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Weekend Trivia: 10 Famous Black “Faculty Brats”

October 3rd, 2009 by Ajuan Mance


faculty brat: -noun. Slang. The child of a college professor. Similar to military brat. Also fac brat; fact brat.

  1. Awadagin Pratt, classical pianist (his mother, Mildred, is a professor emeritus of social work at Illinois State University where his father, Theodore, was professor of physics).
  2. Dave Chappelle, comedian (his father, William was a professor at Antioch college and his mother, Yvonne, was a professor at Howard University and the University of Maryland).
  3. Talib Kweli, rapper (his mother, Brenda Green, is a English Professor at Medgar Evers College, and his father is a sociology professor).
  4. Kanye West, rapper (his mother, Donda, was an English professor and the chairman of the English Department at Chicago State University).
  5. Kathleen Cleaver, law professor and former member of the Black Panther Party (her father was a sociology professor at Wiley College).
  6. Kerry Washington, actress (her mother is a professor and consultant).
  7. Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen (their mother, Vivian Ayers is an artist, poet, and playwright who has taught at the University of Houston).
  8. Jamaal Tatum, former NBA player for the Portland Trailblazers (his father is a professor of art at Lincoln University).
  9. Alex Haley, author of Roots (his father was a professor of agriculture at Cornell University).
  10. Maynard Jackson, first African American mayor of Atlanta, Georgia (his mother was a professor of French at Spelman College).

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