Let’s face it — college isn’t for everyone. But in our current cultural climate, education is the most powerful tool to resist. Thankfully, education is diverse and if you don’t want to attend an Ivy League college, there are plenty of HBCUs that could be perfect for you. Many celebrities have gone this route — even Chance the Rapper is considering attending an HBCU. See below:
Check out these 13 stars who attended HBCUs:
The music mogul and billionaire attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. before dropping out to pursue his career in music.
Taraji P. Henson
Known for making history as Cookie Lyon on FOX, the Empire actress attended Howard University in 1995, where she majored in theater arts.
The neo-soul queen studied performing arts at Grambling University in Louisiana before leaving to pursue music.
Before becoming a boss, Rozay attended Albany State University in Georgia on a football scholarship.
The Atlanta native, who often brags about graduating high school with a 4.0 GPA, attended Alabama State University where he played basketball.
The Good Morning America host and former NFL star is a proud Texas Southern alumni.
Terrence has definitely made a name for himself since leaving his hosting gig on 106 & Park back in 2012. The actor attended North Carolina A&T where he pledged Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
Who knew that Donald Trump’s director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison went to a historically Black college. She attended Howard University in the 90’s, where she received her Master’s degree in Mass Communications.
Common’s skills as a writer have always been up to par. But besides raw talent, the actor credits his education at Florida A&M University for helping him hone his skills.
Samuel L. Jackson
The entertainment legend attended Morehouse College in Georgia around the same time as his longtime friend and collaborator Spike Lee.
Along with the other million things Nick Cannon has to do in a day, the comedian and mogul announced in 2016 that he started taking classes at Howard University.
The trendsetting director, who tells stories about issues plaguing the Black community, received his B.A. from Morehouse College in the late 70’s.
The mother of media attended Tennessee State University in the early 70’s before dropping out to take over the world.