Historically Black Colleges and Universities such as Howard University in Washington DC, Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and Florida A&M University have been producing leaders for generations. From the Ph.D.’s stepping out of Morehouse College to the lawyers pushing through from Southern University in Louisiana, waving the HBCU flag sends a powerful message! Behind the brilliance are another wave of graduates who have paved their way through the entertainment industry and earned their star…Let’s salute the celebrities who credit HBCU’s for guiding them.
Taraji P. Henson, Howard University
Daring. Bold. In your face – now what? We all love a bossy, flashy, unapologetic woman that loves to stir up some drama – at least on television. That energy explains why Cookie from the hit series Empire is iconic. Her untouchable role explains why fans keep tuning into the show. Everything about her character proves that she is a force to be reckoned with. But did you know that this stellar actress is degree’d up? Taraji P. Henson graduated from the prestigious HBCU, Howard University with a degree in theater. Black girl power at its finest.
K. Michelle, Florida A&M University
She may bring the drama on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta and Love & Hip-Hop: New York, but this beautiful songbird also brings the brains when it comes to the books. Did you know that K. Michelle, who many consider to be overly vocal at times, received a full ride to attend Florida A&M University simply because of her vocals? An honors student who majored in Psychology, K. Michelle also had her sights on law school. She turned down the corporate world because of her musical interests. Good move.
Keisha Knight-Pulliam, Spelman College
Little Rudy, professionally recognized as Keisha Knight-Pulliam from the 80’s-90’s hit, The Cosby Show is a proud Spelman College alum. Armed with a degree in Sociology, the stunning actress who has spent most of her life behind the lens is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Oprah Winfrey, Tennessee State University
She doesn’t need a long introduction, because she is a mogul, a maven, and everything in between. Oprah Winfrey, who made her mark in the media arena is also a graduate of Tennessee State University. During her tenure, she majored in Communications and went on to host her own TV show, before diving into her OWN network and the magazine publishing space. A real success story, and black billionaire at that – we have to tip our hat when it comes to her monstrous work ethic and hustle.
Anika Noni Rose, Florida A&M University
Florida A&M University has pushed out some of the brightest alums, such as singer K. Michelle. Another actress who can add graduate to her portfolio is Anika Noni Rose, who starred in Dreamgirls. The theater major, who also starred and won rave reviews for her role as Tiana in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog has also starred as a bad girl in Starz, Power! Talk about switching it up.
Omarosa Manigault, Howard University
She’s tough on politics. She’s tough in business. She’s even tougher on reality TV. Hate or love her, Omarosa Manigault is educated in every sense of the word. The former ‘Apprentice’ star and now author, boasts degrees from two HBCU’s. She holds a Master’s degree in Communications from Howard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. She also holds a license to preach.
Black Twitter Calls Out White Celebs Defrauding Colleges So Their Mediocre Kids Can Get Accepted
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Meanwhile, a black mother(s) is sitting in jail somewhere because she/they used an auntie's address in the suburbs to send her/their black sons/daughters to better schools https://t.co/Y9Szj7sMbT— Brentin “900 Number” Mock (@brentinmock) March 12, 2019
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White millionaires are scamming their rich white children into college— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) March 12, 2019
Black children fighting over charter school lottery like the hunger games & parents arrested for sending their kids to public schools in better areas.
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I keep thinking about why I’m so surprised that Felicity Huffman and William H Macy are involved in this? Like... they just seem like such down to earth, character actor, “doing it for the craft” types, that I forgot they’re just rich people who want rich people shit.— Tracie Hunte (@TracieHunte) March 12, 2019
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I can’t believe ABC cancelled “American Crime” before Felicity Huffman could play herself in the next season of it.— Britt Julious (@britticisms) March 12, 2019
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When you gotta break aunt Becky out of jail. pic.twitter.com/ouwPjstDnV— Ethereal bisexual who wears mostly black (@Travon) March 12, 2019
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Live footage of when Abigail Fisher finds out it wasn't qualified Black people via affirmative action who took her spot -- but wealthy white people like Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin who used cronyism, capitalism, and nepotism instead. #StayMadAbby pic.twitter.com/Klbdkbcwm7— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) March 12, 2019
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In light of today’s events, this deserves a retweet. https://t.co/o1ZXLkEtTs— JB Tadena (@JayBeeTadena) March 12, 2019
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This story pisses me off. But in five years, I know some white male screenwriter will write this story, make it snarky and exaggerated like Vice or I, Tonya or Argo, make it to the Black List, and get nominated for 12 Oscars for his sanitized version of this bullshit. Watch. https://t.co/8iKxrUdK8R— Kellee Nicole Terrell (@kelleent) March 12, 2019
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now I'm gonna tell everyone I didn't get into USC because my parents didn't have 500k to drop— Camryn Garrett (Pre-order OFF THE RECORD!) (@dancingofpens) March 12, 2019
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AND a bunch of black and brown kids in charter schools until 7pm, walking in straight lines, doing math drills and being told they just need "grit" to get into college https://t.co/A3HHFQr6ur— Jenée (@jdesmondharris) March 12, 2019
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I want the people who were up in arms about affirmative action in college admittance to keep that same energy for rich people who pay to get their kids into Ivy League schools.— Jenét Where are the girls and babies? Morrow (@JenetAllDay) March 12, 2019
These are the people who are ACTUALLY stealing your kid's spot. https://t.co/L6qYvpNKcT
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wow, turns out that money was the real Affirmative Action all along!— no ❤️ (@bijanstephen) March 12, 2019
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The saddest funniest thing about this college bribery scandal? These kids went to the best schools, had the best resources, and they couldn't compete with kids who had nothing. Their parents blame affirmative action instead of the fact that little Jackalope McQueasy is lazy.— ❄Mikki Kendall❄ (@Karnythia) March 12, 2019
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Lori Loughlin spent over $500,000 trying to get her daughters into USC, my alma mater. SC is 5% Black yet folk act like we were all Affirmative Action admits. Meanwhile we earned our spots (and have the student loans to prove it), and these folk buying tests and grades. Smh— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) March 12, 2019
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Rich people using their wealth to ensure (steal) spots at prestigious colleges for their mediocre children is an American pastime.— X (@XLNB) March 12, 2019
You know what else is tradition? Obscuring this fact by blaming black people & affirmative action for “snatching away” opportunities.
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Ppl complaining about affirmative action when it’s these “privileged” kids who really don’t belong.— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) March 12, 2019
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For $500,000 my child better be getting into Hogwarts, forget USC. Damn Aunt Becky pic.twitter.com/Dqh0I2Y9mg— Simone Scott (@Simone_Scott) March 12, 2019
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I had to go and check Instagram to make sure this photo of Aunt Becky’s kid was real and it is very real. The unmitigated gall... pic.twitter.com/Gx1nYMYBSS— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) March 12, 2019
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Meanwhile Black kids who can really play sports can’t even get a look from these Ivy League schools. pic.twitter.com/s40xFTbnNf— B E A N Z| Credit Your Photographer Please! (@PhotosByBeanz) March 12, 2019
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Wealthy white people committing fraud to pay their kids’ way into Ivy League schools instead of just donating to a building the way old-fashioned wealthy white people pay their kids’ way into Ivy League schools is what makes this news https://t.co/5TS22X2QN3— Ivie Ani (@ivieani) March 12, 2019
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Can we please start giving Rich White kids the same side eye that Black & Brown kids receive when they say they attended an Ivy League school?! You know when it’s assumed that minority students took “someone” else’s spot who was “more qualified”! #DownWithTheDoubleStandard— bevysmith (@bevysmith) March 12, 2019
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I am so shocked that rich white people were caught finessing their way into Ivy League institutions. Gee willickers, Batman. I thought they all got in off of merit.— Charles Preston (@_CharlesPreston) March 12, 2019
*Looks at the 45th and 43rd President of the United States*