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Yellowhammer State is filled with great African American leaders from the past, present, and future. We thank our West Alabama community partners, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Delta Phi Lambda Chapter, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Eta Xi Omega Chapter, for their continued support.

Black History Maker of Alabama - Steve Brown

Photo Courtesy of Steve Brown
Photo Courtesy of Steve Brown

Tuscaloosa native Steve Brown is comedy sensation that has taken the nation by storm through his standup comedy, podcasts, TV appearances and his educational contributions to HBCU's across America.

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When Steve Brown takes the stage, his comedic brilliance captivates audiences with clever quips, uniquely original jokes, and a burst of high-energy physical humor. As one of the premier entertainers of our era, he blazes a trail across the United States, headlining at renowned comedy clubs and gracing famous venues.

Brown has not only conquered stand-up comedy but has also left his mark in films such as TYLER PERRY'S Madea's Family Reunion and television shows like Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam, BET's Comic View, and Showtime at the Apollo. His comedic journey includes being a mainstay on the Tom Joyner Fantastic Journey Cruise, sharing stages with comedy heavyweights like Kevin Hart, Martin Lawrence, Ced The Entertainer, Don 'DC' Curry, Eddie Griffen, Cheryl Underwood, Earthquake, and more.

Beyond the spotlight, the Steve Brown Foundation stands as a beacon of inspiration, focusing on the futures of young African American students. It sets a realistic standard, motivating students to achieve academic excellence while casting a wide net of support across student bodies nationwide. Steven W. Brown, a proud "93" graduate of Stillman College, has personally initiated a scholarship fund for well-rounded, qualified students facing financial difficulties. This philanthropic mission, rooted in his alma mater, has expanded to other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across America.

He is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. crossing the sands at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Steve recently hosted his comedy show during the Central High School Homecoming week bringing thousands of people to the Bama Theatre. Brown's popular "Cereal Bowl" series has also displayed his comedic talents on social media platforms worldwide.

Brown's excitement for performing at universities stems from his love for his alma mater, Stillman College. During his freshman year, Steve discovered his talent and began his career as a comedian. He continued to work towards mastering his craft throughout his collegiate career.  After completing his bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communications, he pursued comedy as a professional career. Steve has taken the nation by storm ever since.

"My goal is to have my HBCU Scholarship in every HBCU in the country." 

In his commitment to education, Steve Brown goes beyond the laughter, playing a significant role in the college circuit. It's not a pursuit for sport but a genuine care for the student experience. As Steve performs on stages across the country, he actively raises funds for HBCU scholarships, aiming to have his scholarship in every HBCU in the country. This ambitious vision reflects his dedication to providing opportunities for students, ensuring that financial barriers do not hinder their pursuit of education.

His measure of success extends beyond the comedy stage; it encompasses the positive impact he strives to make on the lives of aspiring students. Through laughter and philanthropy, Steve leaves a legacy that transcends entertainment, creating a lasting impact on education and the empowerment of future generations.

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