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UAPB honors students present at historic national conference

I cried because I am so glad that UAPB is producing women like this! Go Queens!! This my Grandma, Mama, and Daddy’s alma mater Reppin for the home state!


Sheena Meadows, Christ-Shamma Matalbert, Amera Allison, Dr. Carolyn F. Blakely (l-r) Sheena Meadows, Christ-Shamma Matalbert, Amera Allison, Dr. Carolyn F. Blakely

Two scholars from the Carolyn F. Blakely Honors Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff presented research in Nashville at the 25th Annual National Association of African-American Honors Programs (NAAAHP) Conference.

Amera Allison, a sophomore business major from Detroit, MI, presented research on the impact three of the four controlling images of black women in the media (as identified by Patricia Hill Collins, 2000) have on the behavior of their black women audience. Christ-Shamma Matalbert, a sophomore political science major who is originally from Haiti but currently a resident of Douglasville, GA, presented research on college students’ perception of natural hair in the professional setting. Both students received certificates for their presentations.

Mrs. Sheena T. Meadows, director of the Carolyn F. Blakely Honors Program, stated that she is, “immensely proud of Allison and Matalbert for their hard…

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Now see, Miz RetroStank is so many different things (aren't we all?), but namely, she IS a Chistian, wife, mother, light, poetess, songwriter, actress, fashion show coordinator, scriptwriter, freethinker, artist, ATLien, and a weirdo with a love for culture and healing. She wants you to know that you can BE, DO, and HAVE anything and everything through Christ! She is native to the third coast, specifically the Southern kingdoms of Arkansas and Georgia. Sweet as pie, good as gold, and free as a bird, she is the only girl of three chill'un, and lawd, did that make for some imagination and shopaholic tendencies. Her father was an Army man and her mama is an infinitely enthusiastic and loving lady. In any case, exposure to different places, expectation of excellence, and a homeopathic childhood environment, majorly tilted her towards uniqueness; she was THAT girl who wore a dragon-print dress with a mandarin collar one day and a funky TLC-inspired look complete with ponytails and barrettes the next. So, by now, you're understanding that she is all about the spice of life. So sit back, buckle your seat-belt, and enjoy "the Funky ride all around the world" (in the words of Outkast).

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