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Dr. Wilmer J. Leon Ready to Take on the Issues

January 17, 2014 The Poynter Institute, MLK Heritage Lecture with Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III MANDATORY CREDIT: Courtesy of Kenny Irby

January 17, 2014 The Poynter Institute, MLK Heritage Lecture with Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III
MANDATORY CREDIT: Courtesy of Kenny Irby

Dr. Leon is a Washington, D.C. political scientist whose primary areas of expertise are American government, black politics, and public policy. He’s a frequent guest and fill-in of TV One’s NewsNow with Roland Martin.

For 11 years, he was a lecturer/teaching associate in the Political Science Department at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Currently, Dr. Leon is a nationally broadcast radio talk show host on SiriusXM Satellite radio channel 126, nationally syndicated columnist, and regular political commentator on national and international news programs.

Dr. Leon earned a B.S. degree in Political Science from Hampton Institute, a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Howard University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Howard University.OFGH6580

Some additional background:

  • In the fall of 2015, Dr. Leon lectured during the “New Horizon: The International Conference of Independent Thinkers” in Tehran, Iran.
  • The focus of the conference was “On the Brink: Racial Human Rights Abuse in the US”. 
  • The conference included more than 30 journalists, writers and academics from around the world who presented papers and articulated issues of world geopolitics.
  • While in Tehran, he was invited to be a guest lecturer at the University of Tehran, Sharif University,
    University of Esfahan
    and the Islamic Azad University in Sari.  He talked to students, academics and intellectuals and discussed the US/Iran Nuclear deal, Islamic stereotypes in US media, police brutality in the African-American community, President Obama and his Middle East policy and domestic policy.
  • Participated in a two-hour meeting with former Iranian President Mahmood Ahmadinejad as part of a small delegation.
  • Participated in a number of television programs in Tehran and Sari such as Press TV and New Horizon.

CONTACT: me Neil Foote, neil@neilfoote.com, 214.448.3765, or Dr. Leon directly – wjl3us@gmail.com or Twitter: @DrWilmerLeonRx


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Youth V.I.B.E to Celebrate 20 Years of Helping Metro-Atlanta’s Teens

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(ATLANTA – March 4, 2016) Youth V.I.B.E., a DeKalb County nonprofit that has become one of the region’s premier afterschool programs for teens, is holding its 20th Anniversary Celebration, June 5 as part of its efforts to expand its programming and reach.

The special event, taking place at The Trolley Barn, 963 Edgewood Avenue, NE, Atlanta, Ga., will have a 1920s attire theme. VIP tickets, starting at $200 per person, are available now until April 1st. General admission tickets, starting at $110, also are available until May 1. Tickets and sponsorship information is available at the organization’s Facebook page. You also can RSVP by sending an email to Naimah Abdullah at naimah@youthvibe.org. Pledges can be made http://youthvide.org/pledge

“Twenty years ago, I set out on a mission to help teens in the Metro-Atlanta area,” said Waleed Shamsid-Deen, founder of Youth V.I.B.E. (Vision, Industry, Business, and Empowerment). “Now, I’m so proud to say that so many of the teens who passed through our doors are contributing to their communities in many different ways. This year’s celebration is a tribute to them, our board and our supporters.”

Shamsid-Deen said the funds raised from the event will help expand its programming, and operations, including providing more students with free academic, enrichment, technology, entrepreneurial and leadership programming in the Metro-Atlanta area.

The nonprofit originally started as the South DeKalb Business Association’s Youth Mentorship Program in 1996, and a year later, changed it’s name to Youth V.I.B.E. The organization got a huge boost in 2006 when it received a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Any media interested in interview Mr. Shamsid-Deen or learning more Youth V.I.B.E, please contact Neil Foote, Foote Communications, neil@neilfoote.com 214.448.3765.


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National Black Public Relations Society to Outline Strategies on How the Industry Can Improve Diversity

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National Black Public Relations Society, Inc. Also to Promote Professional Development and Develop Partnership Opportunities

Survey results will be discussed at high-level industry summit in Washington, D.C.

(Los Angeles – Sept. 22) The National Black Public Relations Society Inc. (NBPRS), the foremost organization for image makers and brand strategists, run by professionals for professionals, will outline strategies on how the industry can improve diversity, promote professional development and develop partnership opportunities at a daylong summit designed to jumpstart the public relations industry’s diversity efforts.

kpowellonMIC-100dpiThis one-day, invitation-only summit, to be held on Friday, October 30 at the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, D.C., will be an off-the-record discussion to help set the direction for the future state of the organization – and the industry. Representatives from major corporations, organizations and agencies, including Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, GolinHarris, Mitchell Communications Group, MSL Group, Edelman and the PR Council, are participating. They, along with NBPRS board members, will discuss and develop specific actionable solutions to help increase diversity, focusing on mid-career practitioners across the industry and agencies. They also will look to create strategies to strengthen competencies and increase opportunities for black-owned businesses.

“This year, we decided to focus our efforts on convening the best minds in HR and talent management, technology and innovation, the global workplace, and small business development for a highly strategic and task-oriented summit,” said Richelle Payne, president, NBPRS, Inc. “We are setting out on a course that is designed to hold the industry accountable for its diversity efforts and position NBPRS as a critical partner in transforming agencies and corporations, and empowering black-owned businesses for the global opportunities of the future.”

An industry white paper, authored by Drs. Rochelle L. Ford, Professor and Chair, Newhouse School, Syracuse University and Clarke L. Caywood, Full Professor, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, will offer several insights into the data gathered from an industry-wide survey conducted earlier this year.

An exciting and defining element of the Summit is the opening session with Kevin Powell, one of the nation’s most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voices and author of the highly-anticipated memoir The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood.

Sponsors for this year’s Summit are: Coca-Cola, GolinHarris, Edelman and Safeway.

About the National Black Public Relations Society, Inc.

Since its founding in 1997, the National Black Public Relations Society, Inc. has served as an advocate for black professionals in the public relations, media relations, corporate communications, investor relations, government affairs, community relations and related fields. For more information, visit www.nbprs.org. Follow us on Twitter @nbprs.


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Tom Joyner Foundation and Denny’s Partner For Hungry For Education Scholarship Program

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College students eligible to win $25,000 in scholarships for submitting their efforts in helping combat hunger in their communities

DALLASSept. 9, 2015 – The Tom Joyner Foundation and Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN), franchisor and operator of one of America’s largest full-service restaurant chains, today announced the fourth annual Hungry For Education (HFE) scholarship program, created for students attending select Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the country.

As part of the program, 20 deserving students from designated HBCU’s will each receive a $1,250 scholarship from Denny’s and the Tom Joyner Foundation. Beginning Sept. 1, full-time students at fully certified HBCU’s could apply for the scholarship, which is open for applications through Dec. 1, 2015. Applicants must hold a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 to 4.0. and are required to submit a 90-second video describing his or her project to be eligible to receive a summer internship at Denny’s.

“We’re so glad Denny’s is partnering with us again to help students get their college degrees,” said Tom Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show and founder/chairman of the Foundation. “This also is a very important cause that allows these students to show off the great work they’re doing in their communities.”

To apply, students must submit a 250-to500-word essay’s describing their most memorable community service or activity to combat hunger. To submit their entries, students may visit TomJoynerFoundation.org or BlackAmericaWeb.com and follow the online application instructions.

Denny’s launched its ‘Hungry for Education’ scholarship program in 2013 as part of the brand’s continued commitment to help fight childhood hunger and promote education. To-date, Denny’s has awarded more than $250,000 in combined scholarships to deserving elementary, high school and college students across the country.

“We’re delighted to continue our journey with the Tom Joyner Foundation and extend our support of the work they do with deserving students across the country,” said John Dillon, Denny’s chief marketing officer. “Our ‘Hungry for Education’ scholarship program allows us to celebrate the importance of education, as well as continue to raise awareness of childhood hunger in the United States. We look forward to reviewing all of this year’s applications and identifying ways in which we can tackle hunger together in our communities.”

The Foundation will be reviewing applications and winners will be announced in December 2015.

About the Tom Joyner Foundation:

The Tom Joyner Foundation (http://tomjoynerfoundation.org) was founded in 1998 as the brainchild of nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner. The mission of the Foundation is to support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with scholarships, endowments and capacity-building enhancements. The Foundation has provided necessary support to every HBCU in its 14-year history to help sustain and preserve the legacies of these valuable institutions. Through fundraising and donor development initiatives, $65 million has been raised to support more than 29,000 students attending HBCUs. Additionally, the Foundation has recommended internships, offered matching grant support, and career development to deserving students. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Denny’s Corp.

Denny’s is one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating 1,700 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guam, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico and New Zealand. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit the Denny’s website at www.dennys.com, www.dennysdiversity.com or the brand’s social channels via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram or YouTube.
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Tom Joyner Foundation to Lead Tour with HBCU Presidents to Explore Global Exchange, Research Opportunities in Cuba

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Syndicated Radio Personality and Foundation Chairman Tom Joyner to Lead Mission

(DALLAS – September 2) The Tom Joyner Foundation, the Dallas-based nonprofit that helps support historically black colleges and universities, today announced that it will lead a tour for HBCU presidents to explore global exchange and research opportunities for students and faculty in Cuba.

Tom Joyner_Headshot_APPROVED 2Tom Joyner, the chairman and founder of the Foundation and nationally syndicated radio personality, will lead the four-day mission that is scheduled for May 2016. It will include a visit with representatives from the Ministry of Education, the University of Havana and the Superior Polytechnic School Institute.

“Higher education will play a significant role in the future of Cuba and its U.S. education partners,” said Thomas Joyner, Jr., president and CEO of the Foundation. “We want to provide an opportunity for HBCU presidents to begin to figure out how Cuba may play a role in providing exciting opportunities for their students and research for their faculty.”

As a result of President Barack Obama re-opening the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, the Foundation has invited HBCUs presidents and their key administrators to participate in this extraordinary opportunity. Participants on the mission will meet with experts to learn more about the country’s culture, music, history and educational institutions.

HBCU participants that are interested in traveling will have to pay their own round-trip airfare from Miami International Airport. Once in Havana, Joyner and Cuba experts will lead the administrators and educators in a series of interactive discussions and tours.

For media interviews, contact Neil Foote, media relations, Tom Joyner Foundation, neil.foote@tomjoynerfoundation.org. For more information about participating in the mission, email the Tom Joyner Foundation, tjf@tomjoynerfoundation.org, 972.789.1058.


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PoliticsInColor.com – Digital Media Internship

Digital Media Internship Opportunity

PoliticsInColor.com is a nationally recognized web site offering news, commentary and features about politics and current events from a multicultural perspective. It also is a broadband video channel network that is offering originally produced and timely, relevant and provocative content from strategic content partners and contributors from around the world. .

OPPORTUNITY

To serve as an intern to report, write, produce stories – print and broadcast – as well update the site with timely multicultural video and written content for the PoliticsInColor.com News Network.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. To monitor local newspapers, news sites, broadcast outlets and blogs for political stories that have a particular multicultural angle or impact the nation’s diverse population.
  2. To rewrite and do original reporting, producing and editing for a multicultural political news round up, mini-packages capturing local political story angles, e.g. people on the street interview reacting to the candidates; local political rallies; local trends/features that reflect a national issue.
  3. Coordinate content from contributors; upload as needed
  4. Find public domain and/or royalty free photos for publication on the website
  5. To update site daily
  6. Post content to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

BENEFITS

  1. An opportunity to create a “live resume” by showcasing reporting/multimedia skills posted on the website, and potentially distributed to other media around the world.
  2. The opportunity to assume a position of responsibility.
  3. Create contacts in the local media industry, as well as, community.
  4. Work from current campus or hometown.
  5. Opportunity for your university to showcase talented students to a global audience.
  6. Get college credit for your work.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Print/broadcast/journalism experience.   Journalism/Broadcast/Electronic News majors preferred, but not required.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Solid grasp of grammar, spelling, punctuation and AP Style.
  • Comfort in using digital equipment, such as digital voice recorders, video and still cameras.
  • Working knowledge of Final Cut Pro/Final Cut Express, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop, Sound Slides or other audio/video editing software.

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Public Relations Internship

Description

Foote Communications, LLC, a small public relations firm handling busy clients, is looking for an intern interested in learning all aspects of the public relations field. The intern who fills this position should expect to learn the field from top to bottom. At the end of this internship, students will be ready to enter any fast-paced public relations firm with excellent skills. It’s essential that applicants to this position have excellent communication skills, strong writing ability, demonstrate creativity, and understand the importance of attending to even the smallest details. This person must be a self-starter and a critical thinker.

Responsibilities

  • Monitor all forms of media
  • Schedule and coordinate speaking engagements, appearances, photo shoots, and other special events
  • Write press releases and other materials
  • Screen phone calls
  • Assist with mailings, print production
  • Create interview preparation materials
  • Compile contact lists
  • Search for press clippings
  • Create or update databases
  • Greet guests and clients

Requirements

Students applying for this internship must have strong communication skills and should be majoring in Public Relations, Communications, Marketing or Journalism. Applicants should also have strong writing skills, as well as a solid understanding of social media. Only interns proficient with Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office applications should apply.

Majors

Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, Journalism

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JoAnna Jones Wins 2015 Tom Joyner Foundation® ‘Full Ride’ Scholarship

JoAnnaJonesHeadShot-Updated-200x167JoAnna Jones of Asheville, North Carolina, is the winner of the Tom Joyner Foundation® “Full Ride Scholarship” that will cover full tuition, room and board (on-campus only) and books up to 10 semesters.

Tom Joyner, the Foundation’s chairman and founder, announced his scholarship today during the Tom Joyner Morning Show, which airs on 100 stations and reaching a broadcast and digital audience of more than eight million listeners every week. Jones, a graduating senior from Asheville’s Buncombe County Early College High School, was selected from hundreds of applicants for the scholarship.

Jones plans to attend Winston Salem State University in Winston Salem, N.C. because of its science and nursing-related courses. The impressive18-year-old also is graduating with an Associates’ of Arts Degree from Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College. She became inspired to pursue a career in the medical field after participating in the Minority Medical Mentoring Program, where she had a chance to shadow members of the medical field everyday after school. In her application essay, she discussed how doctors treated one patient who they learned had been overmedicated.

“I’m so grateful for this scholarship,” said Jones, who also worked as a lifeguard and a swim instructor. “I want to get into healthcare to make the people connections and to right by someone’s side when they’re going through the worst thing in their lives.”

Tom Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated morning radio show, said, “JoAnna is one of those amazing students who will benefit from the nurturing and family atmosphere that HBCUs provide. She’s going to do great things in this world. I’m so glad the Foundation is going to be a part of her success.”

Stefanie Buckner, who wrote a recommendation for Ms. Jones, said, “JoAnna is a determined, goal-oriented, confident young lady that will be a leader in the health care profession in the very near future.” Julie Maimes, Jones’ science teacher, wrote, “JoAnna is the most exceptional student I have had the opportunity to teach in my career. She is diligent, responsible, dedicated to her education and committed to serving her community.”

Jones is the fifth Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholar. Previous winners includeTitus Ziegler Jr., of Atlanta’s Inman Middle School who served as a commander of the elite Junior ROTC Color Guard and Cheyenne Boyce of Detroit’s Cass Technical High School, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Spelman College in Atlanta and is currently a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia where she is teaching English. Blaine Robertson of Reserve, La. is graduating from Howard University in Washington, D.C. with a B.S. in mathematics, a B.A. in history with a minor in secondary education. The first winner, Britney Wilson of Brooklyn, N.Y., is graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University. Ms. Wilson will be working in the New York offices of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

To retain the scholarship, students had to meet the required academic standards each semester. Graduating high school seniors applied for the scholarship by going to TomJoynerFoundation.org. To be eligible, students had to meet the following criteria: 1.) Be a United States citizen; 2.) Be a current high school senior attending school in the United States. Each applicant must complete high school in the spring of 2015; 3.) Have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 grade scale, excluding home school studies) and minimum SAT score of 1300 (math and verbal only) or ACT score of 28; 4.) Applicants had to apply and be accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2015; 5.) Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service and extracurricular activities.

Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $65 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges. It has assisted more than 29,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs. To learn more about the Foundation, go to TomJoynerFoundation.org.


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Minority Students To Get Help With College and Test Prep Classes

Community Fitness & EducationDarnell Parker’s Community Fitness & Education program is setting out to better prepare minority students for college and boost their test scores

To help low-income students improve their scores on the SAT and their college-admissions chances, a Washington, D.C. entrepreneur is providing college test prep classes through his a nonprofit organization –Community Fitness & Education.

Darnell Parker, a financial analyst and fraud expert, said he started Community Fitness & Education Darnell Parker (501(c)3 to increase the percentage of students completing college, particularly among minority students.  According to recent report released by the Education Trust, 60 percent of whites graduate with a college degree compared with 47 percent for Latinos and 40 percent for Blacks.

“I want to ensure that Community Fitness & Education is a model that can work in cities around the country,” said Parker, 41, who earned his M.B.A. from Michigan. “What makes the program work is that our programs are tailored to the needs of students who don’t have resources and families with college experience to convey the importance of the test. Our vision is for minority students to get accepted into college.”

Community Fitness & Education currently operates only in Georgia, but there are plans to expand to other markets, including Dallas, Texas and Washington, D.C, within the next year.

The Atlanta-based organization primarily serves low-income student, offering an 80-hour SAT-prep program to high school juniors and seniors. In the program, students take four full-length, proctored SAT exams. The information is used to help instructors identify areas where improvement is needed. There is a combination of classroom lessons and small group mentoring, which cover the fundamentals of financial aid and the college-admissions process.

Parker says the curriculum is intensive and focuses on getting students who start with low SAT scores to build core academic skills in English and math. In addition, master “tricks of the test”.


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Kareemah El-Amin’s “I Have No Tears for Me” Changing People’s Lives

“With every song , listeners are drawn into a place of praise and worship.”

— LaKeisha Purifoy

“Kareemah’s new EP, “I Have No Tears for Me,” is a very moving work. …  The [music] is transporting and lifts the listener on a great musical odyssey through her performance.”

— Richard Hensel

 (DALLAS – April 2)  Kareemah El-Amin’s new gospel album, “I Have No Tears for Me,” is hugely popular, gaining praise and recognition from radio stations, listeners and faith-based audiences around the world.

Kareemah El-Amin I Have No Tears For MeMichigan native Kareemah El-Amin (http://kareemahelamin.com), a former Muslim who converted to Christianity, has said her new EP/CD, “I Have No Tears for Me,” and her hit new single, “Walkin’ In Heaven”, is receiving an amazing response. The EP/CD, launched on March 14, is available to download on iTunes.  The song is currently on heavy rotation on the Synergy1Radio Network, Hot 3:16 and HGS Radio.

“I’m hearing from people every day in emails, tweets and phone calls about how these songs are changing people’s lives,” said El-Amin, who converted to Christianity three years ago. “We are now on over 30 stations around the world. We are being played in several countries  -Africa, Japan, Norway, Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa, in the states we are on radio stations in, Illinois, Ohio, Mississippi, Michigan, Indiana, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, New York, Maryland, and Washington D.C.”

“We so enjoyed the opening of Kareemah’s ‘[I Have] No Tears for Me!,” said Coni Peck on El-Amin’s Facebook page (http://facebook.com/kareemahelamin). “Hearing her songs, and listening to her story – well, let’s just say that we didn’t leave the same way we came in. Kareemah’s heart and soul are obvious in her music.”

Kashani Aytch wrote: “Kareemah El Amin’s refreshing, sultry, spiritual and anointed voice from her new EP … is such a blessing.”

Shane Williams wrote:  “Even though I only heard the one song, ‘Walking in Heavin’’, I Love It! It’s a great blend of vocal talent, lyrical content and musical flavor!”

El-Amin’s music is the result of a collaboration with Stellar Award-winning composer Matthew Brownie of Minstrel Productions, who is the co-writer of the hit song, “Never Would Have Made It,” by Marvin Sapp Billboard songwriter and Christian artist Carmen Calhoun, sings along with her in the upbeat, “Walking In Heaven.” Dave Carlock of 27 Sounds, who is a Grammy Award winning engineer, rounds out her all-star team.

The new music offers rich, melodic inspirational messages, drawing off El-Amin’s strong faith and background as a singer, songwriter, author, playwright and filmmaker.  Already, her single, “Walkin’ in Heaven”, has received critical praise from radio stations and gospel music fans around the country.  In the months ahead, she will be traveling around the country sharing her music – and her gospel.

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