Category Archives: Hofstra Happenings

Journalist Demetria Lucas visits Hofstra

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, blogger and journalist Demetria Lucas inspired an audience of roughly 25 students with an engaging discussion on resume building, networking and success as a media personality. Organized by Hofstra’s Collegiate Women of Color (CWC), the event featured an interview with Lucas, followed by a question and answer session from the audience. Shannon Alomar, vice president of CWC, coordinated the event and interviewed Lucas about her life, morals and career.

Dubbed as the “Black Carrie Bradshaw” in a Washington Post profile, Lucas began by talking about how she got her start in journalism—through blogging on Myspace about her relationship life. She then attended a networking event for the African American Women Journalists, and met with an editor for Essence magazine. “As a writer, you are always evolving,” said Lucas of her career.

Lucas talked about her first book, “A Belle in Brooklyn,” as a guide to dating culture. While dating in college and afterwards, Lucas advised young women not to be afraid to have standards.

“Keep a wide circle…grass is greener where it is watered,” said Lucas.

In addition to dating advice, Lucas advised the audience on building a brand and being successful in their individual fields.

“Make a list of what you want to be and choose the thing that is easiest and that will make you the most money,” Lucas recommended. She didn’t merge her professional life with her relationship life, and suggested that the audience does the same.

CWC president Mikwaevonn Mills talked of CWC as whole, and what it has gained from Lucas’ discussion. “From our discussion “Don’t Waste Your Pretty” with Demetria L. Lucas, our organization as a whole gained more skills to implement in different settings. For example, the work place, college classroom, etcetera,” said Mills.

Lucas’ advice and life experiences proved to be influential to the crowd, and especially to interviewer Alomar.

“Interviewing a prominent media influence such as Demetria was truly an honor,” said Alomar, who is also studying journalism. “There is something about getting answers out of someone who has been in your shoes before that truly makes me want to keep pursuing my dream. It’s like looking into a mirror and seeing myself in their position in some aspect.”

-Hayley Marks, Hofstra University

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HUABJ: Book Signing with Cheryl Wills, Open with Bryan Ogilvie

Photo taken by Jagoda Obuchowska

Photo taken by Jagoda Obuchowska

Hofstra University’s Association of Black Journalists high lighting event of the fall 2013 semester, Book Signing with Cheryl Wills, was a success.

“This is the greatest career to me in the world, you’re writing the first draft of history,” said NY1 Weekend Evening News Anchor Cheryl Wills, speaking to a group of prospective journalists at Hofstra University on Oct. 14, 2013.

Wills addressed stereotypes about how competitive the broadcast industry is and presented a general career plan, telling students “my objective (tonight) is to show you how to get there, and most importantly, straight off the bat, you can get there.” Her message sparked several smiles in the crowd.

Wills was invited to Hofstra for a book signing to commemorate the anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. The event was hosted by Hofstra University’s Association of Black Journalist in collaboration with the Hofstra Cultural Center, the Black Student Union, Collegiate Women of Color and Ed2010.

The television personality declared that the first step to success in the workforce is proactivity in the job hunt and getting ahead of the competition. Wills encouraged students to apply for jobs well before the end of senior year to possibly have a job lined up as soon as they graduate.

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Black Ink TV: Oct. 9 show


Black Ink TV is our new web series for aspiring broadcast journalists, on-air talent and producers. We post bi-weekly and members get to share their talent for the world to see. We’re working on making Black Ink TV better with every take.

This week features:

HUABJ’s trip to Washington D.C., Hofstra’s School of Communication name change, a story on college debt and an entertainment piece on Rihanna and more.

-Claudia Balthazar, President 

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Surban Poverty on Long Island

Scott Allard, associate professor at the University of Chicago, defined the connotative meanings of urban and suburban poverty on September 26, 2013 Hofstra University. He talked about the truth that lies behind poverty in the surrounding communities.

“Urban means poor and suburban equals opportunity,” he stated at the Changing Geography of Poverty and the American Safety Net Conference.

The community is labeled based off the people within it; Mostly African-American communities are labeled as urban while mostly Caucasian communities are labeled as suburban. Despite the connotative perspectives, Allard stated that there is no formal definition of a suburb because it is more than geography.

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Team Building: Trip to Governor’s Island

Gov Island Sign 1Going to Governor’s Island with HUABJ reminded me of trips with my family.  Although, my family and I weren’t coming off the ferry to go to Staten Island, it was still fun to explore the harbor. Times like that is what I miss most about home.

My favorite part of the trip was exploring the different art exhibitions on the island. The art exhibitions were Gov Island Artinspirational, innovative and entertaining. The creativity that each artist expressed was quite breath-taking. I’m very fond of artistic expression and anything that spells out someone’s creativity instantly captures my attention.

Going on this trip definitely made me more comfortable with the idea of joining HUABJ. The fall 2013 president, Claudia Balthazar was very informative, supportive, and quite friendly.

Honestly, I’ve always considered myself a writer. Being a part of this organization will give me the skills I need to develop in the future. I want to work in the writing field and film industry. I know that HUABJ will help me with my goals.

The only concern I have is learning how to manage all of my responsibilities to this organization, my school work, and other clubs. As a first-year student transitioning into Hofstra, I see that I have a lot of options to get involved on campus. I know that’s what college is all about.

Gov Island Xavier

Xavier Edward, Photo Editor 

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Catcall for Big Apple Burlesque: Hofstra’s EU’s Second Annual Show

An Abbreviated History of Burlesque

“Burlesque dancing is Broadway style, seductive dance with a little flirtation added in.” said Logan Andersen, an 18-year-old, Dance and Civil Engineering major.

And that is generally the view of what modern day burlesque is, thanks to movies like Chicago and Christina Aguilera’s Burlesque.

But burlesque originated as an entertainment dating back to the early 1800s, not as a striptease art form, but as an outlet to satirize the Black community.

“The earliest burlesques were portions of minstrel shows,” said Professor James Kolb, a drama department teacher at Hofstra University. “It was white men in black-face making fun of the way the Black community behaved and it really was some nasty stuff.”

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Outside of “I”sland

Over Hofstra University’s spring break March 24 to 29, 2013, 30 students decided to sacrifice their vacation to make a difference in another person’s life.

This year, Hofstra’s Office of Student Leadership and Activities (OSLA) Alternative Spring Break (ASB), partnered with the National Relief Network (NRN) to allow students to work with Hurricane Irene relief in Bayboro, North Carolina. NRN is a non-profit organization that sends groups to federally declared disaster zones that have been destroyed by natural disasters.

ASB is an annual program, founded in 2006 when OSLA partnered with the Interfaith Center and Student Government Association (SGA) to volunteer in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

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Alpha Kappa Psi Honors Women in Business

L to R, Yeni Castro, Ashley Kowal, Brian St. Hubert, Christina Whitehurst, Dr. Elizabeth Venuti Photo credit: Claudia Balthazar

L to R, Yeni Castro, Ashley Kowal, Brian St. Hubert, Christina Whitehurst, Dr. Elizabeth Venuti Photo credit: Claudia Balthazar

Women all over the world are breaking through various barriers to work in the corporate world of America. Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, held the panel “women in business”, on Feb. 6, 2013 at Hofstra University, to inform the audience about a woman’s experience in the corporate world of business. During the panel, women discussed how females could play positive roles in their positions.

Yeni Castro, printer business planning associate of Canon USA, is new at her job and recognized that she’ll have to work to have a progressive future, just like anybody else. “There are going to be stereotypes and misconceptions but being a woman and knowing what job you have, you’ll look past that and do what it takes,” she said. “Do whatever you do one hundred percent.”

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