Wednesday, April 21, 2021

FAMU claims its first-ever MEAC Men’s Golf Championship

FAMU captured its first-ever Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Golf Championship on Tuesday afternoon in Greensboro, N.C.

“I am so proud of these young men and all that they have accomplished,” said head coach Mike Rice said. “This was a total team effort and a culmination of all their hard work last season and this season.”

FAMU not only celebrated its first MEAC men’s golf championship, but it will also be its last, as the program will be competing in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) beginning on July 1. The Rattlers bested the four-team field with a three-round total of 755, beating second-place finisher North Carolina A&T State by 19 strokes. 

FAMU placed four of its five golfers in the top five, and coach Rice was named “Outstanding Coach”. The Rattlers will receive the MEAC’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships. The selection show will be held on Wednesday, May 5 on the Golf Channel. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Rob Hardy signs multi-year deal with Power creator Courtney Kemp's production company and Lionsgate Studios

Rob Hardy
FAMU grad Rob Hardy, has signed a multi-year deal with Lionsgate Studios and Power creator Courtney Kemp’s End of Episode Productions. Under the deal, Hardy will direct more of the evolving Power series spinoffs, along with other Lionsgates shows.

The deal also sees Hardy and his Rainforest Entertainment producing partner Mitzi Miller, also a FAMU grad,develop and oversee original shows for the studio and Kemp’s shingle.

 “I’m thrilled to partner with Lionsgate in directing other series from their robust television portfolio as well as continuing to expand the world of Power” said NAACP Image Awards nominee Hardy. “Lionsgate, Starz and End of Episode truly champion their talent and diverse stories, which makes this partnership so exciting. Mitzi and I can’t wait to develop and bring more engaging and entertaining premium series to television audiences.”

“Rob is an incredibly talented director and an absolute pleasure to work with. His keen artistic vision and expertise helped bring some of the most riveting episodes and performances to the Power Universe,” said Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs. “We look forward to expanding our relationship with him and working together on more great and bold television content.”

“Rob is a brilliant director and a tremendous creative force,” said Kemp.”  

In addition to his work on the Power spinoffs, such as the upcoming Power Book III: Raising Kanan opener airing later this year, Hardy has been behind the camera on an array of projects such as the CW’s All-American pilot, BET’s Quad, ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, Fox’s Prodigal Son, CBS’ Evil, ABC’s Black-ish and Showtime’s now concluded Shameless. On the big screen, the Verve repped filmmaker has been an executive producer on No Good DeedThink Like a Man, Stomp the Yard and directed The Gospel and Pandora’s Box.

 

In addition to her role as Rainforest’s Head of Development, Miller is a former Ebony and Jet Editor-in-chief and has authored five books. The former FAMU softball player, co-authored a publication that was adapted into the 2019 BET movie, Angrily Ever After, which she served as executive producer.

FAMU advances to HCASC championship game


FAMU's Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) team has advanced to the championship game and will face the team from NC A&T this evening at 6 p.m.  The Rattlers will be looking to win their ninth HCASC championship.

The HCASC is a multi-day competition of more than 300 of the best and brightest HBCU students who put their knowledge through the paces as they handle questions on topics ranging from world history to popular culture. The 63 team teams in the tournament compete for the coveted national championship trophy and a $50,000 grant for their school.

The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge showcases the proud academic heritage of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the great minds these institutions have produced and continue to produce to the benefit of our country. The competition promotes intellectual proficiency, but also reinforces the kind of values that define character and give young people the confidence and character they need to succeed throughout their lives. 

The competition gets underway at 6 p.m. tonight on facebook.com/HCASC .

Monday, April 19, 2021

FAMU advances to the HCASC final four


The FAMU Honda Campus All Star Challenge (HCASC) team advanced to the final four of the 2021 academic contest last evening by beating NCCU.  
 
FAMU is represented by captain Bryan Walters Anderson, a senior industrial engineering and economics student from Coral Springs, Fla., and team members:  James Tyler Wilson, a senior history student from Hudson, Fla.; Eliott Raphael Ford, II, a junior electrical engineering student from Dallas, Texas; and Linda Christine Williams, a sophomore chemistry and pre-medicine student from Trinity, Fla.  The team is coached by Vivian Hobb, Ph.D., a retired professor of english. 

FAMU will now take on the HCASC team from Alabama A&M for a right to advance to the final round. 

FAMU has won eight Honda Campus All-Star Challenge national championships, in the tournaments 31-year history, been runner-ups three times, and a semi-finalist four times.    FAMU last won the tournament in 2016.

Since its inception, FAMU has won $676, 500 in prize money.  The competition gets underway at 6 p.m. tonight on facebook.com/HCASC 

Sunday, April 18, 2021

We are tired!

“Everyone I know is just so tired,” tweeted Jenna Wortham of the New York Times Magazine on Wednesday.

 

Wortham didn’t specify, exactly, why it was she and “everyone” was “tired”.   But, “tired” could have referred to the trauma of the Derek Chauvin trial or seeing replays of the video of the former Minneapolis police officer killing George Floyd. “Tired” could have referred to seeing the video of another Black man Daunte Wright being shot by a Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer after being pulled over by police for expired tags, as the police said.  

 

“Tired” could have referred to the viral video of the Black Army officer pepper-sprayed by Virginia police during a traffic stop, a grim reminder to many Black Americans that even being in military uniform doesn't necessarily protect us from mistreatment by police.  Tired could have referred to the viral video showing a white 42-year-old Army sergeant accosting and shoving a Black man in a South Carolina neighborhood.

 

The truth is, “tired” could be all that. Simply put, being Black in America is exhausting.  No matter our gender, age or socioeconomic status, Black Americans are viewed as threats. As a result, we live under siege everyday. 


Even before COVID-19 Black Americans have been forced to compartmentalize whatever personal trauma we carry with us. 


But right now, like Wortham, we are all tired. We're tired of the status quo. We just want to be able to live -- in peace.




Saturday, April 17, 2021

Aggies beat Rattlers 8-2 in baseball, Softball team pauses activities again


The FAMU baseball team (12-21, 6-3 MEAC) lost to the NC A&T Aggies 8-2 in Greensboro yesterday.
 
FAMU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning, before surrendering eight runs in the fourth and fifth.  The Aggies held the Rattlers to just three hits all afternoon.  With the loss, the Rattlers are now on a four-game losing streak.

The series continues with a today with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. 

Softball team pauses activities
Meanwhile, the Lady Rattlers softball team paused team activities for the second time this season due to COVID-19 protocols involving the program's Tier 1 personnel, which consists of student-athletes, coaches, and staff.

With the change, the Rattlers will not participate in the MEAC Round-Up Tournament April 16-18 in Orangeburg, S.C. 

Friday, April 16, 2021

Baseball team travels to NC A&T for four game weekend series

The FAMU baseball team coming off a three-game losing streak after dropping two games to MEAC foe Norfolk State last Sunday and a game to future SWAC conference foe Alabama State on Tuesday head to NC for a four-game series against NC A&T today through Sunday.  FAMU is 12-20, 6-2 MEAC, while A&T is 9-24, 4-8 MEAC.

A&T is coming off a midweek defeat at the hands of N.C. State. They split last weekend's conference series against N.C. Central. 

FAMU is the number one team in the MEAC southern division while NCAT is dead last. However, the Rattlers have the lowest team batting average (.220) in the league, but the  rarely make a mistake on defense with a league-high .972 fielding percentage. The Rattler pitchers have tallied a 6.25 ERA as a staff this season, good for second in the conference.  First pitch this afternoon is at 4 p.m. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

FAMU J-School grad Kimberly Godwin named president of ABC News


The Walt Disney Co. today named Kimberly Godwin, a 1984 graduate of the FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communications, president of ABC News.

Godwin, a longtime producer and executive at CBS News, becomes the first Black woman to lead a broadcast news division. She succeeds James Goldston, who stepped down as president of ABC News earlier this year.

She will start at ABC in early May and report to Peter Rice, chairman of Disney General Entertainment Content.

Godwin was most recently executive vp news at CBS, overseeing all newsgathering worldwide for the venerable broadcast news division. She also had oversight of newsrooms at all the CBS-owned and operated TV stations.

Godwin also stepped in as executive producer of the CBS Evening News, helping to launch the revamped newscast under anchor Norah O'Donnell.  

“Kim is an instinctive and admired executive whose unique experiences, strengths and strategic vision made her the ideal choice to lead the outstanding team at ABC News and build on their incredible success,” said Rice in a statement announcing the hire. “Throughout Kim’s career in global news organizations and local newsrooms, she has distinguished herself as a fierce advocate for excellence, collaboration, inclusion and the vital role of accurate and transparent news reporting.”

“I have immense respect and admiration for ABC News,” added Godwin in a statement. “As the most trusted brand in news, they are to be commended for the extraordinary work and dedication of the journalists, producers, executives and their teams across the organization. I am honored to take on this stewardship and excited for what we will achieve together.”