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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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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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LISTEN!!! Am I loud enough

Photo credit to michelewoodward.com

Many people want to play doctor and diagnose you

But nobody wants to take time to see things the way you do

We live in a money hungry society

People don’t take time to understand anybody

I want to be the change people see in the world

That is why I strive to be better than just any ol’ girl

I have outstanding ideas and dreams

I just wish everybody would see

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It Starts With YOU

Photo taken by James

Have you ever been strong enough to question things

Even if it can bring pain and have a harsh sting

What if the people before us never made a stance

Would it even be acceptable to do all the various dance

 

Though we as a people have come a long way; there is still a long way to go

But at the rate we’re going I just don’t know

We are beginning to become lazy and lack the passion we once had

It does not have to be like this, we don’t have to go down with the bad

 

What happened to the days when people cared about the well being of all

Coming together to make a change; we stood strong and tall

What about the time people used their minds and peace demonstrations to fight for freedom and rights

Why today do people resort to their hands and weapons to start unnecessary fights

 

What about all those who actually struggle and fight to see another day

Who aren’t here because they have time for the games many people play

Also, what about all those children who have lost hope

And resort to a quick fix and might even sell dope

 

What do we say to those who have fought for our freedom

When they come back, we down our noses and act like we don’t know how to treat them

What about all the mothers struggling to run a household on their own

Shouldn’t we show them that their appreciated and their efforts don’t go unknown

 

What happened to having values and morals

Do people even take time to consider their conscience

They say if we don’t know what we stand for, we’ll stand for anything

Don’t you want to have that passion, where you have a definite belief in something

 

Aren’t you tired of being sick and tired of all the craziness

Let’s all be one and make a change and put aside our differences

Times are changing and we have the ability to change our future

No more time to be uneducated, go learn something informative and don’t skip school like Ferris Beuller

 

I challenge you to be strong enough to question the unquestionable things

Stand strong and have courage even if it can bring pain and have a harsh sting

Always remember this, what if the people before us never made a stance

Would it even be acceptable to do all the various dance

-Arielle Burton

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What Does it Mean

Sisterhood by Kolongi

What does it mean to be an African American or Black woman

How can you prejudge me on the color of my complexion

If you knew my story, you would know there is room for correction

What does it mean to be an African American or Black woman

 

Well my scars don’t all show

But since you are one to judge you probably already know

I came into the world with the odds against me

Came from a strong line of woman who knew how to be

A wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an auntie, the provider and nurturer

But day after day constantly fight through all the torture

What does it mean to be an African American or Black woman

 

I had an aunt who was abused

Lied on and mistreated and harshly used

To see the pain in my mama’s eyes

Made me sit and wonder why

How does she even have the strength to even try

How can I stop my mama’s cry

But again I say, What does it mean to be an African American or Black woman

 

I have a mommom who can light up your world

I was always considered mommom’s little girl

What was I to do when she received that news

Sorry ma’am you seem to have caught Breast Cancer too

How can she go through all the medicine and treatment

And continue to be full of life and always vibrant

So what does it mean to be an African American or Black woman

 

Oh here’s one, what about my friend controlled and manipulated by men

What about her constant desire to be classified as a ten

Or what about that awful day, that one man who took it all away

Took something that is a jewel but he didn’t consider that he forced himself and had his way

What was I to say, what was I to do

I just sat there and listened to her story as a friend because the bond we had seemed like the only thing true

And I sit here and ask myself, What does it mean to be an African American or Black woman

 

We are women of valor and integrity

We go day by day with our heads held high, striving for victory

We are judged and taken granted for

But we never stopped loving those we adore

We fight day in and day out

But we don’t sit around because a smart woman knows there is no time to pout

We are strong for our kids and try our best to support them in all they do

We go from job to job working hard to give them a life that will be new

We are women full of life and beauty

We strive day by day to live up to our duty

We come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes

We should be cherished and treated as prizes

 

What does it mean to be an African American or Black woman

It means that you don’t live to the standard of any man

You have hopes and dreams that you try hard to succeed

You don’t look for handouts and you don’t complain about what you need

You learn how to live and conquer tough times

Because even if you fall you’ve learned to get back up and climb

The meaning is that you can’t be defined

We are women with tough skin and fight against the odds of men

 

Now what does it mean to you to be an African American or Black woman

-Arielle Burton

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A Whole New Meaning

photo by Trench Reynolds

Many people want to be heard

However nobody is willing to wait their turn

Sometimes the people who are supposed to mean the most

Use and abuse you like over-cooked toast

 

Finding someone that you can trust

Nowadays seem like a must

But how can anyone gain that trust, if the most important person stabs you in the back

How else do you expect one to act

 

Time after time you try to see who you can confide in

But people today don’t know the true definition of a friend

What happened to keeping things amongst each other

Or that person who you knew blood didn’t need say you were sister or brother

 

What happened to the days when loyalty mattered

When you didn’t stick around just because you felt flattered

Or what about making memories that will never be forgotten

But considering the friendships today, things just are rotten

 

What happened to encouraging one another

You know, the time when everyone grew together

Friends considered each other feelings and the friend code was used

But I guess nowadays people are just used like a tool

 

Well I’m tired of playing my part

And others continue to shoot and aim that dart

When they shoot I know they get pretty close to the heart

Then all over again, I have to set out and restart

 

The saying is people change but memories don’t

But it’s hard trying to build a friendship with people who won’t,

Consider anything else but themselves

And have their own motives that they want to prevail

 

So I say again, many people want to be heard

However nobody is willing to wait their turn

Sometimes the people who are supposed to mean the most

Use and abuse you like over-cooked toast

My question to you is are you willing to be that friend

That will stick through thick and thin?

 

– Arielle Burton

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