I was going to Hampton University. I wonder how life would have been if I did go. Hampton was the first school I got accepted to as a High School Student and I was attached to its location the culture and the potential to be surrounded byb beautiful women. Needless to say that I wasn’t so hype about the dying art program and decided to attend the highly ranked public school of Virginia Commonwealth University my first year. VCU gave me the training I needed to become a well rounded artist , but I always wondered about attending an Historically Black College/University (HBCU). For Black Heritage Week at Mizzou, The Black Culture Center brought the Lincoln Marching band to campus to kick off the weekend. They were TIGHT!!!!
During the course of their performance, I thought it has to be mad fun to be at an HBCU. Anyway, the band was on point! They had a great time rocking the SRC at Mizzou!!!! Here are a few images….enjoy!
I am the oldest sibling in my family, but when it comes time for me to look for advice, from a brotherly perspective, I turn to my Big Brother Lasana Hotep. He’s a big reason why I am a part of my wonderful Fraternity. Hotep recently came down to Mizzou to do a presentation about the relevance of Black History in contemporary society. I was ticked at the Black community at Mizzou because a total of 3 people were in attendance. Now, where as some would not of cared about attendance as long as they got paid, I can tell you from personal experience that it’s more about working for the community than money for Hotep. It was good seeing him again. We’ve talked about creating some projects regarding Media Literacy and the more I think about it, the more I’m thinking that will be the direction of my PhD study. I want to develop media literacy classes using pop culture.
This was probably the best of the more recent assignments this year. Our project group consisted of Mito, Laura, and Daisuke. I was geeked about my group-mates. They are all good photographers and I was looking forward to the opportunity to finally work with them. So initially I had in idea to go to an old park with some jungle gym equipment to do an image with a young girl to pose as our ghost. Think ‘The Ring’ @ school. Anyway, Mito was the bomb at our lab session at Rockbridge State Park, so I was excited about her doing the images. She understands light in a way that I try to. Anyway, Mito wanted to go back to the park to do some shooting in the woods. Her idea was to show the forrest environment and the wonderful magical things that happen. She wanted us to fabricate a ton of fireflies next to this subject who would be holding one. I liked the idea and suggested we’d compromise and have a little girl in the forrest with the flies. Laura found us a wonderful model who looked 12, but was a lot older :-). (more…)
When history comes to you, there is no excuse not to be there. On Thursday, April 9, 2009 Mizzou saw one of the finest revolutionaries of the Civil Rights Movement bless our campus. Dr. Angela Davis coming to Mizzou less than six months after President Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.??? This has been an incredible year! Dr. Angela Yvonne Davis will probably best be known as afro wearing, fist waving revolutionary of the Black Panther Party who fought for all civil rights (including gender equality, racial equality, and prison abolition)…Not to mention she was the third woman to appear on the FBI’s “Most Wanted List”. Dr. Davis now teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz. It was a joy to have her come down and talk about her civil rights struggle and the struggle we continue to have in America. Personally, I was kind of shocked at a few things that went on last night. For example, no one from major Mizzou media was there with exception from the “Maneater” and one young lady who was putting together a radio piece. That kinda of made me mad. But, as you pick up the paper today to read your lead story on Quinceañeras in Columbia (not to say it is not important…), just remember her spirit and the words which filled Jesse Auditorium so powerfully, will never be irrelevant to people who are oppressed all across the world. Check out a few flicks. I hope you enjoy them.
*** Correction: the Columbia Missourian was in attendance. There is a story online and in the print version (written by my home-girl Vannah Shaw) today that I just read. Hmmm….but why is it not even on the front of the Columbia Missourian? If I were MSA, GPC, or BPC I’d be pissed. All that money we paid to have her come to Mizzou and she’s not A1? We’d need to talk. 🙂
Another week of Advanced Techniques training is under my belt and Im beginning to feel a lot more comfortable with flash. This weeks assignment was to produce a fill light or to balance the existing light with a single flash. I decided to take many images. I’m still learning the flash I’m using. I have a better understanding of flash although I’m still trying to really grasp the concept. I’m using the SB-900 and need to sit down to read the dang manual because event though fill and balance was fairly simple, Im still trying to figure to how to use my flash quickly on manual mode. I’m stuck with calculating ratios and I’ve already wasted precious time trying to figure out the dang flash (not in time to catch the image of course). (more…)
There is a pure spirit in this point of a young mans life. You’re so ready to finish when really you’re just beginning. Something about the road you’ve traveled, the things you accomplish that you never thought you could, and the triumph of controversy makes the probate the ultimate measure of Fraternity/Sorority allegiance. Honesty can be found here. The probate is the formal introduction of the newest members of a BGLO to the community.
Despite popular beliefs, this show isn’t only about the hype and the excitement that surrounds the showmanship of the probate itself. In this moment is an opportunity to identify the men/women that the community can hold accountable to the high standards of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, etc. The people in the audience bear witness to the public pledge that these men and women stand for something bigger than themselves. It is the prophytes and the community that have to hold the brothers ACCOUNTABLE for their actions (or lack thereof).
I have always maintained the stance that if we, as Alphas, are not doing things that align with “Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love For All Mankind.” then we have reached the apex of our greatest usefulness, at which point, we will have no purpose. This was the exact prediction that was made in 1952 in the words of my Jewel, Henry Arthur Callis, “I fear that in another generation, the relationship of the years 1890-1920 in the establishment and growth of Alpha and the subsequent Greek letter societies, will be lost entirely. When that occurs our usefulness will be over.”
The energy one feels during that moment of purity, that sizzling sensation that runs down your spine when you’re unmasked for the first time, that feeling of invincibility in your new BGLO should be kept close to your heart. Harness it, Cherish it, Love it, it needs to resurrect itself through your commitment to the very community you stood in front of to proclaim your victory. That same fire needs to be present in your attitude and position at all times. Manipulate it to help your community, not to destroy it. We ALL must remember those years of 1890-1920!!! WE ALL MUST REMEMBER WHO WE ARE!!!!
But enough logic and theory (THX Lauryn). Congrats to the Spring 2009 initiates of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Zeta Alpha Chapter at the University of Missouri who welcomed four new brothers to the Frat last night. Here are some flicks. Please leave comments.
I’m a spoiled brat. I’ve used available light for everything. I took 169 images and only had 5 that I even considered being assignment worthy. Single Flash was extremely challenging. The first challenge was holding the flash in such a way that would show up well on camera. I thought it would quite easy to point and shoot the light, but it was the exact opposite. The first time I was using flash, I thought my calculations were correct and my image ended up being extremely overexposed. After learning the settings and playing with TTL (also known as ‘try tougher…looser’) I found that most of my images were really lucky. I need to continue to shoot to really get a grasp on flash. Take a look at my first and second attempts of direct and bounce flash. Let me know if you like!