College Hill’s Back with Celebrities!

Who among this season’s brightest will graduate?

“College Hill: Celebrity Edition”

This article was originally published on BLAC Detroit Magazine.

This time, “College Hill” is taking a different approach by featuring celebrities. They will be living together while attending Texas Southern University, one of the historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) in the US.

College Hill: Celebrity Edition” ran its episode last June 30, and new episodes will be released Thursdays.

Enrolled alongside the university’s 2020-2021 graduating class, watch our celebrities labor through coursework, extra credits, group projects, and internships. Who will graduate? We’ll have to watch ‘till the end.

Nene Leakes, Ray J, Lamar Odom, Big Freedia, Stacey Dash, DreamDoll, India Love, and Slim Thug are have been announced as the cast for eight episodes that explores what happens behind-the-scenes at HBCUs while showcasing its unique culture — something you can’t get anywhere else but with this show.

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“College Hill: Celebrity Edition” poster

Though they are known for their fame, each cast member has committed themselves to focusing on completing — or not — a specialty certificate program at Texas Southern University.

Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Tracey Edmonds are the powerhouse behind this show. Each season eight students from HBCUs were documented in their personal academic life — and they all had something different happen.

The reality show has previously filmed at Southern University in Louisiana, Langston University in Oklahoma, Virginia State University, University of Virgin Islands, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College.

“College Hill” has earned high ratings, and has been lauded for mainstreaming HBCUs — portraying the unique struggles of Black students nationwide. The show has also been noted as the first Black reality show ever.

While successful, the show is without its critics. Some members of the HBCU communities they filmed have expressed dismay over what they feel is an unfair portrayal of their university’s academia.

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