Updated: Hampton University Did Not Ban “Twerking”

by Yesha Callahan

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To follow-up to an earlier post, Hampton University did not ban twerking.

From Yuri Rodgers Milligan, Director of  University Relations-

There is picture of a slide circulating on social media sites that was a part of a presentation to Hampton University freshmen. The slide has been taken out of context. The presentation was on social media and cyber bullying and was titled “Sharing Your World Technologically.” The presenter was cautioning students about posting information and or pictures, that would tarnish their brand, on social media sites. The slide referenced “twerking” because of recent events and to get students’ attention. There was no statement about banning any form of dance or expression.

Twerk away, Hampton.

  • Britt

    I’m a Hampton alum, so this is laughable!!! Gotta love my alma mater, I tell ya!!! Let’s see if this “ban” is still in place come Homecoming weekend!

    (If you didn’t go to Hampton, you wouldn’t understand.)

  • MimiLuvs

    O_O

    WTF?!

    Is this a plot for another “Foot Loose” sequel?

  • Elmena

    Can’t legislate self respect. That has to come deep from within. At the end of the day can you look within yourself a declare “job well done”.

  • mEE

    uh this is taking it a little too far now

  • mEE

    LOL!

  • http://airindanyell.tumblr.com Erin

    As a Hampton Alumna this laughable! I, along with my peers, twerked all four years and are still proud “Hamptonian Women”! This filled my Instagram and Twitter feed all yesterday. Hampton Administration is extremely hilarious with some of their “rules” that nobody follows. I’m still trying to figure out if they were truly serious about this or if this is just a joke, it’s probably the former knowing them.

  • http://gravatar.com/geenababe geenababe

    I know they mean well but all of this will go out the window once a song with a good beat is put on. I know this has been said a hundred times but I hate how butt shaking has been done for a long time but now it mainstream since some idiots incorrectly did it at an award show.

  • Brad

    Hampton seems to be trying to protect its image between this and the “No Dreads” in the Business school policy.

    I’m a Tuskegee grad myself and so I would say it’s safe to say there will be some twerking going on at homecoming.

    Shoot, the wife was trying to demonstrate it the other day after the big hoopla over the VMA’s. Now, that may be a policy to get behind, no twirking if you over 40 ;-)

  • Anthony

    As an old person, I think authority figures need to ignore twerking as long as it stays on the dance floor or a sorority step show. I work at a college, and women are not lining up and twerking at lunch for the hell of it.

    I feel the same thing about sagging pants. The less older people talk about them, the sooner young people will decide they are ready to change their style. I know young could not pay me to wear some of stuff I loved as a teen or college student.

  • L

    Now this twerking craze is getting out of hand. why are they even giving attention to a dance? College students everywhere have been twerking, poppin it on a handstand and backing that thang up for decades…. oh and lets not even mention some of those step show routines that are borderline rated X.

  • Marisa

    Hahahahaha really Hampton men don’t take twerkers home to meet their mother, what kind of Victorian age BS are they spouting over there. Newsflash men have been bringing home many of a types of women to meet their mothers, and they all won’t qualify as Mother Teresa just as women aren’t bringing home dudes who qualify as Nelson Mandela to meet their folks. Decency is something that one should already have before they even hit a college campus, and most certainly should incorporate before they leave one. Also there are plenty of classy people who never even attended universities that conduct themselves in a respectful manner. Booty shaking has been around for years with these songs its a time a place for everything, if you are at some party/club do what you do twerking or not. I gotta say Hampton U played themselves on this one, because we all know they have their share of females twerking and many male admirers so who are they trying to fool.

  • objection

    I’m married. My wife can twerk if I’m behind her in our house. Twerking should be for the grown and sexy people at home. :0

  • Guest1234

    This is ridiculous. Isn’t this the school that banned braids and cornrows a few years back? Folks have been twerking for DECADES. But white people notice and say ewwww ONE TIME, and we gotta start policing grown folks dancing to suit their delicate white fears of that dangerous sexual black-girl dancing? Why don’t they just ban round butts, too? We don’t want white people to think we’re associated with any of that dirty blackness, now do we?

    Shameful. Seriously shaking my DAMN HEAD over here. Hampton oughtta be ashamed. When are these obedient black folks gonna get tired of jumping one foot to the next every time white folks clutch their racist pearls? Just stop!

  • Humanista

    Hampton alum here.

    I have to say, this is ridiculous and EMBARRASSING. They can’t ban twerking any more than they can bag drinking or sex (and they have tried). Not to mention, veerrryyyy few parties (where 99.9% of twerking takes place) even happen on campus, so I am curious about how they plan to enforce this–unless they intend to do *practice in the mirror* raids in the dorms? LOL. Even better: removing all full-length mirrors from dorm rooms!

    Anyway, I only wish my alma mater spent as much time on other important issues as they do pushing the respectable negro agenda. Not a good look if they’re trying to attract students who are looking for a good education and to be treated like adults….which I would say is most college-pursuing teens.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kelley.johnson.75436 Kelley Johnson

    I’m LMAO at #2. Black men ain’t marrying anybody these days, so I seriously doubt the chicks who twerk have to worry about being left behind with no husband. LOL

  • https://www.facebook.com/kelley.johnson.75436 Kelley Johnson

    This is why I hated by HBCU years and transferred to another school my sophomore year. My HBCU was private and very conservative and I hated it. They take the years you should be growing and exploring and replace them with this “respectability politics” bullshit. This is why I don’t recommend HBCUs to my nieces. I want them to be able to be emotionally and culturally free as black women, and too many HBCUs attempt to kill that with this intense focus on how to make yourself “acceptable” for white folk.

  • Yuri Milligan

    I am the spokesperson for Hampton University –
    There is picture of a slide circulating on social media sites that was a part on a presentation to Hampton University freshmen. The slide has been taken out of context. The presentation was on social media and cyber bullying and was titled “Sharing Your World Technologically.” The presenter was cautioning students about posting information and or pictures, that would tarnish their brand, on social media sites. The slide referenced “twerking” because of recent events and to get students’ attention. There was no statement about banning any form of dance or expression.

  • Black Womanist

    Hampton might be surprised to find how much twerking/stripping money flows through their bursar’s office as we speak.

  • sixfoota

    LOL @ Yuri, the Hampton spokesperson.

    Baby bye! You’re not banning any form of dancing or expression but if you do it, you’re obviously seen as trash & you’re not a good enough woman to attend Hampton or for a man to bring home to meet his momma? The slide wasn’t taken outta context at all. Y’all knew exactly what y’all were saying – you & your respectability, psuedo-posh, bourgeois police. I’m an alum of a bourgeois HBCU (love my alma mater, too) so I know allll about that. Gotta protect ya image so you’re not confused with those other black folks – you know, the poor, uneducated local ones. Psh. Hampton ladies, pop on!

  • Brad

    Yea you gonna be more culturally free around white folk on campus. Please they are throwing bleach on black students at white Universities.

    Be sure to share that with your nieces…

  • ruggie

    Banning twerking at an HBCU is like banning keg perties at a majority school…won’t happen.

  • LMO85

    That bourgeois mentality is the EXACT reason that I left Hampton back in the day. Found a more sound Black student population among a Predom. White Institution- SMH.

  • LMO85

    1000% agree with you Kelley, that is why I left as well.

  • dmac

    Oh yes, at a school that is 80% female! All those young men are just itching to settle down and commit…

  • http://ladyngo.blogspot.com Lady Ngo

    LOL. The first time i saw the pic i honestly wasn’t surprised. When i applied to Hampton and went to visit, the young lady taking me on the tour told me that an official “housing” rule was that if you had someone of the opposite sex in you room, the door had to stay open and both feet had to be on the ground. Written just like that. Not that my college experience was going to be about having copious amounts of coitus, but that was 1 acceptance letter that i didn’t entertain.

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