A Football Fan’s Guide To A HBCU HomecomingBull City, Et cetera, Football — By Joe Simmons on October 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm
A few years ago, I paid tribute to the HBCU homecoming, but I don’t think I gave it its proper due. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s fall and it’s football season for all professional, college and high school teams in the United States. That means one thing to me, personally, as a person who attended a HBCU: it’s homecoming time.
Sure, many colleges have homecomings; however, an HBCU homecoming can be a little bit different than most. That is not to say that predominantly white colleges don’t know how to throw a good homecoming, but for the HBCU, homecoming is like a family reunion weekend. The memories that I personally have from attending a HBCU cannot be matched. Let me explain in detail below.
The HBCU homecoming week starts with a bang and finishes with a KABOOM. Yeah, it’s all about your team, but the week itself is second-to-none.
The week starts with the Coronation Reception. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s the celebration of the King and Queen of the homecoming weekend. This usually takes place on the Sunday before homecoming begins. It’s usually semi-formal giving the men and women of the school a chance to dress up and show off those hot bodies in their after 5 wear.
Then that Monday, you have to do something to get your mind right before going into a week of sin and sex. That means one thing and one thing only…
…you got it, the Gospel Concert.
Your campus will usually invite big names like Kirk Franklin, Levert, or Mary Mary in to perform and to help spiritually cleanse yourself for the week. They usually get people out there to attend and they usually help cleanse the soul before the major festivities begin. Believe me when I tell you that you will need you soul cleansed. I don’t care who you are; there is going to be temptation all around you the entire weekend.
Tuesday is when things start to head in the direction of hope. The Homecoming Fashion Show starts, and that’s when you start to notice women and men on campus that you haven’t really seen in the light of day. The women appear more beautiful than ever and that quiet shy sister in your class takes on a sassy new strut that makes you want to take her to your room and introduce her to Jim Stone. You may not know who Jim Stone is, but believe me if you ever meet him, you will never forget. The fashion show is all about the look and the confidence. Several women may possess the ability to work it in the cafeteria, but very few can work it on the runway.
Wednesday, things start to get a little wilder as you start to see the freshman football team players with shaved heads, so the old heads will know who they are when they come to visit. Later that night, you get a pure comedy show that will have you laughing into the wee hours of the morning. It’s usually it’s the likes of Earthquake, Kevin Hart, or Cedric The Entertainer.
Thursday is when it all gets serious. There is nothing like the anticipation as schools get on social media and start their trash-talking. It’s Homecoming Week, so anything goes. The shenanigans start to take place, which means alumni vs. current student body in softball, basketball, and flag football. It gets serious as the old school playa has his or her family in attendance, and they don’t want to look bad in front of the children. These games usually end with a lesson being taught to the current students as the alumni almost always win.