rather than discrete individual acts.”

Because racism is an epidemic caused by institutionalized practices, I cannot completely agree with Davis’s attempts to solve this problem. Racism, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t something that can be ended on an individual level. It’s not something that exists on a case-by-case basis. It’s alive and well because of a system and an institution that benefits from it. Does that mean that individuals can’t help bring an end to it? Of course not. It just means that the individuals that doe dedicate themselves to eradicating racism need to think about it on a scale much larger than an individual one.

I don’t think that Daryl Davis is a sellout or an Uncle Tom or a disgrace to black people in the United States. I think that he’s a man with a mission. Do I completely agree with it? Not necessarily. But, I do think that he is helping to alleviate racism on a social level. And that is something that I can appreciate.

Should internships be taken into consideration more than grades?

Alexandra Carmon | Opinions Editor

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always learned more by doing. Sure, visuals help and oral communication. However, what really helped the material sink in was by writing or through in-class activities. I feel the same way when it comes to my internships and journalism classes. I can honestly say that I have learned way more about the journalism industry from my internship in a newsroom than I have throughout my last three years in Scripps. “In a classroom environment, most people are absorbing tons of information, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they know what to do with that information,” says Whitney Nelson, a junior computer science major from Kansas City, Missouri. This is the main reason why I believe internships should be taken more into consideration than grades.

For example, if we have a 4.0 senior biology major, who has never done any research internship and then we take a 3.2 senior biology major that has had several medical-based internships, which one do you think would be more successful in the medical field? Although answers may vary depending on the person and their situations, in my opinion the 3.2 student with internships looks more marketable. Even though they aren’t a straight A student, their internships show that they are well-rounded and can do more than just school work. Also, how does anyone expect a medical school to take them without any prior medical-based experiences. “Internships give you real experience versus the theories we learn in class,” says Ty Champion, a 3rd year architect major from Norfolk, Virginia. Your internships are what give you a chance to experience working under pressure and gives you more insight on whether or not you really want to pursue your chosen field of study.

Also, another reason why I think internships should be taken more into consideration over grades is because sometimes there may be a case of a bad professor, not necessarily a bad student. Have you ever been in the situation where you failed a class, but then retook it under a different professor and aced it? That is the case for most students who end up stuck with a professor who teaches poorly. Also, I think professors sometimes take pride in the fact that their class is considered “hard.” So, instead of trying to make the material easier to grasp they continue to fail students left and right, while giving little to none extra credit. Students in this situation should not be judged for the grade they managed to crawl out of a class with. If a student received a C in political science, but has experience interning at a law firm and shadowing experience of political figures, they should not be taken out of consideration when it comes to jobs and other things.

A person who is against this argument may agree that grades matter more than internships because it shows that you are knowledgeable in your courses, which means you will be knowledgeable in your field of study. However, that’s not necessarily true because some students’ high grades in a class are due from cheating. Also, people have to take into consideration that some schools are harder than others. A 3.0 student at Harvard looks better than a 3.7 student at Texas Southern University.

Sesame Street explores Autism with new character, ‘Julia’

Naomi Ludlow | Staff Writer

While realizing the changes of media and technology, it is evident that our youth are the most impacted. The youth rely heavily on what they see on television or through other mediums to gain knowledge. The incorporation of children with disabilities in popular programming has recently increased which should encourage other networks to partake in this too.

Sesame Street has introduced a new character named Julia who has autism. This is a groundbreaking moment because it allows children with disabilities to have that representation. Not only will the children with disabilities be represented, but children without them will know that disabilities exist. They will look at their television screens and realize that when they see something like this in person, that it is normal. The mannerisms that Julia performs are typical of an autistic child, and recognition will, in some part, help an autistic child blend in more.

Stacy Gordon, the veteran puppeteer to play Julia, said, “Man, I just wish that kids in my son’s class had grown up with Sesame Street that had modeling [of] the behavior of inclusion of characters with autism.”

Gordon has a background of doing therapeutic work for people with autism and her son is on the autism spectrum. She is excited that children will now have an early understanding of what to expect from people with disabilities.

The character Julia is a 4-year-old girl who echoes what she has heard from her friends and has a low attention span. The other Muppets on the show normalize her actions to reflect the normality of having autism.

Julia will make her television debut on April 10 on various platforms where the show is aired, including PBS Kids, HBO, and YouTube. She will initially appear in English and Spanish in the U.S., Australia, the U.K. and Mexico and will subsequently appear in more languages in countries throughout the world later in the year.

The character was first introduced last year in books and other digital offerings. The company saw this as an opportunity to endorse the “See Amazing in all Children” campaign. The material is posted on a dedicated site.

There was a study conducted by Georgetown University to show the impact of Sesame Street’s new character. The study shows that the character helps families with autistic children feel more comfortable in community activities, and families without autistic children are more accepting with those that do.

All in all, Sesame Street has set the bar for introducing disabled children and should influence other stations/shows to do the same.

“Real Estate” revisits familiar sounds with “In Mind”

Aaron Worley | Arts & Entertainment Editor

Indie rock band Real Estate has undergone a variety of changes since their debut album, “Real Estate.” In the beginning, their sound was more focused on a beachy and calm tone that carried some of their most popular guitar patterns they continued to implement on later projects. It was glorious, and set the mood for “Days,” their sophomore effort. It had much more of a subliminal psychedelic tone than “Real Estate,” and opened up a gateway for repeating sounds that featured more production overlays than previously implemented. Their following album, “Atlas,” was monumental in that it carried such raw emotion that they had never shown before. The album was sad, deep, and explored personal relationships sung by Martin Courtney, the lead vocalist of the band. This new content was interesting to hear and became one of their more critically lauded projects. The latest album by them, “In Mind,” exhibits a lesser amount of emotion, favoring a balance between their iconic sound that made them popular and more upbeat songs. While this isn’t necessarily bad, it does feel redundant at times and hearing about long nights does not compare to Atlas’s broad range of emotion and feelings suggested.

The opening track, “Darling” paints a picture of Courtney in either a grassy or suburban house, waiting for his love to come back. With a soft and hopeful tenor he sings, “The night surrenders softly/The moon retreats from sight/The darkness that surrounds me/The sun cuts like a knife to shine.” Though the lyrical content is not varied and is often limited, it can be sensed that the narrator is wishing for something to actually happen with his relationships. He feels that the days have been turning into nights quicker than he thought, and is growing tired of letting life pass without his love interest.

The fifth track, “Two Arrows,” stands as one of the highlights of the project, explores a vivid description of a dark town, and the journey of walking through it with someone. The guitar work is fantastic and gives the mood an actual sound. It is reminiscent of “All The Same,” which was the final track on “Days.” The repetitiveness of the guitar added a ‘loop’ pattern that most users of psychedelics tend to experience, where a visual element or sound repeats itself, hence the name. The ending of “Two Arrows” starts to become much more raucous than how it started, before it almost abruptly cuts off to lead into “White Light.” This could be taken as a symbolization of the narrator’s decaying state of mind as he plunges deeper into darkness.

On “Diamond Eyes,” there is a country influence, as was the case for “How Might I Live” on Atlas.” While this may be a departure from their iconic sound and may confuse some, it is a showcase of the band’s experimental qualities and their desire to broaden their sphere of influence. Courtney sings, “I will not go quietly” in the dialect of a southern gentleman, and draws empathy for the situation he is dealing with. “Saturday,” which is the best showcase for the band’s guitar work, is fantastically driven by an opening piano, as well as the later guitar tempos that bring the album to a satisfying close.

While it may not attract a good amount of fans who have not heard of the band before, “In Mind” stays true to what original fans hoped for in a new release, though to an amount that offers less catchiness and replay ability than their previous efforts.

Marvel’s “Iron Fist” misses every punch

Aaron Worley | Arts & Entertainment Editor

Here’s a great plotline on paper: Daniel “Danny” Rand is a superhero who engages in martial arts techniques and special ‘chi’ summoning to defeat enemies. After over a decade-long stretch of being missing, he finds himself wanting to reclaim his family’s company. This sounds decent in theory, but he soon realizes that he is oblivious to one crucial bit of information: everyone thinks he’s dead, and seeing some man that comes out of nowhere who claims to be the presumed-dead individual surprisingly does not sit well with them. This is the start of the first episode of Marvel’s “Iron Fist,” which premiered on Netflix last Wednesday. The show serves as a blunder in the comic franchise’s Netflix adaptations, to say the least. Dissimilar to the fantastic “Luke Cage,” which was driven by both Blaxploitation and humor, “Iron Fist” shows neither one of those capabilities. Of course, no one expects the former element to be present, but there could have at least been a vintage Asian element added to the show, taking away from the fact that most fans argued for the character to be portrayed as an Asian-American.  This is only the surface of the cornucopia of issues regarding the series, however.

From the beginning, Danny Rand, played by actor Finn Jones, is not a likeable character. The homeless garb he wears can be overlooked, but he simply does not have anything in his voice, tone, or manner to give him likeable capabilities. When he first realizes that people are tentatively recognizing him as the lost man whom they believed to have died (who would have thought?), he stalely begs them to “Just listen.” There is not a personality behind this request, only a cheap delivering of lines through a boring and bland character. He does not add anything fresh to the superhero, and comes across as needy and completely devoid of drawing empathy from others. It would not be surprising if any viewers, who are, of course, already aware that he is telling the truth to start questioning it because they are not convinced by his acting. This can be forgiven by most people, though, but it does not take away from one of the most disappointing components of the series: the fight scenes.

Yes, there are fight scenes. No, they are not entertaining, exciting, or even properly executed. They feel slapped together and choppy, not flowing well together at all. With a closer look, it seems like the villains Jones encounters simply remain stationary while he proceeds to twist their already-outstretched arms or limbs. It really looks like they want to be attacked and overcome. There is no precision in their attacks, no swiftness, and no creativity in how they want to ‘take him out.’ “Luke Cage” was not reliant on fight scenes (if a comparison is drawn), but the story and background was gripping enough to lead onto those action sequences, making them all the more exciting. With “Iron Fist,” the character and baddie movements are thrown in there, only taking up time in the series in the most uninspiring manner.

Nonetheless, there are good moments on the show. Rosario Dawson plays an excellent role as a nurse-turned-martial artist, gripping the show with her stern dialogue and the ability to throw herself into the character’s role. Carrie-Anne Moss is fantastic as attorney Jeri Hogarth as well, adding to her acclaim from the other Marvel series “Jessica Jones.”

All being said, “Iron Fist” is a downright blunder in Marvel’s Netflix string. It is boring, repetitive, mind-numbing, and will ultimately make you question why you actually want to watch all ten episodes of the first season halfway through the first two.

Nu2u Fashion announces closure; leaves HU students wondering

Chelsea Harrison | Contributing Writer

Nu2u Fashion, the go-to convenience store for Hampton University students for more than five years will be closed by the end of March, according to co-owner Leilo Jones.

Students say they are heartbroken to lose their beloved “corner store” at The Harbour Shops with its trendy fashions and quick snacks, right next to The Hampton Harbours Apartments, and an easy walk from the main campus.

“Nu2u is like a Hampton heirloom. No replacement will ever be able to fill its shoes,” said Eric Dockery, a sophomore HU student who visits the store at least once every day.

Jones said the store would close after its lease was not renewed.

The Jones’ created a petition to highlight the large amount of support from HU students and Hampton residents. So far, it has accumulated over 700 signatures.

Store owners are encouraging all supporters to come sign it and help spread the word.   

The store is known for the informal warm counseling provided by founder Regina Jones, Leilo’s mother, she said.

“This is a “home away from home for all who comes through its doors,” Regina Jones said. “Everybody knows they can come in and talk to me about everything whether it’s school, work, relationships, anything.”

Jones opened Nu2u in 2011 as a small and affordable boutique.

“But once I began to hear about the things students said they needed, I started taking notes and slowly started to add those things to my store,” she said. “Now, almost everything in here, the students asked for.”

Jones offers everything from formal attire to honeybuns.

“What other place do you know that provides food, drinks, hair supplies, blouses, and a warm atmosphere? Nu2u is truly one of a kind,” said Serena Rudisel, an HU senior and frequent Nu2u customer.

Many students credit the quick shop for helping them get through their freshman year with ease, especially those without  a car like sophomore Janae January, who needed her “cram-session” snack..

“There were time when Mrs. Jones would leave the store open a little bit longer just so that I could grab a bite to eat,” January said.

The hashtag #RIPNu2u immediately spread through social media sites like Twitter and Instagram as students expressed deep sadness and disbelief at the store’s closing.

Andrew Williams, a senior pharmacy student tweeted, “I had a feeling Nu2u was [going to] close. Just didn’t think so soon. #RIPNu2u.”

 

National Council of Negro Women returns to HU

Daijiah Steele | Contributing Writer

Marking its return to campus after a four year absence, the first call to action of Hampton University’s new National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) is a feminine hygiene products drive for underprivileged women. The drive, which runs from March 20 to April 3,  aims to collect pads, tampons, and other feminine products for Menchville House Ministries in Newport News.

“Being able to give to women that need feminine products but don’t have the means to get it themselves inspired me to start this drive,” said junior psychology major Arie’yana Easterling who is a local vice president who helped spearhead the effort to bring the historic organization back to campus.

Menchville House, at 13658 Warwick Blvd., is a 46-bed emergency housing facility that helps homeless these families in their journey to self-sufficiency with temporary housing and supportive services.

“Without the donations, the women here would have to use their own money to buy the feminine products they need and a lot of people that come here don’t have that money,” said Menchville House case manager April McKinney. “With the donations we receive, the feminine products are already in their rooms by the time these women get here.”

At Hampton’s NCNW’s first meeting the executive board told their sisters to start collecting items from their dorms and people they knew to donate to Menchville House Ministries. At the second meeting, so many products were donated, the organization had to arrange for extra storage space. Organization officers said the newly formed group was already living up to the legacy of assisting women in the community, the original mission of the NCNW, founded in 1935.

 Its mission is to lead, develop and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. Founded by educator, philanthropist and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune, the organization historically pushed for jobs, voting rights, and anti-lynching legislation.

Bethune envisioned NCNW as a clearinghouse for other organizations with similar goals, facilitating networking and coalition-building, and advocating the use of collective power on issues affecting women, their families and communities, according to the NCNW website. Local president of Hampton University’s NCNW Olivia Okeke made a promise to herself and to HU women that she would try to bring this sisterhood back to Hampton University. “The reactivation of this organization means everything to me,” Okeke said. “Words can’t explain how elated I am.”

Initially, Okeke was unsure whether the women on campus would be familiar with NCNW. She feared that they would categorize the organization with other campus programs for women and not be interested. Her fears were unfounded.

“Students were  excited for the reactivation of this organization and I cannot thank them enough for their support,” Okeke said.

By keeping in contact with the National Headquarters as well as the chapter president from her hometown Staten Island, New York, Okeke avoided the time-consuming process of re-activating Hampton’s NCNW. She sees the National Council of Negro Women as the epitome of excellence and wants Hampton’s NCNW to maintain that image.

The feminine hygiene drive is just the beginning of the legacy of service that Hampton’s NCNW plans to uphold. The group is planning an empowerment event for homeless women in efforts to ensure that these women understand their value and that they have sisters in the local NCNW that genuinely care.

 “NCNW is a new concept to the younger generations of Hamptonians,” said Okeke, who believes NCNW will be  a force to be reckoned with on HU’s campus. She hopes students will attend events, donate to NCNW drives, and consider joining the sisterhood.

“We need our Hampton family more than ever,” she said. “So please look out for us and support our efforts.”