Sunday, February 18, 2018



HU Debate Team National Champions     

The Howard University Debate Team
 are the 2018 National HBCU Speech and Debate Parliamentary Debate Champions!
The team recently participated in the inaugural 2018 National HBCU Speech and Debate Championship at Wiley College in late January. The competition was hosted by Chris Medina, director of Forensics for The Great Debaters at Wiley College. Under the leadership of associate professor Angela Minor, director of Forensics, the team made a lasting impression during the competition.
In the National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) Division, Howard Debate advanced three, two-member teams. Howard advanced the most teams at the Quarter-Finalists level for Parliamentary Debate than any HBCU in attendance.  Additionally, actor Nate Parker, from the movie The Great Debaters, sent his non-profit, The Nate Parker Foundation, Inc., to record the student competitors and coaches for a “Great Debate Documentary,” which will air soon. Denzel Washington (who played Melvin Tolson in the movie) attended the Awards Banquet.

The students who competed at Wiley College are as follows:
Cathy Hughes School of Communications:
Aerial Adams - Legal Communications major, Class of 2020
Tommy Crockett - Communications (Film/Television) major, Class of 2019
Michael Franklin - Legal Communications major, Class of 2021
Angelina Peters -  Legal Communications major, Class 2019
Nancy Vu – Journalism major, Class of 2021
Lundyn Davis - Sociology Pre-Med and Biology/Spanish major, Class of 2019
Colin Evans - Economics major, Class of 2020
Kristen Love - Economics and Political Science major, Class of 2018
Alexia Singletary, Political Science and Afro American Studies major, Class of 2020
The Debate Team received awards in the following categories:
NPDA National Champions 1st Place: Aerial Adams and Michael Franklin
NPDA Quarter-Finalists: Lundyn Davis and Kristen Love & Tommy Crockett and Colin Evans
National Parliamentary Debate Best Speaker - 1st Place: Colin Evans
National Parliamentary Debate Best Speaker - 3rd Place: Lundyn Davis
Informative Speaker - 5th Place: Kristen Love
Extemporaneous Speaking - 1st Place: Michael Franklin
Extemporaneous Speaking - 3rd Place: Kristen Love
Interviewing - 3rd Place: Angelina Peters (84 students entered this category)
Interviewing - 6th Place: Lundyn Davis (84 students entered this category)
Sweepstakes Award - Kristen Love (This award means she was the Top Performer and the Finalist in most of the events entered on behalf of Howard University!)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Sharing a wave of success

Director Angela Minor, center, with Howard
Debate Team members.

Great Debate Howard University vs. Harvard
University 2017
Leading Debate
Congratulations to the Howard Debate Team. They led the way during the Great Debate—Howard University vs. Harvard University—on Oct. 20th  sponsored by the Connecticut  NAACP at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  The team prevailed during the exhibition debate in front of more than 8,000 spectators, according to Angela D. Minor, associate professor and director of Forensics. This was the 9th annual debate sponsored.

Public Relations Award
CHSOC alumnus Alex Hill is the recipient of the inaugural Ofield Dukes Millennial Excellence in Public Relations Award. He received the award at the Ofield Dukes Excellence in Public Relations Awards event on Oct. 21st at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. Hill works for Miles Ahead Entertainment and is also president/CEO of Humble Hill Public Relations. Two of our current students --  Salina Kamara and Rickey Davis -- received the 2017 Ofield Dukes Scholarships. The awards event was held in honor of Ofield Dukes, a ground breaking Public Relations expert, who started Ofield Dukes & Associates and also taught at Howard University. He died in 2011. The event was sponsored by the National Black Public Relations Society, Washington, D.C. Chapter

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!