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.
6. Lynae Vanee – Spelman College
Lynae Vanee is a multifaceted performer, poet, influencer, writer, and actress hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. She is a graduate of Spelman College and Boston University with a Master’s Degree in African American Studies and uses her digital platforms to speak on race, feminism, politics, and inclusivity. Lynae’s viral videos have garnered over 20 million views across platforms and has garnered the attention of several celebrities, major networks, and the general public.
Highlighted in the LA Times and Bustle, Lynae has built her brand on “keeping it black but keeping it brief” offering critical context on today’s issues in a succinct and stylized manner. Lynae is an NAACP Image Award Nominee and has collaborated with various brands such as Meta, Target, Revolt, Tommy Hilfiger, and Netflix, to name a few. She has also been a featured guest on The Cross Connection with Tiffany Cross and appeared in the 2021 Amazon Prime television special “Yearly Departed”.