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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.

Migos Fans Mourn “TakeOff” After Home-going Ceremony in Atlanta

By Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion



On Friday, thousands of Atlanta residents and Migos fans gathered at the State Farm Arena to attend a public funeral ceremony for Kirsnick Khari Ball AKA “TakeOff”.

The 21,000 seated venue “sold out” of free tickets to celebrate the life of a fallen Atlanta Hip-Hop artist. The ceremony lasted from twelve to three on a briskly overcast Friday afternoon and, included several performances, speeches from loved ones, and displays of gratitude for Ball’s contributions to #TheCulture.

A few ceremony goers gathered to share their experiences.

Celebrating the Life of TakeOff In Atlanta
Cover Image Credit: (AP Photo/Sudhin Thanawala

Stephen Burks’ “Shelter In Place” Exhibition Opens In Atlanta

By Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion



The Covid-19 pandemic forced the world to sit still, restrict physical social interactions, and self-reflect. For some, this was an opportune moment to get creative and mirror their indoor experiences onto their work. Explore. Create. Innovate.

That’s exactly what World renowned industrial designer, Stephen Burks did during the height of the pandemic. Shelter in Place surveys the idea of making interior design enjoyably functional by redefining our relationship with home and personal space.

Burks’ Brooklyn-based studio, Stephen Burks Man Made, has been commissioned by many of the World’s leading design brands, including Cappellini, Dedon, Missoni, and Roche Bobois, to develop collections that bind handcraft with industrial production. His works with global craftspeople helped create aesthetically functional furniture, lighting, houseware, and textiles. Those collaborations hold heavy influence in this themed exhibition.

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