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


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 Follow us on Twitter @nbprs.

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






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 or 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 ( 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, or the brand’s social channels via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram or YouTube.

Tom Joyner Foundation to Lead Tour with HBCU Presidents to Explore Global Exchange, Research Opportunities in Cuba





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.

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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 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

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”.

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 (, 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 ( “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.

Where2Go411 Wins New U Entrepreneurs Grant

McLean, Va – A panel of expert judges awarded a $20,000 grant as part of a national competition.

The New U: News Entrepreneurs Working through UNITY project announced December 10 that its two 2013 seed grant winners have been selected based on three-fourths-weighted judges vote combined with a one-fourth crowd-sourced peer vote.

Kathy TimesThe winners from participating organizations and unaffiliated groups are Eunice Nuekie Cofie, CEO/Founder of “EthnicDermMedia,” and Kathy Times, Co-founder of “” Times and Cofie are graduates of Florida A&M University.

“This grant will help spread awareness about a unique tool designed to help grow the African-American business class, and spur economic development in communities that suffer disproportionately from economic neglect,” said Times. “I’m ecstatic and want to thank the New U judges for this awesome gift that will help us fuel a national campaign; it will change the economic reality of urban communities across America,” she added.

As in past years, program co-directors Doug Mitchell and Alli Joseph felt that using crowd-sourcing as part of the decision-making process was the most equitable way to choose winners.  “After receiving feedback from past grant recipients, camp participants and our panel of judges, we adjusted the formula for deciding who wins. We wanted the decision to be less of a popularity contest and more of an experientially informed decision by experts,” said Doug Mitchell, program Co-director. “The open public vote remains a vital part of the process, as our judges get to see how our contestants ‘sell’ others on what they are doing.”

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Relationship Expert Van Moody Offers Dating Advice to Scandal’s Olivia Pope

By Van Moody

View More:’s winter finale of ABC’s hit drama Scandal promises “things will never be the same,” with another addictive episode with a near-lethal dose of murder, passion, intrigue, deceit, betrayal and retaliation. The show has received critical acclaim for its ripped-from-the-headlines storylines, fast-paced dialogue and dizzying interpersonal dynamics. It has earned its “crazytwistygood” hashtag. For 2-1/2 seasons, week after week, show creator Shonda Rhimes unravels tightly-woven tales that have viewers on the edge of their seats and set Twitter feeds ablaze. The cast even joins live chats with viewers on both the East and West coasts. It is a loyal, sacred relationship that provokes critical commentary on the tension between passion and principles, and the ways in which we lobby for, leverage and lose power in our own relationships.

Olivia Pope’s on-again off-again relationship with the very-married President Fitzgerald Grant has triggered debates about the relationship issues that many people face in their personal lives. Despite her keen sense of political strategy and cunning “sixth sense” about her clients’ guilt or innocence, she is the poster child for toxic relationships: clandestine trysts with both President Grant and Jake Ballard; dysfunctional Sunday dinners with her Dad (the head of the secret counterterrorism unit B613); and her cool, calculating exchanges with her Mom (a suspected terrorist), all while leading a team of miscreant Gladiators on their own self-styled crusades for justice.

While we all want to enjoy rewarding connections with others, it becomes essential to evaluate your relationships intelligently: What makes a great relationship? How do you keep a relationship great? What are the warning signs of trouble? While it’s so very easy to blame the other person in a distressed relationship, it’s far more effective to consider and assess the situation objectively and build your Relational IQ.

While I don’t suggest or propose to solve all of her problems, let’s look at the major signs that The People Factor cover mediunsuggest it is time for you to end a toxic relationship. It might be a good time to end a relationship when someone can’t:

  • Accept a change of status in status of your personal or professional life
  • Accept that you’re ready to move on – without them
  • Accept that you do not believe the myth you’ve created about your future

Because there are no neutral relationships – they either move you forward or hold you back – here are some principles to consider – based on my new book The People Factor – that I suggest Olivia Pope, our fictional fixer and so many other women and men tethered to sticky situations should do right now:

  • Be clear about her own life’s journey and what you want in your relationship(s)
  • Don’t get caught up in the blame game
  • Be clear about your goals – personally and professionally
  • Be brutally honest
  • Be open to reconciliation, while not putting yourself or the other person in a holding pattern
  • Recognize that the most valuable people in your life may not be the most visible

Relationships are an art, and most of us lack the skill and mastery to help break—or all together avoid—destructive patterns, disrespect, and deception. Far too many people also lack the ability to have productive connections with others—those that help you achieve goals, sharpen your mind, and generally uplift and enrich your life. Only by cultivating your Relational IQ –knowing which is which and how to turn the tide on those that are negative – can you then take the appropriate action. Not to be taken lightly, these actions and decisions can make the difference between a great, happy life, and one that is riddled with disappointment, failure and regret.

Field expert Van Moody is the author of The People Factor (an upcoming release by publisher Thomas Nelson) and a motivational speaker who advises on matters related to relationships as they pertain to friends, family, significant others and the workplace. He is a “People Scholar” who helps others build their “Relational IQ” to achieve success at home, in their social circles, and in business. He may be reached online at