By Janice Malone
Former Tennessee Tribune intern and Fisk University student Kendall Sullivan is living his dream after college graduation. Kendall performed as the opening act for hip hop star Gucci Mane during his recent appearance at Fisk Homecoming concert. It was a belated college graduation gift to himself for the diverse young man, who’s stage name is “KenDough the Era” in the hip hop music world. Kendall, a native of Chicago, did an excellent job as a Tribune intern during his sophomore year in college. His first assignment was covering a Jay Z concert at Vanderbilt, an experience that he’s still cherishing. “Not only was that my first assignment but it was also the first time I had ever attended a major concert like that. I will never forget it! recalls Kendall. In addition, he says he still has his press passes for covering the Snoop Dog and Hip Hop Award shows too. He shares, “I will probably always keep those passes because I was just so thankful and proud to have the opportunity to be there.” The internship at the Tribune later opened the door for him to later work as a summer intern at WGCI/V-103 radio in Chicago.
The chance to perform with rap star Gucci Mane developed after the Fisk Student Association and the Student Government Association both invited Kendall to be a part of the concert’s music lineup, which took place on the Fisk campus. “I didn’t get a chance to actually meet Gucci,” says Kendall. “I was so busy focusing on making sure I did the best job I could do with my own act.” Kendall says he first took an interest in hip hop music at age 9 and soon became a life time fan of veteran super star rappers Jay Z, Doug E. Fresh and Kanye West.
The aspiring rap performer now has a degree in English and is considering attending graduate school at either Columbia College in Chicago or Georgia State University. But he still has plans to continue pursuing a career in music. “I do plan on continuing my education but hopefully in the next 2 to 3 months I will be getting prepared to record my first full length debut CD, “says Kendall. The Tennessee Tribune congratulates him on his success in both music and academics!