…and his college of choice: a historically black college!

Earlier this week, singer, songwriter, actor, and businessman William Ray Norwood Jr., known as “Ray J” made the decision to pursue his college degree at Philander Smith College.

“After speaking to the students about perseverance, hard work and being self-motivated, I was very inspired,” he wrote under a picture of him surrounded by students cheering him on. “I welcome the opportunity to further my business skills as I continues to grow and expand my technology company @RayconGlobal. It’s never too late to go to college,” says Ray J.

The new father and 37-year-old star will begin his courses in January 2019.

“I’m very familiar with the HBCU experience because my parents attended HBCUs,” he shares.

Father, Willie Norwood, attended Jackson State University and mother, Sonja Bates-Norwood, is a graduate of Southern University.

Welcome to the HBCU family Ray J, congratulations!


  1. Not only am I happy to see Ray J going to college…but to an HBCU. Most Black stars tend to opt to go to PWIs. Don’t get me wrong, as Black people, we need to get as much education as possible, but its great to hear that Ray J is investing his education in an PWI . I wished that I would have had the money to attend one.

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