Young, Gifted and Broke Cast and Info


Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies

Angela Rye is principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political advocacy firm in D.C. Rye is a prominent strategist who's offered on-air commentary for BET, CNN, NBC, HBO, ABC, MSNBC and TV One. Her dialogue ranges from political campaigns to complex legislation and administration policies that have long-term implications across the globe.


17th President of Howard University

A distinguished scholar and administrator, Frederick has advanced Howard University's commitment to student opportunity, academic innovation, public service and fiscal stability. Under his leadership, Howard University is now ranked as a Tier 1 national university by U.S. News & World Report.



Danielle Douglas-Gabriel covers student debt for The Washington Post. Douglas-Gabriel joined the national economy desk in July 2012 from Capital Business, a Post publication where she served as the local retail, hospitality and banking reporter. Her writing has appeared in, the New York Sun and the New York Amsterdam News.


Journalist and Author

Michael Arceneaux is the New York Times bestselling author of "I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyonce" and the forthcoming "I Don't Want to Die Poor," an essay collection centered on his experiences with massive student loan debt.


U.S. Representative, 5th District of Minnesota

Representing Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, which includes Minneapolis and its surrounding suburbs, Omar plans to focus on tackling many of the issues she hears about most from her constituents, like investing in education and freeing students from the shackles of debt -- among others.


Chairman of House Education and Labor Committee

Third Congressional District of Virginia Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott has represented Virginia's third congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1993. He also served 15 years in the Virginia General Assembly. Congressman Scott currently serves as the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor.


2016 National Teacher of the Year & House Education and Labor Committee Member

Representative Hayes was elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 2018, making her the first African-American woman and the first African-American Democrat to ever represent the state of Connecticut in Congress. Hayes first garnered widespread notoriety as the 2016 National Teacher of the Year.


Founder of

Jessica Brown is a nationally recognized financial aid expert. As CEO of College Gurl, President of College Gurl Foundation and author of "How to Pay for College When You're Broke," Brown educates students and families on how to make the best-informed decisions on financing a college education.