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.


HL 024: HBCU Symposium, Award-Winning App and Dr. TaKeia Anthony

July 31, 2015

HL24: HBCU Symposium, Award-Winning App and Dr. TaKeia Anthony

Episode 24 is full of youth and pure energy. The 2015 HBCU Symposium will be October 9th and 10th in Nashville, so Dr. Crystal deGregory returns to tell us about it in the feature interview on Episode 24. Recent graduate Michael DeVore tells us about an innovative app that can be used when it’s time to get that hair cut. The show starts with a rising star in academia and a three time HBCU graduate, Dr. TaKeia Anthony.


She is the first African American woman from Bowling Green to earn her Ph.D. in History. Dr. TaKeia Anthony stops by the podcast to talk about her passion for history and how it has been fueled by the legacy of HBCUs in her family.


Dr. Anthony, a fourth generation HBCU alum, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from North Carolina Central and she went on to earn her Ph.D. from Howard. She is also an assistant professor of History at Edward Waters College.

Learn more about her at TaKeiaAnthony.com.


With so many barber shops around HBCUs, the Live Chair barbershop app could be useful to many a customer. Through market research, Michael DeVore also realized the app could be very useful to barbers. The May 2015 graduate of Claflin visited the show to talk about the award-winning app.

Learn more about Live Chair.


Dr. Crystal deGregory’s HBCU Symposium will be at her alma mater Fisk in October. As she goes through possible papers to be presented, Dr. deGregory visits the podcast to talk about this year’s symposium and how it could serve as a center of intellect in Black America.

Learn more about the 2015 HBCU Symposium.


HL 023: The Money Doctor, HBCU Pride Nation and Alumni Wisdom

June 30, 2015

Episode 23 continues the conversations about money and HBCU media. This edition also features HBCU alumni wisdom from someone who is a volunteer and mentor.


The good doctor pays us a visit to talk money. Mildred "The Money Doctor" Dillon provides helpful tips for alumni to manage debt by looking at money they already have. She draws tips from her book Take This Job and Love It. The CPA, author, and speaker is one the of Xavier University of Louisiana nation of alumni.

Find out more about her at YourMoneyDr.com.


The HBCU media series continues with Travis Jackson the founder and CEO of HBCU Pride Nation. The organization boasts a youth outreach initiative to promote HBCUs through its foundation. Travis, an alumnus of North Carolina A&T, tells us about HBCU Pride Nation's public relations and social media efforts.

Visit HBCU Pride Nation  to find out more.


There's nothing like hanging on the words of old school HBCU alumni. That is why we are pleased to have Jasper C. Brown, Jr., a retired labor attorney and a proud member of the Hampton alumni community. On the podcast, we talk to Mr. Brown about how his alma mater helped him understand the value of volunteering. Most importantly, the mentor has advice for HBCU students to manage encounters with law enforcement in their communities and around the campuses.


HL 022: Simmons College of Kentucky, HBCU Media and Finances

May 30, 2015

Podcast 22: Simmons College of Kentucky, HBCU Media and Finances

Episode 22 starts off with great money advice for recent graduates. The HBCU Lifestyle Podcast's HBCU media series continues with information about HBCU Digest and their annual national media week. The feature interview is about the nation’s newest HBCU, Simmons College of Kentucky.


What should a recent college graduate do with his or her first paycheck from that big job? Kem Washington is a CPA and business professor who visits the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast to offer money advice that will take the newest HBCU alumni a long way, financially. Her tips are based on her blog “College grads: What is the first thing you should do with your paycheck?”

Professor Washington teaches Business at Dillard University and she is the co-founder of B.A.D.G.E. An alumna of Southern University, Professor Washington has contributed to FoxBusiness.com, Bankrate.com, Yahoo! Finance, Jet Magazine, Smart Asset, TheStreet.com; and she is a contributor to WVUE-TV, WDSU-TV, and WWL-TV.

Connect with her at Kemberley.com


Who will be the 2016 HBCU of the Year? Will Paul Quinn, the inaugural winner, collect again? Will it be Howard’s year? Will Edward Waters represent Florida? How about Johnson C. Smith or North Carolina Central? These are burning questions that will be answered at the AARP HBCU Media Week July 9-11 at Hampton University. Jarrett Carter, founding editor of HBCU Digest, talks about the annual week as well as insight he has gained from being a member of the HBCU media community. Carter is an alumnus of Morgan State University.


Simmons College of Kentucky became the nation’s newest HBCU early in 2015 under the U.S. Department of Education guidelines. Dr. Kevin Cosby, president of the nation's 107th HBCU, visited the podcast to talk about how the college earned the designation, its community and higher education partnerships as well as Simmons’ future.

Simmons was founded in 1879 as the Kentucky Normal and Theological Institute. The college is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Visit Simmons at SimmonsCollegeKy.edu.


HL 021: Maximizing Internships, ‘Professor Dumpster’, and Tiger Woods’ GIft to UMES

April 30, 2015

HBCU Lifestyle Podcast Episode 21

Episode 21 features T’Edra Jackson of Paul Quinn College (top right), Dr. Jeff Wilson of Huston Tillotson University (middle right) and Kimberly Dumpson of University of Maryland Eastern Shore (bottom right).

The April 2015 edition takes a look at maximizing internship opportunities, HBCUs and sustainability, and grabbing big dollars from the biggest name in professional golf.


T’Edra Jackson is a graduating senior at Paul Quinn College and she has a great job waiting for her at J.C. Penney. Her great fortune started with her excellent internship performance. The student leader visits the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast to talk about how being persistent led to her becoming a part of the prestigious INROADS program and how she took full advantage of the opportunity. She also talks about balancing academics, demanding internship hours, and student leadership.

Aside from being a graduating senior, Jackson is a former Miss Paul Quinn College, a former resident assistant, one of Dallas Weekly’s “25 People to Watch” for 2013, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is a native of Baton Rouge, La.

Connect with T’Edra Jackson on Twitter and LinkedIn


He lived in a dumpster for a year but that is far from the real story. Dr. Jeff Wilson visits the podcast to talk about his dumpster experiment has led to students at Huston-Tillotson University becoming leaders in the Green movement by forming the student organization Green Is the New Black. Dr. Wilson explains why he chose to live in a dumpster and how HBCUs are unsung heroes in the higher education sustainability movement.

Dr. Wilson is the dean of Huston-Tillotson’s University College, interim dean of Enrollment Management, and associate professor of Biological Sciences.

About Dr. Jeff Wilson
The Dumpster Project


It started when the University of Maryland Eastern Shore decided to honor late professional golf legend, Charlie Sifford, with a reception when he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Eventually, the university received a nice surprise when Tiger Woods’ (yes that Tiger Woods) foundation made a $10,000 gift to UMES. The PGA Tour later matched the gift, giving the university’s PGA Golf Management program a $20,000 donation.

Kimberly Dumpson, Esq., UMES’s executive vice president, visits spends time with the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast to talk about how the university landed the milestone gifts.

About the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s PGA Golf Management Program


HL 020: Interview Tips, STEM Career Options and the GCAC

March 26, 2015

African American students athlete holding basketball

This edition of the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast takes a look at careers and sports. Students get tips for winning internship and job interviews and we get a dose of STEM career talk. HBCU sports fans learn more about a little conference that is big on competition.


Rory Verrett

Rory Verrett

What does it take for students to have winning interviews for those internships or jobs they want? Rory Verrett, executive coach, provides insight about how students can put their best feet forward when they get these precious opportunities. Verrett, an alumnus of Howard and Harvard Law School, is the former vice president of Talent Management for the National Football League.

Follow Rory on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoryVerrett


Dr. Caleph Wilson

Dr. Caleph Wilson

There are many STEM opportunities available for HBCU students but how can they access those opportunities? Dr. Caleph Wilson explains both the challenges HBCU students face and he also explains how HBCU students can manage those challenges. Dr. Wilson is an alumnus of Alcorn State with a Ph.D. from Penn State. He is a staff scientist at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the co-founder of the National Science and Technology News Service, and on the advisory board for STEM for the Center for Minority Serving Institutions at Penn.

Learn more about Caleph at About.Me: https://about.me/caleph.wilson


In 2010 a seismic shift happened in the NAIA. The Gulf Coast Athletic Conference had been a conference that consisted of four HBCUs for many years but became the NAIA’s version of the SWAC, MEAC, CIAA or SIAC. The four longest standing member schools—Dillard, Southern-New Orleans, Tougaloo, and Xavier—have been joined by Edward Waters, Philander Smith, Talladega, and Vorhees. The GCAC’s sports information director, David Grubb, visited the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast to talk about the intense competition throughout the new GCAC and the must-see rivalries that are winning the member colleges and universities new fans.

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Web Site: http://GCAConf.com


HL 019: The Crisis at South Carolina State University

February 21, 2015
A crowd of students, alumni and supporters rally behind South Carolina State University.

A crowd of students, alumni and supporters rally behind South Carolina
State University. Photo credit: Jonathan R.Whitfield (@AlwaysPrayin)
via Twitter.

This special edition of the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast is dedicated to South Carolina State University as the state’s only public HBCU fights for its survival. Upon South Carolina lawmakers’ proposal for temporary closure due to a reported $17.5 million debt, students, alumni, and supporters are rallying to save S.C. State.

Dr. Charlie Nelms, a frequent contributor to HBCU Lifestyle, joins the podcast to give his perspective on the crisis and how alumni and supporters can help secure the future of the university. Dr. Nelms is a higher education consultant whose career includes a successful stint at North Carolina Central University. It was there that he implemented admission standards that helped raise the average freshman GPA from 2.7 to 3.2 in five years. He also guided the establishment of the first and only Ph.D. program to be offered on campus in 50 years and under Dr. Nelms’ leadership, North Carolina Central achieved specialized accreditation in six programs including membership in the Association of American Law Schools. He is an alumnus of the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.


We urge you to consider supporting the students, academic programs, and/or programs of your choice at S.C. State. To do so, please visit the university’s giving page today.


“Panel OKs big changes but keeps S.C. State open” (Feb. 19, 2015) | The Times and Democrat

“South Carolina State University Stakeholders Must Get on the Right Side of History, Together” (Feb. 18, 2015) | Huff Post Black Voices

“House committee votes for replacing SC State’s leadership” (Feb. 18, 2015) | The State

“Did South Carolina Sabotage Its Public Historically Black College?” (Feb. 17, 2015) | NPR


HL 018: New Year, New Segments for the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast

January 31, 2015

With 2015 rolling in, the top-rated HBCU Lifestyle Podcast has added new features. Fans of the podcast now have three interviews with a new segment focused on lifestyle advice for HBCU alumni. Also new to the show is a college advice segment for HBCU students. Episode 18 introduces “How We Live” with advice for alumni about the legal side of starting a business. The highly energetic Anthony Ray, host of “The HBCU Nation Radio Show” pays the podcast a visit, and the feature interview is Wes Bellamy a rising star in community leadership in Virginia.


The introductory “How We Live” segment takes a look at the legal aspects of starting a business, something many Americans never think about. Charlotte Key, an attorney who specializes in business transactions, provides the insight. Key is an alumna of the Howard University School of Law.

“My Legal Opinion”: https://attorneyckey.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AttorneyCKey


Anthony Ray, the host of “The HBCU Nation Radio Show”, brings his enthusiasm for HBCUs to the podcast. He talks about why he started the show and what he hopes it will do to help HBCUs advance. We also get treated to little-known facts about the energetic Elizabeth City State University alumnus.

“The HBCU Nation Radio Show” airs every Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Eastern Time on ECSU’s WRVS-FM and also on SiriusXM’s HBCU channel, 142. The show’s app can be downloaded by visiting the web site, http://www.thehbcunationradioshow.com/. HBCU Lifestyle’s Garrick Gibson has been a guest and podcast host Eddie Francis is a weekly contributor.

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/thehbcunation
Twitter: https://twitter.com/THEHBCUNATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheHBCUNation
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHBCUNation
Instagram: http://instagram.com/thehbcunation


He is young rising star in community leadership. Before reaching 30-years-old Bellamy has made a highly competitive run for political office in Charlottesville, started a non-profit, earned his master’s degree, become a non-profit board director, and has even become the host of a popular morning radio show. All of this comes from a man who passed up the opportunity to play college football at a Southeastern Conference university. Instead of gridiron glory stories, Bellamy speaks passionately about how the HBCUs he attended have helped him become the leader he is.

Bellamy received his bachelor’s degree from South Carolina State University and his master’s from Virginia State University where he is also pursuing his doctorate. The Atlanta native is the founder of H.Y.P.E. (Helping Young People Evolve), president of the Young Black Professional Network, a member of the 100 Black Men of Charlottesville board of directors, and the host of the “Soul of the City” morning show on WUVA-FM. He was also named one of HBCU Buzz’s “Top 30 Under 30”.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WesBellamy

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