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Poetic Justice

Poetic Justice

How’s this for coincidence? In 1995, the late hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur, then 24, was serving a sentence at Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York for a crime he and many others said he didn’t commit. While incarcerated, this video was recorded of a deposition in which Shakur explains[Read More…]

by May 6, 2014 0 comments Chatter
FUNT: Advocacy Beyond the Armchair

FUNT: Advocacy Beyond the Armchair

  Some readers charge The Hoya and its writers with being aloof and elitist. That allegation is misguided, but I, for one, proudly wear the badge of idealism. Idealists, however, are not without flaws of their own. I served on this newspaper’s editorial board for a year and worked alongside[Read More…]

by April 10, 2014 0 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top

In The Newsroom: The Reporter

It is an honor when readers challenge editorial decisions made by The Hoya. Even when the objections are unfounded or misguided, they’re reflective of the presumption that journalism serves a higher purpose rooted in basic values. To me, that’s evidence of a worthy endeavor. Someone once observed that lay people[Read More…]

by April 2, 2014 0 comments Chatter, Opinion, Opinion - Top

While Nas Charms the Crowd, Dyson Steals the Show

There’s no question hip-hop legend Nasir Jones was the headliner Thursday evening in Gaston Hall. It makes sense, then, why the audience murmured in surprise when “the greatest …” was first used to describe someone on stage other than Nasty Nas. “It’s an amazing opportunity in my career to be[Read More…]

by March 28, 2014 0 comments Opinion
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Rapper Nas, left, discusses the legitimacy of hip-hop in academia with professor James Braxton Peterson on Thursday in Gaston Hall.

Nas Talks Rap, Politics in Gaston

Hip-hop artists seldom shy from bravado, but moderator James Braxton Peterson, a professor of Africana studies at Lehigh University, began Thursday night’s event — featuring sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson and Nas — with deference. “It’s an amazing opportunity in my career to be here in Gaston Hall at this[Read More…]

by March 28, 2014 0 comments Campus News, News
FUNT: Justice and Journalism to Match

FUNT: Justice and Journalism to Match

I am an alliteration enthusiast, and it took restraint just now not to write “alliteration addict.” To my ear, words pack more of a punch if they form a sequence of similar sounding syllables. When I was chair of The Hoya’s editorial board, I remember the alliterative thrill I got[Read More…]

by March 28, 2014 0 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top

Dyson Discusses Highly Anticipated Nas Appearance

Michael Eric Dyson, a professor in the sociology department, will appear Thursday evening in Gaston Hall alongside legendary hip-hop artist Nas. Dyson spoke with The Hoya on Wednesday about where Nas, himself an acclaimed storyteller, fits within the story of hip-hop. Below is an edited transcript of the half-hour conversation.[Read More…]

by March 27, 2014 1 comment Campus News

Setting the Stage for Nasty Nas

As New York City radio DJ Peter Rosenberg puts it, Nasir “Nas” Jones would belong on the Mount Rushmore of hip-hop. The legendary rapper from Queens, N.Y., is set to appear Thursday evening alongside Professor Michael Eric Dyson in Gaston Hall, where they will discuss the state of a culture[Read More…]

by March 27, 2014 1 comment Campus News
A Year’s Worth of Headlines: The DeGioia Interview

A Year’s Worth of Headlines: The DeGioia Interview

University President John J. DeGioia has spent virtually his entire adult life on the Hilltop, and under his leadership, Georgetown has launched two major fundraising campaigns, expanded campus facilities dramatically and adapted academics to the new millennium. But PresidentDeGioia doesn’t do many interviews, and we were pleased to finally speak with him March[Read More…]

by March 7, 2014 0 comments Campus News, News
FUNT: An Open Invitation to Kanye West

FUNT: An Open Invitation to Kanye West

Dear Mr. West: I would like to cordially invite you to be interviewed at Georgetown University, in one of our historic campus venues. Some readers will undoubtedly mock this as frivolous fan mail instead of an appeal to a leading social pioneer, which is exactly why I urge you to[Read More…]

by March 7, 2014 0 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top