SLAM Presents: HBCU Capsule Collection


HBCU RETRO SHORTS BY 19NINE ARE AVAILABLE NOW!

The amount of swag is just limitless, the things that these young people can do. There’s just so much damn swaaaag.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities have always been the wave, and it’s time for all of us to start paying attention. The education is top-tier, the campus experience is unlike anything else offered across the country, and their athletic programs, specifically their basketball teams, are just as competitive and LIT as the marching bands and dance teams that perform at halftime (fyi, these bands have inspired documentaries, and even Beyonce’s entire Coachella performance).

HBCU basketball has a long, historic legacy that we should all know about. Schools such as Howard, Morehouse, Hampton, and Coppin State have beat the odds, have caused major NCAA Tournament upsets, and continue to shift the culture. It’s this legacy that has caught the eyes of top-recruits, from Howard’s own Makur Maker to five-star recruit and phenom Mikey Williams, both of whom have vocalized the importance of looking at HBCUs (recruiting analyst are projecting that Williams will commit to North Carolina Central, another HBCU).

In honor of Black History Month and the schools that promote Black Excellence, SLAM has partnered with 19Nine to release four Retro shorts from monumental seasons when the 1996-97 Coppin Eagles, the 1991-92 Howard Bison, the 2001-02 Hampton Pirates, and the 1989-90 Morehouse Maroon Tigers put their schools on the map.

SLAM will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

We also linked with Cameron Lide (@camrantula), a student at Winston Salem State and founder/creative director of @hbcudrip, to visually capture the culture and history that is stitched into these shorts. Cam and his best friend, Marquise Baxter, conducted a shoot around campus and shot entirely on film.





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