Friday, ESPN’s First Take might be dwell from Florida A&M for the university’s homecoming weekend, marking its first roadshow since Jan. 2020.
Stephen A. Smith and Molly Qerim Rose might be joined by Hollywood filmmaker Will Packer – and a full star-studded, digital and in-person superstar visitor lineup – as the varsity dedicates the Will Packer Amphitheater, the place the present will happen.
The dedication of the crew behind the scenes is on full show with each episode of First Take. Nonetheless, it means just a bit bit extra when it’s a distant occasion at your alma mater. Entrance Row talked with Florida A&M alum (Class of ’97) – who graduated with a bachelor’s diploma in broadcast journalism – and present ESPN senior expertise producer Kareem White about what it means to be again on campus with First Take.
What’s your function on First Take?
I primarily work on the NBA however was assigned to First Take for this distant. I’m liable for reserving all of the friends (athletes, celebrities, and influencers) for the present that may make for good tv.
How did this star-studded visitor lineup come collectively?
For the previous couple of months, I’ve been brainstorming with the First Take producers and senior coordinating producer Antoine Lewis about which friends would make the perfect present potential. I’ve additionally been working with Will Packer’s reps, together with a number of publicists and brokers, to make it occur. Teamwork made the dream work on this venture.
What does First Take’s continued dedication to celebrating and highlighting HBCUs imply to you?
I feel it’s unimaginable. It makes my coronary heart smile. For [ESPN SVP, NBA, and Studio Production] David Roberts, Antoine Lewis, and Stephen A. Smith to have the foresight to highlight HBCUs shows their dedication to range. It additionally concurrently offers a window to the sports activities and media world to showcase how the HBCU expertise is superb and like no different.
What’s going to it’s like heading again to campus for this present?
This might be a full-circle second to return to my alma mater’s homecoming for work. I used to be particularly obsessed with engaged on this task given the truth that it’s marrying my profession and my college life collectively. For those who’ve ever talked to any HBCU alum, they are going to let you know how a lot homecoming means to them.
What are you most trying ahead to seeing?
I’m trying ahead to seeing the folks, having fun with the occasions surrounding homecoming, and being again in my outdated stomping grounds. FAMU’s homecoming is all the time a particular time, and it’s like a household reunion. After all, I’m biased, however I do really consider that FAMU has the perfect homecoming.
What’s your favourite FAMU reminiscence?
I’ve two. My freshman 12 months, I received an opportunity to attend a live performance for a younger up-and-coming rap group named OutKast on campus (and made me a lifelong fan). My senior 12 months, FAMU was named the first-ever Time/Princeton Evaluation Faculty of the 12 months.
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