About Shingi Mavima

Hailing from Zimbabwe, Blessing Shingi Mavima is an alumnus of the Alpha Gamma Chapter at Grand Valley State University (Sp 07). He has since gone on to obtain a Masters of International Affairs degree from Penn State and is currently studying for PhD in African/African American Studies at Michigan State University. Away from school and E.I, Mavima is building a name as a poet (check him out on FB at Mavima Poetry). He is also the co-founder of CLUBHOUSE International, a non-profit focused on community development in Zimbabwe. When he's not writing, Shingi enjoys soccer, yogurt, and Jamaican DanceHall music

Twenty-Eight Beta Moments That Had Us Hype in 2014

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Every now and then, you come across something that makes you smile to yourself, pushes you to the verge of yelling an “LLLBBB!’ and hope the air carries it to the next brother who saw the same. In honor of our 28th anniversary, here are 28th noteworthy moments from 2014

Doing Good by the Fraternity

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Doing right by the Fraternity. For all its good intentions, our organization has to repeatedly go through the inevitable juncture at which we have to revisit our core values in practice.  This is due to nobody’s fault: we are victims of our own success. If SLB is recruiting well, then we recruit from a diverse […]

Learning to Love My Song-Again

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I have listened to other songs since then and, as good as many of them are, I cannot help but feel that I have heard a better song: and although that same song no longer moves me like it did, I remember that it once did and such are the heights of euphoria for which I yearn.

The Light – In Real Life…

Bro. Maximo Anguiano shares an engaging bit of knowledge with the inmates

“Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning.” Benjamin Franklin I like to think that I am handy with the pen. I have written my fair share of pieces for El Iluminador and other publications and, whether the post turned out popular or otherwise, I have always left my sweat and tears on […]

Tolerance: Never Been a Riper Time

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So NBA’s Jason Collins is out of the closet. In doing so, he became the first openly gay player in the 4 major U.S pro-sports leagues. The day the notoriously homophobic elements in professional sport had dreaded is finally upon us. Yet, much like the Mayan doomsday and Y2k, the world did not end! In […]