Blac Youngsta faces trial after 100 bullets fired at rap rival

Rapper Blac Youngsta is scheduled to stand trial on weapons charges early next month. The trial, scheduled for Feb. 6 in Mecklenburg County Criminal Superior Court (North Carolina), comes nearly two years after police said 100 bullets were fired in uptown Charlotte near the end of the 2017 CIAA men’s and women’s college basketball tournament. […]

CIAA 2018 championship basketball game highlights

The CIAA tournament took place this past week in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rolling out attended the men’s championship game Saturday night at the Spectrum Center. Students, alumni, tournament fans, celebrities, and more cheered on The Virginia Union University (VUU) Panthers and the Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) Golden Bulls. Ultimately, the game ended with a […]

Community, family and tradition central to CIAA support

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), comprised of 12 historically black colleges and universities, is home to one of the nation’s most popular basketball tournament weekends. Attracting over 200K people to the city during tournament week, the CIAA Tournament generates over $55M annually for the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. More importantly, tournament activities have […]

McDonald’s Greek step show ‘Throwdown’ at 2017 CIAA

[jwplatform zglYUFeT] The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Basketball Tournament, held in Charlotte, North Carolina, kicked off with intense tournament matchups and events for the entire family. The CIAA step show presented by McDonald’s is always a fan favorite. This year’s show was a Greek vs. Greek Throwdown featuring the Divine Nine step teams. Each step […]

Brian ‘B. Daht’ McLaughlin shares how the CIAA shaped his life’s experiences

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is a collegiate athletic conference that consists mostly of historically Black colleges and universities and also provides support to its students and student-athletes in the form of internships, jobs and scholarship opportunities through partners like Food Lion and Coca-Cola. Meet Brian McLaughlin, also known as B-Daht, a recipient of […]

Student Ashley George invests in self with life-changing scholarship from CIAA

Ashley Michelle George is a bright college student majoring in social work at Winston-Salem State University. She plans to graduate in 2018 with her bachelor’s degree, then go on to pursue both her master’s degree and Ph.D. in social work. She recently received a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) scholarship, powered by Food Lion and […]

Johnson C. Smith Univ. alumna Angela Beverly-Kibler supports CIAA

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) provides support to its students and student-athletes in the form of internships, jobs and scholarship opportunities through partners like Food Lion, a major grocery chain located in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. Meet Angela Beverly-Kibler, a 2003 Johnson C. Smith University alumna who currently serves as an employee relations […]

Nationwide Insurance hosts Women’s Empowerment Brunch at CIAA

The Nationwide Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Women’s Empowerment Brunch was held at the Charlotte Westin Hotel during tournament week. The brunch was an elegant and polished gathering of prestigious women and students involved in the CIAA Conference. Attendees ranged from CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams to CIAA conference school’s women basketball players. Attendees also included Nationwide representatives. Keynote […]

Brand watch: See how major brands engaged fans at CIAA 2016

The CIAA Basketball Tournament represents the third largest NCAA basketball tournament in the nation, reaching over 200K fans yearly, with an economic impact that exceeded $55 million in 2015. The mass of fans that participate, as well as the emphasis on education and HBCUs specifically, make it a treasure trove for brands looking to drive brand awareness […]

CIAA ‘Waves’ with French Montana

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament’s Fan Fest held at the Charlotte Convention Center during tournament week was filled with entertainment and activities for the whole family. Fan Fest offered free concerts, a host of vendors, and multiple step shows. The star-studded event featured meet and greets and photo ops withtoday’s hottest actors, artists and public figures. […]

McDonald’s engaging fans at CIAA Tournament

The 2016 CIAA Tournament weekend is officially underway and the energy in Charlotte, North Carolina, is building as thousands of visitors descend on the city for three days of basketball games, parties, fan activities and seminars. The Charlotte Convention Center is always a popular gathering ground to connect with brands, win prizes and meet celebrities. Rolling out checked […]

A day in the life of CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams

In 2012, Jacqie McWilliams anticipated her new position as the first appointed female commissioner of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Williams works closely with the board of directors and staff and provides leadership in strategic planning, day-to-day management and financial stability for the CIAA in an effort to produce a culture that supports the advancement of student-athletes […]

Tamika Newhouse says writers are the real rockstars

When you hear the word author, your brain doesn’t conjure up images of celebrity sightings, red carpets and hot parties, but Litish, a new artistic resource, wants to glitz and glam to that picture. Litish is adding The Literary Experience to the CIAA itinerary this year with a savvy author’s brunch and panel. The social will include a panel of successful women in business […]

Places to eat and play in Charlotte during CIAA

The CIAA tournament is a celebration of college players who have succeeded expectations on the court throughout the basketball season. The tournament, which is hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina, represents legacy and tradition. Tournament weekend brings a fun whirlwind of family focused events and after hour festivities to the Queen City. Whether you’re craving southern […]

Get to know Derek Ross, PR innovator who’s taking CIAA to next level

Derek Ross started working with the CIAA Tournament in 2006. He is the founder and CEO of the D2Group, a brand specialty firm managing and building the brands of artists, athletes and businesses. The firm currently serves as the lead PR and marketing agency for the CIAA Tournament that takes place annually in Charlotte, North Carolina. With the […]

Best barbershops to visit in Charlotte, the Queen City, during CIAA

The CIAA Tournament, which will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Time Warner Cable Arena, brings a plethora of exposure to the city year after year. Tournament fans will flood the Queen City attending basketball games, tournament events, and celebrity hosted parties. Rolling out had a chance to catch up with two of […]

Top salons and beauty bars to visit in Charlotte during CIAA

Let’s face it, looking fabulous for the CIAA Tournament is kind of a big deal. Rolling out caught up with some of the Queen City’s most popular hair salons and beauty bar owners that are ready to keep you looking flawless. With all of the tournament games and other festivities, you can scratch hair and beauty care […]

Demetria McKinney performs ‘100’ at CIAA Fan Fest

[jwplatform K5nKoRhO] “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Demetria McKinney performed “100” at CIAA Fan Fest in Charlotte, North Carolina. The crowd loved her and sang along to every line. Check out her live performance. Video by Joi Pearson Photography

Ginuwine performs live at CIAA

Ginuwine performed live at the Convention Center for CIAA Fan Fest in Charlotte, North Carolina. The ladies screamed as he took the stage wearing a red leather vest and matching belt, to perform hits like “In These Jeans,” “Pony” and a few Michael Jackson songs. In the middle of his set, Ginuwine brought out K-Ci […]