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NPR host Ayesha Rascoe celebrates what it means to be 'HBCU Made'

Two photos are seen side by side. On the left is the cover of 'HBCU Made: A Celebration of the Black College Experience,' a collection of essays edited by Ayesha Rascoe. It features the title of the book written over a painting of members of a marching band. On the right is a photo of Ayesha Rascoe wearing a white shirt and a tan suit jacket sitting in front of a white table. The background behind her is yellow.
Credit to Algonquin Books for the photo on the left. Credit to Mike Morgan for the photo on the right.
Ayesha Rascoe is the host of 'Weekend Edition Sunday' and one of the hosts of 'Up First.' She edited and wrote the introduction to the new collection of essays 'HBCU Made: A Celebration of the Black College Experience.' She says that attending Howard University helped her develop her voice.

In a new essay, NPR host Ayesha Rascoe writes about how Howard University helped shape her into the person she is today. The essay is part of a collection that she edited called 'HBCU Made: A Celebration of the Black College Experience' and features contributors like Oprah Winfrey, Stacey Abrams and comedian Roy Wood Jr. This hour, she tells us about the book and her career, discussing everything from self doubt to sounding different from the hosts that NPR listeners are used to.

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