Yao Lydia, Florida A & M University- c/o 2013, Broadcast Journalism
Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*
I am from Pompano Beach, Florida and HBCUs are just a way of life in my family. My daddy went to Talladega, Prairie View and Howard. My sister went to UDC and Howard and I go to FAMU.
Cherished Moments are made nationwide at our HBCUs everyday!
Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*
It’s what was expected of me and it’s a tradition in my family. PWIs don’t do a well enough job of preparing blacks for today’s world. I <3 My HBCU.
Mr. Lydia proudly displays his love for FAMU and beloved Afrika
What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*
FAMU has simply changed my life. It has made me a better man and I thank her for that
"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?*
I really enjoyed Dr. Cohen, Ms. Sermon, Professor Reis, and Dr. Dukurugu because they taught with passion and cared about their students.
Best restaurants on/near campus? Best dishes?
Oleans, Hungry Howies and a lot of fast food joints. I love Oleans the most because of their Cheese grits and potatoes.
I won’t say lol.
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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