Watch the Yard launches YARDCON

Ayanna Maxwell | Editor In Chief Watch the Yard on April 19 launched its first YARDCON, a digital conference for black students who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Watch the Yard, known as the most prominent platform for black college students, fraternities and sororities, created the conference to offer resources and network opportunities for black students across the nation.  Hosted by Watch the Yard founder Jonathan Rabb, the conference began with a gospel music set performed by DJ Ricovelli and a prayer from Hampton University alum Michael Eley. Journalist Roland Martin followed up with an open conversation among HBCU … Continue reading Watch the Yard launches YARDCON

Childish Gambino releases fourth studio album: 3.15.20

Barry Jones | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Flickr User Dan Garcia Coming off (arguably) his biggest year in 2018, Gambino has finally returned to deliver his fourth studio album, 3.15.20. Named after the date it was released, the Atlanta musician took the internet by storm by randomly releasing the project via a website titled “Donaldgloverpresents.com.” The album was playing continuously on this website from March 15 to March 16 and was removed suddenly with no warning. Six days later, the album hit all digital streaming platforms – still with minimal promotion – and came to a surprise to most. If … Continue reading Childish Gambino releases fourth studio album: 3.15.20

Jermaine Marrow becomes HU’s all-time leading scorer

Nazim Trammell-Wells | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Unsplash User Stephen Baker Jermaine Marrow made history last week by becoming Hampton University’s all-time leading scorer in men’s basketball. In doing so, he passed former NBA Star Rick Mahorn.  “It was a goal I had in mind when I first committed here, and it feels good to reach that goal,” Marrow said in an interview with the Daily Press. “I remember everyone telling me I needed two more points, three more points to get the record.” Marrow, who’s known for scoring buckets in high quantity, wasn’t having the best game. While he accounted … Continue reading Jermaine Marrow becomes HU’s all-time leading scorer

Another XFL, 19 years later

Justin Whitner | Staff Writer When the XFL began its first go-around in 2001, it was a professional American football lea gue that wanted to pounce on the idea that football season could still stay relevant after the completion of the NFL and NCAA seasons. The XFL set off as a joint venture between the World Wrestling Federation and NBC. WWF owner Vince McMahon promoted the outdoor football league with fewer rules, faster play time and more excitement on the field. The first XFL league had eight teams in two divisions. The 2020 version will repeat that same league plan … Continue reading Another XFL, 19 years later

NBA trade deadline recap

Justin Norris | Staff Writer Although no stars were moved during the NBA’s trade deadline, plenty of teams made moves they think will upgrade their roster. Some teams, such as the Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers, made moves that further emphasized their win-now attitudes in a championship race that is more open than it has been in at least five years. The Los Angeles Lakers were the most notable team to stand pat at the deadline.  The Houston Rockets doubled down on their small-ball philosophy by trading away starting center Clint Capela, their 2020 first-round pick … Continue reading NBA trade deadline recap

NBA honors Kobe Bryant with All-Star tributes on and off the court

Keion Cage | Staff Writer The NBA’s All-Star Game on Feb. 16 in Chicago celebrated some of the league’s best athletes. The association also changed the rules of the game to honor basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who died Jan. 26. A frenetic fourth quarter featured fierce competitiveness worthy of Bryant. Several fouls, challenges and heated disputes occurred between players and referees – rarely seen in past All-Star games.  “This fourth quarter of [the NBA All-Star Game] is an absolutely phenomenal look for the game of basketball,” ESPN journalist Stephen A. Smith wrote on Twitter. “This is what fans crave and … Continue reading NBA honors Kobe Bryant with All-Star tributes on and off the court

The Photograph: Not a love story – a like story

Alton Worley II | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Pexels User Brett Sayles It’s been a while since audiences have seen a black romance movie, and The Photograph provides a breath of fresh air, but not in the way you would think. The official synopsis: “On Valentine’s Day, Issa Rae (HBO’s Insecure, Little) and LaKeith Stanfield (FX’s Atlanta, Sorry to Bother You) connect in a romance where a woman must learn from the secrets in her mother’s past if she is to move forward and allow herself to love and be loved.  When famed photographer Christina Eames unexpectedly dies, she leaves her … Continue reading The Photograph: Not a love story – a like story

Gayle King “was doing her job” in asking about Kobe Bryant’s past, journalists say

Andi McCloud | Staff Writer Gayle King was being a responsible journalist for CBS when she asked about a past felony sexual assault charge against former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, several journalists agree. “I just feel like she was doing her job,” Hampton University journalism major Marcus Nelson said, adding, “If you aren’t in her field of work, you just might not understand that.”  Snoop Dogg issued a warning to King online after her “CBS This Morning” interview with former WNBA player Lisa Leslie about Bryant, who was killed Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash with his daughter … Continue reading Gayle King “was doing her job” in asking about Kobe Bryant’s past, journalists say

Commentary: Oscars are still so white

Anisa Saigo | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Unsplash User Denise Jans The Oscars have been the highlight of almost every actor’s dream for more than 90 years. The glitz, the glamour and the expenses that these amazing actors and actresses go above and beyond for don’t go unnoticed on the most famous red carpet ever. What does go unnoticed, however, is the lack of appreciation for black actors. You would think by 2020, things would be different, but it is no different than 80 years ago, when Hattie McDaniel became the first black actor to win an Academy Award. Even then, … Continue reading Commentary: Oscars are still so white

Jay Electronica tweets that his debut album is finished

Barry Jones | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Flickr User Joshua Mellin Jay Electronica, one of hip-hop’s biggest mysteries, has finally tweeted that, after a decade, he has finished his debut album. Electronica got his start in 2009 with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. He immediately got to work with some of the industry’s biggest producers such as Young Guru and Just Blaze. In December 2009, Jay Electronica released one of hip-hop’s most revered records to date: Exhibit C. Exhibit C, produced by Just Blaze, caught major attention worldwide. To say Jay Electronica had an amazing introduction is an understatement. Exhibit C landed Electronica … Continue reading Jay Electronica tweets that his debut album is finished