Male choristers perform ‘Seven Last Words of the Unarmed’ at Fisk University

Male choristers perform ‘Seven Last Words of the Unarmed’ at Fisk University

The Lipscomb choir partnered with the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Intersection and MET Singers to present Upon These Shoulders last night at Fisk University’s memorial chapel. The evening featured music, spoken word and Negro spirituals. The purpose of the night was to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and the many heroes of the Civil Right Movement. Intersection, which included current Lipscomb students Scott Brons and Samson Tucker, performed the song Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, composed by Joel Thompson. Junior Lipscomb student and piano performance major Brons said that singing the words to the song meant a lot to him. “It’s such a powerful piece,” Brons said. “Joel Thompson did such a great job composing it. There are all kinds of little things in it that make it both musically and emotionally mature and sincere.” The song is composed of the last words of seven unarmed black men: Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Kenneth Chamberlain, Amadou Diallo and John Crawford. Diallo’s last words were: “Mom, I’m going to college.” The song is intended to show those words being cried out as a powerful moment and message of pain and realization. Freshman and philosophy major Tucker took this opportunity to look more into the victims. “It led me to do more research on it because a lot of the names I didn’t know.” The MET singers, led by conductor Margaret Campbelle-Holman, started the concert with I-She-0-Lu-Wah, a Liberian chant followed by a Negro spiritual, My Lord, What a Morning.  The Fisk Jubilee Singers sung Negro Spirtuals such as Oh, Holy Lord and The Battle of Jericho. The night...
Dean of Intercultural Development hire announced

Dean of Intercultural Development hire announced

Four students on the hiring committee announced at the Gathering Tuesday that the University is hiring Prentice Ashford to head the Office of Intercultural Development (OID) after a seven-month search. Ashford is an alumnus of Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, and the former director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs there. “I’m excited to join this family,” Ashford said on stage at The Gathering. The hiring committee said he was chosen from a pool of close to 100 applicants. Each interviewed with African-American students, staff and administrators. “Prentice not only connected very well with our students, but he also connected well with faculty and administration,” hiring committee member Deion Sims told Lumination Network in a text message. “I think that, more than anything else, will allow him to be successful in his role as the head of our Office of Intercultural Development.” The OID is designed to give minorities on campus a voice regarding student affairs. It includes the coordinators of African-American Student Services, International Student Services and other student minority groups. The Black Student Union and Futuro, among other groups, are under the umbrella of the office. Lisa Steele, the current head of OID, is moving into a different role in the Student Life office. The University has not had a permanent head of African American Services since Paulette Cathey stepped down in mid-2017. The hire comes a semester after the racially charged cotton-centerpiece controversy that took place at President Randy Lowry’s home in...
‘Justice League’ premieres as fan favorite

‘Justice League’ premieres as fan favorite

The much-anticipated Justice League captures the essence of what it means to be a hero. The world is in disarray after the death of Superman (Henry Cavill) and is in need of heroes. With an alien invasion imminent, headed by the conquerer Steppenwolf, the Caped Crusader (Ben Affleck) with help from Wonder Woman, (Gal Gadot) set out to recruit others to defend earth. After Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) join the fight, they are immediately tasked with protecting the last Mother Box. There are three Mother Boxes and when combined, they become the Unity and changes the world into Steppenwolf’s home world of Apokolips. Realizing what they are up against, the team must come together to stop this threat. The significance of Superman is shown throughout the movie. His absence helps with the development of other characters. While Superman was alive, he was the shining light that others could look to. Wonder Woman let that light shine so she didn’t have to shine hers, still dealing with the loss of her love, Steve Trevor. Batman feels that Superman’s death was his fault and bringing him back to life will undo his wrong. Newcomers, Cyborg and The Flash, both deal with what a hero means to them. The Flash is trying to get his father out of prison. His focus is proving his dad’s innocence rather than becoming a hero. Cyborg, not wanting his newly attained powers, feels that he is losing what is making him human. His struggles come from his relationship with his father and deciding if he is man or machine. Aquaman...
Nationwide gun violence calls for regulation

Nationwide gun violence calls for regulation

The recent shooting of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, has brought the conversation of gun control back to the forefront. The gunman, Devin Kelley, was able to purchase firearms after being dishonorably discharged from the Air Force for domestic violence in 2014. To purchase a gun, an individual cannot be dishonorably discharged or convicted of domestic violence. An article from the New York Times reports that the Air Force did not enter Kelley’s court martial in a federal database used for background checks. If that had been put in the database, it would have prevented him from purchasing the guns. The background check system should be stricter than what we have now. A 2012 study showed that three-quarters of the guns that were used in the shootings were purchased legally. It also revealed that the most purchased weapons were semiautomatic handguns and assault rifles. Background checks are necessary, but they are not extensive enough to filter out those who will not cause harm from those will. Certain weapons that are offered in gun stores, such as assault rifles, should not be allowed to be purchased at these stores. This regulation would reduce the legal purchasing of these weapons and would heighten the price of the weapons, therefore making them harder to purchase. There are places like gun shows where background checks are not required to purchase guns. That can be seen as careless to assume that because you are at a gun show, you don’t have a negative reason for buying guns. An assumption that is usually made when talking about gun violence is that the shooter suffered from mental illness....
Lebron Hill reveals experience of living in homeless shelter during holiday season

Lebron Hill reveals experience of living in homeless shelter during holiday season

With the holidays coming up, people will often spend some time giving back; one of the most popular ways to do this is by volunteering at a homeless shelter. This time of the year brings back memories of my experience in a shelter…not working there, but living there. When I first arrived at the shelter at the age of 18, I began to fall into a depression. The cold and dark November days represented how I felt — alone and without a home. The shelter was just a house, filled with strangers who were there through a common experience of abandonment. We would spend time around the table, talking about our favorite Thanksgiving memory. The table had people from all walks of life. There were soldiers who came back from war to no home and homosexuals who were kicked out of their home due to their sexual orientation. My heart was still hurt by the actions of my family, so I did not contribute a memory during this time. Instead, my focus would be on their stories, seeing the happiness hit their faces, hearing the joy in their voices as they would share. For that designated time, we were not homeless or abandoned; we were a family who came together on the premise of joy. During the week of Thanksgiving, many people came to the shelter, either to give food or spend time with us. I was ashamed to be there, afraid that I was going to see someone I knew. Families brought their kids with them to show them the “other side” of society. I felt like I was on display for people...