Sankofa Center block party

This semester has already been busy for the Sankofa Center, which just held Greensboro College’s first ever block party during homecoming! Along with all the other fun activities happening during this time, the Sankofa Center could not have missed the chance to show that we know how to support the Pride, and that’s what we did!

This year’s block party consisted of so much, including a live DJ who helped us engage the crowd with great music, food catered from GCs dining hall, games, including uno, black card revoked and cards against humanity, as well as a photo station with polaroids and scrapbooking, along with Greensboro College props. The block party also included free t-shirts and other prizes for participants.

Sankofa partnered with other organizations, departments and clubs around campus, having these groups host a table where they could talk about their organization or provide an activity. Some of the organizations invited from around campus were religious life, the Department of Housing and Residence Life, U.A.A.S., athletics and The Lyre. Many students, faculty, and friends stopped by to be a part of the fun.

Between 75-100 students came out to support the Sankofa Center. This event definitely helped in creating a diverse place on campus. For many students of color, having a place to be represented is important. So to have this event and to have so many students come out in support says a lot about how much of a difference the center is on Greensboro College’s campus.

The Sankofa Center block party was a huge success for everyone involved! As for the rest of the semester, the Sankofa Center has a ton more fun events in store. If you haven’t gotten a chance to come to one of the Sankofa Center’s events, our next event is patio Tuesday on Oct. 7th. Make sure to be there! You can also visit the Sankofa Center located on the first floor of the student center.

Jordan Thompson and Trevor Mason Photos courtesy of Destinee Allen
Dre’ Jackson and Tasha Myers, Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion and Interim Director of Retention
Jonathan Hall, Director of Student Engagment

Greensboro street art

Looking for something fun to do around town? How about pictures? All around downtown Greensboro, there are murals popping up everywhere. These murals are being drawn by artists from all over – some local and some inter- national.

Kotis Street Art is the name of the company that made it all happen. Kotis has been actively incorporating art into their projects since 2010 but started focusing on street art efforts in 2017. They now have over 100 murals around the city of Greensboro.

One day recently a friend and I were looking for COVID-friendly plans for the upcoming weekend. I had remembered the graffiti I had been seeing and suggested we check out a camera from the Global Communication Center here on campus. And we were off to take pictures. We walked to the first location, and started our adventure of exploring the street art. (Click here for an interactive map with all of the street art locations in and around Greensboro).

The murals are cool because they can work as a really good background in a photo from an outing with friends. We got some great shots of art done by so many of the artists who have been sponsored and supported through Kotis. We got a picture of artwork by Nils (the mural of the lady with the flowers in her hair), and Jeks (the bus with graffiti on the inside and out), as well as many more.

“Eastern Standard” takes the stage

“Eastern Standard” was in Huggins Performance Center in Odell Building March 24-27 at 7:30 p.m. This ensemble show featured six acting majors, assistant-directed by musical theatre major Adora Txakeeyang, and directed by professor Wm. Perry Morgan.

“I chose this because it is a strong ensemble piece, and right now that is what the department needs,” said Morgan. “That is where you can all grow and form the show together because everybody is integral in telling the story. The ensemble is on stage, and they are all working together and creating the space and the environment of the story together.”

“Eastern Standard is about people from all walks of life and all of the moments that they share together,” said sophomore acting major Cheyenne Doom. Freshman acting major Karin Powell mentioned that “this show explores how life can go from simple and mundane to wonderful and perfect to disappointing and frustrating in a very short period of time. [This play] brings the true standard of what life really is.”

“The script is fabulous,” said junior musical theatre major Adora Txakeeyang. “The characters and the relationships and the words are so well-written. It is real and raw and beautiful.” This show is Txakeeyang’s first collegiate experience assistant directing, and she said that “the environment is so fun and creative, and [she is] learning so much and is glad to be able to have this opportunity.”

“Adora is another eye, and she comes up with the greatest stuff and is always giving me ideas,” said professor Morgan. When referencing the script, Morgan mentioned that “the dialogue is so rich; it is such a well-written, well-crafted play that every scene gives you so many moments to play with and to add, so they all become my favorite.”

“What is special about this show is the comedy,” said junior acting major Saiir Foy-Coles. “It has a bunch of dark comedy and funny relationships between characters.” Sophomore acting major Zachary Orellana-Kennedy also said that “what is really special about this show is the comedy that we find in it.”

“Eastern Standard is special because it embodies the emotions of people from all walks of life,” said Cheyenne Doom. “It has both comedic and dramatic themes and highlights the characters’ emotions in such a natural way. I think this show is beautiful, thoughtful and truly real.”

“It is an escape,” said Morgan. “There are a lot of twists, and you fall in love with the characters. They each go on their own separate journey that you do not expect them to. There are a lot of twists that are entertaining and catch you off-guard. This is not a far-fetched story. You sit and you watch people in a restaurant, and you think that is the only way your life is interacting, intersecting with that person because you both happen to be in that restaurant at the same time.”

Then this play takes you to act two where now your lives really have intersected in a different way that we did not think,” continued Morgan. “This show will make you think about the way you look at people because you do not know somebody else’s life. You think you do and you really do not know. And then there is an opportunity for you to become a part of that person’s life in an unexpected way. That is what the play is all about.”

By Josie Gold

Rosamund Pike should play every antiheroine

The new comedic thriller “I Care a Lot,” written and directed by J Blakeson, has so much happening, at times it can seem hard to keep up. A film about a con artist couple who routinely become legal guardians of the elderly, place them in care homes, and siphon off their finances, the plot moves at a necessary, rapid speed. There are many different facets at play in this movie, and most of the time they work together harmoniously. Most of the time. But let us start with the positives of the film.

Rosamund Pike is, far and away, the best part of this movie. Her character, expert con artist Marla Grayson, has drawn many comparisons to her most well-known role, Amy Dunne in the 2014 thriller Gone Girl. While that is surely understandable, as both characters are cunning, practical antiheroines, Pike is just too engaging for an audience to care about that for long. With the most convincing American accent I’ve seen in years, she maneuvers her scenes with the expertise and ego of someone who cannot imagine themselves being stopped.

Until she messes with the wrong person. Or, more accurately, the wrong person’s mother. She sticks Jennifer Peterson (Dianne Weist) in a care home for the elderly just like any other case, until Grayson finds herself with consistent monetary offers and threats to release Peterson, all at the behest of a very successful crime lord (Peter Dinklage).

The ensuing conflict is riveting. Pike’s interactions with Weist offer a consistent breath of fresh air, and Dinklage is particularly well cast as Grayson’s rival. Eiza Gonzalez plays Grayson’s partner in crime/girlfriend and allows us to see a more vulnerable side of Grayson.

While the color palette of the film is oftentimes very pleasing, and Pike’s blonde bob is a star all on its own, not every aspect of this film was enjoyable. The electronic score occasionally took me out of the story just when I had been pulled farther in, and there was one scene that was edited so poorly I had to avert my eyes until it was over (strobe warning to photosensitive viewers).

Still, this movie is a lot of fun. Not a laugh out loud comedy, the best sight gag by far being Grayson’s vape which seems to grow with every scene in which she uses it, but a good hour and a half nonetheless. But only if the viewer is ready for a wild ride.

By Jackie Hines