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As a proud Howard University alum, I love everything HBCU. From tailgate to traditions, being an HBCU alum is a lifestyle. If you are looking for lifestyle inspiration for hosting you next HBCU party or teaching you kids about HBCUs, you have come to the right place.

  • HBCU Holiday Travel: Savannah State University
    Looking for unique holiday inspiration? We have you covered with gorgeous images of the Savannah State University Holiday taken by Litus Marshall (book him here for your next event or photoshoot) These photos are absolutely beautiful of this gorgeous southern campus which is a great travel destination for the holiday. Explore the first in our HBCU Holiday Travel Series where we start with Savannah State University. HBCU Holiday Travel: Savannah State University Check out pictures of their beautiful holiday decor below: Savannah State University is a historically black college located…
  • HBCU Homecoming Children’s Book For Your HBCU Baby
    As a new mom, I am always on the hunt for things for baby Jackson. And as a Howard University alum, anything that merges HBCUs and kids is at the top of my list. Today I am featuring the HBCU Homecoming Children’s Book soon to release called Homecoming and suggest that you add it to your coffee table and night time reading list. HBCU Homecoming Children’s Book For Your HBCU Baby This book is definitely on my must purchase list for 2019. Just the cover alone is worth a permanent…
  • HBCU Tailgate Gift Ideas for any Tailgating Fan or HBCU Alum
    At Black Southern Belle, we love tailgating! Many of us are HBCU Fans or HBCU Alums, including Michiel Perry, a very proud Howard alumnus. Tailgate parties are traditional during football games, classic events, homecoming, and even at home. They are a great way to gather with friends, family, and other alumni members as fun mini-reunions to celebrate HBCU culture. If you are looking for that perfect HBCU host gift, reunion present, or holiday gift, we have the essential HBCU tailgate gift ideas and even few tips for a touchdown party.…
  • HBCU Travel: Voorhees College Museum
    Voorhees College Historical Museum  Historically Black Colleges and Universities were built to provide higher education for African Americans. These institutions ensured that there is a place to not only grow while feeling inclusive but also to become a piece of history that can’t be erased. As an HBCU alum of Voorhees College, I have learned much of what it took for Voorhees College to become the great institution in which it is today. I have also met and learned about individuals who have mastered much more after Voorhees College and…
  • HBCU Move-In Day Memories & How to Prepare For Move-in Day
    School is back in session and college students are moving onto or back onto campus. Like many of us, we can all reflect back to our first time moving into our HBCU. Some first-year college students may have or have had a nervous move-in experience; while returning students may often have a quick process and a more excited feeling to move back in. Even though everyone’s experience is different with moving into the campus dorms, there are a few essential items needed to move back into the dorm comfortably.  How…
  • HBCU March Madness 2023: Black-Owned HBCU Brands to Support for March Madness
    March Madness is here. At Black Southern Belle, we are all about supporting HBCUs and today we are supporting HBCU entrepreneurs. Check out some of our favorite Black-Owned HBCU Brands to Support for HBCU March Madness 2023. From home decor to fashion and in between, these brands have you covered and are perfect items to give to your friends, family and of course yourself! I know I will be supporting my alma mater, Howard University and of course supporting my state HBCUs, SC State, Claflin, Voorhees and many more! HBCU…
  • HBCU Entertaining: How to Celebrate the Bayou Classic
    Tailgating season is coming to an end but the fun is not over. One of the largest events during the HBCU football season is the Bayou Classic held in New Orleans, Louisiana. If you can’t make it to the Bayou Classic why not bring the classic to you with a Bayou Inspired front porch party. Decorated Porch Swing: Create a porch swing for your guests to enjoy. Incorporate school colors or pick you favorite fall theme for a relaxing lounge area to enjoy the game with your fellow HBCU alum…
  • HBCU Tailgating: How to Host a Tailgate Party with HBCU Inspiration
    The camaraderie between HBCU alums and the loyalty to their schools runs deep. We’re sure you have that family member, friend, or sorority sister who loves to host a festive tailgate party at home and always creates a fun tailgating environment that feels like you are at your alma mater. We have the perfect gifts we know they will bring out for their next gathering and all the inspiration on how to host a tailgate party with HBCU inspiration. HBCU Tailgating: How to Host a Tailgate Party with HBCU Inspiration…
  • 5 Black-Owned Products for a College Care Package and How to Organize a Care Basket with Style
    Sisters, brothers, granddaughters, grandsons, daughters, and sons are soon to be awaiting their college care packages. Filled with an array of goodies, necessary essential items, candles, drinks, and books; these care packages are what is needed to get a college student to continue their upward journey through college. Care packages are more about ensuring the student is aware that their hard work isn’t going unnoticed. Providing care packages is highly recommended to keep our college students stocked with items they love and need.  Sending care packages is easy. However, packing…
  • 4 Fathers Share Memories of Daughters Attending HBCUs
    Father’s Day, which is just a few days away, is a holiday for the paternal figures in our lives. Father’s are necessary in our lives because they make a difference to our upbringing, teach us lessons through action, and serve as a representation of who we will be like when we grow up. Oftentimes when many people think about fathers the bond between their Southern Belle or junior Southern Beau is what they are known for, which is what we want to feature today on Black Southern Belle. Bonds between…
  • HBCU Pageantry: Tuskegee University Coronation Ball with Southern Charm
    For Brittney Jones-Dabney, she’s had the opportunity to experience both sides of the crown, wearing the crown as Miss Alabama A&M University 2010-2011 and guiding those selected during their reign as a Royal Court Advisor. She says she truly believes that being in the role of an Advisor is a special calling. Many are called, but few are chosen, this is what I find myself saying each year to the newly elected Royal Court. “I’ve had the opportunity to advise quite a few courts including Miss Alabama State University and…
  • Howard Homecoming at Home: The Proper Setting
    T H E P R O P E R S E T T I N G   H B C U H O M E C O M I N G S the pandemic glow up edition NOT TOO LONG AGO Homecoming Celebrations The gatherings of yesteryear had us shoulder to shoulder in open spaces waiting for the “swag surf” beat to drop. This seems so nostalgic considering how social distancing and remaining healthy during an existential crisis have now become our top priorities. CHANGE IS GOOD Growing up is…
  • HBCU Queen Heritage: Memories from Miss Voorhees College
    Being a Queen is far much more than royal elegance and queenly attire. Being a Queen requires true dedication to your Queenly duties and is ready to serve. Despite the image that is naturally painted about Queens getting ready for their crowning ceremony, HBCU Queens are naturally prepared because of characteristics that led them to become their HBCU Queen. Many HBCU Queens desired the destination of queendom from the start, while other Queens, like myself, couldn’t have imagined serving in such a royal role.  2017-2018 Miss Voorhees College  As a…
  • HBCU Heritage: How to Host a Friendsgiving
    The holiday season is here and it also coincides with the HBCU tailgating season. Why not experience the best of both worlds with an HBCU Friendsgiving where you enjoy a great meal and networking with your fellow HBCU alum. To help you plan your Friendsgiving on the fly, we have tips for networking during the holiday season along with inspiration for pulling your HBCU Friendsgiving together. Welcome Guest on Front Porch with Appetizers: Nothing says welcome like a plate of biscuits or apple pie. I added this front porch wreath…
  • HBCU Heritage: Reflections of an HBCU Queen
    Growing up my mom would get so excited during her college homecoming. I was especially excited for the homecoming parade. The marching bands could be heard miles away with cheers from the onlookers, floats would be decorated beautifully with candy flying mid air. Personally, I would be excited to see the campus queens! The crowns, the gowns and the regalness! Miss South Carolina State University would sparkle while perched at the top of her float. She would always give a gracious smile and graceful wave as she drove by. I…

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