Delta Sigma Theta, Iota Phi Theta, and HU NAACP discuss #BlackLivesMatter

Marquise Brown | Staff Writer

Hampton, Virginia -Hampton University brought five scholars to discuss the black lives matter movement and its effects of African-American culture. The speakers of the night shared some common goals  that was to promote black lives matter, make young African American makes realize that their lives do matter and be positive.  

The panel allowed students from all majors to ask questions. The panelists discussed how blacks are stereotyped because of skin color and how the concept of ‘driving while black’ has gotten worse.

Hampton University police officer Michael Stewart stated “That we must reach back, and that African Americans are struggling because they don’t have the education to better themselves”. The panel explained how police brutality has transformed over the years. Stewart continued, “Anger has grown over time the right to discipline has gone. “Police officers have to get more training on social skills instead of drawing their weapon”.

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“The Birth of an Answer” premieres in Norfolk

Jessica Dortch | Contributing Writer

The film event “The Birth of an Answer” brought history to your front door in celebrating 100 years of not only the American classic “Birth of a Nation”, but also the creative and culturally sound African-American responses to the film. The event “The Birth of an Answer” was held on Friday, September 18, 2015 at the Attucks Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia.

Along with an in-depth analysis of the film of the critically acclaimed film “Birth of a Nation,” attendees also had the chance to enjoy the world premiere of a short film produced by the Old Dominion University Film Program entitled “Our Nation.”

The short film portrays the Norfolk response to the highly controversial “Birth of a Nation” through the eyes of a young African-American boy.

The film “Birth of a Nation” is an adaption of Thomas F. Dixon’s The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan (1905), which essentially depicts the creation of the Ku Klux Klan, and their rise to defending “Southern White virtue” in the face of the transition of Blacks to freedom during the Reconstruction Era. D.W. Griffith’s adaptation

The film dives into its plot, following the fictional lives of two families, one from the North and one from the South whose families are united when their sons attend school together.

The film advances through the civil war and the Reconstruction from the perspective of the Southern family, and ultimately leading up to the father of the southern family founding the Ku Klux Klan, and waging war on the new Northern government, while trying to maintain the old order of the south.

Though the film broke through a variety of cinematic glass ceilings, it received quite a bit of flak from viewers, both black and white. One of the biggest issues with the film is how they represent black men, whom throughout the majority of the film were played by white men in black face.

The Black men in the film were unintelligent, sexually aggressive toward white women, brutish, lazy, and most of all dangerous.

From a historical perspective several scenes throughout the film were simply inaccurate such as the events surrounding Lincoln’s assassination, the meeting of Congress, and a variety of Civil War battles.

During the film’s release in 1915, riots and protests broke out, and the newly formed National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) campaigned to have the film banned.

However, D.W. Griffith’s film Birth of a Nation revolutionized storytelling and cinematics, but it also praised the stereotypes that shape the world’s view of African-Americans in pop culture. It is believed that Griffith didn’t intend to publicize prejudices, yet the film has since then negatively impacted the lives of real African-Americans for decades, and decades to come.

Pertaining to the event, the schedule for the night is as follows:

7:00pm – 7:30pm African American filmmakers poster exhibit on display lobby of Attucks Theatre accompanied by the Sherman Greene Chorale

7:30pm – 7:45pm Introductions

7:45pm – 8:00pm Debut Our Nation

8:00pm – 8:15pm Transition

8:15pm – 9:30pm Within our Gates

9:30pm – 9:45pm Transition

9:45pm – 10:30pm Multigenerational panel

10 years post-Katrina, finding a home after a hurricane

(cnr.edu, Just a decade ago, students were displaced from Xavier University to Hampton.)

(cnr.edu Xavier University during Hurricane Katrina)

Arriana McLymore | Editor-in-Chief

Hurricane Katrina ripped through Mississippi and Louisiana 10 years ago on August 29. The storm killed more than 1,800 people and displaced many more. Today, communities remember the damages Hurricane Katrina caused and try to continue healing from their losses.

A portion of those displaced were Dillard and Xavier University students. Both historically black universities are located in New Orleans, which received major damage and flooding due to the storm. In an effort to provide assistance for the relocated students, Hampton University worked in conjunction with the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO).

Students who paid tuition to schools that closed as a result of Hurricane Katrina were able to enroll tuition-free for the fall semester at Hampton University. Other colleges and universities across the nation also made accommodations for Dillard and Xavier students to continue their education.

“In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Hampton University is poised to offer any assistance necessary to the faculty, staff and students at our sister schools,” said William R. Harvey, Hampton University president and chairman of the board of NAFEO.

Hampton University accepted over 40 students from schools closed due to Hurricane Katrina. Trevon Swain was among those students. Two weeks into his first semester of freshman year, Swain and other students of Xavier University were notified that the school was being evacuated.

“I was looking at flights, I was looking at trains, I was looking at everything,” said Swain. “But luckily, I went to school with friends who were there with me at Xavier University. One of my friends had her car, which was ironic because she wasn’t supposed to have a car as freshman.”

One broken rule led to a great escape. “I packed one suitcase and I hopped in her car,” said Swain. “There was a total of four of us and we ended up driving to Tennessee. We waited it out and we saw that the levees broke.”

About 80 percent of New Orleans was underwater after the levees broke, according to dosomething.org. Hurricane Katrina caused nearly $81 billion in property damage across Louisiana and other states along the Gulf of Mexico.

“A couple of days later I made the decision on if I was going to wait until Xavier opened back up, or was I going to go to Howard or Hampton” Swain continued. “And I decided to go to Hampton.”

Many students chose to transfer back to their respective institutions after the first semester of the 2005-06 school year. “I decided to stay [at Hampton] because my grandmother lived in North Carolina,” Swain said. “Though I wanted to be away from home initially when I went off to college, I wanted security.” Swain completed his freshman year at Hampton University.

“My Hampton experience, for the most part, was unforgettable. I met a lot of friends; friends for a lifetime. That’s something that I think that you can’t really replace.”

Swain graduated from Hampton University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He now works at the FDA center of medicine office of research in the division of applied veterinary research.

Hampton University continued to provide assistance for the students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The university hosted clothing and shoes drives, launched a relief fund, and welcomed Marvalene Hughes, president of Dillard University, as the speaker for the 63rd annual Opening Convocation.

Weekend Recap: Hampton Pirates highlight a tough sports weekend reigning supreme in Nation’s Football Classic over Howard, 37-19

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Jelani Scott | Sports Editor

Second-year head coach Connell Maynor, who has helped his team become the #1 offense and #3 defense in the MEAC so far this season, led the Pirates to their first win against rival Howard in four years in a resounding fashion. The Pirates dismantled the Bison at RFK Memorial Stadium, 37-19, and stuffed the stat sheet in the process.

Hampton ran for 181 yards and four touchdowns and threw for 279 yards. Quarterback David Watford ran for two of those touchdowns and accumulated 58 rushing yards. Watford continued to showcase his solid arm strength to the tune of 279 yards and one receiving touchdown to fullback Thomas Allen.

The defense did their part in holding Howard to 165 rushing yards and 68 passing yards. They also forced 3 fumbles, intercepted the ball three times and sacked senior Howard QB Jamie Cunningham once for a loss of 12 yards.

Heading into Friday night’s AT&T Nation’s Football Classic, head coach Connell Maynor spoke like a man focused on changing a culture.

“They’re not going to quit. They play hard. They’ve been overmatched the first two games, but they’ve beat us the last four years, so they have confidence playing against us,” said Maynor on September 17th to the Washington Post. “We expect them to come out hard, ready to play and expecting to win.”

After playing in front of a crowd of 16,342 and a national audience on ESPNU, the Pirates will play in front of a raucous Norfolk crowd in the annual Battle of the Bay against Norfolk State at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

In other news…

Women’s Soccer played Francis Marion and Presbyterian College in Lexington, Va. The Lady Pirates fought valiantly but lost to Francis Marion, 9-1, and Presbyterian, 10-0. The lone goal was scored by sophomore Latrice Montgomery in the 72nd minute.

Women’s Volleyball played Tennessee, North Carolina State and Campbell University at the N.C. State Tournament in Raleigh, N.C. Hampton came up short in each match by a score of 0-3.

Women’s Cross Country participated at the William & Mary Invitational and finished in 4th place.

Former International Office Director Ebony Majeed leaves HU students with words of encouragement

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Averi Collins | Features Editor

International Office director Ebony Majeed has decided that it is time to leave her “Home by the Sea” to pursue another opportunity. As a graduate of Hampton University, Ms. Majeed was delighted to give back to her alma mater in the international office. “As a part of Quintessence 6, it was nice to come back and serve the institution that crafted who I am today and serve the students.”

As a Spanish major she traveled to Spain her senior year  and fell in love with traveling . There was no one to help her study abroad so she decided  to give back so that others could have the same experience she did, but  with less stress.

When asked how long she has been working in the office she stated, “I started in the international as the secretary in February of 2011 and after of a few transitions I became the director of the international office in October 1, 2013.”

“So roughly four and a half years and the office is only six years old.”

Since then she has enjoyed seeing how the office and the university have grown, as well as the interaction and engagement between American and International students.

“I enjoy seeing that so many international students want to attend Hampton University, lets me know that there are added values Hampton has and  I am pleased to see that Hampton has become more global,” Ms. Majeed said.

It has become more global not only because there are more students coming here, but also because more American students are traveling abroad.  

While Ms. Majeed was in the international office the number of students traveling abroad has almost tripled, however, she states that “I am not the international office, it took everyone on the campus and partnerships with the different departments to help with students going abroad.”

She speaks about knowing your influence and it is her goal to influence others, with the love and appreciation from students and parents,she was able to get fulfillment and is satisfied  that she is doing something to help others.

As the director of the International Office at Hampton University, Ebony Majeed has a lot to oversee, from getting international students settled in America, to helping excited college students study overseas.

 Majeed also serves as the immigration office for the university. It is her job to keep the university up to standards with the government so that neither the university nor the international students get in any trouble.

Another job requirement for Ms. Majeed is to travel abroad seeking out funding opportunities to study abroad as well as partnering with other schools abroad that students can attend. With traveling visiting other schools, she has to be able to suggest and mention how good certain programs are for certain countries.

Having many international students means that Hampton University students are getting a more multicultural experience. “It benefits Hampton to hold on to its tradition and influential history, but at the same time have a wider view and understanding that the world is multicultural.”

Miss Majeed has a left a mark on the students and faculty at the university. The university wishes her the best in her future endeavors. Although Ms. Majeed did not state where she is now, she would like to leave this with the students, “It is so important that we understand, life is not a game, you get one chance, one try, no do overs.  Have fun, responsibly, but take your education and life seriously.”

Your television screen is going back to black as “Empire”, “Scandal”, and “Black-ish” return

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Jada Tate | Contributing Writer

Primetime television will have us holding onto our seats again as, Empire, Scandal and Black-ish return to our television screens beginning the week of, September 20, 2015.

There are so many different television shows that dominate the primetime screens of networks, such as, Fox and ABC; however, these Empire, Scandal, and Black-ish form a hiatus in the series of Caucasian dominated shows.

Executives at these networks are beginning to see the significance in “black” being a powerful thing. Putting African Americans on exhilarating and gripping shows allows many people to see the importance of allowing everyone to have a spotlight in the media.

Social Media is very influential when it comes to these three shows, because the presence of the viewers is shown on different media outlets. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and even Snapchat are always active when these shows air. Rather it be hashtags, mentions, wall posts, memes, or videos of scenes that are captivating, everyone is talking about the shows.

Reaching over 16 million viewers, Empire is an action packed show about a family in the music industry struggling with fame, money and power. It is  scheduled to return back to our television screens on Wednesday September 23, 2015 airing 8 pm ET on Fox Network.

The creators of Empire, Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, are said to be taking it to the next level. The finale left viewers wondering what would happen after the arrest of Lucious Lyon, played by the award winning actor Terrence Howard. Actress Taraji P. Henson plays Cookie, the ex-wife of Lucious Lyon.

Cookie is a strong minded woman who does whatever is necessary to take her “empire” back.

This season will dig deeper into the background story of Lucious Lyon while showing his true colors. Many stars are said to be appearing sporadically throughout this upcoming season.

Those stars include Vivica A. Fox, Ludacris, Pitbull, and many others. This season of Empire is said to be filled with even more twist, turns and laughs than the previous.

Scandal, is coming back for its fifth season! This thrilling show is filled with political scandal and controversy in America’s White House. The creator, Shonda Rhimes is perfect when it comes to creating excitement.

Scandal is full of twists, turns and unexpected endings. With the passion and love in the previous seasons nothing less is expected of the upcoming season, especially between Olivia Pope played by Kerry Washington and Fitzgerald Grant played by Tony Goldwyn.

Olivia Pope appears to have it all together, but in reality, she is going through a world of struggle and disappointment. The wait for Scandal’s nail biting return is almost over. Scandal will make it’s return to television on Thursday September 24, 2015 at 10/9c on ABC.

Black-ish Starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as Andre and Rainbow Johnson is a show filled with great controversy. This comedy filled show is about  an upper/middle class family that strives for greatness, while still having understanding of where they came from.

Rainbow and Andre have well paying jobs, and their children attend private schools. Black-ish was ranked America’s number one new comedy last season. It’s new season premieres on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.

With the return of these three hard hitting shows viewers will have something to look forward to every Wednesday and Thursday night. So grab your seats and your popcorn because season premieres of Empire, Scandal and Black-ish are rapidly approaching.

Hampton University Alum takes on New York Fashion Week

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(Hampton University and Hampton Script Alum Kiara Bass at The Mara Hoffman show with the Quann Sisters)

Averi Collins | Features Editor

Former Hampton University student, Kiara Bass was given the opportunity to work with a top marketing and communications firm as a public relations intern. One of her responsibilities as an intern was to work behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week. While there she learned a lot and had a once in a lifetime opportunity, she shares with her fellow Hamptonians and Features Editor Averi Collins what it was like to work fashion week and the tools anyone would need to reach for their dreams.

Averi Collins: What agency do you work for and why did you choose to apply for that agency? 

Kiara Bass: LaForce + Stevens is the agency I’m currently interning for. It is kind of a funny story; I honestly wasn’t going to apply for the position because I applied to the company before for other positions, and was not accepted. But after consulting a Howard alumna that I know who currently works for the company, she encouraged me to apply and I end up getting the position.

AC: How were you granted the opportunity to work behind the scenes of NYFW?  

KB: My position is a fashion public relations intern, so ultimately working behind the scenes for New York Fashion Week was in the job description amongst other things.

AC: What was your role at fashion week?                                                    

KB: This may not sound glamorous at all but I did a lot of prepping of clothes in office and working with production crew with arranging seating cards at the venues. I also got a chance to check in guests when the doors opened for the shows I worked.

AC: How many shows have you seen? 

KB: I saw a total of two shows, the Mara Hoffman show and the Concept Korea show.

AC: Which was your favorite?  

KB:The Mara Hoffman show was my favorite out of the two. There were tons of big name fashion editors, celebrities, and models who attended and were in the event. Also the collection was very nice and I enjoyed the overall theme of the show.

AC: What are the models like? 

KB: So we always see these articles and stories about model’s behaviors and how some can be prima donnas. However, from my experience they are just very focus and often quiet individuals. A lot of them just wanted to make sure they were at the right venue and on time for run throughs and to get make-up and hair done. It was nice to see that it is an actual job which they work hard in doing and that all the glitz and glam you hear is really just an exaggeration when it comes to their lifestyles and everyday life.

AC: How does the show work? 

KB: Fashion shows I realized are very short. There is a ton of prepping and organizing months before the actual event. From my experience they are less than an hour long, probably between 20-45 minutes, depending on designer and how large the collection is. This year NYFW was a bit different because it wasn’t in its long time location, which was Bryant Park, and Mercedes Benz was not the major sponsor this year. Also things were less commercialized. But photographers, make-up artists, hair stylists, and models check in backstage where they received ‘credentials, which is basically a pass telling security they are authorized to be back there. From there they may do a few run throughs while the production team sets up the runway with what props and lighting needed for the show. Then about 30 mins before the show guest come to check in and find their seats, after check in is over the show begins.

AC: What are we expected to see in the fashion world next year? 

KB: So NYFW in the fall displays spring collections that are to be in stores, well in the spring of next year. Some trends you can be on the look out for are ruffles, 70’s inspired pieces, so a lot of prints, neutral colors, and slowly chiffon material. As well as bohemian style fringe weave on jackets and vests, like how Tina Turner’s dress had a lot of fringe to help add to her choreography, and slouchy low-rise trousers.

AC: What was the best and worst advice you have gotten this week? 

KB: I can honestly say that I didn’t receive any bad advice doing the week. However the best advice I received was to always be extra prepared. You always want to be organized and go the extra step so that the whole process goes smoothly.

AC: What advice would you like to give journalism majors trying to get into the fashion industry? 

KB: My advice for aspiring fashion journalists and anyone who wants to work in the fashion industry period is to network and use your contacts. This is something I had to learn even over the summer time with trying to be employed and find a position in my dream career path. The fashion industry is all about who you know and there is slim chance of getting your foot in the door even if you are qualified for the position. With that being said, do not be afraid to reach out to those who already work in the industry via LinkedIn. There are quite a few HBCU grads who work in the industry and who are more than willing to give you advice and even may ask to see your resume to shop it around at their company.

My other piece of advice would to not give up. I have a friend who graduated in 2014 who was freelancing a bit in fashion journalism but couldn’t secure a job. In August of this year she got her ideal position at Essence magazine. Being consistent and persistent is what will get you at your dream company and more. There will be a lot of rough times, rejections, frustrations, but the key is to not give up. If you are going about trying to secure a position a certain way and it hasn’t been working, try going a different route. There is always a way in you just have to find the best you can squeeze in. And that doesn’t mean it will be the most perfect position either, but the fashion industry is all about paying your dues and once you do that more doors will open for you if you are taking the right step.

 

A “Special Affair” : A night with The Internet (Concert Review)

The Internet (Malik Jones)

The Internet (Malik Jones)

Malik Jones | Associate Editor

The hall is buzzing with the excited chatter of students reciting lyrics, the soft giggles of couples pressed together, the flashing lights of a hundred selfies, and the bass booming as we wait for Syd tha Kyd and her band to take the stage.  

R&B/Soul group, The Internet, kicked off their 2015 US/Canada tour at The NorVa Theatre in Norfolk this week. The group promoted their newest release, Ego Death, with some stand out tracks from the album including  “Under Control”, “Go With It”, “Girl”, “Special Affair”, and their ode to the Black Lives Matter struggle, “Penthouse Cloud”.

The group also performed some previous hits from their 2013 studio release, Feel Good, along with some of their personal favorites including Usher’s “U Don’t Have to Call” and “Gone” by Snakehips.

The energy in the room was electrifying as Syd’s soft, yet sultry vocals penetrated through the crowd, accompanied by the beautiful jazzy, synth-riffs of the keyboard, the smooth bass guitar, and the piercing drumbeats.

Producer Matthew Martin, a.k.a. Matt Martians, bassist Patrick Paige II, guitarist Steve Lacy, drummer Christopher Allan Smith, and keyboardist Jameel Bruner round out the group ensemble.

Prior to The Internet’s arrival, the audience was treated to some interesting opening performances. First was St. Beauty, a newly signed band from Janelle Monae’s Wondaland Records who are featured on the label’s collaborative debut album, Wondaland Presents: The Eephus.

After performing only three relatively short songs, the raw talent of these women was still highly evident, from their inventive rhythmic style, to the pulse of the beat syncing harmoniously with the ambient vocals and electric guitar riffs.

Within a short time, St. Beauty has definitely solidified their place as artists to watch.

Following St. Beauty was local rap collective, RBLE. Representing the Hampton Roads, greater Virginia area, these rappers helped get the crowd turnt before the main event.

Moonchild, a local alternative/soul group that is building their own blend of dreamy vocals and deep bass beats, later joined them on stage.

The Internet and their friends managed to bring together a unique group of artists to appeal to their entire audience and the varying tastes of the crowd, much like their own music.

From a mellow ballad, to a funky synth-driven dance tune, or even a sexy, bass booming slow jam, The Internet has something for everyone at anytime. But if anyone is still on the fence, as Syd would say, just go with it.

 

 

 

Moses Malone’s untimely passing adds to a year of NBA heartache

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Jelani Scott | Sports Editor

When people think of measurable greatness on the NBA hardwood, names like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson and LeBron James are almost always the first ones brought up.

When people narrow that criteria down to “great big men”, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal are the first to be crossed off. And while all of these players were and are great, did any of them win the NBA MVP on a sub-50 win team?

How many of them are the all-time leader in offensive rebounds? Are they all on the elite list of eight players who won the league MVP three or more times?

Only one man has the distinction of having each of these be part of his bio and, on September 13th, the world tragically lost the 6-10, 260 lb. giant affectionately known as “The Chairman of the Boards”. His name? Moses Malone.

Malone was found deceased in his hotel room at the Marriot in Downtown Norfolk after suffering from what has since been determined as “cardiovascular disease”.

He was scheduled to appear at the Still Hope Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament and had been in good spirits prior to Sunday.

Malone’s passing adds to the list of great African-American NBA players who have died in 2015.

First, it was pioneer Earl Lloyd, who passed away February 26th at age 86. Often thought of as the NBA’s Jackie Robinson, Lloyd was the first black player to play in an NBA game in 1950.

Then, it was Knicks legend and NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award winner Anthony Mason, who passed away at 48 just two days later.

Almost seven months later, Darryl “Chocolate Thunder” Dawkins passed away at 58 on August 27th. Dawkins is best known for his being the reason why breakaway rims exist after shattering two backboards in 1979.

Born in Petersburg, VA, Malone is known as the greatest basketball player the Richmond area has ever produced. Just how great was he? Let’s just say this: had it not been for Malone being the first “prep-to-pros” player in 1974, it’s likely that Bryant, James and fellow great big man Kevin Garnett wouldn’t have.

Malone is still the school’s all-time leading scorer, an achievement he accomplished in fewer than three varsity seasons, scoring 2,124 points.

“He put Petersburg on the map in terms of athletics,” Petersburg athletics director Bill Lawson III said on Sunday. “Our hearts are heavy in Petersburg as we’ve lost someone who made strides for our city.

Our condolences go out to the family.” Petersburg won state championships in 1973 and 1974 in Malone’s junior and senior years, including two 25-0 seasons. Earlier this year, Petersburg created a school hall of fame, and Malone was among the first inductees.

Malone signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Maryland but, due to his desire to take care of his family, he opted to forgo college and began his pro career in the now-defunct American Basketball Association. He played for the Utah Stars and St. Louis Spirits, was named an All-Star his rookie year, and averaged 17 points and 13 rebounds.

When the league merged with the NBA in 1976, he was taken fifth in a dispersal draft for ABA players and was traded to the Buffalo Braves, now known as the L.A. Clippers.

He would play for eight NBA teams, including the Washington Bullets (Wizards) and go on to become a 12-time All-Star, a six-time rebounding leader and a NBA Champion in 1983 with the Philadelphia 76ers.

There will never be another player like Malone and past and present players, as well as media and other figures, continue to share their sadness on the passing of the NBA legend. Most modern-day fans may not know of Malone’s ferocious rebounding ability and soft touch around the rim outside of NBA 2K15 but the man was ahead of his time. The void left by Malone’s passing will never be filled, just like his chairman’s seat at the table of great NBA big men.

Tom Brady beats allegations and wins season opener, Are the Pats moving on?

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Bakari Clemmons | Staff Writer

Four time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady is back in business and doing it with style.

Despite months of allegations and court dates, Brady returned to the field Thursday night in hopes of starting off the 2015-2016 NFL season with a bang, and that he did. The New England Patriots hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday night to open up the NFL season. The Pats got to erect their Super Bowl XLIX Championship banner and start what they hope can be a repeat season.

The Patriots easily handled the Steelers, winning 28 to 21. Tom Brady had an outstanding performance, completing 25 of his  32 passes and throwing for 288 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Rob Gronkowski caught three of those four touchdowns and had a total of 94 receiving yards.

Although“The Golden Boy” is now back and is leading his team as expected, there are still lingering questions that still need answers. On September 3, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman vacated Roger Goodells decision to uphold Tom Bradys four-game suspension, which left a team and their fans happy while many others were puzzled, including Goodell.

Another question that people want answers to is: Why did the judge overturn the suspension?  The Pats, who have been in trouble with the NFL before (recording other teams signals, stealing playbook from other teams locker rooms, possibly interfering with other teams headsets) have somehow consistently slithered their way out of a variety of sticky situations.

The largest penalty they have received was a monetary fine to Head Coach Bill Belichick and the franchise, a loss of a draft pick, and a slap on the wrist.

You could make a very compelling argument saying that the decision made by Judge Berman discredits Roger Goodell in a sense. Think about it this way: if you make an executive decision and then someone comes behind you and says you are wrong, how does that make you look to the people below you?

Goodell has suspended a plethora of players, mainly for domestic abuse, substance abuse, or personal conduct, but the case of Deflategate is very special. For Brady to be suspended the same amount of games as a player that used performance enhancing substances is pretty far fetched.

The history the league has with the Pats could have been the leading cause for the suspension. But, as they have proven for the last 15 years, when it comes to Bill Belichick and the Patriots, you have to stay on your toes.

Even though the case is settled and Brady has stepped back on the field, we still find ourselves asking, Did Brady cheat?The dilemma has gotten so big, in fact, that it spilled over into the nationally televised  Miss America 2016 pageant on Sunday night. Betty Cantrell, the newly crowned Miss America, was asked during the Q&A portion of the pageant:

New England quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for his part in the so called Deflategatescandal then reinstated by the courts. Legalities aside, did Tom Brady cheat?

Her response:

Did he cheat? Um, that’s a really good question! I’m not sure. I think I’d have to be there to see the ball, and feel it to make sure it was deflated or not deflated. But if there was question there, then yes, I think he cheated. If there were any question to be had, I think that he definitely cheated, and he should’ve been suspended for that. That’s not fair.

In Bradys defense, Cantrell did admit that she had no idea what she was talking about, saying she “thought she blew her on-stage question.

It is clear that this topic is now a national crisis, right? Let’s focus on the more important things at hand right now, like actual football. The season has started and we are excited to get our Sunday afternoons back.

Yes, this topic may come back to haunt Brady if more information is discovered, but for the time being, let’s enjoy what we currently have. Tom is ready to put it behind him if everyone else is too.