The impact of Kobe Bryant

Justin Whitner | Staff Writer The day Kobe Bryant died – Jan. 26 – is widely regarded now as one of the saddest days in sports history. His death touched people all over the world. From fans, players and friends, millions of people gave tributes, said words or posted pictures of or with the former Los Angeles Lakers superstar.   When Hampton University student Ny’Ombi Harrison heard the news, she figured it was just some fake talk that people were posting about on Twitter.   “My 10-year-old brother called me and was almost in tears asking, ‘Is it true?’” Harrison … Continue reading The impact of Kobe Bryant

Ex-NFL player Matthew Cherry tackles filmmaking, earns an Oscar nomination for Hair Love

Alazja Kirk | Staff Writer From the NFL to Hollywood, the writer, director and filmmaker Matthew Cherry has had an impressive rise to the top. The Chicago native is a former NFL receiver-turned-filmmaker who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and the Baltimore Ravens. Cherry moved to L.A. to pursue a career in entertainment after his retirement in 2007. He’s worked as a production assistant on more than 40 commercials and 20 music videos. Cherry’s latest project, Hair Love, received an Oscar nomination this month for best animated short film. Hair Love is about an African American … Continue reading Ex-NFL player Matthew Cherry tackles filmmaking, earns an Oscar nomination for Hair Love

HU’s Young emerges as one of the Big South’s best freshmen

Harrington Gardiner | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Jim Heath / Director of Sports Information Despite accomplishing so many achievements and receiving so many awards this season, Nylah Young has one goal in mind: a championship for the Lady Pirates.  The freshman’s season so far has included winning the Big South conference freshman player of the week. Young has been averaging 15.3 PPG, 11 Reb and 2.3 steals this season.  Nylah is from Suffolk, Virginia with an undecided major. She’s been playing basketball since she was six years old. Young played AAU basketball and she also played all four years of … Continue reading HU’s Young emerges as one of the Big South’s best freshmen

Super Bowl 54: Battle of the differences

Nazim Trammell-Wells | Staff Writer The Super Bowl is almost upon us. If your team is watching on a couch like you are, it can be a bummer; but it’s still a fun time of the year. Fans are set up for quite a show with the super-loaded Chiefs offense vs. the shutdown defense from the 49ers.  This past Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Cinderella squad Tennessee Titans 35-24. Later on in the evening, the San Francisco 49ers beat the GreenBay Packers 37-20.  Super Bowl 54 has a lot of marquee matchups. The most prominent will be the … Continue reading Super Bowl 54: Battle of the differences

L.A. stories, Bucks lead the way at NBA’s midway point

Justin Whitner | Staff Writer As the NBA season approaches the All-Star break, we are just past the midway point in the 82-game marathon. Let’s take a look at the three most dominant teams and the three most disappointing squads in the league. Dominant The Los Angeles Lakers  Rob Pelinka’s overhaul in the NBA offseason has proven to be a good move for the Lakers. LeBron James has returned healthy and in his dominant form again. Alongside him now is a healthy Anthony Davis. The two have led the Lakers to the top spot in the Western Conference. The Los … Continue reading L.A. stories, Bucks lead the way at NBA’s midway point

LSU takes the victory against Clemson in 2020 National Championship

Amber Anderson | Staff Writer Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers defeated the Clemson Tigers during the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship, finishing with a final score of 42-25. LSU finished with an undefeated record of 15-0.  The Tigers dominated Clemson throughout the game, Dabo Swinney, Clemson’s head coach gave them their props for playing like champions throughout the game.  “There offense this year was special and they did an amazing job. Again, they made some plays tonight that you just have to tip your hat to them, cause the ball was in the only place … Continue reading LSU takes the victory against Clemson in 2020 National Championship

Former NFL played opened up about his battle with depression before death

Staff Writer: Amber N. Anderson Photo Credit: Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Former NFL player George Atkinson III died Dec. 2 at age 27, one year after the suicide of his twin brother, Josh Atkinson. Currently, there is no reported cause of death for Atkinson. During his NFL career, George Atkinson III played for the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns. In October, Atkinson released an open letter published by the Unsealed, titled, “How I Turned My Losses into Lessons.” He addressed the letter to kids going through adversity. Within the letter, Atkinson discussed his battle with depression, his traumatic upbringing and how the … Continue reading Former NFL played opened up about his battle with depression before death