LaNita Hughes, Grambling State University- c/o 2018, Journalism & Mass Communication with a concentration in Print Journalism
Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*
I am from Beverly Hills ,California. I chose to come to Grambling state University because I was offered a soccer scholarship and my sister played for their 1st women’s inaugural soccer team .
4x Campus Queen (Miss December ,Miss Omega Tau Pi, Miss OBB)
Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*
I was offered a full ride soccer scholarship and I'm a city girl who’s never lived in the south . So I wanted to experience a little change.
Grambling State University Soccer player
What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*
I’ve enjoyed my experience at Grambling . Grambling has definitely taught me a lot about life . I’m very involved on campus as a soccer player , Campus Queen, a sorority sister , and sports reporter . I’ve connected with so many people , learned a lot of life lessons and I wouldn’t trade the experience I’ve had for anything .
Grambling has definitely molded me into the woman and future leader I’ve become.
"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*
Well it was a cultural shock at first , you know being a city girl and all . It took me a little minute to adjust, but being part of a team that became my sisters it wasn’t that hard to adjust .
Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?*
Mr. Alan Blakeney, he is the director over the television center. He gave me my first break , he saw a talent in me and gave me my first shot at a talk show . I was a freshman with my own talk show “the porch “ and since then it’s been a breeze I got a lot of internships because of his help & experiences.
He taught me everything I need to know about the television industry , reporting , how to operate a camera , edit , etc. And also really every professor in the Mass Communications department taught me little aspects about life , the journalist world , and just over all key components I will never forget .
Category : Student
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- Athletics: Grambling State University competes in the NCAA Division I (Football Championship Subdivision for football) in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Currently, the Grambling State University Department of Athletics sponsors Men's Intercollegiate football, along with men's and women's basketball, baseball, track & field, softball, golf, soccer, tennis, bowling and volleyball. RIVALS: Southern University, Prairie View A&M University, and Texas Southern University.
- Notable Alumni: Charles M. Blow - 1991 - New York Times columnist** Erykah Badu - Grammy Award-winning artist** Natalie Desselle-Reid - Actress best known for roles in B*A*P*S, Def Jam's How to Be a Player, and Disney's Cinderella** Judi Ann Mason - Television writer, producer and playwright** Burl Cain - Master's degree in criminal justice, now warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary (also known as Angola)** Ollie Tyler - Mayor of Shreveport; former interim state superintendent of education; former Caddo Parish school superintendent** E. Edward Jones - 1952 - Educator, civil rights advocate, pastor, and former president of the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., in Shreveport** Edward Joseph Price - 1975 - Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives (District 58), businessman in Gonzales** Alicia Reece - Politician, member of the Ohio House of Representatives (33rd district)** Robert Bobb - Politician and public administrator; Emergency Financial Director for Detroit Public Schools; city manager for thirty years in the cities of Kalamazoo, Michigan; Santa Ana, California; and Richmond, Virginia** Israel "Bo" Curtis - Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1992 to 2008; member of the Rapides Parish School Board from 1976 to 1992** Bettye Davis - Member of the Alaska Senate and former member of the Alaska House of Representatives from the 21st district** Rick Gallot - Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate for District 29 since 2012; former state representative for the 11th district** Jeff Hall - Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives (District 26), accountant in Alexandria** Patricia Cage-Bibbs - 1972 - Women's basketball head coach at North Carolina A&T State University, Hampton University, and Grambling State University; has over 400 wins in her coaching career** Ronnie Coleman - Professional bodybuilder and eight-time Mr. Olympia winner** Jason Hatcher - 2006 - Current NFL defensive end** Tyree Hollins - professional football player** Doug Williams - former NFL quarterback; MVP of Super Bowl XXII**
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