Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Captured on Film

School of C  faculty publish books on film
Congratulations to associate professor Montré 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/