027 | Black Philanthropy Month: Whose Donation Is It Anyway? Part 2

August 21, 2016


In the spirit of Black Philanthropy Month, Halima and I continue our conversation about giving in the black community. Here, she gives her thoughts on how black organizations and institutions can be great stewards of donations and volunteering. Halima also talks about the advice she would give philanthropists as we revisit the spirit of Michael Jordan's donations.

More of Halima's thoughts on philanthropy:

026 | Black Philanthropy Month: Whose Donation Is It Anyway? Part 1

August 14, 2016


August is Black Philanthropy Month so we thought about a philanthropist whose donations made waves in July and August 2016--Michael Jordan. Some folks seem pretty vocal about the merits of his $1 million donations each to the International Association of the Chiefs of Police's Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. They have especially questioned his $5 million donation to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. 

Well, dang, whose donation is it, anyway???

That's why it's cool to have an expert like Halima Leak Francis! In part one, she gives great insight about understanding how philanthropists give and what it means to give strategically.

By the way, check out more about fundraising and philanthropy on Halima's "Write to Bear Alms" segment and my interview with her for "The HBCU Lifestyle Podcast":

025 | When I Was a Hater

July 27, 2016

For most of my adult life, I was a hater. Hate to admit it but I was. This is my confession.

024 | Voice Is Her Name

July 22, 2016

It's one of the coolest interviews I have ever had the pleasure of conducting. In 2010, I interviewed artist Voice Monet for the "Sunday Journal" Success Series segment. The smooth MC is the daughter of actor Lance Nichols whose throwback interview I featured for Episode 5 of the podcast. By the way, her new EP "Black Maria" will drop September 2016.

023 | Three Ideas to Address American Violence

July 13, 2016

I can't take it anymore and I have to speak out:

The week of July 4, 2016 is a week that will live in infamy for this decade with the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and five Dallas police officers on consecutive days. Out of sheer frustration, I posted my wish for good people of all cultures to unite on my Facebook page but nothing beats saying the words.

It is my hope that you will join me in being a solution to our problem. Check out some of these events that brought people in the community together with law enforcement:
Main image: Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus and Black Lives Matter rally participant, courtesy of Richmond Pulse