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American Idol Winner Ruben Studdard Releases Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change is Gonna Come’

RUBEN STUDDARD, THE FAMED AMERICAN IDOL WINNING R&B, POP AND GOSPEL SINGER, RELEASES POWERFUL NEW VERSION OF SAM COOKE’S CLASSIC, ‘A CHANGE IS GONNA COME’

Dr. Henry Panion III, the renowned composer, arranger and conductor, produced the piece recorded live at downtown Birmingham’s Lyric Theatre

BIRMINGHAM, March 20, 2017 – Ruben Studdard, the famed American Idol-winning R&B, pop and gospel singer, has released a powerful new version of Sam Cooke’s classic, ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ recorded live at downtown Birmingham’s Lyric Theatre.

Dr. Henry Panion, III produced and conducted the live orchestra recording during the 2016 Fred L. Shuttlesworth Awards Celebration. Panion is best known for his work with a “who’s who” in music, including Stevie Wonder, Kirk Franklin, Chaka Khan, the Winans, Aretha Franklin, Tramaine Hawkins, and American Idol Winners Carrie Underwood and Studdard.

Perfect Timing for Release of  Song

The release of the song comes right on the heels of one of President Barack Obama’s final acts before leaving office: Designating Birmingham Alabama’s (USA) Civil Rights District as a National Monument.

“Sam Cooke’s original became an anthem to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s,” said Panion, who produces music out of his company, Audiostate 55 Recording Studio and Entertainment Company in Birmingham. “We believe that Ruben’s new version is right on time. Everybody could use a little soul and inspiration.”

Panion said this new version of ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ is reminiscent of the original, but he adds “splashes of Harp, B3 Organ, horns, and strings to create an aural palette that would have made Sam Cooke, himself, very proud.”

The single is available on all platforms, including iTunes and GooglePlay.

Any media interested in interview Studdard or Panion may contact Neil Foote, Foote Communications, 214.448.3765, neil@neilfoote.com.

 

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Tom Joyner Foundation and Toyota Financial Services Donate $60,000 to Support HBCUs

Five Historically Black Colleges and Universities and The Tom Joyner Foundation to Each Receive $10,000 from Toyota Financial Services in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

$60,000 contribution will help further boost college retention and graduation rates, seen as key to ensuring the fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream for America.

(DALLAS, January 13, 2017) In honor of the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Toyota Financial Services (TFS) is continuing its support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their communities, by providing $60,000 to five HBCUs as well as the Tom Joyner Foundation.

“For the third year, we’re so glad to partner with Toyota Financial Services in supporting the vision of HBCUs,” said Thomas Joyner, Jr., President and CEO of the Foundation.  “These scholarships are an important investment in these schools, and are critical in helping students pursue their dreams.”

The following universities will each receive $10,000:

  1. Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas
  2. Benedict College in Columbia, S.C.
  3. Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Miss.
  4. Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, N.C.
  5. Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas

TFS is donating an additional $10,000 to support the Tom Joyner Foundation, as well.  The foundation provides academic support, scholarships, and programming to over 80 HBCUs in the Southern and Eastern United States.  The overall goal of these contributions is to support educational opportunities within many of the communities in which TFS operates.

“Education should be accessible to all – but many talented young minds are unable to complete their college education and realize their full potential because of the lack of financial aid,” said Mike Groff, TFS president and CEO.  “In keeping with TFS’ deeply held commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are honored to support the mission of HBCUs and help these students reach their academic and professional aspirations.”

The college graduation rate for African-American students in the U.S. stands at 42%, as opposed to 62% for their white counterparts, according to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education Financial support of universities is key in black student retention, thereby producing high graduation rates.

“Dr. King’s dream included the belief that young people should be given an opportunity to receive the best education possible,” said John Ridgeway, TFS Corporate Manager of TFS’ Customer Service Center in Maryland.  “As a Toyota executive and an HBCU alumnus, I am proud to see Toyota Financial Services supporting these fine institutions and advocating higher education within our communities.”

Al Smith, TFS Group Vice President, Service Operations and Corporate Planning, added, “Financial support has become an area of critical need for a growing number of HBCUs. Providing this support not only keeps students on track, but contributes to the sustainment of these HBCUs and helps them address the issues that impact student retention.”

TFS has been named a DiversityInc Top 50 company for the past nine years in a row, and has been consistently recognized by Black Enterprise, Hispanic Business, and the Human Rights Campaign as a Best Company for Diversity and one of the Best Places to Work. TFS has provided millions of dollars in scholarships to deserving students across the nation, its executives actively support and sponsor the company’s many diversity and inclusion initiatives, and its associates have devoted their time and talents to many meaningful national- and community-based programs.

For more information, contact Neil Foote, media relations, Tom Joyner Foundation(neil.foote@tomjoynerfoundation.org, 214.448.3765) or Justin Leach, public relations manager, Toyota Financial Services (justin_leach@toyota.com, 310.468.5332).

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 18-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.

 

About Toyota Financial Services

Toyota Financial Services (TFS) is the finance and insurance brand for Toyota in the United States, offering retail auto financing and leasing through Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) and Toyota Lease Trust. TFS also offers extended service contracts through Toyota Motor Insurance Services (TMIS). The company services Lexus dealers and customers using the Lexus Financial Services brand. TFS currently employs approximately 3,100 associates nationwide, and has assets totaling nearly $116 billion. It is part of a worldwide network of comprehensive financial services offered by Toyota Financial Services Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation. We announce material financial information using the investor relations section of our website (www.toyotafinancial.com) and SEC filings. We use these channels, press releases, and social media to communicate about our company, our services, and other issues. While not all information we post on social media is of a material nature, some information could be material. Therefore, we encourage those interested in our company to review our posts on Twitter at www.twitter.com/toyotafinancial. Points of Light has named TFS one of its Civic 50, which recognizes the most community-minded companies in the nation. For more information about the company’s support of financial literacy, youth development programs, and other community initiatives, please visit www.tfsinthecommunity.com.


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Built4U Mobile Offers Five Tips on What You Need to Know About Your Phone Contract

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Built4U Mobile, a telecom start-up, offers five tips on what you need to need to know about your mobile phone contract that many people ignore – or simply don’t understand.

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The company (http://built4umobile.com), founded by Darrell Woolen, a veteran of the telecommunications industry, said too many people don’t understand what they’re paying for every month they get their bill or the details of what their contract allows them to do.

“I talk to so many people who are paying fees for items that they don’t understand or even know what’s really in their contract,” said Woolen who started the firm because he, along with so many friends and family, complained about their rising cell phone bills. “I know. I was one of those people. Now, I know what to look for.”

Woolen said here are five key items every person should review – and ask your mobile provider about it:

  • Unlimited data: Is it really? You need to review your bill, then call customer service to confirm what your plan includes, and how much you’re paying in overage fees. Do you understand how much data your APPs, videos and games really use?
  • Contract term: So many mobile companies now are allowing you to pay for your new phone on a monthly basis on top of your monthly phone charges. Do you really understand how much you’re really paying for your phone? What if you get some extra cash and want to pay extra to pay for your new phone sooner? Can you do that? Is it just cheaper to pay for your new phone outright?
  • “Reasonable usage”: What does this mean? How does this affect my monthly costs?
  • Changing providers: Some companies are allowing you to “break your contract” to switch providers. This may not be as easy as it seems. Find out what the actual costs of switching.
  • Overage fees: Are you paying attention to how much you’re paying for every (SMS) text message that exceeds your plan? How much are you paying for your extra services to your plan that you’re no longer using?

Woolen’s team consists of a group of experienced sales, telecommunications and operations executives who joined him to start the nationwide full-service mobile telephone company. Convenience and flexibility are among the key components of the Built4U model. Customers can sign up for plans online 24/7, contact a local sales agent or call by phone (855-399-2470) to have access to high-quality multi-carrier networks available around the country. The company offers customers a full suite of products, including voice, text, data and cell phones. No contracts for service are required and devices are available with $0 interest for a two-year agreement, with approved credit.

Built4U Mobile is signing up direct sales agents, (built4ucareers.com) avoiding traditional brick-and-mortar stores to keep overhead costs low. Woolen is also giving back to the community. As part of its social entrepreneurship philosophy, Built4U Mobile is lining up strategic partnerships with local schools, colleges, and churches so it can raise money from cell phone usage. Recently, Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III of Friendship-West Baptist Church added Built4U Mobile to its West Wall Street Initiative, an effort to empower local businesses and consumers to reinvest in their communities.

For more information about the company, investment opportunities or to set up interviews with Mr. Woolen, contact Neil Foote, Foote Communications, LLC, 214.448.3765, neil@neilfoote.com


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Built4U Mobile, A New Nationwide Mobile Telephone Company, Signing Up Direct Sales Agents

Great opportunity to earn extra income and offer new phone service

Full page photoDALLAS – June 8, 2016 – Built4U Mobile, a telecom start-up, is signing up direct sales agents to become part of its new nationwide mobile telephone company that offers a full suite of products and services for customers tired of overpaying for their phone services.

Anyone interested in becoming an agent can sign up online at built4ucareers.com. The company is setting out to avoid traditional brick-and-mortar stores to keep overhead costs low. In doing so, the company pays higher commissions to our agents and recycles money back into the community. Agents earn residual commissions and portions of each sale are shared with a local partner charter. The opportunity is available to college students and professionals of all backgrounds.

Company giving back to community

The company’s founder, Darrell Woolen, is building the infrastructure for what he believes will become a highly profitable company, but he wants to make sure he also gives back to the community. As part of its social entrepreneurship philosophy, Built4U Mobile is lining up strategic partnerships with local schools, colleges, and churches so they can raise money from cell phone usage. “We like to think of it as recycling revenues back into the communities we serve,” Woolen said. Recently, Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III of Friendship-West Baptist Church, added Built4U Mobile to its West Wall Street Initiative, an effort to empower local businesses and consumers to reinvest in their communities.

“We’re looking for individuals who are hungry and share our passion for our product,” said Woolen, who has more than 35 years in the telecommunications industry founded the nationwide full-service mobile telephone company. “There’s a great opportunity to earn extra income, and, in the long run, help support your family and community.”

Woolen started the firm because he, along with so many friends and family, complained about their rising cell phone bills. Built4U Mobile has no hidden costs. Customers pay for what you want and what you use. Said Woolen, “It’s easy to sign up, get going and start using your phone without worrying about how much your phone bill will be every month.”

Woolen’s team consists of a group of experienced sales, telecommunications and operations executives who joined him to start the nationwide full-service mobile telephone company. Convenience and flexibility are among the key components of the Built4U model. Customers can sign up for plans online 24/7, contact a local sales agent or call by phone (855-399-2470) to have access to high-quality multi-carrier networks available around the country. The company offers customers a full suite of products, including voice, text, data and cell phones. No contracts for service are required and devices are available with $0 interest for a two-year agreement, with approved credit.


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Built4U Mobile Launches New Service with Full Suite of Products and Services

Offers Solution to Customers Tired of Overpaying and Sets Out to Recycle Dollars Back to Communities

DALLAS, June 8, 2016 – Built4U Mobile, a telecom start-up, has launched a new nationwide mobile telephone company with a full suite of products and services that are targeting customers tired of overpaying for their phone services.

The company (http://built4umobile.com) also is lining up partnerships with local institutions, such Full page photoas local school districts, colleges and faith-based groups, to allow them to generate revenue and create opportunities. Darrell Woolen, Built4UMobile’s founder, has more than 35 years in the telecommunications industry, working for such companies AT&T, Sprint, Com Systems and DSC Communication. He started the nationwide full-service mobile telephone company because he, along with so many friends and family, complained about their rising cell phone bills.

“Let’s face it,” Woolen said. “We can’t live without our cell phones nowadays. Built4U Mobile has no hidden costs or agendas. You pay for what you want and what you use. It’s easy to sign up, get going and start using your phone without worrying about how much your phone bill will be every month.”

Experienced team

Woolen’s team consists of a group of experienced sales, telecommunications, and operations executives who joined him to start the company. Convenience and flexibility are among the key components of the Built4U model. Customers can sign up for plans online 24/7, contact a local sales agent or call by phone (855-399-2470) to have access to high-quality multi-carrier networks available around the country. The company offers customers a full suite of products, including voice, text, data and cell phones. No contracts for service are required and devices are available with $0 interest for a two-year agreement, with approved credit.

Looking for sales agents

Built4U Mobile also is signing up direct sales agents, (built4ucareers.com) avoiding traditional brick-and-mortar stores to keep overhead costs low. The company’s founder, Darrell Woolen is setting out to create a highly profitable company, but wants to make sure he’s also giving back to the community. As part of its social entrepreneurship philosophy, Built4U Mobile is negotiating strategic partnerships with local schools, colleges, and churches so they can raise money from cell phone usage. “We like to think of it as recycling revenues back into the communities we serve,” Woolen said. Recently, Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III of Friendship-West Baptist Church, added Built4U Mobile to its West Wall Street Initiative, an effort to empower local businesses and consumers to reinvest in their communities.

“Of course, we’re looking to become a hugely successful company,” Woolen said. “But we are also about community development, we have a passion for it. We want to help school districts, colleges, and churches have the resources to prepare the next generation.”


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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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