Voices of Hampton University 

Jeremiah C. Lewis  | Staff Writer

Hampton University is home to students of various gifts and creators. Outside of the classroom, students lead independent lives of participating in the arts, playing sports as an extension of themselves, and making their time on campus more fun. One such extension of students’ creativity comes in the form of singing. 

Students on campus have the opportunity to passionately express their love of singing by joining the three Hampton University Choirs sections: “His Chosen Sound” (gospel choir), Concert choir (graduations and commencements) and University choir. 

Hampton’s choir students Faith Gibbs, Janiah Carroll and Renae Smith answered questions about how the HU choirs helped them as singers. 

How long have you been singing? 

Faith: All of my life. 

Janiah: Since third grade, so about ten years

Renae: For about 17 years

The best parts about being a part of the Hampton choir? 

Faith: Being able to sing.

Janiah: The community, everyone is a tightly knitted group. It’s nice to have an environment where you can feel comfortable and sing as a group. 

Renae: The experience, like any other organization, you get to meet new people along with creating memories because each rehearsal is different. I like how we blend voices and become one sound. 

Are you excited for the HU Choirs’ 150th anniversary? 

Faith: Yes. 

Janiah: Get to meet alumni. Nice to have a weekend dedicated to us 

Renae: Yes, I am because I’m ready to meet alumni and create new memories. 

What is something you’d tell someone who was interested in joining the choir?

Faith: It’s fun. You get to meet new people who have the same interests. If you have a passion for music and enjoy singing, it’s a good place to showcase that. 

Janiah: It’s a commitment. It has payoffs like networking, and it’s rewarding to share your gift with people, travel, and meet new people. 

Renae: They should do it. Don’t be scared. I was scared at first, but it wasn’t that bad. It was a fun experience. 

How would someone go about joining the Choir? 

Janiah: Email the director, Omar Dickinson, Omar.Dickenson@hamptonu.edu, and then he’ll set you up with a rehearsal.

For all singers of Hampton University, it is highly recommended that you join the Hampton Choirs. The Choirs are performing for their 150th Anniversary on March 27th, 2022, at 4 pm. It is a safe place for all singers on campus to express themselves and share their voices with the rest of Campus. Doors open at 3:15 pm and are free for all students who show their HUID.

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The Art and Emotions behind Poetry 

Nia White | Staff Writer

Poetry is how the author describes their feelings on an intimate level. It is a way to present one’s innermost thoughts through written art. Poetry shares the stories of an author’s life with a new conclusion that may not have been previously known. 

“My favorite part of poetry is the storytelling aspect,” HU junior Daisia Smith said. 

This form of art can mean many things to different people. It can affect the audience in a way that is different from the author. 

“I would describe my art as an experience,” Smith said. “Whoever is reading it, gets a small portion of my life.”

The experience of poetry as art also the emotional aspect the writer puts in their work. The subtle influences behind the words bring the meaning of the work together. 

Poetry allows the writer to be creative and direct in their work while impacting others. Poetry allows the reader to understand the author even if only for a second, Smith explains.

HU junior Margaret Daramola describes her form of art as soft yet powerful. 

“I had to write in a way that led to freedom from within, which led to my book “Pathway Through Survival,” Daramola said. 

Personal expression in any art form is essential. However, in poetry, it can differ between spoken and written states. Written poetry is more often open to interpretation from the reader, which means careful selection of words is essential. Spoken poetry is sometimes easier to interpret and to emphasize words or phrases. 

Poets often have different reasons for their style of writing. After writing her book and joining some speaking engagements, Daramola began writing for enjoyment but shifted to spoken word. Smith writes more for personal release of emotions. 

“A lot of my poetry is for fun as well as my mental health, but I would love to get more serious with it and publish some books in the future,” Smith said. “I started writing poetry when I was 14 and I was dealing with depression and anxiety. My therapist thought it would be a good outlet.” 

Style of writing and speaking is what attracts the reader and listener. While stylistic elements can be very different from each artist and even within their work, they help shape it. 

Daramola employs both forms of poetry and influences both spoken and written poetry. Both Daramola and Smith have admired the works of Reyna Biddy and Nicki Giovanni, respectively.

The emotions surrounding poetry are what drive the art. Daramola describes her favorite part of poetry as going from the unknown into clarity. Writing allows her to come to terms with the reality of how things are.

Euphoria: An Open Dialogue of Teenage Drama? 

Trinity Goppy | Staff Writer

Euphoria, a coming-of-age drama, focuses on the troubled lives of a group of teens as they navigate love and friendships in a world filled with drugs, sex and social media. 

Created and written by Sam Levinson, the show stars Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, and other high profile actors. Euphoria is based on the 2012 Israeli show with the same name. 

“I had gone in to sit down with Francesca Orsi,” Levinson said in an Entertainment Weekly article. “I asked her what she liked about the Israeli series and she said just sort of what a raw and honest portrait it is of drugs and being young and everything. I was just trying to capture that kind of heightened sense of emotion, when you’re young and how relationships feel.”

The show is sexually explicit and showcases a wide range of drug abuse. It often highlights the ability of the actors to widen the scope of how trauma and drugs can affect one’s relationship. 

“I have not personally experienced drug abuse but when I watch the show, it makes me think there is someone out there going through Rue’s situation,” said Alexandria Williams, an HU first-year. “There is someone struggling to love themselves like Cassie. And I can relate to the struggle of trying to find oneself in the midst of chaos.”

Exploring issues such as drug abuse, trauma, self-harm, identity and grief through the lens of teenagers that do not fit in the usual television show box is what makes the show unique, said Janiah Caroll, an HU first-year. Hampton University’s first year psych major. 

“Euphoria explores the hardcore aspects that teens and young adults struggle with daily,” said Carroll. “Even though the show is fiction, the actors work really hard to bring the story to reality. You can feel every emotion that the characters do – this sets the show apart from others that try and portray these issues. Because the show is uncensored, it makes it feel so real. Everyone who watches the show can put themselves in the shoes of each character.”

Viewers said Euphoria’s season two finale left the audience with a load of emotion. The show regularly trends on social media due to the raw talent of the actors, cinematography and riveting storylines.

Should the NFL fix their overtime rules?

Wynton Jackson | Staff Writer

The National Football League won. Following the disappointment of their first “Super Wild Card Weekend” was likely the most incredible weekend in football, or maybe even American sports history. The 2022 Divisional Round games ended either on a walk-off field goal or touchdown.

The games did not only just have close finishes, but they were incredible in their entirety. The Bengals and Titans were stuck in a defensive showdown with Cincinnati kicker Evan McPherson sending Tennessee home; the 49ers and Green Bay played a similar game but in temperatures close to 0 degrees, though San Francisco pulled off the upset. The L.A. Rams were crushing the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay, but critical mistakes led to yet another Tom Brady comeback, although the Bucs fell short.

Finally, to end this already crazy weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills played what might be the greatest NFL game I’ve ever seen. 

This year, both teams had rough starts and lots of question marks. The game had the perfect set-up: the Chiefs walked all over the Bills in the AFC Championship last year, ending with the iconic shot of Buffalo receiver Stefon Diggs staying on the field to watch the celebration, hands on his helmet in disbelief. They similarly demolished their Wild Card opponents, as the Chiefs beat the Steelers 42-21 and the Bills beat the Patriots 47-17. 

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is and has been the best quarterback in the NFL for the last three years or so. Bills QB Josh Allen proved he’s not far behind, if at all. 

Of the 28 combined points scored in the fourth quarter, 17 came in the game’s last two minutes. Mahomes and Allen traded game-winning drives until Allen threw a touchdown strike to receiver Gabriel Davis, seemingly ending the game with 13 seconds left. Mahomes needed only ten to cover nearly 50 yards and set up a field goal kick that sent the game to overtime. 

And there lies the problem: the overtime. In the NFL, the referee flips a coin at the start of games and overtime, of which the winner can choose to receive the ball or kick it to the other team. In overtime, if the winner gets the ball and scores a touchdown, they win the game. The other team doesn’t get a chance to respond; the game is over. 

If the first team kicks a field goal, the other gets a chance to score a touchdown. If they also kick a field goal, it keeps going until someone scores a touchdown, or the defense gets a turnover, and the offense kicks a field goal. Confusing, I know. 

The Chiefs won the toss, and, unsurprisingly, Mahomes continued his dominance and won the game with a walk-off touchdown to tight end Travis Kelce. Josh Allen, who just had two incredible touchdown drives and thought he sealed the game, didn’t get an opportunity to go at the porous Kansas City defense again. 

Kansas City has been on the opposite side of this situation before; in the 2019 AFC Championship Game, the Patriots won the overtime coin toss and eventually won the game, keeping Mahomes on the sideline.

The situation caused a divide on social media between those who want the rule changed and those who think it’s okay. While the arguments were emotionally charged immediately after the game, both sides made reasonable statements.

While overtime exists in case of emergency, the point of the game is to finish within regulation. It isn’t the 5th quarter; the 13-second miracle drive-by Mahomes wouldn’t have happened if he knew that there was more time until the end of the game.  

The Bills also had multiple chances to stop the Chiefs during the game. During the final drive in regulation, they rushed four defenders at the line instead of three to add another player in coverage. They tried to cover the sidelines even though the Chiefs had all their timeouts, leaving the middle of the field wide open for exploitation.

Though Josh Allen and the Bills wouldn’t care, the overtime rules try to keep the game as short as possible in concern for the safety of the players. Both defenses were visibly gassed, and if they had to keep trotting onto the field for more eight-to-twelve play drives, the risk of injury would increase drastically. 

Against a generational quarterback like Patrick Mahomes, there isn’t much a defense can do, but Buffalo finished with the top defense in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. At some point, the best defense has to get a stop, or at least make Kansas City kick a field goal in overtime, aka OT, to give Allen another chance. 

In support of changing the rules, the coin toss in the playoffs is unfair. There have been 11 OT games in the playoffs with these rules, and the toss winner has won 10 of those games. The evidence shows that the offense is overwhelmingly favored no matter how good a defense is.

Although the rules are in place to protect the players, the players are still the ones who decide to put themselves in harm’s way in the first place. On the entire 53-man roster, I highly doubt that any of those players would’ve been fine with going home without a chance to respond. No matter the risk, the post-season is win or go home, and with the Chiefs being their biggest rival, the Bills would have gladly suited up for the remaining 10:45 in the overtime period for a chance to win. 

There’s also an entertainment aspect to this argument. For a league that just added a 17th game as a cash grab, it’s weird that they wouldn’t want another ten minutes of the Mahomes-Allen showdown. The NFL has consistently shown that it doesn’t care about player safety. Why would they start here? 

Whether or not the OT regulations should be changed, it’ll likely take a while before anything changes. Stephen Holder of The Athletic wrote the day after the game: 

“That’s a long way of saying the NFL does not approach these matters rashly. So, the idea that Sunday night’s events will inevitably lead to change is probably premature. Even when the league does implement new rules, it often starts slowly.”

The NFL may look at the rules again, but I wouldn’t expect anything drastic either this season or next. As unfortunate as that is for Buffalo, Josh Allen has established himself as one of the best three quarterbacks in the league. They’ll be back next year, hungrier than ever.

Thank You, Andre

 Grace Elizabeth Hackney | Staff Writer

The fashion community has taken a hit in these past few months. The unexpected death of Virgil Abloh in November and Andre Leon Talley in January have left many creatives, especially Black creatives, in the fashion industry speechless. 

Andre Leon Talley is someone who I have always admired. He came from humble beginnings and was raised in Durham, North Carolina by his mother and grandmother. 

Talley’s approach to couture seems to stem from growing up in a Black southern church. The bright colors, monochromatic coat-skirt combinations and, of course, the flamboyant hats on the Black women in church influenced the iconic editorials we know today.

Talley made cultural statements through his fashion journalism and editorials. Anna Wintour said “he [Talley] could make people feel” when referring to Tally’s writing about fashion. While working at Vogue, Tally used his position to uplift Black designers and models.

One of his most iconic editorials was based on Gone With The Wind, where Naomi Cambell, a Black supermodel, was featured as Scarlett O’Hara. 

The parallel of seeing Talley sitting in the front rows of shows at Paris fashion week in the 1970s and seeing Black creatives and rappers in the front row of the last Virgil Abloh Louis Vuitton runway show is fantastic to me. There was a point when Talley was one of the few Black people with a known influence in fashion at a runway show in Paris. 

It is still rare to see Black people in important positions in the fashion industry. Even when working at Vogue, Talley still faced bigotry from others. 

For Abloh to be the head of one of the most iconic fashion houses and build his luxury brand is a massive step for Black people in the fashion industry. His death hurt so many young Black designers since he was one of the most popular Black designers who achieved mainstream fame in the predominantly affluent and white space that we know as high fashion. 

In 2022, it is normal to see Black people who are influential in hip hop in the front rows of high fashion runway shows. To think there was a time when the only people who you saw in the front seats of these shows were middle-aged white people. Who are the most fashionable people you know? Are they middle-aged white people? Right. 

Elements of Black culture and street style have always existed within high fashion, yet the people who pioneered these styles seldom have a seat at the table. Talley made room for Black creatives. Talley made room for the Laquan Smiths so that Virgil Abloh could be the designer many admire.

“You don’t get up and say, ‘look, I’m Black, and I’m proud,’ you just do it, and it impacts the culture,” he said in the documentary The Gospel According to Andre.  

That is precisely what Talley did. 

Thank you, Andre. Thank you for your work. Thank you for inspiring Black creatives all across the world.

Seniors reflect on their 100 Days ‘Til Graduation

Morgan Harris | Staff Writer

Photo Credit: RUT MIIT on Unsplash

Quintessence 11 and other graduating seniors celebrated 100 days left until graduation on Jan. 28, an annual tradition at Hampton .

This year was significant for seniors due to being virtual for almost two years. 

Ravid Frye, a graduating senior Biology Pre-Med and Music Education major from Hopwell, Virginia, says he’s been waiting for this day. 

“I would definitely say [I have been anticipating] would be interactions and being able to actually, once on campus, have a real social event and have friendly encounters with my colleagues and everybody who we probably won’t be seeing for some years after graduation,” said Frye. 

Reflecting on life post-graduation, Frye is most excited about the memories that are to come. 

“These are things that you’ll never get back,” said Frye. “Long-lasting relationships and being able to experience good times with people and just being caring. That’s really what I want, [to] build as many memories as I can.”

With so much to do, many seniors feel as if the possibilities are endless. 

“I’m still thinking about it,” said Chelsea Johnson, a graduating Senior Biology Pre-Med major from Baltimore, Maryland. “I think I’m going to go out, have a little fun, and stuff like that.” 

Johnson says she values the friendships she has acquired during her tenure at Hampton University. 

“Meeting the lifelong friends I have today and traveling the world with the band and with those friends taught me to be responsible and get things done,” she said.

Graduating Hamptonians are delighted to celebrate the end of a long, hardworking educational journey.

“A hundred days to me as a senior means a lot,” said Robert Jacobs III, a graduating senior Finance major from Richmond, Virginia. “People with whom I had unforgettable times and laughs within my freshman and sophomore years are no longer here due to life and the path they’re on, but for the seniors that have been here fighting the fight the whole time, it’s a sense of achievement.”

100 days serves as more than just an excuse for a celebration, but as a reminder that they didn’t quit during their educational trials at Hampton and persevered.

Is Hampton prepared for Omicron?

Christian Thomas | Script Photojournalist

Photo credit: Christian Thomas

Hampton University resumed in-person learning on Jan. 10, after starting the spring semester remotely two weeks prior due to the pandemic and new Omicron variant.

In an email sent to students in early January, Hampton shared its plans to start the second semester virtually due to the Omicron variant. This followed a string of mid-break announcements informing students of mandatory COVID-19 booster vaccines and a change to the on-campus COVID-19 testing site. 

These changes were made to ensure that Hampton University remains COVID-19 free. However, some wonder if Hampton is prepared for the Omicron variant with all of these preparations.

Upon return, students had mixed opinions on how the university handled returning students.

Ayan Harris, a first-year Journalism major, believes Hampton’s decision to go online the first two weeks was a good idea. However, Raymond Beasley, a first-year journalism major, thought Hampton’s decision was rather sudden and unorganized.

“I feel like Hampton’s response wasn’t all the way complete. Almost no one knew what to do,” he said. “I’m pretty sure I could speak for anyone who attends Hampton and the student’s parents when I say we were all confused a bit and frustrated with the specific guidelines while classes in person were being delayed.”

Beasley says he even had to switch his flights coming back to school because of the last-minute changes.

The Omicron variant threw another curveball into what was already a confusing situation. With this new variant’s higher rate of transmission coupled with the previous variant still looming, administration has had its hands full when it comes to tackling this situation. 

Dr. Penn-Marshall, the Vice President of Research at Hampton University, is one of the many administrators monitoring the Omicron variant. She says she knows Hampton is prepared. 

“I can say that we are prepared because I have the pleasure of working with dedicated staff, who are members of my team, who in addition to their normal duties are committed to ensuring that the entire HU community is tested monthly,” she said. “I reviewed the positivity reports and while the Omicron variant caused a bit of a spike when our HU family members initially returned from the holiday break, the number of persons who tested positive is still extremely low.”

Dr. Penn-Marshall said because of a donation from the Thermo Fisher Scientific JUST Project and our molecular laboratory manager, Hampton now can provide PCR testing for staff and students to prevent a campus-wide outbreak. 

Dr. Penn-Marshall added that mass testing would not be possible without the faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students who help volunteer. She also thanks the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dominion Energy, and the university for providing financial support.

“COVID-19 testing is expensive. The Hampton University community once again demonstrates their character by sharing their time, energy and talents, and I am grateful,” she said.

Throughout the pandemic, Hampton University has remained one of the few places in Virginia to contain the spread of COVID-19. And to keep it that way, Hampton continues to encourage its students to wear their masks and to remain socially distanced.

Disney’s new feature musical: Encanto! 

Trinity Goppy | Staff Writer

Encanto is the newest musical animated feature on Disney+ that is taking the internet by storm. The movie tackles several issues such as family dynamics, intergenerational trauma and struggles of migration.

Encanto tells the story of a multigenerational Colombian family, the Madrigals, led by the matriarch, Alma Madrigal. At the movie’s beginning, Alma and her triplet infants are forced to flee their homes by armed resistance. When her husband is taken, everything seems lost until a “miracle” happens, and a magical candle creates the Encanto

Within the magic house, Casita, magical doors connect to each member of the Madrigal family and the unique magical gift they use for the greater good of the community. The only exception to this tradition is Mirabel, who has no gift. 

During a celebration, Mirabel discovers that the magic surrounding Encanto is degrading. As she searches for the solution to save it, she goes on a journey of self-discovery. In the end she learns more about herself and brings her family closer together. 

The animations displayed throughout the movie embrace the representation of dark-skinned Afro Latinos that are not shown often in television or film, and specifically Disney movies.

Afro-Latinos make up 5% of the Black population in America. Despite this, they had little to no media representation until the Disney movie Encanto was released according to a Pew Research study. 

The movie’s soundtrack is critical to most of the character’s development throughout the plot. The middle Madrigal sister, Luisa, serves her family and the village with the help of her magical gift of superhuman strength. 

As the magic deteriorates, so does Luisa’s power and the audience views her breakdown. Luisa confesses through song that she feels like she is under constant pressure, and she would just like to relax occasionally. 

Luisa’s identity revolves around her ability to serve others and productivity, which speaks volumes to working parents, caregivers and medical professionals, according to the Washington Post. 

Exceeding expectations, Encanto remains at the top of the box office, according to movie site Looper. Many people are hopeful the popularity of this movie will help mainstream media recognize the importance of representation, according to Indiana Daily Student. 

On Jan. 18, a song from Encanto called “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” outperformed Frozen’s “Let It Go” in the Billboard Charts, according to Vox. Also, the song is at No. 1 on Spotify’s closely watched U.S. Top 50 tally, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Encanto’s representation is what makes it so appealing. Various social media trends, like TikTok surrounding Encanto, had “people posting videos of their children recognizing themselves for perhaps the first time in the movie’s characters,” said a writer for Los Angeles Times Mikael Wood. 

Luisa’s physical appearance has been praised for representing muscular women, a refreshing take on the usual feminine depiction of female protagonists in Disney, like Cinderella or Moana. 

Encanto features the voices of Stephanie Beatriz, María Cecilia Botero, John Leguizamo, Mauro Castillo, Jessica Darrow, Angie Cepeda, Carolina Gaitán, Diane Guerrero, and Wilmer Valderrama. It was directed by Jared Bush, Byron Howard, and Charise Castro Smith with original songs written by Lin Manuel Miranda.

HU Students give their take on Winter Premiering TV Shows

Nia White | Staff Writer

Television is often the talk of social media platforms, whether it’s newly premiering shows or shows that have been renewed for another season. Winter television can provide entertainment in a multitude of genres. 

While many people have been awaiting the new season of HBO’s Euphoria, others have been introduced to new shows, like ABC’s Abbott Elementary.

Abbott Elementary is the creation of Quinta Brunson who also stars in the show. The show is mockumentary-style set in a Philadelphia public school. It is centered around Brunson’s character, Janine Teagues, and her challenges as a new teacher. 

“I really love the nuance and humor that the show has,” HU junior Savannah Lovelace-Swann said. “Usually, when it’s a comedic show, there’s a setup and punchline, but Abbott Elementary doesn’t really have that.”

The cast, featuring Tyler James Williams, Lisa Ann Walter and Sheryl Ralph Lee, is part of the reason why many people were drawn to the show. 

“I started watching because I had seen the people starring in the show, and it’s a show full of Black people talking about real problems,” HU sophomore Cholena Walker said. 

Other new shows like Showtime’s Yellowjackets are also a topic of discussion. Showtime describes the show as a coming-of-age drama where a high school girls’ soccer team must navigate surviving a plane crash in the wilderness. 

“The best part [of Yellowjackets] is seeing women who are and have overcome a traumatic event,” HU junior Katelyn Simmons said. 

While some shows have premiered as new shows this winter, others have come back as favorites. Black-ish and This Is Us have returned for their final seasons this winter. 

Black-ish premiered on Jan. 4 with Michelle Obama guest starring. 

Euphoria season two premiered on Jan. 9 on HBO almost three years after the first season. The show starring Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, and Sydney Sweeny has been highly anticipated.

Euphoria is a show set in a California town, where high schooler Rue and her friends navigate a world full of their challenges, according to HBOMax. 
While some favorites like Black-ish and This Is Us will not be returning to television after this season, others like Yellowjackets will be coming back. Many people will most likely be looking for more seasons of favorites like Abbott Elementary.

Rob Lee’s Sweet Life

 Trinity Goppy | Staff Writer

HBO’s unscripted reality series, Sweet Life: Los Angeles, directed by Issa Rae focuses on the lives of an ambitious group of Black friends as they navigate adulthood success. Amongst them is Robert “Rob” Lee, a Chicago-born comedian.

“I always knew that I was funny. Since I was about 13 or 14 years old, I always said that I would tell a joke this way instead,” said Lee. “My pastor in highschool once told me ‘laughter does the heart good like medicine.’”

Graduating from Howard University with two film degrees allowed Lee to expand his interests and push himself to new heights.

Lee’s charisma and personality on screen is prominent and that resonates with his comedic career.

“I’ve always enjoyed putting smiles on faces,” said Lee. “I’ve always tried to be relatable with my jokes. I typically use life experiences and for some reason self-deprecation is funny to people. I try to bring life to something and try not to take things too seriously.”

Lee moved to Los Angeles in 2020 amidst the pandemic to pursue his dreams of becoming a comedian and creator. Despite opportunities being limited during the pandemic, Lee thrived and accomplished some of his goals. 

Within six months, Lee was cast in Sweet Life: Los Angeles.

“Moving in the middle of a pandemic is what you would expect,” said Lee. It was a gamble, but I knew that once I got there, everything would fall into place.”

On the show, Lee shares that he is a teacher for younger children in the public school system. The audience sees the highs and lows of virtual learning from an educator’s stand point. 

“I am excited for this year and what I have lined up,” he said. “We are gonna start shooting season two of the show, focusing on my comedy career and stepping into a modeling space. This year is gonna be great.”

Currently, he is collaborating with Cross Colours, the original hip-hop clothing brand from the 1990s. He will be featured in their Foot Locker campaign that will showcase rising artists in apparel that portrays the authenticity of street life. 

The campaign will feature fellow Sweet Life: Los Angeles star P’JAE Compton, Interscope artist Lute, American professional boxer Gabriel Rosado and model Krysta Foster. 

“Growing up, Cross Colours was something that exemplified Black excellence,” Lee said. “They also have a HBCU initiative that is really dope. I am excited to work with them and to hopefully work with them more in the future.”