Actor Jake Allyn is from Texas, and so is the character he plays on “The Quad” BoJohn Folsom. Like his character BoJohn, Allyn did not know much about HBCU life before joining the hit BET show. Allyn joined Go4it’s Paul Gant and talked about his knowledge of HBCUs before getting the role of BoJohn.
“I remember getting the script, and on the title page, it kind of had a little description of HBCUs, and it had how many African Americans had attended them, and kind of the history about them all,” said Allyn. “I knew about predominantly black schools and things like that. I knew they existed, but I didn’t know the history behind it all and didn’t know what I learned now, which is kind of HBCU culture. For me, it was amazing, especially playing a character who is in the exact same boat as me.
Fortunately for Allyn, one of his castmates taught him a bit about HBCU culture. “My roommate on the show Miles Stroter actually went to Morehouse, so he got to take me around a little bit, and I like to say he guided me through HBCU culture.”
Make sure you check out Jake Allyn on “The Quad” Wednesdays at 10pmet/9pmct on BET.