Toyota Partners with Broccoli City Festival for Earth Day Celebration 3

Toyota Partners with Broccoli City Festival for Earth Day Celebration

BC-Fest-Home2015_skinny-1060x348 What do Lance Gross, Toyota and the Broccoli City Fest have in common? An all-out Earth Day celebration with performances by Erykah Badu, Jaden and Willow Smith, and more. Designed to educate students, faculty and alumni of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) on the benefits of adopting a sustainable lifestyle, Toyota's environmental stewardship program, the Toyota Green Initiative (TGI), is culminating its 2014 tour celebrating Earth Day at the environmentally conscious music festival Broccoli City Fest in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 25, 2015. As this year's automotive sponsor, TGI will be on site with its coalition - a group of celebrities and sustainability experts and enthusiasts who advocate for green living - including Grey's Anatomy actor and Howard University alum Lance Gross, environmental advocates Earthseed and green blogger Yoli Ouiya. The TGI coalition will share their commitment to environmental progress and innovation through various seminars and DIY presentations including, but not limited to: TGI Challenge Sign up to take the TGI Challenge where participants will have the opportunity to receive a donation from TGI that can fulfill any green project in their community. Participants will have to complete four activities (ride and drive, fitness class, TGI seminar and a green action) and enter a raffle for their chance to win. Green Your Passion TGI Coalition members will host a panel discussion about innovative technology, touching on hybrid technology and how it relates to green entrepreneurialism. DIY Juice Bar Consumers will be able to create their own juices from select locally-grown organic vegetables and fruits. Coalition members will share recipes and share how to green your body. Food for Your Soul Coalition members will discuss food and how purchasing and consuming food can have an impact on the environment. Consumers will have an opportunity to taste healthy food alternatives. Green Tech Attendees will learn about eco-technology products and sustainable brands. Follow all TGI action at Broccoli City Fest with #ToyotaGreen. TGI's Broccoli City Fest culmination follows a year where the automaker set out to inspire and spark conversations around sustainability and environmental awareness at HBCUs and their local communities through partnerships with Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) conferences, and day of service activities that included greening local community centers. TGI kicked off 2014 with a Toyota Prius vehicle delivery program in which all 22 SWAC and CIAA HBCUs received a one-year leased Prius vehicle to assist in driving the Toyota "green" initiative forward. TGI Serve: An Earth Day of Action Leading up to Broccoli City Fest on Friday, April 24, 2015, volunteers are invited to give back and green the Blind Whino SW Arts Club (700 Delaware Avenue SW) at TGI Serve, an Earth Day of Action in conjunction with Dreaming Out Loud. Participants will have the opportunity to green one of D.C.'s most unique centers of learning and community impact in urban agriculture. Activities will include, garden and community clean-up activities, planting spring/summer crops, light bulb replacement and more.
Rashan Ali Get New Sports Gig

Rashan Ali Get New Sports Gig

Radio Facts: ATLANTA, GA (August 30, 2013) - Multimedia personality and sports enthusiast Rashan Ali has been tapped to provide insightful sports commentary from the...
FINDING YOUR ROOTS Episode Featuring LL Cool J

FINDING YOUR ROOTS Episode Featuring LL Cool J

Radio Facts: ll-cool-j-episode-1200x630With the Grammy Awards approaching, FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES JR, where a variety of famous guests set out to discover their fascinating family stories going back many generations, welcomes a hip hop music legend.   The seventh episode of the third season will air on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 8:00pm and features musicians Sean Combs and LL Cool J. Today’s leading artists, authors, politicians, activists, business moguls, architects and journalists will discover their fascinating family stories going back many generations in the new third season of the critically acclaimed series FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. The ten-part series will begin airing on PBS on January 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm (check local listings). Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, continues exploring the mysteries, surprises and revelations hidden in the family trees of 28 of today’s most intriguing cultural trailblazers. “There is something essential in human nature that drives us to wonder where we came from,” said Gates. “We can’t truly know ourselves until we know something of our origins. With new DNA technology we can learn more about this past and go further back than ever before, and we hope that the new season will inspire people to find out more about their own personal family stories, and spark an interest among young people in genetics, anthropology, history, and the pursuit of science.” “By looking at the ancestral narratives of these 28 individuals who have played significant roles in shaping our contemporary culture, the third season of FINDING YOUR ROOTS reveals how we are all connected to larger stories that have played a role in shaping who we are as people,” said Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA Washington, D.C., the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital and the producing station for the series. In the third season of FINDING YOUR ROOTS, broadcast journalists and commentators Bill O’Reilly, Bill Maher and Soledad O’Brien look into their shared Irish roots and learn of the formidable obstacles that their forbears faced. Modern Family’s Ty Burell seeks answers about his possible African lineage and political organizer Donna Brazile wants to find clues to the mystery of her unusual surname. Neil Patrick Harris learns that his bravery as a performer can be traced to a courageous 11th great-grandfather who was one of the first settlers in colonial Virginia, and Gloria Steinem discovers that she was not the first in her family to embrace feminism. Three of the most successful and influential figures in entertainment—Maya Rudolph, Shonda Rhimes and Keenen Ivory Wayans—gain a new understanding of the struggle for freedom that binds their families and the roles each plays in this trajectory. While Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Hader and Norman Lear share a gift for comedy, they also share a history of family tragedies, and Lear, whose characters have been inspired by his embittered parents, learns information about their origins in Russia that completely changes his perspective. The family histories of Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and Senator John McCain are steeped in military service throughout the centuries, from which each has inherited a distinctively independent sense of strength and integrity. Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow last shared the screen in 1969; in FINDING YOUR ROOTS, they share a history of tragic deaths that their ancestors endured, providing the building blocks of two of the great Hollywood success stories. And Sean “Puffy” Combs and LL Cool J learn of family histories long shrouded in mystery that shakes them both to their cores. The following is the broadcast schedule for the ten-part series on PBS: Episode 1. “The Stories We Tell” premieres Tues., Jan. 5, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET. Episode 2. “The Irish Factor” premieres Tues., Jan. 12, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET Episode 3. “In Search of Freedom” premieres Tues., Jan. 19, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET. Episode 4. “Tragedy + Time = Comedy” premieres Tues., Jan. 26, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET. Episode 5. “Visionaries” premieres Tues., Feb. 2, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET. Episode 6. “War Stories” Premieres Tues., Feb. 9, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET. Episode 7. “Family Reunions” premieres Tues., Feb. 16, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET. Episode 8. “The Pioneers” Premieres Tues., Feb. 23, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET. Episode 9. “The Long Way Home” premieres Tues., March 1, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET. Episode 10. “Maps of Stars” premieres Tues., March 8, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET. In conjunction with the broadcast, Gates, in collaboration with professors Nina Jablonski (Pennsylvania State University) and Aditi Pai (Spelman College), has designed The Finding Your Roots Curriculum Project, a new education curriculum based on the series that uses genealogy and genetics to teach science. The program is targeted to disadvantaged middle school students and minority college students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The Finding Your Roots middle school project will develop a new curriculum with evolutionary biology and health lessons as well as hands-on activities for middle-school students attending summer camps in 2016 and 2017 at three different sites of established science summer camps: Penn State, University of South Carolina, and the American Museum of Natural History. The middle school and college programs are made possible through $826,000 in grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. WETA will also work with stations across the country to encourage viewers to explore and share their family histories via social media, using the hashtag #FindingYourRoots on Facebook and Twitter channels, Facebook.com/FindingYourRootsPBS and Twitter.com/HenryLouisGates, and on the series companion site, PBS.org/FindingYourRoots.

Sheryl Underwood Radio Hits 181 Radio Affiliates and Goes International

With the addition of several international radio affiliates, Sheryl Underwood Radio now airs on a record 181 radio affiliates and remains on 9 of the top 10 radio markets in the country, boasting a hefty 10 million listeners by the combined reach of the signals strength of 181 affiliates.
According to Rob Wilkins, Vice President of Affiliate Relations and Promotions, “After announcing new shows, including Spiritual Nourishment, Late Night Cup Caking and Da House Party, Sheryl Underwood Radio now reaches 181 total affiliates and has expanded to Australia, South Korea, Cambodia, Philippines, Taiwan and the UK.”
With the addition of the international properties Sheryl Underwood, the namesake of the radio brand had this to say, “This is truly a blessing. Everyday we get to talk about trending topics in culture, entertainment, politics and sports and connect with the greatest listeners in the world, all while doing what we love.” She adds, “I have an amazing on-air and behind the scenes crew that is committed to growing the brand.”
Executive Producer Vic Frost says, “After the accumulation of so many radio affiliates in such a short time, the obvious next accomplishment would have to be going international; there has never been a better time to enable people to reflect on human communication on an international level. SUR will continue to give you the best radio experience no matter where­—WORLD DOMINATION!”
In addition to the appeal of having an international celebrity as the anchor to the show, another strength of Sheryl Underwood Radio is that radio affiliates have the chance to program their own music around the content and infrastructure that Sheryl Underwood Radio provides.
Sheryl Underwood Radio is heard on stations all across country, and in every urban market from California through the South, into the Midwest, on HBCU campuses and in the Virgin Islands.
Sheryl Underwood Radio was created by Sheryl Underwood, television personality, radio host, entertainer, businesswoman and philanthropist. Sheryl, seen daily by nearly 3 million daytime viewers of THE TALK on CBS television, has over 1 million social media followers and has earned six Emmy nominations and a subsequent win for “Best Daytime Talk Show” with the ladies of THE TALK.