Students forget the lyrics

Students sung and rapped their way through “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” last night for three money prizes.

The event was sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

“Participants had to actually sing or rap the songs given and know the lyrics to win the grand prize,” NABJ President Patrice Holmes said.

The competition was based on the popular TV game show that airs on FOX on Thursday nights. The NABJ encouraged organizations to sign up as a team. Other participants could enter as an individual. There was no fee to enter the competition.

An organization that participated was the Millennium M.O.D.E.L.S., which stands for Making Optimum Differences in Everyone’s Lives. Other participants were volunteers from the audience.

“We just wanted to bring something fun and new to SHSU,” Holmes said. “There have been auctions, open forums and dating games, but never has an organization tested Sam Houston’s knowledge of music in this unique way.”

Some of the songs during the competition included the music of Beyonce and Britney Spears. The genres of music during the competition included R&B, hip-hop, pop and soul music.

The NABJ rewarded the winners with $40 for first place, $25 for second and $10 for third. The awards went respectively to Jamesha Fry and Natarra Allen of Millennium M.O.D.E.L.S., and Jasmond Hatch.

“Since we are doing this with organizations, we wanted to reward groups for their hard work,” Holmes said.

The NABJ is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.

The organization will host more educational and fun events during the spring semester. For more information about the NABJ or upcoming events, visit their website at or contact Patrice Holmes at

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