Celebrities take it to the rim during Demp Week

Photographer: Nazara-Henry Bruce


Trinidad James was in the house.

So were Trina and DJ LooseKid.

That could mean only thing: It was the celebrity basketball game at the Lawson Center during the annual Demp Week.

Friday’s game, during the 20th anniversary of Demp Week, featured both new and familiar faces.

Demp, a hometown hero, is one of the original members of Ghost Town DJs.

Other participants included NFL free agent and Florida A&M  alum Akil Blount. Up and coming musical artist J Rená, a singer and  songwriter from Atlanta, performed the national anthem.

“I was flattered and honored that DJ Demp picked me to perform the  national anthem for the game, a dream come true,” said J Rená.

Rasheed Okuboyejo, also known as DJ LooseKid, DJ’d and participated in the game. He scored over 10 points. He said he always looks forward to Demp Week.

“I’ve had the pleasure of doing Demp Week for five years now, and I’m honored that DJ Demp would even consider me for this event,” Okuboyejo said.

Trinidad James was one of the old faces at the basketball game. This year marked James’ third year in a row participating in the event. James never took a break during the game, also scoring over 10 points in a game dominated the Black team, which beat the White team 96-82.

“I love this event, DJ Demp is one of the coolest people you will ever meet. I’ll always participate in this event,” James said.

The rapper was also there to promote his new mixtape, “The Wake Up 2.”

 DJ Demp has promised that the celebrity basketball game will always  be an event at FAMU.

 “I’ve been doing this for years, I fell in love with music as a kid, and  now I’m this big DJ. I love inspiring people, especially college  students,” he said.

 DJ Demp said this will be his last year throwing “too many events.”  “Being in charge of these events is too much,” Demp said.

Demp did not have an easy start in his career. He once worked as a mixshow DJ at Florida State’s WVFS 89.7. He also toured the world with artists such as Trick Daddy, George Clinton, Juvenile and many more. Demp Week has also grown to raise money for different charity based organizations and community initiatives.