Elizabeth City State University senior Maurice Carpenter has a plan. Although the sound recording major has yet to graduate, he’s already setting in motion what he hopes will be his future beyond ECSU.

This past summer Carpenter launched Black Gold Records; a recording company he says was a part of his post-graduation plans.

“It was an idea started in high school,” says the Washington D.C. area native. “I came to college knowing I would start my business out of college.”

But circumstances led Carpenter to fast-tracking his career and now his label is about to release its first CD, “Blu 22,” featuring neo-soul R and B artist Marresa Love.

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