Robyn Crawford had the right to speak about her relationship with Whitney Houston

Staff Writer: Jordan Sheppard “A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston” is the title of Robyn Crawford’s memoir, released last month detailing her alleged intimate relationship with Grammy Award-winning singer Whitney Houston. “I never envisioned speaking publicly about my life, and then I asked myself the question[s]: What would Whitney want? Would she understand you know the time is now?” Crawford said in an interview with NBC’s Today show. Houston died in 2012. For decades, there had been speculation the two women, who were once close friends, had a relationship with each other. In a 2013 interview with … Continue reading Robyn Crawford had the right to speak about her relationship with Whitney Houston

Queen & Slim complicated and controversial

Staff Writer: Lindsay Keener Editor’s note: This contains spoilers.  Striking in its delivery, the 2019 film Queen & Slim, written by Lena Waithe, contains fast-paced drama that resonates with many black people who understand their complicated relationship with America and the police force.  Since its debut, the film has garnered attention for its controversial scenes. Most notably, the end. Torn apart by the single shred of a bullet, the deaths of Queen and Slim were as gut-wrenching as they were heartbreaking. The ultimate ending to this full-length motion picture, the stand-off between the police and the wanted couple, came as … Continue reading Queen & Slim complicated and controversial

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 “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, “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

Redefining homophobia

Marques Anderson | Staff Writer Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, in a 2012 interview with the Baptist Press, said: “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. … We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.” Since then, controversies over these and similar words and actions have continued, more recently in the form of analyzing the company’s donations. Critics have claimed that Chick-fil-A’s donations to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) … Continue reading Redefining homophobia

Why Kanye West is a genius

Miles Richardson | Staff Writer A few weeks ago, Kanye West took the world by storm by releasing his new rap album “Jesus Is King.” Now, many of us have formed new opinions of Kanye, and most of them haven’t been very pleasant. This is mainly due to his antics over the past year: proclaiming his love for Donald Trump, wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and going public on TMZ stating that slavery was a choice. In light of these events, many rumors began to circulate about Kanye’s mental health. He was said to have “gone crazy” by several … Continue reading Why Kanye West is a genius

The Facebook effect

Ryland Staples | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Unsplash User Tim Bennett Facebook has been a social media giant for over a decade. It’s the online forum where people go to share pictures of their family vacations with their friends, talk about that crazy game from last night and share ideas. However, Facebook has been in the hot seat since co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s interrogation on Capitol Hill. He is defending Facebook’s choice to not fact check the political advertisements it has on its platform. According to the New York Times, “the social network rejected a request from Mr. [Joe] … Continue reading The Facebook effect

Films about slavery: Can’t part with them, won’t get acknowledged without them

Lindsay Keener | Staff Writer In a world full of controversial issues and sensitive topics, films on slavery tend to garner negative attention from its audiences. With criticisms spanning from an absence of historical facts to the excessive brutality shown on screen, slave movies and their importance are continually being called into question by audiences alike. Following the release of “Harriet,” a film based on the inspiring life of the American freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, moviegoers raved and ranted about the debut of another motion picture on slavery. This response isn’t exclusive to “Harriet”; the critique ranges to various films with … Continue reading Films about slavery: Can’t part with them, won’t get acknowledged without them

Election Day party hosted by HU organizations

Shadae Simpson | Staff Writer Did you remember to vote this Election Day? The NAACP, Beautiful Black People (BBP) and the SGA Virginia League of Conservation Votes Education Fund presented an Election Day Party on Nov. 5. This Election Day party took place in the Student Center Cyber Lounge from 1 to 5 p.m., and it included a DJ, food, photo booths and raffles. Students bonded and conversed over good food and Rita’s Italian Ice, all while listening to poetry from students from various organizations around campus. HU student Sheba J., a junior entrepreneurship major from Yonkers, California, represented BBP as artistic and creative … Continue reading Election Day party hosted by HU organizations

State of Emergency: The current state of R&B

Jordan Sheppard | Staff Writer “Where’d the music go?” This was the question asked by R&B singer Leela James in her 2005 single “Music” from her first studio album A Change Is Gonna Come. In the song, James is questioning the state that music was in at the time and can be used in terms of the music of today. Many mainstream artists are more focused on making money rather than making songs that have meaning behind them. One of the genres that James is touching on is R&B, as she mentions the likes of Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye and … Continue reading State of Emergency: The current state of R&B