Alumnae: Alumnae Profiles

Alumnae Profiles

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REVtraci-blackwellTraci Blackwell, C'90 is the Vice President of Current Programs at The CW Network. Confidence, an impeccable work ethic, and an unwavering faith in God have helped Blackwell navigate her way through a stellar career in entertainment, earning her a spot among the most successful programming executives in broadcast television.





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jamila_hunter_2010_a_pJamila Hunter, C'96 is the vice president of ABC Comedy Development and spends her days overseeing the production and development of new comedy series for the Disney-owned network. Hunter has become a power player in television for more than 17 years. She’s held several influential executive positions with some of the industry’s most recognizable networks, channels and production companies, including NBC Entertainment, Bravo, 20th Century Fox Television and OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, where she was a key member of the development staff. 


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Tendayi Kuumba, C'2010, was recently cited in a New York Times review for her performance as a featured dancer in "Being Here," a dance work choreographed by Marjani Forte (formerly with the Urban Bush Women) that premiered at Danspace in New York City March 21-23, 2013. "Lover of life and the pulse that drives it, Kuumba is an innovator, performer, dancer, singer, entertainer of the soul born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Buffalo, N.Y., and Atlanta, Ga.," says A. Nia Austin- Edwards, dancer, choreographer, instructor, and poet for a range of companies in Atlanta and Brooklyn. 

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The founder and creative force behind SUKARI luxury handbags and accessories is alumna Alicia Ferriabough Taylor, C'96. Taylor has had a thing for handbags since she was a little girl; however, her career goals initially moved her in a different direction. The Boston native graduated with a B.A. in political science from Spelman in 1996, and then went on to earn her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law with a  concentration in entertainment law. During summer breaks, Taylor switched from legal appeals to high heels, and indulged her passion for fashion as a successful commercial model in New York City.

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Kristilyn Whigham, C'2007 was a spring intern in the White House in 2009 and worked in the communications office of first lady Michelle Obama. She received her master's in  journalism from Georgetown University, building on her degree in political science from Spelman and her experience as the former editor-in-chief of the Spotlight.  She currently works as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton's Strategy and Organization with a focus on strategic communications.

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