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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 Pageantry: Tuskegee University Coronation Ball with Southern Charm
    For Brittney Jones-Dabney, she’s had the opportunity to experience both sides of the crown, wearing the crown as Miss Alabama A&M University 2010-2011 and guiding those selected during their reign as a Royal Court Advisor. She says she truly believes that being in the role of an Advisor is a special calling. Many are called, but few are chosen, this is what I find myself saying each year to the newly elected Royal Court. “I’ve had the opportunity to advise quite a few courts including Miss Alabama State University and…
  • Howard Homecoming at Home: The Proper Setting
    T H E P R O P E R S E T T I N G   H B C U H O M E C O M I N G S the pandemic glow up edition NOT TOO LONG AGO Homecoming Celebrations The gatherings of yesteryear had us shoulder to shoulder in open spaces waiting for the “swag surf” beat to drop. This seems so nostalgic considering how social distancing and remaining healthy during an existential crisis have now become our top priorities. CHANGE IS GOOD Growing up is…
  • HBCU Travel: Voorhees College Museum
    Voorhees College Historical Museum  Historically Black Colleges and Universities were built to provide higher education for African Americans. These institutions ensured that there is a place to not only grow while feeling inclusive but also to become a piece of history that can’t be erased. As an HBCU alum of Voorhees College, I have learned much of what it took for Voorhees College to become the great institution in which it is today. I have also met and learned about individuals who have mastered much more after Voorhees College and…
  • HBCU Queen Heritage: Memories from Miss Voorhees College
    Being a Queen is far much more than royal elegance and queenly attire. Being a Queen requires true dedication to your Queenly duties and is ready to serve. Despite the image that is naturally painted about Queens getting ready for their crowning ceremony, HBCU Queens are naturally prepared because of characteristics that led them to become their HBCU Queen. Many HBCU Queens desired the destination of queendom from the start, while other Queens, like myself, couldn’t have imagined serving in such a royal role.  2017-2018 Miss Voorhees College  As a…
  • HBCU Heritage: How to Host a Friendsgiving
    The holiday season is here and it also coincides with the HBCU tailgating season. Why not experience the best of both worlds with an HBCU Friendsgiving where you enjoy a great meal and networking with your fellow HBCU alum. To help you plan your Friendsgiving on the fly, we have tips for networking during the holiday season along with inspiration for pulling your HBCU Friendsgiving together. Welcome Guest on Front Porch with Appetizers: Nothing says welcome like a plate of biscuits or apple pie. I added this front porch wreath…
  • HBCU Entertaining: How to Celebrate the Bayou Classic
    Tailgating season is coming to an end but the fun is not over. One of the largest events during the HBCU football season is the Bayou Classic held in New Orleans, Louisiana. If you can’t make it to the Bayou Classic why not bring the classic to you with a Bayou Inspired front porch party. Decorated Porch Swing: Create a porch swing for your guests to enjoy. Incorporate school colors or pick you favorite fall theme for a relaxing lounge area to enjoy the game with your fellow HBCU alum…
  • HBCU Heritage: Reflections of an HBCU Queen
    Growing up my mom would get so excited during her college homecoming. I was especially excited for the homecoming parade. The marching bands could be heard miles away with cheers from the onlookers, floats would be decorated beautifully with candy flying mid air. Personally, I would be excited to see the campus queens! The crowns, the gowns and the regalness! Miss South Carolina State University would sparkle while perched at the top of her float. She would always give a gracious smile and graceful wave as she drove by. I…
  • HBCU Tailgate at Home: Bar Cart Inspiration with Heritage
    How do you add HBCU pride into your home? Do you share images of your favorite high-stepping band in your living room decor or do you add the colors of your favorite Tiger Den in different spots of your home? Before decorating or adding HBCU inspiration into your home, you should understand the reason for the season in which you are decorating for. A season that we are all waiting for is homecoming and tailgating. For this season, you can visualize your home being a playing field for HBCU alums,…
  • HBCU Food: How to Prepare a Tailgate Menu with Tips from a Charleston,SC Native
    As soon as you arrive at your HBCU or favorite tailgating institution,  you prepare yourself to enjoy all festivities. Instead of bringing cash for lunch off-campus, you ensure that you wear your walking shoes to stop and stand in every tailgating line for lunch. Instead of bringing along your jacket in case it rains, you are more prepared with your decked-out canister or basket or cooler filled with your personal tailgate favorites.  Now, alums of their prestigious institution are doing the same. Cheering, eating, laughing, and friendly trash-talking have been…
  • HBCU Tailgate at Home: Setting the Table with Heritage
    Many of my family members graduated from HBCUs, and I am a very proud Howard alumnus. Tailgate parties are traditional during football games, classic events, and homecoming. They are a great way to gather with friends, family, and other alumni members as fun mini-reunions and celebrate HBCUs’ culture. If you can’t make it back to your alma mater this year, why not host a tailgate party at home. I have a few HBCU tailgate essentials and tips on how to host a tailgate indoors or outside. The camaraderie between HBCU…
  • HBCU Tailgate: Chef Capers Gullah Inspired Tailgate Appetizers
    Anyone who’s ever enjoyed HBCU tailgate dishes knows the enjoyment that comes with each bite. The way your stomach feels after you bite into mouth-watering grilled pork chops or sweet homemade lemonade is just what you can expect to feel at any HBCU tailgating event. What about the way you feel when you return to your favorite tailgating area to ensure there are no leftovers because they were so good the first time around? Homecoming is all about tailgating and tailgating is a loved pastime for Black Southern Belles and…
  • 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,…

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