Posts Tagged ‘Howard University’

The Breaks: This Week in Local Hip-Hop

A farewell to Yardfest and Kali Uchis' bound and gagged revenge flick

You Don’t Have to Be an Art School to Have a Great Gallery

Want to see student work? Acclaimed African-American artists? Textiles? There's a university gallery for you.

Reports of Tramplings at Howard Yardfest (Updated)

The music at Howard University's homecoming Yardfest concert temporarily ceased this afternoon amid reports of people being trampled. According to a Metropolitan Police Department spokesman, police received a call at around 3:17 p.m. reporting that people were trying to ram through barricades on 6th Street and Howard Place NW.
The D.C. Firefighters Association tweeted that multiple [...]

Byrdland: Why Donald Byrd Mattered to Jazz, Its Legitimacy, and D.C.

When news of Donald Byrd’s death was finally confirmed by major news outlets on Monday, it had been four days since his nephew by marriage, the jazz pianist Alex Bugnon, had announced his passing on Facebook. Byrd—a trumpeter, composer, educator, and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master who was the founding director of Howard [...]

Donald Byrd, Pioneering Jazz Trumpeter Who Left a Mark on D.C., Has Died

Donald Byrd, a trumpeter, composer, educator, and National Endowment for the Arts jazz master who spent several years in Washington as founding director of Howard University’s Jazz Studies program, died at his Delaware home on Feb. 4. He was 80 years old.
After nearly a week of rumors, scads of unconfirmed reports, and a Facebook announcement [...]

Arts Roundup: Helen Hayes Edition

The 2013 Helen Hayes Awards nominees are here! [Theatre Washington]
Toby's Dinner Theatre racked up eight nominations for its production of The Color Purple; Signature's Dreamgirls, Woolly's The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, and Folger's The Taming of the Shrew also fared well. [Post]
The Washington Performing Arts Society hires a new president: Stanford Live director Jenny Bilfield [...]

Indie Movie House on V Street NW? Not So Fast!

Calm down, people: It's not yet clear whether a movie theater is coming to 8th and V streets NW.
According to information released by the developer JBG, plans for the old Atlantic Plumbing Supply building near the 9:30 Club will consist of two mixed-use residential and commercial buildings, one smaller six-story building, and one larger 10-story [...]

Faces Made by Drake While 2 Chainz Was Rapping at Howard University’s Yardfest

The official Yardfest vid from 2 Chainz gleefully documents the pandemonium that Drake inspired Saturday on the Howard quad. Skip ahead to about 2:30 for the screeching and barricade-jumping. The real entertainment in the vid, however, comes from watching Drake make those "who farted" faces while 2 Chainz raps. SCREENSHOTS, Y'ALL:

How a Howard Professor Resurrected Lost D.C. Evangelist Film Hellbound Train

More than 80 years ago,  James Gist was pretty sure all his neighbors were going to hell.
That's why, in the 1920s and 1930s, the Christian evangelist filmmaker and his wife Eloyce visited black churches and meeting halls in Washington, D.C., where they screened their bible-thumping movies in the hopes of spurring their peers to abandon [...]

Afro-Blue: Still Not Done

Afro-Blue's special appearance on The Sing-Off last night went off without a hitch, with the Howard University group providing a marvelous setting for Smokey Robinson to perform his big hit "You Really Got a Hold On Me." (FYI, Dallas-based quintet Pentatonix took the top prize.) And it turned out to be a special appearance indeed. [...]