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GREENBORO, NC – North Carolina A&T State University, an HBCU located in Greensboro, North Carolina, is prepared to welcome students into its largest freshman class in school history this week. To jump start the new academic year, the university is hosting a week-long series of events and activities which began August 13 and will go on through August 20.

Throughout the week students will have the opportunity to engage with their peers, university faculty and staff, attend seminars relevant to their classification, discover, learn and navigate the A&T system. One featured event includes the New Student Convocation featuring A&T alumnus, television and film actor, philanthropist and author Terrence J on August 16 at 3:30pm.

102011-shows-106-park-terrence-j-1_0Terrence J is a 2004 Mass Communication graduate of North Carolina A&T University, where he served as the Student Government Association President and a DJ for A&T’s radio station, WNAA. He also worked as a DJ at a local radio station 102 Jamz in Greensboro. Terrence is also a Spring 2004 initiate member of the Mu Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. After graduation, Terrence worked in the diversity office of a sports company in Daytona Beach, Florida. He later audition for BET’s 106 & Park, where he gain his fame in 2006.

Although this event is not open to the general public, there are other events that are open to the general public. A full list of Welcome Week activities and how to purchase tickets for events open to the general public is available through NCAT’s university website. For more information, contact the Office of New Student Programs at 336-256-2212 or asknsp@ncat.edu.

Source: http://www.ncat.edu/news/2016/08/welcome-week.html

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PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has announced that GRAMMY Award winning music producer, recording artist, philanthropist, civic activist, actor and HBCU alum David Banner will speak on August 25 during Welcome Week at the university. This free, public event will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the H.O. Clemmons Arena of the Kenneth L. Johnson, Sr. Complex.

Banner recently appeared in Lee Daniel’s “The Butler” and in Tim Story’s movie “Ride Along”. Banner also is founder of A Banner Vision, a multimedia company that specializes in providing emotionally engaging music for iconic commercials, video games and films. A Banner Vision has produced a body of work that Banner’s primary audience and fan base may not know much about, including ads for bands like Pepsi, Gatorade, Paramount Pictures (Footloose Film), Marvel, Capcom, Mercedes Benz and mass-market retailer Kmart, among others.

Banner, who attended his mother’s alma mater, Southern University (Baton Rouge), graduated with a degree in business; and went on to graduate school at the University of Maryland on a full scholarship before leaving to pursue his musical career. He was raised by parents who instilled in him the importance of getting an education and applying his talents to do something of substance in the world.

Banner has exceeded his parents’ expectations. He created a foundation, Heal the Hood, Inc., to provide relief and recovery assistance to lower-income people of the Gulf Region affected by natural disasters. He deeply believes in the philosophy of giving back, especially once someone is in a position to be generous.

Heal the Hood also supports youth development and recreation program in Mississippi. The foundation raised $500,00 for Katrina survivors in Mississippi and Alabama; and 2014 was its eighth year of distributing clothing, toys, and other necessities to Jackson, Mississippi families during the holidays.

Banner finds reward in encouraging young people to gain knowledge, and he leverages his affluence and influence to help make the world a better place. He has been a prominent and passionate voice in the face of social injustice.

For more information about this event, contact the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Office of Student Involvement and Leadership at (870) 575-7060.

Souce: https://uapbnews.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/rapper-activist-entrepreneur-david-banner-to-speak-at-uapb-august-25/