iHeartMedia has launched iHeartRadio’s Black and Inspired HBCU Celebration, podcast series that celebrates Black culture and the alumni community of the titular Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). The first episode of the podcast series launches today with new episodes dropping every other Wednesday on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard.
The special four-part series debuts today and will feature guests such as Rick Ross, Angela Yee, Nick Cannon, Gizelle Bryant, Daymond John, Will Lucas, among others. The conversations will educate, inspire and celebrate the HBCU experience through intimate conversations with iHeartRadio’s most popular and prolific Black personalities, experts and celebrity guests covering topics important to the Black community as well as the massive and passionate population of distinguished HBCU alumni.
The debut episode, “Black & Tech”, discusses the need for more Black representation in the tech industry, how to bring overall awareness of tech implications to HBCUs and the Black community as well as advice to HBCU students that aspire to work in tech one day. “Black and Tech” features insightful discussions from business experts and entrepreneurs Will Lucas, Brand Manager for AfroTech and host of “Black Tech Green Money,” and Morgan Debuan, Founder & CEO of Blavity Inc. This fireside chat will be moderated by digital media veteran and iHeartRadio’s very own marketing project manager, Jasmine Sweet.
“As an HBCU graduate, I know first-hand Historically Black Colleges and Universities have an unparalleled impact on our community and play a vital role in Black students’ success across the country,” said Thea Mitchem, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia. “These intimate conversations will help to educate, uplift and amplify the Black community and its aspiring young leaders, and we’re thrilled that these important voices will be able to reach millions of listeners through iHeart’s massive digital and broadcast reach.”
The biweekly limited series will also include:
Show Me The Money – (November 17) Moderated by Rashad Bilal, a skilled financial advisor and co-host of the hit podcast “Earn Your Leisure,” this episode will cover the basic principles of personal and business finance and will feature in-depth discussions with Founder, CEO of CreditRich and Hampton University alumni Angel Rich; respected educator and co-host of “Earn Your Leisure,” Troy Millings; and founder of FUBU and reoccurring Shark Tank investor Daymond John. The fireside chat will also explore ways that HBCUs can inspire and empower students with greater knowledge about digital currency, cryptocurrency, NFTs, the stock market, and more. In addition, they will share which college disciplines provide the best long term investment on post-graduation salary.
We Do This For The Culture – (December 1) This episode will recognize established and new Black culture creators that are dedicated to amplifying creative voices in the culture as well as building and growing platforms to connect and shape the overall view of Black culture. The discussion will include an array of topics, such as why it is vital to ensure that inclusivity and representation are displayed in all forms of media and the importance of having a strong Black lead. Listeners will hear insightful discussions on the topic from cultural game-changers including actor, comedian, television personality and Howard University alumni Nick Cannon (The Masked Singer, The Nick Cannon Show, Wild N’ Out); and rapper, songwriter, record executive and Albany State University alumni Rick Ross.
Black Girl Magic – (December 15) Moderated by on-air personality Angela Yee of the nationally syndicated morning show, “The Breakfast Club,” this special episode will be recorded as a virtual panel celebrating the beauty, power and resilience of Black women and honoring their many achievements. Fans can learn the pathway for young aspiring women of color to attend HBCUs and why Black women must lead the charge in politics, culture and society. Fans will also be able to video stream the virtual panel on iHeartRadio’s YouTube page beginning December 1. The panel will include Gizelle Bryant from The Real Housewives of Potomac, with more guests to be announced at a later date.
Listen to the first episode below!