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Did You Know That These Celebrities Attended HBCUs?

October 21st, 2016 - By Kay Hudson
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Style, class and grinding hard are just a few of the many words that come to mind when it comes to describing our HBCU graduates. And with ALMOST CHRISTMAS just around the corner, alums to none other than the great FAMU and the well-renowned Morgan State (David E. Talbert and Will Packer respectively), have combined their power and prowess as they embarked on bringing to life the family Christmas film of the year. In celebration of our fellow alumns, we wanted to share the below list of celebrities you may not have known attended HBCUs themselves, as they continue to impress us with their blend of scholarly and creative skills from top HBCUs across the country.

Check out some of our favorite singers, rappers, actors, directors, and entrepreneurs below and find out who graduated with a 4.0 GPA and a full blown scholarship!


Will Packer
Known for producing low-budget, high-profit movies, American film producer and director, Will Packer attended Florida A&M University in the fall of 1991 and graduated magna cum laude from with a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.


David E. Talbert
The Kingpin of urban comedies and musicals, David E. Talbert is an American filmmaker, playwright and author, who has directed some of our favorite films such as BAGGAGE CLAIM and FIRST SUNDAY. Graduating from Morgan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing, David switched his career to the film industry, and it has been not stop entertainment from there!

This iconic woman, without a doubt, is America’s favorite idol. The beloved Oprah attended Tennessee State University on a full scholarship and majored in speech communications and performing arts. Her lectures at Tennessee State definitely made an impact by allowing her to pursue her own career as a Talk Show host and so much more. You are truly America’s favorite lady!


Spike Lee
Shelton Jackson Lee, also known as Spike Lee, has produced over 35 films since ‘83. With a BA in Mass Communication from Morehouse College, Lee has set the bar high. He began his career during his undergrad while filming a student film and currently now owns his own production company – 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks. Impressive!


Samuel L. Jackson
This actor and producer is a proud alumni of his 1972 class at Morehouse College. With his major in theatre, there is no doubt he knew he’d kill the game. From his big break in the early 1990’s with hits such as JUNGLE FEVER, JURASSIC PARK and PULP FICTION, Jackson continues to impress Hollywood with his amazing acting skills.


Keisha Knight Pulliam
At just the young age of six, Keisha was already being nominated for an Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series’ from “The Cosby Show.” She really made it big in no time. An alumni of Spelman College, Keisha went on to pursue an unexpected degree in sociology and was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. This lady has done it all!


Erykah Badu
The Queen of Neo-Soul herself, Erykah Badu, has blessed us a countless number of times with her classics such as “On & On” and “Bag Lady”. With her hits touching on life’s toughest subjects, Badu knows how to make her alma mater proud. She attended Grambling University with an emphasis in performing arts.


This rapper definitely knows how to hustle his way through Hollywood with his business administration degree. Straight out of Chi-Town, Common decided to leave it all behind and attend school in Florida at A&M University. Did we mention he entered on a full scholarship? We see you Common!


2 Chainz
This rapper continues to break barriers with his lyrics and songs. A graduate from Alabama State University, the G.O.O.D. music rapper went on to graduate with a 4.0 GPA and on a full scholarship! This scholarly rapper really meant it when he said “I’m Different”…

David Banner
Rapper and producer David Banner is and always has been, all about the biniz’. With his business degree from Southern University, Banner has worked his way to the top in no time. No wonder he wrote his anthem “Get Like Me”!



Premiering November 11th, 2016

SYNOPSIS: A new comedy from writer/director David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim) and producer Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like a Man series, This Christmas), Almost Christmas tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle.

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Great Holiday Movies For The African American Family

December 1st, 2015 - By Kendra Koger
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The holidays are a time for families to get together and enjoy one another’s company, and what better way to spend time than sitting and enjoying a movie together? As you and yours get ready to gather ’round the fireplace and the TV, here are great movies that are sure to bring holiday cheer.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” Almost Never Happened? Little Known Facts About Holiday Movie Classics

December 25th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Whether you prefer Christmas classics like “It’s A Wonderful Life,” cult favorites such as “A Christmas Story” or newer hits like “Elf” or “The Santa Clause,” we bet you didn’t know some of the behind-the-scenes secrets of these holiday films.

Source: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Source: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

“A Christmas Story”

There’s no other holiday movie that receives the amount of airplay that “A Christmas Story” does. TNT plays a 24-hour marathon that starts on Christmas Eve and if you’re a super fan what better way to spend that special time of year than in the same house that Ralphie, Randy and their parents lived? The house is real and has been preserved as a museum that is open year round. Over the holiday season, the museum holds an auction where anyone can bid on the experience to spend two days and two nights living in the house from Christmas Eve to Christmas. As an added bonus on Christmas morning, traditional “A Christmas Story” gifts are opened in the living room including two BB guns.

Holiday Hustle: T.I. & Family Get Animated For Christmas Special

December 18th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Vh1

Source: Vh1

T.I. is pretty highly regarded around these parts. The thuggish rapper turned family man is pretty appealing. And as we speculated, he is one of few positive representations of black fatherhood on television right now.

And his stock just went up as far as we’re concerned. T.I. and his wife Tiny made history by having themselves and their six children animated for Vh1’s holiday special called, “T.I. and Tiny: Holiday Hustle Special.”

The special follows the family from Atlanta to the North Pole as they try to find a missing Santa Claus. Apparently, an elf Cyrus tells T.I. that the only person “who could save the King of the North Pole was the King of the South.” So the family takes a candy-striped van to solve this dilemma.

I don’t know about you but I think that’s pretty darling. There can never be enough holiday movies. And there’s nothing wrong with incorporating elements of the hood into the holidays.

Anyway, if you have a few minutes, 39 to be more specific, or you just want to see some animated black folks, check out the video below to watch the entire special.


Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “The Preacher’s Wife”

December 26th, 2012 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Buena Vista Pictures

Source: Buena Vista Pictures

When it comes to black Christmas movies, the list is not that long. But one of the best Christmas movies, featuring brown people, is The Preacher’s Wife. Starring everyone’s favorite singer, Whitney Houston, and favorite actor, Denzel Washington, The Preacher’s Wife was a feel good movie we wanted to see from them. And though many of us were rooting for Denzel and Whitney to at least kiss in the flick, it was still a cute, little holiday movie.