HL 034: Turning Your Ideas Into a Career with Voiceover Artist Kareem Taylor

June 26, 2016

How did Kareem Taylor, a Clark Atlanta University graduate, make the leap from college student to successful voiceover artist? In this episode of the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast, Kareem shares his story with host Eddie Francis and inspires millennials to pursue their dreams in his book, ‘Get Your Life’.

About Kareem Taylor

Kareem is a growth strategist, author, and voiceover artist who lives in Los Angeles, CA. To learn more about Kareem and purchase your own copy of ‘Get Your Life! The Transforming Power of Turning Fate Into Fortune’ on Amazon, visit GetYourLifeBook.com


HL 033: HBCUs, Alumni, and Financial Equity

May 31, 2016

Podcast 33: HBCUs, Alumni, and Financial Equity featuring Rodrick Miller and Dr. Bill Mayew
Amid discussions of HBCUs and financial equity, the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast digs into two areas not often touched. This edition kicks off with a conversation about how people of color, including HBCU alumni, factor into economic development. The feature interview goes into an area that many of have probably never even considered—bonds.


What role do people of color play in economic development? Rodrick Miller, the CEO and president of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, joined the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast to talk the ABCs of economic development. We took the conversation a step further and talked about the value that HBCU alumni bring to their communities.

Miller graduated from St. Augustine’s with a bachelor’s degree in International Business. A Fulbright Scholar, the multilingual Miller also earned his Master of Public Policy from Harvard.

Follow Rod Miller on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn.


According to a study, HBCUs pay more than colleges and universities of similar financial strength to issue bonds of the same value. The study, which was covered in April on Inside Higher Ed’s web site, was conducted by a team of four scholars. One of them, Dr. Bill Mayew, was a guest on the podcast.

Dr. Mayew is an associate professor of Accounting at Duke University, and he joined the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast to talk about the study’s findings.


HL 032: Nate Parker Summer Film Institute, Military Vets, and OFC Conference

April 22, 2016

Podcast 32 features Nicole Sharpe (Nate Parker Foundation), Leslie Brown (Hampton University) and M. Scott Lilly (TMCF & Opportunity Funding Corporation.

Podcast episode 32 guests (top to bottom): Nicole Sharpe, Leslie Brown and M. Scott Lilly.

Two major events for HBCU students approach while we find out how we can best support our military veterans.


Producer, director, and actor Nate Parker got his first taste of HBCU life as “Henry Lowe” in “The Great Debaters”. From there, Parker formed a lasting relationship with Wiley College and has since stepped up his commitment to the Marshall, Tex. college.

Through his foundation, Parker has committed to offering a summer film institute and a forthcoming academic program. Nicole Sharpe, co-executive director of the Nate Parker Foundation, joins the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast to talk about the celebrity’s efforts.

Applications for the summer institute, which will be held at Wiley July 8-17, are due April 30. For information, email filminstitute@nateparkerfoundation.org or nicole@nateparkerfoundation.org or call 914-304-4290.


Some of the most beloved members of the HBCU community are military veterans. Their struggles after serving the U.S., however, can be significant. Leslie Brown is a therapist who works with veterans and she joins the podcast to discuss how civilians can better understand and support veterans.

Brown, whose father Jasper Brown appeared on episode 23, is an alumna of Hampton. She is pursuing her Ph.D. and marriage and family therapy.


M. Scott Lilly, vice president of programs of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and president of the Opportunity Funding Corporation (OFC), visits the podcast to talk about the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program. Sponsored by OFC, the program’s conference will be May 25-28 in Atlanta.

Over the past 14 years, OFC has infused entrepreneurship into HBCUs curricula by providing the resources and knowledge needed to bridge the gap for HBCU students.


HL 031: Youngest PhD Graduate of Delaware State and TM² Education Search

March 15, 2016

Jalaal Hayes Lincoln University,(Pa.), Delaware State University  Christopher Braswell (North Carolina A&T State University)

Episode 31 of the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast features two uplifting stories for the HBCU community. Dr. Jalaal Hayes talks about his journey to earning a doctorate at 22 years old. We also find out TM² Education Search, a firm that seeks to improve HBCU leadership through recruitment and training.


Jalaal Hayes made history when he earned his Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry from Delaware State. Also an alumnus of Lincoln (Pa.), the Philadelphia native talks about how he arrived at the historic point in December 2015.

Dr. Hayes is also the founder of ELYTE Universal, an organization that provides tutoring and promotes STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

Connect with Dr. Hayes on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


The HBCU community was abuzz in March 2016 with the news of four former HBCU presidents uniting to form a firm dedicated to identifying quality leadership for HBCUs. Christopher Braswell, the president of TM² Education Search, joined the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast to share why the firm was formed and how it can change the game for HBCUs.

Click to learn more about TM² Education Search.


HL 030: HBCU Lifestyle’s Co-founder, Just Play Entertainment, and the Kresge Foundation

January 31, 2016

Garrick Gibson (Florida A&M University), Leia Avery (Tennessee State University) and Bill Moses (Kresge Education Division).

HBCU Lifestyle has become strong and resource for life at HBCUs so we turned to our fearless leader Garrick Gibson for this podcast. Also, we find out about board games with an urban twist. Finally, the Kresge Foundation pays the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast a visit to talk about their groundbreaking HBCU Initiative.


What was behind the founding of HBCU Lifestyle? What’s in store for 2016? Garrick Gibson, the co-founder of the site, visits the podcast to talk about the mission of HBCULifestyle.com. He also talks about audience feedback as well as what he has planned for this year.

Garrick is an HBCU legacy. Like his father Richard, who is the site’s co-founder, Garrick graduated from Florida A&M. Garrick’s son is a student at FAMU, and both Garrick’s mother and wife are alumnae of Tuskegee.

About the HBCU Lifestyle family


Leia Avery wants to bring people together with fun. That is why the alumna of Tennessee State created a series of board games with her company Just Play Entertainment. Leia talks about her coming from a tradition of entrepreneurship and even gives a sample of a game.

Find your favorite game from Just Play Entertainment


From 2000 to 2005, the Kresge Foundation embarked on an unprecedented mission to help HBCUs with their advancement operations. The ambitious HBCU Initiative awarded five institutions grants and resources to build their advancement offices. Those institutions were Bethune-Cookman, Dillard, Johnson C. Smith, Meharry, and Xavier. Bill Moses, the managing director of Kresge’s education division joins the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast to talk about how those campuses benefited from the resources and training.


HL 029: Boosting HBCU Students’ Mental Health

January 5, 2016

Dr. Larry Walker returns to the podcast for a three-part conversation about mental health among HBCU students particularly black males.

To begin 2016, we brought back an HBCU Lifestyle contributor to talk about a very important issue. Dr. Larry Walker returns to the podcast for a three-part conversation about mental health among HBCU students particularly black males.

Part 1

Dr. Walker begins the podcast by talking about the overall mental health landscape among college students across the country, especially among high-achieving students at highly recognized colleges and universities.

Part 2

We turn our attention to Dr. Walker’s blog “Combating Mental Health Stereotypes Among Black Men”. The podcast conversation even turns to a part of the blog that suggests HBCUs should start including mental health information at homecomings as a way to spread awareness. Finally, we discuss what happens when a black male feels like an outsider at an HBCU.

Part 3

The podcast interview wraps up with suggestions for resources including using campus peer groups as safe havens for students who seek mental health support. Finally, Dr. Walker responds to thoughts that can affect an HBCU student’s mental health.


HL 028: Fundraising Tips for Alumni Associations and Happy HBCU Alumni

December 8, 2015

Featuring Halima Leak Francis (Hampton University) and Brandon Busteed (Gallup, Inc.)

What was behind the Gallup survey that revealed black HBCU alumni’s satisfaction with their alma maters versus black alumni of other institutions? We also get tips and insight about how alumni associations can raise money effectively for their alma maters.


Many alumni associations want to do right by their alma maters and raise much-needed funds, but many may not know which steps to take for fundraising success. Halima Leak Francis, a charitable giving professional, visits the podcast to provide tips for alumni to get the most out of association members. She also provides insight about how to make fundraising effective.

Halima has done fundraising for close to 15 years in higher education and the non-profit sector. She is also a consultant as well as a Ph.D. candidate whose research focuses on fundraising capacity building at HBCUs. She publishes the blog “Write to Bear Alms” and graduated from Hampton University.

Follow Halima on Twitter @HLeak.


Gallup produced a survey that went viral around the HBCU community in October 2015. The survey suggested that black alumni of HBCUs experienced greater well-being from their college experiences than their black counterparts from other colleges and universities. Brandon Busteed of Gallup visits the podcast to discuss why the survey was conducted and expand on what the results mean for higher education as a whole.

Brandon is Gallup’s executive director for Workforce and Development. To read about more of Gallup’s research about the connection between college graduates’ well-being and their college experiences, visit Gallup’s web site.

Follow Brandon on Twitter @BrandonBusteed.


HL 027: Understanding Fair Housing and the Unknown World of Social Work

November 2, 2015

Podcast 27: Understanding Fair Housing and the Unknown World of Social Work

Two HBCU alumni spend time on the podcast helping alumni two social issues that affect African Americans.


Jeffrey May, a fair housing professional and advocate, pays the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast a visit to give insight about citizens’ rights. The assistant director of National Neighbors gives an understanding of the Fair Housing Act and he also talks about how housing discrimination adversely affects people of color. National Neighbors is a program of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.

A national expert on fair housing planning and affordable housing, May is also the former executive director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. He earned his B.A. in Sociology from Southern University at New Orleans.

Contact Jeffrey HERE.  and learn more about the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.


When many of us think about the field of social work, we think of crowded offices of cases workers talking to “hard luck case” citizens. Cassandra Smith, a licensed clinical social worker, blows that stereotype up during her discussion with the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast about the many dimensions of the field. She also gives insight about why the field is so important to African Americans and why it is a successful academic program at many HBCUs.

Smith is the executive director and clinical program director of OPS Family Care. She is also a professor of Social Work at Southern University at New Orleans. She is an alumna of Clark Atlanta.


HL 026: HBCU Sports and Strategies for HBCU Fundraising

October 5, 2015

HBCU Lifestyle Podcast 26 features Elliot J. Ricks, Cheryl Harris and Kenn Rashad.

It's fall and that means HBCU football. Kenn Rashad returns to talk about teams to look out for on Episode 26. We also take a look at alternative methods of raising money for It’s fall and that means HBCU football. Kenn Rashad returns to talk about teams to look out for on Episode 26. We also take a look at alternative methods of raising money for HBCUs.

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How We Live:  Fortifying HBCUs’ Endowments Through Life Insurance

Financial services professional and Philander Smith alumnus Elliot J. Ricks pays the podcast a visit to explain how college alumni use life insurance policies to support their alma maters. Elliot also explains why life insurance has historically been two bad words in Black America, and why he says, “No more chicken dinners.”

Connect with Elliot here.

Quotes for Education

Allstate has teamed up with the Tom Joyner Foundation to help HBCU students achieve their dreams of earning college degrees. Cheryl Harris, an Allstate spokesperson and a Florida A&M alumna, talks about the Quotes for Education program on the podcast. She also shares why her HBCU experience was so special and helped her achieve success as a business woman and community servant.

HBCU Sports with Kenn Rashad

Which HBCU football program will shine this season? Which small colleges have athletics programs to watch? Which bands are the best in the land on HBCU Sports? Kenn returns to the podcast to give his impressions and he even gives a preview of how the upcoming basketball season may look.


HL 025: Larry Walker, Student Leadership and HBCU Criminal Justice Program

August 31, 2015
HBCU Lifestyle Podcast Episode 25 with Eddie Francis

HBCU Lifestyle contributor Dr. Larry J. Walker is featured on Episode 25 as he explains why he believes HBCUs are one of the best places for incarcerated youth to move toward successful lives. The episode also includes another Claflin man, Dennis Richmond, Jr., and we learn what makes Jarvis Christian College’s Criminal Justice program one of the best in Texas.

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How We Live: Claflinite Dennis Richmond, Jr.

Although he grew up in Yonkers, Dennis Richmond, Jr. knew he wanted to attend an HBCU and his home became Claflin University. Richmond talks about making the transition from New York to South Carolina, his role as a student leader and, most importantly, his passion for promoting HBCU life.

Connect with Dennis on Twitter @NewYorkStakz.

Jarvis Christian’s Criminal Justice Program Best In Texas

The best academic program in Criminal Justice is in Hawkins, Tex. at Jarvis Christian College. The college earned the honor from CorrectionalOfficer.org, a web site that promotes careers in criminal justice. Calvin Lester, Jr., Jarvis’s lead professor of Criminal Justice, talks about the program’s success.

Lester is an alumnus of Southern and the Southern University Law Center. Connect with him on Twitter at @CalvinBenLester.

Dr. Larry J. Walker

In his op-ed for Diverse Issues in Education, Dr. Larry J. Walker makes a case for HBCUs and Hispanic Serving Institutions to be the places to help incarcerated youth put their lives back together. He discusses his piece “HBCUs, HSIs Equipped to Aid Incarcerated Youth” and the shifting political landscape that inspired it.

Dr. Walker is an educational consultant whose research examines the impact environmental factors have on the academic performance and social emotional functioning of students from HBCUs. His work has also been published in the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions. He is the co-editor of a book on graduate education at HBCUs, a former Congressional Fellow with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and Legislative Director for former Congressman Major R. Owens. During Dr. Walker’s tenure on Capitol Hill he worked on the No Child Left Behind Act, amendments to the Higher Education Act, he fought for increased funding for HBCUs, and worked closely with stakeholders. Dr. Walker earned his bachelor’s from Cheney, his M.Ed. from Howard, and his Ed.D. from Morgan State. Follow him on Twitter @LarryJWalker2.