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(ATLANTA) – October 23, 2017 – On Friday, as numerous colleges kicked off their Homecoming festivities, black excellence was front and center at the inaugural HBCU Power Awards presented by Morehouse College. Guests gathered at Martin Luther King Jr International Chapel in Atlanta to celebrate eight individuals who have made significant achievements in their respective fields: actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who received the HBCU “
Icon Award;” Coltrane Curtis (founder, Team Epiphany); Kyle Hagler (president, Next Management); Nzinga Shaw (Chief Diversity Officer, Atlanta Hawks); Keinon Johnson (VP, Urban Promotions, Interscope Records); Phylicia Fant (SVP, Publicity, Warner Bros Records); 
Beverly Anderson (EVP, Cards & Retail Services, Wells Fargo); and Rob Rumley (Chair, Atlanta Housing Authority).
 
 
Co-founded and executive produced by Morehouse alums Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins (c/o ’96), Jash’d Kambui Belcher (c/o ’99; movie producer, A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love on Election Night starring Meagan Good and Omari Hardwick) and Roderick Hardamon (c/o ’98), the HBCU Power Awards was full of exceptional moments: an opening “Swag Surfin'” performance by the Morehouse Glee Club and Horns section; host Deon Cole keeping the audience laughing; the crowd singing along to “Focus” during R&B singer H.E.R‘s performance; an impromptu stroll in the aisles from an Omega Psi Phi frat; the music by DJ Trauma; Coltrane Curtis’ emotional tribute to his late father; and Jada Pinkett Smith’s moving words on the dynamics of power and the responsibility we all have to manage it wisely.
 
Smith’s recognition comes on the 30th anniversary of the seminal series “A Different World,” where she played the feisty “Lena.” The first of its kind on national television, “A Different World” ushered in an era of HBCU pride and shaped a positive perception of black college life that inspired many to join its ranks.
 
Special guests included producer Will Packer, supermodel Jessica White, actor Michael Jai White, style expert Tai Beauchamp, Atlanta Hawks Foundation EVP David Lee, Morehouse College President Harold L. Martin, creative consultant and entrepreneur Taiye Samuel, radio/tv personality Gary “With The Tea” Hayes, actor Mike Merrill, singer Dondria Nicole, rapper Silento, author Zane and many more.
 
Many thanks to sponsors Morehouse College, the Atlanta HawksRadio One, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, Experience Grands Rapids, the Lowman Group/ dba the Athletes FootAmway Hotel Collections, and Hush Beauty Bar & Loung
 
    

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Fans from all over the world viewed a historic showcase of musical talent, as Honda Battle of the Bands celebrated its 15th anniversary. The marching band event of the year for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) presented eight top marching bands with a national platform to display remarkable showmanship, precise instrumentation and carefully-crafted choreography, both live and streamed online. Each of the participating universities received grants to help fund and support their music education programs.

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Hillary Clinton makes stop at Clark Atlanta University

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Democrat and Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton made many campaign stops Friday in Atlanta, Georgia. READ MORE

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Empire” star Taraji P. Henson has announced that she will NOT be sending her son to or investing her money into University of Southern California due to an alleged racial profiling incident involving him! Instead she will send her child to her Alma Mater and HBCU, Howard University.

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People question celebrities all the time about their commiment to the community. Earlier this week we watched Tom Joyner grant Rachel Jeantel with resources to help her obtain a GED, SAT prep, and a full academic scholarship to the HBCU of her choice. Earlier today we listened to Rickey Smiley tell Rachel Jeantel that they would help her with clothes, school supplies, and text books when she’s ready to head off to college. Now we have learned that Wale is doing his part to help a student of Hampton University stay in school by awarding a very special scholarship. READ MORE

Sad news for yall you FAMU fans.. Julian White, the director of Florida A&M University’s marching band announced his retirement Thursday in a statement from his attorney.
EURweb reports the statement made no mention of the controversy surrounding the band, the famed Marching 100 has been under intense scrutiny since the death of drum major Robert Champion in November 2011.

 

Eleven FAMU band members currently face felony hazing charges in the death, and two others face misdemeanor charges.
White, 71, was briefly suspended from his position following Champion’s death, but returned to it in early December. READ MORE