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HBCUbiquity continues the conversation of HBCUs. From politics to education, this podcast goes beyond the typical rhetoric to have meaningful conversations.” Listen in and follow us!

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The Tom Joyner Foundation was founded in 1998 as the brainchild of nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner. The mission of the Foundation is to support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with scholarships, endowments and capacity-building enhancements. The Foundation has provided necessary support to every HBCU in its 20-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, offered matching grant support, and career development to deserving students.

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Thomas Joyner Jr.

Thomas Joyner, Jr. is the president and Chief Executive Officer of the Tom Joyner Foundation. He is also co-founder of REACH Media Inc., the Dallas-based multi-media firm that is parent company of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the Tom Joyner Family Reunion and BlackAmericaWeb.com, which Joyner also helped conceive.

Affectionally referred to as ‘Killer’ by father, Thomas has shepherded fundraising efforts by working closely with the HBCUs and gaining support over the years from major corporations like Denny’s, Toyota Financial Services, Allstate, and more. Additionally, under Thomas’ leadership, the Foundation has launched the Teacher Quality Initiative (TQI) as well as secured a three-year grant from the U.S. Job Corps to create the “College Pathways” program. Thomas currently serves on the board of the University of North Texas-Dallas Foundation. He also has served on the Advisory Board of the Alcorn State University School of Business and the Board of Trustees of Bennett College in Greensboro, NC.  He has won a Distinguished Service Award from Philander Smith University in Little Rock, Arkansas and the Tougaloo College Soaring Eagle Award.

Thomas has a degree in International Business from Howard University. He resides in Southlake, Texas with wife LaToy, daughter, Griffen and son, Thomas III.

Legendary radio personality, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Tom Joyner earned the nickname “The Fly Jock” in the mid-1980s while flying round-trip between Dallas and Chicago five days a week, doing his morning drive program at KKDA and then commuting north to WGCI for his afternoon program. Most known as host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Tom Joyner Morning Show, the “Hardest Working Man in Radio” has successfully led national awareness campaigns on the Morning Show. Empowering TJMS audience with initiatives related to Get Out the Vote; Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day to promote health and wellness; and The Tom Joyner Foundation. His destination events such as The Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion and The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise selling out annually have demonstrated the power of the black consumer/traveler.

A graduate of the Tuskegee Institute, Joyner created BlackAmericaWeb in 2001. In 2003 Reach Media, Inc. – a cross-platform entertainment company, was founded with partner David Kantor. Reach Media has grown to syndicate the most dominant Urban and Inspirational programming in radio today, with highly interactive positioning in digital media and events as a subsidiary of Urban One. Focused on the community, The Fly Jock employs the slogan “The Party with a Purpose” for activities to entertain, inform and empower the community.

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Ep. 13- State of HBCUs: New Jack Presidents

What did you think of your HBCU college president and do you know what’s going on at your school now? This week’s guest are two “new jack” HBCU presidents who have adopted “out of the box” approaches in leading their HBCUs.

Ep. 12 – Sisterhood & Service: Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

Do you really know all that the Delta Sigma Theta sorority does? HBCUbiquity’s host Thomas Joyner Jr. talks in depth with Beverly Smith, the current Delta president, who will reveal some details about current and upcoming programs, scholarships and projects.

Ep. 11 – Financing College: 529 Plans

What is a “529 Plan” and how you can take advantage of it? Guests in this episode are…

Ep. 10 – State of HBCUs (Part 1)

What’s going on at HBCUs today? When was the last time you checked in on your alma mater? Are you an active alumnus? Do you know what’s happening with its accreditation? Its endowment?

Ep. 009 – HBCU College Prep (Part 1)

Do you have all the information you need to apply for financial aid? Does your college-bound child know what to expect before they head off to campus? Or how to succeed during that first year?

Ep. 008 – Mental Health Challenges

What are the most important issues facing HBCU students today? It’s beyond academic requirements, cost to attend or student loans.

Ep. 007 – Morehouse’s Savior of Student Debt

Episode Summary – Morehouse’s president Dr. David A. Thomas tells HBCUbiquity’s host Thomas Joyner Jr….

Ep. 006 – Career Opportunities For HBCU Grads

What is the true value of your college education? Is it any harder for HBCU grads to find jobs? Let’s find out from this week’s guests who offer several tips and strategies on how to succeed in today’s market.

Ep. 005 – Hidden Figures

Here’s the question: What’s it like to attend an HBCU when you’re not black? Learn more about some of the ‘hidden figures’ at HBCUs. Jose’ Vazquez talks about coaching baseball at Alabama State University. Administrators Manuel McGriff and Caritza Mariani will tell you how diversity at Paul Quinn College in Dallas is impacting the campus.

Ep. 004 – Ayers Settlement and Mississippi HBCUs

Get the inside scoop on the current state of affairs at Mississippi HBCUs as the state and it’s HBCUs battle for funding years after the famed Ayers Settlement.