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Friday, June 15, 2012

Omega Psi Phi's Grand Basileus 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 national presidents of Greek fraternities and sororities who are global change agents. We will 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.

Tune in Saturday, June 16, 2012, to hear the show's exclusive guest, Omega Psi Phi's Grand Basileus, Dr.Andrew Ray. Dr. Ray will share about the history of Omega Psi Phi, the fraternity's signature programs, as well as individual and collective contributions of Omega Men during the first century of the organization. Dr. Ray will highlight partnerships with the White House (The President's Fatherhood Initiative), Big Brothers, the NEA and the importance of working with other groups and agencies to make positive changes. Dr. Ray will also discuss mentoring and tutoring program initiatives that are being lead by Omega Men in various communities around the country. Dr. Ray will address the relevancy of the Omega Brotherhood in serving and and helping to improve the quality of life in communities locally, regionally, and nationally.

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-Sream.TV from 9-10AM CST.

More About Omega Psi Phi

In 2010, Dr. Andrew A. Ray was elected the 39th Grand Basileus during the 76th Grand Conclave held in Raleigh, N.C. During his administration, Omega celebrated it’s 100th anniversary with a grand celebration held July 27-31,2011 in Washington D.C.

Today, Omega Psi Phi now has over 700 chapters throughout the United States, Bermuda, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Korea, Japan, Liberia, Germany, and Kuwait.

There are many notable Omega Men recognized as leaders in the arts, the sciences, academics, athletics, business, civil rights, education, government, and science sectors at the local, national and international level.

Omega continues to flourish, largely because founders -- Love, Cooper, Coleman and Just -- were men of the very highest ideals and intellect.

The Founders selected and attracted men of similar ideals and characteristics. It is not by accident that many of America’s great black men are or were Omega Men.

There are very few Americans whose lives have not been touched by a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

For more on the history of Omega Psi Phi click here.

For more information regarding the Omega Psi Phi 78th Conclave click here.

For more information on Omega Psi Phi scholarships and how you can donate to the foundation click here.

Omega Psi Phi's announcement about Dr. Andrew Ray being interviewed by Genma Holmes can be founded here.

Special thanks to College Crib, Jo Richie of WTST Radio, Howard University, and Major Michael Boykins for their hard work.

Photo credits: Omega Psi Phi and Ron Williams

Tri Delta Fraternity interview can be found here.

Kappa Alpha Psi interview can be found here.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Social Media Activists, Jody Schoger and Shawn P. Williams, on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

The twelfth Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Health Equity begins June 27 in Houston with an internationally renowned faculty intent on making inroads in one of this country’s most intractable problems: disparities in health care experienced by minorities and underserved populations.

A combination of panels, speakers, break-out sessions and workshops will focus not only on defining existing disparities but also will seek solutions and chart new initiatives in policy making, prevention, and empowering communities in the era of health reform.

Join us on Saturday, June 9,2012 as we discuss the role of social medial in the era of healthcare reform and how it is use to engage, educate, and empower the medically underserved and bring to light social injustices. We will hear from social media change agents, Jody Schoger and Shawn P. Williams, share about their social medial platforms that have received national recognition.

Jody Schoger and Shawn P. Williams will share how their online activism has helped challeged how information is disseminated to the public. They will give us insight on the importance of being an educated consumer and how the media has shaped perceptions regarding the healthcare debates. Schoger and Williams are speakers at the 12th Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Health Equity.

Tune into 760AM in the Middle Tennessee Region, streaming live at UStream.TV and on military bases on Saturdays from 9:00-10am CST.

More About Jody Schoger

Jody Schoger is a writer and cancer advocate with more than 25 years of experience in public relations and communications in health care, science and education. A featured columnist for OncologyTimes, she is also a co-founder of the popular “BreastCancerSocialMedia” (#BCSM) tweet chat for breast cancer survivors and author of the respected WomenWithCancer blog.

Following her own diagnosis with a locally advanced breast cancer in l998, she has devoted her energy to helping other cancer survivors. An engaging speaker, Jody has served as a grant reviewer for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and on Life Beyond Cancer Foundation’s Survivorship Committee. She is a member of the Breast Health Collaborative of Texas and serves on the American Society of Breast Surgeons’ Patient Advocacy Committee. Her articles have appeared in Cure Magazine and she has been featured both in USA Today and on the SIRUS program “Doctor Radio.”

More About Shawn P. Williams

The Mayor of Dallas, Texas, Mike Rawlings, recently appointed Shawn Williams to manage the GrowSouth initiative and digital media for the office of the mayor. Shawn will also assist with the mayor’s business growth opportunities.

Shawn P. Williams launched the nationally acclaimed and highly-recognized which eventually became known as Dallas South in June of 2006. In 2008, Dallas South was one of a select number of blogs nationwide to be awarded credentials for the Democratic National Convention. The website has been featured on NBC Nightly News, The Chicago Tribune, CNN, NPR, BBC, and many other national outlets.

In June 2009, Shawn helped to organize Dallas South News, a nonprofit news organization that utilizes technology, social media, and journalistic principles to empower and inform underserved communities. He serves as President and Editor-in-Chief of the hyperlocal news website that focuses on Southern Dallas. Dallas South News won Momentum Texas’ inaugural Southern Dallas Business Plan Competition in October 2009.

In March 2010, Shawn received the Austin American-Statesman’s Texas Social Media Awards, which recognized the Top 25 social media users in the state. He is a guest columnist for the Dallas Morning News, has written articles for D Magazine has provided monthly commentary for WFAA Channel 8’s Inside Texas Politics and contributed to the weekly news segment on Reporters Roundtable with Cheryl Smith.

In November 2011, Shawn published his first book Blogging While Black.

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Previous show featuring Pam Jackson of ICC can be found here.

Sharecropper's Healthcare Plan can be found here.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

HERstory: Lt. Colonel (Dr.) Daphne Young on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

In 1999, Congress designated the month of May as Military Appreciation Month to recognize and reflect on the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families who serve and have served this great country of ours. This month is to celebrate and honor the contributions of those who are a part of and have been a part of the US Armed Forces and the contributions they have made in preserving our way of life. Many organizations and communities around the country are celebrating this month in various ways to recognize our Active Duty members and their families, our Reserve Component members and their families and our Veterans and their families.

Join Living Your Best Life as we continue to celebrate "HERstroy...Women In the Military". We will hear from military women, active and veterans, who are daughters, wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and friends. Women from the Marines, Army, Air Force, and Navy will share personal stories and highlights from their military careers. All have roles that made them the "first" in many endeavors throughout their lives and in the military. We will hear about their many acts of courage and sacrifice that embody servant leadership that will empower, inspire, and motivate listeners.

On June 2, 2012, Lt. Colonel (Dr.) Daphne Young, a dear friend, will share about enlisting in the Army after establishing herself as a successful practitioner in the field of dentistry. One of Meharry Medical College's finest, Dr. Daphne F. Young, in her forties, embarked on a career in the military while continuing to work as an Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry. Her dual careers garnered national attention when the Army's 380th Medical Unit based in Millington, Tennessee was deployed to Iraq in 2004. Her deployment to the desert sands made the front page of the Tennessean newspaper. Dr. Young's deployment was also covered in the Journal of American Dental Association.

In this interview, two friends do not stay on script. We talk about "HERStory" but you will find us doing what girlfriends do, talk about a variety of subjects like healthcare, the economy, faith, family, mentoring, leadership and serving others. You will hear us also discuss one of favorite people, her former student and my dentist, Dr. Thomas Williams.

Join us for a show that will leave you valuing friendships and relationships while honoring one of our women in the military. Tune into 760AM in the Middle Tennessee Region, streaming live online at UStream.TV and on military bases on Saturdays from 9:00-10am CST.

Photo credits: All photos Genma Holmes expect Meharry's Commencement photo.
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