BSB Feature: Sydney Cross – Belle All Over the World

This is doing all things international while staying true to her southern roots. She is a foreign service officer and HU alum who embodies southern values in everything she does and not to mention she is one of my best friends. Learn more about Syndey and her story below.


Foreign Service Officer


U.S. Department of State


Saint Louis, MO

Alma Mater:

Trinity Washington University and Howard University


Delta Sigma Theta

Favorite thing about being southern:

Tailgating, Football, and Homecoming Season

What is your personal life motto:

The rebel in me will never die.

What is the most challenging professional obstacle you have had:

Getting medevac’d and having to curtail from my first post (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) was not only an emotional experience, but I also had to suddenly drop a lot of the projects that I had been working on for close to a year and I did not get to say goodbye to any of my contacts, colleagues, or friends before I left.

Who is your favorite character a “Different World”:

Whitley! Of course!

If you could do any job, what would that be?

Running my own cooking blog full-time that focuses on different cuisines from all around the world that I have learned how to cook from traveling over the years.

Who do you wish you could meet?

Condoleezza Rice

What would your best friend say is the best/most annoying quality about yourself?

My commitment and leadership, and most annoying is that I’m picky about dating guys

What advice would you give your younger college self?

Don’t rush the real world. It is mad real out here on these streets.

Where can we connect with you?

Instagram @crosssa

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I am so happy to feature my dear friend, all of her accomplishments and over all southern charm. Next time you guys are trying think of a place to travel, make sure to connect to Syndey. She is the queen of traveling and also a pretty a good chef (may need to get some new recipes from her)


Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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