6 Black Women That HBCU Students Should Know

In honor of Women’s History Month, here is a list of trailblazing Black women that students should follow.

March is all about women. While it’s Women’s History Month, today, March 8, is also International Women’s Day, a time to celebrate the focus on the importance of women’s rights, the power of women's voices, and their inspiring achievements—big and small, past and present. To honor the strength, work ethic, creativity, and just pure existence of Black women, here is a list of 6 entrepreneurs whose accomplishments are allowing the next generation to feel empowered to steadily break barriers.

  • Imani Ellis

    Imani Ellis

    Founder of The Creative Collective and CultureCon

    Imani Ellis is the founder and CEO of The Creative Collective, a large community and studio dedicated to facilitating spaces for Black and Brown creatives. She is also responsible for the creation of CultureCon. Ellis recently announced “CultureCon on Campus” presented by Max, happening at Clark Atlanta University on Friday, April 12, 2024. Students will have the opportunity to network, join interactive workshops, attend jobs fairs, and more.

  • Kendall Reynolds

    Kendall Reynolds

    Founder and CEO of Kendall Miles

    Kendall Reynolds is the founder, CEO, and designer of Kendall Miles, a high-quality, luxury footwear that is manufactured and produced in Florence, Italy. The success of this brand was created from a college breakup. Since the launch in 2016, the company’s footwear has been worn by celebrities like Rihanna, Ashanti, Fantasia, Taraji P. Henson, and Kehlani.

  • Fanta Conte

    Fanta Conte

    Model and digital content creator 

    If you’ve walked into a beauty supply store or Sephora, then you’ve seen Fanta Conte’s face on a few products. She has modeled for companies like Juvia's Place, Danessa Myricks Beauty, Outre and more. Conte is also a digital content creator who gives her Instagram and TikTok followers the inside scoop on her everyday life and makeup and skincare routines.

  • Hosanna Hali

    Hosanna Hali

    Founder of The Tech Cornr

    Hosanna Hali is a sales engineer at Zscaler and the founder of The Tech Cornr, a platform she created to help women to pursue a career in tech. If you follow Hali on social media, you’ll see how she uses her platform to inform, inspire, and empower her followers through sharing her story, tech resources, and valuable career advice.

  • Dr. Raquel Martin


    Dr. Raquel Martin

    Licensed clinical psychologist

    Dr. Raquel Martin is a licensed clinical psychologist and a mental health and social justice professor at Tennessee State University. Dr. Martin aims to radically reimagine Black possibility by promoting Black mental health as key to legacy-building and longevity for the future generations.

  • Grace Ladoja

    Grace Ladoja

    Founder of Our Homecoming

    Grace Ladoja is a music executive and the founder of Our Homecoming, a festival in Lagos, Nigeria. She recently announced the return of the event, which will begin March 27, 2024, through April 1, 2024. Ladoja is also the co-founder of Metallic Inc., a global culture studio that provides management services, guidance, and consultancy for talents.

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