On Saturday, Alabama State President Gwendolyn Boyd announced at an evening press conference that Steve Harvey will partner with the school and the Turkey Day Classic, bringing about a buzz on campus. Throughout the conference, Harvey drove home that he just wants to bring more jobs to the state and partnering with ASU will help him achieve his goal–though, he gave few specifics on the details of the partnership.

“The Turkey Bowl will never be more fun than when we come down here,” Harvey told the Montgomery Adviser. “I’m going to bring some funky mess down here. This little country town is fixing to be jumping.” At one point Harvey exclaimed that currently “the most important thing” is Alabama State students and future students.


Steve Harvey and Alabama State University president
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According to the school website, Alabama State President Gewdolyn Boyd commented that she is honored that Harvey is joining the Classic and said the school is excited. In his remarks on the beautiful field of The ASU Stadium, Harvey said he plans to talk with the student body, putting together a staff of students who will eventually determine what they want to do regarding the matter. “It’s about everybody,” he said, moving Alabama State students to pitch in their thoughts and ideas.

“My objective is to make as many millionaires as I can…I joke around a lot, but I’m serious,” he said. “I know a lot about God and I know a lot about business. I know a lot about starting at the bottom…and how to get to the top. So, we’re going to bring some of that here to ASU and we’re going to try inspire some young people and we’re going to have a good time in the process.”

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Kyle Kidd-Buckner is a 21-year-old, Graduating Senior Mass Communication major from Los Angeles, CA with emphasis in Multimedia Journalism and a minor in Political Science at Jackson State University. He is a proud brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. initiated Spring 2017 into the Delta Phi Chapter where he serves as Associate Editor of The Sphinx. Spring of 2017, Kyle was appointed to the position of Executive President for the Campus Activities Board for the 2017-2018 Academic School year completing his tenure January 2018. He has served as an Author for HBCUBuzz and Collegiate Sports Editor of Black Beat Sports with stories also featured in 7 Hues Magazine and DoerHouse LLC. He currently interns at The Meme Agency as a Public Relations Intern and BYOBSociety as a Marketing Intern and serves as Managing Editor for Watch The Yard. Kyle aims to become a expert in all things media. He was the 2016 National Conference on Student Leadership Scholarship Recipient representing Jackson State in Orlando, FL. Kyle recently Co-Author his first book, "Grown and Gone" a book created to assist high school seniors with their transition into their first independent year as college student. Kyle lives by the life mantra, "I trust the next chapter, because I know the Author..."