Co-written by Danny Bakewell Jr., Executive Editor
E. Mesiyah McGinnis, Staff Writer
“Ain’t no party like a USC BAA Party”. This was evident as hundreds of USC Black Alumni came out to celebrate, support and visit with old and new friends at the annual USC Black Alumni Association Homecoming Celebration, on Saturday, November 4, on the USC campus. Alumni, family and friends shared in festive music, dancing, networking and cuisine, provided by Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen. There was a special step performance by Kappa Alpha Psi Inc. and Montell Jordon, who sang his iconic West Coast hit classic song of the 90’s, “This Is How We Do it”. Jordan rocked the South Central themed song that brought the community together in pride, dignity, and the party. And party they did, the USC’s Black Alumni were back on the yard by the hundred’s. Even famed USC Alum and film director, John Singleton, used the opportunity to archive the moments.
“This is one of our biggest events of the year. A chance for classmates and friends to visit and reminisce and provide support to the newest members of our Trojan Family” said Dr. Michelle Turner, Executive Director of the USC Black Alumni Association.
The USC BAA provides scholarships, mentoring and support to Black Students both enrolled at USC and graduates, as they transition from the university into the working world or those seeking to advance their education. The Trojan Black alumni represent just about all aspects business.
“Our Homecoming Weekend was fun and successful. We always enjoy having our alumni come back to reconnect, network and overall have a good time. The most important part is that all the money raised from our Homecoming events will go towards scholarships for our students. Exposure is key, and with the help of our alumni and donors, we are able to provide a myriad of opportunities for our students, said Tensie Taylor, Assistant Director, USC Black Alumni Association.
The USC Black Alumni Association is celebrating 40 years of the Center for Black students and Cultural Affairs. For more information on the organization, visit www.usc/baa
\Montell Jordan rocks the USC Black Alumni crowd with his ’90’s tribute to Socal, “This Is How We Do It”, at Homecoming weekend, on USC’s campus. (photo E. Mesiyah McGinnis)