Hampton University’s Marching Force roams to Italy for 2020 New Year’s Parade

Noa Cadet | Staff Writer HamptonU.edu Hampton University is known as the “Standard of Excellence.” With the start of the New Year, one program in particular has been given a special opportunity. Hampton University’s marching band has been presented with the chance to travel to Rome, Italy, to participate in the city’s 2020 New Year’s Day Parade. So how did this happen? Dr. Thomas Jones, Hampton’s marching band director, sent in an application, requesting a spot in Rome’s New Year’s Day Parade. But this opportunity isn’t just for anyone. According to Jones, the application process involved sharing the band’s resume … Continue reading Hampton University’s Marching Force roams to Italy for 2020 New Year’s Parade

A bit of holiday cheer

Noa Cadet | Staff Writer It’s December. You know what that means? The arrival of the holidays, and the end of the fall semester—the moment many of us have been waiting for. But while we must spend a few more days anticipating time away from school, certain forms of holiday cheer have already arrived. Last weekend, Nov. 30-Dec.2, the Hampton Players put on their production of the musical Mistletoe Jam: A Holiday Musical Extravanganza!—a spin-off of Dickens’ classic story,  A Christmas Carol. This musical tells the tale of Regina Chestnut, a big-time lawyer for a large firm who hates Christmas … Continue reading A bit of holiday cheer

Hip-Hop Saved My Life

Brandi Howliet | Staff Writer James Weaver Hampton University students took an hour out of their day Nov. 14 to discuss hip-hop. The Hip-Hop Saved My Life event was hosted by James Weaver IV, a strategic communications major, marketing minor from Chicago. Joining Weaver at this event were four other panelists; together, they discussed their opinions regarding the current state of hip-hop. The panel included: Dr. Kwame Brown, a Psychology professor; James Hooper, a rap artist; Dom Hill, a radio host and music curator; DJ Kay Spins; and James Weaver. This event was designed as an open discussion of the … Continue reading Hip-Hop Saved My Life

Former Hamptonian J.I.D releases new album

Randall Williams | Sports Editor Follow J.I.D on Instagram @jidsv There are few instances where someone rises after their expulsion, but Destin Route has flipped the script. The former Hampton student is signed to the record label Dreamville, run by J. Cole. Route goes by the name J.I.D, a name he picked up from his grandmother. Since his signing, he’s been one of the hottest up-and-coming rappers in the game. To add fuel to the fire, J.I.D just released a sophomore album, DiCaprio 2, unlike any project the southern lyricist has ever put together. A big factor is that it … Continue reading Former Hamptonian J.I.D releases new album

From teaching to preaching: Hampton professor releases new book Don’t Eat the Baby

Carlie Beard | Staff Writer Cityofrefugewotcc.org Dr. Travell Travis is mostly known for being an assistant professor of entrepreneurship and business law in the Hampton University School of Business. However, he is so much more than just an educator. He is a husband, father, attorney and now a published author. Travis also is the minister of City of Refuge, Way of The Cross located in Richmond. As head pastor, he has firsthand experience with problems the church faces. In his new book, Don’t Eat the Baby: The Characteristics of a Cannibalistic Church, he discusses the different traits that may cause … Continue reading From teaching to preaching: Hampton professor releases new book Don’t Eat the Baby

168 hours later …

Jaylen Harris | Staff Writer After a week of newfound memories and fun, Hampton’s Coachella-themed Homecoming is officially over. The event began Oct. 20 with a festival on the Waterfront featuring a ball pit, festival rides and student artists. Due to weather conditions, the traditional homecoming kickoff—the bonfire—was changed to a block party outside of the Student Center. Although it was freezing cold and raining the week of Homecoming, the weather didn’t stop Hamptonians from attending parties, events, and concerts held in and around Hampton as they had the time of their lives. The creative efforts put forth by the … Continue reading 168 hours later …

Chasing dreams and defining success

Noa Cadet | Staff Writer Everyone tells you that college isn’t going to be easy. Balancing the intense workload along with a social life and a job can be tough. Then there is always that nagging doubt as to whether what you are working toward is what you really want to do. Whether you are a first-year or a senior, undecided or well into your major, we have all had those days when we are down and question if we are truly invested in what we want to do. Listening to naysayers is no help since it only makes you … Continue reading Chasing dreams and defining success