McKenzie Marshall, Chicago Defender

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. She also interned at the Washington, D.C., bureau of the BBC in the spring of 2016. McKenzie’s ultimate career goal is to be an on-air news reporter. One day, she wants to host her own television show focusing on politics and foreign news.

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.

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”

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.