Friday, June 24, 2022

Oprah, Common, Spike Lee & Other Celebrities Who Attended HBCUs

Will Packer & David E. Talbert

*HBCU grads Will Packer and David E. Talbert have combined their power and prowess as they embarked on bringing to life the family Christmas film of the year with “Almost Christmas.” The film stars Danny Glover as a beloved patriarch who asks his family members 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.

Talbert serves as director of the film, with Packer producing through Will Packer Productions. David is a graduate of Morgan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing. He also attended the New York University film program. Will attended Florida A&M University, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.

Some of your favorite artists and entrepreneurs also attended HBCUs, and below is a list of celebs you may not have known about, including Oprah Winfrey. She attended Tennessee State University on a full scholarship and majored in speech communications and performing arts.

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Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu

The Queen of Neo-Soul, Erykah Badu, has blessed us countless 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.

Samuel L Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson is a proud alumni of the 1972 class at Morehouse College. From his big break in the early 1990’s with hits such as “Jungle Fever,” “Jurassic Park,” and “Pulp Fiction,” the actor continues to impress Hollywood with his box office success.

Keisha Knight Pulliam
Keisha Knight Pulliam

Keisha Knight Pulliam is an alumni of Spelman College. Prior to pursuing a higher education, young Keisha was being praised for her adorable role on “The Cosby Show,” which earned her an Emmy nomination for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series.’ Pulliam was a superstar before her pursuit of a degree in sociology, and she’s a member of Delta Sigma Theta.


Rapper/actor Common hustled his way through Hollywood with his business administration degree. The Chicago native attended school in Florida at A&M University. Did we mention he entered on a full scholarship?

2 Chainz
2 Chainz

Rapper 2 Chainz is a graduate from Alabama State University. The G.O.O.D. music artist went on to graduate with a 4.0 GPA and on a full scholarship!

David Banner
David Banner

David Banner obtained his business degree from Southern University, and pursued a masters of education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He started his music career as a member of the rap duo, Crooked Lettaz, before going solo in 2000 with the release titled Them Firewater Boyz, Vol. 1. The “Get Like Me” rapper/producer is also an occasional actor and activist.

Spike Lee

Writer/director Spike Lee has a BA in Mass Communication from Morehouse College. He began his career during his undergrad while filming a student project, and he currently owns the production company 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks.


Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.




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