Monday, October 16, 2017

Homecoming 2017!

Welcome Home Alumni & Friends
Homecoming Coming 2017 - Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
Cathy Hughes School of Communications (CHSOC)

Research/Creative Works Showcase
noon -  2 p.m., (Room 118, CB Powell Bldg.)

Department Open Houses

2 - 4 p.m., (CB Powell Bldg.)

CHSOC Alumni Reception
4 - 6 p.m., in3, Inclusive Innovation Incubator Center, 2301 D Georgia Ave., across from McDonald's)


Student Film debut

CHSOC junior Mansur K. Rashid  recently held a screening of his award-winning film Same Fruit, Different Tree on Sept. 13th in Screening Room West, CB Powell Bldg. The film focuses on different risks that black youths face in society. The film was a finalist in a number of film festivals and won Best Film at the Burien Film Festival’s Short Film Exhibition, and a 2017 Paul Robeson Award in the Media, Journalism and Film Department. He is a television and film major who is minoring in photography. Rashid recently spent a semester abroad in Prague.


Friday, April 21, 2017

A $1 million dollar smile...

Two MFA film alums get the picture
Filmmaker Faraday Okoro
 Source: Phillip David Nondorf/New York Times photo
The chance of a lifetime at a $1 million grant to make a feature film is what young filmmakers were offered by AT&T in partnership with Tribeca Institute. We are proud to share the winners are School of C MFA film alums and screenwriting partners, Farady Okoro and Andrew Long, who pitched their screenplay, Nigerian Prince. They won the $1 million to develop their film, which will be featured at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018. The winning film will stream on AT&T platforms, including DirecTV Now, according to Cara Buckley's New York Times story. Congratulations to our alum. See the story at:


School of C student wins Fulbright
Jakiya Pyron, of New Jersey, is one of four students and two alumni winners of the 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards. Jakiya is an advertising major in the Strategic, Legal and Management Communication (SLMC) department. She will travel to Kenya to do peace work within the local community as well as partnering with the Kenya Justice Project in order to further the project’s goal of educating rural communities in Kenya about the property rights granted to women under the 2010 Constitution of Kenya. She was selected for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship award.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Digital Exploration

Alumna Erin Winters '16, makes her mark, She is the first National Geographic Digital Correspondent. She was selected from a national pool of 600  people who applied for the new position. Congratulations Erin! 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Alum Bradford Young's Oscar nomination!

Bradford Young, Oscars first and why inclusive film crews matter. ... See  the Washington Post story by Ann Hornaday, movie critic, at:

Watch the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night!  

Thursday, January 12, 2017

CHSOC Alum on the Move!
featured in Howard Magazine


Like the diamonds she sells, Nicole Black (B.A. ’92) became the embodiment of The Howard Woman while under pressure. 
The Howard Woman is bold,” Black said. “She’s resilient, she’s a trendsetter, she’s unbelievably resourceful, she’s
a groundbreaker, she’s fearless, she’s conscious.” 
As co-owner of the Philadelphia Diamond Company, with her husband, Kenyatta Black, Nicole Black credits a great deal of her success to the opportunities she was given while a student in the School of Communications. 
“When you have the exposure at Howard where it’s like you can make a way out of no way ... day in and day out ... that really set me on a course of success, quite frankly,” Black said. 
While at Howard, she knew she wanted to focus on public relations, so she landed an internship in corporate public relations at DuPont USA, a chemical and healthcare conglomerate. At 19 years old, she was incredibly steadfast in creating her future and interacted with the higher-ups at the company. 
Because of my can-do attitude and the confidence that was instilled in me from Howard, they were always so impressed with how I carried myself at that age,” Black said. “So, I got more opportunity because of it.” 
After earning her M.B.A. from Clark Atlanta University, Black went on to work as a brand manager at Johnson & Johnson, where she helped launch Splenda. But it was always the plan for Black to leave the corporate world to focus her attention on the diamond business that she and her husband, a second-generation jeweler, started almost 15 years ago and to spend more time with her elderly parents and two young sons. This past February, she did just that. 
Black has been working to make their business appealing to millennials with many customization options, appointment-only services and their Queen Cut diamonds. This business model differs from the retail storefront they ran back when they’d first started, and she said that she is excited to see how their business continues to grow. 
“Your version 1.0 is not going to look like your final success, because you have to learn,” she said. “You have to fail and adapt.” 


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Thursday, December 15, 2016

December 2016                                                                                         

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Season’s Greetings from the Cathy Hughes School of Communications! The holiday season is a time to reflect, rejoice and rejuvenate. We also acknowledge our gifts and share goodwill with others.

Thanks to you this has been a great year for the School with a successful 45th Anniversary Soirée in September and renaming of the School in October. We have more than four decades of preparing communication professionals who are known across the nation and around the globe; we have Pulitzer Prize and Gracie Award winners, a Marshall Scholar and Rhodes Scholar finalist, ASHA Honors winners, and so much more among our faculty, staff, alumni and students.

We look to 2017 with all the possibilities that a new year brings as Howard University celebrates its Sesquicentennial – 150th Anniversary. As you consider your end of year giving, we encourage you to support the Cathy Hughes School of Communications.

Donate online and click “Donate,” or 

Donate by check: (donation must be postmarked by December 31, 2016)
Howard University/Cathy Hughes School of Communications                              
c/o Howard University
P.O. Box 417853
Boston, MA 02241-7853

Here are some ways you can support the school:

  1.  School of Communications Scholarship Fund -- (General scholarship available to all students.)
2.  Cathy Hughes School of Communications Annual Fund – (Support school programs as needed.)              
3.  School of Communications Building Fund          
4.  Speech and Hearing Clinic        
5.  Barbara Bealor Hines Professional Development Fund -- (Supports research and travel for doctoral students in the Department of Communication, Culture and Media Studies.)            
6.  Lawrence Kaggwa Student Scholarship Fund
7.  Samuel F. Yette Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund
8.  Other: (Can designate programs; e.g. NewsVision; MLK Forensics Team; CapComm; and COSD HU, You Know, etc.)

We wish you a joyful and peaceful Holiday Season!

Thank you,

Dean Gracie Lawson-Borders

Friday, December 2, 2016

Fall Highlights

The Fall 2016 semester was filled with activity and excitement. We celebrated the 45th Anniversary Soiree in September; renamed the school to the Cathy Hughes School of Communications (CHSOC) in October; enjoyed alumni at the 2016 Alumni Homecoming Reception; and faculty and students continued an award winning tradition.

Julie Dash filmmaking success   
Filmmaker Julie Dash

Congratulations to Julie Dash, our Time-Warner Visiting Professor, for the 25th anniversary re-release of  
her acclaimed film  Daughters of the Dust and her 2016 Special Award from the New York Film Critics Circle. The Critics Circle presents Special Awards to individuals and organizations that have made substantial contributions to the art of cinema, including producers, directors, actors, writers, critics, historians, film restorers and service organizations.”

Daughters of the Dust will be at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Springs, MD, on Feb. 17, 2017. Here's the schedule, if you're traveling before then, and the trailer below:


Shining a Light
Rev. Unnia Pettus will speak when Washington, D.C.  Mayor Muriel Bowser and City Council members host the 2016 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the John Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. on December 7, 2016. Pettus will be the Protestant clergy leader to share a brief reflection about the importance of Christmas, and the Tree Lighting Ceremony for DC residents and tourists of the Christian faith. She is an adjunct professor in CHSOC’s Strategic, Legal and Management Communication department, and is the CEO and Founder of Nobody but God Outreach Ministries.


Linda Johnson Rice (right) and Monique Greenwood,
Johnson Endowed Chair
John H. Johnson Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

Linda Johnson Rice, CEO of Johnson Publishing Co., was the first speaker to launch the Johnson Entrepreneurship Speaker Series in Founder's Library in November. Johnson Rice is the heir of the family company that founded Ebony and Jet magazines, and Fashion Fair Cosmetics. She spoke to students and the Howard community about entrepreneurship, legacy of a family business, and opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs. The Johnson Entrepreneurship Speaker Series continues in 2017 with the next speaker, Mathew Knowles, founder and CEO of Music World Entertainment, on Feb 22. 2017.

Linda Johnson Rice, center, with students


Television Connections

Professor Tia Tyree, was among 25 professors selected to participate in the 2016 Fellowship Program with The Television Academy. They spent a week in Los Angeles learning more about what's happening in the entertainment field to help bring that knowledge back to their students, classes and research.


Students fact checking for TruthBeTold 

Election and Fact Checking

Professors Frederic Kendrick, Ingrid Sturgis, department chair Yanick Rice Lamb and other CHSOC faculty were on the scene election night with some 70 students covering the 2016 Presidential Election. The students delivered content across platforms and from different perspectives as the election night unfolded and we waited to learn who would become the 45th President of the United States.