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
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:

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 

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