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.


Black Culture in 2015

Black Culture Connection

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Campaign Week at XULA

Hello Chatters,

            Last week at Xavier University of Louisiana candidates running for Student Government Association positions, and the competition this year was one for the books. Some of the most notable categories that left students on certain who to vote for were Miss Sophomore, Miss Junior, and SGA President. For Miss Sophomore, there was three candidates; Chynna Dubuclet, and Kensly Villavasso. Next, for Miss Junior, there were five candidates running; Ariane Shanks, Taj Wright, Brandy Sardie, Angel Ringo and Cheyenne Archer. Lastly, for SGA President, there were only two candidates running, Bryan Redmond and Kylar Wiltz, both were qualified and campaigned well. As campaign week came to an end the University Center went back to its normal flow.

           On Monday night the candidates had a chance to present their speeches to the student body. To start the night, Blaine Derbigny who is running for freshman class senate kicked the night off. Candidates discuss their future plans for the school, qualities that made them most appealing for the job. To finish the night out Sarah Hale and Ryane Adams both running for Miss Senior, participated in a Q&A about their plans. Tuesday nights speeches went as followed: Shalani Taylor (Miss Xavier), Hassan Owen (Mr. Xavier) , Kylar Wiltz (SGA President) and Bryan Redmond (SGA President).

  Today marks the first day students are able to cast their votes. Students can vote Wednesday, March 29th (9 am – 4 pm) to Thursday, March 30th (9am – 4pm) . Voting booths are set up in the University center first floor across from Sub Connections. Be sure to go out and cast your vote for the 2017-2018 Xavier Elections.

“Vote for the man who promises least; he will be the least disappointed”  -Bernard M. Baruch

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Photography is a love affair with life…

Hello Chatters,

          Being able to convey a message using photography as a medium is the beauty of photojournalism. This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing two student photojournalists who has opened my eyes to their profession and passion.

       First up is Kennedi Crosby. She is a self-taught photojournalist that is a photographer with Xavier University’s student-run newspaper, The Herald. Crosby is a graduating senior, biochemistry major who has taken her love for photography and incorporating her passion on certain issues within society.


How do you use photographs to tell a complete and compelling story?

“Photography can be about capturing the whole story or the part of the story you want to bring attention to. With the aid of colors, contrast, and composition one can convey a message in an abstract way. I personally try to encompass the whole scene and as the photos progress zoom into the ‘main character’ into focus with all of its features.”

What inspires you to be a photojournalist?

“I believe the biggest reason I was inspired to be a photojournalist is because I personally learn better from visual aid. Pictures genuinely do speak a thousand words. It brings attention to an organization or structure in a way that most do not find intimidating. Through an image you can convey beauty, rage, pain, jealousy, and cracks in a ‘perfect’ society.”

Is photojournalism a dying or growing art form of storytelling?

“I think as more and more people use technology to capture all the moments of their lives that photojournalism can grow even more into abstract forms of storytelling.”

How has multimedia platforms hindered or enhanced their field?

“Multimedia has definitely helped to bring attention to underlying issues in minority communities, but at the same time it can be manipulated to undermine those same communities. Through memes or Photoshop, a photo that originally conveyed strength in the moment of adversity can be modified to taunt those individuals.”

Now that your have got some information on Crosby, below is some of her work.

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           Next is another student photojournalist by the name of Gia Jennings, a graduating senior in business management. Jennings was able develop her skills over time by taking photos of her friends. Which in return improved her artistry.


How do you use photographs to tell a complete and compelling story?

“Photography is probably the most interesting way to capture a story. Pictures have the ability to depict emotion, moods, and messages which all give life to a story. I love to capture candid moments where the viewer understands the emotion or message in the picture.”

What inspires you to be a photojournalist?

“Spreading truth and positivity is what inspired me to be a photojournalist. In news today, many journalists write columns that lack truth and substance. With pictures, everything is very raw and allows for little error.”

Is photojournalism a dying or growing art form of storytelling?

“I believe social media revived photojournalism. It has given life to storytelling through photos because many use social media to get quick news and photos do exactly that.”

How has multimedia platforms hindered or enhanced their field?

“As I stated before, social media positively affected photojournalism but it too has a dark side. Apps like Instagram have prompted people to stage photos and fake a story, which is not why photos are taken. Genuine photos are meant to capture real moments and create memories, which is why I love photography so much but social media makes that tough.”

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“A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words”

-Ansel Adams