Graduate makes an impact at the NCBM Conference

Brandon Richardson will tell you hard work pays off. The Grambling State University graduate and doctoral student has been invited to the 40th National Conference of Black Mayors in Atlanta (NCBM) in Bermuda next year and has also been invited to handle the media for the 2014 World Summit of Mayors conference in Colombia. 

The NCBM organization includes over 660 mayors and international delegates throughout the world. At this year’s annual conference, there were over 300 Black Mayors from around the country in attendance. 

Richardson’s duties were to coordinate different media jobs from photography to filming, and editing an official documentary. He was not given this honor, he earned it from working over a decade in the music and multimedia industry. 

He’s worked on various projects from major smartphone texting companies, developed various websites, designed numerous graphics and magazines, managed radio stations, created multimedia campaigns for record labels such as the Louisiana based label Trill Entertainment and produced for Hip-hop, R&B, and Gospel albums. 

Next year’s conference will be the first year being an international affair. It also marks the first time Richardson will travel outside of the country.

“I’m a little nervous,” Richardson says with a smile. “I’m very humbled they selected me.”

Richardson is a graduate of Grambling State University’s Mass Communications department and graduated with his Masters in Sports Administration last fall. 

When he’s not pursing his various music projects, he attends GSU working on his doctoral degree in Developmental Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instructional Design. His experience at the 39th NCBM conference was a unique experience for him and hopes to share his knowledge and experience with Grambling students.

“It goes to show that Grambling students can achieve anything we put our minds too.”