“We’ve host this event annually,” said NABJ President Catelyn Blackman. “Every Black History Month we try to do an Apollo Night. We’re raising money for the local Boys and Girls Club so all of our proceeds, everything that we make, goes back to the Boys and Girls Club.”
TROY’s NABJ featured special performances including a modeling presentation and singing. One contestant told TrojanVision she discovered her talent during a family tragedy.
“When I was seven years old my cousin actually passed away in a motorcycle accident,” said contestant Shaquoria Marsh. “I begged my mom to let me sing at the funeral. I didn’t know if I could sing for her. I just wanted to do something and then after that it kind of just took off from there.”
Participant Denstin Benai described his desire to inspire confidence in people around him.
“Anyone that’s watching this, continue to strive, be great, give God all the praise and remember Go Trojans.”
According to its website, the NABJ aims to strengthen ties among Black journalists, student journalists, journalism educators and media professionals. You can read more about the NABJ as a whole by visiting its website.