Thursday, February 16, 2023 | 6:00PM
The Edward Waters University Distinguished Speaker Series is a student and campus-wide academic and experiential engagement initiative intended to present a robust and varied collection of distinguished and scholarly speakers to the EWU campus community. The new initiative seeks to engage the views, ideas, and espoused ideals expressed by national thought leaders, authors, entertainers, activists, advocates, athletes, educators, business leaders, and opinion shapers who will be featured as a part of the series.
“The primary aim of the series is to broaden the perspectives of our college community and widen our students’ overall academic experience beyond the classroom,” said EWU President & CEO, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr. “We intend for this vehicle to serve as a platform to provoke meaningful discussion, reflective and critical thinking, and provide enriching insight and illumination into the critical issues of our time,”
— Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., President & CEO
William Leonard Roberts II, also known as Rick Ross, is a rapper, songwriter, and entrepreneur. Roberts was born on January 28, 1976, to William Leonard Roberts Sr. and Tommie Roberts in Clarksdale, Mississippi but the family relocated to Miami, Florida, when Ross was young. He attended Miami Carol City Senior High School graduating in 1994. He then attended Albany State University in Albany, Georgia, on a football scholarship before dropping out of college and taking a job in the local construction industry.
In 2000, Roberts’s music career began when he signed with Suave House Records and adopted the rap name, Teflon Don. He made an appearance on Eric Sermon’s 2000 rap album, Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis. Roberts later signed with Slip N Slide Records. In 2006, Roberts released his debut album, Port of Miami that feature hit songs like “Hustlin” and “Push It.” The album was certified platinum, selling over million units. In 2008, Roberts released his second album, Trilla, featuring the singles “Speedin,” “The Boss,” and “Here I Am.” The album would be certified gold, selling over 500,000 units. In 2009, he released his third album, Deeper Than Rap that features the singles “Mafia Music,” “Magnificent,” “All I Really Want,” and “Maybach Music 2.” That album was also certified.
In 2010, Roberts released Teflon Don with the singles “Super High,” “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast), and “Aston Martin Music.” That album also sold more than 500,000 units. Two years later he released his fifth studio album, God Forgives, I Don’t featuring singles “Touch N’ You,” “So Sophisticated,” “Hold Me Back,” and “Diced Pineapples.” The album was certified gold, selling more than 500,000 units.
Roberts released other albums including Mastermind (2014), Hood Billionare(2014), Black Market (2015), Rather Than You Me (2017), and Port of Miami 2(2019). In 2008, he launched his record label called Maybach Music Group, which signed Olubowale “Wale” Akintimehin, Robert “Meek Mill” Williams, Omari “Omarion” Grandberry, and Richard “Gunplay” Morales Jr.
Despite his music success, Roberts was involved in several controversies, including rap feuds with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. Adding to the controversy, Roberts had legal issues, including a lawsuit from former drug kingpin Ricky “Freeway Rick” Ross, who accused him of stealing his name. He also has a history of health problems that included seizures. On January 27, 2013, Roberts and his girlfriend were targets of a drive-by shooting on his 37th birthday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They escaped uninjured. On March 2, 2018, Roberts suffered a heart attack after being found unresponsive at home in Miami, Florida. He was on life support for 48 hours but recovered.
Despite the controversies, Roberts remains in the entertainment business as of 2021. Ross has four children including Toie Roberts, William Roberts III, Berkeley Hermes Roberts, and Billon Leonard Roberts. He was one time engaged to Lira “Galore” Mercer.
As the founder of the award-winning Tezlyn Figaro Communications Group, Tezlyn Figaro provides communications solutions, political consulting, crisis management, and customized training for the most influential political, social and cultural leaders in America. Tezlyn’s service offerings are informed by her extensive work as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil, Circuit, and Appellate Conflict Resolution Mediator and trainer.
Named “The Hood Whisperer,” by nationally-syndicated radio show host and television personality Charlamagne Tha God, Tezlyn is a sought-after public speaker whose prophetic and powerful message stirs the conscience and inspires listeners across demographics. She is the host of the “Straight Shot, No Chaser” podcast on Charlamagne Tha God Tha God’s Black Effect Podcast Network on iHeartRadio, the largest digital radio and music streaming service in America.
In addition to hosting her weekly podcast, Tezlyn has been seen sharing her independent, nonpartisan, black-centered perspective as a political contributor for the Black News Channel. Tezlyn has also frequently appeared on The Breakfast Club, The Hill, Fox News, MSNBC, and more.
Tezlyn was featured in the Netflix documentary ‘Civil’ as a senior public policy consultant for Attorney Benjamin Crump, who was named TIME Magazine’s 100 world’s most influential people in 2021. She has led public policy strategy for high-profile clients of the Ben Crump Law Firm, including; surviving family members of victims of police killings – George Floyd, and Monroe Bird; assault victims of former Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, victims of the Flint water crisis, and the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.
In 2016, she served as the National Racial Justice Director for the Bernie Sanders campaign. Her work led to several national successes during the campaign, including but not limited to the historic win during the Michigan primary. In addition, Tezlyn has served as various local, state and federal campaign operative roles throughout America over the last decade.
In 2018, Tezlyn partnered with the Cut 50 organization to assist with organizing and advocating for the historic bi-partisan first step act, which in turn passed in both the House and Senate in December 2018.
As Founder of the Allied Group, a Florida staffing firm that employed over 300 people during the 2010 recession, Tezlyn was awarded several recognitions highlighting her dedication to community service and excellence in business. In 2009, she was named the Cadillac Community Influencer of the year. She has also named the 2010 Orlando Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” and the 2012 Orlando Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” finalist. Tezlyn is a certified Florida Supreme Court civil, circuit, and appellate conflict resolution mediator and approved trainer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in adult education and training.
As Senior Political Consultant for the Ben Crump Law Firm, Tezlyn contributed her expertise to the historic George Floyd Case. Tezlyn’s work included but is not limited to public policy strategy and media booking for Attorney Crump on Court TV and other national outlets. Additionally, Tezlyn and Attorney Crump jointly appeared on the nationally syndicated show The Breakfast Club.
In addition, Tezlyn also served as Senior Advisor for the George Floyd Foundation on various projects such as the George Floyd Hologram project with Change.org and The Eddie Robinson Legacy Scholarship Fund
Tezlyn also provided public policy strategy and onsite communications messaging during the historic George Floyd Justice in Policing Act 2020 congressional testimony hearing at the United States Congress in Washington, D.C.
Tezlyn also provided assistance coordinating efforts between the George Floyd Foundation and the Texas Legislative Black Caucus for the historic Texas George Floyd Act.
As Senior Political Consultant for the Ben Crump Law Firm, Tezlyn contributed her expertise to the historic Flint Waster crisis. Tezlyn’s work included but is not limited to a political strategy, media relations, media booking, community advocacy, and assisting in organizing over 2000 Flint residents, which resulted in a historic $600 million settlement.
Through her extensive relationships with major media networks and her expertise in rapid response communications, Tezlyn was able to garner national and international media attention for clients whose stories are often ignored. After learning about the case of Daniel Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of raping multiple Black women in his custody, she immediately enlisted Benjamin Crump, the lead attorney in the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown cases, for legal counsel click here for clip. She withstood opposition from city leaders and raised the profile of the case while living next door to the police station Holtzclaw was assigned. Forging forward in her role as the chief publicist, she led the media strategy through the sentencing period, in which Holtzclaw received a record 263-year sentence for his heinous crimes. Outlets including MSNBC, CNN and FOX News covered the story, and 60 minutes aired a featured segment on the case. Tezlyn’s bold approach and impassioned support of the survivors led her to the United Nations, where she provided testimony on behalf of the victims during the truth and reconciliation tribunal hearings.
After noting a lack of media coverage for Monroe Bird III, the 21-year-old denied medical coverage for a gunshot wound that left him paralyzed (a wound that would later be fatal) in an altercation with a security guard, Tezlyn re-enlisted Benjamin Crump for legal counsel. Working directly with Crump and his legal team, she spearheaded the communications efforts that resulted in national network coverage, including an investigative feature on Crime Watch Daily.
Tezlyn initiated and led the rapid response and crisis communication efforts on the Orlando Pulse nightclub shootings and the Dallas police shootings. She booked over 80 national media appearances within the first hour of the Pulse nightclub shootings for the elected representatives of Orlando, Commissioner Patty Sheehan and Commissioner Regina Hill. Tezlyn convened a national press conference, drafted key talking points and booked numerous media interviews with national and international outlets for the Next Generation Action Network during the Dallas police shootings.
In 2016, she served as National Racial Justice Director for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Her work in this senior leadership role was pivotal to several successes during the campaign, including the historic win in the Michigan primary race. In Michigan, Tezlyn arranged a meeting with families impacted by the Flint water crisis and Senator Sanders. The earned media generated from the meeting elevated the crisis to the national political stage, with Sanders referencing the meeting during the Flint presidential debate, in subsequent campaign advertisements and during campaign rallies.
As Founder and President of the Allied Group, a Florida staffing firm that employed over 300 people during the 2010 recession, Tezlyn was the recipient of awards highlighting her dedication to community service and excellence in business. In 2009, she was named the Cadillac Community Influencer of the year. She has also named the 2010 Orlando Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” and the 2012 Orlando Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” finalist.
Tezlyn holds a Bachelor of Science in management and a masters degree in adult education and training. Tezlyn is also a certified Florida Supreme Court civil, circuit and appellate conflict resolution mediator and approved trainer.
Jeffery Robinson is a deputy legal director and the director of the ACLU Trone Center for Justice and Equality, which houses the organization’s work on criminal justice, racial justice, and reform issues. Since graduating from Harvard Law School in 1981, Jeffery has three decades of experience working on these issues. For seven years, he represented indigent clients in state court at The Defender Association and then in federal court at the Federal Public Defender’s Office, both in Seattle. In 1988, Jeffery began a 27-year private practice at the Seattle firm of Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender, where he represented a broad range of clients in local, state, and federal courts on charges ranging from shoplifting to securities fraud and first-degree murder. He has tried over 200 criminal cases to verdict and has tried more than a dozen civil cases representing plaintiffs suing corporate and government entities. Jeffery was one of the original members of the John Adams Project and worked on the behalf of one of five men held at Guantanamo Bay charged with carrying out the 9/11 attacks.
Jeffery has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1993. He has been selected as one of the top 100 black lawyers in America by Black Enterprise magazine and is an elected fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to one percent of the attorneys in any state. He is also consistently ranked as one of the top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Washington State by Washington Law & Politics magazine. Jeffery has tried over 200 cases to verdict and represents a broad range of clients facing investigation or prosecution for white-collar crimes and other serious felony charges.
After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1981, Jeffery spent the next seven years representing indigent clients in state court at The Defender Association and then in federal court at The Federal Public Defender’s Office, both in Seattle. In private practice at SGB since 1988, Jeffery has successfully represented individuals and corporations in state and federal court on charges ranging from first-degree murder to healthcare fraud. He also has extensive experience representing clients in lengthy grand jury investigations that have resulted in no indictment.
In addition to being a nationally recognized trial attorney, Jeffery is also a respected teacher of trial advocacy and has lectured on trial skills all over the United States. He is a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia. He is a past President of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a winner of that Association’s prestigious William O. Douglas Award (2004).
Yvette Carnell is the founder of the American Descendants of Slavery movement. Know more about her and ADOS. Carnell has been an associate for two Democratic lawmakers, Senator Barbara Boxer and Congressman Robert Marion Berry.
Tip “T.I.” Harris is a GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist who has left an indelible mark on the world of music and pop culture. Having sold over 10 million albums in the US alone, Tip remains an influential figure in the world of music and entertainment. He is the founding executive of Grand Hustle Records, the owner of two successful, urban clothing brands Akoo and Hustle Gang. In 2016, Tip became an artist-owner of the global streaming service, TIDAL, alongside Jay Z, Beyonce’, Rihanna and others. Tip’s business interests and portfolio now stretches across a variety of sectors including real estate development, lifestyle, technology and sports, to name a few.
Tip is also an actor and producer who will reprise his role in the Marvel sequel “Ant Man & The Wasp” this July as well as “Glow Up,” a music drama he will also co-produce as part of the PepsiCo’s Creators League.
Also widely recognized for his influence in the community, Tip has become an activist and dominant force in social issues around race relations, civil and human rights.
In response to mass inequality and the murders of unarmed Black citizens, Tip began his Us or Else movement where he penned a thought-provoking series of op-Eds in the New York Times, Washington Post and Huffington Post, a socially charged album entitled Us or Else: Letter to the System, followed by a provocative short film.
Utilizing his platform, TIP launched a formal charitable, social justice and philanthropic arm, Harris Community Works, dedicated to driving systemic change in underserved communities. His most recent philanthropic work includes relief and support efforts for Puerto Rico, Houston, Colin Kaepernick’s Million Dollar Challenge and more. Most recently, ip became a coveted member of the Mayor of Atlanta’s Transition Team. In this role, he will support the Mayor and City of Atlanta in policy and advocacy efforts that drive the city of Atlanta forward.
I’m Serious (2001)
Trap Muzik (2003) (Platinum)
Urban Legend (2004) (Platinum)
King (2006) (Platinum)
T.I. vs. T.I.P. (2007) (Platinum)
Paper Trail (2008) (Platinum)
No Mercy (2010) (Gold)
Heavy Is the Head (2012) (Gold)
3 Grammy Awards
2 MTV Awards
9 Billboard Awards
8 BET Awards
1 NAACP Award
1 Soul Train Award
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country.
He is currently the host of BET News and the Coffee & Books podcast. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Hill is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Morehouse College.
Since his days as a youth in Philadelphia, Dr. Hill has been a social justice activist and organizer. He has worked on campaigns to end the death penalty, abolish prisons, and release numerous political prisoners. Dr. Hill has also worked in solidarity with human rights movements around the world. He is the founder and director of The People’s Education Center in Philadelphia, as well as the owner of Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books.
Ebony Magazine has named him one of America’s 100 most influential Black leaders.
Dr. Hill is the author or co-author of six books: the award-winning Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity; The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black life in America; Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on The Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond; Gentrifier; We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, Protest, and Possibility; and Except For Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics. He has also published two edited books: Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility; and Schooling Hip-Hop: New Directions in Hip-Hop Based Education.
Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania. His research agenda focuses on the intersections between culture, politics, and education in the United States and the Middle East.
Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is an intellectual who speaks to the complex dynamics of the American experience. His most well-known books, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, take a wide look at black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States, and the challenges our democracy face. He is an American critic in the tradition of James Baldwin and Ralph Waldo Emerson. In his writings, the country’s complexities, vulnerabilities, and the opportunities for hope come into full view. Hope that is, in one of his favorite quotes from W.E.B Du Bois, “not hopeless, but a bit unhopeful.”
He is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies, a program he first became involved with shaping as a doctoral candidate in Religion at Princeton. He is the former president of the American Academy of Religion. His books on religion and philosophy include An Uncommon Faith: A Pragmatic Approach to the Study of African American Religion, African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction and Exodus! Religion, Race and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America, which was awarded the Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Book Prize. Glaude is also the author of two edited volumes, and many influential articles about religion for academic journals. He has also written for the likes of The New York Times and Time Magazine.
Known to be a convener of conversations and debates, Glaude takes care to engage fellow citizens of all ages and backgrounds – from young activists, to fellow academics, journalists and commentators, and followers on Twitter in dialogue about the direction of the nation. His scholarship and his sense of himself as a public intellectual are driven by a commitment to think carefully with others in public.
Glaude’s most recent book, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, was released on June 30, 2020. Of Baldwin, Glaude writes, “Baldwin’s writing does not bear witness to the glory of America. It reveals the country’s sins, and the illusion of innocence that blinds us to the reality of others. Baldwin’s vision requires a confrontation with our history (with slavery, Jim Crow segregation, with whiteness) to overcome its hold on us. Not to posit the greatness of America, but to establish the ground upon which to imagine the country anew.”
Some like to describe Glaude as the quintessential Morehouse man, having left his home in Moss Point, Mississippi at age 16 to begin studies at the HBCU. He holds a master’s degree in African American Studies from Temple University, and a Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University. He began his teaching career at Bowdoin College. In 2011 he delivered Harvard’s Du Bois lectures. In 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Colgate University, delivering commencement remarks titled, “Turning Our Backs” that was recognized by The New York Times as one of the best commencement speeches of the year. He is a columnist for Time Magazine and a MSNBC contributor on programs like Morning Joe, and Deadline Whitehouse with Nicolle Wallace. He also regularly appears on Meet the Press on Sundays. Glaude hosts the podcast AAS 21, recorded at Princeton University in Stanhope Hall, the African American Studies department’s home.
Dr. Regina N. Bradley is a critically acclaimed creative and scholarly writer and researcher of African American Life and Culture with an emphasis on the contemporary American South. She is an alumna and Nasir Jones HipHop Fellow at Harvard University and is an Assistant Professor of English and African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Dr. Bradley’s expertise and research interests include 20th and 21st Century African American Literature, hip hop culture, race and the contemporary U.S. South, and sound studies. Her current book-length project, Chronicling Stankonia: OutKast and the Rise of the Hip Hop South (under contract, UNC Press), explores how Atlanta, GA hip hop duo OutKast influences renderings of the Black American South after the formally organized Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Bradley is also editing a collection of essays about OutKast for UGA Press.
The founder and host of OutKasted Conversations, a critically acclaimed dialogue series dedicated to thinking about the cultural and academic implications of the hip hop group OutKast, Dr. Bradley’s work has been featured in Ebony, The New York Times, Musiqology, For Harriet, The Huffington Post, and The Feminist Wire. Her scholarship has been documented in Black Camera, Meridians, Comedy Studies, Journal of Ethnic American Literature, and Current Musicology, to name a few. Additionally, Dr. Bradley’s commentary can be found on a range of news media outlets including The Washington Post, NPR, NewsOne, SoundingOut!, and Creative Loafing Atlanta. She has conducted a TEDx talk entitled, “The Mountaintop Ain’t Flat,” about the significance of hip hop in bridging the American Black South to the present and future, and is the co-host of the southern hip hop podcast Bottom of the Map for WABE (NPR Atlanta) and PRX.
Dr. Bradley was also featured in Season Three of Netflix’s docu-series Hip Hop Evolution, which interviews and features influential MCs, DJs, and moguls in discussions on the dynamic evolution of the hip-hop genre from the 1970s to the present.
As a complement to her scholarly work, Dr. Bradley is a critically acclaimed fiction writer. Her fiction has been supported by Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and Tin House Summer Workshop. Dr. Bradley’s short story, “Beautiful Ones,” was a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee. Her first short story collection, Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South, was published in April 2017. Dr. Bradley’s fiction is also featured in BOAAT, Transition, Obsidian, Sycorax’s Daughters, and Oxford American.
Michael Santiago Render, better known by his stage name Killer Mike, is an American rapper, actor, and activist. He is the founder of Grind Time Official Records, which he launched through the SMC and Fontana Distribution. Mike made his debut on “Snappin’ and Trappin‘” from OutKast‘s 2000 LP Stankonia, and later appeared on the Grammy-winning song “The Whole World“, a single from Outkast’s greatest hits album Big Boi and Dre Present…Outkast. He has since released five full-length albums as a solo artist.
In December 2008, Mike signed to fellow Atlanta-based rapper T.I.‘s Grand Hustle Records. In 2012, he released R.A.P. Music, produced entirely by American rapper and producer El-P. Killer Mike and El-P subsequently formed a duo in 2013, branding themselves Run the Jewels; the duo was signed to Fool’s Gold Records and released their self-titled debut in June of that year.
Killer Mike is also known as a social and political activist, focusing on subjects including social inequality, police brutality, and systemic racism. In addition to addressing themes of racism and police brutality in his music, he has also delivered several lectures at colleges and universities, written about social justice topics for publications such as Billboard, and been the subject of televised and published interviews regarding police misconduct and race relations. He was a visible and vocal supporter of Bernie Sanders during his 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, and refused to support Hillary Clinton after Sanders left the race.
Growing up “Lenard McKelvey” in the small town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, “Charlamagne Tha God” was once just another kid dreaming of a better life, yet inevitably falling prey to the dangerously glamorized street life. By the time he was 18, the precocious teen, who was no stranger to a few good books by way of his mother, a school teacher, slowed down his rebellious ways and stumbled upon his love for radio during an internship in his town. In just a few years, Charlamagne would be recognized as one of the best voices in South Carolina by the late 90s.
While on the air in Columbia, S.C., Charlamagne drew attention to the local show he hosted on Hot103.9 (WHXT-FM) by distributing his controversial interviews and skits online. His irreverent, “shock jock” interview style, inspired by the likes of everyone from Larry King to Bill O’Reilly to Arsenio Hall, got the attention of then radio personality Wendy Williams, who would quickly take Charlamagne under her wing as an apprentice.
Williams would rebroadcast Charlamagne’s interviews on her popular, syndicated radio show, The Wendy Williams Experience. He later joined the program as co-host. Working alongside Williams not only introduced Charlamagne to a new audience, but it also helped strengthen the voice that has defined his career – a voice he now uses to reach audiences in all mediums – from syndicated radio, to television, to print, to digital and new-media.
Presently, Charlamagne is the host and star of MTV2’s popular late-night talk show Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne, which evolved from 2014’s Charlamagne and Friends. He is also a part of the lead cast in MTV2’s Guy Code and Guy Court, a spin-off of the former.
In addition, Charlamagne currently hosts a widely-acclaimed podcast entitled Brilliant Idiots, alongside MTV’s Andrew Schultz, where the duo discusses their reaction to both world and pop culture news. Currently, Brilliant Idiots is streamed and downloaded by hundreds of thousands of listeners and fans per episode. The success the show has garnered has opened doors for a “Brilliant” tour, in which Charlamagne and Shultz can be found in different cities around the world, on stage, for a live taping.
As for Charlamagne’s first love, radio, the personality currently stars in the hugely popular morning radio show, The Breakfast Club, which is syndicated by Premiere Networks on nearly 100 stations across the nation. Charlamagne hosts The Breakfast Club, a.k.a. “The World’s Most Dangerous Morning Show,” out of Power 105 in New York City alongside DJ Envy and Angela Yee, and it is widely regarded as the most informative and entertaining top-rated urban morning show today, dominating both the airwaves and Revolt TV, a music cable network from Sean Combs which simulcasts the program.
Each morning between the hours of 6 and 10 a.m., fans of The Breakfast Club tune in to hear the trio’s unrivaled interviews and conversations with celebrities and hip-hop artists, entertainment news, fresh music mixes, along with their signature blend of honesty and humor. It can also be streamed via iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app. Fans also have access to Weekends with the Breakfast Club, which features the 20 hottest songs on the charts alongside DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne’s signature interviews with megastars and hip-hop icons. The program currently airs on more than 100 stations nationwide.
When he’s not on the radio or television studio, Charlamagne – the “Prince of Pissing People Off,” the “Ruler of Rubbing You The Wrong Way,” and the “Architect of Aggravation,” – is still himself, minus the mic. However, this is not to be confused with an inability to remain a humble and hardworking man both in and out of the industry.
In April 2017, “hip-hop’s Howard Stern” (Rolling Stone) shared his unlikely success story in his first book: Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It. Published by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Shuster Inc., Black Privilege features Charlamagne’s comic, often controversial, and always brutally honest insights on how living an authentic life is the quickest path to success. The New York Times Best-selling Author released his second book in October 2018, Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me. In the book, Charlamagne shares his blueprint for breaking free from fear and anxiety.
Charlamagne may be widely and worldly acclaimed these days, but the family fan is still a southern and hospitable charmer from a small town in South Carolina. And so long as he is breathing, he will never forget where is from, and that he beat the odds to become: Charlamagne Tha God.
Tamika Mallory is an activist and national co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington. She is an advocate of gun control, feminism and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Mallory was born on September 4, 1980, in The Bronx, New York. Her parents, Stanley and Voncile Mallory, were founding members of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN), a leading U.S. civil rights organization.
Mallory joined NAN at age 11 and was a staff member by age 15. She became the youngest executive director at NAN, stepping down in 2013 to work on behalf of her own activist goals. Following the murder of her son’s father, she worked closely with the Obama administration on gun control legislation. In 2014, she was selected to serve on the transition committee of the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, helping to create the NYC Crisis Management System. She also served as co-chair for Gun Violence Awareness Month, an initiative through the Crisis Management System.
After the November 2016 presidential election, Mallory and three others organized the Women’s March held on January 21, 2017, as a protest against the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. The march also advocated for women’s rights, immigration reform, LGBTQIA rights, healthcare reform, environmental reform, racial justice and racial equality. An estimated 500,000 people attended the Washington D.C. march and millions more participated in sister marches across the country, making it possibly the largest single-day protest in U.S. history.
Johnnetta Cole, née Johnnetta Betsch, (born October 19, 1936, Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.), anthropologist and educator who was the first African American woman president of Spelman College (1987–97).
Among Cole’s early influences in education were her mother, who taught college English, pioneering educator Mary MacLeod Bethune, and writer Arna Bontemps, who was the school librarian at Fisk University when Cole matriculated at age 15. She left Fisk to study sociology at Oberlin College (B.A., 1957) and anthropology at Northwestern University (M.A., 1959; Ph.D., 1967).
After teaching at the University of California, Los Angeles (1964), and directing the black studies program at Washington State University at Pullman (1969–70), Cole taught in the anthropology department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1970–83), where from 1981 to 1983 she was provost of undergraduate education. A pivotal figure in the development of the school’s African American Studies program, she became closely associated with the academic journal Black Scholar. In 1983 she moved to Hunter College, where she directed the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program.
In 1987 Cole became the seventh president of Spelman College, the oldest African American women’s college in the United States. She was committed to making the school a centre for scholarship about African American women. Calling herself “Sister President,” she became known as a strong advocate for the liberal arts curriculum in a changing society. She retired as president emerita in 1997.
In 1998 Cole returned to teaching as Presidential Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Women’s Studies, and African American Studies at Emory University, retiring in 2001. From 2002 to 2007 she was president of Bennett College for Women, where she chaired the Johnnetta B. Cole Global Diversity & Inclusion Institute. She also served as chair (2004–06) of the board of trustees of the United Way of America, a nationwide network of charitable and community organizations. In 2009–17 Cole was director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art.
Cole’s writings focus on race, gender, and class in the pan-African world. In addition to many scholarly articles and a regular column in McCall’s magazine, she wrote Anthropology for the Eighties: Introductory Readings (1982), All American Women: Lines That Divide, Ties That Bind (1986), Anthropology for the Nineties (1988), Conversations: Straight Talk with America’s Sister President (1993), and Dream the Boldest Dreams: And Other Lessons of Life (1997).
The Encyclopedia Brittanica (2018, October 15). Johnnetta Cole. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Johnnetta-Cole
David Banner — Jackson, Mississippi native — is a Grammy Award winning music producer, recording artist, philanthropist, activist and actor who has appeared in films such as Lee Daniel’s The Butler and in Tim Story’s movie Ride Along. David is also the host of Aspire TV’s current ABFF Independent Film Series and Currently in his second season as Pastor Green on Bounce TV’s Saints and Sinners. Mr. David Banner also is founder of A Banner Vision- ABV, a multimedia company that specializes in providing emotionally engaging music for iconic commercials, video games and films for brands like Pepsi, Gatorade, Paramount Pictures (Footloose film), Marvel, Capcom, Mercedes Benz and more! Such mega success did not come without challenges. At one point, along the way, Banner was living in his rundown van that he built a make shift studio inside of making beats and recording most of his early works. One day on his way back to Mississippi he stopped in Birmingham, Al to rest and a group of teenagers stole the van. The Van that housed everything he owned in the world. Heartbroken and heated Banner kept pushing toward his dream despite of the setback. And Three months later, on another trip to Birmingham to sell his material, he caught the attention of a Universal label executive and was signed to a multimillion dollar five album deal. Thus, introducing the world to multi-talented Rapper and Producer who pioneered the now very popular putting your tag at the beginning of a beat – David- David-David-David Banner Throughout his career has also been a prominent and passionate voice in the face of social Injustices and activism appearing on various media networks in addition to Touring the country with his thought Provoking “The God Box Lecture Series” and thanks to his followers has been selling out at every stop. Mr. Banner was invited this year to be the keynote speaker for one of the largest Martin Luther King unity marches in the country where over 200,000 people were in attendance, Banner has also been speaking at countless Universities, community panels, blogs, magazines, documentaries, and working with various school administrations in efforts to change the approach in which educators teach our children. Therefore, Whenever and wherever you hear him he’s always guaranteed to leave all in the sound of his voice Thinking and searching for the true meaning of the GOD BOX. And this year On May 19, 2017 Mr. Banner will release the highly anticipated album, “The God Box” and be on the lookout for the GOD BOX interactive art exhibit will be coming to museum near you.
Tommy J. Curry is a Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. His research interests are 19th century ethnology, Critical Race Theory & Black Male Studies. He is the author of The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood (Temple University Press 2017), which has recently won the 2018 American Book Award. He is the author of Another white Man’s Burden: Josiah Royce’s Quest for a Philosophy of Racial Empire (SUNY Press 2018), and re-published the forgotten philosophical works of William F. Ferris as The Philosophical Treatise of William H. Ferris: Selected Readings from The African Abroad or, His Evolution in Western Civilization (Rowman & Littlefield 2016). He is also the editor of the first book series dedicated to the study of Black males entitled Black Male Studies: A Series Exploring the Paradoxes of Racially Subjugated Males on Temple University Press. Dr. Curry is currently co-editing (with Daw-nay Evans) the forthcoming anthology Contemporary African American Philosophy: Where Do We Go from Here on Bloomsbury Publishing, (2019). His research has been recognized by Diverse as placing him among the Top 15 Emerging Scholars in the United States in 2018, and his public intellectual work earned him the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy’s Alain Locke Award in 2017. He is a past recipient of the USC Shoah Foundation and A.I. and Manet Schepps Foundation Teaching Fellowship (2017), the Ray A. Rothrock Fellowship at Texas A&M University (13-16), and the past president of Philosophy Born of Struggle, one of the oldest Black philosophy organizations in the United States.
Dr. Nikki Giovanni, is an award winning American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Poet Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 7, 1943. Although she grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, she and her sister returned to Knoxville each summer to visit their grandparents. Nikki graduated with honors in history from her grandfather’s alma mater, Fisk University. Since 1987, she has been on the faculty at Virginia Tech, where she is a University Distinguished Professor.
One of the world’s most well-known African-American poets, her work includes poetry anthologies, poetry recordings, and nonfiction essays, and covers topics ranging from race and social issues to children’s literature. She has won numerous awards, including the Langston Hughes Medal and 7 NAACP Image Awards. She has been nominated for a Grammy Award for her poetry album, The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection. Additionally, she has been named as one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 “Living Legends and authored three New York Times and Los Angeles Times Best Sellers.
A frequent lecturer and reader, Giovanni has taught at Rutgers University, Ohio State University, and currently at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she serves as a University Distinguished Professor.
“If there is anything more reprehensible than the practice of discriminiation upon a people because of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, it is for the people discriminated against to accept it without protest or resistance. It is an evidence of an utter lack of self-respect, the most priceless possession an individual or group can have, without which there can be no human dignity.”
– A. Philip Randolph, 1959
Asa Philip Randolph was a groundbreaking leader, organizer, and social activist who championed equitable labor rights for African American communities, becoming one of the most impactful civil rights and social justice leaders of the 20th century. His activism spanned 60 years, and included the organization of the largest labor union for Black workers in the United States and the coordination of two Marches on Washington (1941 and 1963).
Randolph spent the formative years of his early life in Jacksonville, Florida. He was born on April 15, 1889, in Crescent City, Florida, to an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church, the Rev. James William Randolph, and his wife, Elizabeth Robinson Randolph. In 1891, when he was three years old, his family moved to Jacksonville. He attended Edward Waters College (a Historically Black College founded in 1866) from ages fourteen to sixteen before transferring to the Cookman Institute (a Historically Black educational institute founded in 1872 and located in Jacksonville), from which he graduated as valedictorian in 1907.
In 1911, recognizing the constraints that racial segregation placed on his life in his native Florida, Randolph left Jacksonville for New York City. Initially he hoped for a life on the stage but redirected his talents to issues of fairness and equity in employment and civic life. During World War I, Randolph faced formidable odds as he worked to unionize African American shipyard workers and elevator operators. During this time, along with his friend and collaborator Chandler Owen, Randolph edited and published the Messenger magazine between 1917 and 1925, during which it served as a promotional vehicle for the Harlem Renaissance.
Randolph’s career as a labor leader took a new turn when he became the first president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in 1925, which by 1937 would become the first official African American labor union. After his victories in the arena of organized labor, in the 1940s, Randolph focused his attention on the larger goal of ending racial discrimination in government defense factories and desegregating the armed forces, both accomplished through presidential decrees. Becoming involved in additional civil rights work, he was a principal organizer of the proposed March on Washington in 1941, and the more famous 1963 March on Washington during which the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
On May 16, 1979, at age 90, Mr. Randolph passed away. He was cremated, and his ashes were interred at the A. Philip Randolph Institute in Washington, D.C.
There are several sites in Jacksonville that pay tribute to the legacy of A. Philip Randolph. He is the namesake of the A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology, A. Philip Randolph Boulevard (formerly Florida Avenue), and the adjoining A. Philip Randolph Park on Jacksonville’s east side.
Phase One Instructions
In accordance with the advisement of the State of Florida and the City of Jacksonville authorities, EWC Administration has scheduled EWC staff the phased return to normal on-campus operations, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday beginning Monday, July 6, 2020. EWC faculty will return to campus on August 6, 2020.
As we transition back to campus, we ask for your patience, understanding, adaptability and flexibility, as this is a new experience for us all. It is imperative that all faculty, staff and students actively commit to adhering to the new processes that will be implemented to ensure the safety and wellbeing for one another, our families and our communities. It starts with each one of us and I believe together as a team we can rise to the challenge.
Consideration will be given for the implementation of alternative work arrangements for those employees who fall within the following parameters. These self-identified individuals are asked to contact the Office of Human Resources as soon as possible via email at [email protected] for further instructions:
- Aged 65 and above
- Pre-existing health conditions
- Chronic medical conditions or immunocompromised conditions that may prohibit their immediate return to on-campus work.
As previously communicated, EWC is continuing to adhere to all recommended regulations and guidelines from government authorities related to the containment of COVID-19. As an attempt to ensure safety, we will be distributing personal protection equipment (PPE) along with cleaning/sanitization supplies to all faculty and staff for the purpose of minimizing cross-contamination and maintaining individual work space in between Sodexo scheduled cleaning protocols. Laptops and webcams will also be assigned to support on-campus virtual meetings during this process. Employees are required to wear their ID badges and should contact the IT Helpdesk via [email protected]to obtain an ID badge prior to July 6, 2020. All employees are required to properly wear the face mask provided by EWC or pre-approved face masks covering the nose and mouth when on campus. Masks are not required when the employee is in the office alone.
ALL employees are asked to respect this process. Employees resistant to complying with wearing face masks and all other precautionary protocols will be sent home. We have proactively implemented several preventative measures outlined below.
Preventative measures currently in place include:
- Utilizing no-touch thermometers to check for existing fevers.
- Deep cleaning and Sanitization Protocols: We have implemented deep cleaning and disinfection protocols for the entire campus community. These protocols will be enforced in addition to our already rigorous sanitization standards in place. Please be advised that Sodexo will need to access your office, so please be prepared to provide access if they do not have keys to your area. To contact cleaning facilities directly, please email or call 904-470-8164.
- We have placed posters that encourage wearing personal protection equipment (PPE), social distancing, , , and at various building entrances and other workplace areas where they are likely to be seen.
- Provided no-touch disposal receptacles for use by employees.
- To enforce social distancing, we have altered direct access with employees, continuing with virtual meeting orders, closed bathroom stalls, minimized the elevator use, placed floor marking and provided directional signage to control the movement throughout the campus.
- Directed employees to clean their hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
- Provided soap and water in the workplace. We have ensured that adequate supplies are maintained.
- Best Practices for Personal Health: Human coronaviruses are usually spread from an infected person to others through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact (such as shaking hands), touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth nose or eyes before washing your hands, or (rarely) fecal contamination.
To reduce your risk of infection: Always wear provided masks unless you are in your office space alone. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Please refrain from gathering in groups. Please continue to practice appropriate social distancing, 6 feet.
Employee Travel: Travel for faculty and staff is suspended indefinitely, with exceptions authorized by the President & CEO only.
Travel: If any faculty or staff have traveled to any areas (nationally or internationally) where cases have been reported, please immediately notify the College of such. If exposed to the virus, we are asking those individuals to self-isolate as recommended by the CDC, the World Health Organization and the U.S. State Department.
Meetings: Staff and other meetings should be conducted by phone or video conference per the advisement of the area Vice President.
Classes: As of now, EWC requires all summer courses are to be delivered online. As such, students and faculty will remain off-campus.
Lunch: When leaving campus for lunch, please remain mindful of social distancing, proper hygiene and the risks of contracting COVID-19.
The safety and well-being of EWC students, faculty and staff members is our top priority. We are closely monitoring guidance by the CDC, World Health Organization and other public health authorities, taking proper health precautions where warranted. We are also encouraging the college community to take any signs of illness seriously and seek medical attention as needed.
Guidelines for Suspected Illness and When to Stay/Go Home:
- Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
- Employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day will be sent home immediately to seek medical consultation.
- Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor, the Office of Human Resources, and refer to CDC guidance for of their potential exposure.
To protect EWC from COVID-19 while ensuring continuity of operations, all sick employees should stay home and away from the workplace, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene should be encouraged, and routine cleaning of commonly touched surfaces should be performed regularly.
In the next coming weeks, you will be receiving an influx of information to guide us through this process. We ask that you please utilize it as requested. Please check periodically for updates and information via the College website at, campus email, and the College’s social media outlets, as these are the primary means of communication. Further, you may also follow updates from the local news affiliates.
The Edward Waters College administration thanks you for all you are doing to respond to the coronavirus. We will continue to reassess our practices based on developments and will advise you of any changes. Additionally, we encourage all of you to reach out to your immediate supervisor with any questions that may arise. Understandably, this is a time of uncertainty and stress; however, we appreciate your commitment to EWC in the face of these unprecedented challenges.
As we transition on Monday, March 23, 2020 to an “Interim Remote Work Period” via a teleworkmodality during this COVID-19 outbreak, we want to ensure that the intentions and expectations of performance and productivity are clearly communicated to all faculty and staff of Edward Waters College (EWC). Working from home does not constitute time-off or a relaxed work ethic. Rather, Telework is executing the same work obligations, but in an alternative location.
Remote working is most efficient when employees and supervisors communicate, plan and respond. Therefore, employees approved to work remotely from home on a temporary basis must:
- Be equally, if not more intentional, on response time
- Answer phones within three (3) rings, unless assisting others
- Check and clean voicemails regularly; adjust voicemails greetings appropriately
- Continue to use prompt and courteous EWC greetings when answering calls/emails
- Read and reply to emails on a heightened level for continuity and seamless process management
- Be prepared to meet as normal/as needed via virtual/teleconference meetings per Supervisor direction
- Be mindful of background noise
Please understand that as you work from home, consistent communication is critical as email and telecommunication will be the only lifelines between internal and external constituents. Failure to timely respond to directives from your supervisor and/or job related requests for support from students, faculty, staff, and outside business partners and constituencies may constitute non-compliance and result in the use of vacation time. Therefore, ensure your availability and conduct yourself as if present in your on-campus office.
Employees approved to telecommute must have the following items to ensure appropriate functioning of remote work environments include:
- Computer or laptop
- Internet (Comcast/Xfinity and Spectrum are offering free internet service)
- Forwarding land line or cell phone number to receive EWC calls
- Access to EWC remote desktop, files (electronic/paper), and other materials necessary for continued workflow
Specific details will be emailed by Mr. David Simfukwe, Director of Information Technology
& Telecommunications regarding directions on call forwarding and remote access to campus. Faculty and staff can also contact the IT Help Desk at 904-470-8179, or their immediate supervisor for area related questions and issues.
Please contact the Office of Human Resources for additional questions and/or clarity regarding the Interim Remote Work Report via email at [email protected] or call 904-470-8237 or 904-470-8230.
Starting September 7, 2021 from 10:00am-1:00pm and occurring the first week of every month EWU students can walk-in &/or make an appointment to secure a time slot for the various workshops offered:
- Mondays : Mock Interviews (20 minute increments) -Students should come in dressed with professional attire and a description of the employment opportunity they are preparing for &/or seeking. Practice interviews will take place to help them prepare.
- Tuesdays: “Talk Tuesday”- consults will be done with students. They can come into the Career Center for career tests, guidance, questions &/or discussions on career-related topics.
- Wednesdays: “Wednesday Writing”- Students will be able to work on resumes, cover letters, portfolios, etc.. at the career center and have them reviewed.
- Thursdays: “Teach Me Thursday” – Every first Thursday of the month, a specific topic will be discussed. (i.e. personal development, networking, co-working, benefits of social media within certain career fields, guests will also be requested to speak on various topics as well, etc…)
- Fridays: “TGFO” Thank God for Opportunities- New jobs/internship announcements will be posted on the EWU Career website. EWU students can also come into the office to discuss available opportunities as well.
- Complete clearance with the Office of Student Accounts.
- The Non-refundable $100 Housing Reservation Fee MUST be paid to reserve a room.
- Register for Housing with 12 credit hours, YOU MUST HAVE 12 CREDIT HOURS TO KEEP YOUR ROOM RESERVATION.
BE EDUCATED. BE EMPOWERED. RESERVE YOUR SPACE!
- Make sure you are financially cleared for the Fall 2021 semester.
- Register for Housing with 12 credit hours, YOU MUST HAVE 12 CREDIT HOURS TO KEEP YOUR RESERVATION.
- Students must pay a non-refundable $100 Reservation Fee at the EWC Cashier’s Window, online by visiting the Student Account’s page, or over the phone by calling 904-470-8246.
- Clear all institution holds. Holds will prevent room assignments.
- Check your available financial aid, or other funding sources, to be certain you have enough funding for your educational costs. See your financial aid counselor. Don’t procrastinate!
- Communicate with Preferred Roommate about where you will reside – Both must qualify for selected building.
- Housing assignments are made on a first come, first serve basis. Incomplete applications will not receive room assignments until all requirements are satisfied.
August 31, 2019 07:00:00 PM
The Edward Waters College Emergency Management Team continues to closely monitor Hurricane Dorian, which is expected to be a Category 4 hurricane upon landfall in Florida.
Due to the easterly trajectory of the storm and its current speed, it has been determined that movement of the remaining on-campus students from their residence halls to the JWJ facility will not occur until further notice. Cafeteria hours will operate regular weekend hours on Sunday, September 1st and adjusted hours for Monday, September 2nd. Brunch will be from 11:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. and dinner will be from 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.
Be advised, you will receive official communication from the College via email, social media, the EWC Website, and Tiger Alert throughout the duration of the storm. We will continue to monitor weather conditions and update you accordingly.
The Mission of Residence Life and Housing is to provide a living learning experience that that supports all residential EWC students. We strive to create a safe wholesome living and learning environment that is conducive to the overall development of our students that aids in their academic success, leadership development, positive decision making and responsible citizenship. Services are provided to our students in a friendly, courteous and efficient manner which helps to promote academic success.
Mr. Quentin McBeth
Assistant Director of Housing Operations
August 16, 2019
*All incoming Freshmen students are mandated to be in attendance for this occasion. Freshmen female attire is black skirts and white blouse. Male Freshmen attire is black dress pants, white collar shirt and neck tie.
Jacksonville, Fla. – Edward Waters College is proud to announce that the Department of Business Administration has been granted the highly esteemed International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) accreditation — a nationally and internationally based accreditation. The Department initiated a relationship with IACBE through membership status. Over the years, the EWC Department of Business Administration has proven itself worthy of this highly sought after status.
“The Department of Business Administration strives to prepare our students for responsible positions in business, industrial, and government entities. This accreditation signifies that we are training our students beyond the basic standards. In addition, we are training our students to be confident, competent, ethical, and responsible business managers and leaders in the today’s society,” said Dr. Francis Ikeokwu, chair of the business department at Edward Waters College. “We will continue to apply our students and push them as they develop and graduate from our program and the College.”
According to their Web site, the IACBE’s accreditation principles are designed to promote and stimulate excellence in business education, and each accreditation principle is linked to one or more characteristics of excellence in business education. IACBE accreditation signifies that the business curriculum and co-curricular experiences provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to function effectively in business and industry. For more information on IACBE visit http://www.iacbe.org.
Edward Waters College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.
For a listing of accredited programs, click here.