Health + Wellness

Leilah Reese’s 30lbs Before 30 Journey on the #GoddessBody Diet

Height: Tall enough to ride ALL the attractions at Six Flags
Weight: If I told you, I’d have to cut you!!!
Age: 29 and feeling fine
Occupation: News aide at a national newspaper, soon to be graduate student pursuing a Master’s in Speech and Language Pathology.
Goal: To drop 30 pounds by the big 3-0!!!!!

Campus Life

White House Correspondents’ Association Scholarship awarded to 3 Howard U students

The White House Correspondents’ Association is distributing a record $132,500 to eighteen (18) journalism student from five prestigious universities, and will honor the recipients at its annual scholarship luncheon on Friday, April 30th .

Since 1991, the WHCA has awarded nearly $360,000 in scholarship money to 42 graduating high school seniors and college-level students. The success of this dinner allows members of the White House press corps to give back to the next generation of reporters.

The following Howard University students will each receive a $7,000 scholarship:

• Derrick Haynes

• Jasmine Norwood

• Mary Godie

2009-2010 recipients (pictured above, with President and Mrs. Obama): Curtis McCloud, Melissa Noel, and Erica Robinson. Curtis is from Columbus, Ga., and has interned WRC-TV 4, WHUT-TV 32 PBS, Cox Communications and WRVL-TV 3. Melissa is from Newark, NJ, and has interned with BBC World, WJLA-TV 7, WHUR-FM 96.3, NBC Universal, PBS, Afro-American and The Hilltop Newspapers, and Erica is from Hampton, Va., and has interned with SRB Communications, WHUT-TV 32 PBS, Afro-American and The Hilltop Newspapers


Malaak Compton-Rock on Philanthropy

Howard Alum Malaak Compton-Rock speaks to Tavis Smiley about philanthropy, activism and her book “If it takes a Village, Build One”


Muhsinah – “Summer”



Check out Muhsinah’s latest release “Summer”, off her album The Oscillations: Triangle.
The album is available on itunes for preview and download. Check it out.


Howard Alum Gabrielle Dennis Hottie in New Sitcom “Blue Mountain State”

Gabrielle Dennis won’t be mad if you don’t watch her new “Blue Mountain State” sitcom tonight on Spike TV.

The raunchy “Animal House”-meets-“The Longest Yard” comedy about college football players definitely isn’t for kids or social conservatives.

The fictional campus overflows with all kinds of sexcapades, beer, booze, drugs, strippers, crude language, crass pranks – and that’s just in the premiere.

“It’s definitely something most of my family won’t be watching,” says Dennis, a 1996 Hughes Center graduate. She plays Denise, the control-freak girlfriend of prized recruit Craig (Sam Jones III from “Smallville”).

This is a whole new ballgame for the College Hill native, who had a recurring role on CW’s “The Game” as Janay, a pro football player’s girlfriend.

“I never experienced anything like this when I was at Howard (University),” says Dennis, who filmed the series last year in Montreal.

“It doesn’t have that ‘PG’ vibe like ‘The Game.’ This is definitely on a men’s network. It’s young boy fun.”

Dennis plays a central role as sexy Denise, who has Craig meeting with accounting majors to plan the investment of his NFL signing bonus.

Is the actress like that too?

“Absolutely not!” she shrieks into the phone from her Los Angeles home.

“That’s what makes playing this character so much fun, because she’s so over-the-top.”

While studying theater and communications at Howard in Washington, D.C., she co-hosted BET’s “Teen Summit” (1998-2000).

“My ultimate goal is writing and producing my own TV show.”

A show all her family can watch.

People on the Move

Harrisburg Mayor-elect Linda Thompson is region’s top newsmaker of the year

Mary Crawford has plenty of reasons to be proud of her daughter.

Despite getting pregnant in high school, Crawford’s daughter didn’t miss a day of school and managed to graduate. She earned a degree in communications from Howard University.

When Mary Crawford’s son, Steven, was imprisoned for a murder he didn’t commit, her daughter wrote letters and contacted whoever she could in an effort to help free him.