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Friday, January 23, 2015

Mitzi Miller tells students to focus on big picture in life

FAMU alumna Mitzi Miller, editor-in-chief of EBONY magazine, delivered the keynote address for the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at East Carolina University. She urged the students in attendance to set big goals and prepare to do the work necessary to accomplish them.

From The East Carolinian:

Mitzi Miller, Editor-in-Chief of Ebony, visited East Carolina University to speak for the MLK annual celebration on Tuesday.

She addressed people of the community, students, and staff members about her journey to making her dreams come true. The theme of the event was based on Martin Luther King Jr. having a dream and visualizing it and Miller spoke on making the visualized dream come true.

“One of the most important things is doing what you have to do to get where you need to be,” said Miller at the event. “The bigger picture is the long term goal.”

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Agnew tells FAMU campus that “there’s much more work to do”

On Thursday, January 15, 2015, Dream Defenders Executive Director Phillip Agnew delivered the keynote address for the university’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation. Agnew, a FAMU alumnus, urged the audience to support the fight against the injustice that has continued long after the time of King.

Here is an excerpt from the speech:

This moment is important for me for a number of reasons. But it’s most important because I have the opportunity to tell you that I’ve been to the other side. I’ve seen the darkest of depression. I’ve accepted the American Dream and seen it fall from my fingers. I’ve done everything that everybody told me to do but still found myself in a hole…

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Common wins Golden Globe for “Best Original Song – Motion Picture”

Common, a former FAMU student, won a Golden Globe award for “Best Original Song – Motion Picture” on Sunday. He shared the honor with John Legend for the song “Glory.”

“Glory” is part of the soundtrack for the new Harpo Films movie “Selma.” “Selma” tells the story of the activists who risked their lives during civil rights demonstrations in Selma, Alabama in 1965. The protests helped lead to the passage of the Voting Rights Act later that same year.

Common, whose birth name is Lonnie Lynn, Jr., recently returned to FAMU in 2010 to perform in a Haiti Relief Concert and in 2011 to deliver the first lecture for that academic year’s Lyceum Series.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Agnew to keynote FAMU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation

Phillip Agnew, executive director of Dream Defenders, will serve as the keynote speaker for FAMU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation on Thursday, January 15, 2015.

Agnew held many leadership positions during his days as a business administration student at FAMU. They included freshman class president, sophomore class president, student body vice-president, and student body president. Caterpillar, Procter & Gamble, and Eli Lilly all offered him positions before he graduated. He ultimately went with Eli Lilly, but eventually dropped his pharmaceutical sales position with that company to pursue his dream of working as a full-time civil rights activist like so many of his heroes from the 1960s.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Joyner receives Legislative Appreciation Award from Florida League of Cities

The Florida League of Cities recently honored state Sen. Arthenia Joyner, a FAMU alumna, with a 2014 Legislative Appreciation Award.

Legislative Appreciation Award recipients are legislators who work closely with the League’s advocacy team and demonstrate strong and consistent support of municipal home rule issues.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

FAMU alumna wins division at U.S. Bowling Congress championships

From The Daily News of Jacksonville, North Carolina:

Maxine Jenkins, who’s taught Spanish at Southwest High School since 1999, never set out to be a bowling champion.

After starting the sport as an undergraduate at Florida A&M University, Jenkins got sick and had to undergo two kidney transplants, the last in 2007. With her illness, Jenkins said her doctors told her she needed to keep busy and ease her stress level.

“Stress takes you out,” Jenkins said during a recent interview at the high school. “So that (bowling) was a reliever from school and all that. That really helped me.”

More than that, it made her a champion.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

FAMU alumnus named deputy chief of staff for Pennsylvania governor

Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has selected FAMU alumnus Obra S. Kernodle, IV to serve as his deputy chief of staff and director of the Office of Public Liaison.

According to the Philadelphia Tribune, the appointment makes Kernodle, 36, “one of the youngest African Americans to hold such a position in the governor’s cabinet.”

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Kernodle is a graduate of Roman Catholic High School. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Education from FAMU in 2002.

Before serving in his current position as senior advisor for Wolf’s transition team, Kernodle played a key role on the Wolf campaign as both deputy campaign manager and political director.

Kernodle previously worked in Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s Administration as deputy of legislative affairs, helping to coordinate the city’s Actual Value Initiative. In 2012, he was part of U.S. President Barack Obama’s reelection effort as the Pennsylvania southeast political director. Kernodle also served as the political director for both Nutter’s 2011 reelection bid and District Attorney Seth Williams’ race in 2009.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

FAMU alumna named senior broadcast producer of CBS Evening News

FAMU alumna Kimberly Godwin, who is also a former member of the university’s faculty, has been named Senior Broadcast Producer of the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.

In this role, Godwin will report to Steve Capus, Executive Producer of the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and Executive Editor of CBS News.

“Kim is an accomplished executive and proven leader who has performed brilliantly at the CBS Evening News for seven years and has successfully run many newsrooms across the country,” Capus said. “Kim is principled, dedicated and respected. She has helped shape some of the most important broadcasts of the CBS Evening News. I am delighted to have her as a partner as we continue to evolve the broadcast.”

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Thompson to receive Technology and Business Award from BET Honors

John W. Thompson, a FAMU graduate who recently donated $5 million to his alma mater, will receive the Technology and Business Award during the 2015 Black Entertainment Television (BET) Honors ceremony.

Thompson is the former chairman/CEO of Symantec and currently serves as the chairman of the Microsoft Corporation Board of Directors. His four fellow honorees are: Johnnetta Betsch Cole (Education Award), Phylicia Rashad (Theatrical Arts Award), Usher Raymond (Musical Arts Award), and Kanye West (Visionary Award).

“The BET Honors” 2015 will be taped at the historic Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 24, 2015 and will premiere on Monday, February 23, 2015. Actor and comedian Wayne Brady will host the star-studded event.

Proceeds from the private sale of “The BET Honors” 2015 will benefit the National Cares Mentoring Program.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

K. Michelle featured in January 2015 issue of ESSENCE magazine

FAMU alumna Kimberly Michelle Pate, now known to millions by her stage name “K. Michelle,” had a banner year in 2014.

Back in August, VH1 debuted her musical entitled “K. Michelle: Rebellious Soul - The Musical” directed by Idris Elba. Now, she is star of her own VH1 reality series “K. Michelle: My Life,” which premiered November 3.

K. Michelle spoke about these achievements in her career and more in a feature article in the January 2015 issue of ESSENCE magazine.

Friday, November 28, 2014

FAMU president and alums make EBONY “Power 100” list

FAMU President Elmira Mangum has been named among the nation’s 100 most influential African Americans by EBONY Magazine.

“I am grateful to receive this prestigious recognition on behalf of the university. This honor represents FAMU’s long legacy of helping to foster transformative changes around the globe,” Mangum said.

Two FAMU alums will join Mangum on the “Power 100” list. Phillip Agnew will be honored as a “Community Crusader” for his work as the executive director of the Dream Defenders, Inc., and filmmaker and producer Will Packer will be honored as a “Cultural Influencer.”

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FAMU alumna pledges to fight for freedom as new Florida Senate Democratic Leader

Sen. Arthenia Joyner, seated, being installed as the new Florida Senate Democratic Leader
Last week, FAMU alumna Arthenia Joyner took office as the new Florida Senate Democratic Leader. The Democratic caucus, which elected her to job in its 2013 leadership elections, made the decision official with a unanimous vote.

Joyner, 71, is the first black woman to hold the position and will serve until 2016. If the Democrats win the chamber back from the Republicans before her term runs out, then she will become the president of the Florida Senate. The Republicans currently outnumber the Democrats 26 to 14.

In her acceptance speech, Joyner pledged to continue the party’s fight against inadequate health care, unfair sentencing laws, declining state support for public education, joblessness, and harm to the environment.

Friday, October 31, 2014

John Lewis joins Dream Defenders for early voting rally at FAMU

Yesterday, civil rights legend and U.S. Rep. John Lewis joined the Dream Defenders for an early voting rally on FAMU’s campus.

Lewis was among the nonviolent demonstrators who were beaten on Bloody Sunday in 1965 as they attempted to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. The protest helped lead to the passage of the Voting Rights Act later that same year.

Now the representative for the Fifth Congressional District of Georgia, Lewis urged the FAMU students in attendance to exercise the voting rights that were achieved through the struggle that cost many activists their lives.

The event, which took place in front of Lee Hall, also featured live music and food to complement the ongoing homecoming week activities. Along with Lewis, FAMU Student Body President Tonette Graham and Dream Defenders Director Phillp Agnew (a former FAMU student body president) also addressed the audience.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hepburn signs with Eagles’ practice squad

FAMU alumnus Brandon Hepburn, who was picked up by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft, is now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad.

The 6’2, 240 lb linebacker was on the Lions’ practice squad throughout the 2013 season. The team released him in September.

Hepburn graduated from FAMU in 2013 with a baccalaureate degree in biochemistry.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Will Packer’s “No Good Deed” opens at #1 with $24.5M

FAMU alumnus Will Packer has yet another number one hit at the box office. “No Good Deed,” a Will Packer Productions film, took the top spot during its opening weekend with an estimated $24.5 million in ticket sales.

The thriller, which stars Iris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, knocked Walt Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” out of first place.

“No Good Deed” is another big financial success for Packer. According to the New York Times, the movie “cost less than $14 million to make.” That means it has already covered its full production costs and claimed a big profit.

Back during the summer another Will Packer Productions film, “Think Like a Man Too,” also took the number one weekend spot with $30 million.

Friday, September 12, 2014

K.Michelle stars in “R&B Opera” directed by Idris Elba

FAMU alumna Kimberly Pate, now better known by her stage name K.Michelle, recently starred in the first solo primetime television feature of her career.

On August 19, VH1 debuted her musical entitled “K.Michelle: Rebellious Soul - The Musical” in its 10:00 p.m. airtime slot. The “R&B Opera” told the fictitious story of a woman struggling to break the cycle of bad romance.

Idris Elba, who played Nelson Mandela in the 2013 film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” directed the special.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

FAMU alumnus named USTA Florida Volunteer of the Month

The Florida division of the United States Tennis Association has named FAMU alumnus Jerrell Lowery its “Volunteer of the Month.”

Lowery has spent the last five years connecting his tennis foundation and the university's varsity players in assisting at-risk inner-city youth in Tallahassee.

The executive director of the Venom Foundation (named as a take-off of the Florida A&M "Rattlers" mascot) for the past five years, Lowery turned lemons into lemonade when a proposed high school tennis team for FAMU's D.R.S. (Developmental Research School, a "laboratory school" for teaching and learning) fell through roughly five years ago.

"We started Venom as a fundraising booster club for FAMU's D.R.S., but it never materialized," he said. "There was a local tennis club, no longer in operation, that I retained membership with that had started to teach 10 and Under Tennis, but stopped. We then decided to turn Venom into a 501(c)(3) foundation, to serve the under-privileged kids with nutrition and fitness education, using tennis as our medium."

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gillum, Richardson, and Williams pick up election victories

(L-R) Curtis Richardson, Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee Lobbyist Sean Pittman, and Alan Williams honoring Kopykat Copy Center
Andrew Gillum, Curtis Richardson, and Alan Williams all emerged victorious a set of primary elections held yesterday, August 25.

FAMU alumnus Andrew Gillum won the primary election for the mayorship of Tallahassee. Although a write-in candidate has filed to challenge him in November, it is unclear whether he will need to hit the campaign trail again.

“I don’t know the particulars around that,” Gillum said in an interview with the Tallahassee Democrat. “My understanding is that in a nonpartisan election, if there are more than two candidates a candidate who gets 50 percent plus one is decided. But I’ll do what the process says.”

Richardson, who represented FAMU for eight years in District 8 of the Florida House of Representatives, won the race the succeed Gillum in seat two on the Tallahassee City Commission.

FAMU alumnus Alan Williams, who won the Florida House seat that Richardson left due to term limits in 2008, cruised to an easy victory in the Democratic primary for his current office. He will face a write-in candidate in the general election.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Google honors FAMU alumna Althea Gibson with Doodle

Yesterday, the world’s most popular internet search engine honored one of FAMU’s greatest legends.

The August 25 Google “Doodle” (a name the company uses to describe a specially modified front page logo) featured Althea Gibson, a 1953 alumna of FAMU. It paid tribute to what would have been her 87th birthday.

According to a TIME Magazine story on the Doodle, “Gibson, who was born on Aug. 25, 1927, was the first black person to take the title at Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals. The Harlem-raised Gibson was also the first African-American named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in 1957; she won again in 1958.”

Gibson died in East Orange, New Jersey on September 28, 2003 at the age of 76.