Raymond , Originally from Detroit Receives $1,500 Hercules Scholarship

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[Dallas, TX – July 2nd]

Student: Raymond McCants

GPA :3.50

Hometown : Detroit, MI

Major/ Class:  Business Management/ Business Marketing / Senior

Raymond, a Senior at the Jackson State University was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Mr. McCants  is originally from Detroit, Michigan and he currently holds a 3.50 GPA at the Jackson State University.  After earning his degree he plans to attend graduate school to receive his  MBA.  Another one of Raymond’s goals is to  plan to return to Detroit full time to operate the Brightmoor Community Center as its executive director leading the charge for the revitalization of the neighborhood.

On campus he  has served as  a representative for the Business College at Jackson State University , a member of the Society for the Advancement of Management as President, JSU Investment Club as Vice President,  and JSU Accounting Society as Treasure.

The few people who have influenced his life have been both of his parents, his first coach in athletics Al Williams, and mentor Dennis Talbert. The motto he live by is “Stay Humble. Give Back!” #THEEILove

Tom Joyner to Receive Humanitarian Award at Sunday’s 2015 BET Awards



(DALLAS – June 23) Tom Joyner, the nationally syndicated radio personality and founder/chairman of the Tom Joyner Foundation, will receive the Humanitarian Award at Sunday’s BET Awards program.

“BET Awards” 2015, celebrating its 15th years, is recognizing Joyner for the work he has done with the Tom Joyner Foundation, whose sole mission is to help keep scholars enrolled at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).Smokey Robinson, the legendary R&B star, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The awards show, co-hosted by Anthony Andersen and Tracee Ellis-Ross, will air live on BET at 8 p.m. EST Sunday from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Michael B. Jordan and entertainer Zendaya will take the stage as presenters during the 15th anniversary of the annual highly-anticipated televised event.

You can view an interview reflecting on his career:


Joyner’s Foundation, http://tomjoynerfoundation.org, has provided the support to every HBCU in its 17-year history to help sustain, and preserve the legacies of these valuable institutions. Through fundraising and donor development initiatives, $65 million has been raised to support more than 29,000 students attending HBCUs. Additionally, the Foundation has recommended internships, matching grants support, and career development to deserving students.


Charleston victims Citywide Memorial Service hosted tonight by Alabama State students

Updated: 6/25/2015 2:21 PM CST By Tom Joyner Foundation

Office of Media Relations & Public Information

​​Citywide Memorial Service for Charleston Victims Hosted by Students at ASU!

Date: June 25, 2015

Tonight @ 6 p.m.
Charleston Victims Citywide Memorial Service Hosted by Students at ASU!

– A special candlelight service will take place in which a candle will be lit for each victim of the Charleston Massacre.
– ASU’s SGA & President Boyd invite the public to join them to remember the victims and to pray for peace.

WHEN: Tonight at 6 p.m.
WHERE: The ASU Amphitheatre, which is located at the Hardy Student Center, across from the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.

The Alabama State University community is inviting the public to join it at a special citywide commemoration and candlelight vigil service this evening to remember and honor the victims of the Charleston, S.C., church shooting and to pray for peace and reconciliation among all people.

The ASU Student Government Association (SGA) will honor the victims of the Charleston Massacre with a candlelight service at 6 p.m. at the ASU Amphitheater, which is located at the Hardy Student Center (across from the Dunn-Oliver Acadome).

A candle will be lit for each of the nine victims who were killed on June 17, when a gunman opened fire during a prayer meeting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Both ASU President Gwendolyn E. Boyd and Alabama State SGA President Jeremy Crum will be present and speak.
One of the victims was a recent graduate of Allen University, Crum said.

“We ask that the student body of Alabama State University and the public please come out and support the commemoration of the nine lives that were wrongfully taken in Charleston,” said Crum.

The news media contact is Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104 <tel:334-229-4104>

This news release was written by Hazel Scott (media relations specialist) and edited/enhanced by Kenneth Mullinax. 

Accreditation reaffirmed for Jarvis Christian College

Updated: 6/25/2015 12:51 PM CST By Tom Joyner Foundation

P.O. Box 1470 | U.S. Hwy. 80 East, PR7631 | Hawkins, TX 75765 | Phone: (903)730-4890  | Online: www.jarvis.edu<http://www.jarvis.edu/>


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 JUNE 24, 2015

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Officially Reaffirms Jarvis’ Accreditation 

Hawkins, TX – Jarvis Christian College is pleased to announce that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has officially reaffirmed the College’s accreditation. Jarvis completed the process and had its site visit last October 2014. The College received no recommendations requiring further reporting and no follow-up to its Compliance Certification Document. On June 13th, an official announcement was made stating that Jarvis Christian College’s accreditation was reaffirmed.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher

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Dr. Lester C. Newman Photo courtesy jarvis.edu.

education institutions in the Southern states. Jarvis Christian College is accredited to award degrees by SACSCOC. The reaffirmation process occurs every ten (10) years. As part of this process, institutions prepare an extensive Compliance Certification Report documenting commitment/compliance to the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation. The institution also prepares a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to improve a specific aspect of its educational program. Jarvis’ plan is JSTAR, JarvisStudents TAckling Reading. These documents are reviewed by representatives of peer institutions, culminating with a site visit by a visiting team.

Dr. Lester C. Newman, Jarvis Christian College’s president, said this regarding the SACSCOC Reaffirmation, “The favorable review of the College’s academic programs and administrative functions is an endorsement of the value that Jarvis is delivering to its students. In the judgement of our peers, Jarvis Christian College is fiscally sound and well positioned for quality improvement as the institution continues to meet an important mission in higher education. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, alumni and consultants who assisted the College in its effort to maintain its accreditation. They are to be commended for their hard work and dedication.” 

Jarvis Christian College is ranked among the

“100 Most Affordable Small Colleges in America 2015” by BestValueSchools.com 

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Jarvis Christian College is the sole historically Black liberal arts, baccalaureate degree-granting institution affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Located in Hawkins, Texas, the mission of the college is to prepare students intellectually, socially, spiritually and personally to function effectively in a global and technological society, to pursue professional and graduate studies, or to begin satisfying and productive careers.

Media Contact

Sunya L. Young | Vice President for Institutional Advancement | (903)730-4890 x3001  | syoung@jarvis.edu

Pharmacy Student at XULA Receives Hercules Scholarship

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Photo by Irving Johnson III

[ Dallas, TX – June 25th, 2015 ]

Student: Chandler Schexnayder

GPA :3.93

Hometown : Patterson, Louisiana

Major/ Class: Pharmacy / P3

Chandler, a P3 in Pharmacy School at the Xavier University of Louisiana  was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Mr. Chandler is originally from Patterson, Louisiana and he currently holds a 3.93 GPA and is in Pharmacy School at the Xavier University of Louisiana. After earning his degree at  XULA , he  plans to take on a residency and specialize in oncology or diabetes as a clinical pharmacist with an adjunct as a professor.

Another one of Chandler’s goals is  to set up a community clinic-pharmacy in my hometown of Patterson, Louisiana as it is lacking health care centers

On campus he is the President, Xavier University Chapter of Student National Pharmaceutical Association, a member of the Delta Eta Chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity and the Co-Founder/Community Service Coordinator, Project: E.A.T. Black Male Initiative. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Beta Tau Chapter.


Quote he lives by E.A.T. – Evaluate, Attack, Triumph

Charles Barkley Donates 1 Million Dollars to Morehouse College

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Source: Charles Barkley (Photo by: John Shearer) / Getty

[Dallas, TX – June 23rd, 2015 ]

Maybe he felt guilty for saying a whole lot of crazy about black people. Or, maybe his co-stars from those hilarious “Road To The Final Four” commercials, Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson, put a bug in his ear. But whatever the reason, we are over the moon that former NBA baller Sir Charles Barkley is donating $1Million dollars to Morehouse College, the Historically Black College for men in Atlanta, Ga.

The TNT analyst announced the gift during a media conference call for the American Century Championship’s celebrity golf tournament earlier this week.

During the call, Barkley, who reportedly just signed an 8 to 10 year extension with the TV show “Inside The NBA,” said, “I just got a new contract, and my goal is always to give a million dollars a year away to charity.”

In fact, “the round mound of rebound” announced $3 million in gifts that day (must have been a good contract). Barkley gave Lee and Jackson’s beloved Morehouse $1 million, and he also donated $1 million to his own alma mater, Auburn University. He also announced another $1 million to the Wounded Warriors project, a charity for veterans, saying, “I think it’s a joke the  way they treat our soldier”.

Source – BlackAmericaWeb.com

Aspiring Oncologist from Xavier University Receives $1,500 Hercules Scholarship



[ Dallas, TX – June 18th, 2015 ]

Student: Hassan Owens

GPA :3.53

Hometown : St. Louis, Mo

Major/ Class: Chemistry Pre- Med / Sophomore

Hassan, a sophomore at the Xavier University of Louisiana  was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Mr. Owens is originally from St. Louis, Missouri  and he currently holds a 3.53 GPA and is majoring in Chemistry Pre -Med at the Xavier University of Louisiana. After earning his degree at  XULA , he plans to complete pharmacy residency so that I can gain additional experience in the field before working as a pharmacy. He would also like to complete a second year of residency so that he can specialize in oncology.

His ultimate goal is to specialize in oncology because he is  interested by the progression of cancer and would like to play a vital role in finding a cure to all cancers.

On campus Hassan is a member of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association  and back home in St. Louis, he is a pharmacy technician at the Veteran Affairs Hospital. He is also a reoccurring writer for the school’s newspaper, a peer dean, and resident mentor for SOAR.

The most influential person in Hassan life is Ms. Alverta Smith. Ms. Smith was his health occupation teacher during his first year of high school.  Ms. Smith introduced me to another influential person in my life, a former student of hers who is a Xavier graduate, Dr. Player.  Dr. Player is the co-founder of BEST, which is a partnership between Barnes Jewish Hospital, Express Scripts, and St. Louis College of Pharmacy whose mission is to prepare and expose student to careers in healthcare with an emphasis in pharmacy.   I aspire to be just as successful as them. I thank Dr. Player and Ms. Smith because they both have played a vital role in my life.

He lives by the quote  “to let go, and let God” #XULA

First woman to lead the Memphis institution LeMoyne – Owen


[Dallas, TX – June 16th, 2015]

Andrea Miller is the named  the new president of LeMoyne-Owen College. her duties Sept. 1 and succeeds Johnnie Watson as the 12th president of the 153-year-old historically black college. The 1976 LeMoyne-Owen alumna has been chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College since 2012.

Miller will be the school’s female president and the college’s 12th person to hold the position.

“Today marks a new era in LeMoyne- Owen College’s 153-year history,” Board of Trustees Chair Robert Lipscomb said in a statement. “Dr. Miller’s qualifications match those we were seeking in the next president, and we are excited to have her join the LOC leadership team.”

Jeremey Shropshire an Aspiring Cardiologist Named Hercules Scholar

[ Dallas, TX – June 10th, 2015 ]

Student: Jeremey Shropshire

GPA :3.75

Hometown : Hammond, Louisiana

Major/ Class: Chemistry Pre- Med / Junior

Jeremey, a junior at the Xavier University of Louisiana  was named the Tom Joyner Foundation “Hercules Scholar ” for this week.

Mr. Shropshire is originally from Hammond, Louisiana and he currently holds a 3.75 GPA and is majoring in Chemistry Pre -Med at the Xavier University of Louisiana. After earning his degree at  XULA , he plans to attend and complete medical school in order to obtain a medical degree. He wants complete the PhD program in either cancer biology or chemistry.  His ultimate goal is to complete a cardiovascular fellowship in order to become a cardiologist.

On campus Jeremey is a Chemistry Tutor , Undergraduate Laboratory Student Researcher and he is on the McNair Scholars Community Service Board.  He is also a member of Alpha Lamda Delta Honors Society and is involved with STEM NOLA , an organization that assist students with science experiments and educate them on scientific reasoning

The most influential person in Jeremey’s life are his parents. He mentions that his parents instilled diligence, focus, perseverance and morality

He lives by the quote “A man who does not stand for something will fall for anything”   #XULA

Grambling State University Brings Some “Dynamite” to the Campus


[Dallas, TX – June 8th , 2015]

Grambling State University Names Willie “Dynamite” Larkin as New President

“I’ve got a big job ahead of me, and I really owe it to a lot of people who have paved the way,” Larkin said. “I will do my very best every day to make sure that this board’s selection of me as the president was a wise decision, and I will validate that they were right in selecting me.” Grambling’s alumni are also looking forward to working with Grambling’s next president to bring long-term stability to the institution. “We are excited to welcome Dr. Larkin to the Grambling State University family,” said Grambling State University National Alumni President Melissa Bickham.

Larkin grew up as the son of a sharecropping farmer, the oldest of eight children, whose mother encouraged him to pursue a college education, even though his father wanted him to stay and work on the farm.

Larkin received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from Tuskegee University in 1973 and his master’s degree in extension education from Tuskegee University in 1974. He completed his doctoral studies in agricultural education/extension at Ohio State University in 1980.