Campus, LIFE+STYLE, Opinion / October 18, 2017 Homecoming at a Glance: What the Week Really Means

By Raaziq Brown, Contributing Reporter (@RaaziqMasud) As a legacy student of Howard University, I began my tenure at the Mecca in 2014 with grand expectations for Homecoming. Throughout the entirety of my youth, my mother, who graduated from Howard in 1991, boasted about the superiority of Howard’s Homecoming in comparison to all schools–HBCU’s and PWI’s...

Campus, LIFE+STYLE / October 16, 2017 #YouTube FanFest Finally Lands in the U.S.

By Clarice Metzger, Life+Style Editor (@_itsClarice) What began as a trending hashtag during a meeting with black YouTube creators and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki two years ago has since blossomed into the #YouTubeBlack Initiative, #YouTubeBlack Creators Summit and now #YouTubeBlack FanFest. Since its inception, #YouTube FanFest—a live performance show featuring YouTube’s biggest stars—has taken place...

LIFE+STYLE, Opinion / October 15, 2017 What’s Hot & What’s Not – 2017 TV Shows

By: Daisha Banks, Life+Style Reporter (@___rosyyy) More frequently now, black people are seeing people on TV screens that look like them.  Screenwriter and director Shonda Rhimes even described this time in history as the “browning” of TV. Shonda Rhimes, one of the biggest contributors to the browning of TV, wrote in her book Year of...

LIFE+STYLE / October 11, 2017 Saving & Slaying in Time for Homecoming

By Sonniya Springer, Life+Style Reporter (@slimmyxslimm) As one of the top HBCUs in academics and fashion, Howard University can come with high standards—and homecoming is no exception. Homecoming is a time filled with shows, performances, reunions and ultimately pop outs. Staying fashionable can be expensive but thankfully, it doesn’t always have to be. Stores in...

LIFE+STYLE, News / October 7, 2017 20 Covers for 20 Years of XXL Magazine

By Jamara Robinson, Life+Style Reporter, (@itsJamara) XXL Magazine, one of the most popular hip-hop publications in the country, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. With its release in 1997, the magazine has remained a pillar for hip-hop and has kept up that standard through its strong print circulation and notable Freshman Class list, to name...

LIFE+STYLE, Opinion / October 7, 2017 Is Netflix Really Taking Over?

By Nancy Vu, Life and Style Reporter (@RaiderNancy) Netflix recently announced that it would be breaking into the world of comedy. As a precursor to its comedic debut, Netflix placed billboards throughout Los Angeles and New York City with large black letters stating, “Netflix is a joke.” The streaming service made its big reveal during...

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Nostalgic for Black Culture, Festivals in D.C.
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Nostalgic for Black Culture, Festivals in D.C.

By Zerline Hughes, Hilltop Alumni Columnist (SPECIAL To The Hilltop) Posted 10:15 PM EST, Sat. July 16, 2016 As you young folks say, I just got my life! And how appropriate – I was at the “Phife is Living!” event held at Marvin Gaye Park in Northeast Washington, D.C on Saturday, July 16. Live Afro-Cuban drumming by…

Music Review: Howard Student “SAM BLVCK” Debuts Heartbreak R&B Track “Battle”
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Music Review: Howard Student “SAM BLVCK” Debuts Heartbreak R&B Track “Battle”

By Shai Vaz, Summer ’16 Contributing Reporter Posted 11:35 AM EST, Sat. July 16, 2016 In his new video “Battle,” singer, songwriter and Howard University senior public relations major Samuel Hargro, also known as his alias “SAM BLVCK,” illustrates the raw reality of heartbreak. @_SAMBLVCK is our #sonymusicsunday artist!! Check out his new video #battle 🎤 #howardu pic.twitter.com/bvaZuJnbJJ — Sony…

Column: BET Awards Represent a New Look at the Black American Identity
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Column: BET Awards Represent a New Look at the Black American Identity

By Maya King, Summer ’16 Contributing Reporter Posted 9:07 PM EST, Mon. July 4, 2016 For many years the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards have represented a highly anticipated, but underwhelming tribute to Black achievement. As viewers often provided their critical commentary for the iconic awards show, writers scrambled to add and take away features most…

BRIEF RECAP: Yeezy shows “Famous” viewing throughout the District and we’re here for it
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BRIEF RECAP: Yeezy shows “Famous” viewing throughout the District and we’re here for it

By Paul Holston, Editor-in-Chief Posted 11:25 AM EST, Mon. July 4, 2016 At approximately 7:57 p.m. last night [Sun., June 3], rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer and entrepreneur Kanye West released an unexpected announcement from his twitter account for the nation’s capital: https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/749754310506975232 https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/749754310506975232 Immediately after the three tweets were sent out, hundreds of residents across…

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