Jay-Z to host Shawn Carter Foundation Gala

Anisa Saigo | Staff Writer Mega rap star Shawn Carter, better known as Jay-Z, is set to host the inaugural Shawn Carter Foundation Gala on Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, Billboard reported. “Equipping our youth with the tools to succeed will always be a priority for me and my family,” said Jay-Z, according to Billboard. “I’m looking forward to continuing that mission at this year’s Shawn Carter Foundation Gala Weekend, where we’ll celebrate our scholars and continue to support young people in a meaningful way.” Coming from humble beginnings … Continue reading Jay-Z to host Shawn Carter Foundation Gala

Why some cannot accept America’s racist history

Jordan Sheppard |Staff Writer Photo Credit: Jack Delano | Flickr In Aug. 2019, The New York Times Magazine unveiled its 1619 Project, to mark the 400th anniversary of the first arrival of African slaves to North America in 1619 at Fort Monroe.  The project details the history of slavery in the United States from its inception until its abolishment in 1865. It also details how the system of slavery has affected African-Americans for the decades that followed.  Shortly after its release, the project, led by journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, was met with much positive criticism.  Rolling Stone senior writer Jamil Smith called … Continue reading Why some cannot accept America’s racist history

Mixed-ish: A relatable show added to the mix

Anisa Saigo | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Trending Topics 2019 | Flickr Mixed-ish, the newest installment to Kenya Barris’ “-ish” series of television shows, provides an inside look at the childhood of the Black-ish main character, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), growing up as a biracial woman. Mixed-ish is based on her childhood and how difficult it was for her to be biracial during the 1970s. The show, which airs at 9 p.m. on ABC, is relatable because people who belong to two completely different races often feel like an outcast. Hampton students have taken interest in the Mixed-ish series. “I am a huge fan of the ‘-ish’ world,” HU student … Continue reading Mixed-ish: A relatable show added to the mix

Tyler Perry hosts grand opening of his film studio

Alazja Kirk | Staff Writer Tyler Perry has overcome a childhood of poverty, abuse and homelessness to become a man who inspires the youth to accomplish their wildest dreams. Hollywood’s most powerful show-runner created an opportunity for the younger generation to pursue a career in the entertainment industry with the Oct. 5 grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios, his film studio in Atlanta. In 2015, Perry purchased a 330 acre lot that was once Ft. McPherson Army Base, a Confederate Army Base.Now, the lot is home to 12 soundstages dedicated to black entertainers who have made tremendous strides in Hollywood. “I love that he chose to build his studio … Continue reading Tyler Perry hosts grand opening of his film studio

Joker breaks the box office during its opening weekend

Alton Worley II | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Unsplash User Krists Luhaers Despite having an R rating, the new movie Joker has not only managed to top the box office, but also break the all-time record for the biggest opening in October.  Listed as a drama/thriller, Joker, directed by Todd Phillips, is described on IMDB as such: “In Gotham City, mentally-troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a down- ward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to- face with his alter-ego: ‘The Joker.’”  In October, the month of Hal- … Continue reading Joker breaks the box office during its opening weekend

Godfather of Harlem: The untold story of Bumpy Johnson

Barry Jones | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Flickr User Peeping Thom As we enter the fourth quarter of the year, content, especially television shows, usually dry up. Fortunately, Epix has just released its new series, Godfather of Harlem. This series tells the story of Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson. Johnson, played by Forest Whitaker, was a black mafia leader in Harlem, New York, in the 1960s.  Never heard of Bumpy Johnson? Don’t feel bad. His story is one of many untold black stories in American history. Many aren’t aware of the vital role that black crime leaders such as Johnson played in … Continue reading Godfather of Harlem: The untold story of Bumpy Johnson

Looking in Hindsight and beyond with Hampton creative Deanna Blu

Brandi Hutchinson | Staff Writer Courtesy of Deanna Blu Hampton University is an inclusive institution that embodies art and its various forms. Every year, more creatives are enrolled from all over to continue their journey of making art. Deanna Blu is one of those multitalented creatives. The senior strategic communication major, also known as Masie Blu, is an indie soul artist from Philadelphia. Blu is a singer, songwriter and producer who not only creates music to express herself but also to uplift and inspire others. She breaks societal barriers by utilizing her talents to define art in her own way … Continue reading Looking in Hindsight and beyond with Hampton creative Deanna Blu