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From the walls of Graves Hall, an unassumingly
inspiring Morehouse residence hall, a musical
performance group was formed. Marlon Booker, Julian
Booker, and Gary Clark, all juniors at Morehouse
College call themselves Gold Shades. The trio creates a
versatile sound charmingly equivocal to their diverse
The group started from a small acapella choir called
the Hilltones. The three bonded over their shared love
for music and instruments. They play over ten different
instruments some of which include the drums, clarinet,
ukulele, piano, cello, flute, French horn, and the dizi
Gold Shades’ chemistry outside of the studio is
something truly special. Although Marlon and Julian
Booker are identical twins, all three young men consider
“I’m the third twin,” Clark said. He added that the
trust and connection between the three helps the group
dynamic a lot because they know each other’s voices well.
They chose to call themselves Gold Shades because
as Clark puts it, “it sounds regal,” and yet it’s still very
marketable and catchy. However, the trio is more than
catchy; they are captivating. This past summer,
Shades made it through Amateur Night at the historic
Apollo Theater in New York City with rousing applause.
“When we walked in the restaurant afterwards,
people just started clapping,” Clark said.
Gold Shades experienced something that only the
most talented musicians have survived. It takes real
talent to please the boisterous crowd at The Apollo,
and the trio did not disappoint. They use big-stage
the best performers that we can be.' Julian said.
Largely inspired, Gold Shades is shifting to focus
on the depth of their music, which already provides an
alluring and unpredictable sound.
“The Apollo taught us about the style of music that
we want to focus on,” said Marlon. With that in mind,
Gold Shades is looking to change from contemporary to
a more soulful style.
“It’s something people wouldn’t expect from us,
As artists, the three believe it is their duty to provide
a positive message through their music. The three young
men aim to achieve unity through music, and thus work
tirelessly to improve their sound.
“We want to bring communities together through
our art,” Marlon said.
Be on the lookout for this dynamic trio. They are
sure to leave a lasting impression.
YouTube: Gold Shades Music
Gold performances as motivation to improve.
The experience at the Apollo showed us how to he
Save the Music
a Benefit Concert
By: Alexis Dulan C2016
The educators and students of the Atlanta University
Center are collectively committed to servicing both local
communities and the nation in profound ways. September 5th
marked the date in which Morehouse College and VHl’s Save
the Music Foundation hosted a benefit concert to raise funds
for the foundation. The event was held at the Ray Charles
Performing Arts Center, a $20 million building designed in
honor of the musical legend who would have been delighted
to see music unite so many people.
Funds raised during the concert will be used to purchase
instruments and to fund music programs that expose
children to the world of music through crafting talented
musicians. Morehouse College students and students from
the AUC showcased their individual talents through music
and performing arts.
As service is an important part of the missions of the
schools within the AUC, this was a unique opportunity to
give back that allows students to express themselves through
the arts. Just because the event is over doesn’t mean you can’t
do your part to save the music.
Follow them on Twitter @vh1savethemusic
Facebook; VH1 Save the Music Foundation
FALL MUSIC FESTIVALS
A3C (All 3 Coasts) Music Festival:
Dates: October 2-6
Featured Artists: Ghostface Killah, Questlove, Bun B,
Too Short, Schoolboy Q, A$AP Ferg, Young Dro, Meek
Mill, Talib Kweli
Prices: S60 through September, $75 through October
& at the door
A3C also has platforms in education, film, style, pro
audio, art, technology, gaming, sports, break-dance.
Check the website for more.
Candler Park Fall Fest
Dates: Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:00pm -10:00pm
Sunday, September 29, 2013 12:00pm -8:00pm
Prices: Free Admission
Put on by the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization,
live bands and artists will perform over the weekend.
Other events include, 150+ artist booths, a kids’ area,
and a 5K run.
(Check the venue websites for info on pricing)
John Mayer & Phillip Phillips 9/27 7:30pm, Aarons
Amphitheater at Lakewood, in Atlanta
About Todays College First-Year Students
The Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA
released its annual survey of nearly 220,000 freshmen,
who attend 1,555 four-year colleges and universities.
The following are facts about first-year college students
who graduated from high school in 2011.
• 76% of first-years were accepted into their No. 1
• The No. 1 reason students gave for attending their
chosen schools was they have a “very good repu
tation.” Only 18.2% said national magazine college
rankings were “very important” in their decision.
• 71% of students rated themselves as either being in
the top 10% of students or above-average in their
• 69.5% of incoming students received grants or
scholarships as compared to 73.4% in 2010. Only
26.8% received $10,000 or more in scholarships
versus 29.2% in 2010.
• More than 28% said they frequently felt over
whelmed by all they had to do.
• 42% of first-years expect to earn a master’s degree.
• 55% of first-years attend school no more than 100
miles from home.
• 55% of students took at least one Advanced Place
ment class and 21.7% took at least five AP courses.
• About 50% of first-years earned a grade point aver
age no worse than an A- in high school.
• In their senior year, 46.5% of the students frequent
ly or occasionally fell asleep in class.
• Only 39.5% of first-years reported that they studied
at least six hours a week as high school seniors.
• More than 37% selected a college that’s no more
than 50 miles away from mom and dad.
• During a typical week in their senior year in high
school, about 30% of the college-bound students
did no pleasure reading.
• 21 % of first-years estimated that their parents
earned at least $150,000 a year.
• There are more liberal first-years (27.6%) than
conservative students (20.7%). The majority of stu
dents describe themselves as “middle of the road.
• 25% of first-years said they would need math
• While many students live near enough to bring
their laundry home, only 14% of first-years attend
college 500 or more miles away.
• 18% of students estimated that their parents earned
less than $30,000 a year.
• Paying for college is a “major” concern for only
12% of first-years.
• Opinions about same-sex marriage have changed
significantly, with 71.3% of first-years supporting
the right to marry versus 64.9% two years ago.
. OTHER IMPORTANT FACTS
• According to a new study released by financial
services firm Sallie Mae,
• More than 6 in 10 students strongly agree that
taking out loans is a better option than skipping
• 34% of 18 to 24 year old students took out federal
loans, a 4 percent increase from the year before,
and a 9 percent increase from 2008-2009.
• Student borrowing was at its highest rate in four
years, adding up to 18% of the total spent, up from
14% in the 2008-2009 school year. The average fed
eral student loan taken among students surveyed
was $7,874 for 2011-2012; average private student
loan borrowing totaled $8,096.
• As many as one in three first year students doesn’t
make it back for sophomore year because of
financial concerns, academic struggles, and family
• Parents, families and friends contribute to the 77%
graduation and retention rate of Spelman students.
HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE AT SPELMAN
GIVE TO THE ANNUAL FUND CAMPAIGN!
Lionel Richie, 9/27 8pm, Chastain Park Amphitheater,
Fall Out Boy &. Panic! At the Disco, 09/28, 7:30pm,
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park,
The Weekend, 09/30, 7:30 pm at the Fabulous Fox
J. Cole & Wale, 10/4, 8:00 pm at the Fabulous Fox
Toro Y Moi, 10/16, Time TBD, Buckhead Theatre,
India. Arie, 10/18, 8:00 pm, Cobb Energy Performing
Arts Centre, Atlanta
Janelle Monae, 11/26, 8pm at The Tabernacle in Atlanta