October 27, 2023

The Futurist: New Series Connects HBCU Students With Industry Pioneers

A new content series puts HBCU students in conversation with actor Lance Gross, The Lip Bar founder Melissa Butler, and Kimberly Bryant.

The three-part series, The Futurist, results from a collaboration between One Solution, Urban One’s branded solution division, and AT&T Dream In Black.

AT&T Dream In Black is a platform that recognizes and celebrates an esteemed class of 25 HBCU students making a difference in their community and campus.

“The Futurist”

The Futurist is a three-part series that pairs HBCU students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and entrepreneurship with established leaders.

The series allows students to have a compelling and rich conversation with leaders in their respective fields through mentorships.

The opportunity to enter is open to all currently enrolled HBCU students ages 18-25.

“Black college students find their network through their time at HBCUs,” the press release read.

“With today’s need to have a stronger connection in order to solidify one’s professional future, opportunities for a student to connect with a leader in their desired industry is invaluable for anyone to find their purpose and greater possibility.”

This year’s content release features in-depth dialogue with actor Lance Gross, Melissa Butler – Founder of The Lip Bar, and Kimberly Bryant – founder and CEO of Ascend Ventures and the Black Innovation Lab.

The three will tackle introspective and conversational points between the aspiring leaders and the experts.

2023 AT&T Rising Future Makers Showcase

The students featured in the Futurist will be awarded a monetary grant and tech package courtesy of AT&T Dream in Black Rising Future Makers.

Lance Gross & Future Leader, Shawn, Holding Rising Future Makers Check.

The AT&T Rising Future Makers program honors a distinguished group of HBCU students who actively influence and give back to their communities and campuses.

Over the past two years, 50 HBCU students from 14 institutions nationwide have participated in the program.

The showcase calls for future-focused HBCU students to apply to join the Rising Future Makers network by exhibiting how they are making a difference.

Sara Keenan

Tech Reporter at POCIT. Following her master's degree in journalism, Sara cultivated a deep passion for writing and driving positive change for Black and Brown individuals across all areas of life. This passion expanded to include the experiences of Black and Brown people in tech thanks to her internship experience as an editorial assistant at a tech startup.