Single Mom Testament – When Taylor Hunter discovered she was pregnant as a high school junior, she almost gave up on education and quit school.  “I just knew my life was over. Some mornings I didn’t want to go to school or finish,” Hunter said.   But somehow, the single mother remained tenacious. Perseverance through teen […]

    *Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) was one of nine NCAA Division I schools awarded more than $4 million in grants to support academic programs that help student-athletes earn their degrees. FAMU was selected from among a competitive group of athletic departments to receive a multi-year Accelerating Academic Success Program Comprehensive Grant valued […]

*National Achievement Award Finalist, Bryan Anderson, will begin the pursuit of a degree in computer engineering at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). Not only did Anderson, a graduate of Deerfield Beach High School in Deerfield Beach, Fla., earn a full academic scholarship to FAMU, but he was also one of the top high school […]

FAMU grad and Fox Sports broadcaster Pam Oliver says her experience at an HBCU was a memorable one.  Although she might not be there if she’d listened to her father who warned her that the school was a “party school.” “I got there and it was some very nice parties,” she says. “I went to […]

  One man is awaiting sentencing in the hazing death of Florida A&M University band member Robert Champion. Former FAMU band player Dante Martin has been convicted of manslaughter and felony hazing in the case, the Associated Press reports. Pegged as a ringleader in the hazing that led to Michael’s tragic passing, Dante was formerly […]

Florida A & M University’s Marching 100 had played at a Super Bowl and before U.S. presidents. But one of the nation’s most-celebrated marching bands had a dark secret: members were occasionally beaten with mallets, fists and drumsticks in a hazing initiation known as “crossing” Bus C. The trial of four band members is scheduled […]

  Prosecutors are charging 12 former Florida A&M University band members with manslaughter in the 2011 hazing death of a drum major. Ten of the band members had been charged last May with felony hazing for the death of 26-year-old Robert Champion, but prosecutors said Monday they are raising the charges to manslaughter. They also […]

Florida A&M University is offering to pay $300,000 to the family of a drum major who died last year after he was beaten during a hazing ritual.The university made the offer this week following an unsuccessful mediation session between university attorneys and attorneys representing Robert Champion’s family. The family has sued the university. The amount […]

Florida A&M University’s insistence that it is not to blame for a drum major’s death during a hazing ritual shows school officials are not taking responsibility for the safety of students, the band member’s parents said Thursday. Pam and Robert Champion Sr. said at a news conference in Atlanta that they were disappointed by court […]

Florida A&M University is lining up recording artists to perform at halftime during football games this fall to replace the school’s suspended band. The university on Monday announced the performer known as “Future” will be the star attraction when the Rattlers open their home schedule by hosting Hampton University on Sept. 15. The Marching 100 […]

The president of Florida A&M University submitted his resignation Wednesday, the same day the university was sued by parents of a drum major who died during a hazing. It was unclear if the two events were related. James Ammons announced the resignation, which takes effect Oct. 11, in a letter to the chairman of the […]

Four students were dismissed from a Florida university in connection with the death of a drum major last month in what officials have called a hazing-related incident, a spokeswoman for the school told CNN. Authorities have not specified what caused 26-year-old Robert Champion’s death after a performance earlier this month with the Marching 100 band […]