Bribe-less Brilliance: Black Celebs Who Attended Ivy League Schools Without Cheating 

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Black Celebs Who Attended Ivy League Schools

Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman unintentionally broke the Internet on Tuesday after the famous moms were indicted in a college admission bribery sting. Apparently, Loughlin, Huffman and 50 other rich, White celebs paid up to $6 million to get their kids into the country’s most elite college — including Yale, Georgetown and Stanford.

Meanwhile, Black students have to work thrice as hard to get a scholarship at these schools.

But just like most things in life, Black folks always find a way or make one. Hit the flip to check out these Black stars who used their brilliance to get into Ivy League Universities.


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Angela Bassett graduated from Yale with a B.A. in African American Studies. Shortly after she received her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.


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Lupita N’yongo studied at the Yale School of Drama and received her MFA 2012.

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John Legend attended the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and studied English with a focus on African American lit.


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Tracee Ellis Ross got her degree in theater from Brown University in 1994.

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Shonda Rhimes got her BA from Dartmouth College and earned her MFA at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

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Toni Morrison earned her Masters from Cornell University in 1955.

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    Sanaa Lathan got her BA from the University of California, Berkeley and got her masters from Yale School of Drama.

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    Rashida Jones studied philosophy and religion at Harvard.

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    Nikki Giovanni attended graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University.



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