Did you know that you can find #HBCU alum on TV every night of the week? Whether its the local news, ESPN, or a TV show like This is Us, Queen Sugar or Black-ish HBCU alum are shining on the small screen- in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Here's a sampling of some of those individuals, starting with the newest arrival, BET"s Rebel.
BET's newest TV show, Rebel, has two HBCU alum working with John Singleton as Executive Producer: Howard's Dallas Jackson and Grambling's Randy Huggins. Huggins also receives writing credits along with another Howard alum, AC Allen. Grambling alum Nikki Skies writes the poetry and also appears in a few episodes.
One of this season's most watched and most talked about TV shows, the ensemble cast of NBC's This Is Us includes Howard alum Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth Pearson.
BET rolled out a variety of new programming this season, including The Quad, a show based on the campus of a fictitious HBCU. One of the show's creators is FAMU alum Rob Hardy who, along with fellow Rattler, Will Packer, are two of The Quad's executive producers. FAMUan, Anika Noni Rose, stars as the president of the college. Actor Payton Alex Smith, also a Rattler is part of a cast that includes Claflin alum E. Roger Mitchell, Jackson State alum Erica Michelle, Clark Atlanta alum, Larry Rhem, and a few appearances by Benedict alum, Carrie E. Brown.
When black-ish first aired, there was a small group of people who didn't want to watch because of the name. But creator, Kenya Barris, an alum of Clark Atlanta and his team of writers put together one of the top-rated comedy series on tv. It stars Howard alum, Anthony Anderson.
An entire reality show that focuses on an HBCU marching band! Originally airing on Lifetime, Magic Johnson's ASPiRE TV picked up the show, allowing viewers to get the inside story on what it really takes to be a part of the Mighty Marching Hornets.
Now in its 13th season, the Shonda Rhimes series has become a mainstay of ABC's Thursday night lineup. The current cast includes Howard University alum, Debbie Allen, who has also directed numerous episodes.
In 2014 Lifetime brought the story of The Dancing Dolls of Jackson, Mississippi's Dollhouse Dance Factory, to the small screen. Now in its fourth season the docuseries depicts what the girls go through that has led them to earn more than 100 trophies and 15 grand champion titles. Bring It! shows how Dianna 'Miss D' Williams, a Jackson State alum, runs the show.
Based on the VH-1 movie that aired in 2016, the scripted series, The Breaks, follows three friends as they try to find success in New York's early 90's hiphop scene. The Breaks (movie) was written, directed and executive produced by Morehouse alum, Seith Mann who is the creator and writer for the series.
Airing daily on FOX, the talk show features an all-woman cast that includes Prairie View A&M alum Loni Love. Interestingly, Love was an electrical engineer prior to becoming a comedian, actess and talk show host.
Developed by ASPiRE TV, The Graduates NYC is a reality web series that follows the lives of six graduates from various HBCUs living in New York City. The show's cast members are alum of Florida A&M (Chasity Logan), Hampton (Ian Davis), Howard (Brittney Blackmon), Morehouse (Herman L. Riley, III), North Carolina A&T (Emilee Christopher) and North Carolina Central (Kian Brown).