06th Jun2016

Kyle Kidd-Buckner – Jackson State University ’17

by Staff

“I learned about HBCUs through my family, all of my relatives attended HBCUs and received their degree…”

Kyle Kidd-Buckner - Jackson State University '17

“The beginning of my story at Jackson State has been nothing less than a “faith trip.”|Image Credit: Image Captured by Cara Gonzales, Shared with us by Kyle Kidd-Buckner

Name
Kyle Kidd-Buckner

Your HBCU?
Jackson State University

Graduation Year?
2017

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m from Birmingham, Alabama but currently live in Los Angeles when not in school. I learned about HBCUs through my family, all of my relatives attended HBCUs and received their degree, however late in my life I moved to Los Angeles and never got the chance to experience an HBCU.

I realized however while attended a PWI in California, it doesn’t give me the drive, passion, or the feel of black excellence that I know I would receive at an HBCU.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU over a PWI because it’s something magical and life changing that happens when the intelligence, grace, and love from the black culture pours out on to you. I could of chose to breeze through college at a PWI and never truly become impacted at my school, or I could of chose a life changing experience that would give me a total different look on life and my culture.

Major? Why did you choose it?

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Mass Comm. Major and Student-Athlete, Kyle Kidd-Buckner of Jackson State University, Class of 2017|Image Credit: Kyle Kidd-Buckner

I’m a Mass Communication Major with emphasis in Multimedia Journalism and minor in Speech.

I chose this major because since a young age I’ve always been a great speaker on various subjects placed in front of me and an excellent writer.

Lately, in life I began to find my passion in Track and Field, I became infatuated with the sport from the inside and out. I plan to use this degree and blend it with my passion for Track and Field and become an ESPN & NBC Sports Analyst for Track and Field.

What is the story of your “experience” at Jackson State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

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Future Sports Analyst Kyle Kidd-Buckner of Jackson State University, Class of 2017|Image Credit: Kyle Kidd-Buckner

The beginning of my story at Jackson State has been nothing less than a “faith trip.” Less than a month before attended I broke down in my dorm at my PWI believing that I was at a brick wall in my life. I prayed and gathered myself, until this day I still don’t know how I found my way to Jackson State website.

I applied hoping this was God directing me to there, as of today, I completed my first semester at Jackson State and was elected Vice President of Programming for Campus Activities Board. My experience has been faith-filled.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

Coming in I did not know anybody, I didn’t know how the semester worked but I knew I wanted to get to work. However, I experienced the power of black excellence quickly.

To see young men and women “dress to impress” but not only dressing the part but highly intelligent as well. It made me re-evaluate what I’ve been doing to get towards my career and I made a change and told myself, ” I need to get in the game and make myself known”.

After constant networking, working in class, I became the first student out of Jackson State to become a writer for HBCUBuzz, #1 News Source for HBCUs and Writer for CampusLATELY, the #1 Collegiate Marketing Firm. All within one semester.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

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(L to R) Calling Panther Heritage Foundation board members Jim Shannon, attorney (left); Perry Hood, vice chair; Daphine Foster, chair; Renee Marable, board member; James Mitchell, treasurer; and Bonnie Jackson, secretary.|Image Credit: JacksonState.wordpress.com

Professor Bonnie L. Jackson, was my mentor coming into this past semester who helped me through the ropes of Mass Communication.

She constantly helped with writing my news articles for HBCU Buzz, she always pushed me to dig deeper in my writing and stick to the facts of the story.

I took this advice and applied myself deeper into my stories and ultimately wrote one of my most biggest stories, “Top 10 HBCUs to Develop Professional Athletes”, that received over 60k views and responses. Even after the story, she always reminds me to keep working and dig even deeper.

Questions about being a Mass Comm Major? Attending JSU? Ask Kyle!

Instagram: KDewayne.Kidd
Twitter: KyleD_Kidd
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HBCUBuzz: HBCUBuzz.com/author/kkidd

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21st May2016

Quincy Wheaton – Grambling State University – 2017

by Staff

“It was at Grambling State University that I gained maturity through tough experiences, which has been my best teacher and I’ve appreciated every moment for how it’s made me into the man I am today, and who I’m still becoming.”

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Quincy Wheaton of Grambling State University, Class of 2017 | Image Credit: Quincy Wheaton

Name
Quincy Wheaton

Your HBCU?
Grambling State University

Graduation Year?
2017

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from Houston, Texas. I was first introduced to HBCUs from being around my mother’s side of the family. Our family consists of a number of HBCUs including, Grambling State University, Southern University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Prairie View A & M University.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I knew I wanted to go to an HBCU because I just wanted that feeling of being surrounded by people that look just like me, and the feeling of nothing but black heritage, culture, and history. I knew I wouldn’t be able to receive the same experience I have thus far from being at Grambling State University, at a PWI.

Also, it was television shows like ‘A Different World’ that showed a positive image of black people obtaining an education at an HBCU that helped influence my decision. I chose Grambling in particular because that seemed to be all I knew being in my house, and I knew I’d also make my mother proud graduating from her same Alma Mater.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I am a Mass Communication major. I chose this major because I knew I wanted to be doing something with my skills for talking and being really charismatic and outgoing. My concentration is broadcasting, in which I plan to pursue a career as a radio personality, and hopefully follow in the footsteps of fellow HBCU graduates “The Fly Jock,” Tom Joyner (Tuskegee University) , and actor and television host, Terrence J (North Carolina A & T).

What is the story of your “experience” at Grambling State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

Before coming to Grambling State University, I knew I wanted to make a big name for myself there. The initial plan was to be a drum major, leading the “World Famed” Tiger Marching Band, but I didn’t stick with band after I graduated from high school. I came to Grambling just showcasing my talent of dancing and that was how I was initially seen around campus. As the years went on, I matured a bit and changed up my style of how I dressed and presented myself, from sweats, Chucks {Chuck Taylor’s}, durags, and fitted caps, to tailored suits, suspenders, wingtips and oxfords.

Quincy Wheaton of Grambling State University, Class of 2017

Quincy Wheaton walking to class on the GSU campus | Image Credit: Quincy Wheaton

It was at Grambling State University that I gained maturity through tough experiences, which has been my best teacher and I’ve appreciated every moment for how it’s made me into the man I am today, and who I’m still becoming.

Quincy Wheaton of Grambling State University, Class of 2017

“Eddie” aka Quincy Wheaton posing for the camera; Go Grambling! | Image Credit: Quincy Wheaton

Currently, I am one of the well-known mascots of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), known as, “Eddie” The Tiger Mascot, of Grambling State University. I’ve been the mascot now for three years, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I use my talent of dancing to make people laugh and smile, and there’s no better feeling. I suppose it was in God’s plans to make a name for me at Grambling, in His own way.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

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Did you know that Erykah Badu attended Grambling State University? | Image Credit: Pinterest.com

Meeting Erykah Badu for the first time at Grambling was truly amazing. I’ll never forget anything about that day. Erykah was set to perform for our Homecoming concert, and I had permission to be one of the personalities to interview her. Her flight was delayed in Dallas, so she didn’t get there until about one something in the morning, but she gave the crowd more than their money’s worth when she performed.

The concert ended up ending around three in the morning! Afterwards, we met with her and she took pictures with everyone, and was so down to Earth. I remember asking her if I may take a picture with her, and when I took it, she said, “Wait, is that SnapChat?” and I said, “Yeah.” She said, “Hold on, let’s delete that picture, let’s do a video instead.” I thought that was the coolest thing in the world, and I will never forget it.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

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Professor Santoria Black hosting “The Sports Beat” at Grambling State University | Image Credit: Thegreatestfan.blogspot.com

Two professors that have impacted me in and out of the classroom, are two of my mass comm. teachers, Mr. Santoria Black, and Mr. Alan Blakeney. These two teachers have managed to teach me more about the media field than I was planning to get out of it. With my concentration as broadcasting, I was strictly focusing on just working on the radio, but with these two teachers, I was able to learn so much more.

I can work in front of a camera, and behind, work the audio controls, edit videos and so much more useful information I can take with me. It was Mr. Black who provided me with my first internship working at a radio station and being able to use my voice. They’re more than teachers, but mentors, that manage to leave an impact on you.

Questions about Grambling? Inquire with Quincy!

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24th Apr2016

Latiya Griffin – Delaware State University – 2007

by Staff

“My first experiences at an HBCU were seeing Greek life, the importance of Homecoming and banding together as a family in good times and bad times.”

Latiya Griffin - Delaware State University - 2007

Proud Delaware State Alum Latiya Griffin, Class of 2007|Image Credit: Latiya Griffin

Name
Latiya Griffin

Your HBCU?
Delaware State University

Graduation Year?
2007

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m from Philadelphia so I didn’t know much about DSU while in high school. One of my classmates decided to apply, so I took the initiative to learn more about DSU, applied and was excited when I received my acceptance letter! I started in the Spring of 2003.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

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Latiya Griffin and her Girls at a Premiere social event!| Image Credit: Latiya Griffin

Honestly “A Different World” and the movie “School Daze” inspired me to attend an HBCU. The culture of HBCU’s are like none other. I learned so much more about OUR history than I ever could in high school. The lifelong bonds I’ve developed as a result of attending DSU have truly been the best years of my life.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I majored in Mass Communication concentration Print Journalism with a minor in English. I loved to write and wanted to become a successful journalist much like my late mentor Michael J. Feeney.

What is the story of your “experience” at Delaware State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

We have a slogan at DSU “Making Our Mark On The World” and a motto of “DSU Mass Comm: We All We Got!” Our school is small yet alumni like Blake Saunders, Tony Anderson, Brian “B.Dot” Miller and Michael J. Feeney helped put our university on the map. We are in the same ranks as Howard University and Hampton University in my opinion. Our school is on the move!

“First time” experiences at Delaware State?

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The late Michael J. Feeney (Rest In Power), Tony Anderson and Latiya Griffin at an event| Image Credit: Latiya Griffin

My first experiences at an HBCU were seeing Greek life, the importance of Homecoming and banding together as a family in good times and bad times.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

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Latiya Griffin in full graduation garb at her Commencement Day in 2007| Image Credit: Latiya Griffin

Professors that impacted me were: Dr. Hagos, Dr. Young, Dr. Skeltcher, Dr. Brown and Dr. Jackson just to name a few. All of the professors I’ve mentioned pushed me to my fullest potential in life because they believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself.

Questions about DSU? Being a Mass Comm major? Ask Latiya!

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24th Apr2016

Kandace Walker – Lane College – 2015

by Staff

“I chose my HBCU because of its rich history. Also one of the many great things about Lane College is that it creates the true sense of Family.”

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Kandace Walker of Lane College, Class of 2015 | Image Credit: Kandace Walker

Name
Kandace Walker

Your HBCU?
Lane College

Graduation Year?
2015

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?
I am from Bolivar TN. I was introduced to HBCU’s through multiple family members, most of them being TSU graduates.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose my HBCU because of its rich history. Also one of the many great things about Lane College is that it creates the true sense of Family.

Major? Why did you choose it?

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Kandace Walker hard at work! | Image Credit: Kandace Walker

I chose to major in Mass communications because it has always been my dream to communicate with the public on a larger scale.

What is the story of your “experience” at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

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Kandace Walker showing her love for Lane College!| Image Credit: Kandace Walker

As a freshman, I was a little apprehensive about attending Lane College because it was so close to home. Being the shy and timid person that I once was, it took me a while to adapt to the environment however after meeting a few very influential people, that soon changed. Before I knew it, I had come out of my shell.

Winning first runner up in the Miss Lane pageant as well as the Miss Black and Gold pageant in 2014 I had become a social butterfly. I also became an avid volunteer and was elected treasurer of my campuses NAACP chapter and Mass communications club.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

The woman who inspired me the most was Mrs. Virginia Crump. A lady of many hats, and a force to be reckoned with, she motivated me to be all that I can be a true “mover and a shaker”. I could also never forget Mr. Kirkendoll,Dr. Jackson,Mr. Johnson and Ms. Graves.

Questions about Mass Comm? Lane College? Ask Kandace! 

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Facebook: Kandace Lanice Walker
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24th Apr2016

Taylor Stewart – Grambling State University – 2017

by Staff

“My story is that no matter what you have to deal with you can overcome anything. Life is what you make it and you must go after it and grab it!” Share on Twitter – Share on Facebook

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Grambling State Cheerleader Taylor Stewart! | Image Credit: Taylor Stewart

Name
Taylor Stewart

Your HBCU?
Grambling State University

Graduation Year?
2017

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from Columbia, Maryland. My parents introduced me to HBCU’s. My dad is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University and his parents taught there as well.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU over a PWI because I wanted to be in a environment that would allow me to do more than just go to school. I wanted to be around people that would support me not only in college but also post college.

Major? Why did you choose it?

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Taylor Stewart in her position as TV Sideline Reporter for GSU | Image Credit: Taylor Stewart

I am a Mass Communication Major with a concentration in Public Relations. I chose this major because I love to talk. I’ve always been a negotiator and love all things involving TV and the media.

What is the story of your “experience” at Grambling State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

My story is that no matter what you have to deal with you can overcome anything. Life is what you make it and you must go after it and grab it!

“First time” experiences at Grambling State University?

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Grambling State University Miss CoverGirl 2016-2017, Taylor Stewart | Image Credit: Taylor Stewart

My “first time” experience was doing the Miss CoverGirl pageant this year. I had never done a pageant before and was so nervous leading up to the pageant, but in the end it worked out in my favor!

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

Will Sutton, Journalism Instructor at Grambling State University | Image Credit: LinkedIn

Will Sutton, Journalism Instructor at Grambling State University | Image Credit: LinkedIn

A professor that has impacted my life both in and out of the classroom is Will Sutton. Ever since I took him for Principles of Public Relations he has been a tremendous part of me building my portfolio and being successful both in and out of the classroom.

Questions about Grambling? Ask Taylor! 

Instagram: Tayy_stewart
Portfolio Instagram: Taylorview
Twitter: Stewarttlitttle

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22nd Apr2016

Justin Robinson – Lane College – 2018

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“My experience here a Lane College has been great so far. I really like the small class sizes and the one on one learning that I can get with my professors. Being here gave me different look on life.”

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Justin Robinson of Lane College, Class of 2018|Image Credit: Justin Robinson

Name
Justin Robinson

Your HBCU?
Lane College

Graduation Year?
2018

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?
I’m from The Eastside of Detroit,MI. My High School counselor

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?
It’s motivational being around people that look like me and who want to be Great

Major? Why did you choose it?
Mass Communication. I really want to go in to Television & Radio. When I was younger I always wanted to be a sports analyst on ESPN.

What is the story of your “experience” at Lane College given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

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Red Carpet interview at SGAs 2nd Annual Student Choice Awards| Image Credit: Justin Robinson

My experience here a Lane College has been great so far. I really like the small class sizes and the one on one learning that I can get with my professors. Being here gave me different look on life.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

Ms. Nicole Anderson & Dr. Barbara Perry. They have really been in my corner to help me become great. I know I can always count on them. When my brother passed away almost 2 months ago they stayed checking on me to see how I was doing. It’s been a hard 2 months & they really have been there helping me and making sure I’m okay.

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Justin posted up on campus!|Image Credit: Justin Robinson

Questions about Lane College? Ask Justin!

Instagram: @SwirveJayy
Twitter: @SwirveJayy
Facebook: Jayy Robinson

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13th Feb2016

Tselane Price – Jackson State University – 1991

by Staff

Jackson State University Alumnus, Tselane Price (c/o ’91) shares with us her HBCU Experience and How it all came to be.

JSU Alum, Tselane Price, Class of 1991| Image Credit: Twitter

JSU Alum, Tselane Price, Class of 1991| Image Credit: Twitter

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. My family were all products of HBCU’s. Primarily Jackson State College and Tougaloo College.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Again my family were products of HBCUs thus I chose to continue on that path. I was never exposed to PWIs.

Major? Why did you choose it?

My initial major entering college was BiologyPreMed. I later changed to Mass Communications with emphasis in Broadcasting. I chose Mass Communications because I wanted to be a sportscaster.

What is the story of your “experience” at Jackson State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

My story is one of fun, challenges, and loss. I was in marching band and various media organizations. I had fun in school but I got my education which has benefited me well.

JSU SONIC BOOM IN ’90 VS ALCORN (the year before Tselane graduated)

JSU SONIC BOOM in the 2016 HONDA BATTLE OF THE BANDS

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

While I was in school the professor who guided me through until he retired before I finished was Dr. Robert List. He was influential in me staying the course.

Social Network Info

Insta: @alwayssexi
Twitter: _TselNoelle_

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