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!  

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.” 


Share page with AddThis