As the green and orange flags line up across campus, behind the tallest of seven
hills in the spirit of October, must mean only one thing: Homecoming.
The anticipation of homecoming week and the festivities it brings is like no other.
The FAMU Student Government Association allocates a significant portion of its annual budget
budget to organize venues, book special guests, hire a variety of companies and
announcing this event on many platforms.
SGA officers and committee members strive year after year to prepare a
homecoming as grand as the last one for everyone in attendance, which is no easy task. the
the weight of this annual event rests on their shoulders.
Celebrity appearances during homecoming week are just as important, if not more so.
than the real facts. From the guest comedian(s) on Wednesday’s comedy show
night to call guest speaker for Friday morning, FAMU Twitter, gossip blogs
and Rattlers near and far are eager each year for the release of the names of these
The annual homecoming concert is a delight for students, alumni and fans of the
selected artists performing that year. For the concert Homecoming 2022, FAMU
released the list of performers, which includes The City Girls, Latto,
Seddy Hendrix and Eli Derby.
FAMU initially hoped to feature The City Girls, Latto, and Lil Poppa; however, Lil
Poppa has been removed from the Homecoming concert schedule for reasons
Kiarra Webb, a senior in African American studies from Broward County, says
is pleased with the schedule for the homecoming concert and is especially looking forward to
a particular artist.
“I’m excited to see Seddy Hendrix. I wouldn’t say he’s a local artist, but he definitely is.
underrated. If you’re from Jacksonville, you probably know who he is,” Webb said.
While some students are happy with the concert performers, others are less than happy.
excited and have expressed their complaints through social networks.
“They should have hired all the FAMU artists,” said Twitter user @osamabingritty.
Other Rattlers lack strong feelings about the specific selection of artists, but are more
interested in why a wider variety of artists don’t cycle from year to year.
Reggie Willis, a music industry senior, believes there are many more options for
artists to choose from.
“As a musician, I wish they would pick some artists who sing R&B and pop. Ari
Lennox, Jhene Aiko would be great. And I’m not mad at all, I’m just saying,
there are more out there; there are more to choose from,” said Willis.
While students can vocalize their opinions about how they think going home
must be planned, obstacles unseen by the public eye stand in the way of
whipping the hottest artists up the charts in the blink of an eye.
SGA VP Makira Burns says she wishes more people understood
that this year’s homecoming planning committee didn’t have many options due to
“FAMU usually spends $100,000 on the concert alone. Due to the effects of the pandemic,
FAMU reduced our budget and we were left with $100,000 for the entire
welcome budget,” Burns said.
She said the committee was deliberating about cutting the concert for the week.
schedule in total. Zachary Bell, president of the SGA, said they were advocates of
concert and I didn’t let that happen.
Elections for SGA President and Vice President are not held until March, which is
about four months before homecoming planning begins. Many artists have their
concert schedule already solidified before the election results are announced, so
entertainment options are much more challenging.
“People say we never see any R&B artists, but those people will be on tour when the time comes.
it’s time to prepare to go home,” Burns said.
There are many additional events and incentives created exclusively for
homecoming that set it apart from your average football weekend at FAMU. From the
Marching 100 performing for a packed Divine Nine Bragg Memorial Stadium
sororities and fraternities doing whatever it takes for the trophy and bragging rights of
step shows victory; a successful homecoming does not depend solely on the outside
cheerleaders Fortunately, FAMU is an HBCU that has a soccer team that is the glue for the
the whole week.
Universities without a football team, such as Xavier University in New Orleans, have more
weighing in on the lineup for their homecoming concert considering they don’t have a soccer ball
Scott Lipscomb, a mass communications senior, says he doesn’t have a football team
it really challenges them to create a unique homecoming experience.
“We depend on guests to get people excited throughout the week. Our return home is powered by
our concert and boat ride and tailgate. My first year we had Rico Nasty who, in the
time, it wasn’t that big in the south, which had mixed reviews. Last year, Flo Milli, was
popular with the student body had more excitement during the week,” Lipscomb said.
Personal preferences and opinions of the viewers are expected, however,
particular artist performing at a singular event make or break an entire week full of