[video] Honda Battle of the Bands 2011

Nearly 60,000 fans packed the Georgia Dome this weekend to hear the eight bands taking part in the 9th annual Honda Battle of the Bands.


[Black History] A Brief History of Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University is a comprehensive urban coeducational land-grant university founded in 1912 in Nashville, Tenn. The 500-acre main campus, with more than 65 buildings, is located in a residential setting; the Avon Williams Campus is located downtown, near the center of the Nashville business and government district.

Through successive stages, TSU has developed from a normal school for Negroes to its current status as a national university with students from 42 states and 45 countries. The present-day Tennessee State University exists as a result of the merger on July 1, 1979, of Tennessee State University and the former University of Tennessee at Nashville.

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TSU Alum is Knoxville’s 1st Black Mayor

Knoxville City Councilman Daniel Brown made history today when he was selected interim mayor – becoming Knoxville’s first black mayor.

He succeeds outgoing Mayor Bill Haslam, who resigned his position at 9:32 a.m. to become governor. He will be inaugurated on Saturday, Jan. 15.

“My challenge will be to serve in the best way possible for all the citizens of Knoxville,” Brown said after he was sworn into office. “I thank my colleagues whether they voted for me or not.”

He noted that being the city’s first black mayor was of special significant with the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday coming up.

Brown was one of five candidates vying for the position. All declared before the voting began that they would serve as a temporary mayor until Dec. 17, when the next elected mayor is sworn in, and that they would not run for office.

Brown, a native Knoxvillian and graduate of Austin High school and Tennessee State University, is retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He’s also a Vietnam War veteran.

Found on KnoxNews

Campus Life Events

Photos From The Atlanta Football Classic

Atlanta, GA

Coming into this game Florida A & M had just come off of a monstrous win over Howard University just last week (50 – 7), to top that off, FAMU Alum and Celebrity Movie Producer Will Packer flipped the coin to welcome Tennessee State to Atlanta. TSU won the toss and commanded the speed of the game as they scored on their initial drive (:23 seconds in). TSU continued this roll and pulled off a win (TSU:29 FAMU:18).

Campus Life

TSU professor barred for research fraud

WASHINGTON — A former nursing school professor at Tennessee State University has been barred for three years from receiving funding from the U.S. government after school officials found that he had falsified the results of a study paid for with a federal grant.

James G. Linn was debarred for committing “misconduct in science and research misconduct” during a project using funding from the National Institutes of Health, according to a notice posted Thursday in the Federal Register by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity.

According to the notice, Linn “knowingly and intentionally” falsified data for a study published in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2003 regarding the effects of an intervention program to reduce sexual risk behaviors in high-risk, impaired homeless men with mental illness. Linn was found to have reported false values in a table and provided a disc containing falsified data to support his analysis for the article to the school’s Institutional Research Investigation Committee.

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AKA Founder’s Day: Who ever imagined that 102 years old would look this good?

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One cold day in 1908- January 15th to be specific- an elite group of top scholars, student athletes, and civic leaders gathered together in Miner Hall, on the prestigious campus of Howard University, in Washington, D.C. Though in the midst of post-slavery and gender discrimination, these young women of high scholastic and ethical standards obeyed the call on their lives and the vision set before them, to create something that had never existed before: an organization exclusively for college-trained women of color, dedicated to supreme service and sisterhood; known now and forever as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

These undaunted, undeniable, yet gracious young ladies made an immediate impact on the campus, the community and the country. They were dedicated to “ameliorate the plight” of Black women and girls, through scholarship, service, culture and friendship. Despite adversity and turmoil, these women continued their mission to provide a torch that would enlighten others.

Through the years, the service programs have evolved, but the commitment to service and excellence has remained the same. Alpha Kappa Alpha women have been significantly involved in every major social, political, and race movement since its inception, including the creation of the NAACP, World Wars I & II, women’s suffrage, civil rights, UNCF, national vocational training, innumerable political campaigns, and disaster relief, including assistance with the recent tragedy in Haiti. The organization continues to assist those who are in need or deserving of aid related to education, healthcare, finance, family, culture, politics and more.

Being the first organized and incorporated sorority for Black women is just the tip of the iceberg of a litany of Alpha Kappa Alpha firsts. Alpha Kappa Alpha women are as strong as the ivy, yet as precious as the pearls that represent them; encircling, cultivating and yes, beautifying the entire world with confidence, intelligence and charm.

The additional “stereotypical” qualities and image are mere bonuses to the multi-faceted Alpha Kappa Alpha woman. If you are member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, I encourage you to take this opportunity to appreciate our beloved Sixteen, by remembering the reason that you sought membership, re-activating your membership, donating your resources and gifts, and encouraging another sister to do the same. If you are not a member of the organization, I ask you to simply thank an AKA for the role that she has surely played in your life as an educator, mentor, healthcare provider, mother, sister, wife, or friend.

Who ever imagined that 102 years old would look this good? May God continue to bless all of us to be a blessing to mankind.

Jada Wright
Alpha Psi 1995- Tennessee State University



Fisk and TSU work to save historic HBCU photos

We spotted this on the Fisk University Blog.  Keep up the good work!

As part of the HBCU Library Photograph Preservation Summit, the libraries of Fisk and Tennessee State Universities have gathered to learn and practice techniques in the preservation of archival films and images during the HBCU Photograph Preservation Project Workshop on November 10-12 in the John Hope and Aurelia Elizabeth Franklin Library.

During the workshop, the library staff of both universities have participated in discussions and demonstrations involving surface cleaning, rehousing and handling motion picture film, as well as flattening, constructing and housing panoramas.