Sortori Summers


Restaurant Review: Laverne’s Southern Bistro and Bakery

On the outskirts of Statesville, N.C. stands a small, brick building with four green lawn chairs and three black, round tables with small pumpkin decorations. A white and blue sign with black capital letters says “OPEN” as it lies above the business hours sign located inside the front door made of glass. Entering the building, the yellow concrete walls attract the attention of the naked eye as the warm and bubbly voice of Laverne Zachary fills the room. The smell of sizzling, smoked bacon also floats in the air. If you’re looking for a place for some southern home cooking, Laverne’s Southern Bistro and Bakery is the place to go.

When I arrived, I was greeted instantly and was sat at a table. The waitress was super sweet and had excellent customer service. I arrived during breakfast hours and ordered a stack of pancakes, four strips of bacon and a cup of sweet tea. After I ordered, the waitress immediately told the cook and my and meal was made to order. The food came out nice and hot just like I like it.

Now of course I didn’t just stay for breakfast, I also ate lunch. The lunch special for the day included: hamburger steak, baked sweet potatoes, black eyed-peas, cornbread and my choice of drink. This meal was only $7.49! I must say that it was delicious and I ate every single bite all the way down to the last crumb of the cornbread.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to eat dessert, but the desserts include: brownies, cakes and pies. The most popular dessert has been Laverne’s Waffle Cake. Yes it is what it sounds like! A cake that tastes like a waffle, yum!  So, whenever you have the taste for a nice home cooked meal, but you don’t really want to cook it yourself, stop by Laverne’s Southern Bistro and Bakery. Enjoy dining in at the home feel, care-free, no-stress allowed restaurant. Be sure to bring your family and friends with you to help experience this amazing place!  

Photo By Tori Summers
Photo By Tori Summers

College Life: 3 Ways to get through your Early Mornings and Late Nights

  • Prioritize

Being a college student is stressful. There is so much that is required of you that sometimes it can be overwhelming. The best way to make your college life run a bit smoother is by prioritizing. Don’t know how to do this? It’s easy! Just make a checklist of what needs to be done from the most important to the least important. Then, go down that list and complete each task. After you finish each task, mark it off the list and before you know it you will be finished!

  • Say No

Often saying no is hard to do! For example, you have a midterm on a Friday morning but, your friend invited you to a party on a Thursday night. You know you aren’t fully prepared for the exam, but you also don’t want to miss out on all of the fun. These tough situations happen all the time, but no worries! Like everything else, saying no takes practice, and you will get better at saying it with time. This action falls back on prioritizing. When you have a list of things that you know you should get done first, saying no will be a breeze! Remember: Having “me time” is not selfish, it is essential!

  • Sleep

As a college student, you may not get much sleep due to studying numerous of hours for exams or suffering the consequences of procrastination. It’s important that you get a least eight hours of sleep each night. In order to accomplish a healthy sleeping pattern, here are some steps that you can take to ensure that you get enough sleep to function properly for the next morning:

  • Do your homework during the day. If you can take some time to study after each class you will eliminate cramming later.
  • Make sure that you don’t waste your time doing things like scrolling down your newsfeed on Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram. Don’t fall victim to these type of distractions. It may be fun now, but later it will sneak up on you and have you irritable because you failed to stay focused.
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal before going to bed. Sometimes heavy meals are the cause of sleepless nights.
  • Relax! Listen to your favorite playlist before bed or do yoga. Try your best to clear your mind before you lay down so that you won’t toss and turn throughout the night fighting sleep!
  • When you wake up in the morning, make sure you eat breakfast so that you can be focused and perform at your highest potential in the classroom.
Photo By Tori Summers
Photo By Tori Summers


5 Reasons why you should’ve gone to the Homecoming Game

  • You paid for it

It’s amazing how a lot of you complain about tuition but never use the resources that your tuition pays for. UNC Charlotte’s football team is fairly new, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t support the come up of the new team. It’s easy to obtain a ticket for the game, and it’s free! Go to, type in your student ID number and type “guest” as your password. Does your mom, dad, boyfriend or girlfriend want to come to the game as well? No worries, you can purchase two guest tickets for $10 each! As a student, you can also reserve all of your tickets for each home football game that you want to attend. So, if you missed this year’s homecoming football game, go ahead and plan to be there next year!

  • Relieve stress

If you’re stressed, the football game would’ve been a great outlet for you to scream your heart out without looking crazy. The first half of the game was absolutely mind boggling as both teams fumbled the ball and threw interceptions within seconds. Although we lost by one point, the game was exciting! The stadium was filled with alumni and other students cheering the football team on. So next time, come to the homecoming game to relieve your stress by having a little fun with your Niner family!  

  • Free stuff

If you’re a T-shirt fanatic like I am, you would’ve enjoyed going to the homecoming football game. During timeouts, UNC Charlotte used a T-shirt cannon to shoot T-shirts out into the crowd. The only effort you had to make was actually showing up! Not only did UNC Charlotte give away T-shirts, but also gift cards for gas and food. This homecoming game I received a Chick-fil-A promotional card that will get me a FREE Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit! If you were there, you could’ve gotten one too!

  • Study break

Fall break has ended and school is back in, but if you are caught up on your classwork there is nothing wrong with treating yourself right? The homecoming football game would’ve been a great way for you to get away from your schoolwork for a few hours. The best thing about the homecoming game was that you didn’t have to stay the whole time. You could’ve watched the first half of the game, grabbed some food and gone back to your room to study. Yes, you’re here to prosper in the classroom, but there should be a balance. Don’t forget to reward yourself for being an awesome student!

  • Create new memories

Unfortunately, this was my last homecoming football game as an undergrad! As a transfer student, I tried my best to get involved in all of the homecoming events so that I would have something to look back on after I graduate. My advice to you is that you should do the same! Don’t spend the rest of your undergrad years thinking “I should’ve, could’ve, would’ve.” Get out and live it up! After all, you want to have a million stories to tell your children whenever you get married right?

Photo By Tori Summers
Photo By Tori Summers

Humans of UNC Charlotte: Meet Alexis Widemon, Kris Long, Robbie Miller, Bri-Anna Lewis and Kristine Slade

Photo By Hailey Turpin
Photo By Hailey Turpin

“The big point today during this demonstration was to show the higher-ups that hey we have a voice, we are not going anywhere and we are a vital part of this campus. We do a lot of things on this campus as a black community, we hold so many positions. Without us here you would not be running this campus. So we just wanted to make sure that they knew that we are here and that we have a voice, we are not going to stay silent, we are not going to be quiet. Yes we have classes to go to, but this is bigger than ourselves, and that’s what we wanted the people to know that we love each other and we want this to be a community and in the future we wanna be more inclusive. The diversity on this campus, that’s something we sell ourselves on, but we are not inclusive at all. So our plan today was to be able to go and talk to people we don’t normally talk to and bring them to this event and let them know that it’s all love on this campus. We want them to spread that in their personal life, on and off campus and through the greater Charlotte community. We want them to get involved in organizations off campus like the NAACP and different things uptown. There is so much to do and we just wanted to bring people’s awareness to what happened on Tuesday night and whats going to continue happening unless we make some systematic changes.

It was a little difficult, we went out there (to the Tuesday night protests) there was a mix crowd. There were a lot of people there for the right reasons but there was also a lot of people there with hostility and hate in their hearts. A lot of us didn’t come for that reason, we came because black lives matter is a movement and we’re sticking behind it. We did not come to riot, we did not come to be in police officer’s faces and yell at them, we came to let them know, like we did today (9/21) that our voices need to be heard, this is a problem we identify with and we are going to continue to cover.”    -Alexis Widemon


Photo By Morgan Flitt
Photo By Morgan Flitt

“I want people who see this and hear my voice to know that there are people out here like me that will fight this. I am not going away. If I die today, there is always going to be someone to take my place. I am a black man in this country, and my life is not appreciated. I don’t want my children and grandchildren to be raised in a world where people can judge on the color of your skin and kill you for it. That’s not right. I am tired of being afraid. I am tired of getting out of my bed every day wondering if I’m going to be on the news dead. What would my mom do?? I’m an only child. I think about that. I cry. I cry everyday. This is not right. But the first step is starting the conversation and people knowing we are not making this up. And please; stand with us against injustice.”   -Kris Long


Photo By Hailey Turpin
Photo By Hailey Turpin

“Our main goal is to bring awareness to the unjust killing of black men in our communities. We are tired of having things done and nothing done about it. We are tired of being sick and tired for a lack of better words. We are tired of doing stuff like this. We want to celebrate our black men; we want to celebrate our black community. We don’t want to have to be ashamed for being black. We don’t want to have to drive our cars and wonder am I going to get pulled over because I actually did something wrong or because of the color of my skin? These are things that our grandparents fought for and never thought we would have to experience so to live in this time is really surreal, that’s what we did this for. I would say to people who seek to understand to listen to understand. Don’t listen to rebuttal, don’t tell me your issues, don’t tell me how you’ve been oppressed because I have systematic proof of what happened.  I don’t want to hear what I could have done, or this person shouldn’t have done this, and he would not have been killed because we have seen over and over again in the media how people of other races have done things and been apprehended the way they were supposed to be. So to have black men committing crimes if they are guilty or are not but to not have the opportunity to tell their story is unfair.”    -Robbie Miller


Photo By Hailey Turpin
Photo By Hailey Turpin

“I personally feel like it was very important for our campus to do a protest, especially since it was in our backyard. It would be hypocritical of us to support the cause and not do something today (9/21). So the protest last night, a lot of students from UNCC were there, the protest was peaceful in the beginning and then the send out the riot officers which I feel like turned it into a riot, and so then you have those people who don’t acknowledge the situation for what it is. They don’t acknowledge that it’s a protest because a innocent life was lost, they acknowledge that it’s an inconvenience because they can’t get to their apartment, or they acknowledge that “oh I’m scared because I’m in the library on the 8th floor and there’s a riot around the corner”. They don’t recognize what it’s for. They don’t see a purpose for the protest. And so today it felt necessary to have our voice heard and especially since if you go on social media last night there were a lot of thing said were very insensitive to the topic and so this was more so of a we’re gonna put in in your face, you’re going to see, and hopefully feel what we feel. It’s something about just seeing the people lay there and singing. You know, we shouldn’t have to do this, we shouldn’t have to make it this dramatic. I shouldn’t have to take two hours out of my time to lay on ground, but it’s necessary.

Personally how the protest affected me was that it made me feel like I’m doing the right thing, made me feel like a purpose, it made me feel like I spoke to people in ways that I necessarily couldn’t have, a lot of people you try to talk to them and try to get it through their heads what this is, why are we doing it and they don’t get it. And so for me today this is me becoming one with my culture, becoming one with my community. This is me standing up and saying “no I don’t support this”. I’m willing to take two hours out of my day to prove it, this was a collective act from everyone to basically show that we are united, that we love one another and that we aren’t afraid to let UNC Charlotte know. It was more so of ‘you can’t avoid this. You can block us on Twitter, you can unfollow us on social media platforms, but you can’t avoid this because you’re going to walk through the Union. So it was very good protest, very peaceful, nothing went crazy and so i’m really really happy to be a part of it.”    -Bri-Anna Lewis 

Photo By Tori Summers
Photo By Tori Summers

“On Tuesday when I went with my roommate Brittany Gwyn, we didn’t know what to expect. We arrived and saw people walking in every direction, but we decided to push forward. We got to the intersection by the East W.T. Harris exit and saw a barricade posted. I felt like I was in a movie because what I was seeing, I couldn’t believe it. We walked down the exit and saw hundreds of people lined up in front of another barricade. The people took over the streets and there was a guy stomping on a car. The police released a tear gas canister and it burned everything; my eyes, skin, lungs, just everything! Most of the crowd dispersed but continued to chant several sayings like, “No justice, no peace, hands up, don’t shoot.”

About 15 minutes later the barricade pushed forward and a large group of protesters headed down the road towards the interstate, but Brittany and I stayed where we were. There were a hundred or so others who stayed behind with us as well. A couple of people were in the policemen’s faces yelling, cursing, and spitting; doing everything they could display their anger without being too violent. I, however didn’t do that. Instead, I walked about 5 feet in front of the barricade with my hands in the air and I got on my knees. I said a silent prayer for a moment and went on to talk to the riot gear protected police officers in front of me.

I went on and said that these issues must stop, but I also thanked the ones who knew the difference between right and wrong and the ones who wanted to fight with us, instead of against us. I bawled like a baby while speaking to them because I knew that at any moment I could get arrested or something worse could happen. Once I finished saying what I had to say, I got up and stepped to the side where I cried on Brittany’s shoulder. From there, I was interviewed by Fox News about what I did and then we went home before the violence broke out. It was a really shocking and emotional night not only for me, but for the police officers too. I was terrified, but because of my adrenaline I did what I felt I needed to do. It was the one time that my voice could be heard, so I went for it.”    -Kristine Slade



Beauty Review: E.l.f. Lip Exfoliator

Ladies, we have all experienced dry, cracked lips when we wear our favorite matte lipstick, but guess what? Those days are over! I present to you my favorite product, E.l.f.’s Lip Exfoliator.  

Fall is rapidly approaching and what better way to kick it off with a product that will save your chapped lips’ life? You have probably read articles that only give advice about how to keep your face and skin smooth, but what about your lips? Yes, lip balm keeps your lips moisturized, but it doesn’t get rid of the dead skin. Most of you partake in the bad habit of peeling off your dead skin after you have applied lip balm. Please! Stop that habit! Not only is it a painful experience, but it can cause blisters or open sores. So, if you are going on a date or taking a selfie outdoors, before you do these things, exfoliate those lips!

E.l.f. Lip Exfoliator can be found in any drug store and the price of this product is cheap, starting at $3. It’s packaging resembles a lipstick tube and it has a mixture of light and dark brown microbeads which have a sweet smell that resembles cocoa butter. Ingredients in this products include: Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Avocado, Grape and Jojoba Oils. So ladies, if you want to bring your chapped lips back to its’ kissable state, follow this easy routine that I use before I wear matte lipstick or lip gloss. After this routine, you will notice the results immediately!

Step 1: Apply

Before you apply this product, make sure you remove any lip balm, lip gloss or lipstick. The last thing you want to experience is an allergic reaction due to the mixture of other products. Pop off the top of the exfoliator and twist the bottom half of the container to expose the product. Next, gently apply the product on your lips in a circular motion. WARNING: If you experience any tingling or burning on your lips, DO NOT continue to use this product.

Step 2: Rub

Now that you’ve applied the product, rub your lips together for 30 seconds to make sure the product has settled in every crack of your lips. After rubbing your lips together, you will immediately feel the dead skin coming off your lips. NOTE: You will feel the exfoliating beads roughly, rub against your lips. This is normal!

Step 3: Wipe

Finally, get a piece of paper towel or use a cotton ball and damp it with cold water to remove the product off your lips. Make sure the product has been removed completely. If you leave the product on too long, it may cause extreme irritation due to the exfoliators job of stripping the dead skin off your lips.

Step 4: Moisturize

Just like moisturizing your skin on your face, make sure you apply a lip balm that puts the moisture back in your lips. Vaseline and Carmex are products that I use to keep my lips feeling moist and smooth.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t let this fall or winter embarrass you by exposing your chapped lips. Save a life by passing on this routine.

Beauty Review: Ambi Skin Care Even & Clear 3 Step Skin Care Regimen

Do you want your skin to be smooth and have a natural glow? Are you tired of those unwanted breakouts on your forehead, chin, cheek, and nose? Well, there is a product just for you! Ambi Skin Care Even & Clear is a skin care collection designated to African American skin complexions in which its formula treats skin discolorations to give an even skin tone and it prevents breakouts from occurring. This product is also hypoallergenic, oil-free, rich in Vitamins C&E and contains salicylic acid. You can purchase this product at Wal Mart or Target for a starting price of $7.

For those of you who are looking for a skin care regimen to keep your acne under control, here is a 3 step regimen that I use that you can follow to achieve your desired result for healthy looking skin.

Step 1: Ambi Skin Care Even & Clear Foaming Cleanser (6 oz.) 

When starting a new skin regimen, it is best to try a product that does not have a fragrance. Products with a fragrance tend to be the main cause of skin irritation. The Clear Foaming Cleanser is a white foam that is light with no fragrance and it is easy to apply. It comes with a pump and can be carried inside your purse. To make sure you are using the product effectively follow these instructions:

First, damp your face with a wet warm rag to open-up your pores. Then, pump the product into your hand three times. Next, take your hands and apply the foam all over your face and lather the product in a circular motion.  To help make-up come off more effortlessly, use a facial scrub brush for deeper cleansing. Finally, rinse your face with warm water and use a towel to pat your face dry.  This product will leave your skin feeling smooth and clean. If you suffer with extremely dry skin, this cleanser will leave your skin feeling refreshed.

Step 2: Ambi Skin Care Even & Exfoliating Wash (4 oz.)

The biggest mistake people make is not exfoliating their skin. After wearing make-up for a day, your pores begin to clog. This exfoliating wash contains microbeads that gently strips the dead skin off your face after it has been cleansed. Instead of a pump like the foam cleanser contains, you squeeze the product out of the container. One squeeze will be sufficient to apply to your face. The exfoliating wash has no fragrance and it does not irritate your skin. To make sure you are applying the product correctly follow these instructions:

First, make sure you are applying this product to clean skin. Squeeze the product into your hand and apply it on your face in a circular motion just like you did previously with the facial cleanser. Next, let it sit on your face for 2-3 minutes. Finally, rinse the product off your face with warm water and use a towel to pat your face dry. You will notice that your skin will appear more vibrant.

Step 3: Ambi Skin Care Even & Clear Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 (3 oz.)

The most important step in a skincare regimen is a daily moisturizer. After the skin has been exfoliated, you must replenish your skin with a protective barrier. This unique moisturizer is built in with SPF 30 sunscreen. So not only will your skin be restored with moisture, but your skin is protected from the sun’s UV rays.

Ambi’s daily moisturizer comes with a pump and it has the texture of lotion. Simply apply the product like you would apply lotion to your face and you can continue with your day. For darker skin complexions, we tend to have issues with using sunscreen due to the difficulty of blending it without a white residue on our face being left behind. I’m ecstatic to share with you all that this moisturizer does not leave a white residue behind!


Of course this skin care regimen will not work overnight, but I guarantee that if you use these products consistently, you will see a major difference in your skin!