Hampton University student poll produces list of top 10 music producers of all time

Barry Jones | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Unsplash User Saso Tusar It’s been virtually impossible to not see the amount of hip-hop-oriented lists that have floated around the internet for the past four months. Lists comprised of hip-hop fans’ opinions of the “Top 50” rappers of all time have been the catalyst for an age-old debate among younger hip-hop fans. The Brew Podcast started the mayhem back in August when they released their list of the top 50 rappers alive. The list stirred up tons of controversy and started a conversation about the top 50 emcees. It’s quite interesting how … Continue reading Hampton University student poll produces list of top 10 music producers of all time

“Pops”: John Witherspoon’s timeless character

Andi McCloud | Staff Writer John Witherspoon, a beloved actor and comedian best known as the character Willie Jones in the movie Friday, died at age 77 on Oct. 29 in his Southern California home. Witherspoon is survived by his wife, two sons and “a large family,” his family said in a statement to CNN. “It is with the deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks at the age of 77,” the statement said. “We are all … Continue reading “Pops”: John Witherspoon’s timeless character

Movie review: Don’t miss Queen & Slim

Alton Worley II | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Unsplash User Dmjdenise African-American films in recent years have made their mark in Hollywood, from Jordan Peele’s Get Out to Us, these movies have shaken up society and started a conversation. Queen & Slim, from the minds of Emmy Award winner Lena Waithe and Grammy Award winner Melina Matsoukas, is no different. According to queenandslim.com: “While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Daniel Kaluuya of Get Out) and a black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith, in her first starring feature-film role), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with … Continue reading Movie review: Don’t miss Queen & Slim

Influencer marketing is taking over the fashion industry

Carlie Beard | Arts and Entertainment Editor Social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook have created a space for people who are referred to as “influencers.” An influencer is a term used to describe someone who can have an effect or powerful impact on other people. Influencers can range from high-profile celebrities to an average person who has thousands of followers on Instagram. Companies and brands take full advantage of this media exposure and use influencers to market their product to potential customers. According to bigcommerce.com, “Influencer marketing is when companies partner with influencers in order to increase brand awareness or … Continue reading Influencer marketing is taking over the fashion industry

Stop dimming your light

Jamaija Rhodes | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Unsplash User Diana Simumpande   When it comes to dating and getting to know someone new, I always assumed that I had to act and talk a certain way in order for a guy to be truly interested in me. Oftentimes I hid my personality or found myself being more reserved or just trying to appear cooler than I actually am so that I could receive the approval and acceptance from the men I so desperately wanted to see me. Not only did this always come back to bite me later on down the … Continue reading Stop dimming your light

Artists shaping the future

Brandi Hutchinson | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Flickr User Cristian Ungureanu Music has always evolved over the years. Each generation has its people who break new ground and take it to another level by opening new doors for the next to come. With the emergence of new streaming platforms such as SoundCloud and Spotify, artists are taking a DIY approach, and more and more music is being produced every day. Although it may be hard to find those unique voices, here are a few artists who are transcending genres and breaking through saturation by offering a fresh, new sound.   Rico … Continue reading Artists shaping the future

Issa Rae launches her record label

Alazja Kirk | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Associated Press | Jordan Strauss While many of us have been waiting for her HBO television series Insecure to return for its fourth season, Issa Rae has her mind set on plans of her own. She is continuously making nonstop money moves, including her recent partnership with Amazon, making her the new voice of Alexa, as well as the launch of her very own record label. On Oct. 18, Rae announced the launch of Raedio and a joint venture with Atlantic Records. From a television sensation starring in multiple television projects and upcoming films, … Continue reading Issa Rae launches her record label