The News Argus
Winston-Salem State University • February 1999
Music Reviews, 4-5
“It is amazing how a group
artwork without machines or any
In celebration of Black History Month, the Diggs
Gallery at Winston-Salem State University is featuring
37 examples of bark paintings by the Mbuti women. In
addition to over three dozen Mbuti bark paintings on
display, the exhibition is enhanced by 14 black-and-
white photographs by Elisabeth Sunday. This exhibit
will be on display until April 1, 1999.
The Mbuti women reside in the Ituri Forest of Zaire.
Once known as the pygmies, the Mbuti women are
artists, architects, choreographers, and composers. The
women are the creators of the artwork that is displayed
in Diggs Gallery.
“It feels like a piece of construction paper. It is
amazing how a group of people could create such
artwork without machines or any other tools,” said
sophomore Akeisha Gaither. The bark cloth is used for
ritual dress worn in rites of passage, other celebrations
such as weddings, funerals, and dances. Men take the
fiber from the inner bark of several different trees. They
pound it with mallets of ivory or wood to smooth out the
texture of the bark. The women gather fruits and plants
that provide the pigment of the bark. They create
paintings and drawings using their fingers as the main
tool and their laps for support.
The forest is their god and sanctuary, it is the core of
the Mbuti women’s culture. The Mbuti women’s
perception of the forest is a mystery and their interpretation
is expressed through song, dance, storytelling, and painting.
Robert Farris wrote in Mbuti Design, “The art of Mbuti
women challenges conventional art history, the latter
grounded it in the work of male by women who are also
architects, choreographers and composers of rich, yodel-
inflected, singing. The women’s work provides an
alternative canon that arises from forests not from
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In An Eternity of Forest: Paintings by IVIbuti Women;
exhibit is on display at the Diggs Gallery.
In the photographed entitled. Healer, taken in 1989, the
photograph has a Mbuti woman bare from the waist up and
shows her performing a ritual ceremony. “The painting can be
interpreted that the women are one with nature. They are
divine source of beginnings,” said student Darius Wall.
This exhibit will be praised and enjoyed by students,
faculty, staff and the community. “It defines at its best, and
will be celebrated here, on our campus for months to come,”
said Larry Patterson, a mass communications major.
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Warm weather, bright sun, half-
naked people, convertibles with booming
systems and spring break!!!!! It’s getting
warmer students, and spring break is just
around the corner. Have you made your
spring break plans yet? Spring time ’99
is coming, March 5 through 14 and a poll
was taken on where some of Winston
Salem State students and faculty would
be going on their days off.
Spring break is the time when most
people want to go home and chill. For
many of those interviewed, home
includes the “Queen City,” Raleigh and
Durham. After all, nothing can beat the
great taste of home-cooked food and
being able to sleep in your own comfy
“After a few months you get tired of
the campus-life,” commented one
freshman, who wanted to remain
anonymous, “...and the cafeteria food just
can’t compete with my momma’s
This year, some students of WSSU
have other plans.
The University Choir, headed by
D’Walla Burke, will be touring on their
break. They will be hitting places up and
down the East Coast. The main purpose
will be to represent the school by
exposing one of the many talents that this
school and its students pos.sess. Students,
Franklin (Poe) Poe, Jason (Speedy G)
Franklin, and Anthony (Chocolate
See SPRING, page 5
Lady Rams try to get along without Blackwell
Sports editor ^
The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams entered the
basketball season with high hopes and expectations, but
now find their season teetering on uncertainty.
After being chosen to finish first in the Western
Division by pre-season coaches polls, the Lady Rams
have gone on to have a season that’s been earmarked by
inconsistency. First, they lost their starting point guard,
Nikki Blackwell, early in the season due to knee injury.
In order to compensate for this, the Lady Rams have had
to rely on a three-headed point guard attack consisting of
senior Erica Leggett, sophomore Lakisha Covington, and
freshman Shonketa Broom.
Each brings something positive to the table, but also
a weakness. Leggett brings leadership, experience, and
outside shooting to the position. While at the same time
being team’s most consistent perimeter scorer. Playing
point guard takes away from Leggett’s scoring.
Covington brings quickness and baseline to baseline
defensive pressure. But in terms of height, she makes
Muggsy Bogues look like Shawn Bradley, and she has
difficulty manufacturing her shot in a half court offense.
She also gets killed on picks, and can get manhandled by
bigger more physical guards. Broom brings scoring to the
position, but she’s only a freshman and she’s prone to
making freshman mistakes.
“Adjusting to the loss of Nikki has been hard,” says
assistant coach Terri Eanes. “There was so much that she
did for us. Now we have to be more patient with our
Although the loss of Blackwell had a hard effect on
the team, head coach Debra Clark refu.ses to blame the
Lady Rams disappointing solely on her loss.
“We still had the potential to play a whole lot
better,” says Clark. “Our inconsistency has been our
See LADY RAMS, page 6