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HBCU All-Star Battle of the Bands Returns To Kick Off Black History Month In Atlanta

By Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion



The Legacy Continues.

The heart and soul of HBCU culture is scheduled to return to the Mercedes Benz Stadium on February 4th, where six colleges and two high school bands will showcase their musical talents.

“The energy is very high! Bringing The Battle of the Bands back is exciting for a lot of bands, especially for the ones that were chosen,” said Chairman Lindsey B. Sarjeant, Music Department Chairman and Chief Music Arranger for Florida A&M University’s marching band, the Incomparable Marching 100, Chairman of the HBCU All-Star Battle of the Bands.

Participating Bands

  • Alabama State University: Might Marching Hornets
  • Bethune-Cookman University: Marching Wildcats
  • Norfolk State University: NSU Marching Spartan Legion
  • North Carolina A&T State University: Blue & Gold Marching Machine
  • South Carolina State University: The Marching 101
  • Tennessee State University: Aristocrat of Bands
  • Pebblebrook High School: Mighty Marching Machine
  • Westlake High School: The Mighty Marching Lions

Hosts for this year’s battle include Rashan Ali, multi-media personality, actress, author, and philanthropist, and KD Bowe, radio personality and in-game host for the Atlanta Falcons.

Bowe is known as an influencer who served along side HBCU All-Star Battle of the Bands, nearly, since its origin. His voice has connected with music-goers nation wide.

“HBCU culture means Black Legacy and a culture of Black youth who are committed to either changing the narrative of negativity associated with their last name or living up to family expectations who have already changed that narrative and will not let them fail,” said Bowe.

Since COVID-19 has been a heavy concern in the past, this year’s showcase will follow NFL protocol for stadium-based events.

“The pandemic killed alot of the enthusiasm because all the universities had their own COVID protocols that prohibited bands from participating in certain events, even football games,” said Sarjeant.

In addition to the main event, the Battle of the Bands will host a college fair at the College Football Hall of Fame with 45 HBCUs nationwide who plan to accept applications and offer scholarships.

About The All-Star Battle of the Bands

The HBCU All-Star Battle of the Bands was created in 2002 to showcase the talents of the nation’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities to entertain their audiences, raise awareness, and support the music community with scholarships.

To learn more about the HBCU All-Star Battle of the Bands, please visit them online and follow them on social media to stay updated on future events.

5 Podcasts to follow for the 2021 Olympics

JannahBBy Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion

 

Despite the controversy in from of this year’s Olympic Games, here’s a short list of notable podcasts for deep convos, exclusive interviews, and unique perspectives leading up to the Tokyo 2021 Games.

  1. Olympic Channel Podcast
    The Olympic Channel Podcast is the official home of exclusive, insightful interviews from coaches, athletes, and participants across the Olympic arena. This production publishes weekly.

  2. Japan Sports Stories
    This podcast explores the untold stories of Japanese sports and the hype leading up to the 2021 Olympic Games. Each episode the podcast team will interview athletes, academics, and sports professionals and dive into Japanese professional sports. Publishing on a weekly basis, this production gives you a unique peek into foreign athletic identities.

  3. Around The Rings
    This Atlanta based podcast keeps listeners updated on the latest Olympic news from an intelligent sports business perspective. Around The Rings publishes on a weekly basis and is a pivotal listen for those interested in the business side of world class athleticism. 

  4. The Podium
    Produced by NBC, this Olympic podcast covers the 17 days of intense training and competition for the Summer Tokyo Games. The Podium takes a deep dive into the personal stories and events that define the special athletes and their efforts to make it to the podium.

  5. Olympic Dreams
    This podcast is exclusive to the San Diego, California professional athlete circle, as it concentrates on athletes in their prime with sights set on representing Team USA in Tokyo. Releasing weekly, tune in to find out how these American athletes rise to the top of their respective sports. 

Podcasts mentioned in this post are not mentioned exclusively and authentically provide insights of professional athletes, their craft, and journey to gold medal status. 

Please visit the official Olympic Games website for official updates and news.

American Privilege; Marijuana Chokes Chances of Olympic Competitor Sha’Carri Richardson

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By Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion

THC is not classified as a performance enhancing substance. Why is she being punished? A portion of the nation in uproar.

In an age that marijuana production and recreational use becomes more normal as each day passes, someone, somehow, seems to experience negative, life-changing scrutiny over consuming the herb. 

This time, Olympic trial participant, Sha’Carri Richardson fell into the spotlight of controversy as she tested positive for THC, after securing her spot in the 100m dash at a blazing 10.86 seconds. A sentimental victory for the twenty one year old. In an interview, Richardson mentioned that she’d lost her mother shortly before competition; a reasonable circumstance for aided relief.

“We all have our different struggles. We all have our different things we del with. But to put on a face, to have to go in front of the world and put on a face to hide my pain, I don’t know… Who am I to tell you how to cope when you’re dealing with pain or deal with a struggle you’ve never experienced before?”

Sha’Carri Richardson, NBC’s Today Show

Richardson mentioned to have visited the US state of Oregon recently, where reefer is prohibited recreationally; a regional factor, but globally?

That’s the point I’m reaching to communicate here.

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