Ice Cube Named Howard Homecoming Ambassador and Grand Marshal


Ice Cube will add a touch of West Coast flavor to Howard University's homecoming

festivities in October.The

former NWA affiliate was recently tapped to serve as ambassador and grand marshal

for the annual affair, which will be called Utopia: Pinnacle of Dreams.

Events slated

for this year's homecoming include a yard fest, an alumni fashion a show/brunch,

a comedy show, and an R&B concert."Homecoming

is a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate the

rich legacy of Howard University in a relaxed atmosphere of friendship and family,"

said Howard president H. Patrick Swygert.The

2006 homecoming will be especially memorable for Cube, who will also serve as

a celebrity judge for the eighth annual Chevy Showcase of Bands before kicking

off the school's game against the Morgan State Bears with a coin toss.The

showcase, featuring 25 bands, will be held during Howard's It's a Hollywood Howard

Homecoming Parade. In

addition to Cube, judges will include showcase host Tyson Beckford, actress Zoë

Saldana (Drumline, Guess Who); Rick Gonzalez (Old School,

Biker Boyz, Coach Carter, and Roll Bounce); Ken L. (The Parkers),

Lil X, Bethann Hardison, Lil' Mo; Hassan Johnson (The Wire), Brandon T.

Jackson; Mobb Deep; Roman Rivera (Shaft and A Talent For Trouble),

and radio personality Steph Lova, a Howard alumna.The

2006 Howard University homecoming celebration will be held Oct. 6-15. The homecoming

game starts at 1 p.m.For

more information, call 202-806-2664 or visit