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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Dance Crazes: 2011 to Now
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Dance Crazes: 2011 to Now

By Imara Bright-Johnson, Staff Writer Posted 7:50 PM EST, Mon., Apr. 3, 2017 The Cat Daddy: 2011 While most of us were in middle school, the “Cat Daddy” became extremely popular. California party scene hip-hop group, the Rej3ctz, released this song in March 2011 and it quickly became the top most requested song at most…

“Insecure” Sheds Light on Reality
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“Insecure” Sheds Light on Reality

By Imara Bright-Johnson, Staff Writer Posted 10:00 PM EST, Fri., Mar. 24, 2017 When defining the typical African-American woman, most people go for descriptors like strong, independent, and effortlessly flawless with a huge amount of confidence. Though many Black women do possess these qualities, the reality is that they are imperfect and there are not many…

COLUMN: Thank the Academy?
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COLUMN: Thank the Academy?

By David DePriest, Columnist Posted 2:45 AM EST, Sat., March 4, 2017 Moonlight is a masterpiece. There’s no doubting that. Yet despite being one of the best film of the year, no one expected it to win Best Picture at the Oscars last Sunday. Many said it was too artsy and experimental, too unapologetically queer,…

Howard and the New Negro Movement of the 1920s
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Howard and the New Negro Movement of the 1920s

Kyana Harris Posted 8:20 PM EST, Mar. 3, 2017 “The 1920s witnessed the rise of the New Negro movement,” wrote Zachery R. Williams, author of “In Search of the Talented Tenth: Howard University Public Intellectuals and the Dilemmas of Race”. For Howard, the 1920s marked the end of its white presidencies and the dawn of…

The Relevance of Black Television
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The Relevance of Black Television

By: Imara Bright-Johnson Posted 8:15 PM EST, Fri., Mar. 3, 2017 During the 1980s and 1990s, Black television had some of the most popular programs of all time. It was the first time that Black shows focused on showcasing Black culture (and it was popular en masse), as well as giving many African American actors…

Howard University’s Excellent Scholars Over 150 Years
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Howard University’s Excellent Scholars Over 150 Years

By: Imara Bright-Johnson Posted 8:00 PM EST, Fri., Mar. 3, 2017 Howard University, aka ‘The Mecca’, is one of the best historically Black colleges in the country. Over the years, Howard has produced many well known scholars, artists, writers, and political activists—all of whom have made a significant impact on society. For 150 years, Howard…

Black History Month: Today’s Game Changers
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Black History Month: Today’s Game Changers

By Jacinth Jones, Staff Writer Posted 12:55 PM EST, Mon., Feb. 27, 2017 As we close out the last full week of Black History Month, The Hilltop highlights eight familiar faces that are the nations’ game changers who as athletes, activists, entrepreneurs, or entertainers are making a difference within their community by elevating the conversation of black…

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