Braggin Time shows FAMU’s vintage side

The FAMU vs Bethune Cookman rivalry in 2007. Photo courtesy @Braggintime on Instagram

Franklin Jones, a second-year theater student from Jacksonville, takes viewers through a virtual time machine with his new amplifying account @Braggintime on Instagram. 

This page has generated a lot of publicity recently as it takes a dive into the past of FAMU’s culture with vintage pictures and videos.

Members of the Marching 100 in the Governor’s office. Photo courtesy @Braggintime on Instagram

Jones’ infatuation with history helps him showcase the diverse culture of FAMU throughout its 132 years of excellence. 

 “I used to post old videos of FAMU all the time on twitter and they would go viral then one day my friend J.R. suggested I should make an old vintage page for FAMU and now here we are,” Jones said.

The social media page received electrifying feedback from alumni and students, even a follow from alumna Rashan Ali.

Second-year nursing student Hayley Giannuzzi shared her thoughts on how she felt about the Instagram page. 

“My mom and I were just discussing an actress that played on That’s So Raven, T’Keyah Crystal Kemah, who studied theater at FAMU. My mom did not realize she was a FAMU alumna,” said Giannuzzi. 

The page features a few notable alumni that are now famous. 

“It is interesting to see what famous faces studied at FAMU and thanks to his page we can now see that, Giannuzzi added. 

Lady Venom at the 2004 Atlanta Classic. Photo courtesy @Braggintime on Instagram

Speaking of aumni, Victor Gaines, former Rattler and uncle of Franklin Jones, owns manyf photos of the FAMU culture. 

“The photos that Franklin uses are his to use, as he feels is necessary to bring attention and excitement to the page. He has a good eye for what fellow and aspiring Rattlers may want to see on the page,” Gaines said.

Gaines feels that the page helps shine a light on school spirit through social media. 

“I love the fact that my photos are being used on social media. It helps us all continue to have that FAMU spirit and keep that eternal flame burning brightly,” Gaines said.

The Quad in the 1970s. Photo courtesy @Braggintime on Instagram

Jones’ good eye for photos is not all he has; he discusses his ideas in hopes to foster a bigger brand for himself.

“I’m hoping to launch a vintage FAMU paraphernalia clothing line, selling old reprinted FAMU gear from back in the day for the new generation. Also, I’d like to be able to build from this and start shooting skits and HBCU stories built to display FAMU history in an educational comedic light,” Jones said.

To learn more about this Instagram page, follow @braggintime to keep up with Jones’ latest post on FAMU history.