The GHOE Step Show

Nakylah Carter is a junior multimedia journalism student at North Carolina A&T State University from Chicago, IL.One of the most anticipated events every N.C. A&T Homecoming is the Greek Step Show, a showcase of Greek unity, strolls and overall production. After the cancellation of homecoming in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Step Show entitled “Comeback Season” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, at the Greensboro Coliseum. Dating back decades, the Step Show has been an annual homecoming event with a Pre-Dawn Dance that previously would accompany it. In the early 2000s, the event became one on its own. Greek life is a staple on HBCU campuses, and The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), also known as the Divine 9, inspires students to get involved on campus and in the Greensboro community. Understanding how the Step Show is an …

GHOE Fashion Show presents new artists and designers

North Carolina A&T State University’s Greatest Homecoming on Earth holds limitless opportunities at the fashion show. Students will have the chance to display their style along with local fashion artists and designers. Some 12 designers and 10 artists based in the Greensboro area and beyond are participating in the show during homecoming week. In the past, brands like Verge and Couture came to the fashion show during GHOE to show off their latest clothes and styles that are in season. Be on the lookout for new brands that have yet to make an appearance at GHOE thus far. Former students who have participated in the fashion show say it is lots of work. Although everything comes together in the end, there are a lot of trials that happen throughout the process. Aggie Alumni Marcus Williams has some background in working in fashion. Williams was a Verge model …

Will Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson become next Governor?

Lt. Gov. Mark RobinsonIt was only a matter of time before even the Democratic White House would know N.C. Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson’s name, though not necessarily like what routinely comes with it. “The role of a leader is to bring people together and stand up for the dignity and rights of everyone; not to spread hate and undermine their own office,” said White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates about the outspoken Black Republican’s recent controversial remarks calling the LGBTQ community “filth.” What exactly did the highest ranking Republican in North Carolina state government say to draw the ire of the highest office in the land, not to mention several North Carolina state senators as well? “There is no reason anybody, anywhere in America, should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality or any of that filth,” Robinson, 53, is …

Mental Health Awareness is vital, and growing

U.S. Olympic Gymnast Simone Biles had the where-with-all to understand the negative impact her mental health may have on her athletic performance during the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Biles withdrew from most of the Olympic competition but remarkably won a bronze medal on the balance beam.As we enter the last few months of this unforgettable 2021 year, we should pause to look at some of the events that have occurred over the year. People all over the world have commiserated and discussed the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the health care disciplines that has received much needed attention over the past year and a half is mental health. As we observe the multitude of ways people have managed to live and survive during the pandemic, there is clear call from the public at large that communities across the …

A&T wins Big South opener over Robert Morris, 41-14

This touchdown throw from A&T QB Jalen Fowler to senior Zachary Leslie in the end zone was just out of reach. Photo by Joe Daniels/Carolina Peacemaker.A&T’s long-awaited Big South Conference debut on October 2 was a dominant one, fueled by the re-emergence of several veteran playmakers that finally appear to be near full strength. Senior running back Jah-Maine Martin eclipsed the century mark for the first time this year after suffering a preseason ankle injury, senior defensive end Jermaine McDaniel recorded his first multiple sack performance since returning from a bout with COVID, and senior wideout Zach Leslie showed that he’s fully recovered from a torn Achilles by making a leaping touchdown grab right before halftime, as the Aggies routed visiting Robert Morris 41-14 at Truist Stadium. It was the first ever Big South conference game for both schools. …

Cleavant Derricks brings The Wizard to Greensboro

Cleavant Derricks as The WizardActor Cleavant Derricks is portraying one of the most notable characters in literary history. The Wizard, who was first introduced in the film “The Wizard of Oz” and then Broadway play, WICKED. After sitting down for a year, the actors are back on the road. They have already completed stays in Dallas and Los Angeles and will spend three weeks at the Steven B. Tanger Performing Arts Center in downtown Greensboro. But this isn’t Derricks’ first Broadway tour. He first participated on the Broadway production of Dreamgirls (Tony and Drama Desk award for Best Featured Actor and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Vocal Arrangements), Bob Fosse’s Big Deal (Tony and Drama Desk award nominations for Best Actor), Vinette Carroll’s Your Arms Too Short to Box with God and But Never Jam Today. He was also in the Revival of …

Routine maintenance exams are necessary, especially during COVID

Patients should not postpone their healthcare maintenance exams due to fears of COVID-19. Today I saw several patients that I had not seen in a year. When asked why they had not come in for a check-up sooner, their answer was they were afraid to because of COVID-19. This saddens me and other healthcare providers as we believe we can provide safe care for you even in the midst of COVID-19 and its variants. The fear felt by this patient is not isolated to just this patient. Many patients have expressed the same feelings and have acted by postponing their healthcare maintenance exams due to fears of COVID-19. A recently published article examined how important it was to make sure people controlled their blood pressure. Keeping one’s blood pressure under control is a cornerstone to help make sure you are cared for …

Back to school recommendations during COVID

Students at Bessemer Elementary are trying to follow the CDC recommendation of universal masking of all students, teachers, staff, visitors or anybody who is in contact in anyway with people in school. Photo by Ivan Saul Cutler/Carolina Peacemaker. Well, they tell me summer is now over and we are on our way to enjoying cooler weather and preparing for the winter months. I certainly welcome the anticipated more comfortable weather that is to come but my heart sinks as I also consider what I fear will return. With still so many people still unvaccinated and the surge we are seeing in the Delta variant of COVID-19 there is much for us to consider. More students are now returning to the classroom. Think of the nightmare that these education administrators must be facing as they try to prepare for their students, faculty and support personnel. …

New program pushes minority entrepreneurship

The inaugural cohort of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce’s Scale to Excel program graduated on August 23. Photos Courtesy Greensboro Chamber of Commerce. The Greensboro Chamber of Commerce celebrated its first graduating cohort of the minority business entrepreneurship program, Scale to Excel, this month. Using the proven curriculum StreetWise MBA from the national organization Interise, the intensive seven-month program equips minority business owners with the executive education, management know-how and business support system they need to take their enterprises to the next level. “We wanted to provide a curriculum for entrepreneurs that were racially diverse. We wanted to make sure they had an opportunity to learn the tools, get the resources and to build a network to help scale their business,” said Niketa Greene, vice president for leadership, diversity and inclusion at The Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, about the partnership with Interise. …

Be prepared for hurricane season

Hurricane season begins in June and extends through November. Such storms begin to form off the coast of west Africa and traverse east to west across the Atlantic Ocean. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center has forecast another above normal hurricane season. What a year it has been. COVID-19 has worn us down to a frazzle as we battle the fourth wave of this virus. Now Hurricane Ida has made us aware that hurricane season is upon us. The strength of Ida’s winds and the force of the rains she rendered upon the gulf coast states of Louisiana and Mississippi remind us of the magnitude of Mother Nature’s fury. Have you considered your preparedness for adverse weather? We may be fatigued due to COVID-19 but we can’t ever ignore the possibility of being affected by the gale force winds and rain …