Chanel Hudson outside Morehouse College, Atlanta, in April 2020. Photos: Nydia Blas

The Mean Girl of Morehouse Returns

Ten years ago, I wrote a story that changed lives forever—including my own. I went back to examine the wreckage

Before we could get a few minutes into our interview, at a steakhouse in Atlanta, she told me she’d recently thought about killing herself. She tossed off that fact like it’s something people think about every single day.

Formerly known as Philip Hudson while a student at Morehouse, Chanel says, “I only went to Morehouse because I wanted to be the traditional man my father wanted me to be.”
The 2010 Vibe print spread. Courtesy: Jermaine Hall
Chanel now lives in Georgia with her fiancée and travels nationwide to talk about gender identity and sexuality to high school and college students, including a few trips back to Morehouse.
“And now I see these boys on campus wearing things far more outlandish than we did.”

“I only went to Morehouse because I wanted to be the traditional man my father wanted me to be. I thought I could do it. But who I am did not change based on where I went to school. Morehouse simply nurtures men—it does not create them”

Aliya S. King is an author, freelance writer and editor.

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