Hampton University's School of Liberal Arts hosted its first Art of Hip-Hop conference Feb. 11 - 12. The theme was "Do You Still Love H.E.R (Hearing Every Rhyme)?" The conference included a silent auction built on one of the four tiers of hip-hop, graffiti. (The other tiers explored were DJ; The Emcee and Break Dancing.) The artwork featured many artists who have made a lasting impact on the industry since it began more than 40 years ago. Patrons were given the opportunity to listen to hip-hop music from different decades, while enjoying the work of HU students.
Hampton University and BET presented an early screening of BET's newest mini-series, "The Book of Negroes," starring Aunjanue Ellis, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Louis Gossett, Jr. The University screening was Feb. 4 in Ogden Hall. Ellis, the film's leading actress, answered question in a panel discussion afterwards.
The mini-series, based on Lawrence Hill's novel, "Someone Knows My Name," tells the dramatic journey and life of Aminata Diallo (played by Ellis), a young West African girl, abducted from her village and sold into slavery in South Carolina. It further shares an untold side of history.
The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) has been awarded more than $807,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. The Initiative will help Hampton University and the other 14 CICV members, all private nonprofit colleges in Virginia, develop comprehensive plans for implementing solar power on their campuses through the Solar Pathways Program.