Friday, April 27, 2012

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations and leaders who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations and leaders embody "Be the change you want to see in the world".

Hear from Greek fraternities and sororities and their national presidents who are global change agents. We will also hear from CEOs of social enterprise businesses who are changing communities and college educators who are taking their students out of the classroom and into surrounding neighborhoods for real world life lessons and to serve others.

On Saturday, April 28, 2012, we will hear from Kappa Alpha Psi's Grand Polemarch (President and CEO), William "Randy" Bates. President Bates will share the rich history of the 101 year old fraternity and how the fraternity focuses on achievement, its fundamental purpose.

Along with Mr. Bates will be (Bro.) Rodney C. Perkins, Healthy Kappas Healthy Communities;(Bro)Jeremy Williams, Senior at Vanderbilt University; (Bro.) L'Mani Viney, National Guide Right Commission Chairman; and (Bro.) Jwyanza Nuriddin, Director of Kappa's Undergraduate Leadership Institute (ULI). Each gentleman will shine the spotlight on programs that have changed the lives of young men around the world and have produced tomorrow's leaders today. Focus on education as well as new community healthcare initiatives will also be discussed.

The men of Kappas Alpha Psi will share how their philanthropic accomplishments strengthens the bonds of brotherhood and how leading by example is the key to success in all of their endeavors.

Living Your Best Life, a radio show that empowers, inspires and motivates one to live their BEST life, can heard on 760 AM in the Middle-Tennessee Region, military bases, and streamed live on U-Stream.TV from 9-10AM CST.

More About Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity


Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is an international organization founded on the campus of Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana on January 5, 1911. Since its inception, it has trained men, particularly undergraduates, for leadership roles in their communities and the attainment of a high degree of excellence in their academic pursuits. Its membership represents some of the most outstanding Americans in our country's history including Arthur Ashe, Reverend Leon H. Sullivan, Johnnie Cochran, Jr., a host of Mayors and other elected officials, and five (5) current members of Congress. The International Headquarters is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For additional information, go to www.KappaAlphaPsi1911.com.

William "Randy" Bates, Jr. Esq. Grand Polemarch



Mr. Bates has been a member of the Texas Bar for 30 plus years. He practices in the area of public finance, which includes acting as co-bond counsel, co-special disclosure counsel, underwriter’s counsel and co-underwriter’s counsel. Bates is committed to the area of public finance, spending most of his time and efforts representing issuers and underwriters in a wide variety of bond transactions. Bates is also licensed in the state of Missouri.

Bates undergraduate studies were completed at Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He received his Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in 1981. Bates was elected President of his freshman class at law school and later served as Law Student Director to the Texas Young Lawyers Association. In 1997, Bates was selected as "Outstanding Texans" in the field of education by the Texas legislative Black Caucus.

Bates is a law partner with Bates & Coleman, PC., and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lone Star College System. He was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees in 1996, 1998, & 2008 where the College system received 9 separate credit upgrades for Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.

A Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Bates went on to become the Polemarch of Houston Alumni, and soon after served as Board Member of the Southwestern Province. From 1994 – 1998 Bates served as the Senior Vice Province Polemarch of the Southwestern Province, and moving into the role of Polemarch of the Southwestern Province from 1998-2003.

As Senior Grand Vice-Polemarch, Bates served on the Executive Committee and also served as the Chairman of the Council of Province Polemarchs and Senior Province Vice-Polemarchs. Working with the Province Polemarchs they made history with donations of over $1,000,000 to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Bates is the 32nd Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpa Psi. His administration's theme: “100 Years and Building: The Journey Continues.”

Jeremy Williams, Vanderbilt University 2012



Jeremy L. Williams is an Economics and Religious Studies double major from Huntsville, AL. He has been actively involved in VSG, VUcept, BSA, MLC and Kappa Alpha Psi where he currently serves as International Vice President (Junior Grand Vice Polemarch).

As Junior Grand Vice Polemarch, Williams, serves as an undergraduate member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity’s National Board of Directors. He’s already reached one of the highest achievements for an undergrad. Williams (Spring 2009) was a 2010 Kappa Fellows for the Fraternity's Undergraduate Leadership Institute (ULI). Williams took part in an intensive week-long institute in Cincinnati, OH sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi and GE. He was one of only 47 undergraduate brothers to receive this prestigious honor nationwide.

Williams is a member of the Nu Rho Chapter at Vanderbilt University. Attending ULI helps younger members learn more about what it takes to lead in the fraternity, in the marketplace and in the community. As a young twenty something, William is recognized as being a part of the forefront of leadership in Kappa Alpa Psi.

L-Mani S.Viney, National Guide Right Commission Chairman


L'Mani S. Viney is widely known and respected for his passion and zeal for mentoring young men of color. As an educator and national chair of the Kappa's Guide Right programs, Viney is focusing his energy to ensure the Guide Right programs provide positive impact needed to help young men of color throughout the nation. Viney adopted “Our Kids, Our Responsibility” as the theme for Kappa’s Guide Right efforts. “To truly judge if we are making an impact, we, as Kappa men, have to influence the policies and programs and discussion about young men of color,” Viney explains. Guide Right’s focus will be the national campaign known as the Diamonds in the Rough which focuses on empowering the achievement of young men of color by providing greater opportunities to attend college and access scholarships.

Viney goes on to state, “Young men of color are labeled ‘at risk’, which triggers the perception that someone needs to ‘save the day’; but you can’t tell a kid ‘You can go to Harvard’ without the tools, support and parental engagement,” Viney says.Guide Right will provide those tools. Grand Polemarch Bates' Diamond in the Rough program is designed to guide Kappa Leaguers to more than $1,000,000 in scholarship awards. We will also pursue an aggressive SAT and ACT prep program to increase scores,” he continues. To learn more about the program go here.

Jwyanza Nuriddian, Director of Undergraduate Leadership Institute



Jwyanza Nuriddian, a graduate of Florida State University and Georgia Institute of Technology, is the director of the Undergraduate Leadership Institute (ULI).

Since its inception in 2004, the biennial Undergraduate Leadership Institute (ULI) has trained over 200 undergraduates for leadership and bestowed the designation of Kappa Fellow to the Fraternity’s best and brightest leaders. The ULI is a highly structured and intense leadership experience designed to increase undergraduates’ capacity to lead in multiple contexts—in the fraternity, on campus, and/or in their communities. Small group discussion, large group lecture, and case study analysis provided a rich learning environment for brothers to reframe or reinforce their approach to leadership. Social media, movie clips and an instant polling system support the curriculum. Invited speakers complemented the Institute by reinforcing the curriculum with practical examples based on their extensive leadership experiences and knowledge. The Institute format requires long days and structured time for socializing and exploring the host city. In recent years, General Electric has sponsored several days which focus on engaging the participants in a broad understanding of leadership in Corporate America and transitioning from college to career. The participants quickly learn that the ULI is not limited leadership in their current community, but also life beyond college.

The ULI has gained popularity and notoriety since its inception and is unlike any other program the Fraternity offers. Evaluations consistently tout the ULI as “the best undergraduate experience Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity offers.”

Rodney C. Perkins, Healthy Kappas Healthy Communities Program



Rodney C. Perkins is the newly appointed Health Coordinator for the Eastern Province Healthy Kappas Healthy Communities program, a new fraternity initiative developed by the 32nd Grand Polemarch William "Randy" Bates, Jr. As coordinator, Perkins provides leadership for promoting health and wellness within the province.

Under Perkins' leadership, The Eastern Province began screening for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity during the 2009 Eastern Province Council Meeting to raise awareness about health disparities among African Americans and promote screening to emphasize the importance of early detection. Within three years, the initiative has become a vital part of the Eastern Province during C. Roger Wilson Leadership Conference and Province Council. During the 79th and the 80th Grand Chapter Meetings, the Healthy Kappas Healthy Communities program provided mobile medical screening service to fraternity brothers attending the event. To date, over 1000 Kappa men, silhouettes, and members of the community have been screened.

Perkins holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD. He is also a Master of Public Health degree candidate at the George Washington University School of Public Health with an emphasis in Epidemiology and HIV studies with an anticipated completion in Summer 2012.

To make contributions to support the Kappas Alpha Psi programs, contributions can be made online here or contact their national office here.

Special thanks to College Crib, Mocha Market Magazine , Dwayne Murray (31st Grand Polemarch), the Indiana University Alpha Chapter of Kappa Alpa Psi, Walter Searcy and Caldwell Ramsey.

Big Thanks to my mom, Dr. Stringer, who inspired this series.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Tri Delta Fraternity on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations and leaders who led by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations and leaders embody "Be the change you want to see in the world".

Hear from Greek fraternities and sororities and their national presidents who are global change agents. We will also hear from CEOs of social enterprise businesses who are changing communities and college educators who are taking their students out of the classroom and into surrounding neighborhoods to learn and serve others.


On Saturday, April 21, 2012, our guests will be dynamic women of Delta Delta Delta (Tri Delta) Fraternity. The Tri Delta’s National President, Jackye Clark, and the director of special projects, Stacy Gillard, will share about their fraternity’s dedication and determination to give hope to St. Jude families since 1999. They will also share about Tri Delta’s major milestones and signature events that have impacted women and communities worldwide.

Brett Collins, the national supervisor of Greek programs at St. Jude, will share how the philanthropic endeavors of Tri Delta have helped ease economic hardships for families coping with a child who has cancer or a catastrophic illnesses. Brett will share about the mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the value of the St. Jude’s Tri Delta Partnership.

We will also hear from the University of Tennessee Tri Delta's Delta Sigma chapter. Abby Powell and Jillian Smith will share how their fraternity has prepared them to be leaders of tomorrow today. The Delta Sigma chapter of Tri Delta has raised over $83,000 this past year for the children at St. Jude.

Living Your Best Life, a radio show that empowers, inspires and motivates one to live their BEST life, can heard on 760 AM in the Middle-Tennessee Region, military bases, and streamed live on U-Stream.TV from 9-10AM CST.
More About Delta Delta Delta and St. Jude




Delta Delta Delta Fraternity (Tri Delta) officially adopted St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as its national philanthropic partner in November 1999, providing members the opportunity to unite in support of a children's cancer charity. Since that time, Tri Delta chapters across the country have raised money and awareness for the hospital in a variety of ways.

In 2005, a year earlier than expected, Tri Delta raised $1 million that endowed the hospital's Teen Room. In 2006, Tri Delta took on a second commitment to raise $10 million in 10 years to name the Patient Care Floor in the Chili's Care Center. In just four years – by May 2010 – Tri Delta met the $10 million fundraising goal.


In July 2010, Tri Delta announced its third naming commitment, an aggressive challenge to raise $15 million in 5 years to name the Specialty Clinic located in the Patient Care Center at St. Jude. As of July 2010, Tri Delta members have raised nearly $16 million for the children of St. Jude. This success is only made possible by the deep commitment of the Tri Delta collegiate and alumnae members from around the country.

University of Tennessee's Tri Delta Chapter Guests


Jillian Rachel Smith
2012 Delta Sigma President
From Memphis, Tennessee
Junior majoring in Communications and Business
Graduating in 2013




Abby Bonnett Powell
2012 Delta Sigma Philanthropy Chair
From Nashville, Tennessee
Sophomore Majoring in History and Education
Graduating Date 2015




Support Tri Delta's effort by going here

More Tri Delta Links
www.tridelta2012.com
www.givethankswalk.org

Photo Credits:
Pictures of Children supplied by St. Jude
Pictures of Jackye Clark, Abby Powell, and Jillian Smith by Tri Delta

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Photographer Chip Cooper on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes and Mocha Market Magazine during April as we spotlight out of the box thinkers who are change agents. From serial entrepreneurs who will not allow the word “no” be a stumbling block on the road to success to leaders of organizations who challenge the status quo by leading by example to military men and women who are taking their military training that helped rebuild foreign countries and now applying their skills in their communities to photographers who allow their lens to tell stories about individuals and culture that inspire us to appreciate the beauty in all people. Tune in to hear best practices, how they became overcomers, and how they turned missteps into opportunities.

On Saturday, April 14, 2012, renown photographer and scholar Chip Cooper will talk about his latest book,Old Havana, La Habana Vieja. For three years Chip and Cuban photographer, Nestor Marti, photographed a city that is undergoing a culture rebirth that have many longing to visit Cuba. Throughout the 228 pages coffee table book you will see proud, happy people ages nine to ninety nine that are living out thriving and vibrant lives. Hear Chip share about the inspiration behind the book and Cuba's rich heritage. Chip will also give us updates on the rebuilding of his hometown, Tuscaloosa,Alabama.

Living Your Best Life, is a radio show that empowers, inspires, and motivates one to live their BEST life. Living Your Best Life can be heard on 760AM in the Middle TN Region, Inspirational Networks, military bases, and UStream.TVfrom 9-10AM CST.




More about Chip Cooper

Chip Cooper was the former Director of Photography for the University of Alabama for 33 years and is now artist in residence in the Honors College, as well as a faculty member in Arts & Sciences.

He received his BA from the University in 1972, followed by post-graduate work in photography.

While working for the University of Alabama, he published the following books: Hunting: The Southern Tradition, Taylor Publishing, Dallas Texas; Alabama Memories, WH Smith, New York City; Silent in the Land & Common Threads, CKM Press, Tuscaloosa Alabama, Crimson: The University of Alabama, Booksmith Group, Nashville Tennessee}; and Charlie Lucas, The Tin Man, University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa Alabama.

He recently had a photography exhibition in Havana, Cuba, and one in Alabama with Cuban photographer Nestor Marti entitled "Side by Side." They have finished Habana Veija, (Translation: Old Havana) published by Alabama Press in February 2012.

Cooper won an award of excellence for his book, Silent in the Land, from Communication Arts Magazine, and is a past recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. He has shown his work nationally and internationally, and his work is in many museums, and private and corporate collections.

Text INSPIRE to 99000 questions or comments for Chip and to win a copy of his book. Other prizes $50 gift certificate to Barnes and Nobel and dinner for 4 to Ellendale's.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Capture Big Blue Spirit at Third Annual Legends Weekend


Tennessee State University former football players will help kick off the HBCU's Centennial celebrations with their highly touted, must attend "Legends Weekend". In its third year, The Legends Weekend, is not just a football game for former Big Blue players. Many players use the weekend as an opportunity to meet young players to offer guidance, encouragement, and mentoring. Former players have also donated to the team by helping renovated the football team locker rooms. The Legends Weekend events are sponsored by the TSU's Big Blue Football Alumni Chapter.

In honor of Tennessee State University's Centennial year, TSU's Football Alumni chapter is adding a twist to this year's weekend festivities by playing Vanderbilt University's Football Legends. Players who played from 1950–2008 at both schools are invited to participate in a game of flag football before TSU's Blue and White scrimmage. Former players are inviting you to put on your blue and white(or black and gold) and meet them at "The Hole".

A rooster of twenty players will play for each team. Not a football player? Don't worry, there will be plenty of room for coaching, sideline critiques, and cheering on the players. Bring your school pride and celebrate with the Big Blue Tigers. And yes, as in previous years, Bengay and ice are free to all players!

Tennessee State University's Sustaining the Legacy through Excellence, Resilience and Unity 100th year anniversary will begin April 14-21, 2012. But TSU Football Alumni Chapter encourages everyone to start the celebrations early by joining The Legends Weekend Tiger and Commodore Mixer on Friday, April 13, 2012 starting at 9:00pm at the Maxwell House Hotel. The cost of admittance is $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

For the most up to date list of TSU's Centennial celebrations click here and here.

For more info about TSU Football Alumni Chapter contact Jerrold McRae jmcrae@tnstate.edu

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Serial Entrepreneurs Jacob Weiss and Jai Jai Greenfield on Living Your Best Life

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes amd Mocha Market Magazine during April as we spotlight young, talented, and out of the box thinkers who are business and social change agents. From serial entrepreneurs who will not allow the word “no” be a stumbling block on the road to success to leaders of organizations who challenge the status quo by leading by example to military men and women who are taking their military training that helped rebuild foreign countries and now applying their skills in their communities and in the marketplace. Tune in to hear best practices, how they became overcomers, and how they turned missteps into opportunities.

On Saturday, April 07, 2012 Dr. Jacob Weiss of Playing By Air will share about his latest adventure that help you apply your creativity to impact society and support causes that align with your passions and professional career. We will also hear from Jai Jai Greenfield of Harlem Vintage Wine Shop. Jai Jai will share how she took a leap of faith and left Morgan Stanley to open the first wine shop in Harlem. Both entrepreneurs armed with degrees from Princeton, Vanderbilt, University of Pennsylvania, and Kellogg, could be top executives at any fortune 400 company. But they have chosen to follow their passion and live life to the fullest as CEO’s of their own companies.

Living Your Best Life, is a radio show that empowers inspires, and motivates one to live their BEST life. Living Your Best Life can be heard on 760 The Gospel in the Middle TN Region, Inspirational Networks, military bases, and UStream.TV from 9-10AM CST.


More about Dr. Jacob Weiss
Jacob is the founder of Playing By Air, an entertainment company that uses juggling and variety arts to support community arts and health initiatives, in particular for cancer prevention and awareness. He also works closely with non-profit organizations on strategies for building relationships and community partnerships using social media.

Specialties: Social Entrepreneurship Corporate Entertainment Circus Entertainment Performing Arts Juggling Cancer Awareness Community Building Social Media Biomedical Informatics
Meet Dr. Jacob Weiss story here



More About Jai Jai (Ramsey) Greenfield
For Nashville-reared Greenfield, frequent visits to her grandparents and cousins in Harlem were a childhood highlight. During those trips she heard stories of the neighborhood's heyday during the 1920s and 1930s, a time when Harlem was the social center for Manhattan nightlife and a thriving arts and music center.
Harlem Vintage reflects that heritage — it features vintage photographs of Greenfield's grandparents — while evoking wine production. Natural countertops have been crafted of leaves and cork, mahogany wood and curved ceilings are reminiscent of the barrels where wine is stored.

Harlem Vintage has been recognized as a “vanguard” and “model” for Harlem’s economic development by publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Crain’s New York Business, Time Out New York and Black Enterprise.

A veteran of Smith Barney's investment banking division and Morgan Stanley's sales and trading department, Greenfield isn't afraid of hard work, long hours or blazing a trail as one of the few African-American females to pursue a career on Wall Street and as an entrepreneur in the retail wine industry.