Wednesday, October 22, 2008

DSU Homecoming 2008 -- The Delta Party: Who spilled the 'drank' on the speakers?!?

No shootings. No fights. No drama. Just a busted speaker.

Homecoming was moving right along and I just knew it was going to end with a bang. Especially since the devastating divas of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. were hosting the party.

However, homecoming ended with a very costly SPILL.

Apparently someone knocked their Henny and Coke all over one of the speakers and in an instant the music became muted. ["No music...clap, clap, clap, clap"]

And without much hesitation the crowd began to leave despite having about an hour left to party. Of course, I didn't go anywhere.
I can't recall how long the music was out because I just continued to take pics. But it eventually came back on with some time to spare. The DJ said we'd party until 4 a.m., but he was lying. Come on, we were in Dover, where the parties end at 2 a.m. and IHOP is the unofficial after party. [lol]

The bright spot was when the DJ announced free Long Island Ice Teas at the bar. I never seen folks move so fast!!

The party was in celebration of 50 years of the Epilson Alpha chapter of DST. Congrats! (Note: The Gamma Sigma chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is celebrating 60 years! A-PHII!)

Overall, I had fun at the party and enjoyed seeing more old friends. It wasn't as packed as the night before, but the reason for that was likely because many people had just paid $40 for the Young Alum party.

Hopefully we all learned an important lesson at the conclusion of Homecoming 2008: keep your 'drank' off the speakers.

Monday, October 20, 2008

DSU Homecoming 2008 - "The Obama Effect"



Driving through Delaware I couldn't help but notice the Sen. Joe Biden signs along Route 1.

Then once I arrived on campus, I immediately saw several students showing their support wearing Barack Obama pins and t-shirts.
We are almost two weeks away from the biggest election of our time. It was clear Delaware State University was Obama-Biden territory.

Nearly every vendor outside the football stadium was selling Barack Obama paraphernalia on Saturday. I said to myself, "Man, everyone is trying to make a buck off Barack." Or maybe they were just trying to show support for the man who could very well become the first African-American president of our country.

This homecoming was the first year I sat in IHOP and talked politics with my friends. We talked about the issues, debates, the funny SNL skits and the commercials.

The step show winning Alphas even had a portion of their performance that included a skit with a likeness of Barack Obama.

The DSU Die Hards chanted "Barack Obama" and "Who is McCain?" during the football game.

HBCUs across the country played an important role during the Civil Rights movement. And it's good to see HBCUs playing a role in this year's election.

Not every college campus is thrilled with Obama's presidential possibility. Just last month, four students in Oregon confessed to hanging a likeness of Obama from a tree. [To read that story: click here.]

Although it was quite evident the Obama effect was in full swing at Del State, make sure you do your part and vote.


DSU Homecoming 2008 - Football Game: Hornets slam Aggies, 42-7


Saturday's homecoming football game against the Aggies of North Carolina A&T was like background music in a good movie.

The game was going on, but you weren't really paying that much attention to it. After all, the game was highly uncontested.



Despite the lopsided victory for the Delaware State University Hornets, the DSU Die Hards -- the cheering section of studnets -- continued to make their voices heard. At one point, the game was so out of reach that the Die Hards began chanting, "Barack Obama" and "Who is McCain?"

DSU Die Hards

Like many HBCU homecomings [aside from the game], it's all about the band performance at halftime, the fish fry and saying hello to friends who may not have seen since last year.

The band: Approaching Storm? Or Approaching Swarm?


The Royal Court led by Miss and Mr. DSU


Shannon, Sterling, Eric, M. Feenz

Sunday, October 19, 2008

DSU Homecoming 2008 - Young Alum Party lives up to the hype


'The Young Alumni Party' was clearly the event everyone was talking about heading into DSU Homecoming and it didn't disappoint.

The party, catered to 'younger alums' of DSU, was the talk of last year's homecoming festivities and the word was out for this year: DON'T MISS THE YOUNG ALUM PARTY!

Sadiqa, Damon and Shannon

Like last year, the party was held at the Duncan Center in 'historic downtown Dover.'

Everyone was there. The folks you remember walking in the school fashion shows, the SGA members who promised you a 'better campus,' the fraternity/sorority members who entertained you at a step show, the people who wrote 20 Questions for The Hornet newspaper and even the guy who sold you bootleg CDs on campus.

SGA President 02-03 Clint Saunders and his sister/former Hornet newspaper writer Angel Saunders


It was a 'grown and sexy' affair -- that means no sneakers or baggy jeans. Some people I know found out the hard way that their attire was not acceptable and they were turned away. At least they got to save $40, which was the at-the-door price. [Note: I told you guys to buy your tickets in advance for $25! Didn't listen.]

Overall, the party was more of a mix and mingle with a lot of picture taking, but don't get it twisted there was plenty of dancing. For those who remember Del State gym parties [or for the older heads, MLK Auditorium parties] there was no stench of throw up and no security pushing through to get to a fight between city rivals.


Perhaps next year the party could be held in a different venue. Maybe even on campus inside the new student center? Or maybe not, it's not scheduled to open until winter 2009.


DSU Homecoming 2008 - STEP SHOW: From the outside looking in


Standing outside the Step Show that was filled to capacity. :-(

First, kudos to whoever made the decision to put the DSU Homecoming Step Show on Friday. I just wish I could have seen it!

In a nutshell, I drove from Teaneck, N.J. to Dover, Del. in about three hours. I didn't leave until about 6 p.m., so I was already anticipating missing most of the show. I had planned to leave early -- but I didn't -- so I'll accept responsibility for missing the step show. Although the reason I couldn't even get inside was because the gym was filled to capacity, according to campus flashlight security at the door.(Note: Traditionally the Step Show is held on Thursday, but switching it to Friday meant you may not have had to take any days off from work to fully enjoy homecoming. It also meant one fewer night at a hotel.)

As I predicted on this blog, the brothers of the Gamma Sigma chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. walked away with their 4th straight DSU Homecoming Step Show victory. Congrats! I heard it was a great show. I just wish I could have seen it!

It was apparent I wasn't the only one missing out. I probably would have been able to get in, but I had to park what felt like miles away in a lot near the front of the school. Then as I walked to the gym I had to take a long detour because of the construction for the new Student Center.

When I finally got to the doors I was met by a group of familiar faces who also had tickets and were unable to get in. It was like a who's who outside the gym. Members of fraternities and sororities, former student leaders and former employees of the university stood outside trying to make those calls for help, but to no avail.

So I missed the step show and homecoming was off to a rocky start, to say the least...at this point it could only get better.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

"I'm Coming Home Again": What to do at DSU Homecoming?

Photo from Homecoming 2007


It's the place of many great memories.

It's the place where I spent many endless hours in the Hornet newspaper office. It's the place where I participated in memorable and controversial SGA elections. The place where campus parties were never dull and the place where the cafeteria food was always under constant criticism.

It's the place I'm proud to call HOME -- DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY.

And next Friday, I'm coming home again.

Indeed, I'm looking forward to returning HOME next weekend for Homecoming. And I know that I'm not alone.

Within the last 24 hours I've been inundated with text messages, phone calls and MySpace -Facebook messages from friends trying to find out "what's poppin' for homecoming?"

Well, I'm going to use this blog to share what I know with everyone else:



First, there's been a change to the traditional activities schedule.




This year the Homecoming Step Show will be held on Friday night.

It's important to note the Gamma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is going for their 4th straight homecoming step show victory. There's no doubt that the dominance of the men of black and old gold will continue. [06!] Come out and support!

After the step show is the after party --- or should I say the Young Alumni Party, as it's been commonly referred to as.

If you didn't attend last year's young alum party, you missed out...plain and simple.

**ALUM PARTY #1**
FRIDAY, OCT. 17

The party is going down on Friday, Oct. 17 at The Outlook at the Duncan Center in Dover -- 500 W. Loockerman Street. Tickets are $25 in advance.

Check out the web site for additional information www.thedsucircle.com
[go to the site to find out how to pick up your tickets...don't wait until the last minute folks. This will be the party that everyone is talking about!]

Then on Saturday, the football game the Hornets take on the Aggies of North Carolina A&T.

What to do on Saturday night besides standing around the plots? Easy! Go back to the Duncan Center for another party. It's also $25 in advance [more at the door].

**ALUM PARTTY #2**
SATURDAY, OCT. 18

This party is being hosted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Tickets can be purchased here --- www.dsualumni.com/ ["hurry up and buy"..."hurry and buy"...LOL]

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF HOMECOMING ACTIVITIES: click here.

For those people still undecided on attending Homecoming, make up your minds and just GO! It's once a year and you'll be glad you went when it's all over.

I can't believe it's been more than three years since clouds loomed over the commencement ceremonies of the class of 2005.

While I have made several trips to Del State since graduation, homecoming is always a special time because you get to reunite with people you haven't seen in years.

It's a great time to catch up on where your friends are now living and working. Who is married? Who has kids? You know, the fun stuff that people will talk about while stuffing their faces at IHOP or Denny's after the parties are all over.

I hope this has helped some of you out...see you at HOME.

"I'm coming home again."

Below Video: Kanye West "Homecoming"


ALSO DURING HOMECOMING:
THURSDAY, OCT. 16
AllHipHop.com Returns To Its Roots for Homecoming

AllHipHop.com and Delaware State University’s SGA The (RE) BIRTH have partnered to bring opportunity and entertainment to DSU students through the AllHipHop College Rep Program and the AllHipHop Homecoming Tour.

In celebration of their 10-year anniversary, AllHipHop.com has created a College Rep Program to give students an opportunity to gain real-world marketing, public relations and journalism experience.

AllHipHop.com, the most widely read Hip-Hop entity in the world, has roots in Delaware with founders Chuck Creekmur, who attended DSU for a stint before graduating from the University of Delaware, and Greg Watkins, who currently resides in Wilmington, DE.

On Oct. 16, AllHipHop.com will bring two exciting events to Delaware State University’s Homecoming Week.

The Social Lounge TM: A Discussion of Hip-Hop, Politics and More is an interactive panel discussion moderated by MTV’s Fonzworth Bentley. Featured panelists include Grammy Award-winning rapper Rhymefest, Hip-Hop artist-turned-entertainment attorney Tracey Lee, author/lecturer Mo Beasley, AllHipHop Co-Founders Chuck Creekmur and Greg Watkins, and DSU’s own former SGA Vice President Ayanna Mac (aka The Last Donna).

The event will take place in the Longwood Auditorium of the Bank of America Building at 11:00AM with a Meet & Greet immediately following.

At 5:00PM, AllHipHop is taking over THE CIRCLE (Plots) with the AllHipHop Soundstage featuring performances by Maino, Red Café, Rock City, Alfamega, Young Steff and more.

For more info contact Roni Turner at rasheedah@135stagency.com or call 404-510-7941.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Concert Review: Common pops, locks and breakdances


Common's performance on Saturday at the Roseland Ballroom far exceeded my expectations.
He performed a myriad of hits, shared the stage with Pharrell Williams and Cee-Lo and even did some breakdancing.

If you would have told me Common was going to breakdance, I would have said YOU'RE CRAZY!
It's also worth mentioning that the same crowd that was jumping around to N.E.R.D. stuck around for Common. They knew his songs, both new and old, and sang along and jumped with him.

Common hyped up the crowd with "Go!" and took us down memory lane with "The Light," a track that proved to be a commercial breakthrough for the "conscious rapper" in 2000.

He also performed popular hits "Come Close," "The Corner," "Testify" and "Drivin' Me Wild."

He even danced around the stage to some classic house music ["Hot Music"]. Common was indeed pulling out all the stops for his show and it was well-received by the crowd. Diddy stuck around for the beginning of Common's set, but left mid-way through. Probably to get some TLC from Cassie.

At the end of the night Common, who has a reputation as the conscious rapper because of his lyrical content, struck me more as an all-around entertainer and performer than anything else. Great show from a great rapper who has been in the game for quite some time.

It's a shame it's taken this long [more than 15 years and 7 albums] for people to really get familiar with him. He has an eighth album -- Universal Mind Control -- scheduled to drop later this year. Make it your business to cop that!


Common put on quite the show. Go see him live, if you can.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Concert Review: N.E.R.D. rocks NYC; Diddy injured?


Entering the Roseland Ballroom on Saturday night I thought I was at a rock concert.

I walked into the standing room only venue to hear a rock band -- Chester French (signed to Star Trak) -- opening up for the Pharrell Williams led N.E.R.D. And I could tell I wasn't the only one surprised as people walking in had a look of confusion on their faces. (kinda like, "What the hell is this?)

The crowd was extremely diverse. Hip-hop meets alternative rock would be the best way to describe it. There was plenty of beer drinking, Long Island Ice Teas and smoking of "illegal substances."

Finally, the rocker band exited and it was time for the hip-rock band N.E.R.D. Their music is a fusion of hip-hop and alternative rock so I guess the opening act was acceptable. That would also explain the crowd. Let's not forget Pharrell also refers to himself as "Skateboard P."

I saw N.E.R.D. perform earlier this year at the Kanye West "Glow in the Dark" tour, so I was already prepared for their high-energy show. I was just looking forward to seeing how the crowd would react. And as expected, the crowd went absolutely nuts.

"Everybody Nose" and "Spaz" are N.E.R.D.'s biggest hits right now and both got huge reactions during their set. Among past hits that fans were treated to included "She Wants to Move" and "Lapdance." (Note: N.E.R.D. or the Neptunes is also responsible for the popular Noreaga "Superthug" beat from 1998...wow, can you believe that was 10 years ago!?)

On "Everybody Nose" Pharrell gladly flooded the stage with females and received plenty of that "groupie love" as lucky ladies grinded on him without any hesitation or coaching.

To give Pharrell credit...he's quite the performer and did his share of quirky dances to the delight of the crowd, which included hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs.

Diddy had a front row seat in the balcony and got a special shout out from Pharell.

Pharell gave Diddy credit for helping him out early his career and giving him a chance.

What happened to Diddy?

Diddy could be seen standing up, singing the words and rocking out to "Lapdance." It seems as though Diddy suffered some sort of injury to his left arm as it was in a sling. Wonder happened to him this time??

And to further add to rumors of Diddy and R&B singer Cassie having some sort of relationship, it appeared as though she was nearby. I guess she was helping the injured Diddy. Hmmm..

25th birthday: Robin Thicke Album Release Party


Okay, truth be told I DID NOT "quietly" turn 25.

I closed out my 25th birthday at a Robin Thicke album release party in New York City.

A little background:
Last year I attempted to gather my friends at a club in the city, but due to some technical difficulties, which included the club promoters switching the venue on the day of the party, things didn't go as planned. In fact, some of my friends still refer to last year's birthday party as "the set up."

Therefore, I was really pretty discouraged from trying to organize another "big birthday bash" at a city club.

This time around a friend of mine sent me a message about an album release party she was promoting and it happened to fall on my birthday. The event was free and all you had to do was RSVP. So I decided at the last minute to tell some of my friends and hoped they could make it out for an after work event with R&B singer Robin Thicke. (yeah, he's the son of Alan Thicke from Growning Pains.)

Although Robin Thicke didn't perform, the party was tons of fun and I was glad my friends could make it out to celebrate with me. A big thank you to those who partied with me on a Monday night, despite many having to go to work the next day. I took offf work on Tuesday so getting up the next day was the last thing on my mind.

Robin Thicke at 49 Grove Lounge; that's not his wife!

And usually when Robin Thicke is mentioned, the next question is, "Where was his wife?"

Well, she wasn't there! For those who don't know he's married to beautiful actress Paula Patton. (You know her from her roles in Hitch, Idlewild and Deja Vu)

Other celeb sightings at the club included Malik Yoba of New York Undercover fame. My cousin went for a picture with the C-list celebrity and she got the "give me one minute" finger.

She decided to give him all the minutes he needed and didn't bother him anymore. Malik who?

Overall, the 25th was great. Thanks to all those who helped make it special and very memorable.

25th birthday: My sister, niece and nephew

My brother Anthony, sister Maria, nephew Dallas, niece Bella and me (M. Feenz).

If some of you were surprised by the fact that I have a twin brother, then you'll really be surprised to know that I also have a sister. And I'm also an uncle to 2-year-old Bella and 4-month-old Dallas.

Some of you who know me pretty well are probably scratching your heads and saying, "When did this happen? I never knew you had a sister."

Well, turns out that I didn't know I had a sister either until March 2006. Without going into too much detail my sister -- Maria Feeney -- found me on MySpace. You know the Web site that is known for "social networking" was actually responsible for something that changed my life. The rest of that story will be told in a future book or perhaps movie. TBA.

::Back to our regularly scheduled blog::

The day is Monday, Sept. 29 -- the 25th birthday of the twins [my brother and I].

Once again, I wanted to "quietly" turn 25 and I really didn't have much planned. I was just happy that I took off from work and I didn't have to run to the scene of a bank robbery, house fire or investigate whether man was attacked or just fell trying to grab a few pears. (click the link to read the story)

I decided it would be good idea to spend this milestone birthday with my brother, sister, niece and nephew. So we went to lunch at the Grand Lux Cafe in Paramus, N.J.

The best part of the lunch came toward the end when our waiter surprised my brother and I with cake and ice cream that was lit by a single candle. We let our niece do the honors of blowing out the candles because she may have been more excited than we were about the birthday cake.

I was still surprised because my sister clearly had her hands full with her two little ones. So when could she have had time to tell the waiter it was our birthday?

I asked my sister, "When did you tell him it was our birthday?"

She said, "When I went to the bathroom."

She had originally told me she was going to the bathroom to change Dallas. I guess she lied.

The birthday continues...

The Grand Lux Cafe Birthday Cake

Thursday, October 2, 2008

25th birthday: Family first















Turning 25-years-old is supposed to be a big deal, right?

It's kind of like turning 10? Or 18? 21?

Well, I had initially planned to turn 25 "quietly," which generated some chuckles from a few of my friends.

One friend said, "Fool, you know you don't do anything quietly?"

I laughed because it was true.

Nonetheless, the only thing I really planned was a family gathering on Sunday, Sept. 28 -- the day before my birthday. We had a late dinner at my uncle's house in the Bronx to celebrate my brother and I turning 25.

That's right folks, I have a twin brother [Anthony]. I don't know why people always think I'm lying when I tell them I have a twin. Do I joke around that much!?

And for those who don't know my family, they celebrate just about everything whether it's a milestone birthday or not. So turning 25 didn't feel much different from that perspective. It was yet another family gathering, but indeed one that was much appreciated.

We sang happy birthday and enjoyed cake even though 9-29 hadn't quite arrived yet.

But when the clock struck midnight it was my 93-year-old grandmother who belted out the first "Happy birthday!"

We were off to a great start to celebrating 25.

More to come...