Did you know that P. Diddy interned at Uptown records while he was at Howard University? Or that Oprah got her start in broadcasting while at Tennessee State University? Check out our of slideshow of famous HBCU alumni. Are we missing someone? Tell us in the comments section!
While Sean “Puffy”/”P. Diddy” Combs was attending Howard, he also interned at Uptown records, commuting on the weekends from Washington D.C. to New York City. Eventually, the head of the label offered Combs a job, so he dropped out of school to pursue music full-time.
This Nobel Prize-winning author graduated from Howard University with a degree in English in 1953.
As a theatre arts major at Howard University, Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson worked as a secretary at the Pentagon to pay the bills.
Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show, graduated Spelman in 2001. While in college, she was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Jackson was originally a marine biology major at Morehouse College before switching his focus to acting.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Walker entered Spelman College in 1961. After two years there, she transferred to Sarah Lawrence in New York to finish her education.
Cain, who recently threw his hat in the ring for the Republican presidential nomination, graduated Morehouse in 1967. He studied mathematics.
Winfrey’s broadcasting career got a major boost while she was still a student at Tennessee State University. While in college, she was offered a job as an anchor at the local CBS affiliate. She took the position after a teacher told her broadcasting jobs were “the reason people go to college.”
Shelton “Spike” Lee got his BA from Morehouse in 1979.
Badu studied theatre at Grambling State University and was even as campus queen before she left to start her music career.