XULA Spring fest was one for the Culture

Wassup Chatters,

This weekend was pretty lit here on Xavier University of Louisiana’s campus, because it was Spring fest. Xavier’s Spring fest is an annual event that consist of events such as a Fashion Show, Block party and a Concert. This year’s Spring fest I decided to be more involved by utilizing my Videography skills. Along with the help of my partner I was able to produce the theme release video, and Fashion show video for the festivities.

However, the most talked about element of this year’s Spring Fest was the many aspects of Black culture that was incorporated. At majority of the event from the food to the music all correlated to black culture. Xavierites also participated in the by the clothing they wore.

At this year’s Fashion show the theme was ‘C U L T U R E’. Where the night started off with clothing that resembled the Earth’s element: Earth, Wind, Water and Fire. The night continued with other eccentric clothing that highlighted Black culture from the bold colors and the use of African prints. Later during the evening, Edna Karr High School Band performed as the entertainment. Band’s at Historically Black Colleges or Universities are well known for their performances. Schools like Southern University of Louisana, Jackson State University and Prairie View A & M are Nationally known for their band.  Although Xavier does not have an official Band, the Fashion show incorporated that aspect of an HBCU. Moreover, the outfits that students wore to the show was one for the books. For the student that wore the best outfit got to walk the runway. To say the least, the overall aesthetic of the night was centered around the beliefs and culture of the black community.

LINKS:

Black Culture in 2015

Black Culture Connection

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Jay Z a Hall of Famer/ Storify?

Hello my Chatters,

History has been made this morning as Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Jay Z is the first rapper to ever receive this honor. Since Jay-Z first stepped on the rap scene, he has made an impact on the music industry and has set the trend for popular culture. However, the art of rap music has not always been respected like other genres although it is the most dominant. For years, rap music has shaped the way people talk, dress and carry themselves. For many black artists, rap has given a voice to the voiceless. Through the fast pace lyrics and bass driven music, rap allows for people to share their experience of being Black in America.

In 1996, Jay Z released his debut album ‘Reasonable Doubt,’ which makes 21 years since he has entered the rap game. That’s more years than I have been on this Earth.Image result for reasonable doubt jay z

   This morning when CBS announced that Jay Z would be inducted to the Hall of Fame, Twitter had a lot to say. To have the first rapper recognized in the Hall of Fame shows that the genre is has become a respectable art form.

        While I wanted this story to resonate to my followers on multiple platforms, I decided to create a Storify Experience here. This was my first time publishing a story on this website, but it was quite simple. I was no longer limited to telling a story with words. With Storify I was able to incorporate Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. If you would like to add flavor to your style of storytelling, then I encourage you to publish on Storify. I enjoyed making a story on this platform and plan to publish more, so be on the lookout.

For more information check out these links!

Jay Z to be the first Rapper in the Songwriter Hall of Fame

Storify Experience

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A day with Destini…

Bio

        Destini Lattimore is the founder and voice behind DestiniDay, a blog about her lifestyle and the latest fashion trends. She decided to launch her blog Jul. 28, 2016 as a way to kick-start her career as a big time fashion journalist. Lattimore is a junior at Arkansas State University, studying multimedia journalism with aspirations to become a writer for Cosmopolitan or Complex magazine.

         Lattimore’s love for fashion is the main reason why she decided to launch her Blog, but also as a place to disclose her personal stories.

Follow her along the way:

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Facebook: Destini.Lattimore

Twitter: @Destini_Day

Interview Questions:

1. How would you describe your style? Where does your inspiration come from?

I would describe my personal style as minimalist chic. I typically don’t wear very much color and my go-to pieces are oftentimes neutral in color (black, white, grey, olive/khaki). I was influenced by other minimalist bloggers and how they put themselves together. they always looked appealing with very little color. Black is my favorite color so I figured it just fit.

2. Do you consider yourself a professional communicator?

I do consider myself a professional communicator. In a sense, we’re all professional communicators. We can send out dozens of messages each day so easily from our phones.

3. How do you continue to build your audience?

I’m still perfecting the art of building and maintaining my audience. One of the most important aspects of blogging is consistency. Your audience doesn’t want you to post “every now and then” or inconsistently; they want guaranteed content frequently posted. It’s also important to just be yourself. I think people respond to a more authentic personality than one that feels “manufactured”. I try my best to remain true to myself.

Summary

 Destini Lattimore is an ambitious 20-year-old who founded DestiniDay, as a way to express her minimal yet chic style and share her life’s journey so far. Learning from some of the best in the blogging community, Lattimore has mastered the professional yet hipster aesthetic. Although she is quite new to blogging, she has studied the ins and outs of this form of communication and plans to climb her way to the top.

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