05th Jun2016

Taylor Monèt – Prairie View A & M University ’18

by Staff

“The Tuskegee Experience is unlike any other.”

Taylor Monèt, Former Tuskegee University Student and Current Student of Prairie View A & M University, Class of '18

Taylor Monèt, Former Tuskegee University Student and Current Student of Prairie View A & M University, Class of ’18|Image Credit: Taylor Monèt

Taylor Monèt

Your HBCU?
Prairie View A & M University

Graduation Year?

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m from the west side of Chicago, Illinois. My grandmother introduced me to Tuskegee University being that my deceased great grandfather attended the university. After when I had to transfer because of financial problems, Tuskegee helped me realize that as I continued my education it wouldn’t be a great experience unless I attended another HBCU.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Taylor Monèt enjoying the college life! Prairie View A&M University Tuskegee University

Taylor Monèt enjoying the college life!|Image Credit: Taylor Monèt

I chose a HBCU because of the experience I believed I would get. When you’re at an HBCU it’s the only time being African American dosen’t matter because everyone around you is African American and most of your teachers are also.

Major? Why did you choose it?

Nursing. I would like to be a Labor and Delivery nurse because I want to help underserved communities have a lower infant death rate. Loss of a child is a hard thing to over come, the mother not knowing how to take care of herself and the child during pregnancy is a big factor.

What is the story of your “experience” at Tuskegee University and Prairie View A&M University given their heralded statuses as stellar and prestigious institutions?

The Tuskegee Experience is unlike any other. It is truly a family. Tuskegee parties hard but works even harder it’s something I will never forget. And friends I’ll never part from.

Prairie View in comparison is not as great but the campus is wonderful. Continuing my education here will definitely give me a leg up in my profession.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

My first experience when I moved in with all the freshman at Tuskegee University. Adams Hall was filled with parents and girls getting ready for college.

We all had our doors open cause it was really hot in the Alabama heat. That’s when I met one of my good friends Kia she came and said how much she liked my room decorations and that started one of my many friendships at Tuskegee.

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

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Nursing and Allied Health Capping and Pinning Ceremony at Tuskegee University | Image Credit: Tuskegee.Edu

A professor that really inspired me would be Dr.Muhammad. He is one of the Nursing Chemistry teachers. He believed I could do better than the work I was putting out and pushed me to get the “A” I received in his class. He was very encouraging but he didn’t take no BS.

Questions about PVAMU? Tuskegee University? Just ask Taylor or Check out Dana Mannings’ YouTube Channel!

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Questions about PVAMU? Tuskegee University? Just ask Taylor | Image Credit: Taylor Monet

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29th Jan2014

Markanthony Johnson – Wiley ’15

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Markanthony Johnson shares his HBCU Experience thus far at Wiley College and how it all came to be. Take heed to his wise words!

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Attend Wiley College! | Image Credit: wileyc.net

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs back in the day?

I Grew up in Fort Worth, Texas , Dr. Lonzetta Allen suggested that instead of going to the military.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Just because i was referred.

How did you decide to become a student at Wiley College?

Through assistance of her family.

What professors at Wiley College are leaving the most impression upon you as a person and student? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

The Criminal Justice department as a whole has been a major help to my advancement and a few administrators.

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

Well to be honest some teachers are fairly kind , but like all good things there are a few bad eggs that give the whole bunch a rotten smell, for instance Ms.Susan Taylor.

How does your HBCU help you to transition into your careers workforce?

It’s been showing me the way of the world , that proves without the proper support and connections you’ll hit a glass roof.

How does your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

They don’t , it’s really hard to get a job working with the school unless you have an inside connection.

Where are the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?

You don’t it isn’t the place for it.

What are the best restaurants on and near the campus? Which dishes do you enjoy the most?

There are none.

What are the chants heard most often at the sporting events?

Wiley Wiley.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

God has been my rock thru my families losses.


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11th Dec2013

Ida Jackson – Paul Quinn College ’72

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Ida Jackson, a proud HBCU Alum of Paul Quinn College (c/o ’72) tells us about her HBCU Experience, how it all came to be, her favorite professors, advice for students, and much, much more.

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Ida Jackson, Proud Graduate of Paul Quinn College, Class of ’72 | Image Credit: Ida Jackson

Where are you from? How did you first hear about HBCUs?

I am a native of Terrell, Texas. I grew up during segregation and the only schools that we could attend were Black colleges. I didn’t know them as HBCU’s at that time.

As a high school band member (flutist/piccolo player), I attended all competitions at Black colleges, e.g., Bishop College, Hutson-Tillutson, Prairie View College, and Wiley College.

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

As stated above, it was the most logical choice. I am not familiar with the acronym “pwi.”

How did you decide to become a student at Paul Quinn College?

As a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, it was pretty much a given that I would attend Paul Quinn College.

What professors at Paul Quinn College left the most impression upon you as a student and/or person? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

I often think about Mrs. Gamble (RIP), an English teacher. Her pet peeve was the incorrect pronunciation of the word “often.” She’d set her eyes upon us and say “The “t” is silent! It’s “ofen” not “often.” lol, lol.

I went through school on a choir and band scholarship. Mr. Waters, the choir director was a stickler for rounding our mouths. He disdained the use of “er” or “or” when singing. He constantly reminded us that we had to sing the word “Lord” as “Laud” and “water” as “wata.” He was also the band director. They taught me that anything worth doing is worth doing right.

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

Well, the New Paul Quinn is kind of foreign to me. It is no longer located in Waco, Texas and the school’s alma mater song has been changed. However, I am very proud of its accomplishments and will endeavor to support it as much as I can.

How did your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

I don’t believe that Paul Quinn prepared me for a diverse workplace in as much as it prepared me to compete equally with others. I sought knowledge and PQC ensured that I received knowledge. What I did with that knowledge after being graduated in 1972 was up to me.

How did your HBCU help you to transition into your careers workforce?

I majored in elementary education and upon completion of college, I never wanted to see the inside of an elementary school building again. lol,lol. Student teaching was a lot of work – block courses, eating with the kids, jumping rope, and et cetera.

Instead, I worked in the employment and training field for 20 years. Apparently, teaching has always been at the core of my being, because in my latter years, I taught 12 years for the Dallas Independent School District and Metro Christian Academy (Arlington, TX).

Where were the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?

I really didn’t have time for a boyfriend and cuddling was not my foretaste. I was on a mission of learning. I had a couple of boyfriends here and there, but nothing serious.

What were the best restaurants on and near campus? Which dishes did you enjoy the most?

Restaurant? lol, lol, We ate hot link baskets from Lee’s Hot Links.

Remember, the world was just opening its doors to African AmericansWe didn’t go where we weren’t wanted and we didn’t have “restaurant” money anyway! lol, lol.

What were the chants heard most often at the sporting events?

PQC had a really big freshman class and football team for about two days in 1968 (when I entered school). They decided to stop the football program and half of the freshman class went home. We had basketball and baseball. Although I was a cheerleader the first year, I don’t remember any chants.

Who was your College crush?

I didn’t have time for a college crush. I was there to get a quality education and it took a lot of my time.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I was never nervous about going to college. It was my destiny. My high school teachers prepared us well and I knew that if I wanted to be successful in life, I would have to go to college. I never thought about failing because it was not an option for me.

What was your major? and Why did you choose it?

Elementary education. I chose it because I admired my high school teachers so much and I really didn’t know if I had what it took to major in business.

What was your proudest moment @ Paul Quinn College ?

I had so many proud moments. I was proud to have made the Dean’s list, get scholarships, voted as a campus beauty (even though I’m not a beauty), selected to be on the college recruitment team, cross the burning sands (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority),and nominated to run for Miss Paul Quinn College.

What was your saddest moment @ Paul Quinn College ?

The day I was graduated from Paul Quinn was one of the saddest moments in my lifeIt meant that I would not see the people that I had met and come to love during the last 4 years after that day.

What did you pledge? And why? And if not, why not?

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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority at PQC | Image Credit: Ida Jackson

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. The sorority stood for finer womanhood and the young women who were Zetas were so impressive in character and intelligence.

They were my inspiration and I wanted to be respected as they were by everyone on campus. Their presence just demanded respect. It had nothing to do with their status. They were ladies in every sense of the word.

How were you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

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Dramatic Club Sweetheart Ida Jackson (then Ida Evelyn Malone) at PQC | Image Credit: Ida Jackson

I was in the band, choir, social clubs, sorority, plays, talent shows, etc. I wanted to always be busy doing something positive.

Where was the “yard” located?

PQC was located on Elm street in Waco, Texas

What and where were the historical places on campus?

I am told that PQC’s address was historical because Elm Street was the historical Old Chisholm Trail that we hear about in the western movies.

Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

None of which I am aware.

How many “firsts” did you have at college ? What were they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

It was the first time that I had been away from home on my own. It was the first time that I went to a nightclub. I saw Johnnie Taylor, Ike and Tina Turner, and James Brown. It was the first time that I left the State of Texas: Mississippi, college choir tour to California, Arizona, and Oklahoma; Church group: The Goodwill Chorus – Florida.

If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?

It’s who you know to get where you want to go, but it’s what you know after you get there.

Have a passion for learning and never be afraid of a challenge; unless it is immoral and ethically out of bounds.

What situation in your life made you feel like you had arrived into womanhood?

When I found myself in college and able to make my own decisions about what I wanted to do every day, I knew that I was no longer my parents’ little girl. I had to become a responsible young woman because nobody was going to make me get up on time, go to class, or study.

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

I discovered my passion for life when I was 12 years old and had that hoe in my hand, chopping away the grass from around the cotton for someone else for 12 hours each day, and making $5 per day! lol, lol. I knew then that I was college bound.

What sports and/or extra curricular activities did you do in High School? And why?

Band took up all of my time – concert and marching. I hardly had any time to do anything else. The rest of the time was spent studying, doing chores, and playing outside!

What advice would you give high school students filling out college applications for the first time?

Peruse the entire application before beginning. Read each question carefully. If you don’t know the answer, skip to the next question and come back to it when you have an answer. Gather all of the backup documentation needed to complete it. Have someone else to look over it (school counselor, etc).

How do you deal with racism if you encounter it?

I was taught to confront racism with dignity and I continue to do so now. It is true that the pen is mightier than the sword and the Bible teaches us to be as wise as serpents and harmless as doves. This simple precept is what has gotten the African American culture to this point in time as a whole people. Our teachers often reminded us that we had to be better if we wanted to be equal.

Growing up, I didn’t encounter much racism because our teachers, parents, and community always provided as much entertainment as they could for us within our own community.

What’s your take on life (in the philosophical sense)?

Every choice has a consequence – a good one and a bad one. If you choose the bad one, can you deal with it? If you choose the good one, then you’re on the right track.

Questions about Paul Quinn? Completing your HBCU application? Respectfully contact Ida!


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13th Mar2013

Stunning pictures of the Texas Southern University campus

by Staff

Walk with us and catch a glimpse of the beauty to be found at TSU!







11th Mar2013

Pictures of the Prairie View A&M Campus

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Take a walk around the PVAMU campus with us! Enjoy the campus and beautiful/handsome students enjoying their day!

24th Apr2012

A Prime Example of Environmental Racism in Prairie View, Texas near the PVAMU Campus

by Staff

Some facts that shouldn’t be surprising since the same racist minded government officials tried this in Macon County near Tuskegee University and it didn’t work.

The same racist minded government officials did the same thing in Shell Bluff, Georgia and the residents came away with cancer. Read it for yourself.

“Some people did get jobs,” former Shell Bluff resident Annie Laura Stephens told theGrio, “but a lot of us got something else. We got cancer. I lost sisters, brothers and cousins to cancer, and every family I know has lost somebody to cancer.” Ms. Stephens’ complaint is echoed by many local residents.

Since the early 1980s, Burke County residents have experienced a veritable cancer epidemic. Located along what is already the fourth most toxic waterway in the nation, Shell Bluff is across the Savannah River from a former nuclear weapons manufacturing plant. Nearby Waynesboro residents rely on wells for bathing and drinking water, which makes them highly vulnerable to the radioactive contamination of local ground water.”

The Facts on the Landfill attempting to be placed near the Prestigious Prairie View A&M University Campus

Landfill will be 434 Acres

Landfill will be ONE MILE from Hempstead, Texas (69% global majority population)

Landfill will be FOUR MILES from PVAMU (94% global majority population)

Landfill runoff will pollute the the creek that feeds the Brazos River

Landfill will be on a recharge zone (Chico Aquifer) thus contaminating potable or drinking water for HEMPSTEAD, PVAMU AND WALLER COUNTY

What can I do to help?

Visit the protest site Stophwy6landfill.com

Visit the News site that broke the story at Click3Houston.com

Read another story with the same theme “Environmental Racism Finds Justice in Dickson, TN”

13th Dec2011

Faculty Feature: Dr. Solomon Waigua of Wiley College (Thanks to @fredj1s_jONEs)

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We had a brief conversation on Twitter with Mr. Fred Jones a brother who is forever affiliated with the World Renowned and Prestigious Wiley College located in Marshall, Texas.

We asked Mr. Jones what made him choose to attend Wiley College back during his high school years, his response was that of a young man that researched thoroughly many college instutitions before making the final decision.

“….because it is an institute (Wiley College) with great history and also the religion program here is fundamental.” – Fred Jones

After receiving such a powerful response we followed up by asking Mr. Jones which professors in particular made his HBCU Experience extremely unique? He responded in kind with,

“Yes The Director Of Religion and my ethics Professor Dr. Solomon Waigwa he is Amazing” – Fred Jones


Assistant Professor of Religion Dr. Solomon Waigwa leading a prayer outside of Julius S. Scott Senior Chapel; Image Credit: Wiley Phanfare


Professor Solomon Waigwa (with white turban) and his wife during the New Year celebration night at the Christ is the Answer church ; Image Credit: Ajabu Africa

As a testament to the power of Dr. Waigwas’ vision we found a great excerpt from an article over at Ajabuafrica.com

“Delivering a new year’s message, Dr. Solomon Waigwa, leader in  the African Holy Ghost church popularly known in the Kenyan circles as the Akorino sect, told Christians that while marking the new year, it is the time to identify challenging problems that they can ask the lord to help solve.

“Seek and you shall be given,” he said. He asked them to be people of big visions because such visions will come to reality if pursued in the Godly way of doing things.

“You have to have a vision to catapult you to greater heights. The vision will give you audacity to face obstacles and overcome them,” said the professor.

He added that it is unfortunate that Kenyans have come to the greatest country in the world but they are just floating in the sea aimlessly taking whichever job they can find or going to any school that is open without following particular visions. – More from Dr. Waigwa  (Thanks Harrison Maina for the article)

We thank you Fred Jones for taking the time to place a loving and respectful spotlight on a great man and leading figure in your collegiate life. For those like Mr. Jones that know Dr. Waigwa and respect his thoughts and opinions feel free to visit his blog entitled, Rev. Dr. Solomon Waigwa.

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