Category Archives: Lifestyle

Don’t forget: You need love, too

Brandi Hutchinson | Contributing Writer

Although “self-love” may seem self-explanatory, it can be demonstrated in
a variety of ways.
Step 1: Put yourself first.
Step 2: Love yourself unconditionally, no matter who is watching.
Step 3: Free yourself of societal standards and create your own instead.
“Self-love is honestly indescribable,” said Hampton University second-year
journalism major Zoe Griffin. “It's being your own shoulder to cry on and
consoling yourself. It's about making sure that you get enough sleep and that
you’ve journaled enough for the week. It's about having the absolute best interest
in yourself, unapologetically.”
Self-love becomes a challenge when people allow society’s perspective on
beauty define their own beauty. It’s a concept that is often brushed under the rug
and constantly overlooked. A huge decline in intimate relationships is often due
to companions not having a better understanding of themselves. With that being
said, it is impossible to love someone correctly without loving yourself first. The
term “self-love” is more than just feeling beautiful on the outside; it’s a process of
growth on physical, mental and spiritual levels.
Begin by evaluating yourself. Take time to separate the positive and
negative energy you keep around. In due time, the energy you exude will be
reciprocated back into you. With evaluation comes more independence. A huge
weight is lifted off your shoulders once you start relying on yourself, rather than
others. Each day, take a moment to tell yourself: “I am human, and humans are
not perfect.”  What another person defines beauty to be doesn’t justify your inner
soul within.
Aria Henry, a second-year strategic communications major from Long
Island, N.Y., defined inner beauty as: “A love that comes from within and [is] shed
throughout your life.” Henry added, “Your true self is the one that not everyone gets to see because it’s filled with so many insecurities, but once you start to love that part of
yourself, it is a light that you cannot even begin to dim.”
Never let a day go by where you don’t encourage yourself to be the best
that you can be. Avoid negative phrases like “I’m scared” or “I can’t,” and replace
them with “I can” and “I will.” Sooner or later, you’ll see yourself taking a lot more chances. Stop comparing yourself to everyone else and start exploring your
spirituality. This will allow you to learn more about yourself.Try opening up your mind to new thoughts, feelings and passions.
“When I got to Hampton, I [met] new people that [were] different than
me,” said Jordyn Brown, a second-year journalism major from Long Island, N.Y. “I
think that everyone, at least once in their lifetime, has to expand their horizons
because staying in one spot prevents you from growing.”
Build up your strength to let fears go, because they will only make you miss
out on your blessings.
Finally, spoil yourself. Add a prayer to your daily routine and reach out to
God even when you feel like life is good. View each day as one filled with new
opportunities and blessings. Fall so deeply in love with your solitude that you’ll
become proud to be authentically you.


Beauty tips from beauty queens

Raven Reaves | Contributing Writer


Courtesy of Kyla Wright

With the 2017-2018 Miss Hampton University Scholarship Pageant today, some students might be inspired to participate in a pageant in the future. Pageant life can be nail-biting, but two of Hampton’s own beauty queens have been there and succeeded.

They know what it takes to have a prosperous pageant career and are here to provide some tips for aspiring contestants.

Kyla Wright, a junior journalism major and sociology minor from De- troit, has been in pageants since middle school and placed second in the 2016- 2017 Miss Black and Gold Pageant, claiming the title Miss Gamma Iota. She is also competing as the only junior in this year’s Miss Hampton University Pageant.


Maya Thames, a sophomore journalism major from Ellicott City, Md., has experience in the National American Miss Pageant and Barbizon modeling competition.
Having self-confidence is key, according to Wright.

“One of the biggest lessons I have learned from one of my pageant coach- es is [that] you are only in competition with yourself,” Wright said. “If you focus on what you are doing and put your best foot forward, that’s how you [will] know you are con dent with yourself.”


You cannot expect to be the best if you do not believe you are your own best. If you are a procrastinator, you may want to rethink your priorities when it comes to pageant life.


Courtesy of Maya Thames

“Be prepared and do not do anything last minute because people will notice,” Thames said.

In the pageant world, no one likes anything rushed, as it is considered unprofessional. For instance, to prepare for the Miss Hampton University Scholarship Pageant, Wright practiced ve days a week and for about three hours each. She also was required to exercise every Saturday morning lead- ing up to the pageant.

Still, be careful not to get too carried away. Overwork can be bad for your health, physically and mentally. To maintain good health, Thames gives a few suggestions.


“Drink water all of the time,” Thames said. “Drink apple cider vinegar with tea [for clear] skin. Substitute regular products with organic products. It might be more expensive, but it is way better for your health.”

It’s easy to get lost in the glitz and glam of pageant life, but never forget the person you are when you leave that stage.

“Stay true to yourself because you are the only person that really matters,” Wright said. “Remember to stay con dent and remember you are still wonderful.”

Diet changes: College meals or home-cooked meals?

Jaelan Leonard | Contributing Writer


Courtesy of Taylor Harris

College life can have its ups and downs. Students who attend college un- derstand the struggles that come along with it. There are long nights spent on homework assignments, upcoming exams to study for and challenging classes that may require tutoring. After a while, the stress can take a toll.

As a result, daily eating habits may suffer, which will impact performance inside and outside of the classroom.

Diet changes are normal when a student rst steps foot onto a college campus. Some individuals’ diet changes are bene cial if they are trying to eat healthy. For others, the changes can be detrimental. The adjustment from eating home-cooked meals to eating cafeteria food may or may not be a satisfying plan.

The cafeteria does offer food for nutritional purposes, but they are limited to what they serve in a day for the whole student body. The food that you eat for the rst time, you will be eating for the second and third time until you start to get sick of eating the same thing for a week.

“I used to eat the same thing every time I [went] to the [cafeteria] because there weren’t a lot of options available on campus,” Hampton University sophomore architecture major Erin Paul said.

Many students prefer to have control over what they can eat and how they prefer to make it themselves. In the café, students are stuck with what is served at breakfast, lunch and dinner. If a student were to go on a diet for nutritional purposes, the café does offer healthy food options, but there is not much to choose from if someone is trying to keep an everyday routine going.


On the other hand, many students only have the option to eat at the cafe teria, so they’ll eat at all times of the day. They may feel a sense of new- found freedom due to the fact that they can eat whenever and however they want. When students rst go to college and have the option to eat throughout the day, this can lead to the infamous weight gain known as the “freshman 15.” Mallory Pitchford, a sophomore kinesiology major, said she experienced a change in eating habits while on campus.


“I eat three times a day here, [but] I don’t eat three times a day at home,” Pitchford said. “I eat healthier meals at home, [but] we have a choice to eat whatever we would like to here.”

Adjusting to eating patterns from home versus college can be a trouble- some process to endure.

Managing time wisely can be beneficial, especially when it comes down to planning a daily eating schedule. This way, a student can fit in meals and avoid stress.


“Knowing people who live off campus allows me to go over to their house to cook my own food whenever I want to, so I’m not limited to café food,” senior kinesiology major Meshala Morton said.

Life is about making choices, and sometimes it’s the smallest decision that can in uence a lifestyle. It takes self-discipline to eat properly as op- posed to what one would eat at home.

College meals aren’t too problematic. Instead, it’s how one chooses to make use of them and take control of a diet.

Rihanna Introduces Her New Inclusive Makeup Line

Leenika Belfield-Martin | Lifestyle Editor


Nia Imani

On September 8, 2017, Rihanna released her anticipated Fenty Beauty makeup line. The line had been in the works for almost two years before its release.

The collection focuses on the face, and its products range from $18 to $54. The line includes a primer, a long-wear matte foundation, two “skin-stix,” two highlighters, a blotting powder and a lip product.

Makeup was not the only product released. The beauty line also featured seven makeup tools: two standard brushes, three compact portable brushes, one make-up sponge and blotting paper.

As of now, the line can be purchased on the official Fenty Beauty website, in stores or online through Sephora. Harvey Nichols stores in the United Kingdom also carry the line.

According to the line’s website, Fenty Beauty’s theme is “Beauty for all.” It lives up to this title with its “PRO FILT’R Soft Matte Long-wear Foundation” which includes 40 shades ranging from fairest white to the deepest brown.

During her release event, Rihanna spoke about her motivation for including such an extensive shade range. She said that, “In every product, I was like: ‘There needs to be something for a dark-skinned girl; there needs to be something for a really pale girl; there needs to be something in-between.’”

Many praise the singer for her inclusive line. Amanda Jones, a second-year student in the five-year MBA program from Portsmouth, Virginia, says, “As a celebrity, I think it is [a] good initiative on her part to begin this foundation line. Her fan base spans a vast range of people, and her [establishing] a line representing diversity is a big step for the cosmetic industry.”

Two days following the release, Affinity Magazine reported that the medium-to-deep shades were sold out of Sephora. Fortunately, later reports from Billboard concluded that although a number of shades were sold out on Sephora’s website, they were not completely gone from stores.

Jessica Cook, a sophomore history major from Bowie, Maryland, says Fenty Beauty’s success will encourage other makeup brands to expand their shades “because they’re shook!”
Cook continues on to say that “[I think] they will start to release more shades because they are starting to realize they have been neglecting a large and profitable demographic of women who use makeup.”

Fenty Beauty has been well received by customers so far; almost all the products have received five-star ratings on the Sephora and the Fenty Beauty sites. Beauty gurus have also been raving about Fenty Beauty’s products, which has also helped increase its popularity.

Alesia Taylor, a sophomore pre-nursing major, is one of many who purchased some Fenty Beauty products. Taylor says “watching YouTube videos was the main reason why [she] decided to go through with the purchase, because [she] was able to see how the products actually looked on the skin.”

Taylor purchased the PRO FILT’R foundation, matchstix concealer, and “Trophy Wife” highlighter. She believes that the products are both reasonably priced and well-crafted. “You could tell Rihanna took time to make sure her products were top-notch before releasing them for sale.”


Keeping Up with Common Courtesy

Nylah Powell | Lifestyle Writer

I was expected to follow certain rules growing up, including little things such as saying “please” and “thank you.” This is just one of many common courtesies taught to children at young ages. However, some of these basic rules of conduct have been neglected on campus.

The pace of today’s world is extremely busy. There is a constant load of tasks to be done, and not much time to get them done. Still, a busy lifestyle does not excuse simple etiquette. Upon arriving at Hampton, students are made aware of the standards they should hold themselves to.

Hampton University isn’t labeled “illustrious” for nothing. From the scenery, to the students, to the culture, Hampton has a lot to offer. Therefore, it is only right that students treat the campus, staff, and fellow Hamptonians the way they deserve to be treated.

It is not up to one person to take care of the dorm area; it is a communal effort. Proper etiquette in the dorm includes cleaning up after oneself in the bathroom.

Whether it’s removing hair from the shower, or wiping down the counters after using the sinks, it is important to respect the space that is shared with other people. “When you wash your hair in the shower and it doesn’t go down the drain, pick it up. It’s as simple as that,” freshman Ayana Johnson said.

Additionally, speak when spoken to. When somebody across the hall says “good morning,” have the decency to respond. Respect the RA’s and other administration inside the dormitory.

Get to know your roommates and build strong friendships; learn how to cooperate with each other and keep everyone happy.

When it gets late, respect the quiet hour policy. It is rude to play loud music or have conversations at extreme volumes when some people may be studying or sleeping to prepare for the next day. Be cognizant of others’ wants and needs, and everyone will be satisfied.

There are also a variety of standards to follow in class. First and foremost, arrive on time. The time students arrive to class doesn’t benefit or disadvantage the professors, but walking in late is a distraction to the students who are trying to learn.

Students should also refrain from using their cell phones in class. Most people like to check their phones from time to time, which is okay, but it’s disrespectful to completely ignore the material professors are trying to deliver.

Cleaning up after oneself should be practiced on campus grounds too. Dropping trash on the ground and leaving a mess at the cafeteria tables is not appropriate behavior of a Hampton student.

Dress code is another regulation that many fail to follow. As a community, we can be fashionable without disrupting the rules of the dress code. Your outside appearance can portray you in a negative or positive light, so be mindful of what you wear to certain settings.

In a letter addressed to women students, Dean of Residence Life Jewel Long said, “While I understand that many of you choose your attire in an effort to draw attention to yourself, the inappropriate attire that is being displayed is an indication of your failure to respect yourself.”

Do a favor to your professors, fellow students, and other members of the campus by dressing and behaving tastefully. Hampton men and women have proper etiquette; Hampton men and women are courteous. Be the Hampton man or woman that you came here to be.

6 Hacks to Slay Your Early Classes

Ayana Evans | Campus Writer

1. Flexi Rods
Instead of waking up with a bed head, wake up with voluminous curls just by installing Flexi Rods the night before. It’s easy and quick to do after you have just finished your homework. You simply apply your favorite hair mousse or oil (whatever works with your hair texture), wrap a piece of hair around the rod, and bend the ends to set the curl.

2. Track Bun/ Pony
This hack has been going on for years now. People have been wrapping false braids around their ponytails and clipping on fake buns to their ponytails. Of course, being the teens we are, we’ve revived the trend and added our own twist. If you have leftover bundles, whether you just had too much, or haven’t opened a pack yet, take a row of the track and cut it to the amount you want/need. After this, wrap the track around your top knot or ponytail and tease it to your desired look. This hack takes three to five minutes to do in the morning. After perfecting the look you want, you’ll need to lay your edges down with your desired edge control. Then you’ll be all set to slay your 8 a.m.

3. Oval Foundation Brushes
These are essential for a five-minute makeup beat! Using the medium sized oval brush, you can apply your foundation in just five seconds. When thousands of makeup gurus were raving over this brush after its debut in 2016, it was a must-buy, and the reviews called it “quick and easy.” The smaller sized brushes are great for contouring and highlighting (if you wish to do so in the morning) and the bristles in the brush give a flawless blended finish.

4. Press-on Nails
You will never have to walk around in need of a nail repair or fill-in with this hack. Remember those press-on nails from our middle school “studded belts and snapback” days? Well they’re back and better than they were before. Now, you can buy a plain or clear set of glue on nails from KISS, or any other brand in your local beauty supply store, and design them to make them look like a set done at a shop. Thousands of viral nail designs are around Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and people never knew they were glue-on nails. This is perfect to do the day before your early morning classes, or even a couple of days ahead.


5. Lash-Curlers
After you’re done using your flawless oval foundation brush, you can move to lashes.
Women sometimes think their lashes are short and unnoticeable, when really they just aren’t taking care of them properly. Applying falsies everyday can be time consuming and can make lashes sensitive and thin. Instead, you can use an eyelash curler to curl your lashes. With a bit of mascara at the tips of your lashes to extend the length, you’ll look like you have on a full set of falsies.

6. Two-Piece Sets
Two-piece sets really save the day when it comes to a last-minute slay. Buying a set reduces time because the set already comes as an all-in-one outfit. Once you add a few accessories, you’ll have a complete look. Buying sets for your early classes will definitely reduce the stress of trying to find an outfit in the morning.

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.”

Put it on pause: You don’t need a relationship during your senior year

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Donald Parker | Staff Writer

By now everyone has settled back into the hustle and bustle of the semester. You’ve figured out the quirks of your teachers, and you’ve also realized that you might need to switch your study group. All the essentials you need to have a successful semester have become a part of your routine, but if you happen to be in your senior year of college, then your routine might be a little more stressful.

Dating as an underclassman proved to be a beautiful, exciting, and easy journey, but senior brings about new struggles that can strain relationships. The added pressures of graduate school applications, job applications, and the possibility of moving to another state can stress you and your significant other out during senior year.

When you reach your final year of college, the relationships you start (or consider starting) require more effort. Your time in college is limited and soon, the environment and the circumstances that allowed for a strong nuturing relationship is strained by an impending graduation date.

“I wouldn’t want to start a relationship with someone that I know from the beginning won’t last very long,” said Kayla Myers, a senior computer science major from Raleigh, North Carolina.

Yes, you may meet someone and a person during your last stretch at Hampton University, but you have to fight the urge. You have to think about your goals after graduation and consider if a relationship will help or hinder your growth.

After graduation, you will soon be bombarded with real world responsibilities such as finding a job, paying bills and even bigger, finding ways to pay back your student loans. You and your significant other may or may not be in the same area or even have time to connect due to your personal and career responsibilities.

This is guaranteed to put a toll on the relationship and could ultimately be its demise, even though it was neither person’s fault.

That does not mean you should not pursue a relationship. You can still get to know the person, but take into account the chances of getting into a serious relationship.

“Yeah, getting to know them is fine. But getting serious senior year with someone you are going to likely be at least a few hours away next year just seems silly,” said Jamiah Wilson, a senior finance major from Bristol, Connecticut.

It may not last for those few months you have left in your college life.

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.