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6* BENNETT BANNER* APRIL 12, 1996 NEWS & FEATURES st^ Brumfield, 1 St ftecd Uw», 2nd ptaw Or. Naetinette SmftK, 3rd place Campus day care creating 'water babies' The winners are... The results of the Bennett Banner's first African Garb day on March 22 were announced April 14. Students, faculty and staff participated and were judged by other faculty and staff. Prizes were awarded to participates for their African outfits. First place prize a, $50 gift certificate from Lucky 32 restaurant, was awarded to Star Brumfield, a freshwoman undecided major from California. Second place prize, a set of sterling silver bracelets, was awarded to Valerie Lewis, a freshwoman English major from Atlanta. Third place prize, a collection of soaps and lotions from the Body Shop was awarded to Dr. Nannette Smith, director of the Science Division. The prizes were donated by Lucky 32, Dillairds Depart ment Store and Cynthia Pulliam, director of the Center for Women and Family. Photos by Tahja McVay African iiistory.. .As told tiirougli fashion NAPS)—African-Americans have always been style trend-setters. From Josephine Baker’s feath ers in the 20s and 30s, to Cab Calloway’s “zoot suits” of the 40s, to the “street” styles of MTV rappers, B lack men and women have always known how to make a statement through fashion. But where did it all begin? Well, according id a new booklet created by e style, the catalog for African-Americans, the roots of contemporary styles reach back as far as ancient Egypt. Egyptians used their native flax to fashion linen loincloths for men and rectangular sheaths for women. The weav ing process used by the ancient Egyptians led to the development of the horizontal loom, which is used to weave many of the cloths found throughout Western Africa. The practice of draping beautiful lengths of uncut cloth around the body was the basis for traditional African dress throughout much of the continent. By the 10th and 11th centuries, when traders and scholars began to venture south of the Sahara, sarongs were dyed in vibrant shades of red, yeUow and blue. White paint or ivory bangles also were worn to provide a brilliant contrast to deep black skin. In much of Africa, clothing came to symbolize different life stages. Babies were naked until they received the “skin apron” of childhood. Adoles cence was marked with a smaill loincloth. With marriage, women wore large skirts. And, as an individual climbed in status, he or she wore more layers of cloth and more jewehy. As time went on, Africans embellished their simple garments by adding beautiful sashes, fringe and beads. While traditional African dress is fading into folk costume, many African-Americans are drawn to those same bold colors, geometric patterns and flowing shapes, which today are re-interpreted into modem silhouettes. For many, wearing these styles is a way of showing pride in their African heritage. Today, AMcan-American women are finding great fashion options in the e style catalog, a joint venture between Ebony magazine and Spiegel. Lori Scott, co-creator of the catalog, reports, “the whole idea behind e style was, to offer African-American ^ "WtSnefJlMhions ‘that speak their body’s language.’ That means fashions that meet their style prefer ences and fit needs, as well as incorporating some traditional African motifs.” For Spring ’ 96, e style offers lots of great colors, particularly in the warm, earthy, sun-kissed range. The newest pale is periwinkle, which looks espe cially sophisticated in tailored suits and dresses for day or evening. Black-and-white combinations ap pear in modem geometric patterns or in African- inspired batik and wood-cut prints. e style uses lots of new and luxurious fabrics in its Spring ’ 96 collection. Look for shimmery iridescent tunics, pants and decorated jackets. Textured fabrics with a handcrafted feel, such as washed linens, textured rayons, crinkle and crochet, add a warm “human touch.” Decorated fabrics feature gold- embroidered African symbols, beading and appli ques. Twists on fashion classics give e style fashions afresh edge this season. Examples include a pea coat done in white leather and cropped or a basic trench coat rendered in iridescent ivory nylon. And since the e style customer loves hats, the newest catalog offers iridescent straw hats in brilliant colors as well as funky hats for the younger customer. This season, e style offers all the newest looks for African-American women who wantto celebrate their cultural history with fashions that are right for today. For a free copy of the new e style booklet, which contains information on hair-care and skin- care, makeup tips and fashion for African-American women, and a copy of the e style catalog for Spring ’96, call 1-800-2-e-style, and ask for offer #F5260. Monique Edwards Lab Reporter Swimming lessons are the lat est addition to the itinerary at the Children’s House Day Care Cen ter on campus. Approximately 25, 4 and 5-year-olds are receiving lessons about how to adjust to be ing in the water. Sharon Bibbs, director. Children’s House said the goal of the lessons is for students to be able to swim before they go off to kin dergarten. According to Bibbs, the pre vailing stereotype that most Afri can Americans can not swim is not tme. "Some of them make excellent swinmiers,” Bibbs said. “All children should be water safe.” The students are taught in the indoor, heated pool on campus. The lessons, which began March 18 are given by Coach Carl Bibbs, head track coach for the Belles and Sharon Bibbs’ husband. Coach Bibbs said that he is using the American Red Cross com munity and water safety instrac- tions, the method that teaches the children how to become comfort able in the water by doing exer cises like arm strokes, kicking and r' coupon putting their face in the water. The children also leam breathing and floating techniques and how to jump into the water. “They aren’t really strong enough to do what we call swim ming,” Bibbs said. “The goal is to assure that all the students will be at that level or higher so that they won’t have any accidents.” The program will put the stu dents at an ad vantage to leam more difficult swimming procedures in the future. The students seem ex cited about learning how to swim. "It was fun," said Joilee Havner, a 5-year-old student "I like blow ing bubbles in the water." Coach Bibbs said that he wants to set up a similar program for 3- year-olds and have their parents to participate. ‘That program will get the parents involved in teach ing the children about water aware ness ,” Bibbs said. He said that he would also like to see more Bennett students in volved in a swimming lesson pro gram. ‘There is no excuse for not learn ing to swim. Don’t look for a rea son not to, look for a reason to,” he added. —Story was contributed to by Banner Staff. 1 8. EAST MARKET SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, 1905 East Market Street SpeciallzlDE in ♦Broiled ♦Baked “ *Fried Seafood *Daily Specials Wednesday Combo Special & Special $2.99 on Calabash & Whiting Mon. - Thurs. lU0-4:30oniy 379-1131 I coupon Bennett Banner^^1996 | Ejrl ie Ddofis Washington Owners- I If you think you are at risk for HIV infection, now’s the time to consider counseling and testing. If you test positive, work with a doctor lo make decisions that are right for you. 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