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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.

Georgia’s New Open Carry Silences Music Midtown Festival 2022

By Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion



Music Midtown has officially been cancelled for 2022.

According to the festival’s website, this year’s two-day event has been cancelled “due to circumstances beyond our control”. However, Sources directly connected to the festival blame GA’s recently relaxed gun laws.

Live Nation, the company over Music Midtown, has yet to comment on the exact reason behind the festival’s cancellation, but Atlanta City Council Members make direct hints toward safety issues and concerns.

“A sad day as Atlanta’s Music Midtown is cancelled. Public policy has real impacts and in this case, economic and social implications on a great tradition,” said Atlanta City Council President, Doug Shipman via Twitter.

Music Midtown, is usually held at Piedmont Park; a place where guns can be openly carried without consequence. However, festival rules prohibit the presence of firearms and explosives, therefore, issuing conflict between company standards and legal rights.

As a resolution attempt, Shipman tells Rolling Stone that the issue will likely have to wait until state legislature reconvenes in January 2023, but plans to meet with the city attorney to discover a solution.

What is Music Midtown?

Music Midtown is a weekend-long music festival that has existed in Atlanta’s culture scene since 1994. Run by Live Nation, the festival has seen iconic performers like Earth, Wind, & Fire, Elton John, Foo Fighters, Al Green, Train, Kool & The Gang, John Mayer, Kendrick Lamar, Lizzo, and so many more.

The festival prides itself in diverse, eclectic sounds for music lovers of all kinds.

To learn more about Music Midtown, please visit them online and follow them on social media to stay updated on future events.

GA STAND-UP Opens Movement Center, a Think Hub For Change

By Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion



A place to organize and mobilize.

Georgia STAND-UP, a non profit community engagement organization, has officially opened the doors to a new space dedicated to facilitating Georgia’s next political movements.

The Movement Center is a 9500 sqft, multi-purpose facility designed to address the critical needs of Atlanta’s marginalized communities by providing the necessary resources for mobilization. Deborah Scott, Chief Executive Officer of GA-STANDUP sat to speak with us about the organization’s meaning and intent for the community.

“I was mentored by some of the icons of the civil rights movement–Reverends Joseph Lowery, James Orange, and C.T. Vivian among them–they all emphasized the need to do more than just advocate, the
need to build permanent community-serving institutions,” said Scott.

The Movement Center offers all that in a cultural environment that lifts up African American heritage, robust personalities, martyrs, and aspirations. It is functionally innovative, and available for multi-purpose use.

GA STAND-UP grand opening in Atlanta

To learn more about GA STAND-UP, please visit their website and follow them on social media to put boots-on-the-ground and get involved.