Sunday, November 23, 2014

My Story on LaChina Robinson for Black Enterprise and My Web Show!

It was a great pleasure interviewing LaChina Robinson. After she Emceed the PowerPlay, NYC Celebration event, their annual fundraiser, I had to engage her in conversation as her story was one that was inspiring and impactful. I hope that your are indeed inspired by reading her journey on black here

Have a great week! 


Monday, November 10, 2014

Inaugural Hampton University Sports and Entertainment Panel

To say that being able to speak at a panel on Sports and Entertainment was a joy is an understatement. On top of that, being featured in the Hampton Script, was the icing on the Homecoming cake.

I can honestly say this past homecoming was the best I have attended since going to Hampton. The first was the most memorable, but this one I surely will never forget.

It started at the panel on Thursday, October 30. I eagerly wanted to do something like this as I have spoken on panels at other schools, though never at my alma mater. Additionally, I saw other HBCU's  hosting alumni panels during their homecoming weekends, when alumni would be in town, so I definitely was interested when I got the call that it was happening at my home by the sea.

Rashad Drakeford, 2009 graduate of Hampton, reached out and asked me to join. I was elated not only to connect with former and current students, but to also record the moment via video and in the script so that we can all keep the memories. Thankfully, my mentee Kia Robinson came through in the last quarter like Joe Johnson. She helped to get coverage in the script and HU Underground, a student run site that features different happenings around campus.

I met new people in my industry and reconnected with those that I have been in touch with over the past few years. I was certainly thankful, though not surprised to see my fellow Hamiltonians doing great things and continuing to let their lives do the singing. Big shoutout to Dr. Charlton and the HPER club for putting it together on Hampton's end, our moderator RJ Harris and Rashad for organizing the group of panelists and the agenda, and of course my fellow panelists Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes, Ryan Boyd, Chris Coy, DJ Taye James, Aminah Charles and Elise Hillman.

Meeting everyone there made me realize once again, how much of an impact Hampton University has had on my life. They are no longer fellow alumni, but have joined my Hamily (I know you get it:).

Video recap coming soon!



Friday, October 10, 2014

New Jersey Drive - BE Feature on Rodney Rikai

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Father, host, multi-preneur, NC A&T Aggie, Jersey-ian, wide receiver (NFS), Rodney Rikai is currently the Washington Wizards in-arena host and go-to-guy for many of Nike's premiere events.

I recently had the opportunity to interview Rodney for Black Enterprise while he was in New York City. He was getting ready to start filming a new show for a major network, not to my surprise.

The inter webs and my consistent curiosity get the credit for me learning about Rodney. When Kela Walker was competing to be the next host of Music Choice's new show "You and A," so was Rodney. Interested in learning more about cool on-air personalities, I did some research.

Not only was he the in-arena host of one of my favorite NBA teams (like 3rd fave and you know that's huge for me), he also produces his own web series called "Dreamers" which is uber-inspiring and aligned with the kind of content I want to contribute to the world. I was particularly intrigued and impressed when he reflected on his interview with filmmaker Rock Davis. Take a listen for yourself here.

We started following each other on Twitter and the rest is history. He's funny and smart so he's interesting to follow and adds value to my timeline. As he states in his article, he is also polite, which made him a pleasure to interview. One of my favorites thus far.

Instead of me telling you more about Rodney, check out our interview on here.

Also, lookout for our video interview I took for a new web series I'll be launching on my youtube channel soon!



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Talking Sports and Philanthropy with Nubia Murray

Being involved in sports at a young age has allowed me the opportunity to gain a powerful perspective on the way the world works. They have allowed me to put principles to the test and see the results, both short term and over time. 

The insight sports gave me was enhanced once I learned about careers in the sports industry through PowerPlay, NYC, a program dedicated to educating and empowering girls through sports. The enlightenment I received led me to inspire youth in the same way, especially those who would not normally have these opportunities because they lacked the resources to pay for them or these programs were not offered in their neighborhoods. 

I met Nubia at a fundraiser for PowerPlay, NYC many years ago. Nubia believes that sports made a similar impact on her life and has been involved in sports philanthropy for several years. Interviewing her was refreshing as we have talked about our paths and missions before. We both grew up close to or in urban settings, went to Historically Black Colleges (HBCU's), and work or have worked in corporate giving at entities with sports properties. I am glad to continue the conversation, now with the readers and followers of Black Enterprise and you!  

You may check out the story below: 

Nubia Murray used sports as a vehicle to drive her from Chicago’s South Side to managing philanthropic sports initiatives for one of the top banks in the world.
Crediting sports for opening doors to educational opportunities as well as developing her strong work ethic and competitive drive, Murray has spearheaded several initiatives for JPMorgan Chase & Co. such as the Corporate Challenge running series, which for five years, she managed in the United States, South Africa, Sydney and Singapore. In every host city, JPMorgan Chase & Co. partners with a nonprofit beneficiary, including the anti-violence initiative, Get In Chicago, in Nubia’s hometown. 
Read the full article here

Let me know your thoughts!