Black Student Assembly showcases student talent at GearFest

first_img“The idea with ‘Ascension’ was that we wanted everyone in attendance to feel like being at the event put them in line with their future,” Chilaka said. “I wanted the event to be bigger, to ascend into a bigger thing so that it continues.” Performers and attendees flocked to McCarthy Quad on Saturday. where the Black Student Assembly’s Creative Experience Committee hosted the 10th annual GearFest. This year’s theme, “Ascension,” served as the festival’s mission statement: to elevate and empower Black students, artists, musicians, performers, creatives and vendors to find their higher calling. The music festival component of the event primarily highlighted student talent, save for the headliner — Maryland-born, Los Angeles-based singer Brent Faiyaz — and special guest Troi Irons, a Los Angeles-native musician. The lineup included performances from student artists Ayoni (Ayoni Thompson), Kabwasa (Etienne Kabwasa Green), JAiRUS (Jairus Edwards) and Vietta (Stephenie Lawrence).  For photo ops, the committee set up a reflective, three-tiered pedestal with a wicker chair beside it to evoke an iconic photograph of Black Panther Party leader Huey Newton.  Since summer, the Creative Experience team has been working to make this year’s GearFest a reality. Creative Experience co-director Gogo Chilaka developed the theme as early as last summer. Chilaka, a senior majoring in business administration, spearheaded the event alongside her co-director Kionte Hickman, a junior majoring in architecture. GearFest featured more than just music. In line with the event’s name, the festival hosted a fashion show in which students sported gear made by stylists from the USC community. A month before the event, Creative Experience crowdsourced its models by sending out a casting call on Instagram. Tents lined the quad displaying artworks, crafts and clothing made by students and community members. Companies like The Dublife Co., which creates Western clothing with African aesthetics and BLEX, which features prominent Black figures on their clothing, sold their products to festival goers.  Opposite the quad from the stage, Creative Experience set up installations, including a chalkboard for attendees to write how they will ascend and an immersive experience dubbed “Vibe Check” where students could have their tarot cards read in a tent made of holographic, multicolored material.  Attendees were satisfied with how the festival met its goals through art, culture and community. “USC, how y’all feeling?” Faiyaz asked the crowd of USC students gathered at McCarthy Quad. “This is a good ass crowd, I’m fucking with y’all. Appreciate the love, for real.” “It was really nice to see such a diverse and inclusive cast of models being represented at USC,” said Netra Bhat, a freshman attendee majoring in mathematics. “The clothes in the show were unlike anything I’d ever seen before.” “I feel happy — it went well, I’m really glad,” Chilaka said. “To have gone through that whole process to get [Faiyaz] here and then to have been there felt really good, felt very full circle.” One of the standout student sets of the day came from JAiRUS, accompanied onstage by a nine-person band composed of Thornton School of Music jazz students and alumni, brought a soulful energy indicative of his musical origins — he grew up singing in his church. When Faiyaz took the stage for his headlining performance, he seamlessly transitioned between songs from his latest release “Fuck the World” and select cuts from his 2017 project “Sonder Son.” He played nearly every track from “Fuck the World,” including crowd favorites “Been Away,” “Let Me Know” and the album’s title track. “There was a lot more participation with student artists [and] vendors selling stuff, so I like that in comparison to last year,” Hickman said. “We had three community vendors that we reached out to and then we had six student vendors that reached out to us.” “I’m really pleased with how everything came out and everything that I heard,” said JAiRUS, a junior studying music (jazz voice). “The crowd’s energy was really great and I thought it was a pretty groovy time … I tried to apply [this year’s Ascension theme] to my own message that I like to give about love, so taking love to the next level.” Thornton junior Jairus Edwards, who performs under the name JAiRUS, brought his R&B style to an audience of hundreds during the music festival portion of the event. (Caleb Griffin | Daily Trojan )last_img read more

Warriors leave Perth empty handed again

first_imgThe result was only the beginning of the New Zealand based team’s woes, as they endured a nightmare day in Perth.Veteran Ryan Hoffman and young forward Albert Vete both face extended stints on the sidelines after copping broken bones.Vete broke his arm in the first half of the loss, while Hoffman didn’t even get on the field.The 33-year-old’s final season at the Warriors will now be heavily shortened after he broke a metatarsal bone in his foot while stretching at the team hotel.The loss also marked their ninth straight in Perth, and after they led 16-0 in the opening 17 minutes, it was the fifth time they have given away a substantial lead in the city.”It’s pretty disappointing because I thought we did enough in certain stages of the game to come away with the result,” coach Stephen Kearney said.”We let them back into the game when we got a bit of a lead to start off with.”That left us scrambling at the end there to try and salvage a result at the back end.”The loss also left them four points out of the top eight, in 10th position.It will likely mean they will now have to win at least five of their final eight games to have any hopes of making the finals after the State of Origin rounds, given they have the bye next week.A telling equation, when considered they have only won 26.67 per cent of matches after the Origin period since the start of 2013 – the worst record of any team in the league. Photo: Photosport Warriors Simon Mannering is tackled by the Sea Eagleslast_img read more

Martinez: Everton ready for artificial turf test in Europa League

first_img Everton manager Roberto Martinez 1 Everton manager Roberto Martinez has stressed his confidence that his players are ready for the challenge of facing Young Boys on the Swiss side’s artificial pitch.In preparation for Thursday’s Europa League last-32 first leg, the Toffees have this week been training on a similar surface used by Everton Ladies and the Widnes Vikings rugby league team.Young Boys have won all five of their European games at their Stade de Suisse home this term, including a 2-0 victory over Napoli.And asked during his pre-match press conference at the stadium if he was worried about the pitch there, Martinez said: “Obviously it is a completely different surface and the bounce of the ball is different.“The home team are a bit more used to those conditions.“But from our point of view, we have done our preparation right – the whole week we have been working on that sort of surface, and I feel we are ready.“I think it is more about making sure we don’t do too much, because I think recovering from working on this sort of surface can take a little bit longer than with natural grass.“But overall, we are ready as a team to be able to perform and be ourselves tomorrow, and it is not an excuse or a reason for us not to be able to compete in the game.”Everton, who are enjoying their first continental campaign in five seasons, head into Thursday’s match off the back of an impressive effort in the group stage.They accrued 11 points en route to claiming top spot in Group H, with their only loss coming after that position had been secured, however, their domestic form has been more disappointing.The Toffees have won just two of their last 13 Premier League fixtures, and suffered early exits in both FA Cup and League Cup competitions.But Martinez, whose side came fifth in the Premier League last season but are currently 12th, hopes continued success in Europe can help the Merseysiders gain some momentum in what remains of their top-flight campaign.The Spaniard added: “For us to be involved in the Europa League is a phenomenal opportunity to grow as a team and it is something we need at the club.“European football is something that needs to run in our DNA and we want to have this on a consistent basis.“In terms of the season, we have never had a real momentum in the league and that has been affecting us in our results.“But we have been pristine in Europe and, now, in the knockout stages we are really excited and looking forward to it.“We embrace the competition and we want to take this competitive edge into the Premier League and finish the season as strong as we can.”last_img read more

Income data for minorities in Clark County can be tricky

first_imgWhen the U.S. Census released its 2015 data on income, as estimated by the American Community Survey, it gave generally positive news. Median household income in Clark County rose 4.1 percent to $64,272 between 2014 and 2015. That means half of households earn more than that and half earn less.However, if median household income is broken down by race, it suggests this happy news hasn’t benefited everyone. Between 2014 and 2015, median household incomes dropped 5.6 percent among black or African-American households, 6.3 percent among Asian-American households, 8.5 percent among households of two or more races, and 1.6 percent among Hispanic or Latino households.The most striking figure is this: Between 2005 and 2015, median household income among black households in Clark County dropped 21.8 percent, far more than any other race. It was estimated to be $40,861 last year — well below the overall median for all households.Why was there such a big decline?“The numbers are junk,” said regional labor economist Scott Bailey. “The sample is just too small to get anything reliable.”Bailey, who works for the state Employment Security Department, points out that the Census’ estimated incomes for black households, and other minority households, have gyrated over the years. The data say that in 2005 black households earned $52,262 — nearly $2,000 more than the median income for all households that year. (This goes against national data saying that black households have consistently earned less than whites.) Then, the next year, their median income dropped to $40,668.The sample size used in the surveys is just too small, making the margin of error significant, Bailey said. That $40,861 figure comes with a $12,878 margin of error. That means median household income may be as low as $27,983 or as high as $53,739, depending.last_img read more