The CW has graduated high school in Beverly Hills and is entering the halls of Black excellence at Bringston University in Atlanta. This fictional HBCU appears in the All American spin-off show All American: Homecoming brought to us by showrunner/executive producer Nkechi Okoro Carroll.
Attending an HBCU has the benefit of a guaranteed environment where Black students are no longer in the minority. It’s a place that puts Black students on center stage as they come into their own. Or as Olivia Baker (Samantha Logan) from All American explains: it’s “a college where I don’t have to explain or defend who I am.”
The highly-anticipated All American: Homecoming is a sports drama with a story that revolves around Simone (Geffri Maya, All American), a hopeful tennis player, and Damon (Peyton Alex Smith, Legacies), who gave up a fast track to the MLB for higher education (and freedom from his overprotective mother). High school may have been drama with a capital “D,” but Bringston promises you haven’t seen anything yet.
Simone comes to Bringston with no connection to her old life except for her aunt, Dr. Amara Patterson (Kelly Jenrette, Manhunt). Amara is a journalism professor at Bringston who’s never been afraid of a little controversy. No sports drama would be complete without a rival, and Thea (Camille Hyde, Katy Keene) delivers on that for Simone. Keisha (Netta Walker, Come as You Are) and Nate (Rhoyle Ivy King, The Sex Lives of College Girls) are ready to help Simone navigate Bringston.
Damon is navigating a life he never planned for with help from his childhood friend and now teammate, JR (Sylvester Powell, Five Points). JR has his hands full between helping Damon go from star player to one of the team, all while trying to solve his own mystery. Marcus Turner (Cory Hardrict, The Outpost) balances his new job as head coach after a cheating scandal cost his team several star players.
When first meeting Simone in the second season of All American, I remember thinking, “This is the worst way you could ever introduce a character.” After…