HBCUs have several campus programs, initiatives, and extracurricular activities. On campus, it is very easy to find outlets for even the most uncommon interests.

Alabama State University has a unique dance squad, featuring all-curvy ladies who are known as the “ASU Honey Beez”. The plus-sized dancers perform and travel with the Alabama State University band, the Mighty Marching Hornets, and are known to sport ornate, flashy outfits.

The Honey Beez were founded in 2004 by Alabama State’s Band Director, Dr. James Oliver and is run by Queen Bee, AnnaMarshae. To join the team, you must bee a full-time student, audition, have a minimum 2.5 grade point average, and weight at least 250 pounds.

Have you seen the ladies on television yet? They were featured in ASPIRE TV series, Bama State Style. They’re also appeared on a few other shows:

Years ago, the ladies were on the Steve Harvey Show.

Recently, the Beez auditioned on America’s Got Talent.

One of the Beez, Victoria Brown, shares her excitement, “The experience we gained from going to Hollywood has definitely been a surge in confidence,” Brown said. “By being on the show, doing our thing and getting the message out to other plus-sized women, we’re doing bigger things for everyone, not just ourselves.”

You can catch the Honey Beez Regularly, on their Youtube Channel: BamaStateHoneyBeez. Check out the first episode of this season:


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