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Hip Hop Around the World event welcomes Negros Americanos

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Hip hop is not just a combination of words thrown to a matching beat.

On Feb. 13, the Social Sciences and History Department, the sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma and the Black History Month Committee hosted “Hip Hop Around The World” in Twombly Lounge as part of this year’s Black History Month festivities.

After a half-hour delay due to projection issues, the president of Phi Sigma Sigma, Brittany Coleman, introduced the faculty-based panel. Robert Houle, associate professor of history, began the discussion by explaining how hip hop is prevalent in many different countries and numerous languages.

Houle gave a brief history of how the African culture helped develop hip hop.

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As Black History Month ends, Women’s History Month begins


On Feb. 28, three groups on campus held an event called “The Auction Block,” which addressed slavery, in Twombly Lounge.

To avoid graphic and gruesome detailed images of how slaves were treated in reality, the actors and actresses during the event were dressed in black and recited poetry and excerpts from books, making the presentation tasteful.

Brittany Coleman, multicultural and diversity chair of Phi Sigma Sigma, said she wanted to give Fairleigh Dickinson a look at black history in a different way.

“I wanted it to be something where people feel involved in it,” she said.

Along with Phi Sigma Sigma, Tau Kappa Epsilon and the Association of Black Collegians sponsored the event.

The event included a question-and-answer period about slavery, as well as Black History Month. That discussion was moderated by Professors Katie Singer, Sarah Crabtree and Denise Lewis.

Now that Black History Month is over, the College of Florham is ready to highlight women’s history.

March is Women’s History Month, and Coleman will be putting on some more events on behalf of Phi Sigma Sigma.

Coleman has many ideas to get the student body involved, including a panel discussion about women’s rights across the world and another about literature and women.

She also hopes to have screenings of “Hurt Locker” and “Pride and Prejudice,” and discuss how women are portrayed on the screen.

Another event that may take place this month includes readings from “The Vagina Monologues.”

Last week, the Politics on the PublicMind series featured a presentation, “Like Mother, Like Daughter: Gender Role Socialization in the Post-Women’s Movement Years,” by Professor Krista Jenkins.

Other Politics on the PublicMind events include one scheduled for today, featuring Shavonda Sumter, an assemblywoman and FDU alumna, and another planned for March 29, featuring Helen Le Frois, director of development for the Jersey Battered Women’s Service and mayor of Newton, N.J.

On Tuesday, a Hot Topics event asked the question, “Does it matter that we have so few women in Congress?”