Fayetteville State African Caribbean students to celebrate culture - March 30

March 19, 2009

(Fayetteville, N.C.) - The African and Caribbean Students Association (ACSA) of Fayetteville State University (FSU) will hold its 3rd Annual ACSA Celebration on March 30 at 7 p.m. in J.W. Seabrook Auditorium. There will be a fashion show, dancers, spoken word, and a presentation by renowned professor, author, and filmmaker M.K. Asante, Jr. The event is free and open to the public.

The author of three celebrated books, Asante’s latest book, It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop, was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “An empowering book that moves you to action and to question status quo America.” His second book, Beautiful. And Ugly Too, prompted Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Charles Fuller to call Asante “One of the most important writers of his generation.” Asante’s first book, Like Water Running Off My Back, won the Academy of American Poets Jean Corrie Prize for its title piece.
An internationally-acclaimed filmmaker, Asante wrote, directed, and produced The Black Candle, a film narrated by renowned poet and icon Dr. Maya Angelou. Asante also wrote and produced the film 500 Years Later; winner of Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival; Best Documentary at the Bridgetown Film Festival; Best Film at the Black Berlin Film Festival; Best International Documentary at the Harlem International Film Festival; and the Breaking the Chains award from the United Nations.
For more information, please call (910) 672-1474.

Food Network’s Chef Jeff schedules visit to Fayetteville State University

November 16, 2008

A reformed drug dealer turned chef is coming to Fayetteville State University (FSU). Chef Jeff Henderson, who can be seen on the Food Network, will appear December 4 at 6 p.m. in J.W. Seabrook Auditorium on the FSU campus. His appearance is sponsored by Smithfield Foods. The event is free and open to the public.
Henderson grew up on the tough streets of South Central Los Angeles and San Diego in California. At age 19, he was running a $35,000-a-week cocaine operation. Five years later, he was arrested and sent to prison where he spent the next 10 years. While incarcerated, Henderson discovered a passion for cooking and the drive to turn his life around. He became the executive chef at Café Bellagio in Las Vegas, wrote a best-selling book, and now his focus is on helping others.
In his Food Network show, “Chef Jeff Project,” he takes six at-risk young adults and commits to turning their lives around by putting them to work in his catering company, Posh Urban Cuisine. He arms them with the knowledge, the skills and, ultimately, the opportunity for a new life with a culinary career.
Henderson has received widespread national attention on numerous TV and radio programs and print publications, including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The Montel Williams Show,” ” CNBC,” National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” ABC’s “Person of the Week,” People, and USA Today. Henderson lives in Las Vegas with his wife and three children.For more information, please call (910) 672-1474.

Fayetteville State Professor Wins National Grant

February 26, 2008

911426-1.jpegSarah S. G. Frantz, an assistant professor of English at Fayetteville State University (FSU), won the 2007-2008 Academic Research Grant from the Romance Writers of America (RWA). The $5000 grant provides funding for the academic study of mass market popular romance fiction.Frantz teaches eighteenth-century and Romantic-era British literature at FSU, as well as popular literature and culture. She has published articles on Jane Austen and popular romance fiction and is currently editing two academic anthologies, one of which examines popular romance fiction from new theoretical perspectives. Frantz also blogs about popular romance fiction at Romancing the Blog and Teach Me Tonight. The research grant will provide summer funding for Frantz to write three academic articles on popular romance fiction.

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