Saturday, February 27, 2021

Lady Rattlers softball team struggle in season opening losses to SLU

After having to cancel or postpone their first 11 games of the season, the Lady Rattlers softball team took to diamond and dropped both games of a doubleheader to Southeastern Louisiana, 11-1 and 12-3, in the Unconquered Invitational at Florida State on Friday.
FAMU struggled to get much offense going their first game which lasted only five innings. The Rattlers were held hitless through 16 at-bats, scoring its lone run on a Lion error.  
Gabriella Williams got the start for the FAMU, working 0.1 innings, allowing eight runs on five hits. Nadia Zenteno tossed 4.2 innings in relief, striking out two batters while giving up three runs on two hits. 
SLU (6-5) tallied 11 hits. The Lions' Lindsey Rizzo went 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Heather Zumo (4-1) got the win for SLU after throwing 3.0 innings, giving up one run while striking out four.
Game 2 started out on a promising note for the Rattlers with Kenyaamari Jones and Melkayla Irvis opening the game with back-to-back hits.
Jones scored when Seriah Brokenborough drilled a liner at shortstop that couldn't be corralled, giving the Rattlers an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
With SLU up 5-1 in the third inning, Brokenbourough got her first RBI of the year, hitting a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Irvis from third base and cut the Lion lead to three.
However, SLU had a seven-run bottom half of the third punctuated by a two-run homer by Cameron Goodman.
The Lady Rattlers will face Florida Gulf Coast today at 10 a.m. at FSU.

Friday, February 26, 2021

CNN's "New Day Weekend" show taps FAMU grad as Executive Producer

Sidney Wright
 IV, a 2008 FAMU journalism graduate, has been named the Executive Producer of “New Day Weekend” with Victor Blackwell and Christi Paul at CNN. Wright is responsible for organizing and producing multiple hours of live news coverage for CNN’s weekend morning show.

“It’s a lot to take in sometimes with this responsibility, but I feel really good and my team is incredible. This has felt like a natural progression for me, so I’ve been able to step in and keep the train going,” said Wright.

Over his 15-year career Wright has had the ability to gain experience in almost every realm of journalism. Since leaving “The Hill” he has had the ability to produce news on the national and local level. While also gaining knowledge inside the newsroom and out in the field.

In his new role he oversees all aspects of the broadcast while maintaining all administrative and editorial duties, and is responsible for the direction of the show, guests, and production. He leads a team of more than a dozen producers, editors, and writers.

Wright got his start in Tallahassee, but quickly made the leap to national stage working as an associate producer for ABC’s “World News Tonight” with Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer.

While a student, Wright served as Editor-In-Chief of the Famuan student newspaper. 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

FAMU Marching 100 performing in NBA All-Star game tribute to HBCUs

Fresh of performing for the Presidential Inauguration of Joe Biden, the FAMU Marching 100 will again share the national spotlight as it performs March 7 during  the NBA All-Star game.

The Marching 100 will perform during the pre-game segment as part of the National Basketball Association’s tribute to Historically Black Colleges or Universities.

Marching 100 band members taped their performance Wednesday afternoon at the Foster-Tanner Music Building on campus.

About 34 band members will play for the occasion.

“Our students are going to present an amazing show with exciting music and creative choreography," director Dr. Shelby Chipman said. "The ‘100’ will be spectacular, and we can't wait.”  

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

FAMU grad appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at USDA

Monica Armster Rainge, a 1995 agri-business graduate of FAMU, has been appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Rainge is an agricultural lawyer and mediator who has worked in the public and private agricultural sectors for more than 25 years. 

Most recently, she served as the Director of Land Retention and Advocacy for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund where she led the development and management of outreach and technical assistance programs that support regional land retention and advocacy initiatives for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

Rainge also directed the Federation’s Regional Heirs Property and Mediation Center which provides USDA-certified mediation services in Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana. Her professional experience with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund dates back to 1996 when she served as a college intern under the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Internship Program.

Experienced in agricultural policy development and program management, she previously served as the Florida State Coordinator for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund. She has managed regional USDA projects focusing on outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.  

The Thomasville, Ga, native has dedicated her career in law and advocacy to fighting for underserved and marginalized communities in food, agriculture and natural resources management.  

Rainge earned her law degree from the University of Florida, and master’s degree in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas.

Monday, February 22, 2021

A&T snaps FAMU's 12 game home streak with 70-63 win

The FAMU men’s basketball team couldn’t find their footing Sunday afternoon and dropped a crucial MEAC conference game to NC A&T 70-63 in the Al Lawson Center, snapping a 12-game home winning streak.
The Rattlers (5-9, 4-3 MEAC) dug themselves into a deep hole in the first half had trailed by 35-22 going into halftime.
In the second half, A&T (9-10, 5-1 MEAC) built its largest lead of the contest, 48-27, with 15:57 left.  

FAMU fought back to within six, 62-56, with 2:19 remaining., but it wasn’t enough.  A&T kept the Rattlers at arm length to hold on to victory.

As a team, FAMU shot 39.7 percent from the field (23-of-58) while A&T hit 37.7 percent of its shots (23-of-61).
FAMU travels to Orangeburg, S.C. to take on South Carolina State in another MEAC Southern Division battle on Thursday. It will be the first of three consecutive contests that the Rattlers and Bulldogs will play against each other. Tip-off for Thursday's matchup is set for 6 p.m.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Rattlers trounce A&T 71-57, extend home winning streak to 12

FAMU forward Bryce Moragne, from Tampa 
from FAMU sports information
Revenge was on the menu as FAMU handed NC A&T its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference loss, dominating the Aggies 71-57 on Saturday inside the Al Lawson Center.
The victory also extended FAMU's home winning streak to 12.
Senior forward, Bryce Moragne, tallied a double-double scoring 10 points while snagging 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals leading the winning effort for FAMU.
Four other Rattlers scored in double-figures. DJ Jones scored 12 points while Jalen Speer and Evins Desir each added 11. Trejan Davis contributed a career-high 10 points. 
The Rattlers put together another solid defensive outing, holding A&T to just 28.8 percent shooting from the field (19-of-66).
Carrying a 32-25 lead into the half, FAMU seized complete control of the contest in the second period. The Rattlers outpaced the Aggies building a commanding 22-point lead (59-37) with 7:06 left to play.
Florida A&M connected on 29-of-67 shots (43.3 percent) and collected a season-high 50 rebounds. 
FAMU and N.C. A&T will square off again this afternoon. Today's contest is senior day for the Rattlers. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. and will be livestreamed on

Saturday, February 20, 2021

FAMU basketball Rattlers return to action this weekend against A&T

The FAMU men’s basketball team returns to action, after being off for nearly 10 days, for a two-game home stand against North Carolina A&T in the Al Lawson Center at 2pm today and at 4 pm tomorrow. 
The Rattlers are 4-8 on the season, 3-2 in MEAC Conference play, with their only conference losses to A&T in Greensboro earlier this season. 
FAMU currently sits in second place in the MEAC's southern division at 3-2, 1 ½ games behind the Aggies. 

Junior guard MJ Randolph is the leading scorer for the Rattlers at 15.1 points per game. In the two contests against A&T, he recorded 12 points and 20 points, respectively. In the first game, Randolph was one assist shy of a triple-double. The other Rattler averaging double-figures is true freshman guard Jalen Speer at 10.8 points per game. 

FAMU boasts the best scoring defense in the MEAC, allowing just 60.4 points per game. They also sport the best 3-point field goal percentage defense at 27.7 percent. Fourth-year head coach Robert McCullum is 37-67 (.356) at the program's helm and 29-24 (.547) in the MEAC.