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The Drum / Entertainment Industry Internships for HBCU Students
« on: September 06, 2021, 03:35:33 PM »
HBCU in LA, Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program
Apps open on September 10 and are due on December 20.
Register for information session via Zoom at

*****EMail Text*****
Dear HBCU Community Leaders!

It is that time of year to let the HBCU community know, the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program premiere internship program, HBCU in LA, application will open September 10th!! Please share the attached announcement with your students, faculty and department heads. We look forward to having more HBCU scholars join us in Hollywood for our summer 2022 program!!

The HBCU in LA program is the first of its kind, providing unapparelled access and opportunities for HBCU students to work behind-the-scenes with major Hollywood studios, networks, talent agencies and other leading industry organizations. We are seeking students across all majors! The program provides paid housing and a minimum of a $4K stipend for all students selected to participate in this 8-10 week immersive internship program!

This immersive internship experience gives HBCU students access to viable hands-on work experience from both the corporate and creative aspects of the industry. Students will be placed into key internship roles across the industry working in Animation, Human Resources, Legal, Finance, Technology, Creative Development, Production/Post Production, Digital Media, PR/Marketing, Music, Sports and Major Talent Agencies.

In order to prepare students for this opportunity, we will be hosting a virtual informational tour! Our first session will be September 9, 2021 at 4 PM PST. Also attached is a flyer with the link to RSVP. We would love to see you and/or your students in attendance. This first session will be a look into the exclusive opportunities the program has to offer along with a resume workshop from an industry professional.

Exciting Update: We will be establishing an HBCU Advisory Council to work with us as we look to build and bridge relations between HBCUs and the Entertainment Industry. If you would like learn more about becoming a member our advisory council please email, Leonard Washington at for more information. We look forward to working with the HBCU community leaders in support of this important initiative. Together, we can change the lives of HBCU Scholars one student at a time!

Thank you for your time and consideration. We are looking forward to welcoming another stellar cohort of HBCU Scholars!


Stacy Milner
Founder & CEO
Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program
HBCU in LA Internship Program
2321 West Olive Avenue Suite F
Burbank, CA 91506
EICOP! celebrates and promotes workplace diversity

Dominion Energy has agreed in principal to donate $25 million to be divided among 11 HBCUs:
Central State
Norfolk State
North Carolina A&T
South Carolina State
Virginia Union
Virginia State

That gift will be supplemented with a $10 million scholarship available to African-American and other underrepresented minority students in Dominion Energy’s service area.

Sports Forum / Former PVAMU WR Hodge Playing for Rams in Super Bowl
« on: January 31, 2019, 04:54:34 PM »
KhaDarel Hodge, former PVAMU WR and D'Lo, Mississippi native, will play for the LA Rams in the Super Bowl.  He's spent much of this season on special teams.  Hodge is also an aspiring male model.

Finally, he heard from the Rams, who didn’t offer him a contract. They offered him a tryout. He tried out – thought he did well – but no contract was offered. He went home to D’Lo, continued to work out diligently, and waited for a call. He never gave up. All he needed, he thought, was a chance.

KhaDajah Hodge, his twin sister, finally told him, “Don’t you know how to pray?”

KhaDarel went to his room and did just that. Believers no doubt will call what happened next Divine Intervention. Doubters will call it coincidence. Hodge went out for a run that afternoon, taking his cell phone with him. The phone rang. It was the Rams. They needed another receiver in training camp.

The list according to SmartAsset (via

Here's how the five top schools on the list stacked up:

Louisiana Tech University -- $49,400
LSU -- $47,300
Xavier University -- $44,600
McNeese State University -- $43,600
Tulane University -- $43,100

Rankings of Private HBCUs in the US Department of Education's Financial Responsibility Test, 2012-2013

Using institutions' debt, assets, operating surpluses/deficits, the department develops a composite score for each institution.  The range of scores is from -1 to 3.0.  Scores of 1.5 and above are considered passing.  (As an aside, Sweet Briar College which recently announced its imminent closure scored 3.0.)  Using the supplied data at the link below, I pulled the scores for private HBCUs and listed them below.  Four had scores less than 1.5.

3.0 American Baptist Theological Seminary
3.0 Concordia College Alabama
3.0 Hampton University
3.0 Jarvis Christian College
3.0 Miles College
3.0 Morehouse College
3.0 Morris College
3.0 Oakwood University
3.0 Rust College
3.0 Saint Augustine's College
3.0 Spelman College
3.0 Tougaloo College
3.0 Virginia Union
3.0 Xavier University of Louisiana
2.9 Howard University
2.8 Bethune Cookman University
2.8 Huston-Tillotson College
2.8 Meharry Medical College
2.8 Shaw University
2.8 Talladega College
2.7 Clark Atlanta University
2.7 Livingstone College
2.7 Tuskegee University
2.6 Fisk University
2.5 Edward Waters College
2.5 Johnson C. Smith University
2.5 Lane College
2.5 Texas College
2.4 Paine College
2.3 Dillard
2.3 Shorter College
2.3 Southwestern Christian College
2.2 Philander Smith College
2.2 Voorhees College
2.1 Arkansas Baptist College
2.0 Florida Memorial University
2.0 Wiley College
1.9 Bennett College
1.9 Benedict College
1.9 Claflin University
1.8 Selma University
1.8 Stillman University
1.7 Morehouse School of Medicine
1.6 Interdenominational Theological Center
1.4 Paul Quinn College
1.2 Virginia University of Lynchburg
-0.3 Wilberforce University
-1 Sojourner-Douglas College

Sports Forum / Heart, Soul and the Bayou Classic
« on: December 09, 2014, 08:20:16 PM »
SBNation published a longform article on the Bayou Classic:

"In the most recent data, LSU spent more than $105 million on athletics and took in revenue of more than $117 million. One state over, Texas spent almost $147 million and took in almost $166 million. Grambling State, about 220 miles northwest of Baton Rouge and about 370 miles east-northeast of Austin, spent under $8 million and took in just over $6 million.

Among public Division I schools, Grambling's revenue figures aren't actually the worst. SWAC mate Mississippi Valley State spent and took in about $4.4 million. Coppin State, a MEAC school with no football program, took in $3.4 million and spent $3.7."


"Southern University and A&M College is located on the Mulatto Bend of the Mississippi River, about 10 miles north of LSU in Baton Rouge. Because of the Robinson effect, Southern has taken on second billing in the Bayou Classic, an Auburn to Grambling's Alabama, a UCLA to GSU's USC. But that's not fair. The Jaguars have won nine HBCU national championships and had already won 10 SWAC titles by the time Grambling, a school only two-thirds Southern's size, joined the conference. Southern didn't produce a run of pros like GSU in the 1970s, but it has cranked out stars like Mel Blount, Harold Carmichael, and Aeneas Williams."


""The band was ranked by the NCAA in January of this year as the No. 2 band in the country behind Ohio State. Now, that's an honor within itself. When you think about North Carolina or Duke, you think about basketball. Alabama and LSU, football. For Southern, it's the band. That's no slight to the football team, but the way I try to look at it, the Southern band being ranked No. 2 in the nation would be like the Southern football team being ranked No. 2 in the Playoff rankings.

"When you compare Ohio State's budget to ours, it's like comparing a steak dinner to a piece of candy. Our band has always been great, but our students are graduating with house notes because of student loans. I don't think that's right. State funds have been cut, and there's nothing we can do about that. But we wanted to raise funds. We're focusing more on marketing and branding. We've had an active campaign all fall."


"When you see the smiles of two 70-something Southern supporters on the Superdome field after the game, asking "Did you have a good time?" and, knowing the answer to that question already, "You coming back next year?" ...

... you realize this is a special thing. The Bayou Classic is everything you fell in love with when you fell in love with college sports. It is rivalry. It is an important battle. It is players from the losing team unable to control the tears.

It is also a respite, a perfect oasis for a sports life that is, for the other 51 weeks of the year, challenging and frugal."


"Professor James Oliver, band director for the Mighty Marching Hornets, said the show will be family-based and will highlight student growth as they navigate through the music program. 

"This is a unique and wonderful opportunity to share with the public, through the A&E Network, our incredible university, and to let the world see how we nurture our ASU band members into becoming good musicians and motivate them to become great students academically," Oliver said.

He said that the show has been named "Bama State Style" and filming begins on Monday at the university. The band director added that the reality television show begins is expected to air in January, 2015.

Excerpts from FoxSports:

In June, Winslow put FAMU boosters on their heels, controversially proclaiming at a 220 Quarterback Club luncheon that the school’s athletic department was “broken,” telling the audience: “It can't be fixed. Tear it down, start over, build it the right way.”
“I don't think the program is broken to the point that it can't be fixed,” 220 Quarterback Club president Eddie Jackson told the Tallahassee Democrat after Winslow’s proclamation. “There is a foundation to build off of rather than tearing things down. I just think this is going way, way too fast. … I don't think we're moving down the right path. In terms of what he is doing, it's too much, too soon. Too many changes.”
Winslow has never been one to put too much stock in criticism, though, and has already made a few major moves, suspending the men’s tennis and golf programs, firing track coach Wayne Angel and football defensive line coach George Small and hiring Byron Samuels as the new men’s basketball coach, with more moves expected in the coming weeks and months at the recommendation of an advisory committee assembled to assess the current state of the program.


Winslow uses the hypothetical installation of artificial turf on the football field as an example of how an investment in athletics is also an investment in academics.
“(I have to) convince them that this is not just about 100 or 120 yards — if we put down FieldTurf, it’s not just about 100 yards of FieldTurf for five home football games,” Winslow said. “You put down FieldTurf, and I get a chance to start soccer. I reduce my costs of taking care of the field. When I start soccer, it gives me access to a different kind of athlete, because it’s played in different areas from a socioeconomic standpoint, from the quality-of-high-schools-they’re-attending standpoint.
“So in many ways I’ve improved my academic profile in the athletic department by starting soccer. (It’s) well documented, well proven. Now I’m also reaching a diverse audience compared to the audience we have now. That’s 35 men, 35 women, that’s 70 more students here at our school who are pretty sound academically, who are from diverse backgrounds — now I’ve taken the tentacles of FAMU, because I’ve put down FieldTurf and I’m playing soccer, and I’m in different markets.

“So facilities are where it starts. You have to be able to show young people that we have better facilities than you had in high school, and we can’t do that right now. I’m just being honest. And so it’s difficult to recruit the best of the best or get your share of that talent pool that you’re supposed to be getting. That’s where it all starts. If they walk into the locker room and they don’t go, ‘Wow,’ then you have a problem.


“By definition, nobody does first-generation better than FAMU,” he added. “It’s that nurturing, transformative environment that you’re in. It’s the ability to come to a school that has high academic standards and a classroom that’s small enough where you get the attention — where people can lay hands on you on a daily basis and say, ‘How are you? What’s going on? How are things at home?’ That’s the culture. We let it get away from us to become known as a ‘black university,’ but that’s so inaccurate, because by that definition, there should also be ‘white universities.’ … Our forefathers did not get this one right. They screwed it up for us, and we’re still trying to fix it.


“It has to be strategic,” Winslow said. “When we go into Columbus, we accept a game to play Ohio State, you say, ‘Yeah, they paid us $900,000,’ which we probably netted $650,000 or $625,000 after expenses for that. So you do that calculation and then you sit down and go, ‘OK, so what’s the other value?’
“Yes, we were on television, but did your brand get an uptick, or — if you watch the Colbert Report — did we get the ‘Colbert Bump’? No, we didn’t, because we’re playing a superior football team, simply because of the number of scholarships, size of athletes, training, nutrition, coaching, weightlifting, etcetera. If we played a game where we were competitive, or even won, we get the Colbert Bump, but if we don’t show well, we take all the negative branding that comes with that, and we have to find a way to fix it, and that costs you money.”

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