MEET THE DANCE INSTRUCTOR BRINGING “HIPLET” TO THE WORLD

Earlier this year, a video of Black ballerinas dancing to hip-hop on pointe went viral. Those girls study “Hiplet” under instructor Homer Bryant at The Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center. Even though Bryant and the dancers have just recently gained national attention, Bryant has been instructing dancers of all ethnicities at the school for decades.

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TAKE A “STAY CATION” AT THE FIRST ZIPLINE COURSE IN ILLINOIS

Summer has officially begun and now many families are trying to decide where they can take their family for a vacation while also staying on a budget.






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FRIENDS REMEMBER, CELEBRATE MUHAMMAD ALI AT CAPITAL PRESS CLUB

The Capital Press Club hosted a panel Thursday in downtown D.C. to honor the memory of Muhammad Ali, as a room filled with writers, photographers and eager listeners heard firsthand accounts of the legendary boxer and the things he did throughout his life.






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PUSH FOR DC STATEHOOD PICKS UP STEAM

The issue of whether the District of Columbia will become the United States’ 51st state has been brewing for a long time, and the lack of voting power within Congress has many residents, city officials and presidential candidates saying the time is right for officially lobbying to make the District a state.






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NNPA, CHEVROLET ANNOUNCE 2016 DISCOVER THE UNEXPECTED JOURNALISM FELLOWS

By Freddie Allen, NNPA National News Editor Sidnee King, a 20 year-old broadcast journalism student at Howard University, admitted that she was nervous about her summer plans, the day before the 2016 “Discover the Unexpected” (DTU) journalism fellows were announced....
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THE 2016 CHEVY MALIBU HYBRID DESIGNED FOR A NEW GENERATION

Recently, Chevrolet invited a select group of journalists and bloggers from across the country to Santa Barbara, Calif., to test-drive the new Malibu hybrid and to discover what separates the 2016 model from its predecessors.






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DISCOVER THE UNEXPECTED: NNPA JOURNALISM SCHOLARS ARE BREAKING NEWS

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. (President of the NNPA) Today, we are exposed to 10-minute news segments six times per hour in a 24-hour news cycle on television and the radio. Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms are now used for instantaneous news,...
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LOVE AND RESPECT INSPIRES DETROIT NATIVE TO LAUNCH CONFLICT RESOLUTION CENTER

Let’s talk about #WhitePrivilege. Former All-American swimmer at Stanford University, Brock Turner, was accused and proven guilty of sexual assault by the juror. However, the Judge decided to lighten his sentence.






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TATYANA HOPKINS

Tatyana Hopkins recently graduated from Howard University with a degree in journalism. Originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut, the journalism major developed a passion for telling news story, while still in middle school, after a documentary project at summer camp. With an interest in research and storytelling, journalism became an obvious career choice.






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VICTORIA JONES

Victoria Jones is a senior journalism major and photography minor at Howard University. She has an extensive reporting history that includes writing for NBC Washington, The Afro-American Newspapers, the Washington Informer, and many more.






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RUSHAWN WALTERS

Rushawn Walters is senior journalism major and theatre arts minor at Howard University. He is a White House Correspondents’ Scholar and a member of the Nation Association of Black Journalists. He enjoys writing on topics pertaining to health, social activism and technology.






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BRELAUN DOUGLAS

Brelaun Douglas recently earned a bachelor of arts in print and online journalism from Howard University. Along with writing, Brelaun also has a passion for photography and seeks to capture the essence and emotion of a story in both words and pictures. Brelaun is from California and has worked as a reporter for the Howard University News Service and The DC Spotlight Newspaper.






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BRANDI MONTGOMERY

Brandi Montgomery is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a concentration in broadcast journalism at the School of Communications at Howard University. A native of Hopkins, S.C., Brandi has extensive community service experience and was selected as a White House Correspondents’ Association Scholar in 2015. Brandi’s internship experiences, which include Fox 5-WTTG, the U.S Army Office of Public Affairs and WHUT-TV32, have confirmed her passion for covering news, even under stressful conditions.






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McKENZIE MARSHALL

McKenzie T. Marshall is a senior journalism major with a concentration in broadcasting at Howard University. McKenzie is a contributing writer for “The Hilltop,” and a member of Howard’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.






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BRIAHNNA BROWN

Briahnna Brown is a recent graduate from the School of Communications at Howard University. Briahnna was born and raised in Baltimore, Md., and many of her stories have focused on issues that affect her hometown. Briahnna’s articles have appeared in the Howard University News Service and the NNPA News Wire.






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SIDNEE KING

Sidnee King is a junior broadcast journalism major, from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Sidnee has written for several publications, including the “Michigan Chronicle,” “BLAC Detroit,” and she has worked at WHBC 96.3, the student-run radio station at Howard University.






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HOT MIX 5’S 35TH ANNIVERSARY

Farley Williams who is the event coordinator for this event, and has been given the title as the King of House Music, says this festival is not only about the Hot Mix 5’s reunion but a celebration of life. “We are doing this to celebrate each other, there are so many tragedies in life, we just lost Muhammad Ali and before him was Prince, we must remember to live each day to the fullest and that is what this celebration is about”






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DESHAUNA BARBER IS #BlackGirlMagic

Deshauna Barber served in the military as Logistics Commander for the 988th Quarter- master Detachment Unit at Fort Meade, Md. She has now broke the barrier of being the only woman in Miss USA beauty pageant history to win the title while also being in the military. She joined the groundbreaking eight other black women who have won the title of Miss USA since the pageant’s start in 1952.






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JOURNALISTS AND BLOGGERS TAKE A “JOURNEY INTO SOUND” IN THE 2016 CHEVROLET MALIBU HYBRID

Cars signify individualism and mobility, while music provides the thrill, expression and tone. So what happens when Chevrolet links with Revolt TV? A lucky few journalists and bloggers take a “Journey Into Sound.”






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DISCOVERING THE UNEXPECTED ON THE JOURNEY TO EMPOWERMENT: YOUNG NNPA BLACK SCHOLARS

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. (President of the National Newspaper Publishers Association) The legendary scholar, writer and visionary James Baldwin once personally confided with me that he had come to know that the “power of the pen” for Black people in America and...
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DISCOVER THE UNEXPECTED: CONTINUING THE LEGACY OF FREEDOM’S JOURNAL IN 2016

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. (President of the NNPA) History is more than the memory and documentation of the past. We all learn from the trials, tribulations and triumphs of prior generations. History sets the stage for the transformation of the present into the...
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DIVERSITY WITH AMBASSADOR THEODORE R. BRITTON

The importance of increasing diversity in America is stronger than ever. Ambassador Theodore R. Britton was among the first to African Americans to integrate the US Marine Corps. During his enlistment he served in World War II and the Korean War.






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ACTORS OF COLOR MAKE TONY AWARDS HISTORY

In stark contrast to #OscarsSoWhite—the hashtag that criticized the Academy Awards’ lack of diversity in nominees—actors of color made history at the 70th Annual Tony Awards last night by taking home all four of the musical acting awards.






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BLACK-OWNED TECH START-UP AIMS TO FIX #AirbnbWhileBlack

Discrimination against Black Airbnb users has been brought to light recently with people taking to social media with the hashtag #AirbnbWhileBlack to tell personal stories where they were denied a room with Airbnb, the online platform where people can list and rent places to stay. As the stories generally go: a white host declined a black user’s request but accepts a (real or fake) white user’s request for the same dates.






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DISCOVER STORIES THAT WILL SURPRISE AND INSPIRE

NNPA FELLOWS SHATTER PERCEPTIONS

MEET THE DANCE INSTRUCTOR BRINGING “HIPLET” TO THE WORLD

Earlier this year, a video of Black ballerinas dancing to hip-hop on pointe went viral. Those girls study “Hiplet” under instructor Homer Bryant at The Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center. Even though Bryant and the dancers have just recently gained national attention, Bryant has been instructing dancers of all ethnicities at the school for decades.






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DISCOVER THE UNEXPECTED: NNPA JOURNALISM SCHOLARS ARE BREAKING NEWS

Thanks to Chevrolet, the Discover The Unexpected (DTU) NNPA Journalism Fellows Program is giving undergraduate student scholars from the Howard University School of Communications the opportunity to “Break News” in Detroit, Chicago, Washington, DC, and in Atlanta. Tatyana Hopkins, Sidnee King, Briahnna Brown, McKenzie Marshall, Brandi Montgomery, Brelaun Douglas, Victoria Jones, and Rushawn Walters are all now working with NNPA member newspapers in the aforementioned markets.






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HOT MIX 5’S 35TH ANNIVERSARY

Farley Williams who is the event coordinator for this event, and has been given the title as the King of House Music, says this festival is not only about the Hot Mix 5’s reunion but a celebration of life. “We are doing this to celebrate each other, there are so many tragedies in life, we just lost Muhammad Ali and before him was Prince, we must remember to live each day to the fullest and that is what this celebration is about”






read more

DESHAUNA BARBER IS #BlackGirlMagic

Deshauna Barber served in the military as Logistics Commander for the 988th Quarter- master Detachment Unit at Fort Meade, Md. She has now broke the barrier of being the only woman in Miss USA beauty pageant history to win the title while also being in the military. She joined the groundbreaking eight other black women who have won the title of Miss USA since the pageant’s start in 1952.






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BLACK-OWNED TECH START-UP AIMS TO FIX #AirbnbWhileBlack

Discrimination against Black Airbnb users has been brought to light recently with people taking to social media with the hashtag #AirbnbWhileBlack to tell personal stories where they were denied a room with Airbnb, the online platform where people can list and rent places to stay. As the stories generally go: a white host declined a black user’s request but accepts a (real or fake) white user’s request for the same dates.






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