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Malik Yoba calls LC graduation best experience

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Pledges to partner with college on Yoba Development real estate degree program  SALISBURY, NC – In the words of actor Malik Yoba, Livingstone College’s graduation was the best he has ever experience, and the most memorable for retiring President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “Livingstone College, I’ve never seen a graduation like this anywhere and I’ve spoken at hundreds of them … This is the ‘littest’ graduation I’ve ever been to in my life. I ain’t lying,” the Hollywood veteran said, referring to his emotional and spiritual responses throughout the program. Malik received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the historic black college in Salisbury after an emotional, tear-jerking program. Graduating senior and SGA President Justin Wade, who was also co-valedictorian, set the stage with a soul-stirring, praise-worthy sermonette. In preacher-style, Wade, on behalf of the graduates, thanked “the haters,” who will cause you to look at yourself in the mirror and affirm, “I am that smart, I am that fine, I am that gifted … thank you for every screenshot, thank you for every lie, thank you for every rumor.” Wade also thanked his help, those brothers and sisters who wouldn’t allow him to stay stuck in a negative place; his home, naming his mother, father, relatives and ascended ancestors; and his heavenly father. Click link to hear his entire speech on Livingstone’s official campus radio station YouTube page, WLJZ 107.1: Livingstone College’s Justin Wade graduation speech Moved by Wade and a spiritual song titled “Grateful,” sang by …

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Graduation relocated to Varick due to weather threats

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UPDATED: The 140th Conferral of Degrees will be held at 9 a.m.  on Saturday, May 14, 2022, inside Varick Auditorium instead of the front lawn due to the threat of inclement weather. Graduates will each receive 10 tickets: five premium admission tickets for inside Varick and five general admission tickets for New Trent Gym, where the audience can view the ceremony on a jumbotron Masks are required inside the venue throughout the duration of the program and must be worn properly, covering the nose and mouth.   SALISBURY – The Livingstone College graduating class of 2022 will have a New York detective, astronaut and Jamaican sprinter – all in one speaker. These are among the roles played by actor, writer, director, activist and serial entrepreneur Malik Yoba, who will deliver the commencement address at Livingstone College at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Due to the threat of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside Varick Auditorium. Malik is a Hollywood veteran with more than three decades of commitment to the arts. He has amassed over 50 film credits and more than a dozen lead roles in network/cable TV series. His debut in the Disney classic “Cool Runnings” and his performances as New York police detective J.C. Williams in the groundbreaking police drama, “New York Undercover,” catapulted Malik into the fabric of American culture. Malik, alongside Michael DeLorenzo, made TV history in “New York Undercover” as it was the first police drama on American TV to feature two …

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Actor Malik Yoba to address graduates

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The Livingstone College graduating class of 2022 will have a New York detective, astronaut and Jamaican sprinter – all in one speaker. These are among the roles played by actor, writer, director, activist and serial entrepreneur Malik Yoba, who will deliver the commencement address at Livingstone College at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022. The ceremonies will be held for the first time on the college’s historic front lawn. Malik is a Hollywood veteran with more than three decades of commitment to the arts. He has amassed over 50 film credits and more than a dozen lead roles in network/cable TV series. His debut in the Disney classic “Cool Runnings” and his performances as New York police detective J.C. Williams in the groundbreaking police drama, “New York Undercover,” catapulted Malik into the fabric of American culture. Malik, alongside Michael DeLorenzo, made TV history in “New York Undercover” as it was the first police drama on American TV to feature two people of color in the starring roles. Malik won three consecutive NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for that part. He went on to star in films such as “Copland,” “The Good Nurse,” “Soul Food,” “Ride,” and Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married” and “Why Did I Get Married Too.” His TV credits include “Blue Bloods,” “The Good Wife,” “Law and Order,” “Empire,” “Designated Survivor,” “The Last O.G.” and “God Friended Me.” Yet among all of his acting success, Malik considers himself a community …

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HBCU Night with Cannon Ballers Saturday

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President to throw out ceremonial first pitch  SALISBURY – It’s HBCU Night with the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers this weekend. Join Livingstone College and other HBCUs at the Atrium Health Ball Park, located at 210 Oak Avenue, Kannapolis, on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The Kannapolis Cannon Ballers, a minor league baseball team based in Kannapolis, will take on Fredericksburg with post game fireworks. Livingstone College’s Blue Thunder Marching Band will perform pre-game and play the National Anthem. The college’s admissions team will be on hand ready to admit students to college on the spot. Livingstone’s Divine 9 will participate as well. Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at about 6:15 p.m. The first 100 fans wearing any HBCU gear or swag will receive a free, gift bag. High school students who bring their transcripts will receive free admission into the game. HBCU Night is a part of the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers’ community-focused nights’ series for the 2022 season. The night will highlight the impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. High school students will also have the opportunity to meet with admissions representatives from Johnson C. Smith University and Winston-Salem State University. “We are leveraging America’s favorite pastime – baseball – to promote diversity in Rowan County and the region,” said Dr. Anthony J. Davis, Livingstone College’s senior vice president and chief operating officer. A limited amount of complimentary tickets is available to faculty, staff and students. Faculty and staff may pick up tickets …

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Golf team wins it all

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SALISBURY – The Livingstone College Golf Team cinched the CIAA 2022 Golf Championship over the weekend, culminating a stellar season that has the ingredients of a made-for-TV movie. The Blue Bears maintained their position atop the leaderboard at Chicora Golf Club in Dunn, finishing the two-round championship tournament with a team score of 582 (+14) to capture its first title since 2018. Livingstone finished 19 strokes ahead of second place Virginia Union, who finished a score of 601 (+33). Fayetteville State finished third with a team score of 609 (+41). Joel Basalaine of Livingstone College finished atop the individual leaderboard at 141 (-1) to claim the low medalist award. Basalaine shot a 71 (E) in round two and needed a playoff hole to overtake his teammate and roommate Xavier Proctor, who came into the day as the individual leader. Basalaine and Proctor were named to the All-Tournament team for their efforts. Proctor of Livingstone College was also named 2022 CIAA Player of the Year. Following the championship event, the 2022 All-CIAA Golf team, which featured the top five players from both the CIAA Northern and Southern Division based on average scores during regular season CIAA events, was also recognized. Those selections included Xavier Proctor (Livingstone), Ronald Otile (Livingstone), Emmanuel Jakisa (Livingstone), Joel Basalaine (Livingstone) and Brandon Jones (Fayetteville State) from the Southern Division. Livingstone College Head Coach Andre Springs was named 2022 CIAA Coach of the Year after leading the Blue Bears to four first-place finishes in CIAA Southern Division …

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Waffle House to hold seminar on campus

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Throughout the month of April, Waffle House Inc. is hosting a series of business leadership and branding seminars with students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in North Carolina. Headlining the seminars’ panel discussions will be Waffle House’s vice president of public relations and area senior operations leaders, Njeri Boss. Livingstone College will host the Waffle House seminar and panel discussion on Saturday, April 23, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Little Tubman Theater located on campus. Of the college tours, Livingstone is the only stop that will include Waffle House’s CEO Walt Ehmer as special guest. Waffle House Inc., headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, is sponsoring the sessions with North Carolina-based HBCU Matters and Black Business Ink magazines. “Over the years, Waffle House has developed ongoing relationships with several HBCUs in North Carolina. These seminars will provide an opportunity to establish an even deeper connection with the students, while providing them essential knowledge and information they’ll need on entering the workforce,” Boss said. “We are excited to partner with HBCU Matters and Black Business Ink magazines for this opportunity to discuss professional development topics such as business leadership with HBCU students in North Carolina, where Waffle House employs several HBCU graduates in its management ranks.” “We are extremely excited about executives from Waffle House visiting our campus to share professional, sage career advice with our students. This opportunity offers a personal connection with corporate executives to better prepare our students to enter the workplace poised and ready to perform,” said …

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Golf team ranks No 1 in nation among HBCUs

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As Livingstone College’s golf team competes for the CIAA Championship title this week, it is already a winner in one regard. Livingstone’s golf team ranks as the No. 1 HBCU golf team in the nation among NCAA Division II teams. “We’ve never been ranked this high,” said Livingstone Golf Coach Andre Springs. “This is the best team I’ve ever had – pound for pound. All of them are good and they are real close. They compete against each other.” Earlier this month, the Blue Bears won the 2022 CIAA Southern Division Golf Championship. The Blue Bears finished 23 strokes over par as a team during the two-round event to finish 38 strokes ahead of second place Fayetteville State. The tourney was held at Anderson Creek Country Club in Spring Lake. Livingstone’s Jakisa Emmanuel nailed an eagle on the 18th hole to claim the individual medal to finish two over par (146). Emmanuel’s shot broke a tie with second-place finisher Zack Martin of Fayetteville State (+2, 146). Emmanuel and Martin narrowly edged out Xavier Proctor of Livingstone, who finished in third place at three over par (147). Fayetteville State’s Brandon Jones (152, +8) and Livingstone’s Ronald Otile (154, +10) round out the top five finishers at the event. The Blue Bear Golf Team have demonstrated a consistent winning spree in the conference, having won all four CIAA tournaments in which they participated. In addition, they participated in two out-of-conference events – Barton Intercollegiate and The Trojan Invitational – where they displayed phenomenal performances by finishing 5 of …

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National leaders converging at Livingstone to discuss criminal justice reform

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Livingstone will host some of the leading voices of criminal justice reform on Wednesday during a town hall meeting in partnership with the national group, Reform Alliance. The meeting, titled “Criminal Justice Reform: A Critical Conversation,” will begin at 3 p.m. at Varick Auditorium and is open to the public. The panelists will include Robert Rooks, CEO of Reform Alliance; Daryl Atkinson, co-director and co-founder of Forward Justice; Stephen Bishop, associate director for probation and system transformation with the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Bishop W. Darin Moore, Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District, AME Zion Church; and Livingstone SGA President Justin Wade. Karen Boykin-Towns, vice chair of the NAACP National Board of Directors, will bring greetings. Reform Alliance is launching its partnerships with HBCUs at Livingstone College. The nonprofit organization was founded by recording artist Meek Mill alongside Michael Rubin, a co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers; Grammy award-winner Jay Z; and Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, among other world-class philanthropists. The organization’s start began with what it calls the unjust re-imprisonment of Meek and the shocking two-to-four year sentence he received for popping a wheelie that spurred the international #FreeMeek movement. Meek served five months before being released. Though he had the resources and public platform to fight his case, he decided to use his power to help the millions more who are trapped by the system. Reform’s mission is to transform probation and parole by changing laws, systems and culture to create real pathways to work and wellbeing. In …

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Panelists bios for Criminal Justice Reform Town Hall

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Criminal Justice Reform: A Critical Conversation Town Hall Meeting | 3:00 p.m., March 23, 2022 Panelists Robert Rooks Robert Rooks is one of the nation’s premier criminal justice reformers with more than two decades of experience as a grassroots organizer, strategist and movement leader. He is an expert in building and scaling social justice organizations and has been instrumental in winning groundbreaking criminal justice reforms across the country. Under his leadership, REFORM is promoting smart reforms that reduce unnecessary supervision and create pathways to work and wellbeing. REFORM has won major legislative reforms to transform probation and parole systems in states as diverse as California, Georgia and Mississippi and lifted up the experiences of people on supervision to educate the public and build support for broader change. Prior to REFORM, he co-founded and served as the CEO of Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), the largest state-by-state public safety reform organization in the nation; and served as Criminal Justice Director for the NAACP, where he launched the “Misplaced Priorities – Educate Not Incarcerate” campaign, partnering conservatives and liberals to reduce state prison populations. In 2019, he was recognized for his pioneering work with a Champion of Justice Award by the Bipartisan Justice Center. Louis Reed Louis L. Reed is the Sr. Director of Membership and Partnerships for the REFORM Alliance. He brings to the REFORM Alliance years of experience in government, criminal justice expertise, policy advocacy, public health, and personal impact, serving nearly 14 years in federal prison and several …

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Meek Mill’s Reform coming to the Stone

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National NAACP, criminal justice reform leaders to participate The nation’s prisons are filled with people who violated probation or parole by visiting a loved one, attending a family barbecue or for picking up their children from daycare. For recording artist Meek Mill, it was popping a wheelie that caused a judge to sentence him to up to four years in prison, sparking the popular #FreeMeek movement and docuseries on Amazon Prime by the same name. Mill, who served five months before being released, has decided to use his power to take action for the millions more who are incarcerated for technical probation violations. He, along with Michael Rubin, a co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, Grammy award-winner Jay Z and Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, among other world-class philanthropists, founded Reform Alliance, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform probation and parole by changing laws and systems. The group will hold a Criminal Justice Reform Day on the campus of Livingstone College on March 23, signaling the launch of its partnerships with historically black colleges and universities across the country. The all-day event will include breakfast with key stakeholders; lunch on the lawn with students, featuring recording artist 2KBaby; and a town hall meeting open to the public. During lunch on the lawn, members of Reform Alliance and 2KBaby will interact with students and bring their attention to Reform’s efforts. Rooks; Louis Reed, senior director of membership and partnerships; Britton Smith, senior organizing strategist; and 2KBaby will …