NBC to bring pizza, a movie and internship ops to Hampton U.

By Ashlee Brown

Representatives from NBC Universal will visit Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications for a panel discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. This isn't the first time NBC – America's oldest major broadcasting network – has visited the school. The Scripps Howard School has established a remarkable relationship with the television network over the years.

"We are excited about the relationship that the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications has with NBC Universal," said Battinto Batts, assistant dean for academic affairs, "and the company is interested in deepening that relationship."

With that being said, it isn't a surprise that countless Hampton alumni have been blessed with the opportunity to work for such a well-known company.

Kimani Bunch, a 2014 graduate of Hampton University, is currently employed by the company and stationed in New York City. Bunch began interning for MSNBC, an NBC division, from May to August of last year, and currently writes entertainment graphics for two shows, NBC's "Early Today," and MSNBC's "First Look."

Another 2014 Hampton graduate, Deanna Reid, works as a video editor at NBC 6 in Southern Florida.

Students were told to submit their resumes to the broadcast company for review, and if chosen, a representative from NBC Universal will conduct an interview on Thursday, Feb. 26. Any student could have submitted their resume, but NBC is looking to fill internship opportunities, so underclassmen were prioritized. However, graduating seniors are encouraged to attend the events to network with the company's officials.

Twenty-four students, including sophomore journalism student, Lauren Hendricks, were selected and are likely candidates to work for the television network. "The professors in Scripps always talk about how competitive it is to even receive an interview with the NBC Universal program," said Hendricks.

After the panel discussion, NBC Universal will host a pizza social and then present the screening of a never-before-seen movie. As predicted, Scripps Howard School students will be in attendance, however Cierra Butler, a psychology major, said she's going to attend the event, as well. "I enjoy 'Law and Order: SVU,' and 'The Voice,'" said Butler, "so I'm excited to hear what the representatives have to say, and to see what the new show will be about."

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

During Oscars, Hampton media brew perked in real time

By Kayla Johnson

On Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 the 87th Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, was presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and honored the best films of 2014.

The 2015 host was Neil Patrick Harris, a talented actor, writer, producer, director, magician, comedian and singer. The nominations have flowed in, and the predictions for the winners have been tallied up. Leading the 2015 nominations were "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" with a total of nine nominations each.

In contrast to their success, some critics said that "Selma," a film that highlighted the life of civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was snubbed in many categories for several Academy Awards. Selma received nominations for Best Picture and Best Song.

When asked if she would be watching the awards this Sunday, Haley Jeffries, a junior strategic communication/marketing double major from North Carolina, said, "Of course! It is a tradition that my family and I share. The tributes to the greats and living legends are the best."

The red carpet coverage is also a highly anticipated part of award season this year. Marisa Tukpah, a senior engineering student from Maryland, explained, "I don't really watch the awards themselves; social media provides me with the winner. I watch the pre-show to look at the fashion and see what trends are in for this season.

Hampton University is getting in on the Oscars action this year through Professor April Woodard's JAC 450-Pop Culture class. JAC 450 hosted a viewing party in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications on Sunday during the show. The party featured a red carpet, photographs, videos, polls on who wore it best and refreshments. About 20 students participated.

After working for "Inside Edition" and covering many pop culture events before joining the Hampton University faculty, Professor Woodard desires to give her class real-world experiences: "My class is producing a show and a blog called The Media Brew which is a real website as well as a real online entertainment show. I wanted to make it as realistic as possible. My students have deadlines, we have responsibilities, and this is another opportunity for us to cover the story in real time.

"Even though we can't be there at the Oscars we still can be all over it, cover it and present in an interesting way for our audience."

Professor Woodard is ready to tune in Sunday as well. She is anticipating the best actor, best actress, best picture, and of course the speeches that will be delivered. Check out JAC 450- Pop Culture's blog at www.themediabrew.com and support The Oscars viewing party on Sunday to see the big winners and fashion trends.

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

Absence of color on the minds of Hampton U. Oscars watchers

By Malik Jones

The room buzzed Sunday. While the celebrated stars in Hollywood sat pretty in their glitz and glam, it's just another day at the office for Professor April Woodard and her diligent Media Brew team, who hosted the Oscar watch party event in the Scripps Howard School auditorium.

A few of the Media Brew students dressed elegantly in the spirit of the awards show event, including Chrissy Powell (pictured right).

But before the show got started, some of the students expressed their views on the biggest night in Hollywood.

Paris Rainey, a senior public relations major from Atlanta, presented somber and not-so-surprising facts about the current world of motion pictures and played a video from the Huffington Post highlighting diversity within the Academy.

The video pointed out that this year's Oscars would be the worst for diversity since 1998. It was also revealed that since the first Oscars in 1929, only "7 percent of winners in the Best Actor category have been black Men" and Halle Berry was the first, and so far only, African-American woman to win the Best Actress Award.

"Black actors and directors are only celebrated to an extent. But they are mostly underrated" said Rainey, who like many others was surprised and very much upset at Ava DuVernay's best director snub for "Selma."

[Du Vernay was not nominated, yet "Selma" was among eight best picture contenders. "Selma" did win the best song Oscar for "Glory."]

Rainey said more black representation is needed within the Academy. However, she added, this representation can only happen if more African Americans become interested in the film industry and work hard to earn membership into the Academy.

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

Oscars watch party at Hampton U.

By Miah Harris

The one-day countdown now begins for the 87th Annual Academy Awards, aka the Oscars.

Students in Professor April Woodard's pop culture class Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. will host their first Oscars watch party. The event will take place in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications auditorium.

"I thought this would be a great idea since audiences online and on social media are fanatics about pop culture, and this is what is trending in our JAC 450 course," said Woodard. "This event will allow us to combine passion for pop and real-time media coverage of events, like the Oscars." Her students have quite an eventful night planned, with hopes to entertain many guests from other schools around Hampton University's campus.

A Scripps Howard student would agree that, the Oscars, along with most academy award shows, are to be watched faithfully and criticized far beyond typical or ordinary judgment. "I absolutely adore award shows, especially the Oscars," said journalism major Jirah Cosey. "It gives the top directors, actors and other team players a chance to show off their hard work to the world, with the perks of getting all tailored and made up. Now, that is my kind of party!"

A group of Hampton students expressed their concerns and wishes to see Oscar nominees "look more like them" in due time. They were glad to hear about "Selma's" nomination for 'Best Picture,' but explained that they would just love to see more.

From the outside looking in, a few non-Scripps Howard majors on Hampton's campus are big fans of the Oscar awards. "Even though we are STEM majors, we do enjoy watching some of the award shows, like the Oscars, in our downtime," said marine and environmental science majors Christina Williams and Kris Anderson. "Us nerds keep up with pop culture, too."

Williams and Anderson both plan to join Woodard's class on Sunday to enjoy light refreshments, but most importantly, to see who will take home those shiny gold trophies.

The Oscar Academy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, should be more than just receiving a trophy. It is all about hard work paying off from an idea being brought to life through a team's effort, as Cosey expressed.

Above all, the 2015 Academy Awards will definitely have Woodard's students loaded with things to discuss just in time for Monday morning's class.

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

Gov.: Hampton U. President Harvey will decide fate of Ft. Monroe

By Mariah McClain

RICHMOND, Va. – Gov. Terry McAuliffe stood on the Capitol Hill steps on Thursday, Feb. 12 as he proclaimed his intentions for Virginia's historical landmark Fort Monroe. He plans to make the fort a great unified national park that all Americans will love to partake in – and he said that Hampton University's very own President William R. Harvey is just the person to do it.

The governor was speaking to the 30 Hampton University students who took part in the annual Lobby Day trip to Capitol Hill here. Students attending lobby day spent most of their day visiting house representative's offices lobbying for the bills that will support Hampton University's Proton Therapy Center.

Before taking lunch, students waited on the capitol's steps to meet up with McAuliffe, where he made the announcement during question-and-answer time with the students. What is the significance of McAuliffe identifying Harvey as his top choice to lead this Fort Monroe initiative? Fort Monroe has a long and prominent history making it what many now call "Freedom Fortress."

During the Civil War, Fort Monroe remained a part of the Union when most of Virginia was controlled by the Confederate States of America. In 1861, during the first days of the war, three enslaved soldiers with the Confederate Army: Frank Baker, James Townsend, and Sheppard Mallory, escaped at night by rowing across Hampton Roads Harbor to seek refuge at the fort. Union commander Gen. Benjamin Butler refused to return the slaves because Virginia was no longer a part of the United States and did not comply by its laws.

In this case, Butler refused returning the now ex-slaves by deeming them "contraband of the war." This ignited a mass exodus for thousands of slaves seeking freedom, and eventually prompted President Abraham Lincoln to produce the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

Fort Monroe is now an Army post that will be turned back over to the state. The push to make a national park for all to enjoy has been an on-going topic of discussion against a privatization effort.

President Barack Obama has indicated consideration of declaring the fort a national monument by the powers invested by the Antiquity Act, in order to avoid the usual slow process of the bill passing through Congress if legislators were to decide the fort's fate.

If Harvey takes over this national park, it would mean having a stake in over 400 years of history. This honor would only add to the college president's management over lands filled with centuries of ground-breaking history – in reference to the Hampton University where Mary Peake once read to the freed slaves under Emancipation Oak and where later, Abraham Lincoln would read the Emancipation Proclamation.

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

Valentine’s Day on a budget: What are students to do?

By Delaney Davis

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and students all across campus are wondering how they can hook up their honey without breaking the bank.

Because we all know roses are red and violets are blue, but neither one are cheap, so what do you do?

"Balling on a budget" is the mantra of some Hampton University students, but expectations for such a special occasion may surpass available funds. Aarian Lasselle, a grad student from Bermuda, says, "Money is no object, but at the same time, we are in college." Lasselle believes that you don't have to spend a pretty penny to have a memorable day.

However, going above and beyond on Feb. 14 is simply expected according to Candice Davis, a sophomore from Atlanta: "I do expect something. I want to see that you tried. Put some thought into it."

With the looming holiday, many sweethearts are running out of time and running low on coins. Edible Arrangements, life-sized teddy bears and bouquets are all extravagant gifts. But exchanging handmade cards or cooking each other's favorite homemade meal are also super sweet gestures that are low on price but high on creativity.

Believe it or not, there are some men out there who say they don't want a gift for V-Day. "The girl doesn't have to do anything for me," said Dean Johnson, a senior from Maryland. He just wants to see his significant other happy.

You can't deny that there is a certain level of stress that comes along with all the Valentine's Day preparation. Questions arise such as what to get your boo, or better yet, will they even like it? Jalan Richardson, a senior from Louisiana, said he likes to make the holiday an event for her and her friends: "I don't like anyone to feel left out if they don't have a valentine, including myself."

Sharing the special day with your friends is a great idea and gives you the option to have fun, sans valentine. But Chelsea Davis, a sophomore from North Carolina, doesn't think so positively about being single on the sappy holiday. She dubs it "Singleness Awareness Day" but adds that she doesn't mind the extra dollars she gets to spend on herself instead of a Valentine this year: "Yes it would be nice to have someone to spend the day with, but I can take myself out to eat! I don't need a man for that."

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to express love (or like) for your sweetie. But five-star meals or diamonds that shine like stars in the sky are not the only way to express your feelings. Remember, you can't buy love. There's no need to stretch your bank account to win the heart of your one and only.

As college students, it's key to keep in mind that heartfelt and thoughtful gifts, not always the expensive ones, will make your bae -and your wallet happy.

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

Inaugural hip-hop conference at Hampton U. campus

By Joseph Bose

On Feb. 12 Hampton University's School of Liberal Arts will be hosting its inaugural hip-hop conference called, "The Art of Hip Hop: Do You Still Love H.E.R.?" This event intends to give clarity to what hip hop truly is, what it stands for and how far it has came.

H.E.R. defined is "hearing every rhyme," a phrase attributed to rap artist Common.

Some of the key speakers that you'll be seeing include hip-hop artist Brandon "Real T@lk" Williams, poet and motivational speaker Karega Bailey, Erica "RivaFlowz" Buddington and WHOV-FM talk show host Wil LaVeist. Brandon "Real Talk" Williams was invited to Andre 3000's home in Atlanta and praised as a "lyrical genius" by the music star for his talent within hip-hop and poetry.

Speaker Karega Bailey of Sacramento, Calif., is a graduate of Hampton University and acquired his Master of Education in Special Education at George Mason University. He said he wants to make education within the inner city youth a priority, particularly in Special Education, with students diagnosed as emotionally disturbed. Hampton University is having this conference to let the community and world know that Hip-Hop is one of the most influential and society changing genres of music in today's world.

All of the speakers will be there for a simple reason: to enlighten the listeners on what not only hip-hop music is, but also what hip-hop culture is.

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

Valentine’s Day just got a little ‘Grey’

By Joseph Gaither

Love is in the air. Excitement fills many hearts. Dates are planned. Reservations are made. Teddy bears, chocolates and flowers are now on shelves in stores. You are correct; Valentine's Day is coming. However, along with this day of love comes the highly anticipated release of Focus Features' "50 Shades of Grey" directed by Sam-Taylor Johnson. There has been much excitement and buzz about this movie on the Hampton University campus.

When asked about her Valentine weekend plans, sophomore RoNelsha Miguel of Inglewood, Calif. said, "I do plan on going to see the movie. Initially I had no specific plans of who I was going to see it with, but most likely it will be a girl's night out."

The film is based on the best-selling romance novel by E. L. James, so students were asked if they also read the book. Miguel said, "I read the book when it first came out and loved it! I honestly don't think the movie will be anything like the book, but we will see."

Chya Staton, a senior from Upper Marlboro, Md., said, "I am planning to go see it with my boyfriend. We're going as a part of our date night. I read the book and I hope the movie is able to translate the story line extremely well.

"I think the movie will be pretty good, but I'm not sure if the movie can visually replicate some of the events in the book because it is very risqué."

Sophomores Tierra Crudup and Jamiece Hargrove from Upper Marlboro have decided to see the film with some girlfriends. "I didn't have any specific plans, so I'm going to go see it with my friends and make it a girl's night." said Crudup. "My friends and I decided to go see the movie and go to dinner," said Hargrove.

Both women said they did not read the book but learned from others what took place in the book and expect the movie to be risqué and raunchy.

"From what I heard from those who read the book, it had a lot of sex scenes and it was very risqué," said Hargrove.

"I do plan to go see the movie. It will be a girl's night out," said sophomore Kristina Watkins, of Long Island, N.Y. She read the novel in one day and thoroughly enjoyed it: "I don't really think the movie will have the same storyline as the book, but it will still be a good movie."

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

Lots of trash talk, yet the ‘real HU’ rivalry is friendly

By Kayla Johnson

The seats filled up, cheers from the fans bellowed throughout the Convocation Center, and with the sound of the whistle, the game began. The Hampton vs. Howard rivalry resumed.

On Monday, Feb. 9, the Hampton University Pirates took on the Howard University Bison in a quest to determine who is the "real HU."

The Pirates were victorious Monday night and snagged the title of the "Real HU" from the Bison with the men winning in overtime 73-69 and the women winning the first game with a score of 80-61.

Hampton U. Blue Thunder team member Sydnei Fryson, a senior from West Virginia, explained that this is not simply a competition between just the basketball teams; cheerleaders get in on the action too: "We practice a lot harder and pull out the more difficult stunts for this game."

Tradition has been a common theme in the debate about who is the "Real HU." Kayla Monroe, photographer for the campus athletic marketing department said, "You feel like you are a part of the team when you are there supporting them and cheering them on for games like this. Healthy competition between schools, whether it's sports or academics is good. Having competition makes people always want to strive to do and be better."

The Hampton vs. Howard rivalry is not something new. This tradition reaches back to at least the 1980s and lightheartedly divides some households at Hampton, including my own.

When speaking to Donna Johnson, a Howard University graduate from Detroit, she said "School pride fosters the rivalry, and it's good to see both Hampton and Howard students still have such a rich sense of pride.

"As a proud Howard alum, I'm glad you chose the "other HU."

Unlike the Battle of the Bay rivalry that occurs every year between Hampton University and Norfolk State University, the "Real HU" rivalry is noticeably very friendly. When all is said and done both schools support each other and generally have a great time being around the "other HU," a term that is jokingly used to refer to Howard students around Hampton and vice versa at Howard.

In years past, the Hampton and Howard cheerleaders had a choreographed routine that they performed together during a game. In the stands last night, Hampton students could be see socializing and taking pictures with their Howard friends who came to support the Bison.

When asked about the how she felt about the rivalry, Elizabeth Jenkins, a Howard University psychology student from Detroit, said "Our schools wouldn't be the same without it."

"Hampton is a very nice place with respectable students. I have love for the "other HU."

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

Students enjoy themselves during C-Span Bus Tour visit

By Elexus Freeman-Filmore

Yesterday afternoon, the C-SPAN Bus made its second stop here at Hampton University on its HBCU Bus Tour.

Stepping onto this bus, immediately visitors' senses were engaged, with small television screens along the stairs and everything lit up. On the first half of the bus there were interactive television screens that allowed visitors to take a history quiz of the U.S. government and C-SPAN.

Kyle Avery, a junior journalism major from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said the quiz was "interactive and engaging."

Moving forward through the bus, Media Specialist Steve Devoney stood answering questions and giving details about the bus, saying, "The C-SPAN bus is intended for educational outreach and is used as a production vehicle."

The second half of the bus was well illuminated and set up with a couch and flat-screen television. Earlier that morning, President William R. Harvey was interviewed, and he took calls from around the country, answering questions varying from a possible increase in the Pell Grants, student admission rates, and general praise of HU.

The C-SPAN bus had not been open for more than 30 minutes before students began crowding inside trying to get a "snap" or "selfie" to post on their social media sites. Despite the biting wind, near-freezing cold and peaking sunshine, students were still very eager to get on the bus and learn some information.

Students and faculty of the Scripps Howard School were pleased to see 2014 graduate Mariah Crews as the bus volunteer and Hampton representative. Currently Crews assists in production and is a marketing representative for C-SPAN. After interning with them for four years and working there for six months she says, "I like the bipartisanship of C-SPAN; they do not show one party's view, they give viewers full coverage."

Crews said that "interacting with the students" has been her favorite part of working on the C-SPAN bus. Before walking away from the bus, "The Face of Fox43" real-time news anchor Ty Lorenzo, stood with his camera in hand ready to cover the C-SPAN bus story. Having been invited by Crews, Lorenzo said the bus was a "never before seen, awesome and unique travel studio."

The C-SPAN bus is continuing its tour down the East Coast to visit other top HBCUs. Follow the bus by visiting http://www.c-span.org. You can also follow them on Twitter and on Facebook.

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

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