A Message From The Founder
Hi, I am Rushion McDonald, Emmy & NAACP Image Award-winning television producer. I have always felt that the black community was essential and should be acknowledged for our positive contributions. It is for these reasons that I created the Hoodie Awards/Neighborhood Awards.
"Black Excellence” encompasses me and every other African American working towards the advancement of our people. The HBCU Awards will recognize our “Black Excellence” in Education, Entertainment, and Business. It is an award show for the people which will promote the stars of our community and showcase our culture.
After the Civil War, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were created to meet the educational needs of Black students who previously had negligible opportunities to attend college.
These schools had humble beginnings, with the first HBCUs conducting classes in homes, church basements, and old schoolhouses. The Morrill Act of 1890, which required states to provide land-grants for colleges to serve Black students, allowed HBCU's to build their own campuses.
These colleges and universities have long been an outstanding source of academic accomplishment and great pride for the African American communities throughout the entire nation. HBCUs offer medical, doctoral, master, bachelor and associate degree programs. HBCU doors opened during the period of segregation in the United States before the Civil Rights Act because predominantly white education institutions completely disqualified or limited African American enrollment. HBCUs have played a critical role ensuring that African American students and others receive a quality education.
More than 20 percent of all African American students are enrolled in HBUs despite HBUs constituting only 3 percent of all four-year colleges in the country. Today, HBCUs have produced 80 percent of all black judges, 50 percent of all black lawyers, 50 percent of all black doctors, 40 percent of all black engineers, 40 percent of all black members of Congress, 25 percent of all black STEM graduates, and 13 percent of all black CEOs in America
For the most part, HBCUs are concentrated in the Southern part of the United States to serve the African American community primarily. Because a century after the end of slavery in the United States in 1865, most colleges and universities in the Southern United States blocked all African Americans admissions, while institutions in other parts of the country employed quotas to limit acceptance of African Americans.
Notable graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities include:
Ralph Abernathy (Alabama State); Stacey Abrams (Spelman); Anthony Anderson (Howard); Eryka Badu (Grambling); David Banner (Southern); Kenya Barris (Clark-Atlanta); Chadwick Boseman (Howard);Toni Braxton (Bowie State); W.E.B. Dubois (Fisk); Mariam Wright Edelman (Spelman); Nikki Giovanni (Fisk); Alex Haley (Alcorn State); Kamala Harris (Howard):Taraji Henson (Howard); Langston Hughes (Lincoln Univ); Jesse Jackson (North Caroline A&T); Randy Jackson (Southern); Martin Luther King, Jr. (Morehouse); Gladys Knight (Shaw); Spike Lee (Morehouse); Samuel L. Jackson (Morehouse); Bakari Sellers (Morehouse); Toni Morrison (Howard); Phylicia Rashad (Howard); Lionel Richie (Tuskegee); Wendy Raquel Robinson (Howard); Will Packer (Florida A&M); Anika Noni Rose (Florida A&M); Wanda Sykes (Hampton); Stephen A. Smith (Winston-Salem State); Michael Strahan (Texas Southern); Booker T. Washington (Hampton) and Oprah Winfrey (Tennessee State)
For almost two centuries, Historically Black Colleges and Universities have educated students who have become successful alumni fully integrated within America's diverse workforce.
Rushion McDonald, Emmy Award-winning television producer who created the auspicious Hoodie Awards/Neighborhood Awards show that celebrated the stars within the community that uplifted predominately black neighborhoods. Similarly, The HBCU Awards will recognize the positive impact of HBCUs and other institutions: churches, barbershops, and beauty salons. Influencers of the African American culture in the realm of Business, Entertainment, and Education will also be honored.