12 Familiar Faces You May Not Have Known Were Products Of HBCUs

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Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen are the original hot girls!

These Houston natives both attended Howard University in the nation’s capital. 

Rashad graduated magna cum laude (come on brains and beauty) in 1970 where she earned a bachelor of fine arts degree upon going on to become the first Black actress to win a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. She also stole our hearts as Claire Huxtable and has since returned to serve as the Dean of Howard’s College of Fine Arts.

Allen earned a bachelor’s degree in classical Greek literature, speech and theater. She has been nominated for 20 Emmy Awards (she has won five), two Tony Awards, and has won a Golden Globes Award. 

Best known for her role in the hit series, “Fame,” Allen continues to be a household name as an entrepreneur, director, producer and more!

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