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The Howard Alumni Movemakers Podcast hosted by Joshua Mercer

The Howard Alumni Movemakers Podcast hosted by Joshua Mercer

By Joshua Mercer
Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast where we highlight folks in Howard Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! ese in depth conversations will highlight the failures, triumphs, future plans, motivations, and of course the Howard Experience. Think of it as an on demand blueprint for those looking to succeed in their chosen path...big picture, sharing this information sets us all up for life long success. Do you know a high achiever that would be great for the show? If so, email their bio/contact info to humovemakers@gmail.com.
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EP 37: Crystal Waters talks being Platinum Artist and Queen of House/Dance Music!
Per #Wikipedia Crystal Waters is an American house and dance music singer and songwriter, best known for her 1990s dance hits "Gypsy Woman", "100% Pure Love", and 2007's "Destination Calabria" with Alex Gaudino. All three of her studio albums produced a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked her as one of the most successful dance artists of all time. Her accolades include six ASCAP Songwriter awards, three American Music Award nominations, an MTV Video Music Award nod, four Billboard Music Awards and twelve #1 Billboard Dance Chart hits. Her hit song "Gypsy Woman" was sampled in musician Trey Songz's 2017 song "1x1" from his album Tremaine the Album, which she co-wrote.  _________  Waters' first job in the music world was as a backup singer at a local recording studio. She realized she wanted the creative control of writing her own music. Meeting the Basement Boys at a D.C. conference, they agreed to collaborate. Waters' self-described style was jazz and the Basement Boys was house. The first two songs she wrote for the 'Boys were "Makin' Happy" and "Gypsy Woman".  Waters signed a writing contract with Mercury Records in 1989.[citation needed]  Her single "Makin' Happy", with contributions by remixer Steve "Silk" Hurley, shot quickly to #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs.[citation needed]  With her 1994 follow-up album Storyteller, Waters made a mainstream comeback with her hit single "100% Pure Love", which hit number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100,[5] #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs and became one of the longest-charting singles on the Hot 100 at 45 weeks ("Gypsy Woman" had remained on the chart for 16 weeks). Along with the single, her second album Storyteller, sold over 1 million copies in the United States. Feminist scholar and social activist bell hooks described Waters as "fierce and politically on the job" because of the singer's socially conscious lyrics.  Waters performing in 2013. In 1996, Waters participated in the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Rio, which was produced by the Red Hot Organization, performing the song "The Boy from Ipanema".  In 2007, the mega European hit "Destination Calabria" by Alex Gaudino, featuring vocals by Crystal Waters, went to #1 on the European Pop Chart in over 30 countries. The track is a mashup, taking the instrumental from Rune's "Calabria" and the vocals from Alex Gaudino's and Crystal Waters' "Destination Unknown", both originally released in 2003. It was produced with the help of Maurizio Nari and Ronnie Milani (Nari & Milani), matching the saxophone hook/riff from "Calabria" to Crystal Waters' voice. "Destination Calabria" was released as a 12-inch single by the Italian label Rise Records, and as a CD single on March 19, 2007 by British label Data Records. It originally charted in Australia in February 2004, peaking at #98 under the title "Destination Unknown" before being re-released as "Destination Calabria" and reaching #2 in 2007.  In 2012, "Le Bump" with Yolanda Be Cool gave Waters another #1 on the Beatport House Chart.  With DJ Chris Cox in 2013, the #1 Billboard Dance Club Songs hit "Mama Hey" was listed as one of Billboard's "Top 50 Dance Songs of 2013".  In November 2015, Waters released "Synergy", and in October 2016 she released "Believe". Both songs quickly rose to the #1 spot on the Billboard Dance Club Songs.[citation needed]  Her 2017 single "Testify" with Hifi Sean was released on Defected Records and went straight to the A-List on BBC Radio and garnered another #1 spot on the Billboard Dance Club Songs.  Her third collaboration with Sted-E & Hybrid Heights, titled "I Am House", reached #1 in the club charts in Spring 2018, giving Waters a total of twelve #1 singles in the US Billboard Dance Club Songs.  In February 2020, she began a monthly radio/podcast show called "I Am House."   Source: Wikipedia
01:27:35
February 25, 2021
EP 36: Ashley Henderson talks Chasing Dreams, Founding League Twenty Two, Howard Experience, Delta..
Ashley Henderson is a Los Angeles native, a Howard University Alum ('11) and proud member of Alpha Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is the Founder of League Twenty Two, a creative events agency specializing in event production and execution, brand experiences and cultural relevance with a focus on Beauty, Music, Sports, Retail and Philanthropy. Some of her clients include Nike, H&M, Estee Lauder, YouTube and Beautycon. Instagram: @leaguextwenytwo. Website: www.leaguetwentytwo.com Projects that I loved working on: Nike #UntilWeAllWin Battle Of The Real Jollof, YouTube Black Creator Summit and 300 ent- Album Release Parties THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF HOWARD UNIVERSITY***  ________   Follow On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/howardalumni/​​   Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/howardalumni​​   Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/howardalumni​​   Subscribe to Newsletter: https://www.humovemakers.com/​​   Howard Homecoming: https://www.homecomingathoward.com/​​   ________   Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight folks in Howard University Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! If you would like to apply or nominate someone  to be on the podcast, please email bio/headshot to humovemakers@gmail.com. ________ 
01:25:44
February 19, 2021
EP 35: Chris Tyson talks Reparations! Mr Howard to Secretary of State; Now CEO of Build Baton Rouge!
Christopher J. Tyson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Build Baton Rouge, the city’s redevelopment authority. Chris works closely with the Mayor, business leaders, and community advocates to revitalize dis-invested areas, drive economic impact through equitable investment, and advance partnerships to increase community-wide capacity. Under his leadership the agency has secured over $45 million in grants for transit-oriented and equitable urban redevelopment. Chris is currently on leave from his position as the Newman Trowbridge Distinguished Professor of Law at the LSU Law Center where he is a tenured member of the faculty with a decade of law teaching experience. He is a noted local government law scholar and has published in numerous academic and editorial journals, including the New York Times and the Harvard Journal on Racial & Ethnic Justice. In 2015 Chris was the Louisiana State Democratic Party nominee for Secretary of State and earned the most votes of any black candidate at that point in Louisiana’s history. In 2017 LSU honored him with the Brij Mohan Distinguished Professor Award for his commitment to advancing peace and social justice. In 2018 he was inducted into University Laboratory School’s Alumni Hall of Distinction. Chris served as Co-Chair of Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Broome’s Transition Team and Governor John Bel Edwards has appointed him to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission and the COVID-19 Health & Equity Task Force.  Chris graduated with honors in 1998 from the former Howard University School of Architecture. While at Howard he was active as a member of the Gentlemen of Drew Social Club, Campus Pals, the Undergraduate Student Assembly, and Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He also served as Mr. Howard University 1996-97. Chris went on to earn degrees in public policy and law from the Harvard Kennedy School and Georgetown University, respectively. He is married to Dr. Gia Tyson (HU c/o '01) and they reside in Baton Rouge with their three children. ________ THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF HOWARD UNIVERSITY***  ________   Follow On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/howardalumni/​  Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/howardalumni​  Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/howardalumni​  Subscribe to Newsletter: https://www.humovemakers.com/​  Howard Homecoming: https://www.homecomingathoward.com/​   ________  
01:25:04
February 13, 2021
EP 34: C. Brian Williams on Founding Step Afrika! and the Howard University Experience
C. BRIAN WILLIAMS, Founder and Executive Director of Step Afrika!, is a graduate of Howard University and native of Houston, TX. After living in Southern Africa, Brian began to research the percussive dance tradition of stepping, exploring the many sides of this exciting, yet under-recognized American art form and founded Step Afrika! in 1994. Brian has performed, lectured and taught in Europe, South & Central America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean and throughout the United States. He is a founder of the historic Step Afrika! International Cultural Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa. Under Mr. Williams’ leadership, stepping has evolved into one of America’s cultural exports, touring more than 60 countries across the globe, and the Company now ranks as one of the top ten African-American dance companies in the world today. Step Afrika! is the largest African-American arts organization in Washington, DC and one of America’s most celebrated and unique dance companies.  Brian has been cited as a “Nation Builder” by the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, and “Minority Business Leader” by the Washington Business Journal.  His work is prominently showcased at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and Brian is featured in Soulstepping, the first book to document the history of stepping, and several documentaries discussing the art form. Brian is a recipient of numerous awards including the Mayor’s Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts and the Pola Nirenska Award for Contemporary Achievement in Dance. In 2018, Brian received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Visionary Leadership from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities. __________ THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF HOWARD UNIVERSITY*** Follow On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/howardalumni/ Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/howardalumni Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/howardalumni Subscribe to Newsletter: https://www.humovemakers.com/ Howard Homecoming: https://www.homecomingathoward.com/
01:20:36
February 6, 2021
EP 33: Dr. Gia Tyson, Straight A's at Howard U, Transplant Hepatologist Founding Med School Admit
THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF HOWARD UNIVERSITY***  ________  Follow On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/howardalumni/  Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/howardalumni  Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/howardalumni  Subscribe to Newsletter: https://www.humovemakers.com/  Howard Homecoming: https://www.homecomingathoward.com/  ________  Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight folks in Howard University Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! If you would like to apply or nominate someone  to be on the podcast, please email bio/headshot to humovemakers@gmail.com.  _________  Dr. Gia Tyson is a transplant hepatologist for Ochsner Health in Louisiana. As the only liver specialist in the Baton Rouge region she has multiple jobs. She started The Liver Center Ochsner Baton Rouge to provide high level liver care to the region. Dr. Tyson is head of The Liver Center, which has grown significantly over the past 6 years and receives referrals from around the state. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Louisiana State University where she staffs the liver disease clinic with LSU Baton Rouge residents and provides care to the underserved. At LSU she gives didactic lectures to the residents and medical students. She also started a special program at LSU where primary care providers can give specialized care by treating hepatitis C virus (HCV) positive patients. Dr. Tyson utilizes her Master of Public Health degree and clinical expertise as the Clinical Network Specialist for the Louisiana Department of Health’s initiative to eliminate hepatitis C (HepCured LA). Louisiana is the first start to have this type of public initiative. In this role she has helps create the training documents and provides the training to primary providers around the state of Louisiana to treat HCV. In less than one year, the HepCured LA initiative has created over 300 new hepatitis C treaters and treated more the 4,200 persons with HCV. More patients on Medicaid have been treated than the previous 5 years combined.  She has published multiple peer reviewed articles on hepatitis C, hepatitis B and hepatocellular carcinoma.   Dr. Tyson is also an entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Med School Admit (MSA). MSA has programs focused on helping premedical students become competitive medical school applicants. She is proud of all the work she is doing to create healthier Louisianans and is particularly motivated to make an impact on students around the country who want to see their dreams of becoming a doctor realized. Dr. Tyson is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana who attend college at Howard University, Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins for residency, Baylor for GI fellowship and Tulane for transplant hepatology. She is a wife and mother of three children who in her spare time enjoys movies and endurance sports.   While at Howard University Dr. Tyson was very involved. She was a student athlete, playing tennis for 3 years and serving as team captain. She served as junior class president in the College of Arts and Sciences. She was a member of Phi Sigma Pi honor fraternity and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. During her senior year she was the president of Alpha Kappa Alpha. She took full advantage of her Howard years, researching at the National Institutes of Health and travelling to Africa during her summers. Given her well rounded activities while maintaining a 4.0 gpa Dr. Tyson applied for the Rhode’s Scholarship and was a finalist. Above all Dr. Tyson is grateful for the amazing and lifelong friendships she formed at Howard that are ongoing.  __________  THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF HOWARD UNIVERSITY***
01:34:09
February 1, 2021
EP 32: Resheida Brady talks writing for Blackish, Mary Jane, and Producing God Father of Harlem!
Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight folks in Howard University Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! If you would like to apply or nominate someone  to be on the podcast, please email bio/headshot to humovemakers@gmail.com.  Resheida Brady, a Chicago native, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University and Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Southern California. Upon graduating, Resheida entered the industry as a writers’ assistant and has matriculated to writing for such shows as, “Being Mary Jane (BET),” “Good Trouble (Freeform), SEX/LIFE (Netflix).” She is currently Producer on Godfather of Harlem (EPIX). Resheida hopes to tell poignant, impacting stories and create interesting and entertaining characters that will inspire the world through relatability and empathy.
01:14:18
January 26, 2021
EP 31: Marcia Smith founding "Black by Popular Demand" and HGC Apparel while Serving in the Military
Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight folks in Howard University Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! If you would like to apply or nominate someone  to be on the podcast, please email bio/headshot to humovemakers@gmail.com.  Marcia Smith founded HGC Apparel in 2011 with one goal in mind; to celebrate black culture and design a collection that had a social purpose. “After being in the military for 8 years, I felt inspired to create a platform for my community. I had a vision and a voice and always wanted to design a unisex sportswear collection.” HGC Apparel is one of Instagram’s most engaging brands with an engaged community of 360,000 followers. “I create content in an authentic voice and feel that people respect and love the brand even more because of how real we are,” says Marcia Smith, founder of HGC Apparel. The HGC Apparel collection is bold, colorful, and purpose-driven in its messaging. “Black by Popular Demand, Respect, Protect, and Love the Black Woman” are just a few of the trademark slogans that are creatively woven through the collection which could not be more relevant given the Black Lives Matter movement and racial injustice in America. Celebrity fans of the brand include actress Zendaya, screenwriter and producer Lena Waithe, and musicians Chloe x Halle. The collection is sold online at www.hgcapparel.com and ranges in price from $39.99 for cropped t-shirts offered in an assortment of colorful cotton jersey fabrics, to $124.99 for a windbreaker set in neon, and $199.99 for a printed unisex bomber jacket.  After graduating from Howard University, Marcia Smith established HGC Apparel in 2008. Our vision was to revive the early 90's and to bring back the air of Black pride that most of us as youth associated with that time. The baggy sweatshirts, color blocking, and the bright and flashy "Black and Proud" designs were a staple of this time, which had been long forgotten until now. At HGC Apparel, we are inspired by this era and strive to put our customers back into this euphoric genre. It is our hope that HGC Apparel will give you a feeling of pride and consciousness of our community.
01:08:13
January 18, 2021
EP 30: Matt Goins on Quitting Job to Launch Puzzle Huddle, Howard Support, Being Named to Oprah's...
With his wife's support, Matthew Goins created Puzzle Huddle in January 2018. As a couple Matthew and Marnel have three children all under the age of seven. Frustrated with the lack of diverse images shown on commercially-produced puzzles, the family began creating unique puzzle designs. Matthew began by printing images from the internet and hand-cutting puzzles at home with a pair of scissors. A few dozen roughly cut puzzles later, he started looking for commercial printers to manufacture puzzles with images he commissioned from different artists. They are so proud to provide you with puzzles that showcase inclusive images that our children, and others, will love. Since launching a line of diversity focused puzzles, the company expanded to include wall decorations, t-shirts, pillows, and blankets. The puzzle images largely represent themes that are important to their family: education, achievement, culture, religion, and diversity. Matthew was born and raised in Detroit, MI, and his wife Marnel was raised in Philadelphia, PA. The two met while attending Howard University for graduate school. Why Puzzles? Puzzles are a timeless toy and development tool for children. The time a child spends assembling a puzzle requires focus, problem solving, discipline, and fine motor skills. Why Ethnically Diverse Images? Children perceive and internalize the images around them. When children play with toys that feature images that look like them, they have the opportunity to be affirmed and engage in imaginative play in a very personal way.
01:02:37
January 10, 2021
EP 29: Ashley Blaine Featherson talks Howard University, Staring in Dear White People, BLM, Protesting, and...
ASHLEY BLAINE FEATHERSON currently stars as ‘Joelle Brooks’ in the critically acclaimed Netflix Original Series, DEAR WHITE PEOPLE. After the show’s 2017 debut, Variety, described Featherson’s ‘Joelle’ as “pitch-perfect,” and TV Guidesaid the actress “is the comic force of the show.” In Volumes 2 & 3, Featherson continued to steal scenes and reviews and now, with her stunning cover of Erykah Badu’s classic, ‘Tyrone,’ she is also the only cast member featured on the soundtrack. Alongside Emmy-winner Lena Waithe, Featherson co-created the groundbreaking web series, HELLO CUPID. Vulture selected CUPID as one of the best web series of 2014 and The Boston Globe went further, declaring the series, and Ashley, deserving of Emmys. This past year, Featherson again stood out and hailed for her starring role in the MACRO produced series, LEIMERT PARK, at Sundance. Featherson also starred in Amber Tamblyn’s directorial debut, PAINT IT BLACK, on the big screen; and in the 2016 ABC pilot, DREW, and guest starred in Fox’s GLEE on the small screen. As for what's next, she is co-starring in the 2020 Sundance Hit BAD HAIR set to hit theaters later this year. Featherson received her BFA in musical theater from Howard University and she currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight folks in Howard University Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! If you would like to apply or nominate someone  to be on the podcast, please email bio/headshot to humovemakers@gmail.com.
01:27:03
January 4, 2021
EP 28: Isaiah Washington talks $1m at 20 to Homeless at Howard, Trump Support, Grey's Anatomy firing...
An internationally acclaimed, award-winning actor, Isaiah Washington is an extraordinary man of character known for his many memorable performances and devotion to his craft: ''What I’ve always wanted to put at the forefront is my creativity – what I’ve always wanted to do – is act.''  A veteran of Spike Lee films, Washington’s extensive body of work is perhaps most marked by his role as gifted cardiothoracic surgeon “Dr. Preston Burke” on the hit ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. His portrayal earned him two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award. After leaving Grey’s Anatomy, Washington joined NBC, guest starring on Bionic Woman. He has been recognized on TV Guide’s “TV’s Sexiest Men” list in June 2006, and was named one of People’s “50 Most Beautiful people” in May 2006.  Now focusing his efforts off-screen, Washington is a devout supporter of Sierra Leone, working to give back to the land to which his ancestry has been traced. In 2007, he founded The Gondobay Manga Foundation, advocating cooperative planning to achieve positive, timely improvements in the lives of the people of Sierra Leone. By uniting passionate people, The Foundation strives for immediate impact by addressing one village at a time. This singular approach tailors initiatives to the specific needs of the village community, while drawing the attention of the international community to distinct goals. In undertaking such issues as road building, water supply, and electricity, The Foundation will stress the need for reliability, accountability, and sustainability in the infrastructure of Sierra Leone.   In November 2007, Washington and the Gondobay Manga Foundation opened its first school, Chief Foday Golia Memorial School, in the Njala Kendema village for 150 students in grades K-5. The new school, named in honor of the former leader of the village, replaces two grass huts not suited for occupants. In addition to building the school, Washington and the Gondobay Manga Foundation donated uniforms and school supplies for each student.  A man of great patriotism, Washington honorably served in the United States Air Force, and currently works with the LA Regional Food Bank to provide food for the needy in Los Angeles. Active in promoting the arts, he hosted the recent 16th Annual Pan-African Film Festival. Washington was the Master of Ceremonies for the first White House Summit on Malaria to fight the war against malaria in 15 African countries, and in 2008 attended the 63rd United Nations General Assembly in New York City as an advisor to President Ernest Bai Koroma of the Republic of Sierra Leone. Following this event, President Koroma traveled to Washington, D.C. and announced that Washington would be granted full citizenship of Sierra Leone. This historical citizenship declaration made Washington the first African-American to receive such an honor and President Ernest Bai Koroma the first African President to perform such an act. Finalized in December of 2008, it concluded a longtime dream of dual citizenship for African-Americans by Pan African pioneers such as W.E.B. DuBois, Kwame Nkrumah, Martin Luther King, Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Horace Mann Bond, Ralph Bunche, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Edward Wilmot Blyden and Rev. Leon Sullivan.
01:16:50
December 28, 2020
EP 27: Zurin Villanueva talks going from HU to Broadway Lead in Lion King and Mean Girls!
Zurin Villanueva is originally from Brooklyn, NY. Zurin first started dancing at 7, moved to acting at 12 and finally started singing at 17, she is a Graduate of Laguardia High school for Drama. Howard University for Musical theater BFA. Broadway: The Lion King, Mean Girls, Shuffle Along. Off-Broadway: Clueless the musical (Dionne)National tour: The Book of Mormon. Regional: Ragtime (Barrington stage company), Million Dollar Quartet (pclo), Ruined (every man theatre), and crowns (arena stage) which was my first gig. Zurin is also am proud of playing Josephine Baker in a new musical at metrostage in va. Film and TV: Insatiable s2e5, Detroit as Martha of the vandellas, and Marvelous Mrs. Maisel s2e1. Instagram @Zurin Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight folks in Howard University Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! If you would like to apply or nominate someone  to be on the podcast, please email bio/headshot to humovemakers@gmail.com.
01:21:45
December 17, 2020
EP 26: Simone Missick on Making History on Marvel's Luke Cage and Leading Woman on CBS 'All Rise'
Simone Missick made history for her powerful and extraordinary portrayal in Marvel's Luke Cage as TV's first black female superhero, Misty Knight, and has captivated audiences ever since. Touted as the show's "breakout star," Missick was featured as one of People magazine's "Ones to Watch" prior to the first season premiere. She continued to portray this impactful character in other shows, such as The Defenders and Iron Fist. Simone's other television appearances include CBS All Access' Tell Me a Story, the political thriller Scandal, Wayward Pines, and Showtime's crime drama Ray Donovan. Also, she starred in the comedy short Voicemail, for which she was nominated for the Best Actor Award at the NBC Universal Shorts Festival. Later this year, Simone will star in the second season of the series Altered Carbon, opposite Anthony Mackie. Previously, Simone filmed the lead in the independent film Jinn, directed by Nijla Mumin, which premiered at SXSW Festival in 2018. The film tells the deeply intimate and timely story of a woman who converts to Islam and how this affects her family dynamic. Outside of film and television, Simone's impressive theater work includes the Signature's Paradise Blue, written by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Center Theatre Group's Citizen: An American Lyric. Based on a book of poetry by Claudia Rankine, adapted for the stage by Fountain Theatre co-artistic director Stephen Sachs, and directed by Shirley Jo Finney, "Citizen" fuses poetry, prose, movement, music and the video image in a provocative stage adaptation. Also, Missick starred as Sweet Tea in The Road Weeps, the Well Runs Dry at the L.A. Theatre Center, which earned her an NAACP Theater Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2014. Simone lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Dorian Missick, and pup Charlie. Her birthday is Jan. 19. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @SimoneMissick. Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight folks in Howard University Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! If you would like to apply or nominate someone  to be on the podcast, please email bio/headshot to humovemakers@gmail.com.
01:26:17
December 13, 2020
EP 25: Gerald Hector, CPA - Born in Jamaica to HU to VP Chief Business Officer at Morehouse College
Gerald L. Hector, CPA is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer for Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He has been in the role for approximately four months where he oversees a majority of all the business and administrative functions of the college to include, human resources, information technology, business office, student accounts, auxiliary services, and facilities.   Prior to joining Morehouse, he was the Vice President for Financial Affairs and University Treasurer for Ivy League Cornell University. An institution that has an annual operating budget of $4.5 billion. There he was responsible for the controller’s office, tax office, payroll, sponsored financial services, cash management, risk management, office of policy, and purchasing and procurement. While there he was also active in other groups around judicial mentoring, and race and diversity workshops and presentation to his division.  His career as a financial and administrative executive goes back to similar roles as the Vice President of Finance and Administration at Ithaca College where he implemented a number of firsts for the college that included the implementation of the Zero Based Budgeting concept, along with creating a monthly CFO discussion series entitled “Dollars and $ense.” He created a ten-year master plan for the campus, along with deferred maintenance strategic plans for both facilities and information technology. Both plans were firsts for the college. In addition to his regular duties he became known in several circles for his commitment and work around race, diversity and inclusion in 2015, when tensions arose on college campuses across the country. He was featured on several webcasts and podcasts during that time. The model he implemented to have difficult dialogues has been adopted by his former colleagues at other institutions. He has also held the Vice President of Business and Finance role at Johnson C. Smith University, an HBCU that was guided through to a successful reaccreditation process in 2006 with no findings or recommendations. There he also created several financial firsts like establishing the college’s first ever unrestricted cash reserve of $10 million. He went to Johnson C. Smith after having served as the Corporate Controller for the United Negro College Fund, Inc. While at UNCF he was responsible for putting together the financial budgets and framework for the $1 billion Gates Millennium Scholars program. A program that was designed through the generosity of Bill and Melinda Gates to provide 20,000 minority students with a college education. Prior to UNCF, he was a public accountant with Deloitte and Touche where he served independent power plants and nonprofit organizations.  An honors graduate from Howard University’s School of Business with a baccalaureate degree in accounting, he also holds a Masters in Christian Thought from the Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He weaves both his financial acumen and spiritual grounding to mentor and engage a host of individuals on the issues of today. His lunchtime lecture in the fall of 2018 at Cornell University around “Faith and Finance” continues to be an inspiration to individuals who are keen on trying to understand the interaction of how the world we live in today presents opportunities for reflection and healing.
01:16:36
December 4, 2020
EP 24: Dr. Savoy Brummer talks HU to Operating Room to Billion Dollar VP to Netflix Exec Producer
Dr. Brummer received his medical degree from NYU and completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Brummer is a multiple-award winning physician executive with over 15 years of medical management.  He has served as Vice President and member of Board of Directors of Vituity, a billion-dollar national healthcare organization that treats over 7 million patients a year. He is also on the Board of Trustees for the American College of Emergency Physician’s Emergency Medicine Foundation.  Dr. Brummer has developed and operationalized over 100 specialty practices included occupational health, urgent cares, emergency departments, and freestanding emergency departments.  Dr. Brummer has also been a contributed as an Executive Producer in various projects that have premiered on Netflix and cable television.  Dr. Brummer resides in Pasadena, CA. Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight folks in Howard University Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! If you would like to apply or nominate someone  to be on the podcast, please email bio/headshot to humovemakers@gmail.com.
01:22:31
November 28, 2020
EP 23: Dr Jade P Duncan, DDS, MEd, from Trinidad/HU to Top Dentist & Author of Saved, Single, Secure
Jade P Duncan, D.D.S., M.Ed., a native of Trinidad and Tobago, graduated from Howard University, in Washington DC, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree.  She completed a 2-year General Practice Residency, where she served as Chief Resident at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center. She also holds a Master of Education in Curriculum Development and Instruction, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Medical Education from the University of Cincinnati. Additionally, Dr. Duncan graduated with a certificate in Theology from the E.L.I. Bible Institute and Seminary. She is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. In her previous professional role, she served as the Director of Operating Room services and clinical attending for the Department of General Dentistry at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. She held a faculty appointment at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY and is an Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the University of New England, College of Dental Medicine in their Community Based Education program. She currently practices dentistry at Penobscot Community Health Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Bangor, Maine, where she serves as the Director of Dental Residency for the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency program. In her personal life, Dr. Duncan is a certified Life Coach and is currently completing her Master Life Coaching certification. She recently published her first book, “Saved, Single, Secure: The Secrets to thriving in your single season” and completed a successful book tour in the Caribbean. She is a professional motivational speaker and has been an invited conference speaker and guest lecturer. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and was inducted into the Alpha Phi Chapter at Howard University in Spring 2006. Dr. Duncan loves fashion and considers herself to be a foodie. Her passions include cooking, mentoring, volunteering at church and spending quality time with family and close friends.
01:21:45
November 20, 2020
EP 22: Coach Kenneth Blakeney talks Howard Men's Basketball Expectations after Makur Maker Commitment...
On May 6, 2019, Howard University Director of Athletics Kery Davis announced the hiring of Kenneth Blakeney as its men's basketball head coach. In his first season at the helm, Blakeney coached Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) All-Time Leading Scorer Charles Williams where he earned All-MEAC honors. He also witnessed Wayne Bristol, Jr. winning 2019-20 MEAC Rookie of the Year. Blakeney brings a wealth of experience and a winning pedigree to the program. He has coached at seven Division I universities over a 12-year span. He has been associated with winning as a player, coach and business entrepreneur. Raised in Washington, D.C., Blakeney was a McDonalds All- American and Gatorade Player of the Year at the famed DeMatha Catholic High School, playing for Hall of Fame Coach Morgan Wooten, the winningest high school coach in history. Following his stellar scholastic career, Blakeney headed to Durham, N.C., to play for the Duke Blue Devils under the direction of Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski. During his Duke career, the Blue Devils compiled a record of 99-34 which included winning two national championships.  After receiving his bachelor’s degree in history from Duke, Blakeney secured his first coaching position as the assistant men’s basketball coach at James Madison under Hall of Fame Coach Lefty Driesell.  Blakeney later moved on to the men’s basketball staff at LaSalle University where he recruited and developed Rasual Butler, a 2002 NBA draft pick for the Miami Heat.  Blakeney then moved on to the University of Delaware where he served as the Head Assistant under now current Notre Dame coach Mike Brey. During his time in Delaware, Blakeney conducted coaching clinics and lectured in Senegal and Turkey as part of NBA educational efforts. He also assisted in the recruitment of three nationally ranked recruiting classes from 2003-06 at Delaware. Blakeney lectured in the physical education department, coordinated community relations events and initiated a marketing campaign called the “6MAN”. After one-year stints at St. Bonaventure and Marshall, Blakeney went on to have a successful career at Harvard University. Working under Head Coach and former Duke standout Tommy Amaker, he assisted in capturing the program’s first Ivy League Title and NCAA Tournament berth since 1946. Blakeney also helped recruit two back to back Top 50 recruiting classes in 2008 and 2009, with the 2008 class being named to the ESPN Top 25. He also discovered and developed 10-year NBA veteran Jeremy Lin. After his four years at Harvard, Blakeney co-founded a fashion accessory company named Sportin’ Styles. Additionally, he joined apparel giant Under Armour where he worked with NBA, College and Grass Roots division. In 2018, he returned to the sidelines and the Ivy League at Columbia University (SOURCE: https://hubison.com/). Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight folks in Howard University Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! If you would like to apply or nominate someone  to be on the podcast, please email bio/headshot to humovemakers@gmail.com.
01:05:22
November 16, 2020
EP 21: Dr. Camille Cash, form HU Top Plastic Surgeon !
As a top plastic surgeon in Houston, Texas, Dr. Camille Cash is recognized by patients and peers alike as a leader in her field. Dr. Cash is known for her unique and innovative techniques to achieve a natural and improved look. She combines the use of surgery with non-surgical or minimally invasive procedures to yield the best outcomes for transformation and empowerment, including body contouring, facial and breast sculpting, anti-aging regimens, and vaginal rejuvenation for women. “Plastic surgery to me, embodies the perfect combination of artistry with medicine, fine details with the big picture, instant gratification with lasting change, new technologies with tried-and-true standards.”  A trailblazer in her field, Dr. Cash is Double Board certified in both General Surgery and Plastic Surgery and was the first African American female in the State of Texas to achieve this distinction.  Dr. Cash’s extensive training began at Howard University where she graduated magna cum laude before earning her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. She completed a five-year general surgery residency and a two-year plastic surgery residency at St. Joseph Hospital where she earned the prestigious Resident of the Year Award. In 2002, Dr. Cash founded her solo private practice and has gone on to establish herself as a leading provider of the newest and most advanced technologies and techniques for surgical and non-surgical cosmetic enhancement. Dr. Cash's sought-after expertise has led to numerous interviews for local and national print, digital, and television media.  Dr. Cash was featured throughout season three of the TLC series My 600lb Life: Skin Tight where she showcased her surgical skill and bedside manner in treating patients suffering with excess skin following massive weight loss. Dr. Cash has consistently been named as a Top Doctor by the medical review site, RealSelf, and is ranked among the top 1% of participating medical professionals on the prestigious RealSelf 100 List. She was also recently named one of the top three plastic surgeons in Houston by the selection committee for Three Best Rated, a consumer review site focused on local business. Recognized for sharing her knowledge and commitment to patient education and optimal patient outcomes, Dr. Cash participated as an investigator for the Allergan Breast Implant Follow Up Study, among other clinical trials. Dr. Cash also serves as a medical advisor and educator with leading industry partners including SkinCeuticals®, Neodyne Biosciences, Revance Therapeutics®, InMode, Healeon Medical, Regeneris Medical® and CareStream America.  Even with her thriving private practice and busy family life, Dr. Cash continues to devote time to causes that are important to her. Dr. Cash believes in giving back to her community as an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., St. Mary of the Purification Catholic Church and as a board member for St. Agnes Academy and Sisters Network® Inc.  Dr. Cash also stays active in the plastic surgery community through her ongoing participation in such organizations as The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and The Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons.
01:31:36
November 7, 2020
EP 20: Black Men Vote with Charlie Lewis and Quentin James (Collective Pac Founder)
CHARLIE LEWIS: Charlie is an associate broker at The Corcoran Group, the leading luxury residential real estate firm. He is a Gold Council Member (Top 4% of 2500 employees). Through www.charlielewisnyc.com Charlie provides a destination for buyers, sellers, developers and investors. In 2016, Charlie launched the Love the Way You Live brand further expanding his mission to change the landscape of people’s lives beyond real estate. As a Howard Alum, Charlie has developed/supported the following, including but not limited to: Engagement: - Alumni Speaker Series – of distinguished scholars, experts, activists, authors & artists; - Howard Admission & Recruitment team - 73 fairs, visited over 15 top tier schools in Greater NYC reaching 1,000+ students/parents; - Bi-Monthly Networking Events (In the 5 Boroughs) Happy Hours, “Bison Who Brunch”, Bison Family Picnic, Bounce Skate, & La Marina Summer Party; - Inaugural Harvard vs. Howard --Alumni Reception/Fundraising & Strategic Meeting with Digitas (Digital Agency) regarding opportunites for students; Christmas Party w/4 HBCUs; - London Student Acceptance Day & Panel Discussion; - Region I Virtual Bison Spirit Week -Covid 19; - Pipeline for Howard graduates in the NY job market, for entry level & internships; - Athletics events w/Columbia, Rutgers, Stony Brook, Hampton and Harvard; - Eagle Academy alliance to increase the number of Black males at HU; and - Five Annual Accepted Student Day & Freshmen send-off events Fundraising: - Raised over $40k for “Between the World and Me” Reception w/ Ta-Neishi Coates; - “School of Business” 50th Anniversary Reception at Moody’s; First Bison Art Show—featuring all Bison artist raised $10k Bison Art Show –featuring Rod Terry –raised $5k; Collaborate with Tao Omega Chapter, AKA Sorority Inc, scholarship $1k; Book Scholarship Fundraising Dinner - In Memory of HU Alum Keison Griffith-Roberts raised $1.5k;and #BisonWrite Event -150th Project- $1k. Service: Transition Team for New HUAA Structure; "God Loves We Deliver” -delivered meals to cancer and HIV patients; and Created housing referral service for HU interns. Education: - Region I Chair 2018-2020, Past President of HU Alumni Club of Greater NY 2015-2018 QUENTIN JAMES: A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Quentin James is the Founder & President of The Collective, including its four legal entities, as well as the co-founder of Vestige Strategies, LLC. Before launching the Collective in 2016, Quentin led a team of Vestige Strategies’ consultants in securing victory for Dr. Keith Rowley as Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago in 2015. Previously, Quentin was the Black Americans Director for the Ready for Hillary PAC. In that role, Quentin directed the PAC’s outreach to the black community across the United States, and helped recruit over 50,000 African American grassroots donors and over 3 million grassroots supporters. Formerly the National Director for the Sierra Club’s Sierra Student Coalition, the nation’s largest youth environmental organization, Quentin directed the organization to train, empower, and organize youth to run effective campaigns that resulted in tangible environmental victories and developed leaders for the environmental movement. From 2009-2013, Quentin served as a National Board Member for the NAACP, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Quentin is the founder of Inclusv, a diversity hiring initiative and was named one of the 2017 NBC Blk28 under 28 and named one of the 2018 Root 100 Most Influential African Americans.
59:22
November 7, 2020
EP 19: Candiace Dillard talks Real Housewives of the Potomac and Miss United States Crown!
Candiace Dillard Bassett is a sassy and savvy 33-year-old former Miss United States, hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. At an early age, the Real Housewives of Potomac star learned what excellence looked like from observing her parents, who served in the United States Air Force and worked in different facets of the medical field. A graduate of Howard University, she served a tenure in the White House Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, where she liaised between the White House and the African American community for President Barack Obama. She later traded in her suit and heels for the campaign trail, where she served as a staffer for President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. In 2013, Candiace won the crown and title of Miss United States and hasn’t looked back since. While she takes pride in her background in public service, she considers herself an artist at heart and is no stranger to performing. Her award-winning independent film debut cast her as the spicy Dr. Nicole St. Claire in Water In A Broken Glass. You can also catch her as Victoria in season two of the web series, Pivot Point and making her lead actor and co-producer debut this summer in a new independent feature called The Cure. This fall, Candiace will guest star alongside Tia Mowry as the spunky Sunita Chanel in Netflix’s Family Reunion. Music is a second language for Candiace, singing most of her life. From talent competitions to choirs to a girl group, her music journey eventually led her to the production of her first single R&B single, I See You. Forthcoming, with the help of Grammy Award winning producer, Chucky Thompson, Candiace will release her second single, the I See You Remix. The go-go hit is an homage to the city that adopted her, Washington, DC, featuring Anwan “Big G” Glover of renowned go-go group, Backyard Band. As an entrepreneur, she is the founder and CEO of Candiace Dillard Pageant Consulting, cofounder of Prima Hair Collection by Candiace Dillard, and co-owner of Chateau Salon Suites. In 2009, she also founded an organization called My Sister’s Keeper, a mentorship and women’s empowerment organization designed to give young girls the opportunity to interact with women in their communities. Candiace is married to her best friend, restaurateur Chris Bassett, whom she met while they were both working at a restaurant in downtown Washington, D.C. When she is not running her numerous businesses, Candiace can be found curled up with a good book, as reading is her favorite pastime. Don’t miss Candiace on season 5 of the Real Housewives of Potomac Sundays at 8PM EST on Bravo TV!
01:26:26
November 7, 2020
EP 18: Hollywood Producer/Director Dallas Jackson Speaks on Monique + the Challenges of Black Film Makers...
Dallas Jackson was born and raised in Denver, Co and is a graduate of East High School who’s other well known alumni include Pam Grier, Don Cheadle, and Hattie McDaniel. He’s also a graduate of Howard University's School of Communications . He is a Writer/Director/Producer and President of DJ Classicz, a production company focusing on edgy young adult driven film and television projects. In 2017 Dallas was the Executive Producer along with the iconic late film director John Singleton for 10 episodes of the crimedrama “REBEL” on BET/Viacom networks. The duo also wrote the pilot script “Straight Outta Heaven” for the CW. Dallas directed and produced the teen slasher film “THRILLER” for Blumhouse Pictures/Universal Pictures which debuted on Netflix April 2019 and quickly became “trending” on the streamer for six weeks.  The film was also co-written by Jackson and stars Mykelti Williamson, RZA, and Vanessa Bell Calloway. Currently, Dallas just completed post production on the action film “Welcome to Sudden Death” for Universal Pictures. Jackson wrote and directed the movie which premieres on Netflix September  29, 2020. In addition Dallas is also writing and executive producing an adaptation of the crime-thriller novel “Notorious C.O.P.” For CBS Studios which 50 Cent and T.I. are also executive producing.
01:23:35
November 7, 2020
EP 17: #GoHamHU Founders on Creating some of Howard's Most Epic Homecoming Events!
Once a year, a collective of Howard Alumni produces several homecoming events for professionals coming to the Mecca to celebrate Howard Homecoming. Known as #GoHamHU, founders Duclas Charles, Trey Poindexter, Major Dobbins and Brandon Banks execute events throughout the week to tend to different eras from “The Mecca.” With the help of The Gifted Life and the Playmakers US, Homecoming at The Mecca (H.A.M) offers events for everyone, creating options each night for alumni to reminisce with classmates and visitors from across the nation. Since it’s inception, #GoHamHU has planned over 40 events with 10,000+ guests. The #GoHamHU team utilizes a family approach to its partnerships and hopes to have every homecoming event produced by Howard alum. #GoHamHU intends to continue Howard’s rich legacy of black excellence and providing quality entertainment for notable celebrities and fellow Bison who visits the nation capital for the best homecoming celebration on Earth. Remember, life is about options. Follow @GoHamHU to see what they have in store for homecoming.
01:24:55
November 7, 2020
EP 16: Steve Owens on Creating Classic Homecoming Parties such as #1000Bottles, Trill Grill Fest, Brunch Kings
Steve Owens graduated from Howard University in 2006 (BA, Marketing), NYU 2008 (MA, Music Business). Steve worked in music from 2006-2015 (Epic, Def Jam, Atlantic, Warner Chappell, and for various managers and agents including fellow Bison Chris Hicks of Noontime Publishing). Owens is currently a Senior Account Executive for Experiential Marketing at Burrell Communication with a focus on music and festival properties for Toyota. Steve Owens is the founder of the Gifted Life and started #1000Bottles (+ other homecoming parties) in 2011, Trill Grill Fest in 2014, and Brunch Kings 2015. Most recently, Owens pivoted to Ivey + Allen, black / HBCU alum owned candle company during the pandemic when in-person events weren't viable.
01:14:54
November 7, 2020
EP 15: Pep Hamilton Talks the HU Experience to Coaching in the NFL...
Alfonza "Pep" Hamilton is an American football coach who is the quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Chargers. He was previously the head coach and general manager of the DC Defenders of the XFL. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina who graduated from West Charlotte High School, Hamilton played quarterback from 1993 to 1996 at Howard University. While at Howard, Hamilton earned the team's scholar-athlete award in 1995 and 1996.Hamilton started his coaching career at Howard University, where he served as the team's quarterbacks coach before becoming the team's offensive coordinator. Hamilton coached in the National Football League for the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers before taking a position as quarterbacks coach for the Chicago Bears on March 5, 2007.In 2010, Hamilton was hired by the University of New Mexico Lobos after Tee Martin left for the Kentucky Wildcats and was named co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. However, after Ron Turner left Stanford for the Indianapolis Colts, Hamilton left New Mexico before the start of the season to be the wide receivers coach at Stanford. In 2011, he was promoted to offensive coordinator under new head coach David Shaw. In 2013, Hamilton was named as the new offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts, after former OC Bruce Arians left to become the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. The move reunited Hamilton with former Stanford starting quarterback Andrew Luck, tight end Coby Fleener, and wide receiver Griff Whalen.[3] Hamilton turned down an offer to become the offensive coordinator of the Virginia Tech Hokies, citing a desire to be reunited with his former protégé Andrew Luck. On December 30, 2014 the Oakland Raiders interviewed Hamilton concerning their coaching vacancy, but opted to hire Jack Del Rio. On November 3, 2015, the Colts fired Hamilton. In January 2016, Hamilton was named as the associate head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns. In 2017, Hamilton was signed by the Wolverines to a four-year $4.25m contract. In February 2019, Hamilton joined the XFL's DC Defenders to be their head coach and general manager for the 2020 XFL season. In April 2020, Hamilton joined the Los Angeles Chargers to be their quarterbacks coach for the 2020 NFL season.
01:12:27
November 7, 2020
EP 14: Antoine Bethea talks walking on at Howard to Pro Bowler and NFL Super Bowl Champion!
Antoine Bethea, 3X Pro Bowler, Super Bowl Champion is an alum of Howard University. The 14 year NFL Veteran was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2006 draft. Heading into his 15th season in the NFL, Bethea led all DB’s in tackles in 2018. The Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals Walter Payton Man Of The Year recipient, Bethea’s journey has been of the ultimate underdog. Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight folks in Howard University Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! If you would like to apply or nominate someone  to be on the podcast, please email bio/headshot to humovemakers@gmail.com.  
01:25:49
November 6, 2020
EP 13: Anna-Lysa Gayle, from Jamaica to HU to 3-time Emmy award-winning Journalist!!!
Born in Jamaica, Anna-Lysa Gayle has always had a passion for documenting events happening around her. She started documenting her life, as soon as she could form real sentences. Since then, she remained committed to her passion for storytelling.  At 11 years old, she moved to the United States to Brooklyn, New York. As she moved to other parts of the east coast, her love for journalism only intensified. In 2009, she enrolled at Howard University where she studied Broadcast Journalism. During that time, she secured internships with companies like WTOP-FM, FOX5 DC, CNN and more. She was also selected for competitive programs like the Meredith-Cronkite Fellowship, the T-Howard Foundation, the CBC-UNC Diversity Fellowship, MTVU, ONA student newsroom and NABJ’s student multimedia project.  She started her career at WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg, Virginia before moving on to WLKY-TV in Louisville, Kentucky, for nearly three years. While in Kentucky, she received an award from the Associated Press for her continuing coverage of a case involving four young men (coined the Misidentified Four).  In July 2016, she joined WJLA-TV where she continues to tell stories that she hopes will leave a lasting impact. She is currently a three-time Emmy award-winning journalist. She earned two Emmy awards for her role in a special report on the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and her role in a newscast on the Silver Spring explosion, which left seven dead.  In 2018, she received her third Emmy for her role in ABC7’s coverage of the Congressional baseball shooting in Alexandria, Virginia. She has also received a community award, known as the ‘Distinction of Hope Award’.  You can watch Anna-Lysa Gayle at 10 p.m. on WJLA’s 24/7 News channel (formerly News Channel 8) & 11 p.m. on ABC7 news, from anywhere in the DMV. You can also follow her journey on her website AnnalysaGayle.com. Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight folks in Howard University Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! If you would like to apply or nominate someone  to be on the podcast, please email bio/headshot to humovemakers@gmail.com.
01:13:27
September 13, 2020
EP 12: Lloyd Freeman on being Partner and Chief Diversity Officer at NJ/Pennsylvania's Top Law Firm
Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight folks in Howard University Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! If you would like to apply or nominate someone  to be on the podcast, please email bio/headshot to humovemakers@gmail.com.   Lloyd Freeman is a Partner and Chief Diversity Officer at the firm. Lloyd concentrates his practice in the area of commercial and complex civil litigation in state and federal courts in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has represented clients in trials, arbitration and mediation in both states.  Lloyd has experience in commercial and complex matters involving consumer fraud, real property, franchise, business torts and other issues related to business and contractual disputes. Lloyd has also litigated a number of disputes involving merchants and the sale of goods governed by Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code (“UCC”).  A member of Archer Discovery Strategies – the firm’s practice group dedicated to eDiscovery litigation and document management practices – Lloyd has extensive experience managing electronic discovery in complex state and federal matters. In the fall, Lloyd teaches e-discovery and digital evidence to upper-level students at Drexel University’s Kline School of Law in Philadelphia, PA.  As Chief Diversity Officer, Lloyd carries out the firm’s vision to grow diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, as well as implements policies and procedures, and fosters programs to promote diversity throughout the firm.  He does this by promoting diversity and inclusion in the recruitment, hiring, retention and promotion of Archer attorneys, which includes maintaining an ex-officio position on the Personnel and Hiring Committees while serving as Chairman of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Most recently, Lloyd planned and hosted the firm’s first diversity retreat featuring two days of workshops on unconscious bias, cultural competencies, inclusive practices and emotional intelligence. In addition, he develops and nurtures key partnerships to drive strategic diversity and inclusion marketing, as well as business development initiatives.   Accordingly, Lloyd serves as a trusted advisor to firm executive management and the Office of the President.  A longtime champion of diversity and inclusion in the profession and at Archer, Freeman created Archer’s affinity group, L.E.A.D. (Lawyers Encouraging Archer’s Diversity) in 2012 and coordinated the firm’s summer associate program for the past three years, resulting in the most diverse summer associate classes in the firm’s history. Freeman himself was a summer associate at Archer and also received an Archer diversity scholarship while in law school. He is the first person of color to rise through the ranks from summer associate to partnership status.  Outside of the firm, Lloyd served as president of the Garden State Bar Association and has written articles and spoken at conferences on the importance of diversity and inclusion.  Lloyd has used his influence as a social justice advocate in the cannabis space as well.  He has spoken at press conferences with the governor, met with state leaders and written pieces urging the decriminalization of marijuana in New Jersey.  Prior to joining the firm, Lloyd served as an intern to the Honorable Jerome B. Simandle, S.U.S.D.J, and as an extern to the Honorable Joseph E. Irenas, S.U.S.D.J., both of the District of New Jersey.
01:20:21
September 4, 2020
EP 11: Kenrya Rankin talks Anti-Racism: Powerful Voices, Inspiring Ideas + The Turn On Podcast...
Kenrya Rankin is an award-winning author, journalist, and editorial consultant whose insight has been tapped by leading outlets, including the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and ThinkProgress. She creates dynamic content that amplifies the lived experiences, advocacy and work of people of color and shifts the narrative around who deserves liberation, justice and dignity in America. A 20-year veteran in the editorial space, she is also Executive Producer and Co-host of The Turn On podcast, Principal at Perfectly Said Studio, and the author of five books, including How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance and the forthcoming Anti-Racist: Powerful Voices, Inspiring Ideas. As a journalist and editor, her work has appeared in dozens of national publications, including Reader’s Digest, Ebony, Fast Company and Redbook, and has been translated into 21 languages. The Cleveland native is a graduate of Howard University and New York University. When she’s not working, she enjoys baking and having Beyoncé dance parties with her brilliant daughter. Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight folks in Howard University Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! If you would like to apply or nominate someone  to be on the podcast, please email bio/headshot to humovemakers@gmail.com.
01:19:11
August 31, 2020
EP 10: Charmion Kinder, Head of Global PR for Global Citizen, Working for Obama, Leadership Development
As the Head of Global Public Relations for Global Citizen, a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty, eradicate climate change and end gender inequality by 2030, and as the previous Director of Communications for Discovery Education, where she oversaw targeted press engagement for ed tech impact initiatives that aimed to uplift 51 million students around the globe, Charmion believes that “service is the rent we pay for life.” Charmion has also led communications for My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance), where she provided strategic communications counsel for the organization’s work to expand opportunities for boys and young men of color. Prior to her service with MBK Alliance, Charmion managed corporate social responsibility communications at The Walt Disney Company. As a key member of Disney’s Corporate Communications team, she developed engagement campaigns that elevated the company’s reputation and influenced kids, families, and communities that needed inspiration most. In 2015, the company contributed more than $333 million through charitable cash giving, product contributions and public service announcements, to charitable organizations domestically and globally. In service to the Obama Administration from 2009 to 2013, Charmion aided former President Barack Obama as a political appointee in ranging public affairs capacities, including: Assistant Press Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Associate for the Press Office of First Lady Michelle Obama where her work enhanced communications, research and strategy-based support for the First Lady’s Let’s Move! and Joining Forces initiatives, and Special Assistant for the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). In 2008, Charmion joined Obama for America as a field organizer for the Missouri Campaign for Change. Her work as an organizer empowered targeted communities across Kansas City’s urban core – including more than 14,457 voters in 32 precincts – to collectively plan, implement and manage multiple voter contact, outreach and GOTV events. Collective efforts resulted in the historic election of the 44th President of the United States. Preceding her political career, Charmion worked as Assistant Campaign Manager at the Ad Council, Inc., where she managed the distribution and promotion of several key campaigns including: childhood obesity prevention, nutrition education, stroke awareness, diabetes prevention and online sexual exploitation prevention. Charmion was responsible for expanding social awareness platforms through guiding the strategic development, creative design and targeted outreach of Ad Council PSAs. At the Ad Council, Charmion liaised several key Ad Council partners including: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), American Stroke Association (ASA), National Football League (NFL), Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and DreamWorks. There she managed a budget of nearly $10 million across three campaign platforms. From 2004 to 2007, Charmion was employed with Edelman, an international public relations agency. There, she advised ranging clients with Edelman’s healthcare and corporate social responsibility practices, based both in Washington, D.C. and in New York, NY. While there, she contributed a wealth of knowledge to alliance development, issues advocacy outreach and healthcare solutions. Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight folks in Howard University Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! 
01:10:01
August 23, 2020
EP 9: Brandon Jones from South Side of Chi to Howard University/Harvard Business School and now Executive in Silicon Valley!
Brandon William Jones is a high impact analytical leader with deep experience across sales, operations and finance roles for high-growth consumer and enterprise tech products. Today, as Director and Head of North America Sales Development for LInkedIn, Brandon is working towards a mission of digitally mapping out the global economy to connect talent with opportunity at a massive scale. In this role, he oversees an organization that serves as North America’s growth and talent engine, accounting for over 1% of the company’s employees across offices in San Francisco, Chicago and New York City. Previously, Brandon headed Google Cloud’s Sales Development across the Americas, its fastest growing region accounting for over 60% of global business. Before that, Brandon headed Product Operations for 7 of Google's technology products, including Google’s Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality efforts, Digital Content, and a number of confidential products within the Advanced Technology & Products division. Prior to joining Google, Brandon accumulated nearly a decade of experience in finance, strategy, technology and operational roles at Fortune 500 companies including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Johnson & Johnson and Mercer. In addition to serving as a strategic advisor to Stanford School of Medicine’s Healthcare Innovation Lab, Brandon sits on the corporate board of SCAN Health Plan, one of the nation’s largest non-for-profit Medicare Advantage plans with ~$4B in revenue, and serves as a member of the Audit & Compliance and Governance committees. Brandon is also an investor in real estate and a number of startup companies focused on frontier technologies. Brandon has served as a partner of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, a member of the Milken Institute Young Leaders’ Circle and the advisory boards of The Mr. October Foundation for Kids, Cultivating Aspiring Leaders and the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Center. Brandon has spoken at world-class leadership summits including The Aspen Institute’s Socrates Seminars and Renaissance Weekend. Brandon hosts the Series B Show podcast, which highlights the journeys of key influencers across tech, culture and business and has featured guests including Y-Combinator CEO Michael Seibel, Hall of Fame Baseball Player Reggie Jackson, Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson, and “Father of the Internet” Vint Cerf. Brandon holds an MBA from Harvard University, where he was a Merrill Lynch, Robert A. Toigo and HBS Leadership Fellow, and a BBA in Computer Systems from Howard University, where he was a Reginald F. Lewis Scholar. Brandon resides in Palo Alto, CA with his wife Charlotte and two children.
01:10:05
August 15, 2020
EP 8: Tracey Lee Selling Publishing for $1, Recording with BIGGIE Kanye, Billboard Top 100 at HU
Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight folks in Howard University Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! If you would like to apply or nominate someone  to be on the podcast, please email bio/headshot to humovemakers@gmail.com.   After graduating from Howard University with a degree in Communications, Tracey Lee inked a recording deal with Bystorm/Universal Records under which he released a solo album entitled, Many Facez (1997). This album included the hit single, The Theme (It’s Party Time), which settled on Billboard’s Top 100 for thirty-seven weeks.  He had the opportunity to collaborate with award-winning artists such as the Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes, and Kanye West. Some of Tracey's performances and appearances included BET Rap City: The Basement, BET Teen Summit, Keenan Ivory Wayans Show, and HBO Original Series: ARLI$$.  Tracey's whirlwind music industry experience prompted him to earn a Juris Doctorate Degree from Southern University Law Center making Tracey the 1st former major label hip-hop artist to earn the abbreviation Esq. behind his name. Some of his clients include Eric Roberson (Grammy-Nominated R&B Singer/Songwriter), Invisible Productions (for Kelly Rowland, Solange Knowles and Kobe Bryant), and DJ Young Guru (Tour DJ & Engineer for Jay-Z).  In 2014, Tracey returned to the music scene as an independent artist under his LLeft Entertainment label releasing his project entitled ESQ. The Revelation, with appearances by DJ Young Guru, Eric Roberson, and Algebra Blessett. Fall of 2016, he joined the faculty staff of Coppin State University as an adjunct professor teaching The Business of Music. In 2018, Tracey released Expect The Unexpected, an album that brilliantly bridges the gap musically between the new school sound and hip-hop culture's foundation. On July 31, 2020, Tracey released his latest project Glory, which is already being revered as Tracey's magnum opus. Created in the midst of a major societal shift, (Covid-19, Quarantine, Police Brutality, and Civil Unrest), this album is a pure product of the now and the way forward on a landscape cultivated entirely by the production of super producer, Ojizz.  Tracey currently sits on the Governor's Board for The Recording Academy Washington, DC Chapter, and is a member of Black Entertainment and Sports Law Association (BESLA), American Bar Association (ABA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).
01:16:15
August 9, 2020
Ep 7: Brittany Jacob on HU Intimidation, Career Change, High Profile Reporting, Delta, Giving Back
Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight folks in Howard University Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! If you would like to apply or nominate someone  to be on the podcast, please email bio/headshot to humovemakers@gmail.com.   Brittany Jacob is currently a News Anchor at KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She also serves as the Illinois Bureau Reporter in Southern Illinois. Brittany is originally from Houston, Texas. She arrived in Southern Illinois by way of Washington, D.C. She is a proud graduate Howard University's School of Communication as a broadcast journalism major and theater minor.  Her passion for journalism has never ceased. She was the Senior reporter on the high profile murder case of Southern Illinois University Student Pravin Varughese. She has covered the midterm elections gubernatorial race, the infamous Illinois state budget stalemate, the Cairo housing crisis, and more.   Brittany is the 2018 News Spokesperson for the Salvation Army of Southeast Missouri and also host the annual Black History media program for the youth at the African American Museum of Southern Illinois.  She started her professional career in media sales, marketing and advertising working for iHeart Radio and then CBS Radio in Washington, DC. Although having a successful career in media sales and in acting and modeling, she followed her passion in broadcast news.   Brittany loves to spend her free time on stage performing one of her passions, theatre. She also loves to experience new cultures, traveling, meeting people, trying new foods and is always up for an adventure. She enjoys yoga, cooking, scintillating conversations and spending time with her family.   Brittany graduated Magna Cum Laude, was on the Dean's Honor Roll, Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She was the recipient of the BET Scholarship, Howard University's Trustee Scholarship and the Lewis Fenderson Scholarship. She was a part of the National Association Broadcaster's Education Fund Institute, a member of National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
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August 2, 2020
Ep 6: Alex Dixon - Family, Leadership, Overcoming Foreclosure, Running a Billion Dollar Enterprise, the HU Experience
Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight folks in Howard Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! If you would like to apply or nominate someone  to be on the podcast, please email bio/headshot to humovemakers@gmail.com.  Alex Dixon humbly serves as the President of the West Region for PureStar, North America’s foremost provider of laundry services and linen management to the hospitality industry. Prior to the $825M sale of Circus Circus Hotel and Resort, Alex led the property as its President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Circus Circus, Dixon served as the opening General Manager of MGM Springfield Casino Resort & Spa in Springfield, Massachusetts where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations at the $950M resort. Immediately prior to joining MGM, Dixon served as the opening Vice President and Assistant General Manager of Horseshoe Casino Baltimore with Caesars Entertainment. Prior to joining Caesars, Dixon worked as an investment banker focusing on mergers and acquisitions with Goldman Sachs and Silver Pacific Advisors in cities including: New York, London, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Dixon’s significant transaction experience includes the $638M IPO of Jackson Hewitt and Disney’s $7.5B acquisition of Pixar. Dixon currently serves as a member of Nevada Governor Sisolak’s Covid-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task force and as a Trustee of the Vegas Chamber of Commerce. Alex formerly served as the Treasurer of Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas, President of the Las Vegas Urban League Young Professionals, Board Member MedStar Harbor Hospital, Executive Committee Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, Trustee American International College and was appointed by the Clark County Commission to serve on the Committee on Community Priorities. From 2010 – 2019, Alex co-founded and led Confess Media a souvenir and event photography software development firm based in Las Vegas. In 2003, Dixon was awarded a BBA in finance from Howard University in Washington D. C. and studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico. A native of Las Vegas and graduate of Durango High School, Dixon is the husband of Yindra Dixon and proud father of Alex, Jr. and twins, Parker and Peyton.
55:30
July 27, 2020
Ep 5: GRAMMY Award Nominee, Eric Roberson talks Rejection, Independent Music, HU Experience, Longevity...
Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight folks in Howard Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! If you would like to apply or nominate someone  to be on the podcast, please email bio/headshot to humovemakers@gmail.com. GRAMMY Award-nominee, singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Roberson continues to break boundaries as an independent artist in an industry dominated by major labels, manufactured sounds and mainstream radio.  Described as the original pioneer of the independent movement in R&B/soul music, Eric has achieved major milestones in his career, from being a successful songwriter and producer for notable artist such as Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Dwele, Vivian Green and countless others, as well as headlining sold out tours across the country. This Rahway, NJ and Howard University alum became the first independent artist to be nominated for a BET Award 2007 and was the recipient of the "Underground Artist of the Year" BETJ Virtual Award, with Rahsaan Patterson in 2008.  In addition, Eric was nominated in both 2010 and 2011 for a GRAMMY award in the "Best Urban/Alternative Performance" category and continues to blaze trails unheard of as an independent artist.  In 2011, his studio album, Mister Nice Guy, debuted in the top 5 on the iTunes R&B/Soul charts and his 10th studio album, The Box, was released in 2014. Eric's latest project, Wind, will be released on July 21st and digital pre-orders are available now on iTunes.  This album is the second part of a three album compilation Earth, Wind, and Fire, to be released throughout the year.  Wind features Urban Contemporary Veteran Will Downing on the single "Lyrics Of Pleasure". The inspiration behind the album titles definitely pays homage to the iconic group, but Eric also wanted to use music to voice some of today's topical issues and in his special way, include personal influences into these albums.  "Earth is self-empowering, Wind is the love and Fire is the message," says Roberson.
01:01:21
July 17, 2020
Ep 4: 2 Time Emmy Winner AJ Ross of CBS Sports talks Howard, Delta, Sports, Big Break, and Future...
The HU Movemakers Podcast highlight folks in Howard Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! Subscribe to our email list now at www.humovemakers.com. Got questions or want to nominate someone? Email humovemakers@gmail.com.  A two time Emmy award winning reporter with ten plus years experience in sports and news.  AJ Ross cover the NFL, college football, and college basketball sidelines for CBS Sports providing in game reports, post game interviews, and additional content for CBS studio shows.  Additionally AJ has also worked with the WNBA solo hosting news segments and All-Star live-streaming coverage across the league’s digital platforms.  In 2019 AJ also freelanced with MSG Network covering the sidelines of the NY Streets arena football team games.    After graduating magna cum laude from Howard University, AJ landed her first job working as a production assistant at ESPN producing and editing montages, teases, and highlights for SportsCenter and various NBA studio shows.  Later AJ transitioned from behind the scenes to in front of the camera at WMBF News in Myrtle Beach, SC.  As a multi-media journalist and anchor AJ covered one of the biggest wildfires in South Carolina history.  AJ also produced an in depth feature on the NAACP's boycott of the confederate flag.  On weekends AJ also served as a fill in sports anchor assisting with Friday Night Lights high school football coverage.  My next stop was WSYX in Columbus, OH where AJ served as a reporter and fill-in morning anchor. While there AJ covered a wide range of stories from the Senate Bill 5 protests at the Ohio Statehouse, to the Zanesville animal massacre, and Jim Tressel’s resignation from OSU following Tattoo Gate.   After two years in Columbus, AJ returned home to Pittsburgh to work as a freelance reporter for WTAE-TV and the New Pittsburgh Courier newspaper. In April 2013 AJ joined WKYC in Cleveland where AJ was awarded two Emmys for my breaking news contributions; including coverage of the ‘Miracle in Cleveland’, the mass stabbing at Franklin Regional HS, and ongoing developments in the deadly Cleveland Police chase that ended with 137 shots fired. In September 2014 AJ joined WABC in NYC covering breaking news stories across the five boroughs and beyond.  From the Halloween box truck terror attack to traveling abroad to Brussels following the ISIS attacks, AJ was able to further hone my skills in high pressure situations.
01:06:16
July 8, 2020
Ep 3: ESPN's Stan Verett talks going from Hip Hop DJ to the Voice of Sports Center, the Howard Experience!
For more HU Movemaker Podcast interviews, visit www.HUMovemakers.com.   In this interview, Stan Verett Talks Alpha, Hip Hop DJ to the Voice of ESPN Sports Center, the Howard Experience.  Stan Verrett earned his B.A. from Howard in 1989, when he was recognized as one of two outstanding graduates in the journalism program. He began his career in radio in Charleston, South Carolina, before moving on to Norfolk, Virginia, where he worked in radio and began his television career at the NBC and ABC affiliates. Verrett joined the NBC affiliate in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1998. After two years there, he went on to work at ESPN. As an anchor on the network’s flagship program, SportsCenter, Verrett was a part of a team that was recognized with two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Daily Sports Show. He is one of the network’s longest tenured current anchors, hosting SportsCenter and other ESPN shows for the past 19 years. Verrett has also hosted the college football studio show on ABC. In 2016, he hosted an hour-long town hall on Sports, Race and Culture with former President Barack Obama. Want to nominate somone, email humovemakers@gmail.com.
01:00:02
July 1, 2020
Ep 2.5/2.5: Omarosa talks Reality Show Money, Donald Trump Support/Beef, Bad Girl Image, Future, and Legacy!
Welcome to the HU Movemaker Podcast where we highlight influential people in Howard culture that are making moves! For more information, visit www.humovemakers.com. Questions? Want to nominate someone? Send a bio/headshot to humovemakers@gmail.com. Servant leader, educator, military chaplain, mentor and friend are just a few of the divine assignments that the Honorable Omarosa Manigault Newman has embraced in her life. Omarosa Manigault Newman currently serves as the head of the Faith and Family ministries at the Sanctuary at Mt. Calvary Church in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2015 she was endorsed by the Baptist Ministers Conference and was commissioned first lieutenant in the California State Military Reserves as a Chaplain for Southern Regional Command at Los Alamitos Joint Training Base. She previously served as Assistant Pastor of Weller Street Mission-ary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California for nearly a decade. In this role she was an integral part of the Skid Row outreach min-istries which focused on at-risk youth and homelessness. Additionally, she has worked on behalf of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Positive Vibrations program in Compton, CA and the Fred Jordan Mission, on Skid Row in LA. She has participated in both domestic and international missionary work in Ferguson, Nigeria, Senegal, Haiti and the Gambia. Her passion for knowledge and truth has enabled her to speak to audiences around the world. Most recently she was honored to lecture at Oxford University, Cambridge University, Harvard University and Temple University. During a pilgrimage to Israel she was given the distinct honor to deliver a moving sermon in the holy land where she was also baptized in the Jordan River. Omarosa currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Howard University School of Business executive education program. She previously served as Director of Research and Education for the National Visionary Leadership Project in Washington, DC. Omarosa has a political career that spans two decades. Shehas served in the White House for two US presidents. She vice chaired the African American Leadership finance council and was a member of the political National Diversity Coalition. Rev. Omarosa received her Bachelor’sDegree from Central State University in Ohio and was inducted in the CSU Hall of Fame in 2006. She received her Master’s Degree from Howard University and she is ABD in her Doctoral Studies also at Howard University. She is currently completing her D.Min at Andersonville Theological Seminary, Georgia.tral State University in Ohio and was inducted in the CSU Hall of Fame in 2006. She received her Master’s Degree from Howard University and she is ABD in her Doctoral Studies also at Howard University. She is currently completing her D.Min at Andersonville Theological Seminary, Georgia.
43:44
June 21, 2020
Ep 2/2.5: Omarosa Talks about Father Murdered at 7, Bill Clinton Crime Bill, and the Howard Experience!
Welcome to the HU Movemaker Podcast where we highlight influential people in Howard culture that are making moves! For more information, visit www.humovemakers.com. Questions? Want to nominate someone? Send a bio/headshot to humovemakers@gmail.com. Servant leader, educator, military chaplain, mentor and friend are just a few of the divine assignments that the Honorable Omarosa Manigault Newman has embraced in her life. Omarosa Manigault Newman currently serves as the head of the Faith and Family ministries at the Sanctuary at Mt. Calvary Church in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2015 she was endorsed by the Baptist Ministers Conference and was commissioned first lieutenant in the California State Military Reserves as a Chaplain for Southern Regional Command at Los Alamitos Joint Training Base. She previously served as Assistant Pastor of Weller Street Mission-ary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California for nearly a decade. In this role she was an integral part of the Skid Row outreach min-istries which focused on at-risk youth and homelessness. Additionally, she has worked on behalf of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Positive Vibrations program in Compton, CA and the Fred Jordan Mission, on Skid Row in LA. She has participated in both domestic and international missionary work in Ferguson, Nigeria, Senegal, Haiti and the Gambia. Her passion for knowledge and truth has enabled her to speak to audiences around the world. Most recently she was honored to lecture at Oxford University, Cambridge University, Harvard University and Temple University. During a pilgrimage to Israel she was given the distinct honor to deliver a moving sermon in the holy land where she was also baptized in the Jordan River. Omarosa currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Howard University School of Business executive education program. She previously served as Director of Research and Education for the National Visionary Leadership Project in Washington, DC. Omarosa has a political career that spans two decades. Shehas served in the White House for two US presidents. She vice chaired the African American Leadership finance council and was a member of the political National Diversity Coalition. Rev. Omarosa received her Bachelor’s Degree from Central State University in Ohio and was inducted in the CSU Hall of Fame in 2006. She received her Master’s Degree from Howard University and she is ABD in her Doctoral Studies also at Howard University. She is currently completing her D.Min at Andersonville Theological Seminary, Georgia.
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June 21, 2020
Ep 1: Lance Gross Talks Family, Failure, Legacy, and Future...
Lance sat down with host Joshua Mercer to discuss failure, success, future, and the Howard Experience. Lance Gross is an accomplished actor, producer and photographer.  He was most recently seen in the role of ‘Lincoln’ on “Hawaii 5-0” (CBS).  He was a series regular on “Star" (Fox) as ‘Maurice Jetter’, while also appearing as the recurring role of ‘Billy Colton’ on ‘MacGyver” (CBS).  He was also recently seen in Amazon's "Too Old To Die Young" with Miles Teller (Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn). Previously Lance was a series regular on “Sleepy Hollow’ (Fox) opposite Nichole Behari, and also the lead of the NBC drama “Crisis” opposite Dermott Mulroney, Gillian Anderson, and Rachael Taylor.  Lance has starred on TV One’s “When Love Kills: The Felicia Blakely Story” directed by Tasha Smith; the BET anthology series “Tales: Trap Queen” directed by Benny Boom; and “The Bobby Brown Story” (BET). He is the first actor to win four NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on Tyler Perry’s "House of Payne." Lance is also the creator, producer and star of the MACRO digital series “I Turned My Camera On” (Essence) which combines his love of photography with a series of celebrity interviews.  Season one featured Michael B. Jordan, Omari Hardwick, Kelly Rowland amongst others. Other credits include the Tyler Perry film "Temptation" opposite Jurnee Smollett, Brandy Norwood, and Vanessa Williams; the remake of "Steel Magnolias," opposite Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad, and Jill Scott (Lifetime); alongside America Ferrera, Forest Whitaker and Carlos Mencia in Fox Searchlight's "Our Family Wedding;” and has guest starred on USA Network's "Royal Pains."
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May 27, 2020