The day after W.J. Keenan High School’s homecoming, a heartwarming gathering took place at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Columbia. Keenan alumni, brimming with excitement, came together for another homecoming, this time for one of our own— former classmate Carell Augustus, now a talented celebrity photographer, had come home as part of his book tour – to celebrate the release of his new book, “Black Hollywood: Reimagining Iconic Movie Moments.”

Amidst the laughter, tears, and well-wishes, old high school friends took pictures and reminisced about past classroom antics and neighborhood escapades. We also shed a few tears for friends no longer with us. It felt like old times. Despite his success, Carell, affectionately known as Tommy by many of our classmates, hadn’t changed a bit. He remained the same old Tommy from Greenview, off Campanella down by the park.

Carell’s book serves as a visual tribute to Black actors and their invaluable contributions to the film industry. Through his book, he showcases Black actors taking center stage in iconic Hollywood movie moments, shining a much-needed spotlight on their talent and artistry.

After the book signing, I had the opportunity to chat with Tommy and learn more about the evolution of the book project and what’s next for this former Keenan Raider turned celebrity photographer and author.

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