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1st HBCU filmmaker contest
WSSU students take first place
Photo by Jaye Cole
From left; Adrian Bryant, Leslie Miles, Antonio DeGraffenreaidt and Justin Long celebrate
with smiles after winning first place in the HBCU filmmaker contest.
Lena’ Kithcart
Staff Reporter
More than one million
online-voters chose two
Winston-Salem State students
in the 2011 Honda Battle of
the Bands HBCU filmmakers'
contest Jan. 23.
Mass communications
majors, Leslie Miles, a junior
from Mount OHve, N.C., and
Antonio DeGraffenreaidt, a
senior from Henderson, N.C.,
submitted a two-minute doc
umentary video highlighting
the WSSU's Red Sea of Sound
marching band.
The first-ever filmmaker's
competition was open to all
communications, journal
ism and film students from
eight HBCUs. The contest was
designed to highlight the cre
ativity and skills of the stu
dents of the HBCU's commu-
nicafions departments.
Miles and DeGraffenreaidt
had more votes than Tiffany
Edmondson from Jackson
State, whom Miles said was
her biggest competition.
After being encouraged by
faculty, the two entered and
completed the video within a
Although pleased with the
finish product, both shared
that there were changes that
they wanted to make. Miles
said that she wanted to incor
porate historic WSSU bands
but could not because of the
"There were a few glitches
that could be noticed by a pro
fessional," DeGraffenreaidt
continued on Page 6
WSSU hires new
assistant provost
Mallory Green
Staff Reporter & Staff
A new member, Denise
Pearson, was added to
Winston- Salem State's admin
istrative team as assistant pro
vost Jan. 4.
Pearson was hired in the
midst of state-wide budget
Pearson said she has wanted
to serve at a HBCU since
she was a graduate student.
"WSSU was on the top of my
list," she said.
In her new position, Pearson
will work closely with Provost
Brenda Allen.
"I am part of Provost Allen's
strategic plan to dedicate more
human capital toward address
ing the needs and interests of
the faculty," Pearson said.
She said that her position
had been in the works for a
"The need to recruit some
one dedicated to faculty affairs
was probably identified when
Provost Allen arrived on cam
pus nearly two years ago,"
Pearson said.
Continued on Page 3
University attracts one of best
high schools in the country
Jaye Cole
Copy Desk Chief
As a child, Charmaine
Shuford decided failure was
not an option for her.
She grew up in Washington,
D.C., where the urban life of
many minorities often serve as
a measure of how much they
will achieve academically, and
in life. Being a young, black
girl in one of America's most
blusterous metropolitans, she
chose to pursue a path of suc
cess rather than mediocrity.
Shuford, now a junior mass
communications major at
Winston-Salem State, is an
active member of the Red Sea
of Sound, Mozik Modeling
Troupe and Tau Beta Sigma,
National Honorary Band
Despite her extracurricular
activities, she manages to keep
her GPA well above 3.0. Even
her peers recognize her posi
tive drive and demeanor.
"Charmaine is a very kind
person. Her spirit is always
high, and so energetic," said
Justin Long, one of Shuford's
Long is a junior mass com
munications major from
Concord, N.C.
Shuford's story began in
middle school, where she was
interviewed — and accepted
— into the highly acclaimed
Hyde Leadership Public
Charter School.
According to the K-12th
grade charter school's web
site, Hyde's goal is to develop
socially responsible leaders
while transforming public
education. The school accom
plish those goals through char
acter development, academic
rigor, and family renewal.
continued on Page 2
Biggest charitable donor
Michael Jackson’s profits from his
single “Man in the Mirror” went to
charity. In 1992 he founded the Heal
the World Foundation, which brought
underprivileged children to Neverland
and made donations worldwide. He is
the in the Guiness World Record book
for Most Charitable Donations. He has
won Most Successful Entertainer of
All Time for his 13 Grammy Awards,
13 No.1 singles, and the sale of more
than 750 million albums worldwide.
First black newspaper
Freedom’s Journal, the first black
newspaper, was founded by John
Russwurm and Samuel Cornish in
1827. The purpose of the paper
was to fight for liberation and rights,
demonstrate racial pride, and
inform readers of events affecting
the African-American community.
Because there was a small reader
ship, the paper stopped printing in
1830. There are almost 60 black-
owned newspapers in the United
First black reporter
Thomas A. Johnson was one of
the first black reporters at Newsday,
and later at The New York Times. He
was one of the first black journalists
to work as a foreign correspondent
for a major daily newspaper. Johnson
was a founding member of Black
Perspective, an early organization of
black reporters in New York, and a
member of Black Enterprise maga
zine’s founding board of advisers.
The subjects he covered had nothing
to do with race. He died in 2008.
Source: www.nytimes.vom

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