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Vivian Payton

Vivian Payton

Co-executive producer | ‘Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta’ | Class of 1990

An Illini love story, cheap eats edition ...

When Vivian Payton thinks back to her days on campus, “I think about meeting my husband, Lee Payton, there and our time together, falling in love," she says.

“Our Number 1 food spot was La Bamba for steak and pork ‘burritos as big as your head.’ A close second: Papa Del’s thin-crust sausage and pepperoni pizza. Just heavenly.

“Lee’s favorite place was Krannert. He was the musician for the UI Black Chorus under the direction of Dr. Ollie Watts Davis. It’s amazing to think that my son, a senior, has been accepted to Illinois’ School of Music and could be spending as much time in Krannert as his dad did.”