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HBCU Inspiration

As a proud Howard University alum, I love everything HBCU. From tailgate to traditions, being an HBCU alum is a lifestyle. If you are looking for lifestyle inspiration for hosting you next HBCU party or teaching you kids about HBCUs, you have come to the right place.

  • HBCU Heritage: Fundraiser Launched to Renovate the Boyd House at Fisk University
    HBCU History and heritage is one of my favorite things to showcase and highlight. When I can marry my love for architecture and my love for HBCUs’ that is even better. I am honored to share the news of a historic opportunity to partner with us in the renovation of the Boyd House on the campus of Fisk University. The home was originally owned by Dr. Henry Allen Boyd, second-generation leader of the National Baptist Publishing Board (NBPB), now the R.H. Boyd Publishing Corporation, and his wife Georgia Bradford Boyd, a suffragist and a prominent community voice for the advancement of women’s and children’s…
  • FAMU alumnus Rashanda Grant serves up tailgating bites inspired by HBCUs
    Florida A&M University alumnus Rashanda Grant serves up tailgating bits inspired by HBCUs HBCU Tailgate Culture is a new series highlighting the HBCU’s lifestyle, cultural cuisines, celebrations, and the memories, celebrations, and inspiration of former alums. Rashaunda Grant, the owner of The Carolina Cookery, is a James Island, SC native and proud alumnus of Florida A&M University (FAMU). Combining classical techniques with traditional Gullah-Geechee recipes and foodways, Rashaunda describes her style as “Southern Soul Re-imagined.”  “My decision to attend an HBCU had a lot to do with family tradition. I…
  • Gina Capers Willis’ HBCU inspired Upscale Nibbles and Libations
    Our latest BSB series celebrates HBCU Tailgate Culture, focusing on cultural cuisines, HBCU lifestyle, memories, celebrations, and entertaining.   Photography by Sabal Palm Creative Michiel Perry invited Gullah Geechee, chef and founder of What’s Gina Cooking, Gina Willis, to her home to share her HBCU experience at Savannah State University and how it shaped her cultural dishes and entrepreneurial spirit.    Gina Willis grew up in the historic city of Savannah, Georgia, where she attended the oldest HBCU in Georgia, Savannah State University. “It was just a natural progression that I would go…
  • BLACK SOUTHERN BELLE ANNOUNCES SERIES TO CELEBRATE HBCU TAILGATE CULTURE
    WALTERBORO, SC – Black Southern Belle (BSB) announces a new series celebrating HBCU Tailgate Culture focused on at-home entertaining, cuisines, and decorations. The series will be released this Autumn through the BSB website, social channels, and newsletter with a three-part video series.   “As a proud Howard University alumnus, I love everything about HBCUs. From traditions to tailgating, being an HBCU alumnus is a lifestyle,” shares Michiel Perry, founder of Black Southern Belle. “Tailgating is an opportunity for communities to come together and celebrate festivities with HBCU pride, educational excellence, food,…
  • HBCU 2021 Classics to Attend and How to Tailgate
    HBCU Classics are just that; classic games and tailgates you should not miss! Besides being a nice play on words, the HBCU Classics are where HBCU pride oozes from the pores of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and Black Southern Belles and Black Southern Beaus who love and appreciate the HBCU culture.  HBCU Classics are approaching quickly and we want to make sure that you don’t miss any of the battles. If you are traveling, located near Southern states, or need that HBCU spirit, then we have a list of HBCU…
  • HBCU Interior Designers in the South to Follow
    It seems that there are disparities regarding African Americans in the field of design and architecture and an even bigger gap in those that went to an HBCU for interior design. Design education is a rarity among HBCUs, although there are several of these colleges that offer architecture degree programs, only Howard University offers a bachelor’s program in interior design. Despite that, HBCU alums are proving to be change makers in the field of interior design.   Here are a few HBCU alumni located in the south that are changing the…
  • 5 Black-Owned Products for a College Care Package and How to Organize a Care Basket with Style
    Sisters, brothers, granddaughters, grandsons, daughters, and sons are soon to be awaiting their college care packages. Filled with an array of goodies, necessary essential items, candles, drinks, and books; these care packages are what is needed to get a college student to continue their upward journey through college. Care packages are more about ensuring the student is aware that their hard work isn’t going unnoticed. Providing care packages is highly recommended to keep our college students stocked with items they love and need.  Sending care packages is easy. However, packing…
  • 5 Black-Owned Tailgate Brands and Tips for How to Tailgate with Kids
    Tailgating is a great place for adults, their friends, and all of their kids. Being out in the open in a social gathering typically near a large sporting event is what tailgating is about. Adding personable aspects to the community of tailgating is done often to make their unique area feel more comfortable. Coolers, grills, and seat cushions are just a few items in which we ensure everyone has at their tailgating event. However, food and drinks should also be at the top of the list for must haves in…
  • HBCU Move-In Day Memories & How to Prepare For Move-in Day
    School is back in session and college students are moving onto or back onto campus. Like many of us, we can all reflect back to our first time moving into our HBCU. Some first-year college students may have or have had a nervous move-in experience; while returning students may often have a quick process and a more excited feeling to move back in. Even though everyone’s experience is different with moving into the campus dorms, there are a few essential items needed to move back into the dorm comfortably.  How…
  • 4 Fathers Share Memories of Daughters Attending HBCUs
    Father’s Day, which is just a few days away, is a holiday for the paternal figures in our lives. Father’s are necessary in our lives because they make a difference to our upbringing, teach us lessons through action, and serve as a representation of who we will be like when we grow up. Oftentimes when many people think about fathers the bond between their Southern Belle or junior Southern Beau is what they are known for, which is what we want to feature today on Black Southern Belle. Bonds between…
  • 3 Women Recount HBCU Graduation Memories
    As college studies begin to dwindle, graduates are exiting the doors of their HBCU. Many are walking across the stage for family and friends or being highlighted in a non-traditional format because of COVID-19. Despite how graduation is done this year, there will be many memories for these graduates. This is also the time of the year where recent graduates will often time reminisce on their graduation day. Whether it;s their Facebook memories that show their graduation post from 2, or 4 years ago or a random flashback to one…
  • Jacquie McWilliams: First African-American Female CIAA Commissioner and HBCU Hampton Grad
    Attending an HBCU comes with many memories. Whether it’s hanging in the grove with your close friends during some much needed downtime or attending outdoor and indoor sporting events throughout the year, our HBCU has given us a fair share of memories that resonates even more when we become graduates of these institutions. When specific times of the year comes around, many of us can imagine attending different sporting events to support our HBCU athletes. Therefore, with February just around the corner we should have collegiate basketball running through our…
  • HBCU Travel: Tuskegee, AL Travel and HBCU Guide
    Tuskegee University Holiday Getaway for their On-Campus resort and Tuskegee History and Black Owned Businesses A holiday getaway is a trip like no other vacation. A holiday getaway is the perfect time for Southern Belles and her family to enjoy the joyful inspired sightings in a new town or city Instead of seeing your common, yet, unique holiday cheer in your hometown, you should start by planning a getaway that gives you and your family a new outlook on how holidays are celebrated elsewhere. For this reason, I am here…
  • Food Historian Tells New Orleans Food Culture through HBCU Heritage at Dillard University
    Looking for a cookbook to add to your holiday repertoire and coffee table? Be sure to add Recipes and Remembrances of Fair Dillard, 1869-2019 by Zella Palmer. This book is perfect for anyone interested in black food heritage, HBCU history, and New Orleans food culture. Learn more about the book and author below: About the Book Recipes and Remembrances of Fair Dillard is a compilation of research and recipes related to Dillard University, one of New Orleans’s historically black colleges and universities, and one that is central to the history of the…
  • FAMU Fall Inspiration: HBCU Decor for Fall
    Looking for home decor inspiration to show off your HBCU style? We have you covered and we are sharing some FAMU Home Decor style. With fall and HBCU tailgating season here, check out our inspiration for HBCU decor. Get the inspiration you need below and share images of your HBCU decor below using the hashtag #blacksouthernbelle FAMU Fall Inspiration: HBCU Decor for Fall Color Scheme: For this HBCU Inspired decor vignette, we used the colors of FAMU, orange and green. From the fabric to the glassware, these colors are a…

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