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We Can Be Royals: HBCU Kings and Queens 2022-2023

Our historically Black Colleges and Universities annually crown their best and brightest to represent them through the year. Here's a list of this year's Kings and Queens (alphabetical by school).
  • Miss Alabama State University

    Courtesy: Alabama State University

    Queen: Aleah Robinson

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Accounting

  • Mr. & Miss Benedict College

    Courtesy: Benedict College

    King: Oscar Wyatt

    Age: 22

    Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Mass Communications

    ****

    Queen: Nina Lauren Rutherford

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Temple Hills, Md.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Mass Communications

  • Mr. & Miss Bowie State University

    Courtesy: Bowie State University

    King: Keyon S. Woodward

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Baltimore, Md.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Communications

    ****

    Queen: Dawn E. Belton

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Temple Hills, Md.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Theatre Arts

  • Mr. & Miss Cheyney University

    Courtesy: Cheyney University

    King: Prince Kiiru

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Business Administration

    ****

    Queen: Shadia Tinsley-Jones

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.

    Year in School: Junior

    Academic Major: Business Administration

  • Mr. & Miss Clark Atlanta University

    Courtesy: Clark Atlanta University

    King: Larry Wells, Jr. 

    Age: 22

    Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Mass Media Arts

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    Queen: Nailah Rae Williams

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Marietta, Ga.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Business Administration

  • Mr. & Miss Coppin State University

    Courtesy: Coppin State University

    King: Tre’Quan Hayes

    Age: 22

    Hometown: Kalamazoo, Mich.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Elementary Education

    ****

    Queen: Keylin Perez

    Age: 22

    Hometown: Howard County, Md.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Nursing

  • Mr. & Miss Delaware State University

    Courtesy: Delaware State University

    King: Jonte Simmons

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Laureldale, Pa.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Accounting (with minor in Economics)

    ****

    Queen: Bralyn Page

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Delaware County, Pa.

    Year in school: Senior

    Academic Major: Biological Sciences- Health Professions

  • Mr. & Miss Dillard University

    Courtesy: Dillard University

    King: Spencer Miles Jones

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Marion, Ark.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Urban Studies and Public Policy

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    Queen: Jerika Marshae Edwards

    Age: 22

    Hometown: Prichard, Ala.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Urban Studies and Public Policy

  • Mr. & Miss Edward Waters University

    Courtesy: Edward Waters University

    King: Amari Leath

    Age: 24

    Hometown: Orlando, Fla.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Communications

    ****

    Queen: Chandrae Bethea

    Age: 25

    Hometown: Fort Meyers, Fla.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Communications

  • Mr. & Miss Fayetteville State University

    Courtesy: Fayetteville State University

    King: Issiah McLean

    Age: 22

    Hometown: Elizabethtown, N.C.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Criminal Justice

    ****

    Queen: Asia Hammock

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.

    Year in School: Junior

    Academic Major: Chemistry - Pre-Health

  • Mr. & Miss Florida Memorial University

    Courtesy: Florida Memorial University

    King: Jalil Lee

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Plainfield, New Jersey

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Aviation Management

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    Queen: La'Karla Moore

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Daytona Beach, Fla.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Aviation - Air Traffic Control

  • Mr. & Miss Fort Valley State University

    Courtesy: Fort Valley State University

    King: Jakoba Mildton Jr.

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Decatur, Ga.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Mass Communications

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    Queen: Thomaya Brown

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Warner Robins, Ga.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Mathematics

  • Miss Grambling State University

    Courtesy: Grambling State University

    Royal: Kelli Jo Anna-Katrice Copes

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Grambling, Louisiana

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Biology Pre-Medicine

  • Mr. & Miss Harris-Stowe State University

    Courtesy: Harris-Stowe State University

    King: Adam Mundy

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Detroit, Mich.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Business Administration

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    Queen: Cierra Isaac

    Age: 22

    Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Criminal Justice

  • Mr. & Miss Howard University

    Courtesy: Howard University

    King: Rashan Schoffner

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: TV & Film

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    Queen: Cecily Davis

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Musical Theatre

  • Mr. & Miss Jackson State University

    Courtesy: Jackson State University

    King: Joshua E. Edwards

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Tulsa, Okla.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Journalism & Media Studies

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    Queen: Naomi S. Harris

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Elementary Education

  • Mr. & Miss Johnson C. Smith University

    Courtesy: Johnson C. Smith University

    King: Caleb Davis

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Communication Arts

    ****

    Queen: Essence Winston

    Age: 21

    Hometown: South San Francisco, Calif.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Political Science

  • Mr & Miss Langston University

    Courtesy: Langston University

    King: O’Riyan McFerren-Gause

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Business Management

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    Queen: Diva Hunt

    Age: 22

    Hometown: Chicago, Ill.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Business Management

  • Mr. & Miss Lincoln University

    Courtesy: Lincoln University

    King: Traquel Artis

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.

    Year in School: Junior

    Academic Major: Political Science

    ****

    Queen: Nia Turner

    Age: 21

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Mass Communications

  • Mr. & Miss Lincoln University of Missouri

    Courtesy: Lincoln University of Missouri

    King: Tyree Stovall

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Omaha Neb.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Journalism

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    Queen: BaBari Naabien

    Age: 22

    Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria (via St. Louis, Mo.)

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Psychology

  • Mr. & Miss Mississippi Valley State University

    Courtesy: Mississippi Valley State University

    King: Emmanuel Asuquo

    Age: 19

    Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

    Year in School: 4th Year

    Academic Major: Computer Science and Mathematics

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    Queen: Essence Baggett

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Indianola, Miss.

    Year in School: 4th Year

    Academic Major: Music Vocal Performance

  • Miss Maroon and White (Morehouse College)

    Courtesy: Morehouse College

    Queen: Nia Phillips

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Somerset, New Jersey

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Political Science

  • Mr. and Miss Morgan State University

    Courtesy: Morgan State University

    King: Ehidiame Akojie

    Age: 22

    Hometown: Upper Marlboro, Md.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Business Administration

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    Queen: Kysha Hancock

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Laurel, Md.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Multimedia Journalism

  • Mr. & Miss Norfolk State University

    Courtesy: Norfolk State University

    King: Tyreese Davis

    Age: 21

    Hometown:  Chester, S.C.

    Year in School:  Senior

    Academic Major: Elementary Education

    ****

    Queen: Justis Fisher

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Portsmouth, Va.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Applied Mathematics

  • Mr. & Miss North Carolina A&T

    Courtesy: North Carolina A&T

    King: Curtis Shannon Jr.

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Lima, Ohio

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Liberal Studies

    ****

    Queen: Avionna Burns

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Winston Salem, N.C.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Economics

  • Mr. & Miss Prairie View A&M University

    Courtesy: Prairie View A&M University

    King: Caleb Leeper

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Grand Prairie, Tex.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Nursing

    ****

    Queen: Taverlyn M. Shepard

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Shelby, Miss.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Biology

  • Mr. & Miss. Saint Augustine's University

    Courtesy: Saint Augustine's University

    King: Deante Barnes

    Age: 24

    Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Computer Information Systems

    ****

    Queen: Brecha Byrd

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Surry County, Va.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Business Administration

  • Mr. & Miss Savannah State University

    Courtesy: Savannah State University

    King: Djangmah Narhmartey

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Savannah, Ga.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Computer Information Systems

    ****

    Queen: Maddison Reliford

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Albany Ga

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Political Science

  • Mr. & Miss Shaw University

    Courtesy: Shaw University

    King: Izeah Lorenzo Lee Parker

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Hopewell, Va.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Business Administration

    ****

    Queen: Imani Ayana Elyse Sterling

    Age: 22

    Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Mass Communications

  • Miss Southern University and A&M College

    Courtesy: Southern University and A&M College

    Queen: Briana Hall

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Shreveport, La.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Marketing

  • Mr. & Miss Southern University at New Orleans

    Courtesy: Southern University at New Orleans

    King: Ronnie L. Dyer

    Age: 29

    Hometown: New Orleans, La.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Biology

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    Queen: Daryelle D. Mitchell

    Age: 22

    Hometown: New Orleans, La.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Biology

  • Mr. & Miss South Carolina State University

    Courtesy: South Carolina State University

    King: Aubrey Brown

    Age: 21 

    Hometown: Augusta, GA

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Biology

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    Queen: Avianna Verschelle “Ivy” Hogue

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Gaffney, S.C.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Elementary Education

  • Miss Southern University at Shreveport

    Courtesy: Southern University at Shreveport

    Queen: Tamia Michelle Williams

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Shreveport, La.

    Year in School: Sophomore

    Academic Major: Radiology Technology

  • Mr. Tennessee State University

    Courtesy: Tennessee State University

    King: Tre’veon Hayes

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Elementary Education

  • Mr. & Mrs. Tuskegee University

    Courtesy: Tuskegee University

    King: Daisean DuBose

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Monroeville, Ala.

    Year in School: 4th year Graduate Student

    Academic Major: Occupational Therapy 

    ****

    Queen:  Aleya G. Barber

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Biology

  • Mr. & Miss Virginia State University

    Courtesy: Virginia State University

    King: Mekhi McKinney

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Prince George’s County, Maryland

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Sociology

    ****

    Queen: Joy Watson

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Newburgh, N.Y.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Mechanical Engineering Technology / Mathematics

  • Miss University of the Virgin Islands

    Courtesy: University of the Virgin Islands

    Queen: Tamia Grant

    Age: 20

    Hometown: St. Kitts and Nevis

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Chemistry

  • Mr. & Miss Voorhees University

    Courtesy: Voorhees University

    King: Xavier Willcox

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Business Marketing

    ****

    Queen: Keyana Yeoman

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Wilmington, N.C.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Mass Communications

  • Mr. & Miss Wilberforce University

    Courtesy: Wilberforce University

    King: Zion Justice

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Business Management

    ****

    Queen: Honesty Lyon

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Mass Communications

  • Mr. & Miss Xavier University of Louisiana

    Courtesy: Xavier University of Louisiana

    King: Zion Rouege

    Age: 21

    Hometown: New Orleans, La.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Biology Pre-med

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    Queen: Nina Giddens

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

    Year in School: Senior

    Academic Major: Public Health

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