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Kerry-Ann Hamilton
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Internationally Acclaimed Actor and Singer Tyrese Named as
Howard Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal

WASHINGTON (Oct. 27, 2010) – Today, Howard University announced two-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum R&B singer and actor Tyrese Gibson as the 2010 Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal. His international blockbuster films include “Four Brothers,” “Death Race,” as well as “Transformers” and “Fast & Furious” franchises. Currently, he is simultaneously reprising his roles as Master Sgt. Epps in “Transformers 3” and his popular character of Roman Pierce in Fast & Furious 5.

"I am excited about being a part of the legendary Howard University Homecoming,” Gibson said. “This will be an experience I will always remember and cherish." The parade, which is poised to be one of the largest in the history of the University, is a pulsating mile-and-a-half parade route through the historic LeDroit Park and will feature more than a dozen bands from coast to coast, boasting attendance in excess of 30,000.

Howard University’s Homecoming Parade has become one of the largest parades on the East Coast. The Homecoming Parade began in 1924 and was a yearly event until 1990.  It is a community-based event that was reestablished by the University in 1995. 

The star-studded line-up for Saturday’s parade includes Howard alumni 2008 Olympic medalist David Oliver and actress Tracie Thoms best known for her role in “The Devil Wears Prada;” “Akeelah and the Bee” star KeKe Palmer; “The A Team’s” Omari Hardwick, Tristan Wilds from “90210” and “The Secret Life of Bees” and Los Angeles Sparks Forward Candace Parker.
Howard University kicked off the annual homecoming festivities on Sunday, Oct. 24 and will conclude on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010.

The Parade has had some of the most iconic figures in both music and film to participate including:  LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Chaka Khan, Terrence Howard, Bow Wow, Taraji P. Henson and Ludacris just to name a few.

Other celebrities slated for this year’s homecoming have included on Sunday, October 24: Marvin Sapp, who headlined the Gospel Show, comedian Sheryl Underwood, poet Amiri Baraka, former America’s Next Top Model contestant Bianca Richardson, actors Brian White, Keith Robinson, Hosea Chanchez, and Chico Beneymon, athletes David Oliver and some And1 players, music artists “Dougie Fresh” Slick Rick, Rick Ross, Mr. Vegas, Serani, Dondria and Erykah Badu.

For a full listing of homecoming events, please visit

For more information on alumni activities, please visit


DeAnne Bradley, media relations intern, contributed to this release.

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