Christmas in October?

Christmas in October?

Christmas isn't for another two months but gifts are flowing everywhere in the HBCU Community! Is your school one of the fortunate recipients of these awesome, unexpected gifts? Take a look:

  1. Math and Science Grant at Spelman 
    Late last month, Spelman College announced that it will receive a 5.7 million dollar grant from The Simons Foundation. This donation comes at a time when students and professors in the research departments are spread pretty thin. The gift will pay half of the salaries for 10 STEM faculty members and provide more opportunities for students to participate in research during the school year.   

  2. Ja Rule and the Painted House
    There are five lucky HBCUs experiencing the generosity of Ja Rule this season. Ja Rule and his affiliates at The Painted House created an ultra successful NFT campaign called Black is Beautiful. This stunning collection of art raised $25,000 in sales which is being matched by ICONN Media (also founded by Ja Rule) for a total of $50,000.  The lucky schools are Jackson State University, Morgan State University, Hampton University, Spelman College, and Morehouse College. Ja Rule is committed to supporting HBCUs and has dedicated a portion of the secondary profits to the HBCU impact fund. 

  3. Giving Back to ASU
    It’s always important to remember where you come from and Alabama State University Alumnus Courtney Stewart, is doing just that. On October 8th during the Alabama State University vs. Jackson State University Homecoming game, Mr. Stewart, CEO and founder of three successful communications companies, donated a whopping $100,000 dollars to his alma mater. The entirety of this generous donation will be dedicated to the same department at which Courtney studied as a student; the department of Communications. 

Are you in a giving mood? You can shop for yourself while giving back at where 15% percent of profits are donated back to our affiliate schools.

Bibi Mama is a first generation Beninese-American actress born and raised in Mansfield, CT. Growing up she watched her father, an English professor and author, continue the Yoruba oral tradition through storytelling, which inspired her. She earned her B.F.A. from Howard University and recently finished her MFA at the Old Globe/University of San Diego MFA Graduate Acting Program.
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