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Meet Danielle Simmons and Derreka Shelton of My HBCU Box in North Houston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Simmons and Derreka Shelton.

Danielle and Derreka met on the campus of Prairie View A&M University during the Spring semester in 2006. The two met through the membership intake process for Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority, by way of the Illustrious Zeta Iota Chapter. Their friendship and sisterhood grew over the years and they remained close through moves, career, and life evolution.

In early 2019, Derreka approached Danielle with the idea of joining forces to start a subscription service specifically for HBCU students and alumni. Knowing that there was a true void in the market for their fellow HBCU alums, they decided that the answer was a curated box that catered to their needs. The two brainstormed and collaborated and My HBCU Box, LLC. was born.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Entrepreneurship is definitely not easy!! Our main obstacle was trailblazing our own way in the subscription box market. We are the first and only subscription service that caters to alumni and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). We had to find a way to let people know that we exist first and foremost and that we’re not the average subscription box. We have a mission to give back through scholarships and internships as well as collaborate with other HBCU entrepreneurs. So the hardest thing for us was differentiating ourselves and getting noticed.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with My HBCU Box – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
We are the first and only Quarterly Subscription box service designed specifically for Students and Alumni of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Each quarter we will release a themed box that speaks to the HBCU Culture and Life that we know and loves. Each box contains apparel and a host of other items matching the theme of our box.

In addition to our Quarterly subscription boxes we also release special one time only boxes.

Currently, we have the Homecoming Box which is a carefully curated box filled with all of the essentials needed to as we say “Set your Homecoming out” We have an official Homecoming Tee, Flask set, fanny pack for ladies, dad hat for the gentlemen and some other surprise items that will wow our customers!

We are known for being the only subscription box designed for HBCU Students and alumni. We are most proud to represent Prairie View A&M University and all HBCUs. To provide a service to our fellow HBCU family that we know they will love. To be able to use proceeds of each sale to give back to the institutions that gave us so much.

What sets us apart from others? There aren’t any others 😉

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Our plans for the future are to expand our business to be a globally recognized brand. We want to be able to annually provide $1 million dollars in scholarships.

We are looking forward to our HBCU Homecoming Tours. We will be doing pop-up shops at a few HBCUs and shooting a mini-documentary on HBCU Homecoming Culture. HBCU homecoming has become a topic of fascination due to Beyonce’s Coachella 2018 performance and the release of her Netflix documentary. We want to show the world what makes our Homecomings better than the average.

Pricing:

  • Quarterly Subscription Box – $49.99/every 4 months
  • Homecoming Box – $69.99
  • 10% Quarterly Box Promo Code – MyHBCU10

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William Lindsey Jr., Malik Norris

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