Gabrielle Union calls out NBC’s America’s Got Talent for hostile work environment

Staff Writer: Andi McCloud Gabrielle Union’s termination from her job as judge on Season 15 of America’s Got Talent has sparked an investigation by the SAG-AFTRA performers union and the NBC network. The investigation was opened Dec. 3 after a five-hour meeting with NBC network executives and Union to further “express my unfiltered truth,” Union said in a Twitter post after the meeting. “I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change.” Following the news of her firing from the show a little more than two weeks ago, multiple reports came out that Union had spoken out … Continue reading Gabrielle Union calls out NBC’s America’s Got Talent for hostile work environment

COMPELLING CONTENT: The Success of Amir Windom

Staff Writer: Anisa Saigo Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications on Nov. 29 had the pleasure of welcoming Amir Windom, a top entertainment executive and visionary of today’s culture. Windom has served roles as an A&R executive and creative director, as well as making history with an impressive list of the industry’s biggest entertainers such as Kanye West, Pharell Williams, Bruno Mars and Trey Songz. Windom earned Grammy Awards for film soundtracks that have reach gold and platinum status. This Atlanta native has used his creative ad marketing strategies to oversee major film and TV shows such … Continue reading COMPELLING CONTENT: The Success of Amir Windom

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