40 Under 40 Celebration
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Alumni Honored at Dillard University’s 40 Under 40 Celebration 

On Friday, November 10, the New Orleans Jazz Market hosted DU’s 40 Under 40 “50 Years of Hip Hop” Bleu Devil Ball, celebrating the achievements of 40 alumni under the age of 40.

DJ Raj Smoove, an alumnus who graduated top of his class in 1998, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his accomplishments. 

The 2023 Class of 40 Under 40 Honorees are: 

Amber Tramel ’14
Asti Davis Robins, JD’14
Chelsea Charles ’14
Dominique Thomas ’08
Dr. Desi R Valentine ’05
Dr. Erica R. Nunnery ’07
Dr. Jasmin Demerson ’07
Dr. Kimberly S. Moorehead ’04
Dr. Lawrance D. Mullen ’08
Dr. Samantha A. B. Knox ’08
John F. Lawson II ’20
Jonathan Bouligny ’08
Kevin J. Hagan, Jr. ’12
Leah Grimes ’19
Arionne S. Coleman ’09
Morgan Walker ’14
Andrew Webber ’13
Kendall T. Crawford ’17
Kenneth Spears ’11
Traelon T. Rodgers ’21
Brandi M. Samuel ’08
Karista Plain Reed ’07
Bridget D. Sisney ’13
Danielle E. Burton ’13
Erica M. Williams ’08
LaChandra Pye ’06
Lauren N. Youngblood ’10
Sheena Wilson ’06
Shawane Fletcher Keller ’07
Tralicia Danshell Allen ’06
Jasmi Brown ’11
Channing Bias Smith, Esq. ’09
Amy Thomas ’09
Tiffany Robinson- Brown ’10
Dr. Alecia Heffner ’08
Charles McCall ’09
Dr. Chelsia Berry ’06
Dr. Dana Billups Bradley ’06
Monette M. Davis ’13
Gregory Johnson ’05

In honor of the 50th anniversary of hip hop, we had performances by LeToya Luckett, a multi-talented performer and former member of the chart-topping group Destiny’s Child, DJ Mannie Fresh who had the crowd moving and grooving from start to finish, and DJ Jubilee, a local legend, known for his high-energy performances and infectious party anthems. 

View photos of Dillard University’s 40 Under 40 Celebration