Congratulations to Jackson State Alumna & Academy Award Winner Mia Neal


(MISSISSIPPI) – The Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc. is extremely proud of alumna Mia Neal. Neal just won an Academy Award for her work in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”! Neal served as the film’s hair and wig designer and hair department chief.

Neal and Jamika Wilson (Viola Davis’ personal hairstylist) are now the first Black Oscar winners in the history of the Best Makeup and Hairstyling category. 

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