Tom Joyner
American radio personality
Tom Joyner
Thomas "Tom" Joyner is an American radio host, host of the nationally syndicated The Tom Joyner Morning Show, and also founder of REACH Media Inc. , the Tom Joyner Foundation, and BlackAmericaWeb. com.
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You Might Be Rapey, Too -- The Real Reason Some People Are Defending Bill Cosby and R. Kelly
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This post was originally published on the blog, Frequent FlyHer. I must've been in high school when I was riding in the car with my mother as we listened to Tom Joyner, I believe it was, call Aaliyah up in school, yes school, and ask her about her marriage to R. Kelly. I don't really remember all of the details, but I do remember her reticence and discomfort with the conversation. Afterwards, I remember still listening to the song pinned by her "alleged" husband, "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number," and rocking back and forth to it (no pun intended), jamming, singing along, not understanding that I was listening to a Lolita-esque anthem written by the chocolate Humbert Humbert himself. The same Humbert "R. Kelly" Humbert, who asked for some I.D. before he got deep in...Who the fuck needs an ID though! Whom are you fucking whose age is really that questionable that it makes for an actual song lyric?!?!?!!?! When you step back for a moment, and really look at this, you have to scratch you ...
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5 Ways David Anderson Is Redefining Black Male Resilience
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In a new year of resolutions and renewal, everyday black men with extraordinary experiences should be at the forefront of inspiring our generation. For 38-year old Philadelphia native David Anderson, his life story represents the kind of comeback that often gets brushed aside by glossy celebrity tales that aren't easily relatable. Yet, Anderson's early spotlights being featured in Ebony Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, with a prolific career for other major media companies came with the cost of unforeseen circumstances that nearly cost him everything. But his resilience is the kind of brilliance that can inspire young and old and help counter the stereotypes of black men facing adversity. Here's five ways Dave Anderson is working to redefine such resilience. 1) He's unashamed of opening up about his battle with depression. "I struggled with depression and I'm not going to deny the chance to let others know black men aren't exempt from ...
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Think You Can't Research Your African American Family History? Think Again
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The Ancestry team recently returned from the Tom Joyner Family Reunion in Orlando, Florida, where they had a fantastic time watching people's excitement as they saw family names they recognized -- or maybe had never seen -- appear on U.S. census and other records. Some African Americans may think that researching their family tree is impossible beyond 1870, when all of our ancestors were free and therefore listed by first and last name in the federal census. If you descend from a black ancestor who was freed before the Civil War, she or he would have been listed in the census by name, and in other documents, just like any other free person; but slaves were not, making it extraordinarily difficult to trace them in the era of slavery. But don't let that deter you from searching for your ancestors! On Finding Your Roots, we have had extraordinary luck tracing African American ancestry deep into the slave past, sometimes even back to the 18th century! In fact, in this column we're going ...
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Striking the right note: Radio One, gospel music communities sang out, raised more than $1.4 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Radio One's national network of praise stations, along with celebrity radio hosts Yolanda Adams, Tom Joyner, Willie Moore, Jr. and Lonnie Hunter, all lent their voices to help the fight against sickle cell disease, childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Recently, they partnered with other inspirational music stations across the country to raise more than $1.4 million for kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® during the eighth annual Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids ® national radio broadcast event designed to increase the community's awareness and support of St. Jude. Radio One's partners and celebrity friends continued to drum up awareness and support for St. Jude by sharing the hospital's mission through testimonies of patient families and the latest news about groundbreaking research, advances in treatment and the lifesaving work conducted there. "Radio One is a proud partner of St. Jude Children's Researc ...
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Obama ‘Very Doubtful' Sasha And Malia Will Seek Public Office
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Though they will have spent their adolescence in the White House, President Barack Obama said Friday that he's "very doubtful" his daughters, Sasha and Malia, will run for office one day. "I think that everybody’s got a way to give back. I am very doubtful that they will want to run for public office, you know, partly because they've been listening to their mother," Obama said during a radio interview with "The Tom Joyner Morning Show." “But I want them to be engaged and involved. And so if they want to do it through business, then I want them to have a business that is providing employment and opportunity for people who might not otherwise get it," the president added. "If they want to do it through the arts, then I want their art to be informed by the great social issues of the day so that they’re illuminating that for other people and telling stories that need to be told.” Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13, will be attending the 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches from Selma ...
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Rachel Jeantel Gets Makeover Compliments Of Ebony Magazine, TheGrio
Huffington Post - over 3 years
After becoming the center of one of the year's most high-profile cases, Rachel Jeantel became both the target of stinging criticism and the beneficiary of praise and charitable giving. But now, the 19-year-old who served as the prosecution's key witness in the trial for the man who shot and killed her friend, Trayvon Martin, is putting the past behind her and taking an exciting step into her future -- with a new look. Ebony magazine and teamed up to help the teen update her look, as she prepares to enter into the next stage of her life and faces the transition from her teenage years to adulthood. Jeantel is currently finishing her last year of high school, working with counselors and tutors paid for by radio host Tom Joyner, who also offered the teen a full paid scholarship to the historically black college or university of her choosing. “I’m blessed. That’s the truth,” Jeantel told theGrio. “Everybody wants to be in my shoes right now. But for me, I’m taking this ...
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The 'N' Word: Nuance, Stop and Frisk and Don Lemon
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Twitter is exploding right now. CNN's Don Lemon is the focus of 140-character rage as accusations fly back and forth that his weekly Tuesday radio commentary on The Tom Joyner Show was a defense of stop and frisk -- a NYPD policy that, on the one hand, criminalizes millions of black and brown men and, on the other hand, gets credited for a declining crime rate by the likes of former mayor Bloomberg and police chief Ray Kelly. Stop and Frisk is a policy that is passionately hated, debated and defended. The tweeted headline for Lemon's piece was, "Would You Rather Be Politically Correct Or Safe & Alive?" The headline sparked a storm before the content could be more clearly heard. The devil was in the details of Lemon's commentary, which did not defend stop and frisk at the outset. This was about the 'n' word. No, not that one: nuance. What Don Lemon initially said was powerful and crucial. He argued that "stop, question and frisk" had been so abused it could no longer be seen as a v ...
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Don Lemon's Endorsement Of Stop And Frisk Gets Him In Big Trouble
Huffington Post - over 3 years
CNN host Don Lemon got a big chunk of Twitter very mad at him on Tuesday after he endorsed New York's reviled stop and frisk policies. Speaking during his regular slot on the Tom Joyner show, Lemon said that police were not always very respectful of the people they stopped, but that tampering with the "formula that has reduced crime in New York City" could be very dangerous. "The question is, would you rather be politically correct or safe and alive?" he concluded. Well, that didn't go so well with people. There was even a hashtag created: Don Lemon really taking every point he sees Black America agreeing on and arguing the opposite, loudly. Bc he thinks it makes him special -- W.E.B.B.I.E DuBois (@fivefifths) November 5, 2013 #DonLemonOn Don Lemon: Would you rather be acceptable to whites and get paid to hate yourself or be liked by the coloreds and get nothing? -- The Real Segun Idowu (@RevrendDoctor) November 5, 2013 Don Lemon on Bulimia : would you rather look grea ...
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Don Lemon Offers Advice To Chris Brown From 'One Black Man To Another'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Don Lemon is at it again. The CNN anchor is dished out more advice with his thoughts on young people in the black community, and this time the subject was Chris Brown. Lemon took on a big brother roll, sending a message to the troubled singer who is now headed to rehab. In the past, Lemon's been harshly criticized for singling out black teenagers as the "cause of their own demise" but in Lemon's latest segment on the Tom Joyner morning show, he says he feels sad for Chris Brown and is conflicted on the situation as a whole. "Conflicted because he’s a celebrity, and I know it’s easy to make him out to be the poster child for bad behavior, especially for bad behavior among young black men because he’s a young black man," the 47-year-old journalist explains at the beginning of his segment. Lemon pointed out the fact that Brown is not the only celebrity making headlines for the wrong reasons "Justin Bieber, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Charlie Sheen" are also kno ...
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Sonia Grant: Rachel Jeantel and 'Race Pride'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Race pride is a luxury I cannot afford. There are too many implications behind the term. Now, suppose a Negro does something really magnificent, and I glory, not in the benefit of mankind, but in the fact that the doer was a Negro. Must I also go hang my head in shame when a member of my race does something execrable? Thus wrote Harlem Renaissance folklorist Zora Neale Hurston in her 1942 autobiography Dust Tracks on a Road. A flamboyant and controversial character, Hurston's references to "race pride" seems anachronistic yet, conversely, perhaps still relevant, as America continues to struggle with her perennial problem: race. Most recently sucked into the toxic vortex was 19-year-old Rachel Jeantel, a disinclined "star witness" in the case of George Zimmerman, charged but acquitted of second-degree murder in the slaying of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. As I observed how Jeantel had been eviscerated on social media -- by blacks and whites -- because of her excru ...
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Jeantel accepts scholarship
CNN - over 3 years
Rachel Jeantel gets the opportunity to thank radio host Tom Joyner for offering to pay for her college education.
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Tom Joyner offers scholarship to Trayvon Martin's friend
USA Today - over 3 years
Radio host Tom Joyner offers a college scholarship to Trayvon Martin's friend.
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Radio Host Makes Huge Offer To Rachel Jeantel
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The star witness for the prosecution in the Trayvon Martin murder trial, Rachel Jeantel, was offered a full scholarship to any historically black college or university she chooses. "If you want to graduate from high school, and go to an HBCU, even if it’s not in Florida but especially Florida, like Florida Memorial, Edward Waters or FAMU, if you want to do that, I want to help you do that," radio host Tom Joyner told Jeantel on his show Tuesday morning. "I will help you get tutors to get you out of high school, tutors to help you pass the SAT, and I will give you a full ride scholarship to any HBCU you’d like," he added. The 19-year-old responded simply, "Thank you." Click the video above to hear part of the exchange. Joyner, who is the host of "The Tom Joyner Morning Show," is also the founder of The Tom Joyner Foundation, which raises money to provide financial assistance to students at historically black colleges and universities. Jeantel, who was on the ...
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Talking Race in Obama’s America
Campus Progressive - almost 4 years
In the late 19th century, two prominent black scholars were at arms. Both Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois offered conflicting narratives about the path to black uplift and blackness.  Washington, a racial accommodationist, told blacks to “cast down your buckets where you are.” He urged black people to perfect practical trades in order to earn a reputation for being a hardworking and dependable race, rather than demand and fight for equality as a right intrinsically ascribed at birth. He did not recommend black people fight against segregation, noting that black and white people could live “as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress." DuBois, while respecting Washington as an intellectual, disagreed with his attitudes toward racial uplift. Unlike Washington, DuBois felt blacks needed to demand voting rights and a well-rounded education to gain equality. While the men respected one another, they continued to debate ...
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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority celebrates centennial
Fox News - about 4 years
The nation's capital is swarming with women wearing crimson and white, as one of the country's largest African-American sororities gathers to celebrate 100 years of sisterhood. More than 12,000 members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. are convening to mark the organization's centennial this weekend with activities including community service, a rededication and an awards ceremony. "We want people to understand that we are still called to serve," said Gwendolyn Boyd, chair of the sorority's centennial events. "When we gather, we gather not to just socialize, but also to render service in every community." Members from across the country participated in 22 projects throughout the District of Columbia on Friday in honor of their 22 founders. Boyd said the sorority was also using the weekend to thank those who have collaborated with them in service. They will hold a rededication luncheon and gala on Saturday that will be emceed ...
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7 Young HBCU Alumni To Watch In 2013
Huffington Post - about 4 years
By Jarrett L. Carter, HBCU Digest Think HBCU alumni, and a familiar refrain of names usually comes to mind -- Morehouse’s Spike Lee, Howard’s Debbie Allen, Tuskegee’s Tom Joyner. They headline a historic list of artists, athletes, politicians and community servants that have shaped American culture, and defined the black American experience. While historic and lengthy, the lineage of black college alumni also plays a distinct role in shaping today’s negative-trending narrative on these institutions. The best graduates, like their relevance, are things of the past. But Black colleges continue to produce exceptional talent across a wide-range of industries and professions. Here’s a primer on HBCU alumni you need to watch out for in 2013 –- and those esteemed HBCU alumni whose careers they most closely resemble.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tom Joyner
  • 2015
    Age 65
    On June 28, 2015, Joyner was awarded the Humanitarian Award at the 2015 BET Awards.
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  • 2013
    Age 63
    Joyner was inducted into The Official R&B Music Hall of Fame on August 17, 2013, in Cleveland, Ohio, at Cleveland State University.
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  • 2011
    Age 61
    Joyner is participating in the 2011 Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's™ to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's research, care and support.
    More Details Hide Details Joyner has also founded The Tom Joyner Foundation to provide financial assistance to students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Since 1998, it has raised more than $60 million to help keep students enrolled at HBCUs. The Tom Joyner Foundation also hosts an annual cruise named the Fantastic Voyage which also raises money for HBCU's. The Hercules Scholarships The Hercules Scholarship, for male students, is named after Tom Joyner’s late father. Students are selected through the Tom Joyner Foundation School of Month program. Full Ride Scholarship The Full Ride Scholarship is awarded to one freshman entering a HBCU each year, in recognition of academic distinction and personal qualities. Veterans Education Program Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, partnered with the Foundation by donating $10,000 to jumpstart the program that offers support in the following areas: Global Education The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE), which administers the Semester at Sea study abroad program, partnered with The Tom Joyner Foundation (TJF) to fund two full scholarships for students attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s) to participate in global voyages. ISE and TJF believe that international exposure is a critical element in today’s undergraduate education, offering students a real-life global education experience that will give them an edge in this highly competitive job market. The program is open to students, regardless of their major.
  • 2009
    Age 59
    In February 2009, Amber Books published Tom Joyner Presents How to Prepare for College, a primer for parents and their children offering specific suggests and advice.
    More Details Hide Details The book features a foreword written by Joyner with writers Wil and Thomas LaVeist. He appeared with his father and grandfather in the documentary "Rising from the Rails: The Story of the Pullman Porter" crediting his family with passing down important values which he passed down to his sons as well. His grandfather Oscar "Doc" Joyner was a Pullman porter who became a medical doctor. Tom Joyner has had cameo roles in two films-The Gospel (2005) and Madea Goes to Jail (2009). He also had another television show, The Tom Joyner Sky Show (2003), and has appeared on many other television programs.
  • 2006
    Age 56
    Despite award recognition, in May 2006, Joyner decided not to continue due to production costs related to the music variety show concept.
    More Details Hide Details Re-runs are shown on TV One cable channel. As for his radio career, Tom Joyner continues to be an influential broadcaster: the TJMS is heard live in over 100 cities, both on-air and via streaming audio, through its syndicator, Reach Media. In 2005 Warner Books published I'm Just a DJ but... It Makes Sense to Me written with his longtime writer, Mary Flowers Boyce. The book chronicles his childhood and early days in radio as well as offers Joyner's thoughts on Historically Black Colleges and Universities ("HBCUs"), the power of the black consumer and fatherhood.
  • 2005
    Age 55
    In 2005, a nationally syndicated television show, The Tom Joyner Show, was launched with Joyner as emcee of a one-hour comedy/variety show, combining sketch comedy featuring the Tom Joyner Show Players (his co-hosts from the radio show), talent contests, and musical performances by such artists as Earth, Wind and Fire, Brian McKnight, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Toni Braxton.
    More Details Hide Details The show attracted advertisers such as McDonalds, Chrysler Corporation, WalMart and Southwest Airlines. While the program achieved top ratings for a weekly syndicated program themed to African American viewers - even taking the number one show position, although it was in a late night time slot - in such markets as New York and Atlanta, affiliates in other markets were reluctant to upgrade the show to prime time for a targeted audience. Without the opportunity to reach a larger audience in earlier time slots and achieve greater revenues, the show had limited ability to offset the residuals and music clearances required by the many performers appearing on the show.
  • 2000
    Age 50
    With his first wife Dora, Joyner has two sons, Thomas Jr. and Oscar, whom he calls "Killer" and "Thriller". After divorcing his first wife, he married celebrity aerobics instructor/fitness expert Donna Richardson in July 2000. The two divorced in May 2012.
    More Details Hide Details According to a DNA analysis performed by African Ancestry Inc. Joyner is descended partially from the Balanta people of Guinea-Bissau. Joyner has been an advocate for voter registration and throughout the year promotes voter registration over the air, on his website and during his live "Sky Shows" broadcasts. To improve healthy living, Joyner holds a "Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day" every April or September. On that day, he rallies families and friends to go to the doctor to get a check up to prevent any health problems, and particularly treat any existing issues.
  • 1994
    Age 44
    In 1994, Joyner was signed by ABC Radio Networks to host a nationally syndicated program, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, featuring Joyner and a team of comedians and commentators reporting and discussing the latest news and sports of the day, and playing popular R&B songs from the 1970s through the 1990s as well as contemporary R&B hits.
    More Details Hide Details Also featured are celebrity guests, on-site remotes (called "Sky Shows"), and an on-air soap opera, It’s Your World which is currently not aired. Southwest Airlines is a prominent sponsor of the radio show, especially Joyner's "Sky Shows", and free round-trip airfare to any destination that Southwest flies to is a recurring giveaway on his show.
  • 1985
    Age 35
    In 1985, Joyner was simultaneously offered two positions: one for a morning show at KKDA-FM (K104) in Dallas and one for an afternoon show at WGCI-FM in Chicago.
    More Details Hide Details Instead of choosing between the two, Joyner chose to take both jobs, and for eight years, he commuted daily by plane between the two cities, earning the nicknames "The Fly Jock" and "The Hardest Working Man in Radio". He later told Radio Ink magazine that he racked up 7 million frequent flyer miles over the course of his employment at both stations.
  • 1978
    Age 28
    By late July 1978, however, he had been hired away by Charles Mootry, general manager of station WJPC (AM) (now WNTD).
    More Details Hide Details This station, named for "Johnson Publishing Company", was owned by John H. Johnson, owner of such black magazines as Jet and Ebony.
    Joyner had been involved in college radio, and after graduation, he began his broadcasting career in Montgomery, Alabama immediately upon graduation, and worked at a number of radio stations in the South and Midwest, including stations in Memphis and St. Louis, before moving to Chicago in early 1978.
    More Details Hide Details In Chicago, he first worked at WVON, doing the morning show, but left the station after only three months to work at a competitor, WBMX-FM.
  • 1949
    Born on November 23, 1949.
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