Credit: Louisiana State University
College basketball star and rapper Flau'jae Johnson to have Savannah intersection named after her
LISTEN: Fresh off an NCAA championship, LSU guard Flau'jae Johnson will soon see her name adorn an intersection in her hometown. GPB's Benjamin Payne reports.
Louisiana State University college basketball standout Flau'jae Johnson is set to lend her name to an intersection on Savannah's south side, after state lawmakers adopted a resolution that honors the 19-year-old rising star by dedicating the corner of Abercorn Street and West Montgomery Cross Road as Flau'jae Johnson Intersection.
Hailed in the legislation as “one of the nation's youngest female hip-hop and athletic ambassadors,” the Savannah native was named Freshman of the Year in the Southeastern Conference, and helped LSU win its first NCAA tournament championship in April, defeating the University of Iowa 102-85.
Off the court, Johnson has led a successful rap career, being currently signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation record label. Before her college basketball career took off, she made appearances on NBC's America's Got Talent and Lifetime's The Rap Game.
Johnson has used her music as a platform for social change, with some songs calling for an end to gun violence. The issue is especially personal to her, as her father, Jason Johnson — also a rapper — was murdered in Savannah five months before she was born.
Johnson gets her distinct first name from her father, whose stage name was Camoflauge.
The Georgia House resolution authorizes several commemorative names for public infrastructure throughout the state, including Vince Dooley Memorial Intersection in downtown Athens, named after the legendary University of Georgia football coach who died in October.