The Real Kicks Off HBCU Tour At Howard

Howard University students showcasing their black pride after taping The Real at Cramton Auditorium. Photo by Laura Cameron, Howard University News Service.

By Laura Cameron, Howard University News Service

WASHINGTON, DC-– In honor of Black History Month, daytime talk show The Real is hitting the road to visit HBCUs around the country. Their first stop was at Howard University where the students live streamed via satellite with the hosts in LA.

The syndicated American talk show aired in 2013 and is currently on its fourth season, but in 2018, it was renewed for seasons five and six. Hoping to appeal to a younger audience, the hosts include Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry-Housley. The Real is known for being one of the only daytime talk shows to have hosts that are all women of color.

Mr. and Miss. Howard University, Brandon Allen and Kayla Waysome, after the live taping of The Real at Howard University.

Howard University students and fans eagerly waited outside Cramton Auditorium to be a part of the live taping. The taping featured several Howard University students who spoke on different topics that included dating multiple people at once and J-Lo performing this year’s Motown tribute at the Grammys. The students also got a chance to play a few games and win some cash prizes.

“It was so fun getting an opportunity to be a part of The Real today. I have been watching since their first show, and I love Donia Duchess, our host for today,” says Noni Marshall, a senior, journalism major who attended the taping. “They always bring great energy, and it was exciting getting to share my spirit for our HBCU.”

Mr. and Ms. Howard University, Brandon Allen and Kayla Waysome joined the live audience with several other members of this year’s royal court. Howard University President, Wayne Frederick also made an appearance at the live taping to do a brief interview about Howard University and why he feels students are drawn to attend.

“This has been an amazing experience. Everyone has such great energy, and everyone was great and smiling,” said Donia Duchess.

To close out the taping, the Howard University “Showtime” Marching Band performed, followed by the Howard University cheerleading squad.

Catch The Real on Fox weekdays at noon. Check your local listings to catch the re-run of Howard University’s special appearance.