There’s nothing like Homecoming

Once you see them, you know it’s that time again. The orange and green flags, gently waving in the wind- or heat wave- across campus. All across the campus, sitting atop the highest of seven hills in Tallahassee, FL, those flag signal a special time of year. Homecoming at Florida A&M University.

Many schools, colleges and universities celebrate homecomings. It’s when current students, faculty and staff welcome back those who have come before them to the campus. There are many speeches, tours and events. At many schools, there is a football game that caps off the week.

Still, I tend to think an HBCU’s homecoming is a unique thing of beauty. Granted, I am a biased alum and lifelong Rattler. Even now in 41st year of living, the excitement of homecoming is contagious. I have my itinerary planned and outfits coordinated. Only those affiliated with a historically black college and university can truly feel me. Yes, the music, food, fashion and football are spectacular. But there’s something more than those qualities. What’s extra special is that no matter if you went there or not, you’re truly one family and that’s felt throughout the Homecoming. It’s what keeps me coming back again and again.

me and bill famu hc 2016Me and the bald guy at FAMU Homecoming in 2016.

Another season of sport at FSU begins


Cover from the media guide for Swimming & Diving, 2009-2010 Cover from the media guide for Swimming & Diving, 2009-2010. [See original object] FSU is gearing up for another semester to start in just a few weeks. Student-athletes, however, are already back at work. The FSU Volleyball team will play its first match this Friday and the Swimming and Diving teams are back in action by mid-September. These two sports are the last of a long project for the Digital Library Center, the digitization of all the sports media guides for FSU teams that the Archives currently holds.

The sports media guide is essentially the press kit for that season’s team. It includes all the facts and figures announcers seem to effortlessly sprout out as you listen to commentary at sporting events. The Swimming/Diving Team media guides go back to the 1970s whereas the Volleyball guides start in the 1980s. Do you have media guides to help fill…

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Willie finally got the call from the Hall. Willie O’Ree, the National Hockey League’s first black player, received a call from Hockey Hall of Fame Tuesday afternoon informing him that he’s a member of the Hall’s 2018 class. Embed from Getty Images He will be formally inducted into the Hall in the Builder category on…

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Introducing the All-Time Color of Hockey team — TheColorOfHockey

We’ve picked the 2016-17 Color of Hockey All-Star team, but who would be on the greatest team of players of color of all time? My choices span eras – from a time when goalies stood up and sticks were actually made of all wood – to today’s fast-paced, high-tech game. You’ll recognize some of the players on the team while […]

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Flyers’ Pierre Edouard Bellemare scores by passing on award at IIHF tournament

One reason I love hockey. I know people post about the fights and what not. But there is an underlying sportsmanship that I enjoy.


The phrase “consummate team player” is an often over-used piece of sports-writing jargon, but every now and then you see the meaning behind the words.

Philadelphia Flyers LW Pierre Edouard Bellemare Case in point: Philadelphia Flyers left wing Pierre Edouard Bellemare. A native of France, Bellemare is basking in Paris co-hosting the International Ice Hockey FederationWorld Championship with Cologne, Germany.

Bellemare is a fourth-line player in the National HockeyLeaguebut he a top line forward for France.

After France upset Finland 5-1 in Paris Sunday, officials decided to name Bellemare the best player of the game for the French team.

Bellemare, who had a goal in the game, disagreed.

Hepassed on the honor and persuaded officials to give it French goaltender Florian Hardy, to the delight of the 11,433 spectators inside Paris’ AccorHotels Arena. Hardy had 42 saves in the game.

France, ranked 14th in the world,had…

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Reading Goals-2017

black-woman-readingSo, I signed up again for the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Again. I’m not sure why I’m being a glutton for punishment. I’ve signed up every year since becoming a member of the bookworm-based social media network. And every year I’m shorter than millimeter of the goal I choose.

What’s crazy is that lack of reading is not the reason why. Between my Kindle and Nook app for Android, I read soooooo many books! I also work in a library, so I have more access to books there. (I am getting my book hording under control – I promise.) My goals are usual between 60-100 books. I’m sure I’m getting 60, at least. And that’s just with doing a quick-and-dirty on the bus or on the john. Pun intended. And despite with all that abundant reading, every year I log back into Goodreads and the failure of meeting the challenge greets me.

Why? Because I’m forgetful and lazy. Yep. Simple as that. Sooooo, despite the fact that this is about a book challenge, the real issues are so much bigger than saying to random Goodreads nerd I read 3.5 more books than them. It’s about using tools like this reading challenge to clean the mess that quick-and-dirty leaves. I want to finish goals, even small, meaningless ones. Because just simple things like straightening up my room before work or ticking a small box to show I read Teaching the Boss can provide healthy habits that lead to bigger and better things. And those are good goals in 2017 and beyond.

Wish me luck!

P.S. I’ve got five books on my goal so far. BWWM romance at its worst lol. tumblr_static_filename_640_v2