Netflix’s hottest new series, Archive 81, has HBCU connections.  Alabama State University alums, Charlie Hudson, III and Africa Miranda are supporting cast members.

The former drum major and Miss ASU, respectively, play the parents of the main character.  Hudson said the genre-bending series is difficult to classify: “It’s drama, suspense, horror, everything wrapped up in one.”  He appears in six of the eight season one episodes.

According to Hudson’s Facebook profile, the Montgomery native, studied theater at ASU and graduated with a bachelor’s degree. He went on to study at Brown University, earning a master’s degree in acting.  He has worked with theater groups such as Trinity Repertory Company in Rhode Island, Baltimore Center Stage in Maryland, Portland Stage in Maine and the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in New York. Some of his TV appearances include “The Night Of,” “Manifest,” “Shades of Blue” and “The Good Fight,” according to IMDB.

Also a graduate of ASU, Miranda is a former Miss ASU.  Since her time on “the yard”, she has been busy making a name for herself in the entertainment industry.  Some of her credits include, singing, acting and serving as a Creme of Nature Brand Ambassador.  She added author to her list when she published Step Up, Step Out and Shine, a book that teaches readers how to create their own brand. The Hornet alumna also has a skincare line inspired by her travel experiences.

Netflix’s version of Archive 81 is an original story, loosely inspired by the popular podcast of the same name.


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Dr.Nikki Zeigler Publisher of The HBCU MAGAZINE

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