Ex-FAMU band member sentenced in Robert Champion hazing death

One of the former Florida A&M University band members who beat Robert Champion in the infamous hazing homicide was sentenced on Friday to a year in jail. Jessie Baskin became the first FAMU student to be sentenced to jail time for his role in the hazing death of the drum major when he was ordered to […]

Brandi Mitchell’s ‘Point and Drive’ marches to beat of life

Anyone who has attended an HBCU is familiar with their school’s band and the hard work put in for each and every football game, and sometimes basketball game. Leading the pack is Florida A&M’s legendary Marching 100 Marching Band. Florida A&M alumna Brandi Mitchell’s new documentary takes the viewer on an intimate journey inside the […]

12 FAMU band members charged with murder

Twelve former band members now face charges of manslaughter in the 2011 death of drum major Robert Champion. State Attorney Jeff Ashton also filed charges against two more band members. The new charges were announced at a hearing Monday. Last spring, 10 band members were charged with third-degree felony hazing. If convicted, each will result in […]

FAMU Marching Band Suspended Another Year

The fate of the FAMU “Marching 100” has finally been decided. According to The Associated Press, FAMU’s famed marching band is being suspended until2013. The announcement was made Monday by the school’s president, James Ammons, at a meeting of the university’s board of trustees. During the meeting Ammons said that he wanted to ensure a […]

FAMU Band Director Steps Down, Pressure Mounting to Keep Band Suspended

The fate of the FAMU Marching 100 is in question now that their famed band director has stepped down. On Thursday, 71-year-old  Julian White announced through his attorneys that he has decided to retire and spend more time with his family. White, the longtime leader of the embattled band, was briefly suspended from his position […]