Nate Brownfield Illuminates as Illuminate

MURFREESBORO, TN – For MTSU student Nate Brownfield, hip-hop is a life style. It’s a life style he’s been going after since he was a teenager in high school.

“I was in high school, and I was really into music playing drums,” said Brownfield.

After having several failed bands, Brownfield realized he had more motivation towards music than most the people he worked with.

He decided to change his style of music entirely dawning a new name for his brand, Illuminate.

“So, I started doing rap music and Illuminate kinda came about because Illuminate means to spread knowledge and also my name’s Nate so Illuminate,” said Brownfield.

Over the years he’s grown his brand with his team playing alongside acts like OG Maco, Twista, Ying Yang Twins, Chuck English, and more.

His main goal isn’t just becoming successful though, but spreading knowledge into people’s lives.

“I value being informed and being open to things and always trying to be a better me,” said Brownfield.

He’s not doing this all on his own either. Brownfield has a team of over 7 people to help him expand his brand and music to more people.

“Most of us that are here with Nate were friends first,” said Street Team Manager Cassy Mckenzie.

Brownfield graduates from MTSU with a focus in the  Recording Industry Major next year and plans going on tour immediately after.

“Let me be an example of things can work out, and I don’t say that like I’m on a pedestal. I have very far to go,” said Brownfield.

You can find Illuminate’s music on Spotify, iTunes, and at: soundcloud.com/illuminateofficial

 

 

 

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Task Force Debates Suggestions for Forrest Hall

MURFREESBORO, TN – UPDATE: Task Force recommends the name Forrest Hall to be changed.

MTSU’s Forrest Hall task force met Thursday night in the Sam Ingram building on campus to debate whether to recommend a name change for the ROTC building or take no action at all.

This meeting comes after three public forums which were held about the building dedicated to Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

The meeting was for deliberation only and not public input. Several members of the task force offered their input on which direction to go.

Chairman of the Task Force and faculty member of Global Studies Derek Frisby, offered his suggestion with naming it after MTSU alumni Joe Nunley Sr.

“We don’t have a single honor for an MTSU faculty member,” said Frisby.

Frisby continued stating that, “When you think of MTSU you think of Joe Nunley.”

Other members offered their suggestions on what to do with the name.

President of the MTSU Alumni Association Tony Beard said, “What if we ask the students? We don’t go to school here anymore. We are a different campus.”

We went out and asked students on campus what should be done, and most them are split on the idea.

“I believe every student should have a voice on campus,”said MTSU Student Jamaura Haylee.

Then student Nayana Wexler said, “If it’s been here for this long, why change it?”

By the end of the meeting, Frisby recommended they meet again Tuesday, April 19th to deliberate in more detail before making a decision.

MTSU President Sidney McPhee asked the panel to recommend by April whether the building should be renamed; retain the name but with added historical perspective; or recommend that no action or change is warranted.

The Tennessee Board of Regents would have to approve any recommended name change and other state authorities would likely have to give approval as well.

For more information about the task force, including a list of its members, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/forresthall.

Nancy Phillips is Murphry the Rabbit

MURFREESBORO, TN – When Nancy Phillips isn’t working for the Murfreesboro City School Board, she puts on a show for the community in the form of Murphry the Rabbit.

It’s a dream come true for her, far from what she originally intended though.

“I just knew I was going to be a serious actress,” said Phillips “Maybe Shakespeare, great things like that.”

After seeing the programs PBS offers for kids and how Murfreesboro is preparing children in the classroom, Nancy thought up of an idea that brought all those elements together on a local level.

Her show, Adventures in Murphry’s Burrow,¬†is in it’s 12th season and Nancy is far from being done.

It follows the character of Murphry the Rabbit who takes you around the community to introduce you to local people and the jobs they do. It also serves as a platform for being as Nancy says, “By the kids and for the kids.”

“Every episode we try to have kids participate, they might show us an art project or a science experiment,” said Phillips.

Over the years, Nancy has made many fond memories on the show having people such as former Mayor of Murfreesboro Tommy Bragg on the program.

People who work close with her, like Multimedia Producer John Padgett, say it’s always a fun experience.

“You never know quite how the story will turn out until you are finished with it, and that’s what’s exciting to me about it,” said Padgett.

Nancy hopes to make the show a non-profit program in the future as it is all volunteer work right now. She lives by the show’s motto, “Dream big and work hard.”