Brothers In the News

Omega welcomes its newest Bros at Alpha Chapter

The Brothers of Alpha Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity welcomed its newest Bros during the Probate Show on Sunday, April 10, 2022 on Howard's campus.  Initiated into the fold on Friday, March 25, 2022, the six stalwart Neos made an impactful presentation to the Bros and all in attendance.  All Brothers of Omega welcome the following men to the kingdom of Omega:

  1. Xavier Alexander Manning, Yonkers, NY, Junior, Environmental Science major
  2. Ocean Latimer, Los Angeles, CA, Junior, Marketing major
  3. Mekhi Terrell Barnes, Williamstown, NY, Junior, Film major
  4. Betangabeh Taku Khumbah, Ypsilanti, MI, Junior, Finance major
  5. Isaiah Nwaeze Joseph, Gaithersburg, MD, Sophomore, Finance major
  6. Noah Vincent Henry Thomas, Atlanta, GA, Junior, Business Management major

Bros. Malcolm Fox and Colin Dickens receive national awards

During Omega's 2019-20 Int'l Achievement Week Virtual Awards held on August 7, 2021, Alpha Chapter's own Bros. Malcolm J. Fox (4-2018-TI) and Colin Joseph Dickens (8-2020-A) received recognition for their leadership and scholarship by being awarded the Grand Basileus and Herman S. Dreer Scholarship/Leadership Awards respectively. 

A native of Chicago, IL, Bro. Malcolm Fox transferred to Howard University in 2018, where he immediately got to work for Alpha Chapter.  The recipient of the 2018 Horace D. Boston Award, he served in various leadership roles in the Fraternity, including Keeper of Finance and Keeper of Records and Seal for Alpha Chapter and, most recently, Second Vice District Representative for the Third District. 

While at Howard, he was a member of the Pan-Hellenic Council, NAACP, and Bison football team, all while launching and running Gratitude Chicago, an inspiration-oriented apparel collection, and DreamStrong Chicago, a nonprofit mentoring youth in his hometown Chicago.

Graduating from Howard in 2021 with a 3.45 GPA, Malcolm is taking his BBA degree in supply chain management to work as an Operations Associate for McDonalds in their Denver regional office.  Congratulations on receiving the prestigious 2019-20 Grand Basileus Award, Malcolm.


 Hailing from Alexandria, VA, Bro. Colin Dickens defines scholarship and leadership.  Entering his senior year at Howard, Colin has achieved a 3.75 GPA appearing on the Dean’s List in three successive years.  He’s Alpha Chapter’s former Keeper of Records and Seal and currently serves as the Basileus of the Chapter.  Recognizing his impact on the Chapter and Fraternity, the Brothers of Alpha Chapter selected Colin as their Omega Man of the Year.  He also holds the position of second vice president of the HU’s Pan-Hellenic Council and is involved in student government at the College of Arts and Sciences.  Congratulations on receiving the prestigious 2019-20 Herman S. Dreer Scholarship/Leadership Award, Colin.

Click here to view the virtual awards program featuring Malcolm and Colin.

The repair of the Banneker bas relief image on the plaque commemorating the Sundial

In February 2019, the bas relief image of Benjamin Banneker mounted on a plaque commemorating the 1929 gift of the Sundial to Howard University was displaced from its mount accidentally by University employees.  Bro. Leland Edgecombe, the architect of The Dial brickscape and the brickscape at the Founders Monument, investigated and determined, through consultation with the appropriate specialists, the best means for re-adhering the bas relief image to the plaque. 

On Friday, July 20, 2021, appropriately, at high noon, along with several Alpha Chapter alumni Brothers, Bro. Edgecombe visited The Dial to re-adhere the bas relief image to the plaque.  Using a special epoxy, Bro. Edgecombe carefully applied the adherent to the outline edges of the back of the bas relief image and the support screws joints.  Using the appropriate pressure, he placed the Banneker bas relief image in the open space on the plaque where the image previously resided.  After several minutes of applying pressure, the epoxy began to adhere, completing the process.

 The Brothers and alumni of Alpha Chapter owe a debt of gratitude to Bro. Edgecombe for his steadfast work and commitment to Omega in repairing this iconic feature of Howard University’s landscape and the Brothers of Omega Psi Phi.


Congratulations to Omega's new Brothers!

  Alpha Chapter initiated six new Brothers into the fold of Omega.  The probate show for these new Bros was held on Friday, April 6, 2018.  Welcome to the newest Sons of Blood & Thunder!

#1 - Corey Taylor, Junior, Information Systems major, Aberdeen, MD
#2 - Seneca Williams, Junior, Political Science major, Stafford, VA
#3 - Hafiz Asad, Senior, Speech Language Pathology, Miami, FL
#4 - Merrick Simms II, Sophomore, Sports Medicine major, Atlanta, GA
#5 - Blake Archer, Senior, Biology major, Dallas, TX
#6 - Jordan Uwhubetine, Sophomore, Film major, Ashburn, VA

Congratulations to Omega's new Brothers!

On Sunday, March 26, 2017, Alpha Chapter initiated nine new Brothers into the fold of Omega.  Welcome to the newest Sons of Blood & Thunder!

Elijah Anglin, Junior
Wylie Darden, Sophomore
Cortez Hardrick, Junior
Jason Harris, Senior
Brandon Johnson, Junior
Lloyd Marshall, Jr., Sophomore
Malik Savage, Junior
JaMaal Thompson, Junior
James Walker, Junior

Scholarship at the Clave
seated (l-r): Bros. Robert Warren Jr. (11-80-A), Herbert Dixon Jr. (8-66-A), Ramsey Lowrey (2-2016-A; Basileus, Alpha Chapter), Derek Fitzgerald (9-2014-A), Kenney Little (6-10-A), Larry Brown (1-73-A), G. Dewey Stanyard (10-84-A);
standing (l-r): Bros. Paul Ramseur, Russell Drake (6-02-A), G. Truly Stewart (6-95-A), Vernon Motlow (9-84-A), Duane Keye (2-76-Theta Psi), Earl Moore Jr. (10-2014-A), E. Newton Jackson (6-88-Alpha Omega);

Current and alumni Brothers of Alpha Chapter and members of the Charles R. Drew Scholarship Commission pose with Bros. Derek Fitzgerald (9-2014-A) and Kenney Little (6-10-A) at the Ronald E. McNair Undergraduate Luncheon at the 80th Grand Conclave in Las Vegas on July 26, 2016. 

Bro. Fitzgerald is the recipient of the 3rd District Scholarship Award and was named International Scholar of the Year.  The International Scholar of the Year Award is the Fraternity's highest academic award that recognizes a Brother not only for his academic excellence but also for his overall involvement and contribution to the advancement of the Fraternity.  Bro. Fitzgerald graduated magna cum laude from Howard this past May with a 3.73 gpa.  University and is entering his first year at Meharry Medical College School of Medicine this Fall studying to be an
orthopedic surgeon.  He's also Chaplain of Delta Chapter.

Bro. Little is the recipient of the H. Carl Moultrie I Legal Scholar Award given to a Brother studying in the field of Law who demonstrates academic excellence while supporting the cardinal principles of the Fraternity.  Bro. Little is an alum of Howard University and entering his final year at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

pictured: the alumni Bros of Alpha Chapter at the Clave in Vegas
Brotherhood at the Clave
During the 80th Grand Conclave in Las Vegas, the alumni Brothers of Alpha Chapter got together for brunch on Sunday, July 24, 2016.  The Bros represented well at the Clave.

Congratulations to Bro. Robert Coker (11-82-A) on his recent appointment to Medical Director for Hudson Health Services

Initiated March 18, 2016 through Alpha Chapter.  Congratulations to Omega's new Brothers!

pictured: Bro. Eddie Brown (Alpha Fall 1958) and wife, C. Sylvia Brown
Supporting HU
Bro. Eddie Brown (Alpha Fall 1958) and his wife and HU alum, C. Sylvia Brown, has donated more than $250,000 to Howard University.  Click here to check out their story in the latest issue of Howard magazine.

Family Ties
Bro. Bertram McKeithen Sr. (Alpha 1965) and family are all HU alums.  Click here to read about their journey in the latest issue of Howard magazine.

McQueen honored
Congratulations to Bro. Dr. Fred D. McQueen Jr (10-67-A) for being honored by the Richmond County (NC) MLK Jr Celebration Foundation at it's upcoming commemorative weekend events. Bro. McQueen has operated his private practice in family medicine since 1977 in Hamlet, NC and has served as a trailblazer in the community.  Click here to read Bro. McQueen's background and contribution to the community he serves.

2015 Graduates
pictured left to right: Bros. Esau White (1-2013-A), Wayne Pollard III (5-2013-A), Dave Thomas Jr. (6-2013-A), Marcus McGraw (4-2013-A), Mackintosh Rislin ((12-2014-A) and Xavier Cross (6-2014-A)

Congratulations to the 11 Brothers who graduated from Howard University on Saturday, May 9, 2015:

Esau White (1-2013-A)
Marcus McGraw (4-2013-A)
Wayne Pollard III (5-2013-A)
Dave Thomas Jr. (6-2013-A)
Melqaam Shaw (1-2014-A)
Ian Cruikshank (4-2014-A)
Xavier Cross (6-2014-A)
Mackintosh Rislin (12-2014-A)
Joshua Matthews (14-2014-A)
Eli White (2-2015-A)

2015 3rd District Award Winners
pictured left to right: Bros. Ian Cruickshank Jr. (4-2014-A), Robert Warren Jr. (11-80-A), 3rd District Rep., Wayne Pollard III (5-2013-A), Derek Fitzgerald (9-2014-A), Larry Brown (1-73-A), 3rd District Rules & Recom. Chair
Congratulations to Bros. Ian Cruickshank (4-2014-A, Grand Basileus Award recipient), Wayne Pollard III (5-2013-A, 3rd District Scholar recipient) and Derek Fitzgerald (9-2014-A, Ronald McNair Scholarship recipient) for receiving their respective awards at the 82nd Annual 3rd District Meeting in Norfolk, VA on April 11, 2015.

Omega's Newest Sons
On March 13, 2015, 5 new Brothers entered the fold of Omega through The Mother Pearl.  Congratulations to:
  1. Khalil Saadiq, Sophomore, Economics Major, Birmingham, AL
  2. Eli White, Senior, Sociology Major, Springfield, MO
  3. Justice Walters, Sophomore, Philosophy Major, Bronx, NY
  4. Joshua Denson, Sophomore, Biology Major, Cincinnati, OH
  5. Aquanius Freeman, Senior, Supply Chain Mgmt Major, New Orleans, LA

Hon. Bro. Rushern L. Baker III, 7-81-A
Congratulations to Rushern, County Executive, Prince George's County, MD, for receiving the Alumni Achievement Award in the field of politics and public service from Howard University at the 2015 Charter Day Dinner on March 7, 2015.  See the This is Alpha Chapter #23 on the history of this award and Brothers from Alpha Chapter.

Bros honored Quinn Cook, son of Theodus "Ted" Cook Jr, (21-79-A, Omega Chapter) at Duke's Senior Night
(pictured l-r: Don Mullins, 11-77-A, Michael Battle, 7-79-A, Quinn Cook, Allen Toles, 9-79-A, Marcel Pratt, 14-77-A, Chalfrantz Perry, 3-79-A)
Alpha Chapter alumni traveled to Durham, NC on March 4, 2015 to honor and support Duke's staring point guard Quinn Cook, son on Ted Cook (21-79-A, Omega Chapter), at Senior Night.  Quinn dropped 13 points in a Duke rout of Wake Forest, 94-51.

Bro. Jimmie Johnson, 1986-A
Congratulations to Jimmie for being hired as the new Tight Ends Coach for the New York Jets on January 29, 2015.

2013 Charter Day Celebration Planned

It is with great enthusiasm that the Brothers of Alpha Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity invite you to the 102nd Anniversary Celebration of the chartering of Alpha Chapter! In less than a month the current chapter looks forward to being graced with your presence as we "dwell together in unity" in honor of this humbling occasion.

Please come out and fellowship as well as enjoy a banquet style meal. We will also be congratulating this year's winners of the E. Newton Jackson Jr., Frank Byron Patterson, and Horace Dwight Boston award(s).

As plans are being finalized, We are requesting in-kind donations at this time to help defray the costs of the event. Please click the link below to purchase your ticket. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Tickets are now on sale through December 3, 2013 for the price of $40! ALL TICKETS PURCHASED AFTER THAT DATE WILL BE PRICED AT $45! Those who purchase tickets by December 3rd will receive FOUR FREE RAFFLE TICKETS for a prize to be raffled off the night of the banquet.

Unfortunately, the campus catering company now requires payment before the event, and although payment at the door has been accepted in the past SEATING AND DINNER WILL NOT BE GUARANTEED IF YOU WAIT UNTIL THE DAY OF TO REGISTER!

Please feel free to Jason Warren (6-Spring 2011-A), Charter Day Chair, at or 202-374-8399 if you have any questions or comments

14 Sons of The Mother Pearl graduate

Invoking our second cardinal principle, fourteen Sons of The Mother Pearl received their undergraduate degrees from Howard University on Saturday, May 11, 2013. They are:

Will Gibbs (1-10-A)
Maurice Dukes (2-10-A)
Kevin Prince (4-10-A)
Hansford Thomas (5-10-A)
Kenneth Little (6-10-A)
Shaquille Turner (7-10-A)
Kenny Harris (8-10-A)
Douglas Brooks (1-11-A)
Charles Brice (2-11-A)
Royal Farley (3-11-A)
Vaughan Holland (4-11-A)
Molefi McIntosh (8-11-A)
DeAngelo Moody (10-11-A)
Jarren Brown (3-13-A)

Congratulations to these Brothers for their high achievement and accomplishing this significant life milestone.

Bills signed HU standout Bro. Keith Pough

Bills rookie linebacker Keith Pough is about as big an undrafted playmaker as you’re going to find on the defensive side of the ball.  He may not have a prototype NFL linebacker body and his 40 time might be far from blazing, but Bills rookie linebacker Keith Pough is as big an undrafted playmaker as you’re going to find on the defensive side of the ball. That’s why the Howard University product has lofty goals as he prepares for Buffalo’s rookie minicamp this weekend.

 “My expectations are to impress the coaches enough to be an instant contributor to the team,” Pough told “I know there are a lot of challenges in terms of learning the system and get used to the speed of the game, but that will come with time. My goal is nothing short of being a first-year starter and contributing right off the bat.”

Pough (6’2” 239) was the 2012 MEAC Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He finished his career with an astounding 71 tackles for loss, 28.5 of which came in his sophomore season when he led the nation in tackles behind the line.

While he admits his defensive coaches put him in good position to make plays, he also made sure he did his homework for upcoming opponents.

“I pride myself on film study and preparing for the game,” said Pough. “So if you can kind of anticipate and know what the offensive coordinators like to do on certain downs or in certain situations, you can kind of scheme the defense or your play to dictate what the offense does and doesn’t do.”

RELATED: Pough is pick of undrafted litter

Pough said he was given ample opportunity to rush the passer for the Bison and had 10.5 sacks his sophomore season when he also logged 100 tackles. He upped his tackle total to 120 as a junior with 21 coming behind the line of scrimmage.

“I pride myself on being a pass rusher and great blitzer and if I’m one-on-one with a back I can never lose that situation,” he said. “That’s got to be an automatic win.”

There are a few things that have helped to make Pough such a reliable tackler. While his film study puts him in the right place at the right time it’s his unusually long arms (33 ½”) and powerful hands that let few ball carriers slip from his grasp.

“I’ve been on a very strong regimen with the rice bucket every day,” said Pough of the oil drum-size bucket that baseball players plunge their arms into to grip and twist their forearms 180 degrees. “Baseball players use it to strengthen their forearms and their hands so they can grip the bat. My father coached me throughout my life and he was big on me squeezing tennis balls and getting my hands in the rice bucket. Now all I have to do is grab your jersey and it’s a tackle. That’s what has allowed me to play at the level I have the past few years.”

Pough’s play at Howard earned him an invite to pay in the East-West Shrine game where he had a productive week and to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, but he ran a disappointing 40-time of 4.87. But Bills scout Tom Roth wasn’t dissuaded.

“It did send me back to the game tape,” said Roth of Pough’s 40 time. “But he plays faster than that. His playing speed is closer to 4.75 because he anticipates so well.”

“The 40-yard dash is not an accurate indicator of a football player and the speed you play with in games,” said Pough. “The film speaks for itself and the eye in the sky doesn’t lie at all. My motto has always been stopwatches don’t make tackles.”

When the draft came and went without hearing his name called, Pough was suddenly fielding undrafted free agent signing offers from several NFL teams, but in the end he chose Buffalo.

“I formed a good relationship with coach (Jim) O’Neil, the Bills linebackers coach,” said Pough. “We had a great conversation at the Combine and we kind of clicked. It was something different in our conversation at the Combine. He reached out to me after the draft via text and then he got on the phone and we’d talk about five or 10 minutes and said he would love to have me. The Bills have a new coaching staff and they’re running a scheme similar to the one I was running in college. I felt like it was a good fit for me.”

Expected to line up at strong side linebacker for Buffalo, Pough believes his insatiable appetite to study film and know an opponent inside and out will serve him well in rookie minicamp this weekend. He understands how much it has allowed him to elevate his game. Now Pough aims to beat the odds and elevate his game once again with the Bills.

“My immediate goal right now is to be a first-year starter and I believe I have the opportunity to do that,” he said. “That’s predicated on how well I articulate our defense and learn it and be able to be a leader and not act as if I’m a rookie on the field. I’ve known this defense for a couple of years and I’ll be seeing it again.”.


Pough shines at the NFL Combine

Bro. Keith Pough (12-10-A) displayed his high athletic acumen and skills before NFL coaches, scouts and general managers at the annual NFL Combine in Indianapolis, IN on February 25, 2013.  Click here to check out what the NFL scouts think about Keith's performed at the Combine and his prospects.  Next up for Bro. Pough is Pro Day at Howard University on Monday, March 18.  Hit up Keith on his Facebook page and show him some love along with Uplift!

E. Newton Jackson a candidate for top SC State post
Bro. E. Newton Jackson (6-88-Alpha Omega), the associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs at the University of North Florida, is a finalist for the president job at South Carolina State University. 

Jackson is competing against Thomas Elzey from The Citadel and Leonard McIntyre at South Carolina State. 

The university's board hopes to name the candidate this month and have the new president start July 1.

Jackson studied sports management and has held professor positions at Howard University, Florida State University and Florida A&M University.

South Carolina State is a historically black college with 4,000 students and 30,000 alumni.

Bro. Jackson's is a Life Member of Omega Psi Phi and holds the distinction of being one of the only Chapter Advisors in Omega's history to guide two Chapters, Alpha (1996) and Chi Theta (2002-04) to national undergraduate chapter of the year honors.  Currently, Bro. Jackson is hold the fraternal position of 7th District Scholarship Chairman.

Source:  EduJax, April 2, 2013

Ledbetter elected as PFWA President
Brother Darryl Orlando Ledbetter (4-82-A), the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was unanimously elected as the president of the Pro Football Writers of America in their annual meeting at Super Bowl XLVII. 

Ledbetter, who initiated into the Fraternity on March 19, 1982 at Alpha Chapter, is currently a financial member of Chi Gamma Gamma chapter in Marietta, Georgia. He has served the Fraternity in several positions including on the Oracle's editorial board, Basileus of Alpha Chapter and Kappa Phi Chapter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Pro Football Writers of America is the official voice of the Pro Football Writers, promoting and fighting for access to NFL personnel to best serve the public.

Ledbetter, an award-winning journalist, has covered the Falcons since 2005 and has also covered the Green Bay Packers for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Cincinnati Bengals for the Cincinnati Enquirer. He was one of the lead writers in the notorious Michael Vick federal dog-fighting federal and has won three Associated Press Sports Editor awards.

Pough receives Pat Tillman Award honors at East-West Shrine Game

LB Keith Pough (#13) aims to take down QB Collin Klein in the East-West Shrine game

Keith Pough, linebacker for Howard University, was awarded the Pat Tillman Award at the East-West Shrine Game® banquet Friday evening. The award is presented annually to the player who demonstrates courage, perseverance and talent throughout the week leading up to the game and recognizes his overall achievements and conduct.

"Keith exemplifies the qualities we look for in the award winner," said East-West Shrine Game executive director, Harold Richardson. “From the hospital visit through practice, he has conducted himself in a way we believe Pat Tillman would be proud.”

“He first caught our attention at the visit to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Tampa last Sunday. You could see that he had a great time coloring, dancing and playing with the kids,” said West team manager, Andy Strickland.

“From day one at practice, he’s been a very vocal leader, encouraging and supporting his teammates on both defense and offense,” said West team head coach, Leeman Bennett. “He gives tremendous effort on every play and has shown great toughness. He’s the kind of player coaches like to have on the field.”

Pough, a 6’3”, 235-pound linebacker, finished his career at Howard as the all-time career leader in tackles for losses for in the FCS. For his efforts, he earned MEAC Defensive Player of the Year. Pough is the first player in Howard history to be selected to participate in the East-West Shrine Game, the oldest college football all-star game.

Pough also earned the Pigskin Club of Washington College Player of the Year and the Frank. P. Bolden Award

"It's a blessing and an honor to win this award that holds Pat Tillman’s name. He stood for honor, integrity, and sacrifice; those things mean everything to me," said Pough. "The visit to Shriners Hospitals for Children showed me why this is more than just a game and really motivated me to work harder this week. This has been an unforgettable experience."

Date:  January 20, 2013

Lewis part of the Real Husbands of Hollywood writing team

Alpha Chapter's own, Roland "Buddy" Lewis (14-84-A) was selected as part of the writing team for the new BET hit series the Real Husbands of Hollywood.  Debuting on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, the inaugural episode drew the largest amount of cable viewers in its 10 PM time slot with 4.1 million people watching.

Buddy is no stranger to the Hollywood circuit.  Since hitting LA over twenty years ago, Buddy has become a mainstay comic showcasing his talents in prominent clubs across the U.S.  His long list of credits include his talents as an Actor, Stand-Up Comedian and Writer. His recent credits include acting talents in five feature films: Black Dynamite; Big Stan; Robosapien: Rebooted; The Group, and The Chosen One; stand-up appearances on Martin Lawrence’s First Amendment; Contributing Writer for Host D.L. Hughley with the Essence Awards; and the BET Awards; Staff Writer for Jaime Fox’s The Writer’s Room; and Freelance Script Writer for Tyler Perry’s House of Pain.

McMurray achieves distinction for film on inner city plight of black men and police

Bro. Gerard McMurray (3-02-A) recently was selected as a finalist for the prestigious San Francisco Film Society's Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking grant for the file, Riders.  Bro. McMurray was profile in a recent article from Filmmaker Magazine:

Synopsis: “The Riders come out at midnight” and “Riders ride” are words that 23-year-old police rookie T. Pender hears from Officer Frank Vazquez. Known as the “Choker,” Vazquez is a veteran field-training officer who teaches rookies to be “real” cops. While most in the Oakland Police Department brass regard Vasquez as one of the department’s finest patrolmen, his stellar reputation belies a more sinister side to his questionable police tactics. Behind the veil of secrecy that covers the inner workings of the OPD, “Choker” leads a gang of ruthless cops that terrorize a troubled community in late 1990s West Oakland, CA.

Bio: Born and raised in New Orleans’s 7th ward, Gerard McMurray has been a filmmaker since 2002 while a student at Howard University in Washington, DC. Gerard was awarded the 2011 Directors Guild of America Student Filmmaker Award for his short film Battle Buddy, which has screened at numerous film festivals, including the San Diego Black Film Festival, Women’s International Film Festival, and the USC Newport Beach Film Showcase. He earned an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in May 2011, worked as associate producer on the indie film Fruitvale and is seeking to direct his first feature film.

What was your inspiration for this story?
I was always a fan of gritty, urban dramas that told tales of the streets from a realistic view. During my years growing up in inner city New Orleans, I often saw police brutality. I heard tales of people being framed by the cops, and worse. As I got older, I began to realize that these were not just stories. It all came home for me when I became the victim of police brutality. In the hood, people distrust the police, they are scared of the police, and the code of the streets is “Never talk to the police.” I was inspired to tell the story of the West Oakland Riders as a gritty tale about inner-city cops that were more in line with the type of police that were in my neighborhood. I want to tell a story that shines a light on what goes on in the inner city, and tells why there is this inherent distrust of the police amongst the citizens of most inner-city neighborhoods. Being harassed by the police is a rite of passage for black males in this country.

What do you see as the greatest challenges for filmmakers today?
I would say the greatest challenge for filmmakers today is being able to maintain your voice. Hollywood is a money-driven business, and so there is always the temptation to make a more commercially viable film in order to secure some financing. However, staying true to yourself, your voice, and your vision for the film is paramount in making good films. People can see your passion through your storytelling. So, being able to maintain your vision, despite what other people are saying about it is a testament to your level of commitment to making your film unique, and true to your original vision. That’s why I think it is so important that there are organizations like the San Francisco Film Society that allow filmmakers to have the freedom to express their artistic vision.

If you could change one thing about the film industry, what would it be?
If I could change one thing about the film industry, I would make it more diverse. I feel that right now, the films that are being released are not necessarily representative of the changing face of American filmmakers. There are so many different and interesting stories that should be told, from a wide range of cultures and perspectives. I think that the industry should start telling stories from other vantage points that still share common themes. For instance, all people can relate to wanting to protect their family, but different people tell different and unique stories about protecting their family.

Source: Filmmaker Magazine
Date: November 30, 2012

Howard's Pough named 2012 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year

WASHINGTON--Howard University senior linebacker Keith Pough has been voted the 2012 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Defensive Player of the Year while his teammate, Damon Gresham Chisholm, was named the MEAC Rookie of the Year, as announced by the conference.

The Bison, which finished 7-4 overall and second in the MEAC with a 6-2 conference record after being picked to be eighth in the pre-season poll, capped an outstanding season by having four players named to the first team and three to the second team.

A 6-foot-3-inch, 235-pound red-shirt senior linebacker from Orangeburg, S.C., Pough closed out a brilliant career as the Football Championship Subdivision all-time career leader in tackles for losses wth 71.5.

The FCS All-American and the pre-season MEAC Defensive Player of the Year, Pough finished third on the team in tackles with 44 solo tackles, 28 assists, 10.0 tackles for losses, 3.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, including his first career touchdown, a forced fumble and a blocked kick. One of the team captains the past two years, Pough's leadership played a great role in the program's turnaround the past two seasons.

“I’m very proud of Keith and how he has played not only this season, but every year he has been here with Howard,” said Howard head coach Gary Harrell. “No other defensive player worked harder than Keith this season and definitely deserves it. It’ll be hard to see him leave because he was such an outstanding player and person.”

Date: November 28, 2012

Pough receives several top Preseason Honors

Washington, D.C. - Howard University redshirt senior Keith Pough (12-2010-A) has been named to the 2012 Sports Network FCS Pre-searson All America Team.  Additionally, Pough has been named College Sports Maddness MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) Pre-Season Defensive Player of the Year.  Keith is also officially on the watch list for the 2012 Butkus Award for the nation's best linebackers and is a candidate for the prestigious Buck Buchanan Award presented to the top defensive player in the FCS.  The 6-3, 235-pound red-shirt senior linebacker from Orangeburg, S.C., is coming off a brilliant season in which he led the team in tackles with 120.  Pough also recorded 21.0 tackles for losses behind the line of scrimmage, ranking him second in the MEAC and eighth overall in the country.

The outside linebacker had 71 solo tackles to rank seventh nationally in that category.  He was first team All-MEAC
selection and was named to several All-American teams for his impressive numbers during the 2011 season.

In 2010, Pough served notice that he was to be reckoned with, recording 100 total tackles and 28.5 tackles for losses to rank him No. 1 in the FCS (Football Championship Sub-division) and in the MEAC in that category.  He is on schedule to break several school marks during the 2012 season.

For his career, Pough has 277 total tackles, 62 tackles for losses, 17 sacks and 21 QB hurries. 

Keith was initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity through Alpha Chapter on March 22, 2010.

Date: July 21, 2012

Click here for article on Bro. Pough from the 8/28/12 edition of the Washington Times.

Howard University Chapel's Richardson Names to DC Hall of Fame

 Washington, D.C. – Rev. Bernard Richardson (B.A. ’75, 6-73-A) of Howard University’s Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel was recently inducted into the Washington DC Hall of Fame in recognition of his dedicated work and contributions in the city and faith-based community.

Richardson is the fourth dean of Howard’s historic Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel. As the appointed chief executive officer for religious affairs at the University, he coordinates the wide array of programs that minister to students, parents, faculty, staff, and to the wider community.

The Hall of Fame recognizes District of Columbia residents who have made outstanding social contributions to the city. It is sponsored by the DC Hall of Fame Society and the Office of the City Historian.

Richardson has initiated programs that have fostered interfaith dialogue and religious tolerance locally and beyond. He launched and serves as director of the Spiritual and Ethical Dimensions of Leadership Initiative at Howard University. During Richardson’s administration, the Chapel has revitalized its creative religious programming. The Chapel’s weekly radio broadcast reaches an audience that covers the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, as well as parts of West Virginia and Delaware.

A tenured associate professor in the Howard University School of Divinity, Richardson received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Howard in 1975. Later, he received a National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship and went on to earn his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Michigan State University. In 1984, he earned a M.Div. degree from Yale University Divinity School.  Rev. Richardson was initiated into Omega through Alpha Chapter on April 14, 1973 (Dial and Dr. D's Double Deuces).

Richardson is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. He served for ten years as the Pastor of the Archer Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Windsor, CT.

Date:  May 22, 2012
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