#GRAMbitionEXCLUSIVE ALL ABOARD! AMTRAK MAKING ITS WAY TO GRAMBLING??

Would you like to travel across the country from right out of Grambling and not have to drive? Well that dream could be a reality real soon. Grambition was on hand for an exclusive meeting with Jim Mathews, the President of the National Association of Railroad Passengers, Christina Anderson(I-20 Corridor Project), Grambling Mayor Edward Jones and the Grambling City Council to discuss bringing Amtrak to Grambling.  This would be a major move for the City of Grambling as well as Amtrak. The proposed plan is to connect the Texas Eagle from Longview, Texas to Jackson, Mississippi along Interstate 20. This has been a 20-plus year project starting with the late Pinkie C. Wilkerson, continuing with former Senator and now Grambling State University President Rick Gallot and will continue with Councilwoman G. Denise Dupree who coordinated yesterday’s visit. This is the 2nd visit to Grambling for Amtrak coordinators, the first being last year’s homecoming football game. This project has been supported by Governor John Bel Edwards whom Mrs. Anderson met last year at homecoming and the Mayors along I-20 including the Mayor of Shreveport and Grambling Alumnus Ollie Tyler. It would be really nice to be able to travel to Chicago, Atlanta, New York and so on for football and many other adventures, business trips and so on and not have to drive at all. It would also be a good thing for students to be able to get home much easier if they do not own their own transportation. So, Mr. Mathews, Mrs. Christina, Amtrak and the rest, Grambling welcomes you all with open arms! #GRAMbition

#GRAMbitionBUSINESSES PRIMARY HEALTH SERVICES CENTER/GRAMBLING FAMILY HEALTH CENTER

Grambling is on the rise with places that have been needed in the community for quite some time now. We have Legends Square which will soon feature Grambling’s own grocery store. We have our own Dentist’s office. As you can see slowly but surely Grambling is building for a brighter future. Well now we can proudly say we feature our own Doctor’s office. Primary Health Services Center(Grambling Family Health Center) is here and is looking to stay. Grambling Family Health Center is located on HWY 80 where Legends was once located. They are finishing up the facility and preparing for the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting. They are currently looking to fill these positions:  Family Doctor Licensed Clinical Social Worker Nurse Practitioner Care Case Manager LPN RN More information provided below. All exclusive interviews and tour coming soon! #GRAMbition PHSC

#GRAMbitionBUSINESS BENE JENKINS B&B

Looking for a great spot to relax when you come to Grambling for various events? Try this luxurious spot known as Bene Jenkins B&B. Nestled in the Heart of Grambling campus, Bene Jenkins Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to stay for a local event. Come on by and stay for a while.  OWNERS: Don and Homer Tatum of Grambling THE STORY: Our Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of Grambling State University Campus. Named after our son LTC Michael Tatum aka Bene Jenkins, we aim to please and your comfort is our goal. Perfect for short or long-term booking, make our heavenly location your preferred destination when coming to the Lincoln Parish area. Owned by Homer and Don Tatum, our family is dedicated to Grambling State University can be found in the Guinness Book of World Records as descendants of the most of one family name to attend a single university. Feel free to contact us for daily, nightly or weekly visits. Considering a romantic night? We can accommodate any event. For booking, send us a message or just click the link in the contact info, follow the payment instructions and we will take care of the rest. LOCATION: 486 RWE Jones Drive Grambling, Louisiana CONTACT: (318)436-9111 https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/15857902 https://www.facebook.com/BeneJenkinsBedandBreakfast/?ref=br_rs  

#GRAMbitionSPOTLIGHT ANTHONY T. MITCHELL AND HIS FAMILY EMPIRE

Anthony T. Mitchell, also known as Blakcard ATM was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on October 10, 1984 to become an entertainer, motivational speaker, and most importantly an entrepreneur. Blakcard ATM and his family moved to his mother’s hometown of Grambling, La. at the age of 7. At Alma J. Brown Elementary, Blakcard was introduced to music in the first grade, and from there he has loved music and entertainment ever since. Blakcard attended Grambling school from 1st grade though out college. Performing and speaking in front of large crowds has become a full-time profession among other services.  As a kid growing up in Grambling, Louisiana, ATM worked with my grandfather cutting grass, building, and working in the garden. During this time of his life he learned about hard work and self employment. By the age of ten, he had drawn up his first business plan and began making money ironing clothes for the elders in his home. Finding a love for basketball and playing under the direction of Michael Lyons at Grambling High School further solidified his need for a motivated work environment.  Blakcard ATM moved to Lake Charles, La in 2006. There he met his wife Santana Mitchell. Being self-employed was always a lifelong dream of the Grambling resident. Having the love for music and arts, photography and videography was an easy learn. As a husband and wife duo their company Faces of Fantasy Photography LLC., is among the premier companies for photography and videography. Faces of Fantasy Photography lives by the motto #smileforever, where their job is to capture the moments that will always make you smile. Once Faces of Fantasy was up and running and Blakcard ATM was still creating music and performing, but saw there wasn’t a local market for urban musicians to gain maximum exposure.      Business Links: http://www.billboardgang.com/ http://www.fofantasy.com/ http://www.blakcardatm.com/    Contact the Empire: instagram.com/blakcardatm Facebook.com/blakcardatm Twitter.com/blakcardatmInstagram.com/billboardgangmag Facebook.com/billboardgangmagazine Email: Billboardgang@gmail.com   Twitter.com/billboardgang (929)322-4880 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.BillboardGang https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/billboardgang-magazine/id1195629583?mt=8

#GRAMbitionSPOTLIGHT THE RODGERS’ LAW FIRM, L.L.C

Grambling’s gems lie notoriously in two things: football and it’s marching band represented by the Grambling State University itself. But Grambling has hidden gems in the numerous graduates GSU has given birth to over the course of, well it’s existence. Those diamonds in the rough come from the coals pressurized by academic challenges and social development existent on the campus. Some coals become shining diamonds valued by an entire global society. Other pieces remain needing more time and high temperatures while others never come under pressure. That is not the case with Kelvin Rodgers, an entrepreneur in his own right operating Rodger’s Law Firm, L.L.C. Kelvin is a 2005 GSU graduate majoring in Criminal Justice later attending Southern  University Law School achieving his masters in criminal law in 2009.   However, that wasn’t the crowning achievement in his law journey: Kelvin attained a “one-hitter quitter” on the Louisiana Bar exam acing it on the first try that same year getting his masters! This swung the door open not just for his foot, but entire body to enter into his career. Grambition hollas at Kelvin to recognize the come-up and inspire someone (specifically Grambling grads since this is Grambition) interested in a career in law, but do not know where to begin.    What does your law firm specialize in? We practice Criminal Law, Personal Injury, and Family Law. And your practice began at where on the timeline? In January 2016, I left the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office and started The Rodgers’ Law Firm.  I felt that it was time to serve my community and state in a different capacity. Nice! That’s what’s up. Let’s be loud a bit with your humble beginnings. Where did you get your first start after passing the Louisiana Bar? I began my legal career in November 2009 as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Judge Ramona Emanuel of the First Judicial District Court in Shreveport, Louisiana.  I clerked for Judge Emanuel for nine months before being hired as an Assistant District Attorney in Caddo Parish in August 2010.  As an Assistant District Attorney I prosecuted various types of crimes including murder, rape, molestation of juveniles, and armed robbery. Why did you choose to attend GSU? I began my studies at Grambling State University in August 2002 and graduated in December 2005.  I chose Grambling because my father and a plethora of other successful individuals that I knew were graduates of Grambling.  Also, my major was criminal justice and Grambling had a great criminal justice program. What were the reasons for becoming a lawyer? Is that a “When I grow up” story? What led you to the decision for this profession? I chose to become a lawyer for two reasons.  The first reason is because my grandmother told me that I could become a lawyer and that I would be good at it.  That was more than enough motivation for me because I always wanted to make her proud.   The second reason is after looking at the criminal justice system, I realized that the criminal justice system has flaws that needs to be fixed.  I was able to see that African Americans, especially men, are incarcerated at an alarmingly disproportionate rate.  Therefore, I chose to join in the fight to fix the system. What is the immediate future looking like for your Law Firm? Next on the horizon for The Rodgers’ Law Firm is expansion.  Currently I am only licensed to practice in Louisiana, however, I plan to be able to practice in Texas by the end of this year. At Grambition, we want to commercialize local businesses, whatever we can do to serve people, even if it’s not here in the “G.” How can people look you up? If you would like to contact The Rodgers’ Law Firm, I can be reached as follows: Phone: (318) 245-2956 Fax: (318) 404-1598 Email: therodgerslawfirm@gmail.com Mail: P.O. Box 1371 Shreveport, LA 71164 Any final remarks, expressions, thoughts you would like to leave our readers with? One question that I’m always asked is, “When it comes to the Bayou Classic, which team do you cheer for since you went to Grambling and Southern?”  The answer is the same every time and without hesitation, “I cheer for Grambling. I received my law degree from Southern, but a law degree is worthless without a solid foundation. Grambling State University gave me the foundation needed to succeed.”