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Congressional Representatives Meeting to Ensure Priorities for HBCUs

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Priorities for HBCUs

Priorities for HBCUs are paramount for advocates

Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) advocates will take on Capitol Hill to ensure Congressional Representatives are making HBCUs a top priority. HBCU Collective will host its 2nd Annual Day of Action on Capitol Hill with fellow HBCU students, alumni, and supporters who are concerned with preserving the legacy and future of historically black institutions at U.S. Capitol, Zone 10. A formal press conference will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM. Speakers include Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC12), Congressman Byrne (R-AL), Shaw University President, Coppin State University President, HBCU Collective’s Founder, and current HBCU students.

Every year, HBCUs fall lower on the United States Congress’ list of priorities and due to the lack of government support, HBCUs are closing. HBCU Collective and its advocates are prepared to ask state and federal legislators for their support and that the same fiscal opportunities are extended to HBCUs that are often given to other institutions.
INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
Robert Stephens, Founder of HBCU Collective
Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC12), Co-Chair of The Bipartisan HBCU Caucus
Congressman Byrne (R-AL), Co-Chair of The Bipartisan HBCU Caucus
Dr. Paulette Dillard, President at Shaw University
Dr. Maria Thompson, President at Coppin State University
Thomas Wilson, Student Government Association President-Elect at Winston-Salem State University

Denny’s Announced As Presenting Sponsor Of 19th Annual Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage® Cruise

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Denny's Announced As Presenting Sponsor Of 19th Annual Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage® Cruise - The Party With A Purpose®!

America's Diner joins the charitable cruise for a week-long celebration of empowerment, community and entertainment sailing April 29, 2018

The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage® presented by Denny's will feature more than 60 live entertainment acts, including An Evening with Anita Baker and performances from popular artists Chris BrownTamar BraxtonThe O'JaysThe Isley Brothers, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, En Vogue, 112, SWV and more. The action-packed seven-day itinerary boasts of informative seminars, morning inspiration, fitness classes, intriguing ports, endless activities, concerts, popular celebrities and wildly creative theme nights – all while raising funds to support students in school at Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country. Now in its 19th year, the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage® presented by Denny's is hosted by renowned radio personality and philanthropist, Tom Joyner .  As one of the most spectacular cruises anywhere, the fundraiser consistently sells out and features notable entertainment and a creative 24/7 guest experience. Joyner expressed his passion and excitement, saying "Denny's has been a partner of ours for a long time and now they're on board with our signature event the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage cruise! Denny's is where you can always get a good meal that's a start to a 'fantastic' day or after an incredible concert, so it makes sense for them to be sponsoring the world's biggest party with a purpose!" In announcing the partnership, Denny's CEO John Miller stated, "This sponsorship of the Fantastic Voyage is another exciting extension of our longstanding relationship with the Tom Joyner Foundation that spans over a decade. We're looking forward to being an even bigger part of this 'Party with a Purpose' and helping invest in students' dreams and higher education at many HBCUs." In addition to various joint initiatives over the years, Denny's partners with Tom Joyner  on its 'Hungry for Education' scholarship program as part of the brand's continued commitment to empowering education and helping fight childhood hunger in America.  Last year, Denny's also launched a standalone education initiative "Denny's First Generation College Scholarship Road to Success Fundraiser" to further uphold the company's support of education in the African-American community.  The program is designed to create scholarships for first generation college students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country, with donations made at participating Denny's restaurants and online at www.dennysfirstgen.com. For more information on The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage® presented by Denny's and a full list of this year's entertainment, visit BlackAmericaWeb.com. Itinerary, schedule and performances are subject to change. About Denny's Corp. Denny's is one of America's largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating over 1,700 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United StatesCanada,Puerto RicoNew ZealandMexicoCosta RicaDominican RepublicHondurasGuam, the United Arab Emirates, Curaçao, El Salvadorthe PhilippinesGuatemala and the United Kingdom. For further information on Denny's, including news releases, please visit the Denny's website atwww.dennys.com or the brand's social channels via FacebookTwitterTumblrInstagram orYouTube.

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 opportunities 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. 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 appearance The 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.  

UNCF Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball Achieves Record-Breaking Fundraising Goal, Raising More $1.3 Million

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    [caption id="attachment_183999" align="alignnone" width="600"]rfocus.org Co-chairs -  Ted and Leah Blum, Greenburg Traurig; Rodney Bullard, Chick-Fil-A; Dr. Michael Lomax, UNCF CEO; Wendy and Carey Stewart, Bank of America.   [/caption] UNCF Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball Achieves Record-Breaking Fundraising Goal, Raising More $1.3 Million  Sold out Atlanta gala brings out the Who’s Who in Atlanta; Spectacular performance by Tyrese Gibson, who helped raise $100,000 through the fund the mission appeal (ATLANTA) Dec. 20, 2017—The Who’s Who of Atlanta attended the 34th annual UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball, raised more than $1.3 million for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), a record-breaking achievement for the gala founded in 1983. The sold-out signature fundraising event, had more than 1,200 attendees, including host Mayor Kasim Reed, Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms, UNCF President Michael L. Lomax, corporate co-chairs Rodney Bullard, vice president of community affairs at Chick-fil-A, Inc.; Ted Blum, managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Atlanta office; Wendy Stewart, president of Bank of America Atlanta division; and celebrity co-host actor/singer Tyrese Gibson, who helped raise $100,000 through a fund the mission appeal. "Every year, the Atlanta community’s contribution surpasses my expectation,” said Justine Boyd, regional director, UNCF. “With the support of our corporate sponsors, volunteers, and the steadfast commitment of Mayor Kasim Reed, who has led the charge for the past eight years, we continue to raise the bar in providing resources to deserving students and our 37 UNCF member institutions, four of which are in Atlanta.” Masked awards were presented to last year’s co-chairs Brannigan Thompson, senior vice president, Voya Financial; Donta’ Wilson, senior executive vice president and chief client experience officer, BB&T; and Mayor Reed, who passed the torch to Mayor-elect Bottoms, representing the change of guard of the ball. “It has been an honor to have Mayor Reed spearhead our efforts in improving the lives of the next generation of leaders,” said Lomax. “Trailblazers, like Mayor Reed, Mayor-elect Bottoms, both HBCU graduates and newly appointed Randall Woodfin, mayor of Birmingham and Morehouse alum, play an integral role in changing the narrative of HBCUs and the work we do at UNCF.” Founded 34 years ago by former mayor Andrew Young and Billye S. Aaron, educating students has always been at the forefront of the event’s mission. With the success of the UNCF Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball, thousands of students have a brighter future because of the support they have received. More than 600 students in the past few years attending UNCF member schools were either able to attend college and/or continue their college education without the interruption of financial challenges. Understanding the hardships facing college students, Mrs. Aaron created the Billye Suber Legacy Aaron fund, which has raised $1.2 million in scholarships. Ball highlights included a performance by Tyrese Gibson, VIP Masked Award reception, silent auction, parade of stars, elegant dining, dancing, entertainment by Clark Atlanta University Jazz Band and Ron Clarke Academy. A host of celebrities, dignitaries and influencers attended, including UNCF Birmingham Mayor’s Masked Ball host Mayor Randall Woodfin, Chris Tucker, Stephanie Mills, Jeezy, Keisha Knight Pulliam(Spelman), Dominique Wilkins, Hank and Billye Aaron, Ambassador Andrew Young and Carolyn Young, Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Dr. Jackie Walters, Quad Webb Lunceford, Ryan Glover, Phaedra Parks, Coco Brown, Jasmine Stewart, Maria Boynton, Miss National UNCF, and past and president college presidents representing Clark Atlanta, ITC, Morehouse, Spelman, Wiley, Johnson C. Smith, Shaw University, Atlanta Metropolitan College and Morehouse School of Medicine. The extraordinary event was made possible by marquis sponsor, Chick-Fil-A and premiere sponsors The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Airlines, UPS and the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. mayor's masked ball, tyrese, atlantarfocus.orgrfocus.orgPhoto Credit: Caselove Productions Photo Captions:
  • Co-chairs -  Ted and Leah Blum, Greenburg Traurig; Rodney Bullard, Chick-Fil-A; Dr. Michael Lomax, UNCF CEO; Wendy and Carey Stewart, Bank of America.
  • MASKED Honorees: Mr. and Mrs. Brannigan Thompson, Voya Financial and Mr. and Mrs. Donta Wilson, BB&
  • Mrs. Billye Aaron, Co-Founder of the UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball and has launched the Billye Suber AaronLegacy Scholarship in 201
  • Tyrese Performing at the UNCF Atlanta Mayor's Masked Ball

Anita Baker Coming out of Retirement for Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise

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“She's Coming on the Cruise! Anita Baker Is Coming on the Cruise!”: Tom Joyner announces that Anita Baker Will Perform on the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise  “Anita’s coming out of retirement as I go into retirement…and she will come out of retirement for the cruise…Thank you, Lord!” rfocus.org The legendary vocalist will perform aboard the 19th Annual Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise sailing April 29 – May 6, 2018  Tom Joyner announced on his show today, Tuesday, October 31st, that guests aboard the 2018 Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage will be treated to an exclusive Evening With Anita Baker. The eight-time Grammy Award winner will honor radio pioneer Tom Joyner by performing live aboard his annual benefit cruise sailing April 29 – May 6, 2018. Anita Baker's performance will be a highlight on the cruise as well as part of a celebration of Joyner’s 25 years in syndication. As the most groundbreaking entertainment cruise, the charitable endeavor is known for featuring over 60 entertainers and comedy acts along with daily empowering seminars, theme nights, morning inspiration, concerts, shopping, beach parties, fitness, late-night after-parties, parades and a cavalcade of celebrities celebrating Tom Joyner ’s efforts to assist students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. On today’s show Tom Joyner announced: “Man do I have a treat! Oooooo…I can’t keep a secret. I’ll explode! She’s coming on the boat…She’s coming out of retirement…Anita Baker is coming on the cruise! Anita’s coming out of retirement as I go into retirement…and she can come out of retirement for the cruise…Thank you, Lord!” Baker’s decades-long career has included four platinum and two gold albums with signature R&B hits including “Caught Up in the Rapture”“Sweet Love” and “Giving You the Best That I Got”. Her unique voice has the sultry vibe of a jazz singer and has been the cornerstone of a sound that has helped to shape R&B since her solo career began in the early 80s.  Although the Detroit-bred contralto established a musical style that has noticeably influenced an entire generation of talents, Baker herself has remained unmoved by the ebb and flow of trends in the industry. It is that timelessness that has left fans clamoring for her presence on the music scene ever since the wife and mother took a hiatus from the spotlight to focus on family. Catch Anita Baker on Twitter at @IAMANITABAKER. Tom Joyner can be found on Facebook at @TomJoynerMorningShow and on Twitter at @TJMShow. Details on the cruise can be found at BlackAmericaWeb.com or call 972.980.S-A-I-L. The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage® Cruise features nonstop empowering activities, theme nights, and entertainment featuring Anita Baker, in addition to Chris Brown, Tamar Braxton, Kenny Babyface” Edmonds, The Isley Brothers, The O’Jays and a wide range of hit-makers. The current line-up for the 2018 cruise includes Divas, Soul, Throwback Hip Hop, Funk and Comedy: SWV, En Vogue, Jones Girls, Heatwave, GQ, Taste of Honey, The Sylvers, Brothers Johnson, Ying Yang Twins, Eastside Boyz, Trillville, YoungBloodZ, Bonecrusher, Raheem Devaughn, Dwele, Eric Roberson, 112, the Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston, Force MDs, Das EFX, Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio (Furious Five), DJ Kool, EPMD, Fat Boys. Now in its 19th year, the original Party with a Purpose® will sail from Galveston, TX April 29 - May 6, 2018 and make stops in Montego Bay and Cozumel on the Carnival Breeze. This chartered cruise event features a customized seven-day itinerary with concerts, celebrities, inspiration, motivating seminars, and more while raising money to help keep students in school at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  

Eight HBCU Bands “March On” to the 16th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands...

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Eight HBCU Bands "March On" to the 16th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase 

[caption id="attachment_183379" align="alignnone" width="1080"]HBCU, radiofacts The Final 8 bands will perform at the 16th annual Honda Battle of the Bands on January 27, 2018 in Atlanta. (PRNewsfoto/Honda)[/caption]
 A record number of votes helped select a dynamic lineup of marching bands from our nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to perform at the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase on January 27, 2018. The annual event is the culmination of the HBOB program, and provides a national platform to highlight a key element in the HBCU community and campus life – the marching band. The invitational showcase will feature extraordinary musicianship, sport and choreography from eight HBCU marching bands and dance squads who are ready to electrify the city of Atlanta. With a mix of six HBOB veteran bands and two newcomers, the eight bands slated to perform at the 2018 HBOB Invitational Showcase include:
  • 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 appearance
Honda invited all HBCU marching bands to participate in this year's program. Of the 39 bands that elected to participate, the "final eight" bands were selected through a voting process that incorporates input from online fans, band directors, HBCU school presidents and representatives from American Honda. In addition to a $20,000 grant from Honda to support their music education program, each of the final eight bands will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Invitational Showcase. "The Honda Battle of the Bands exists to celebrate, support and recognize the excellence of HBCU marching bands by shedding a public light on a hallmark of HBCU culture," said Steve Morikawa, Vice President, Corporate Relations & Social Responsibility for American Honda. "The Invitational Showcase is a chance for thousands of talented young musicians to show off their teamwork and dedication with highly anticipated performances in front of a captive community of supporters. Honda is proud to continue to support the HBCU community." In addition to performances by the final eight bands, Honda will honor one special nominee with the fourth annual HBCU Power of Dreams Award. Students, alumni and fans are invited to nominate extraordinary individuals taking action and moving their HBCU communities forward. Nominations can be submitted online at hondabattleofthebands.com/power-of-dreams through October 31. Group and individual tickets to the HBOB Invitational Showcase start at just $10 and are available for purchase now on the official website. Fans can follow the final eight bands' road to the Invitational Showcase on official HBOB social media channels and join the conversation using #HBOB:

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