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Hampton Made: How Hampton University Helped a Young Man Succeed

How Hampton University Helped a Young Man Succeed

Growing up in Jamaica, New York, John T. Rose watched his mother work three jobs. She worked hard all seven days of the week. John’s primary goal became making his mother proud. As a tribute, he adopted her work ethic and built on the foundation that she and his father set for him.

While John always knew that he wanted to be an attorney, he did not know what this profession entailed or looked like because, just like the other children in his neighborhood, he did not have any legal role models in his community. Eventually, John’s childhood coach and mentor, Damien Bevelle, introduced him to the legal profession, the Divine 9, and the place that he would call home during his college career: Hampton University.

John’s athletic aptitude convinced Hampton to award him a football scholarship. He dominated on the field as a defensive back. Beyond sports, John held various leadership roles in the pre-law department and became a member of the Beta Chi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.  

John used his HBCU experience to build a solid platform that he would use to launch his legal career. Eventually, he became acquainted with several attorneys who mentored him and introduced him to entertainment and sports law. This naturally became John’s niche because he understood firsthand how important talent was and how far it could carry people in life.  

Today, John is a rising star in entertainment and sports law who, together with his partner Leron Rogers, has represented multiple high-profile clients including corporations, award-winning creatives, multi-platinum recording artists, music producers, and professional athletes. In 2020, John became one of the youngest attorneys ever to be named to both Billboard’s Top Music Lawyer list and Variety’s Legal Impact list. This year, John was named to the Variety list for the second year in a row and to the Billboard list for the third consecutive year. He thanks Hampton University for playing a significant role in influencing his dream to shift the cultural paradigm in entertainment and sports law.   

Though these are impressive accomplishments, the thing John is most proud of is that he is now the relatable role model that he did not have as a child.  Underserved neighborhoods still have few, if any, professionals for children to emulate. John works with young Black boys and girls who aspire to be attorneys and teaches them that the career options in the entertainment and sports industries extend beyond “athlete” or “artist.” He hopes that his guidance opens the youths’ eyes to new possibilities and different opportunities.  

John’s parents, aunts, uncles, mentors, and friends gave him a solid childhood foundation. Hampton helped him build on it. We can’t wait to see what John does next.

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