This page may be called “About Us,” but it’s really about YOU! You are our sole motivation for constant improvement. We appreciate you stopping by to learn more about the people behind HBCU Lifestyle. From our point of view, it’s our job to provide you with relevant information you can use as an HBCU student, alumnus, supporter or advocate. We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for your love and support, and that’s why we say THANK YOU! Thank you for the social media shares, tweets and comments on blog posts. It’s all love.
HBCU Lifestyle is led by Richard and Garrick Gibson, a father and son team with a passion for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). They are both proud graduates of Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, FL. Keeping the tradition alive, the third-generation son is currently attending FAMU with an anticipated graduation date of 2016. Richard and Garrick are both married to loving and supportive women who both attended Tuskegee University in Alabama.
Richard is an alumnus of Florida A&M University with a degree in Business Administration. His background includes tenure as an entrepreneur in catering, wholesale apparel distribution and an online business. Other ventures include time spent as a food service manager and as a public administrator. His hobbies include gardening, reading and writing non-fiction short stories.
Garrick is an alumnus of Florida A&M University with a degree in graphic design, journalism and print management. He currently works as an information designer in Jacksonville, Florida. He has a passion for design and personal development. Garrick’s personal interests include running, blogging, technology, marketing, communications, personal development, wellness and entrepreneurism.
Why HBCU Lifestyle?
HBCU Lifestyle was created because we feel that we add value to the HBCU community by contributing relevant and thoughtful content that will help preserve the HBCU tradition. Our primary intent is to empower current and future generations of HBCU students and their families by providing valuable advice about college admissions, campus life and financial aid resources.
In addition to supporting students, we will connect and collaborate with advocates, alumni, fans and friends to collectively keep the dream alive.
HBCUs are just as relevant today as when the first HBCU opened its doors over 100 years ago. The HBCU experience is a privilege that has been passed down for generations, and we must continue to honor the legacy that has been passed down to us.
“We are here because of our Grandmother’s prayers and our Grandfather’s dreams, and we come on the breath of our ancestors.”
— Oprah Winfrey (2012 Spelman College commencement address), adapted from Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell’s song “We Are”
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.
All the best,
Richard & Garrick Gibson