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Leaving Home

Leaving Home: An HBCU Interview: Finding Our Identity

When heading off to college, its not always easy to make friends, fit in and even feel comfortable in your own skin. Derek Ford, proud Fort Valley State University alum recalls some of his challenges during his Leaving Home story.

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Leaving Home

“Leaving Home: An HBCU Interview” – The Freshman Dorm

Episode Two of “Leaving Home: An HBCU Story was all about First Impressions. Kaiya Watson, our entering freshman had visited NCAT before, but that moment when you actually walk in “your” room for the first time with all of your clothes and little trinkets to remind you of your room at home is priceless and unforgettable.

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Campus Life Leaving Home

Leaving Home – An HBCU Story – Part 2 – “First Impressions”

The second installment of “Leaving Home – An HBCU Story,” which traces the journey of a rising freshman as she leaves Los Angeles to attend college at North Carolina A&T University. There is such a juggle of emotions that we all experience during times of transition and growth. We did our best to capture it all in hopes of starting the college conversation with the kids in our families and neighborhoods.

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Campus Life Leaving Home

Leaving Home: An HBCU Story – Episode One

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Entertainment

Backstage with Eric Roberson


On Saturday January 15th, I got the chance to go to the Eric Roberson and Algebra Concert at CenterStage Atlanta. Getting into a SOLD OUT show is a great feeling.. but nothing compared to the rush of being escorted backstage an hour before said show to kick it in the dressing room with the headliner. Me and Eric got a chance to kick it off camera for awhile like old friends although we had never officially met; but Howard will do that to you.. you embrace other alums like family. So after a few laughs and maneuvering the space heaters accordingly so we could stay warm without coats and scarfs, we started chopping it up on film. We started thing off with a convo about one of his songs and videos “STILL”.



After that, we got into his success as an independent artist and how he is using Social Media to catapult his own career. He said he runs all of his own social sites, so if you answer to his emial list, @ him on Twitter or request him on Facebook, its really him. Ironically enough, during the show, he told a story about a 7 year old girl who emailed him and his response to her dream gift to be able to go to an Eric Roberson concert.



I don’t want to downplay Algebra, but I spent so much time behind stage rapping with Eric and saving my memory card space for a great performance from him that I didn’t get much of her recorded. I will say that she was very entertaining and had a beautiful voice. If you ever get the chance to see either of them in concert, you will not be disappointed.

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Food

Meet Zulay Santana: Alumni Roundup Healthy Living Columnist

[Spotted on RoundupRussy’s Blog]

In the Fall of 2009 I decided that I wanted to lose at least 12 lbs.; weighed 162 lbs. By Winter of2009/2010 I managed to gain an additional 8 lbs. One of my best friends told me that as long as my jeans still fit that I’d be fine… Well, my jeans (even the “safety/fat pants”) didn’t fit well anymore… something really had to be done. And there was another issue, sometime last year I got the ambitious idea to run the ING marathon in 3 years. Yes, indeed, something really had to be done!

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AlumniRoundup at Dwight Howard’s World Cup Party


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Health + Wellness

Roundup Russy’s 30 Day Healthy Lifestyle Challenge

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