Nick Birdsong, Florida A & M University- c/o 2006, Journalism & Mass Communications
Name : Nick Birdsong
HBCU : Florida A & M University
Graduation Year : 2006
Major : Journalism & Mass Communications
Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*
I’m from Tampa, Fla. I have four older sisters and an older brother. Our family used to attend the Florida Classic; FAMU‘s annual rivalry game against Bethune-Cookman when it was still played in Tampa. We’d always sit on FAMU’s side, cheer for the Rattlers and of course the Marching 100. So, that was my first association with HBCUs.
Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*
Honestly, I didn’t look at it like I was choosing an HBCU over a PWI. I considered going to USF (University of South Florida) but FAMU was the right fit for me.
What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*
"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*
Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?*
Dr. Natalie King-Pedroso -I took her in two or three honors classes in English and never got an “A”. She didn’t grade everyone on the same scale.
Best restaurants on/near campus? Best dishes?
On-Campus: The Cafe, especially on fried chicken day or the Orange room. On Set Fridays, this student ministry sold barbecue plates with baked beans and unlimited lemonade for like $3. One of my boys and I used to skip class and post up while eating and see what was to be seen on Fridays all the time. And of course, every Rattler knows about the legendary Soul Train who sold overpriced juices and snacks on campus, but you could’t help but patronize him in the 100-plus degree weather while you’re walking clear across campus.
I had more than one but they shall forever remain nameless (Jay-Z voice).
Florida A & M University
- Athletics: Florida A&M University is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and participates in NCAA Division I-AA. FAMU offers men's sports in baseball, basketball, football, golf, swimming, tennis and track and field. It offers women's sports in basketball, bowling, softball, swimming, wrestling, tennis, track and field and volleyball.
- Notable Alumni: Wilbert Bryant - Former Secretary of Education of Virginia** Raymond A. Brown - Attorney whose clients included Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur, boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and "Dr. X" physician Mario Jascalevich  Arthur R. Collins - 1982 - Founding partner of the Collins Johnson group, a strategy, policy and communications firm established in 2011** John W. Thompson - 1971 - Chairman and former President and CEO, Symantec Corporation; former VP IBM; part owner of the Golden State Warriors** Corrine Brown - 1969 - Current U.S. Congresswoman Andrew Gillum - Current Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida Alcee L. Hastings - Current U.S. Congressman Mia L. Jones - 1991 - Current member of the Florida House of Representatives Gwendolyn M. Miller - Chairwoman of the City Council in Tampa, Florida, District 1 David Scott - Current U.S. Representative from Georgia's 13th congressional district John W. Williams - Current Inspector General of the South Florida Water Management District Althea Gibson - Tennis player Daniel Sunjata - Actor, Broadway actor Gregory Anderson - Film producer (Tri-Destined Studios) Rob Hardy - Film producer (Rainforest Productions) T'Keyah Crystal Keymah - Actress Pam Oliver - Sports anchor William Packer - Film producer (Rainforest Productions) Angela Pitts - Contestant on Flavor of Love 3 and winner of I Love Money 2 Angela Robinson - Actress Anika Noni Rose - Tony Award-winning actress Peyton Alex Smith - Actor Common - attended - Music Artist K.Michelle - R&B singer Tyrese Gibson - attended - Singer, actor, author and producer stic.man - Member of hip-hop group Dead Prez M-1 - Member of hip-hop group Dead Prez Bernard Kinsey - Owner of one of the largest African-American art collections
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