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N.C A&T; Machi Nashon Gibbs; HBCU


We can’t mention HBCUs without mentioning the artistic and inventive students that command them. Creativity and innovation go a long way on HBCU campuses, especially at N.C. A&T.

This is especially true of first-year business IT student Machi Nashon Gibbs. Originally from Jacksonville, NC, then moving to Buffalo, NY, Gibbs had a passion for artistry since his youth.

“I started selling paintings when I was about 13 years old,” Gibbs said. “I remember I used to sell durags at one of the biggest barber shops in the city. The more products I sold, the more I became known throughout the city.”

Despite having art to keep him grounded, Gibbs admitted to having a somewhat troubled childhood, which led to his mother taking him out of school and homeschooling him from half of 3rd-half of 7th grade.

“I’m not going to lie; I used to be in a lot of trouble,” Gibbs said. “I used to get in many fights in school, which led to me being expelled from my 8th-grade charter school. I mean, I was young, and I didn’t care about a lot of things. I just wanted to do whatever I wanted.”

Gibbs’ move from Jacksonville to Buffalo played a role in his difficult upbringing, considering he went from living in rural/suburban areas to being an inner-city resident.

“When I moved to Buffalo, there was a lot more you could get into. Many of the kids I was cool with were in the streets; some went to jail, and I have friends who got killed, in and out of jail or accepted systematic defeat,” Gibbs said.

Nonetheless, Gibbs’s strict upbringing made him resilient, inspiring him to attend an HBCU and do what he loves.


Kamryn Jackson, theSCORE Lead






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