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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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 team captivated…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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  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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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