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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.

Update (3/3/23)

The HBCU All-Star Battle of the Bands wrapped up an electrifying event with seat-rattling performances.

Here’s our recap!

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The Kanye Cult is Coming

CULT \ ˈkəlt – great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (such as a film or book). 

Can you imagine a diverse population of Yeezy sporting, free thinking, fashion minimalists? A cringeworthy thought for some, a soon-to-be reality for others. Kanye’s latest social emergence, contrary to his proposed intentions, has created a small division by challenging people to think outside their comfort zones. A notion easily rejected.  Continue reading The Kanye Cult is Coming

Hip Hop: Where’s Kanye?

By Gregory Castel
Writer, Contributor

The hip-hop community is moving at a fast pace these days as far as the amount of music to be put out week after week. The culture has gotten to be blessed by having a mass array of choices from the mainstream to the underground, traditionally sounding rap Jay-Z and Logic, to vibes of an alternative hip hop like BROCKHAMPTON or a XXXTentacion. However at the very moment, right now there are a few artists whose albums have been long-awaited and teased for the public. The anticipation for these new albums in 2018 have been boiling up.

One of the most decorated artists who still has maintained his relevancy and will remain relative most likely until he passes, Kanye West. Any product he chooses to drop in fashion or music, it
gains attention. Regardless if it is after one year or three years, every Yeezy project that is release is highly anticipated, scrutinized, and noticed. That will happen whether you like the man
or not. Continue reading Hip Hop: Where’s Kanye?