FAMU sets homecoming agenda


Florida A&M celebrates its 126th anniversary homecoming with the slogan, “Something old, something new, something FAMU.”

This year’s theme for the fashion and hair show is “Fashion Fusion.” A survey was taken during the summer that asked students to provide events they wanted during homecoming, and a hair show was a popular choice.

“We wanted to expose FAMU students to international fashion,” said Lamont Howard, a fourth-year graphic design student from Miami and fashion committee. “Fashion is not just appreciated in America but worldwide. There are more women with natural hairstyles on campus, so it is a great combination to put with the show.”

The fashion show will feature hosts Shekinah Anderson, also known as Shekinah Jo, a celebrity hairstylist from the show, “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle,” and Lamman Rucker, who is best known for his role in “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Brown’s” sitcom.

The fashion show will be today in the Al Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center from 7-9 p.m.

On Thursday, which is Green Day, the National Pan-Hellenic Council Greek Step Show will take place in the Multipurpose Center from 7-9 p.m. A concert from rapper Tyga will follow it from 9-11 p.m.

The step show was relocated from the Civic Center so more students can attend, reducing the price range to $10 to $15 from last year’s $20 to $25.

“My main focus was bringing the show back to FAMU and having something the campus will enjoy,” said Tom Diamond, a fourth-year molecular cell biology student from Jacksonville, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. member and step show chair.

Orange and Green Day is Friday, along with a block party on Wahnish Way from 1-5 p.m. It will be hosted by DJ Demp and K. Michelle, a FAMU alumna and recording artist who is best known for her act in “Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta.”

Friday evening, the Homecoming President’s Gala is scheduled to take place. Following the program, there will be a concert from The Temptations with Dennis Edwards.

The gala’s theme this year is “Honoring Academic Excellence: Celebrating Our Colleges and Schools.” The gala will be held in the Multipurpose Center at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person and $1,000 for a table seating eight.

“During this gala, we want to show our academic units how proud we are of their efforts and what they have been able to accomplish from year to year,” said Sharon Saunders, executive assistant for the office of communications.

Saturday is the homecoming game against Howard University at Bragg Memorial Stadium. The game starts at 2 p.m., and admission is free for students with valid FAMU ID. Tickets are $47 for general admission.

Ending the week is the Gospel Concert on Saturday, which will be hosted by the FAMU Gospel Choir featuring Le’Andria Johnson, a Grammy Award-winning gospel singer and songwriter, and Jessica Reedy, a former contestant on “BET Sunday’s Best.”