Top HBCU Alumni to Watch in 2013
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Hampton University graduate Colen Wiley is an award-winning filmmaker and CEO of Heygood Images. (Image: File)

There’s always been that age-old debate about mainstream schools vs. HBCUs: How relevant are historically black institutions of higher education today? Do they offer the same—or better— quality education as mainstream schools? Well, one thing is undeniable: Graduates of HBCUs go on to do awesome things in the world—making major boss moves in a range of industries, from business to sports to entertainment to tech.

Take Hampton University and Harvard Law grad Colen Wiley. He’s CEO of Heygood Images, and made an exceptional career detour from lawyer to award-winning filmmaker. Huffington Post details more:

There is a new wave of black filmmakers seeking to bring new perspectives and voices to the American silver screen. Wiley leads the way for this movement, lending a critical editorial voice on black images and culture in cinema. As an award-winning screenwriter and director, Wiley has brought diversity and complexity to African-Americans’ narratives. His first feature-length film, “After the Storm,” is currently in production. The premise: A coming of age story in post-Katrina New Orleans.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.