TSU Alum Melorra Green Named New Curator of SOSMARTS

SOMArts is pleased to announce a new addition to our staff, Melorra Green, Curator for Inquiry and Impact. Melorra is a curator whose bold vision is deeply rooted in experience building community, supporting risk, and inspiring social change and cultural learning through art. She will help SOMArts develop, produce, and present new work in the visual, performing, literary, and interdisciplinary arts, and serve Bay Area citizens through curatorial residencies, productions, education and incubation.

Melorra Green, M.A.Edm is a curator, artist, radio show host, and community activist. She is a native of Memphis, TN and has called San Francisco home for 14 years. A graduate of Tennessee State University in Nashville, the Academy of Art University where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Motion Pictures & Television, and the University of Phoenix where she received a Masters of Arts in Education. .

If you would like to welcome or connect with Melorra, she can be reached at melorra@somarts.org.

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FAMU Rejected TSU Offers For Band Travel

As the back the forth continues between FAMU and TSU, we learn more about previous deals that were rejected. 

“We extended two offers to you to assist with FAMU band travel. These were: (1) TSU would pay the $60,000 cost for the FAMU band to travel to TSU this year, and FAMU would, in return, pay the same amount for the TSU band to travel to FAMU next year; or (2) TSU would extend a loan to FAMU in the amount of $30,000 to be paid back over the course of the 2014-2015 academic year.

“You declined both offers. Instead, you made an absolutely one-sided offer and stated that FAMU could not afford to come to TSU, and that TSU had to pay all expenses for FAMU to travel to Nashville this year. You further stated that even if TSU paid the expenses this year, FAMU could not reciprocate and pay for TSU to travel to Tallahassee next year.”

Next year’s game will be the last in a four-game contract between the two programs, whose longtime rivalry began in 1944.

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George Barrett, Geier Consent Decree Attorney Passes



George Barrett grew up in east Nashville and was a member of Vanderbilt's legendary law class of 1957 that produced some of the city's greatest legal achievers.

Photo Credit from Channel 4 News

George Barrett, a longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer known for handling a case that ultimately desegregated the state’s public colleges and universities, has died. He was 86.

Barrett died Tuesday at a hospital, several partners of his Nashville-based law firm told The Associated Press.

In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Barrett also represented corporate whistleblowers, fought for labor rights and tackled securities fraud, his partners said.

He is perhaps best known as the attorney who filed a lawsuit in 1968 for then-Tennessee State University instructor Rita Geier, who accused the state of operating a dual system of higher education for minorities.

Geier, then 23, filed the lawsuit over the University of Tennessee’s plans to develop a Nashville campus. She feared it would become a predominantly white school and that historically black Tennessee State would suffer. The case dragged on for 38 years, and the state ultimately agreed to provide millions of dollars to diversify public colleges and universities.


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Pay For The FAMU 100 Marching Band?


One of the best HBCU rivalries just hit a bump in the road. FAMU is requesting that TSU helps offset some of their band’s costs. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, President Magnum “vehemently told the 220 Quarterback Club that she wants a share of the revenues from the game for the band to show up. She said she’s unsuccessfully tried for about three weeks to negotiate her demand, estimating that TSU will make about $80,000 from the game.”





Getting to know Edward Waters College Football

Yes, We are playing Edward Waters College for The John Merritt Classic. Here is a little bit about them.

They are based in Jacksonville, Florida and have roughly 900 students. EWC recently restarted their football program in 2001 and joined the NAIA. EWC just joined the Sun Conference this year and are picked to finish 4th.


The Coach: Alvin Wyatt creator of the Wyatt Bone and very flashy sideline attire.

Coach Wyatt claim to fame was resurrecting the Bethune Cookman Wildcats football program. He coached there from 1997- 2009 with his terrorizing offensive scheme. The Wyatt Bone offense is pretty much run left, run right, run up the middle, and press repeat all day long.

He took over the Edward Waters program in December 2013.

The Team

EWC just recently beat down University of Faith in convincing fashion. 65 to 10.

One of their key players is RB Ray Dukes who was named a Preseason NAIA All American.

Here is the rest of their roster.

According to this, their line is pretty much the same size as ours. They have two offensive lineman that are 6″6′ and weigh above 315 and they also have 3 massive defensive lineman that weigh over 300 lbs.