Black Southern Belle, a lifestyle brand focused on Black American women in and from the South, has announced a new series released this autumn celebrating HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) Tailgate Culture focused on at-home entertaining, cuisines and decorations.

Available through the BSB website, social channels and newsletter with a three-part video series, the series is intended to inspire and increase recognition for HBCU Tailgate Culture and its importance to the colleges, communities and people the tradition has enriched. It will expand on Black Southern Belle's HBCU Inspiration editorial focus.

BSB founder Michiel Perry takes you inside her Walterboro, South Carolina home to explore how she entertains during the tailgating season. Guest chefs Rashaunda Grant of The Carolina Cookery and Gina Capers Willis of What’s Gina Cooking will share dishes and ingredients inspired by their cultural roots and HBCUs. Beginning October 1, BSB will share a video dedicated to each woman that will explore their history and experience with HBCUs and how they have shaped their lives, careers and cultural cuisines.

“As a proud Howard University alumnus, I love everything about HBCUs. From traditions to tailgating, being an HBCU alumnus is a lifestyle,” says Perry. “Tailgating is an opportunity for communities to come together and celebrate festivities with HBCU pride, educational excellence, food and athletics, whether you are celebrating at a college or in your home.”

The series includes:

  • Part 1: Gina Capers Willis of What's Gina Cooking – Gina Willis offers a taste of her “New Low Country” cooking style through her upscale tailgate cuisine, a blend of her Gullah and Cuban roots
  • Part 2: Rashaunda Grant of The Carolina Cookery – Florida A&M University alumnus Rashaunda Grant cooks a bevy of delicious tailgating bites inspired by various HBCUs
  • Part 3: HBCU Tailgate Season with Michiel Perry – Perry shares her family history with HBCUs along with tailgating essentials for celebrating at home