The HBCU experience is one like no other. From the career and personal growth opportunities to the festivities, these HBCU student influencers show what it’s like to attend a historically black college or university.
HBCU influencers repping their school pride
YuKwon is a student at FAMU. He gained popularity on social media after he began frequently posting comedic content on TikTok and Instagram. His videos are focused on demonstrating real-life scenarios in a humorous light, including life as a student at his HBCU. YuKwon, who also goes by Kwon, is the King of Orange and Green for the 2022-2023 school year and a campus ambassador for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), and he was previously given the title of Mr. 1913.
Had a great time, glad to be a yardie #TMCF♬ Love You So - The King Khan & BBQ Show
As an artist, author and singer, Arial represents her school, NCAT, very well. She was honored as the HBCU Creative of the Year at the HBCU Met Gala and featured on the BET website for being a part of Instagram’s “Love at First Slide” series, which celebrated Black love in various forms. Check out her YouTube to hear some of her music.
Deja’s passion for fashion and beauty hasn’t gone unnoticed on social media or the Hampton University campus. Most of her content is centered around self-love, fashion and beauty tips, and cultivating more confidence. She also creates vlogs, showcasing different aspects of her life, in and out of school.
Randolph Ross Jr.
Randolph is a track-and-field athlete at NCAT. He’s coached by his dad, who was an Olympian in the 110-meter hurdles. Most of his content shows him competing and displays the moment that Sept. 7 became Randolph Ross Day in Garner, North Carolina.
Imoni, who also goes by Mon Mon, is a student at AAMU who creates content about everyday life, including life as an HBCU student. Her Instagram also displays her incredible fashion sense and gives a peek at how Mon Mon shows up on campus.
Aaliyah, also known as Liyah, is a dental student at Meharry Medical College, one of two of the only HBCU dental schools in the U.S. Her content showcases her dental school journey, along with other lifestyle elements. She also enjoys working out, cooking, and sharing hair tutorials for different styles.
The 3rd year students suorised us for finishing our first year and starting our second year! i love my school!!! #hbcu #meharry #meharrymade♬ original sound - Aaliyah Chrystal
Drew feels as though the importance of self-love and self-care is not discussed enough, and she wants to contribute to changing that. Her TikTok features content about real-life topics, including life at Hampton University campus, an HBCU. Her Instagram mainly displays her love for travel and fashion, and even though there’s not much on her YouTube channel, she documented her recent move into her campus dorm.
Black ivy league🏽🏼💙⚓️ #fyp♬ Cant get enough blick - Lewgie
y’all asked for a part 3! how well do the ASLs know their music? 😌 #NCAT #NSO #fyp #finishthelyrics♬ original sound - CP
Dancer, artist and Spelman College student Kenzie adores her school and frequently shows it. Her content displays her art skills, which she often uses to bring her clothing designs to life. She creates Spleman-themed designs and other custom pieces. She also posts videos showcasing different parts of the campus and relatable content about college and life in general. You’ll also find videos of her dancing and footage from the pageant she recently participated in.
Spelman ECP summer rogram took a trip to the Atlanta Dream basketball game! #spelmancollege #spelmanadmiss #spelmansavy #kenzdakreator #spelmansummerprograms #share #explore♬ Lil Bow Wow Basketball - Kenzie
Sarah is a TV and radio personality at Hampton University. She has always had a passion for talking to and interviewing people and even started her own radio show for children when she was only 6 years old. Not much has changed since, as seen on her Instagram, where she hosts a variety of notable interviews, including one with the President of Hampton University. She also shares hair and fitness content.
Y’all we won nationals🤩 here’s our celebration dance 🏆🥇 #nattychamps♬ original sound - 🍀 Optimistic Genius 🧠 💫
Football player Ky’Wuan attends John C. Smith University. Besides wowing the campus with his impressive wide receiver skills, he is the first NIL HBCU athlete. NIL allows him to get paid for brand deals, and he has several. He also has merchandise and his own line of cologne.
Skylar attends FAMU and was also voted Miss Junior by her peers. She’s also an author, speaker, pageant coach, graphic designer, and hairstylist. In addition to her relatable posts about HBCU life, she frequently shares fashion content and is an HBCU ambassador. She loves socializing and connecting with her peers so she started a FAMU Tristate social club.
This former Dancing Doll has been sharing her talent with the world since she was 6 years old. She was a contestant on “You Better Bring It!” starting in 2014 and afterward went on to attend Southern University, where she is a part of the dance team. Her content mainly displays her captivating dancing abilities, the guidance she provides to younger dancers, and lifestyle videos.
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