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Because HBCUs is where it’s at, and that’s a FACT!

By Kyle On the Mic

Bowie State University

Bowie State Student with Mascot

Homecoming is that time of year when you put everything aside, reminisce, and fellowship at Your Home Away From Home…Your HBCU! I had the pleasure to be #PoweredByPurpose with The Home Depot Retool Your School and capture my homecoming experience at my home, Bowie State University & with dope students/ alumni at Clark Atlanta University. I loved being back at my HBCU, Bowie State University to capture my experience with Greek Life, as a Proud member of the Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. It was a warm feeling being back on the yard with the new Neos who keep the legacy going & grilling with older brothers whose shoulders we stand on. I also got to showcase the homecoming energy of the Bowie SOS band, yelling chants with Golden Girl Cheerleaders, & Goldie and Butch Mascots. We all know there is no homecoming without the band & the Bowie Bold Family collectively shouting, “Aye Aye Aye Ayeee Bowieeee” across campus & at the Football game. And speaking of football I captured & highlighted the beautiful BullDog Stadium with Coach Kyle Jackson (Head Football Coach) & a few players as they prepared for the Big Game. But besides capturing Bowie’s homecoming experience, I also got to spotlight “Bowie Fashion ”. I had Bowie Modeling teams (Models Inc & Kush Models) & a few students explain their Bowie Fashion as they walk the campus with Boldness & Style! While doing that, I got to wear some dope Bowie gear from 2 fashion HBCU entrepreneurs @desirebysaint & @_jrenee.designs_ .

Next, I traveled down to Clark Atlanta University to speak with prideful alumni & students on the importance of alum giving & coming back to support their HBCUs. Also, giving us words that describe the homecoming experience at their University. It was beautiful to speak and hear from a diverse number of generations of people who call Clark Atlanta their HOME! I mean from the words of wisdom, touch down reactions of the fans, & chants I got to feel that, “C C C C, A A A A, U U U U,” CAU ENERGY!! I am blessed to have experienced  an HBCU & create some memorable content for this Home Depot Retool Your School campaign! Since 2009, the Retool Your School Program has provided over $9.2 million in campus improvement grants across nearly 70% of HBCUs to allow schools to make sustainable improvements to their campuses.

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