25 Notable Film & TV Actors Who Attended Howard University

Celebrating 150 Years! Howard University | 1867 – 2017

25 Notable Actors Who Attended Howard University

I’ve wanted to do this for awhile – compile a collage of our über-talened, hard-working entertainment family who have lit up the big and small screens after attending Howard University. “HU! You know!”

Finally! On this 150th Anniversary (HAPPY SESQUICENTENNIAL, HOWARD!), the university asked us to share our experiences. So, I sat down and started creating. This is my love letter to my fellow thespians and to all who have been touched by their lives. This just makes you happy, doesn’t it?! Happy and proud and hopeful!

I hope this image does three things:

1) Encourage you.
Behind every photo is a story of drive, perseverance, adaptability, and relationships. There are stories of faith, friendships and family. Many times, when there was no road, these talented brothers and sisters created their own – blazing a trail for many to follow. It’s difficult to sustain a career in film and television, yet this crew has been working from 10 to almost 50 years. We salute and celebrate each one of their lives.

2) Display the impeccable education that we received at Howard University.
The sheer volume of accolades this group has amassed on its way to becoming the crème de la crème of our ever-changing entertainment industry is not only impressive, but a testament to the training we received in those hilltop halls of HU! You name it – we’ve got it: Awards and Nominations galore for Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony, Grammy, Image, People’s Choice, Blockbusters, Highly-Acclaimed Indies, Long-running series, and on and on. Our artistry will always come first, but it’s beautiful when one is recognized for their hard work; and we all knew HARD WORK from Howard.

3) Provide a resource to Next Gen.
One of my brilliant nephews has received a 4-year academic scholarship to Howard in the Fall. Having received a full scholarship myself two decades ago, and knowing that I use every bit of my B.F.A. training each day as a performing artist and pastor here in Hollywood, I recently told my nephew to choose his higher education based on whether or not the alumni from that school are working. He wants to go into sports communication and will have to research that, but I post this image above for every young artist considering where to train.

I chose Howard because of 3 divas you see in that top row: Phylicia Rashad, Debbie Allen and Lynn Whitfield. When I looked at our industry 20 years ago, roles for sisters were few and far between. Halle had not yet won the 1st Best Actress Oscar, and only a couple of sisters had won Supporting Actress. I recently ran the numbers and posted that an African American actress has less than a 1% chance of winning Leading Actress and 1.5% chance of winning Supporting. Yet Rashad, Allen and Whitfield were working in front of the scenes, behind the scenes, snagging awards, blessings folks. I had a Master Class with Rashad at Howard my senior year, and I still remember her encouragement, expertise and poise. When we’re dreaming, it helps to see visual images of folks doing what we want to do. May this photo be a resource and visual to all our young dreamers. You can do it too!

The List
This is not an exhaustive list, but ONLY 25 of our most notable film and television actors that most people recognize by name/face. We have TONS of Howard University family who have excelled in directing, producing, theatre & musical theatre as well as in other artistic areas: Literary (Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Amiri Baraka, Paul Laurence Dunbar), Music (Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack, Meshell Ndegeocello, Crystal Waters, our bro Kenny Lattimore), etc. We also have TONS of working actors who have made a living entertaining and creating works that make our lives better. I know many of them, and they work hard as well. Perhaps in the future, we can compile more lists. Please let us know whom you want to include.

Lastly, before you write and question the photos included on the last row:
– Puffy is known for his business and music; however, the industry recognized his acting with awards and nominations for A Raisin in the Sun and an Academy nod for producing Undefeated. Should he not be included because he creates his own vehicles? This could open debate, but I’m just recording. Consider me a researcher and historian of sorts…
– Ananda has had her own show and is known as a TV Personality, but I personally know her acting chops. I directed her in a piece when we were at Howard. She uses her creative skills in what she does.
– Frenchie is known for American Idol and The Voice, which one could argue is for her singing. But her star is rising, and she’s a force onstage and onscreen.

25 Notable Film & Television Actors Who Attended Howard University
IMDb Credits:
1. Phylicia Rashad
2. Debbie Allen
3. Ossie Davis
4. Lynn Whitfield
5. Roxie Roker
6. Taraji P. Henson
7. Anthony Anderson
8. Wendy Raquel Robinson
9. Isaiah Washington
10. Paula Jai Parker
11. Laz Alonso
12. Susan Kelechi Watson
13. Chadwick Boseman
14. Tracie Thoms
15. Lance Gross
16. La La Anthony
17. Marlon Wayans
18. Simone Missick
19. Carl Anthony Payne II
20. Karen Malina White
21. Sean Combs
22. Wendy Davis
23. Ananda Lewis
24. Al Shearer
25. Frenchie Davis

Has this been helpful for you?
Let me know.
Happy 150th Howard! Got nothing but love for you!

Dr. Naima Lett
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Merry Christmas


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Wishing you lots of REST and peace this Christmas!

Stress is high with such uncertainty in our country today; but this Christmas, our prayer is that you’ll choose to unplug, cast off anxiety, and embrace the joy and love of the season. May we all join the angels who proclaimed good tidings of great joy that a Savior, Christ the Lord, was born; and peace and goodwill to all the earth. Lk 2.14

I was recently invited to share a brief CHRISTMAS MESSAGE (below) with our friends at Bel Air Church, Beacon Hollywood. I hope that this video will encourage you as well that ‘there is hope and rest from the hustle’ this Christmas. Enjoy!


Trouble playing video? GO HERE: VIDEO Christmas Message, Dr. Naima Lett
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Lots of love from the La La,
Kevin & Naima
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The Morning After…


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It’s the Morning After, Fam. Now What?!

“After the election, America needs a President who can pastor and bring healing to our deeply divided nation,” said one Good Morning America pundit. Wishful thinking, Yes?!

Good news:
America already has pastors and leaders and people of faith who understand the arduous and delicate task of bridging gaps, repairing breaches, and creating safe spaces where people can heal. If ever there is a time of need, this is it! Rise up! We can’t afford to wait on a President. Let all of us (leaders and everyone else) roll up our collective sleeves to begin the ministry of healing and reconciliation since we’ve been called to restore relationships (2 COR 5:18). What does that look like on the morning after?

1) LISTEN
Listen and allow your circle to process their legitimate concerns about where our country is headed. Don’t attempt to school anyone on why you think they’re wrong. Listen. Connect on a human level, and acknowledge that we have all just lived through a stress-filled season that has caused many trauma, anxiety and emotional whiplash.

2) PROMOTE PEACE
Speak peace, comfort and assurance to all who are genuinely terrified and filled with dread from the election results. Fear and hate proved to be very strong motivators during our election season. Fear had a hay-day. But now, let perfect love drive out fear. Wherever we hear fear, let’s acknowledge the legitimate feeling and then make a concerted effort to demonstrate love and facilitate peace.

3) ENCOURAGE FORGIVENESS
Pray and intercede that we can all forgive the numerous offenses that we have experienced in this election cycle. Let’s pray that folks will repent of all harm they’ve caused so that reconciliation is truly possible. Let’s stand in the gap where we can and sow seeds toward the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control).

4) INSPIRE HOPE
We don’t know what the next few days, weeks, and months will hold, but we do know that we are not helpless or hopeless. We have faith that can move mountains. We have light that can burst through clouds.

Those of us who know God: let’s choose faith. Let’s choose to believe God is able to walk with us and sustain us through whatever we will face in the coming days. He kept our great-great-grandparents, great-grandparents, grandparents and parents through America’s most tumultuous times. He can keep us and our children too. Let’s place our faith in Him, not man.

SPECIAL NOTE:
Artists, we need your prophetic voices and creativity now more than ever. Produce brilliant works that reflect the best of who we are. Bring forth artistic truth that is healing to our nation and the nations. Seek the sound of heaven and blast it into the earth. We need you.

Take a deep breath, Family.
It’s the morning after. This will yield to day, then evening, then night, and guess what? Another morning. We are not shaken or deterred. We will keep moving forward.

Lots of love from the LaLa,
Dr. Naima Lett
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Celebration Time!


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Celebrate With Us!

If you need ANY excuse whatsoever to flip, dance and holla, here you go!

We knew this year would be BIG, and we’re jammin’ like we’re two-stepping round the heavenly throne as God orchestrates 3 HUGE milestones converging on us at one time: Graduation, Anniversary, and Promotion. I’m posting early because I’ll likely be “caught up” in the moments next week, but won’t you join in our par-tay wherever you are?!

May 26: 15th Wedding Anniversary
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Kevin and I met as freshmen at Howard University (HU!), and Thursday, May 26th will mark our 15th Wedding Anniversary. Woohoo! Through all the mountains and valleys, “we’re still together!” LOL! And we believe, the BEST is yet to come!

May 27: My Graduation
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Remember when I wound down my daily blogs and posts to turn all my writing attention to finishing my doctoral dissertation?! IT IS FINISHED! And I truly thank GOD for the honor of being the 1st woman to receive the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Degree from Talbot School of Theology at BIOLA. My dissertation is about Hollywood and how we effectively minister in the Entertainment Community.

May 31: Kevin’s Promotion
A year ago, Kevin took time to “write the vision and make it plain” as he considered his career. He wrote in detail a position that he is now being promoted into on May 31st with the Federal Government. I am so proud of my husband as a public servant-leader for his relentless faith coupled with his tremendous work ethic. Congratulations, Kevin!

Gifts?!
Your celebration and well wishes are more than enough, but for those who have inquired about gift suggestions, here you go:
Tax-Deductible Giving:
Hope in the Hills (Our church plant in Beverly Hills)
+ Missionaries who are part of our Hope in the Hills family:
Project Foundation
Trade-Works Foundation
As One Charity

Your Turn!
Now, it’s your turn! What’cha celebrating?! Life, health, peace of mind?! Even if everything isn’t as you’d like it to be, can you do me a favor and dance with me? Blast your favorite song! Sing at the top of your lungs. Move around! Jump, Jump! I promise you’ll feel better. This past Sunday at Hope in the Hills, break-through came when we moved. AWESOME! God continues to get a STANDING O!

Today, I pray for you, according to Psalm 30:11-12, May our God:
Turn your mourning into joyful dancing,
Take away your sorrow and surround you with joy;
So we will not be silent; We will sing praises to Him.
Lord, you are our God. We will give You thanks forever!

Lots of love from the LaLa,
Naima

NL

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Good Friday to You!


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“Happy Good Friday!” doesn’t quite seem appropriate, given that today we remember Jesus’ horrific crucifixion. So, I’m just going to greet you with “Good Friday to You!” because it is Good Friday, and it’s good!

Things are Good with the Letts in the LaLa!
I recently turned in my doctoral dissertation, and I’m preparing for my oral defense, with expectation to graduate in May. We just celebrated Kevin’s birthday. We’ll celebrate 15 years of marriage, also in May. Our Hope in the Hills family has experienced such joy and transition in this Year of Jubilee with our Sunday series on Identity and our Artists series on Monday nights. We’ve had worship retreats and conferences, and folks are closer to God and one another, and YES! That’s Good!

But what about the rest of the world?
How can we say things are good? This week, there was another terrorist bombing in Europe. We found out Phife from A Tribe Called Quest succumbed to diabetes-related complications at the age of 45. At least 3 other notable deaths rocked our Hollywood industry, and the political landscape is a hot mess. But it’s good?!

Yes! Today is GOOD
…because I’ve read the book and evil doesn’t prevail in the end. Today is GOOD because death itself was overthrown when Jesus, the GOD-man, allowed Himself to be beaten, bruised, pierced and nailed to a cross in our stead so that we have assurance of life after death in paradise without penalty. Today is GOOD because ultimately our Good God wins!

Our hearts break when one innocent life is taken in the name of terror; but we stand against terror and boldly pray for Europe and all nations because we know that Love drives out fear. We mourn with those who have lost loved ones this week. We love on you, comfort you and lift you up. And we extend Hope your way, as we too cling to Hope and Goodness.

The PHOTO ABOVE puts us ahead of ourselves as it reps the HOPE we have because of Resurrection Sunday, but I wish that for you today. Faith, Hope and Love… and a Good Friday… because it is Good.

Lots of love from the LaLa,
Naima

P.S. If you’re out this way on Sunday. Join us in the Hills. We’re going to have a GOOD time! Here’s the info:

WANTED: ALL NATIONS
An International Easter Celebration & Reception
Sunday, MAR 27, 2016 @ 10 AM
Hope in the Hills
@ Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills
300 N Clark Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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Please RSVP ASAP:
http://HopeintheHills.org/Easter2016

Rev. Naima Lett, D.MIN, ABD
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Merry Christmas from the Hills


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Merry Christmas from the Hills!

Sending you hope, joy, peace and comfort during this Christmas of Jubilee! And most of all sending you Love! We handed out Love Letters from the Father this past Sunday at Hope in the Hills and it was an unforgettable Love Fest. As you celebrate the Greatest Love Story of God’s Son coming to earth over the next few days, we pray that you too will experience His sweet love and presence in a tangible way.

“You are loved with an everlasting love…” Jer 31:3

Lots of love from the La La,
Kevin & Naima

Rev. Naima Lett, D.MIN, ABD
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How Do We Love Our Divided States of America?

How Do We Love Our Divided States of America?
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How do we love our Divided States of America?

That’s the question I’ve been asking for several weeks as we’ve approached this Love National week of #LoveActs in our Love Revolution.

Two years ago, in anticipation of the case going to the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage, I wrote the blog, “A Nation Divided: Gay Marriage.” But we can pick any number of issues – presidential election, gun rights, abortion, healthcare, immigration, foreign policy, police brutality – and we are a nation who does not agree.

I said in the previous blog that agreement is not a prerequisite for relationship. Agreement is not a prerequisite for love. We the people, We God’s people, are called to love our neighbors, even if we don’t agree with them. But HOW DO WE DO THAT?

I believe the answer is living out the Love Chapter we’ve been studying through our daily devotions on Bible.com / Bible App (hopeinthehills). If we apply I Corinthians 13 and approach each person, even in our disagreements, with patience, kindness, contentment, humility, honor, selflessness, gentleness and forgiveness, would love not make a huge difference?

Love Makes A Difference

Kevin and I have been married for 14 years and we do not agree on a whole slew of things, but we choose to love each other. In dealing with recent police brutality, what if we choose to love on cops in our precinct? I’m not oversimplifying and ignoring the huge underlying issues, but we’re trying to find a place to start. This week, one of our #LoveActs is to “Buy a Cop Coffee” day where we’ll get coffee gift cards and show appreciation to officers that we encounter. Can’t this make an impact towards creating a different narrative in the minds of officers who aren’t able to see all people as human? I’m praying God’s love begins to break down barriers.

On Thursday, our Hope in the Hills family is expressing love by volunteering at Covenant House California in Hollywood. We’re helping with set up, serving and break down for their annual summer BBQ helping at-risk homeless youth living on the streets. Homelessness is a big issue in Los Angeles and every major city in America. Some cities have given their homeless one-way bus tickets to other cities. Our states do not agree on how to fix the problem. But we’re going to show love to those who are living it out. If you’re in the LaLa, join us. If you’re around the globe, pray for us, and find ways to reach out in your community.

Let’s stop just arguing with folks and start finding win-win solutions that help the ones who need it the most. You can still get in on the #LoveActs for this month. The entire list is here: Love Acts in the LaLa & Beyond. If you’ve been tracking with us, let us know how it’s going. And if you have more ideas on how to love our divided states of America, holler at your girl!

Lots of love from the LaLa,
Naima

Rev. Naima Lett, D.MIN, ABD
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How Do You Know You’re Loved?

How Do You Know You’re Loved?
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How do you know you’re loved, Fam?

Have you thought about that? There are different kinds of love for sure: romantic love, brotherly love, Godly love. But inherently, we all know whether or not we feel loved.

Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the New York Times bestseller, The 5 Love Languages, which has sold over 10 million copies, says that most of us know that we’re loved through 5 languages: words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time and physical touch.

Do you know your language?
DISCOVER YOUR LOVE LANGUAGE (Free Profile)

We’re in the middle of our Love Revolution and 30 Days of expressing LOVE ACTS locally, nationally and globally. We are tangibly and practically pouring out love to others with no fear of our own love tanks being empty because God has been filling us up to overflowing.

This past Sunday at Hope in the Hills in Beverly Hills, while we sang in worship, the sweet presence of the Lord was so near that many of us wound up on our knees or prostrate or weeping. I felt waves and waves of God’s love in the depths of my soul as I was reminded of how much He loves us and gave His Son for us. God is love, and He’s the One Who invited us to love like He loves. As He leads, we follow.

My prayer for you this week, this month, is that you too, being rooted and grounded in love, will know how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and that you too will be filled to overflowing, according to Ephesians 3:14-21, so that you too are motivated to love others in the same manner.

If you want to get involved and demonstrate love in your area, check out LOVE ACTS IN THE LALA & BEYOND.

Lots of love from the LaLa,
Naima

Rev. Naima Lett, D.MIN, ABD
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Love Acts in the LaLa and Beyond

Love Acts in the LaLa and Beyond
Naima Lett, Hollywood Christian BLOG

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PHOTO: Our 1st four #LoveActs, © NaimaLett.com/blog

QUESTION, FAM:

When you think of the LaLa, do you think of LOVE? When you think of your home city, our nation, our world, does LOVE come to mind? Not really, right?! With all the bad news we hear each day locally, nationally and globally, LOVE lags behind on our top-of-mind list. Yet, LOVE is one of our most basic and important needs. We all need to love and be loved to live fully.

LOVE REVOLUTION

Part of our vision at Hope in the Hills in Beverly Hills is to “love like God loves” so we’ve looked forward all year to inviting you to join us in living out a Love Revolution in your own communities all over the world. We believe that LOVE is the secret weapon that changes our world. LOVE is what led Emanuel AME in Charleston to forgive the 21-year old who shot their pastor and members during a bible study in order to start a race war. LOVE is what will topple this #100Days100Nights gang war in South Los Angeles that has released terror and fear upon the community. God is LOVE and God’s perfect LOVE casts out fear. Love wins.

LOVE ACTS

As God’s kids, we are known by our love. Love is active. LOVE ACTS! Therefore, we’re expressing love through tangible acts all throughout the month of August. Please join in wherever you are. Just jump in! Above is a photo of our 1st four love acts. You can find the entire original list that we created here OR at the end of BLOG:
LOVE ACTS 2015: THE LIST

#LoveActs

Also, each day, you can see the daily actions posted throughout social media. Some of you are connected through my pages at:
Facebook | Twitter

Others are connected through HOPE’s pages:
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Enjoy! Share! Re-post! Please use #LoveActs

Each morning by 5 AM PT, I still write a Daily Devotion in the Bible App. If you’re connected to HopeintheHills through a Bible.com account, you’ll receive an email each day.

Throughout the month, we’re also highlighting friends and ministries who are showing love in amazing ways. And if you’re in the LaLa, mark your calendar for THURS, 8/20 evening. We will serve and volunteer as a group at the Covenant House, “a non-profit agency whose mission is to reach at-risk homeless youth living on the streets and offer them hope and opportunities to turn their lives around.”

PLEASE LET US KNOW

And please let us know what #LoveActs you decide to do in your homes, jobs, cities, and nations. Post your photos and messages. We look forward to hearing what GOOD NEWS comes from our steps of faith, showing love and shining light in our world.

Lots of love from the LaLa (literally!),
Naima

Rev. Naima Lett, D.MIN, ABD
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