Tom Joyner Foundation Now Accepting Applications — Full Ride Scholarship Program for Graduating HS Seniors

Tom Joyner Foundation Now Accepting Applications — Full Ride Scholarship Program for Graduating HS Seniors

Tom Joyner Foundation Now Accepting Applications — Full Ride Scholarship Program for Graduating HS Seniors

— One student will win a scholarship to cover all expenses to an HBCU of their choice, joining an impressive group of previous “Full Ride” Scholars —

Tom Joyner Foundation

Dallas, TX — The Tom Joyner Foundation® announced the ‘Full Ride’ scholarship program that will cover all the expenses of one student planning to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the fall of 2017. “The cost of a college education isn’t getting any cheaper,” said Tom Joyner, chairman of his Foundation and host of the top-ranked nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning show. “So, I want to help a graduating high school senior with a chance to attend a black college to pursue their dreams.”

Past Full Ride Scholars have impressive backgrounds, including last year’s winner, Morgan Taylor Brown, of Fayetteville, Ga., who is attending Spelman College, pursuing her interests to become a psychiatrist. In 2015, JoAnna Jones of Ashville, North Carolina’s Buncombe County Early College High School is attending Winston-Salem State University, where she is pursuing a degree in nursing. Another winner is Titus Zeigler, who was a top student at Atlanta’s Henry W. Grady High School. The future trauma surgeon was a member of the Junior ROTC program, tutored kids at a local middle school and volunteered at the Atlanta Food Bank.Blaine Robertson of Reserve, La. graduated from Howard University and he is pursuing his dream of teaching high school back home in Louisiana. Britney Wilson, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., also graduated from Howard University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Wilson, who passed the New York Bar exam, participated in the Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellowship where she worked with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Racial Justice Program litigation team. Another one of our Full Ride Scholars Cheyenne Boyce graduated from Spelman College, where she was an international relations major who is fluent in Japanese. She spent a year working as a Fulbright Fellowship English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Malaysia.

Students will receive full tuition and stipends for up to 10 semesters to cover on-campus room and board and books. Students must meet the required academic standards each semester to renew the funds each year. Graduating high school seniors can apply for the scholarship by going to the Tom Joyner Foundation website at

Students must have their schools mail their transcripts and recommendations to the Foundation at P.O. Box 630495, Irving, TX 75063-0495.

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

1) A United States Citizen
2) Current high school seniors attending school in the United States (applicant must be anticipating completion of high school degree in the spring of 2017)
3) Minimum high school grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.00 grade scale, excluding home school studies) and Minimum SAT score of 1400 (combined math essay and verbal score) or ACT score of 30.
4) Applicants must apply and be accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2017.
5) Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities.

The applications must be postmarked no later than January 20, 2017. Interviews will occur in March 2017.

For more information, contact Neil Foote, media relations, Tom Joyner Foundation,, 214-448-3765.

Women, Stop Listening to Sexist Relationship ‘Experts’

Women, Stop Listening to Sexist Relationship ‘Experts’

She Matters: If they’re men who hold shoddy views about sex and women, it follows that their advice to women will also be shoddy.

Tyrese; Rev. Run; Steve Harvey

I’ve spent several days thinking about Rev. Run, Tyrese, Amber Rose and their conversation about sexual consent on OWN’s It’s Not You, It’s Men. In short: Amber Rose had to explain that “no means no,” Tyrese talked about women’s sexual energy practically forcing men to “grope” them and Rev. Run threw in a heavy dose of respectability politics to justify men being disrespectful to women.

It was … troubling, to put it mildly. These two men, who are hosting a show about relationships, also wrote a best-selling book about relationships (hence the show), and there they sat, on national television, unable to grasp basic concepts like consent and that what a woman wears isn’t a pass to treat her badly or fondle her. These are the men, the supposed-to-be-enlightened ones, advising women about relationships? Seriously?

And while I’m disappointed—more so in Rev. Run than Tyrese, from whom, after years of shallow and misguided observations on social media, I’ve come to expect nothing—I’m not surprised by their sexism. It’s a common theme among men, including many so-called relationship experts. And that’s a huge problem.

It should be obvious why that’s an issue, but in case it isn’t: You have men who hold screwed-up views about sex and women telling women how to be better women to land a man. If the perspective with which they view women is shoddy, then it follows that their advice to women will also be shoddy.

Take, for instance, best-selling author Steve Harvey, who, despite the backlash he receives, does hit the mark sometimes. But when he misses? Honey! Harvey’s misogynistic gaffes were enough to inspire a popular YouTube compilation, “[S–t] Steve Harvey Says,” which has been viewed nearly 3 million times. Among the highlights? Harvey on why men cheat: “Because women allow them to” and because “women cheat with them.”

So, let me get this straight: A man cheating isn’t a man’s fault, and it’s no reflection on his moral compass or self-control and his lack of honesty or respect for his mate? He cheats because he’s absolutely not accountable and a woman allowed him?

Now, I’m confused because Harvey’s always talking about men being leaders (also sexist). If he’s a leader, then how is cheating “being allowed” by a woman? If a woman has the power to allow or not, isn’t she the actual leader? If so, give her the credit.

Harvey gets a lot of flak for his views because he’s the face of (black) relationship advice, but that sexist (and misogynistic) outlook trickles down to the Hotep experts who peddle their “advice” via Internet memes. You can barely open your browser or a social media app without encountering a photo of a semiattractive man next to a banal quote about what’s wrong with “females”­­—especially those with weaves; those who carry condoms in their purses (because God forbid a woman take the onus of protecting herself); those who are feminists or independent; those who aren’t “covered up”; and those who are single mothers (never a word critiquing single fathers ever)—and how each of these things makes them unworthy, unrespectable or, at best, incredibly flawed romantic partners.

What’s as bad as the bad advice from male experts is that relationship advice is rarely, if ever, aimed at men. Anytime a woman merely suggests to men that there are better ways to be a man, she’s swiftly and loudly told that a woman can’t tell a man how to be a man because women fundamentally don’t understand men. This is accepted as a universal truth.

So what exactly is it that gives men the inherent understanding of women to tell them how to be better women?

I’ll wait.

Riddle me this: Is it that men don’t need help when it comes to relationships, or is it that the entire onus of creating interest and maintaining a relationship is women’s work?

Here’s the big problem with this very popular line of thinking and all this relationship advice aimed at women: Women could listen to all of it—good and bad—become the so-called perfect woman and do everything men say they want, and relationships would still fail.

A modern relationship will not work when one person in it is perceived as, more or less, inferior, and that person isn’t financially dependent on a man for survival. Relationships will fail until men as a whole deal with their sexism. And they will fail until men as a collective put in the effort to build relationships and work on themselves, too.

Maybe we could all actually get somewhere better in our relationships if our experts did less trolling and started taking advice from women for a change or, even better, if they tried thinking like a woman.

Demetria Lucas D’Oyley is a contributing editor at The Root, a life coach and the author of Don’t Waste Your Pretty: The Go-to Guide for Making Smarter Decisions in Life & Love as well as A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life. She is also a blogger at, where she covers pop culture and travel. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Mary J. Blige Opens Her Concerts With Headlines of Kendu’s $129K Alimony Ask

Mary J. Blige Opens Her Concerts With Headlines of Kendu’s $129K Alimony Ask

And now her soon-to-be ex-husband is saying that she is out to “destroy his reputation.”

Mary J. Blige performs onstage at The Shrine Auditorium on November 18, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Mary J. Blige performs onstage at The Shrine Auditorium on November 18, 2014, in Los Angeles.FREDERICK M. BROWN/GETTY IMAGES

In more Kendu be buggin news …

It appears that on her current “King and Queen of Hearts” tour with R&B crooner Maxwell, singer Mary J. Blige is opening her shows with photos of tabloid headlines from her divorce drama.

Her estranged ex, Kendu Isaacs, says that such public displays are a “campaign to destroy” his reputation, “shame” him, and financially suffocate him” in his quest to get more than $129,000 per month from Blige in alimony.

According to court docs obtained by the Daily Mail, Isaacs says Blige “opens her show by displaying various images of tabloids pertaining to this dissolution in an attempt to paint herself as the victim and Mr. Isaacs as the villain.” And they’ve got video from the concerts to prove it.

Blige, who filed for divorce in July, recently asked the court to delay their December spousal support hearing to February so she and her lawyer can be in attendance.

Isaacs claims that if the hearing isn’t held in December, he will run out of money because he has been fired as Blige’s personal manager. He notes that his checking account is currently overdrawn, with a negative balance of $13,104.

Incredibly, even though he admits to making only $46,204 a month as her manager, Isaacs is requesting that MJB pay $129,319 out of the $161,434 he says he spends every month. This includes an $8,000 private chef and $3,200 personal trainer; $5,000 he pays his parents each month; $71,000 in rent he owes to several properties; $5,000 a month in support for his two children; $2,500 on auto expenses and transportation; $5,708 in maintenance and repair on his properties; $5,732 on groceries; $21,677 in charitable donations and $10,000 he spends on entertainment, gifts and vacations.

Since August, Blige has given Isaacs a total of $135,000.

Two days before their December 2003 wedding, Isaacs signed a prenuptial agreement, but is now claiming that it’s invalid because he did not have a lawyer present.