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102.9 KBLX $1,000 Dream Team Scholarship Winner Gets A Big Surprise

rfocus.org102.9 KBLX $1,000 Dream Team Scholarship Winner Gets A Big Surprise

Bonneville, San Francisco, Ca., Black ac 102.9 KBLX Morning Dream Team awarded another Dream Team $1,000 Scholarship to Ms. Karris Brooks of Sacramento, California, courtesy of KBLX & The Black College Expo.

Ms. Brooks wrote a 500-word essay about ways she has improved her community. Karris spent hours planning and hosting parties for the parents and ill children at Shriner's Hospital. She continues to volunteer at local hospitals with a focus on pediatrics. Karris is also the president of her school BSU.

Karris was in complete shock when it was announced she was the winner of the February 2018 Dream Team $1,000 Scholarship.

Dr. Theresa Price, the founder of THE BLACK COLLEGE EXPO and a recruitment officer from Valley Ford University in Georgia accepted Karis into the university on the spot, LIVE ON THE AIR at KBLX!

According to Elroy Smith, The Program Director of KBLX, “it is a moving experience to see an aspiring student in tears because of the $1,000 contribution toward her education. Our next $1,000 scholarship campaign will target adults who have decided to return to college or a trade school.”   Karris will use her scholarship money towards tuition as she plans her college education around her future career as a journalist.

HBCU Culture and Marching Band Tradition, Honda Battle of the Bands

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[caption id="attachment_184266" align="alignnone" width="600"]rfocus.org Brian "Blue" Smith was honored with the Honda HBCU Power of Dreams Award for his work with The BlueHeart Foundation, a nonprofit organization he created to help fulfill basic needs in Montgomery, Ala. [/caption]16th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Celebrates HBCU Culture and Marching Band Tradition - Event featured performances by eight Historically Black College and University marching bands- Brian "Blue" Smith, founder of the BlueHeart Foundation, was named the 2018 HBCU Power of Dreams Award winner for his service to the community- HBCU College Fair hosted over 7,000 attendees to discuss admissions and scholarship opportunitiesEight of the nation's top Historically Black College and University marching bands performed at the 16th annual Honda Battle of the Bands. Brian "Blue" Smith was honored with the Honda HBCU Power of Dreams Award for his work with The BlueHeart Foundation, a nonprofit organization he created to help fulfill basic needs in Montgomery, Ala. Honda Logo.Eight of the nation's top Historically Black College and University marching bands performed at the 16th annual Honda Battle of the Bands.Brian "Blue" Smith was honored with the Honda HBCU Power of Dreams Award for his work with The BlueHeart Foundation, a nonprofit organization he created to help fulfill basic needs in Montgomery, Ala.Honda Logo.A crowd of 62,000 fans, students and alumni took part in the 16th annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase (HBOB) on Saturday, where they enjoyed spectacular performances by eight of the nation's top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) marching bands and GRAMMY Award-winning R&B group 112. This year's HBOB theme, "March On. Dream Together," highlighted the distinctive culture of HBCU with a musical extravaganza of unparalleled musicianship, pageantry and camaraderie.The show opened with a captivating musical salute to the U.S. military. All eight bands—more than 2,000 musicians and dancers in total—joined together on the field to honor all those who serve. Additional HBOB highlights included an energetic drum major tribute to the city of Atlanta, new music from 112's latest album "Q Mike Slim Daron" and a show-stopping routine by the ever-popular Alabama State University Honey Beez.This year's Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase participants included:Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White Band (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – fifth appearance Alabama State University, Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – 13th appearance Hampton University, The Marching Force (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – first appearance Miles College, Purple Marching Machine (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) – first appearance North Carolina A&T State University, Blue & Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) – eighth appearanceThe Invitational Showcase presented these marching bands with a national platform to display their talent, both live and streamed online. Each of the participating universities received grants to help support their music education programs.Honda HBCU Power of Dreams Award Recognizes Individual Moving the HBCU Community Forward For the fourth year, Honda honored an exceptional individual who has positively affected the lives of others in the community. Brian "Blue" Smith was named the 2018 Honda HBCU Power of Dreams Award winner. Smith is the founder of The BlueHeart Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to help fulfill basic needs in Montgomery, Ala. From delivering food to those in need to donating toys to children, Smith keeps the Foundation going using funds from his own pocket. Smith is an Alabama State University and Mighty Marching Hornets alum, who also volunteers his time to teach music at a local high school. Honda presented Smith with a surprise grant to help him continue his mission and positive impact in the community."We are pleased to honor Brian Smith with this award," said Alexandra Warnier, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility for Honda. "His selflessness and humble approach to helping others is both inspiring and admirable. Brian truly embodies the power of dreams."HBCU College Fair Encourages High School Seniors to Think About College In addition to the marching band performances at the 2018 Invitational Showcase, HBOB also included an HBCU College Fair to connect high school students with representatives from fifty-three HBCU schools. Designed to go beyond just exposing young people to the opportunities offered by HBCUs, the college fair enabled prospective college students to meet with marching band and admissions recruiters to discuss admissions requirements and scholarship opportunities. This year's college fair hosted over 7,000 attendees, with more than 300 scholarships awarded.Honda has been committed to supporting the success and dreams of the nation's HBCUs. Through initiatives like the Honda Battle of the Bands and Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Honda has been able to touch the lives of more than 120,000 students and award $12 million in grants in support of education programs. 
Roland Martin Takes Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to School on HBCU's

Roland Martin Takes Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to School on HBCU’s

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rfocus.orgMonday night got quite interesting  when the Education Department issued a statement from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that set quite a few people off, including TV One's Roland Martin.  DeVos released the statement while several HBCU officials are currently in Washington to meet with President Trump and several other Republican leaders in an effort to gain more support and funding. 

In DeVos statement she sugar coats the HBCU experience and why they were necessary then and now.  "HBCUs are real pioneers when it comes to school choice," she said. "They are living proof that when more options are provided to students, they are afforded greater access and greater quality. Their success has shown that more options help students flourish."

HBCU advocates were not having it as they took to social media to show their utter discontent for the lackluster summation of the black college experience. Most argued that black students had absolutely no choice due to discrimination and segregation and therefore historically black colleges had to be created.  The social media response was one thing bur Roland Martin's response this morning on TV One was on another level.  

Let's just say Roland gave the Education Secretary a little education. 

 

Former Black College Presidents Come Together to Improve Education

Former Black College Presidents Come Together to Improve Education

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hbcu-graduationFour former Black College presidents announced the launch of TM2 Education Search, which provides retained search and leadership development services targeting Historically Black Colleges & Universities and Predominantly Black Institutions (the Black College Community).TM2 Education Search is the brainchild of former Black College presidents John Garland (former President of Central State University); Sidney Ribeau (former President of Howard University); Wayne Watson (President Emeritus Chicago State University); and Dorothy Cowser Yancy (President Emerita Johnson C. Smith University & Shaw University). The team of founding principals will leverage more than 100 years of combined leadership experience to recruit and support college presidents, chancellors, provosts, deans, and board members."We are experiencing a critical moment in the Black College Community," said John Garland, Executive Chairman of TM2 Education Search. "TM2 was created to ensure all schools have access to the best senior talent."In addition to its founding principals, Christopher Braswell will serve as firm president. Mr. Braswell has over twenty years' experience partnering with organizations in talent management, executive search, and leadership development. Previously, he was a founding partner of the firm Talent Bridge, where he managed the Retained Search Practice, Career Services Division, and Diversity Talent Practice."Completing a successful search is only part of the job," said Christopher Braswell, President of TM2 Education Search. "We intend to maintain long-term relationships with leaders and schools, providing the coaching necessary for successful transitions."TM2 Education Search is former Black College Presidents/Chancellors and Alumni who are passionate and committed to the welfare of the Black College Community and the development of minority leaders. We use our combined experiences in higher education and search to partner with schools to build highly effective and functioning leadership through increasing the quality of talent acquisition and developing strategic leaders. For more information on TM2 Education Search, please visit tm2search.org.

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