Actress Angelina Jolie’s daughter will attend Spelman College (video)

Hollywood heavyweight Angelina Jolie announced over the weekend that her daughter will attend Spelman College in the fall. Jolie, who adopted several children of different ethnicities with former husband and A-list actor Brad Pitt, stated to her 15 million Instagram followers on July 31, 2022, that Zahara Jolie Pitt will be attending the prestigious HBCU in […]

Spelman alum and Ron Clark Academy educator Pam Haskins nurtures Black scholars

Pamela Haskins is an educator who goes the extra mile for her students. Haskins also writes intensive course instruction for both adults and children that teaches them to analyze literature and make it relatable to current events. She was born to parents who both attended HBCUs and to a family loaded with educators who inspired […]

Jai Ferrell keeps Hartsfield-Jackson airport running in the black

Atlanta continues to lead by example, putting a Black woman in the top leadership position at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. J’Aimeka “Jai” Ferrell initially joined the airport seven years ago in marketing and most recently served as assistant general manager of commercial revenue development.  She was recently named the airport’s chief commercial officer. Rolling out talked […]

Morehouse and Spelman colleges shine in new collaboration with Polo Ralph Lauren

On March 15, it was announced that Polo Ralph Lauren, Morehouse and Spelman colleges teamed up to release a capsule collection of clothing for the two HBCUs. Ralph Lauren collaborated with a team of Black creators to make this vision come to life, and the collection is a throwback to 1950s collegiate style. On March 29th […]

Dr. Johnnetta Cole is the Black woman’s ‘superpower whisperer’

Johnnetta Betsche Cole, Ph.D. is a noted educator, anthropologist, author and the 7th president and national chair of The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). Cole challenges all Black women everywhere to have an internal Black manifesto and to lead with Black community development goals. By building women’s images and being a Black woman’s ‘superpower […]

Multiple HBCUs evacuated, locked down after bomb threats

Nine historically Black colleges and universities went into lockdown mode or evacuated their campuses after receiving bomb threats on Jan. 5, 2022. Officials at Spelman College, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Florida Memorial University, Howard University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University, Prairie View A&M University, Florida Memorial University and Xavier University […]

Samuel L. Jackson and wife make biggest alumnae donation in Spelman history

Samuel L. Jackson and his wife LaTanya made the largest alumnae donation in the history of famed HBCU Spelman College. The two actors, both graduates from the Atlanta University Center, contributed $5 million to the John D. Rockefeller Fine Arts building.  LaTanya Richardson Jackson is a graduate of Spelman and her husband, Samuel L. Jackson, […]

Indria Gillespie wants you to be the match and save Black lives

Indria Gillespie, Ph.D., is a business owner and a two-time bone marrow donor. Her experience donating marrow to save the lives of strangers provided the inspiration for establishing the nonprofit Angels In Disguise. The organization’s mission is to conduct non-clinical research and heighten awareness of the bone marrow registry. Gillespie also works to increase understanding […]

10 Spelman College alumnae in arts and entertainment

Spelman College’s promise is to prepare its students to change the world. Since its founding in 1881, Spelman has produced phenomenal women who dominate in their chosen career paths. From teachers like Christine King Farris and actresses such as Esther Rolle, to businesswomen like Rosalind Brewer and politicians such as Stacey Abrams, the liberal arts […]

All 6 officers charged for excessive force against Morehouse, Spelman students

Six Atlanta officers have been charged with using “excessive force” against two college students on Sunday, May, 31, according to CNN. Fulton County District Attorney, Paul Howard made the announcement Tuesday, June 2. A day earlier, Atlanta’s Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that two of the officers were fired for the malicious act that saw […]

Morehouse and Spelman students speak out after being brutally attacked by cops

(Photo credit: Shutterstock.com / ArtOlympic) The Morehouse and Spelman College students who were tased and brutalized by cops in Atlanta decided to speak on the incident that shocked the nation. On May 30, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced a 9:00 p.m. curfew. About 15 minutes after the curfew went into effect, the situation at […]

Atlanta councilman stands with Morehouse, Spelman students harassed by cops

On the night of Saturday, May 30, 2020, Messiah Young, a recent graduate of Morehouse College, was driving home with his friend, a classmate who attends Spelman College, near Centennial Olympic Park. Minutes before they made it to an intersection that divided protestors and police, the city of Atlanta had issued a citywide curfew for […]

Spelman grad Aisha Griffin’s online beauty store thriving amid pandemic

As the shopping landscape has undergone a major shift during the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have been forced to adapt their business models to address customer needs. Aisha Griffin, founder of online retailer Coil Beauty, remains undeterred by the challenge. The Detroit native and Spelman College graduate launched the online company in 2018 after years […]

NCNW’s Johnnetta Cole meets Spelman students at Parade of Roses

Nothing brings a smile to Johnnetta Betsch Cole‘s face or joy to her heart faster than encountering women who study at Spelman College, where she served as president from 1987 to 1997. On Jan. 1, 2020, the dress rehearsal for the 2020 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, was long and tiring, but that did not […]

YouTubeBlack FanFest celebrates creativity of content creators

It’s no secret that the YouTube platform has birthed a new generation of stars who’ve become some of the most impactful influencers in the world. YouTubeBlack partnered with Walmart to celebrate the success and creativity of some of their biggest Black stars to kick off homecoming week at Morehouse and Spelman colleges in Atlanta. #YouTubeBlackFanfest […]

14-year-old Sydney Wilson becomes youngest student to attend Spelman College

Sydney Wilson was living a normal teenage life when she got the news. The 14-year-old played elite soccer, ran track and was the captain of her school’s robotics team. But instead of preparing to attend high school in the fall like most kids her age, Wilson will make history by becoming the youngest student to […]

Spelman students react after being inspired by Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama recently surprised the students at Spelman College. The students were given the opportunity to greet and receive guidance from one of the most powerful persons of this generation. For the past semester, a select group of students from Spelman and Morehouse had studied her memoir as a foundational text of their political science class, “Black […]

Atlanta HBCU commencements targeted by racist Westboro Baptist Church

Over the past four years students of Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark-Atlanta University have labored for educational and personal development in pursuit of their degrees. But this year the upcoming commencement and baccalaureate ceremonies at these Atlanta HBCUs have been targeted for a hateful protest by the religious hate group known as the Westboro […]