Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Captured on Film

School of C  faculty publish books on film
Congratulations to associate professor MontrĂ© Missouri, of the Media, Journalism and Film  (MJFC) department. Her new book published this summer, Black Magic Woman and Narrative Film: Race, Sex and Afro-Religiosity with Palgrave Macmillan publishers. Missouri teaches in the MFA graduate film program, and is active and folk voice in the film community. Read more at

Congratulations to S. Torriano Berry and his co-author Venise T. Berry, on the publication of the second edition of  their book Historical Dictionary of African American Cinema published by Rowman & Littlefield. Berry is an associate professor who teaches in the film program in the MJFC department.

Bradford Young joins ASC
Cinematographer and SOC film alumnus Bradford Young joined the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). See more at /http://www.theasc.com/site/news/young-joins-asc/

Also a recent video by Young, “Live & Die By Your Images: Bradford Young on What It Means to Be a Cinematographer” can be viewed at

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

School of C Highlights

Yanick Rice Lamb, NABJ 2015
NABJ Salute to Excellence
Yanick Rice Lamb  won a NABJ Salute to Excellence award for work on “Dealing with Dementia: Caring for My Mother,” part of the FierceforBlackWomen.com website. Yanick is chair of the Media, Journalism and Film (MJFC) department.


SOC at NABJ 2015
The School of Communications alumni reception offered an opportunity to network and reconnect during the NABJ's 40th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Minneapolis. We extend a sincere thank you to Lori Billingsley, SOC alumna and Board of Visitors member for Coca-Cola sponsoring the reception in Minneapolis. 


SOC alum receives award at AEJMCGeorge Daniels, a SOC alumnus and associate professor and assistant dean at the University of Alabama, received the Scholastic Journalism Division’s “Robert P. Knight Multicultural Award” at the Annual Diversity and Journalism Education Luncheon at the AEJMC convention in
San Francisco. Dr. Alice Tait, a professor at Central Michigan University, received the “2015 Lionel C. Barrow, Jr. Award for Distinguished Achievement in Diversity Research and Education.” The late Dr. Barrow is a former professor and dean of SOC.


Sonja Williams and Carolyn Stroman, AEJMC 2015
SOC books at AEJMC
Professor Sonja
new book, Word Warrior Richard Durham, Radio and Freedom (2015) published by the University of Illinois Press was on display at the AEJMC conference in San Francisco. Other SOC faculty books on display included Joanna JenkinsThe Convergence Crisis: An Impending Paradigm Shift in Advertising by Peter Lang Publishing, and Carolyn Byerly’s The Palgrave International Handbook of Women and Journalism (2013), published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Indira Somani, far left, with panel members at AEJMC 2015

Blackstart Film Festival winners

SOC congratulates -- Ciara Allen and Be Steadwell -- winners at the
 2015 Blackstar Film Festival,  a four-day annual celebration of film held in Philadelphia.

*Best Experimental Short: Vow of Silience/Steadwell
*Audience Award, Best Narrative Short: Black and Blue/Allen

Congratulations on Ph.D. completion
Doctoral students receiving their Ph.Ds this year – Drs.  Stella-Monica Mpande, Chizoma Nosiri, Tiphane' Turpin, and Cherie Ward – in the Communications Culture and Media Studies (CCMS) doctoral program. They join other graduates this year in CCMS who continue the tradition of Howard being a top producer of African Americans with Ph.Ds.


SOURCE: Aida Muluneh photo from
Smithsonian website
SOC Alumna featured at Smithsonian
SOC alumna and artist Aida Muluneh's work is featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art exhibit: The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists. A photo of Aida is used to feature the exhibit, for more information see: http://africa.si.edu/2015/04/new-exhibit-the-divine-comedy-heaven-purgatory-and-hell-revisited-by-contemporary-african-artists/

Friday, July 31, 2015

SOC Summer Notes

Alumnus Jason Miccolo Johnson joins Savannah State

A photo from Jason Miccolo Johnson's exhibit.
In August, SOC alumnus Jason Miccolo Johnson, a photographer whose work has appeared in 30 books and numerous magazines and newspapers, will join the Journalism and Mass Communications faculty at Savannah State University for the 2015-2016 academic year. Wanda Lloyd, department chair, says he will teach photojournalism and commercial photography. Since 1990, Johnson has been the official annual convention photographer for the National Association of Black Journalists. He is author of Soul Sanctuary: Images of the African American Worship Experience. Jason’s photo exhibit “Yours Naturally: Beauty that Grows on You” was featured at the School of Communications Alumni Reception in October 2014, at a Washington, D.C. Library in May,  and at Savannah State among its many exhibitions. (SOURCE: Portions of this post, edited from Richard Prince’s Journal-isms.)

Congratulations to alumna Reina Martin

Alumna Reina Martin is a 2015 Bronze Telly Winner at the 36th annual Telly Awards event this year. Reina won for her Yolonda Body Commercial for the University of Maryland University College, UMUC Moments Campaign.

Friday, June 26, 2015

SOC Summer News

Jami Ramberan
Faculty in the spotlight
Assistant professor Jami Ramberan
 will be honored at the Mayor's Caribbean Community Recognition Awards on June 29th at the D.C. Commission on Arts & Humanities, 200 I St. SW, where she will screen her short film, Silent Brave.

Save the Date: June 29th!

     You are cordially invited to join the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Caribbean Community Affairs (MACCCA) in honoring outstanding members of Washington, DC’s Caribbean Community on Monday, June 29th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the DC Commission on Arts & Humanities located on 200 I (Eye) Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003 located near the Navy Yard Metro Station

    As you know, June is National Caribbean-American Heritage Month (CAHM), and MACCCA, under the guidance of the Mayor's Office on Community Affairs (MOCA), and with the support of the D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities, is organizing a free, community event in June to recognize the contributions and legacy of the Caribbean-Americans to the culture, economy, and communities of Washington, D.C. This community celebration is free and open to the public; please feel free to share this invitation with anyone who may be interested in attending.

    We look forward to your joining us in this inaugural program to celebrate the legacy and contributions of Washington D.C.’s Caribbean community.  
Please RSVP by clicking here.  Space is limited, and RSVP's are required.  To learn more about the program or ways to be involved, please email maccca.wdc@gmail.com.
See you on June 29th!

Professor Haile Gerima
Professor Haile Gerima will speak and show excerpts of his film, "Yetut Lij," during a tribute and fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. June 30th in the East Ballroom of the Blackburn Center, Howard University. (See website: http://yetutlijmovie.com/.)

Alumni on the move

Alumna Ciara Allen's (2012) short film, Black and Blue, has been accepted into competition at the BlackStar Film Festival. This prestigious event takes place in Philadelphia starting July 30th. Ciara’s film Black and Blue is the story of a college-bound girl whose life is altered when her brother is drafted into service during the      Vietnam War. As the family's new breadwinner, she endures the reality of war and the volatile effect it has in her small town.

Washington, DC - The National Bar Association has announced the 2015 recipients of its 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates awards. The awards recognize the nation’s top lawyers under 40 who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, including in   innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community involvement. An independent panel selected the 40 individuals to receive the prestigious awards to be presented at the National Bar Association’s illustrious 40 Under 40 Awards luncheon July 23rd at the NBA’s 90th Annual Convention in Los Angeles, CA.  For more information on the Award Recipients, the Awards Luncheon, or Sponsorship Opportunities, please       contacts the Chair, Aubrey “Nick” Pittman at 40Under40@nationalbar.org. 

2015 NBA Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 (edited for space to show     HU grads)

#1. Brandes Ash, (HU Law School, 2012) Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

#17. SOC’s Antonio K. Kizzie (2008), Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt
Attorney Antonio K. Kizzie 

Save the Date: October 1, 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

School of C Connections

NABEF Media Sales Institute at Howard
The 15th annual NABEF Media Sales Institute (MSI) at Howard University started May 31st with the Opening Founder's Banquet at the Blackburn Center on campus. This year's class of 23 recent college graduates will experience an intense two-week series of workshops, lectures and hands-on experience with industry professionals addressing sales and management in the broadcast industry.
     The MSI program was founded at Howard by former faculty member and broadcast professional Ernie Fears, Jr., Vicci Saunders and Judi Moore Latta. It is housed in the Media, Journalism and Film (MJFC) department in the School of Communications. Many thanks to our sponsor the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF).

Dr. Bishetta Merritt and Jay Holloway, MSI director

Also, during the opening dinner, program director Jay Holloway presented a special recognition to Dr. Bishetta Merritt, interim chair of MJFC, who is retiring in June from Howard.


School of C Alum on the move

AP News : Phillip Lucas appointed AP reporter in Birmingham, Alabama
<p>ATLANTA (AP) - Phillip Lucas, a journalist who has helped The Associated Press coordinate and cover significant stories across the South and beyond, has been hired to work as a reporter for the new

Friday, May 8, 2015

School of C  end of year happenings and celebrations

Congratulations 2015 Graduates!

Student Council Reloaded Administration 2014-2015
Student Council Awards
Congratulations to the 2015 Student Council Reloaded Administration which received Student Government/Council of the Year and Howard University's Organization of the Year awards. Also, many thanks to their advisor Carol Dudley.

Hearst Award Winner
We are proud of Glynn Hill for placing in the top 20 of the breaking news category for the Hearst Awards, which are the collegiate equivalent of the Pultizer Prize.  


Bernaiyya Jackson
Germany Embassy Young Journalist
School of C student Bernaiyya Jackson will participate in the 
Young Journalists’ Summer Program sponsored by the German Embassy, which will be held May 25-29 in Washington, D.C.  Bernaiyya is a junior broadcast journalism major and Annenberg Honors Program scholar, with an interest in international affairs.  She will join journalism students from universities in Germany, Columbia, UNC Chapel Hill, and Berkeley for a week of workshops on media and society in the U.S. and Germany, as well as relations between the two countries.

Congratulations to our 2015 PhD Graduates
The Department of  Communication, Culture and Media Studies proudly announce its 2015 doctoral graduates: Dr. Keena Blackmon , 
Dr. Sheila BrooksDr. Shelva Tommaro ClemonsDr. Turnesha Joelle FishDr. Denna Geppi, Dr. Morgan Danielle Kirby , Dr. Chevon McGarrah, Dr. Neosho Caprice PonderDr. Bridgett Pleasants RobertsonDr. Melvin Williams,  and Dr. Sherelle R. Williams.


School of Communications Class of 1995

20 Year Reunion Planned, 1995-2015
Calling all Howard University School of Communications 1995 Graduates. We’re Turning 20! If you or someone you know is a member of that class please join our Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/#!/HUSC1995/timeline or email us at HUSchoolofc1995reunion@yahoo.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

Monday, April 27, 2015

SOC Scholarships Winners – 2015 White House Correspondents Associations

From left, Jourdan Henry, Brandi Montgomery
Professor Indira Somani, and Precious Osage-Erese
Congratulations to three School of Communications students that received 2015 White House Correspondents Associations scholarships at the dinner April 25th in Washington, D.C.  Jourdan Henry, received the Harry S. McAlpin Jr. Scholarship, a one-time award of $7,000;
Precious Osage-Erese and Brandi Montgomery received the White House Correspondent's Association scholarship prize, a one-time award of $7,000.

WHCA Luncheon, from left Jourdan Henry, Precious Osage-Erese,
and Brandi Montgomery