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Jennifer Drake is an Oakland, California-bred music mogul whose success is a testament to her diligence and focus. After graduating from Clark Atlanta University, her passion and skill for discovering artists grew, leading her to sign talent like Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar and mega-producer Mike WiLL Made-It. In 2016, she moved to Sony/ATV Music Publishing…

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Justin Hires is a multitalented performer, actor, producer and stand-up comedian. Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, he was always known for making others laugh. Hires received his bachelor’s degree in mass media arts from Clark Atlanta University before moving to Hollywood to begin performing stand-up comedy. After moving, Hires became an internet sensation amassing more…

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La’ Toya Princess Jackson, aka ElectrKPrincess, is a writer and producer of ballets, songs, and plays. She is a ballerina in training at Ballethnic Dance Company. As the founder of LaPrincess Entertainment Group, LLC she aspired to create original works that provide a positive representation of African Americans in arts and entertainment. Jackson obtained her…

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Marshall “DJ Mars” Thomas is one of the most respected deejays in the game. Hailing from Springfield, Massachusetts, Mars made a name for himself as a deejay when he moved to Atlanta to attend Clark Atlanta University. Over the years, he has worked with some of the hottest artists, from OutKast to Usher and many…

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Torrance T. Stephens is an infectious disease scientist by training who is now running for mayor in Palmetto, Georgia. The Memphis native is a graduate of Morehouse College, where he studied psychology, biology and chemistry. Stephens received a master’s degree in educational psychology and measurement from Atlanta University and a Ph.D. in counseling from Clark…

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DaBaby lit up the stage with his performance during Clark Atlanta University’s Homecoming 2019 concert. On Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, students started lining up around 5:30 p.m. behind the gate at the entrance to the historically Black university’s 5,000-seat Panther Stadium — two-and-a-half hours before the outdoor concert was scheduled to begin at 8 —…

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Students from Clark Atlanta University, Spelman, and Morehouse were celebrating the new school year when violence erupted. On the night of Aug. 20, hundreds of students gathered on James P. Brawley Drive in Atlanta, Georgia for a back-to-school block party. According to WXIA, police said that someone began shooting an automatic weapon around 10:38 p.m.…

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Entrepreneur Pinky Cole, a second-generation Jamaican-American, is the owner of Slutty Vegan. An alumnus of Clark Atlanta University, Cole has established herself not only as a successful businesswoman but also as a philanthropist committed to investing and building stronger communities in Atlanta. As a Black woman, what do you consider your superpower to be?  As…

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Atlanta is a bastion of Black intellectual capital cultivated in music, business and centers of higher education, including Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hailed from Atlanta and attended Morehouse, where he studied under African American intellectuals like Benjamin E. Mays and forged a relationship with a spiritual…

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