An indomitable Bison baddie is detailing her time on the Mecca whereas celebrating numerous younger leaders educated at traditionally Black establishments.
Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins persistently made waves on Netflix’s “Dear White People” the place she performed a purpose-seeking freshman who navigated by way of a PWI whereas embracing Black delight.
Her position countered her real-life, Howard Univerity expertise the place she loved all-Black, all-excellent, HBCU tradition whereas realizing that she would dedicate her time to paying it ahead for the following era of leaders.
A legacy Bison alumna Ashley all the time speaks on Howard, and this homecoming season, she’s becoming a member of DIAGEO and its manufacturers CÎROC, Crown Royal, Tequila Don Julio, and Tanqueray in partnership with HBCU Buzz as they honor their 30 Under 30. The record consists of grads from not solely Howard, however Hampton University, North Carolina A&T University, Spelman College, and extra, all of whom are making spectacular strides of their respective fields.
On Friday, October 21, Ashley will cross the torch to the honorees by celebrating their roles as the following era of Black leaders and trade changemakers on the HBCU Buzz 30 Under 30 Reception and the inaugural Bison Alumni Ball.
Below the star dishes to BOSSIP about her Howard expertise and particulars the forthcoming purpose-driven get together for HBCU Buzz’s honorees.
Happy Homecoming week! What are a few of your fondest recollections out of your time at Howard?
My very first Homecoming in October of 2005 was so extremely memorable & FUN. My mom is a Howard Alum and I’m from the DMV so I had attended earlier than, however there’s nothing like your first one as a pupil and your first as an alum! Becoming a Lady of Alpha Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc within the Spring of 2007 & assembly a few of my perfect associates. Howard University modified my life & I’ll all the time do my finest to provide again to the college that has given me a lot!
A lot of us at BOSSIP are HBCU grads, so we fully perceive the HBCU expertise, however what does the HBCU expertise imply to you and what recommendation would you provide somebody contemplating an training at considered one of our traditionally Black schools and universities?
The HBCU expertise is one the place you’ve got the distinct honor and privilege of being surrounded by good, lovely, and bold college students, college, and employees who appear like you. It is a spot the place as a Black particular person you are feeling extremely seen, valued, and understood which is invaluable. The recommendation I’d provide is, “It is an experience I am happy to say I didn’t miss out on. I see the benefits and blessings which have come from attending an HBCU in my life each and every day. I have no regrets, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made & I don’t know anyone personally who regrets their decision. That says a lot!”
Howard Homecomings are legendary—for those who may describe the expertise in three phrases, what phrases would you select?
Incomparable, Exhilarating & BLACK!
Tell us extra about your partnership with DIAGEO and HBCU Buzz’s 30 Under 30—what qualities do these chosen for this honor possess?
I’m excited to companion with DIAGEO and it’s manufacturers to honor the following era of Black leaders. Together we are going to have a good time the newest HBCU Buzz Class of 30 beneath 30 and to toast to every honoree’s influence and spectacular achievements to construct a greater future throughout considered one of my favourite occasions, Howard Homecoming. I’m proud to pay it ahead and help my fellow HBCU group as we uplift the following era of changemakers who’re blazing a path for others of their communities!
We additionally heard concerning the inaugural Bison Ball, what can attendees count on?
A celebration! Right after the 30 beneath 30 Reception, we can be partying with a objective that night time on the Bison Alumni Ball. It’ll be an evening of Black excellence with so many notable alumni beneath one roof toasting to those wonderful honorees. There can be music and naturally scrumptious CÎROC, Crown Royal, Tequila Don Julio, and Tanqueray cocktails. I’m excited to come back along with my HBCU household and let unfastened!
More episodes of TTT every Monday which I’m very enthusiastic about. You might even see me again on the second season of NBC’s GRAND CREW (wink, wink), and I can’t look forward to the world to satisfy Miss India Blue on the second season of Starz RUN THE WORLD. I’m all the time creating & collaborating a lot extra to come back!
Check out HBCU Buzz’s “30 Under 30 below.”