The 2022 class of HBCU Buzz’s HBCU Top 30 Under 30 is here! For the past eight years, we have been honoring the inspiring change-makers that HBCUs have produced and this year’s class is nothing short of HBCU greatness! We’re highlighting students who have been making strides in their fields and showing the world what HBCU grads can do.
The numbers don’t lie, according to UNCF, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) enroll 10% of all African American students and produce almost 20% of all African American graduates. Additionally, 25% of African American graduates with STEM degrees come from HBCUs. These illustrious institutions have produced countless civil rights leaders, doctors, religious leaders, bankers, writers, Olympians, lawyers, musicians, engineers, actors, humanitarians, professional athletes, educators, scientists, and politicians.
HBCUs provide the foundation and support needed for their students to go out into the world and become prestigious leaders. This year we continue to honor HBCU students from various backgrounds achieving excellence and making their alma mater proud. Some of the leaders featured include a rocket scientist, an award-winning Broadway actor, accomplished doctors, and more.
We’re excited for this Homecoming season to partner with DIAGEO and its brands CÎROC, Crown Royal, Tequila Don Julio, and Tanqueray to honor Black changemakers creating lasting change in their communities to uplift and celebrate Black excellence. Together with DIAGEO at the Mecca of HBCUs, we will honor the next generation of Black leaders and industry changemakers at the 30 Under 30 Reception and Alumni Bison Ball to toast to each honoree’s impact and impressive achievements to build a better future.
1. Myles Frost – Bowie State University
Myles Frost is a Bowie State University student taking Broadway by storm. In June, Myles received a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his role as Michael Jackson in MJ: The Musical. He is one of the youngest-ever recipients for this category and the youngest HBCU student to win a Tony. He was just a college junior studying audio engineering before being selected in 2021 for the starring role on Broadway after the musical’s producers saw a high school YouTube video of him performing Jackson’s hit “Billie Jean.” Myles recently signed with United Talent Agency, one of the world’s leading talent and entertainment companies which will help expand his career across a variety of verticals, including film, television, brand endorsements, and more.
Music has always been a part of Myles’ life as he has been playing piano since he was just six years old. He found his passion for musicals in high school after a push from one of his teachers. He began to put himself out there and landed roles in his high school productions of “Hairspray,” “Legally Blonde,” and “Cinderella.” Myles also briefly starred on the 2017 season of The Voice and landed two small film roles.