Monday, April 16, 2012

Richard Dent III



HBCU Alumni everywhere!! Things are never as they seem. When Victoria Secret’s PINK clothing line comes to mind what picture do you see? Scantily clad women enticing and tantalizing the male masses? Perhaps, for some, that is the image of least resistance, but it’s going skin deep.
Dig a little deeper and you’ll see a billion dollar money maker. Yes Victoria Secret’s PINK label is a conglomerate within itself. That is due in large part to Florida A&M graduate and Philadelphia native son Richard Dent III, who was recently honored with the NV Award for Fashion.
“We have a HBCU line which features historically black colleges and it’s the largest retail line that’s ever been brought to historically black colleges. So, I’m very happy about that. They need to make that money to support scholarships on those campuses and we hire students from those campuses as well. “  Thank you, Mr. Dent, thank you.  Please watch and learn...

Conversation with Ronnie Laws


HBCU Network had the pleasure of a "sit down" with the legendary musician Ronnie Laws.  Laws attended Stephen F. Austin State University (HBCU) in Nacogdoches, Texas, for two years.  In 1972, Laws joined the fledgling group Earth, Wind & Fire, playing saxophone and flute on their album Last Days and Time. He left the band soon afterwards, long before they achieved their commercial success.  In 1975, he began his solo career with the album Pressure Sensitive, which yielded his most famous instrumental song, "Always There." The song became an instant jazz-funk classic, covered by numerous artists.  In 1978 he released the album titled Flame under United Artists Records and from it a 12" single was released called "All for You," as well as additional tracks (from previous albums) entitled "Let's Keep it Together" and "Nuthin' 'bout Nuthin." The 12" single was his first issued in the UK as well as the US, and paved the way for this format to be used for promoting artists' work at the time without the need to obtain the full LP.  Apart from playing saxophone, Laws also sings. Notable vocals include "Every Generation" (1980), "Stay Awake" (1981, included on the album Solid Ground) and "Mr. Nice Guy" (1982).  Laws has also recorded with numerous other artists, including Arthur Adams, Howard Hewett, Brian Culbertson, Ramsey Lewis, Jeff Lorber, Hugh Masekela, Alphonse Mouzon, David Sea, and Sister Sledge.

HBCU's Howard University Band


HBCU Network's commitment to highlighting the HBCU lifestyle and richness is our number one priority.  The Howard University "Showtime" Marching Band is under the direction of John Newson and Kelvin Washington. The Showtime marching band performs at football games, band competitions, and even NFL halftime shows.  They are known throughout the country as a premier entertainment source. Watch and enjoy!

HBCU Halftime is Showtime!



Part of the lifestyle and pleasures of being at an HBCU is the entertaining sports, live music concerts, speakers, step shows etc.  Football season always brings a showcasing of athletic talent as well as THE HALFTIME SHOWS!!  Imagine sitting at a game and enjoying a close battle between two rival schools and then being musically entertained by the likes of past, present and future (THE BANDS!!) famed recording artists.  Nothing like a beautiful Fall day with all the fixings.  The tradition is family oriented, the experience is unforgettable.  Please watch...

Charlie Neal Interview Part 2


This is the continuation of HBCU Network's talk with Charlie Neal.  We had the pleasure of having a conversation with Charlie Neal, who joined ESPN in 2005, primarily serving as play-by-play announcer for Historically Black College/University football and basketball (HBCU) telecasts on ESPNU. Neal started his broadcasting career over 30 years ago as a radio disc jockey before turning to television as a sportscaster working for several affiliates in the Detroit, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. markets. He has also worked for BET, MBC (now the Black Family Channel) and TNT.  He has a particular fondness and insight for the HBCUs and here is part one of that conversation.

Charlie Neal Interview Part 1


HBCU Network's dedication is to bring you quality features for and about the HBCU experience to the underserved masses.  We had the pleasure of having a conversation with Charlie Neal, who joined ESPN in 2005, primarily serving as play-by-play announcer for Historically Black College/University football and basketball (HBCU) telecasts on ESPNU. Neal started his broadcasting career over 30 years ago as a radio disc jockey before turning to television as a sportscaster working for several affiliates in the Detroit, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. markets. He has also worked for BET, MBC (now the Black Family Channel) and TNT.  He had a particular fondness and insight for the HBCUs and here is part one of that conversation.

John Thompson Interview


John R. Thompson, Jr. is an American former basketball coach for the Georgetown University Hoyas. He is now a professional radio and TV sports commentator. In 1984, he became the first African American head coach to win a major collegiate championship, capturing the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship when Georgetown defeated the University of Houston 84–75.  hosts The John Thompson Show, a sports talk show on ESPN 980 (formerly Sports Talk 980) in Washington, D.C. Thompson is perhaps best known for preluding interviews with the statement, "Let me ask you a question..." Thompson signed a lifetime contract with Clear Channel Radio and SportsTalk 980 in February 2006. He continues to spend a lot of time around the Georgetown basketball program, including traveling to road games and participating in press conferences.  Here is HBCU Network's interview with the legendary coach and his take on the HBCU experience.

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