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.

These Black CEOs Were Denied Business Loans (But Now They Run America’s Fastest Growing Companies!)

These Black CEOs Were Denied Business Loans (But Now They Run America’s Fastest Growing Companies!)

Every year, Inc. magazine publishes a list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the nation. They also publish the Inc. 5000. Among all those fast-growing companies, only 73 of them are run Black-owned and/or run by Black CEOs.

From that small number, many of them have said that they have experienced discrimination when they applied for business loans. But still, they were able to become successful!

Here are a few Black CEOs that were denied business loans from banks, but now they own some of the fastest growing companies in the country:

Edwin Bosso: founder of Houston’s Myrtle Consulting Group struggled to get a loan, especially since his company is service-oriented which means no assets for collateral. They, too, finally got a bank to work with them, resulting in their revenue increasing 1,000 percent in the past three years. For more details, visit

Anastasia Gentles and Zawadi Bryant: founders of Sugar Landa Texas-based Nightlight Pediatric Urgent Care. They were turned down by other banks but eventually got the attention of a woman banker at Louisiana-based Whitney Bank. Since then, the business has grown with revenues increasing over 150 percent in the last three years, they have 5 locations, their staff has doubled. For more details, visit

Lori Burke: founder of LLB Enterprises, a Stafford, Virginia-based consulting firm, was denied loans by not only traditional banks but also the Small Business Administration. But a company called Kaleo Construction helped her out with a loan and had faith she would succeed. Not only did her company flourish, but it is also the fastest-growing company led by a black woman on the 2016 Inc. 5000. For more details, visit

To view the complete list, visit

#BankBlack Movement Is Making A Difference In Black Communities

#BankBlack Movement Is Making A Difference In Black Communities

#BankBlack Movement Is Making A Difference In Black Communities

National Black Bankers Association extend heartfelt gratitude to Killer Mike, Solange, and thousands of new customers

Image File: Micheal Grant

Image File: Micheal Grant

The local and national efforts have led to a surge of deposits in several black banks, as #BankBlack fever has swept the country. This movement, aimed at empowering the black community by taking control of its wealth and investing it in a black bank (21 black-owned banks are in the U.S) received national attention on July 8, 2016 when rapper Killer Mike implored the black community to deploy a portion of its financial resources to make a tangible difference.

In July alone, more than 1,500 new accounts with deposit balances of approximately $2.7 million were opened at Industrial Bank, the oldest and largest African American-owned commercial bank in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. region. This amount was more than the number of accounts that are usually opened in a six-month period.

Heartfelt Gratitude to Black Bank Customers

The National Bankers Association’s members include many of the black banks that received and are still receiving an unprecedented level of support from all over America, noted NBA’s president Michael A. Grant, in a recent open letter. “I would like to extend heartfelt gratitude by simply saying: Thank you!” he stated.

While efforts to get the black community to utilize black-owned banks is not new, what has been happening over the last two months is nothing less than phenomenal, he added. “The outpouring of support triggered by the clarion call of rapper Killer Mike and answered by such superstars as Usher, TI, Solange, and others, caught the banks by surprise—a very pleasant surprise.”

Black people moving millions of dollars into black-owned banks within such a short period of time might ultimately prove to be a game-changer. The catalyst for this mobilization of people and purses was born of frustration, but the timing of this effort at self-empowerment could not have been more perfect.

Bank Black Leads to Financial Independence

“After decades of celebrating the achievements of the civil rights movement, thought leaders in black communities across America are beginning to reach a consensus,” Grant went on to write. “Black America will never be able to enjoy the full privileges of first-class citizenship in this country until it had secured the ultimate badge of liberty in America: financial freedom!”

He pointed to social ills that continue to plague large swaths of America’s black communities which can be summoned up in one phrase—“financial dependence. High unemployment rates, underperforming businesses, crime, inadequate education, and job training opportunities, low aim and an all-pervasive nihilism—especially among many black youths—is defining far too many black neighborhoods in our country.”

Opening accounts in black banks is a great first step. Since statistics show that a qualified black borrower has a higher probability of getting his or her loan approved at a black bank, doing business with these banks is a no-brainer. “The more we circulate our dollars within our own community, the more opportunities we create and the more wealth we can accumulate that can be transferred to future generations,” he added.

Contrary to push back from naysayers, the “bank black” movement is not a boycott of other banks. Explained Grants, “It is simply an intelligent strategy at diversifying one’s dollars and investing in oneself.”

Woman suffers ‘major injuries’ after accident involving Mike Trout

Woman suffers ‘major injuries’ after accident involving Mike Trout

Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout’s Mercedes plowed into a stopped car after a game Wednesday, a collision that left one person with significant injuries. Trout was uninjured in the three-car crash on the 55 freeway in Santa Ana., Calif., that occurred at 7:48 p.m. PT, according to information provided by the California Highway Patrol in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. The woman in a Chevrolet Sonic suffered “major injuries” and was transported to Orange County Global Medical Center in Tustin. A hospital spokesperson was unable to provide an update on the status of the woman injured.

“Mike Trout was involved in a car accident earlier tonight,” Angels general manager Billy Eppler said in a statement released by theclub. “I have spoken with Mike this evening and he feels fine. He is at home with his roommate and planning on traveling with the club to Seattle tomorrow afternoon. We will update as more information becomes available.” Trout was traveling southbound on the 55 when traffic ahead of him came to a stop due to an unrelated accident, according to the CHP. Trout’s car swerved and the right-front of his his car collided with the rear bumper of the Sonic.

The impact sent the compact car careening into a truck stopped ahead of it, before the Sonic came to a rest alongside a fence on the shoulder of
the roadway. Trout and the driver of the truck stopped to check on the well-being of the woman in the Chevrolet, according to the CHP. A video obtained by Fox 11 in Los Angeles shows Trout cooperating with a patrol officer; an expanded version of the video shows a young woman removed from her car by Orange County emergency personnel. Trout did not play in Los Angeles’ 3-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

The 2014 AL MVP Award winner is batting .319 with 25 homers and 21 stolen bases this season. Trout, 25, was the 2014 American League MVP and a three-time runner-up. He’s expected to challenge for the award again this season.

Kerry Washington’s new drama

Kerry Washington’s new drama

“Scandal” star Kerry Washington will step behind the camera for her next television project. The actress is set to executive produce her first series according to Variety.The drama “Patrol” will follow the lives of four female LAPD officers and marks the first weekly series to come out of Washington’s Simpson Street production company. ABC announced back in April that it had inked a two year development deal with one of its biggest stars.

“I believe strongly in the importance of having a seat at the table, which makes starting this production company thrilling for me,” Washington said at the time. “It’s an honor to be at a point in my career when I can help generate projects that that are exciting, necessary and truly reflect the world around us.” Simpson Street’s first project was HBO’s “Confirmation,” the story of the

Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas case which starred Washington as Hill. Even though “Scandal” has been pushed to back during the 2016-2017 due to her second pregnancy, the star is staying busy. Harper’s Bazaar reports that Washington has teamed up with a group of fashion designers –including Christian Louboutin — to design handbags in support of the victims of domestic violence. Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse initiative will auction the limited edition bags in October.

Congressman John Lewis crowd surfs on ‘The Late Show

Congressman John Lewis crowd surfs on ‘The Late Show

Congressman John Lewis is a civil rights icon who isn’t afraid to get close to the people. We already knew this about him, but Lewis really showed it Wednesday when he ended his appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” by crowd surfing.

“You want to crowd surf?” Colbert asked, to which Lewis hopped up and danced his way over to the audience. The 76-year-old politician, well known for his activism in the civil rights movement, did a little practicing before being hoisted into the crowd and passed overhead from person to person.

The stunt closed out the show. Lewis was there to promote the third installment of his graphic novel “March,” a series about his remarkable place in history. He also discussed June’s sit-in to protest a lack of action on gun control, how he met Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, and NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s recent refusal to stand during the national anthem. “This young man, this football player, is acting according to the dictates of his conscience,” Lew