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  • "25 Twitter Pages Diverse Students Should Follow" | HBCU Career Center, 2015
  • President's Volunteer Award | Corporation for National & Community Service, 2014

  • "30 People to Watch" | New Orleans Magazine, 2000​


Since I design and update my own web site, this is a hybrid first person/resume type of thing.

Is that weird? Yes? Good.


  • Son of Nelson and Juanita, husband of Halima, and proud father of Stevie. I cook, create, laugh, and make people laugh.

  • Native of New Orleans. Red beans and rice, Creole hot sausage po-boys, and beignets make me weak.

  • Master of Professional Studies candidate at Tennessee State University. Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication, Loyola University New Orleans.

  • Board member, Purposeful Philanthropy Foundation. Active member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

  • Awarded "Best Radio Entertainment Feature" by the New Orleans Press Club for interview with Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza. Former host of "HBCU Lifestyle Podcast" one of top 10 education podcasts on 2014-2016.

  • Trivia:  

    • During my stand-up comedy days, I once opened for a guy named Kevin Hart.

    • I tore my ACL doing a stand-up comedy routine.

    • During a radio interview, I asked Arne Duncan who won in basketball between him and Barack Obama. His answer was very diplomatic. I "booed" his answer...on air.



  • Speaker and public speaking coach

  • Award-Winning Media Veteran

    • Communications Professional

      • Communications and Marketing Director, Dillard University

      • As former Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) PR director, led effort to defeat State of Louisiana proposal to remove the university from its system.

      • Designed institutional logos, athletics department logo, and Quality Enhancement Plan logo for SUNO. 

      • Directed, voiced, and oversaw post-production of unprecedented SUNO television commercials. Wrote copy for broadcast advertising, designed layouts for print and digital advertising. Designed billboard for airport ad campaign.

    • Radio Broadcaster

      • Co-producer/contributor of Press Club of New Orleans award-winning "Sunday Journal" on WYLD-FM. Founding producer/co-host of "Real Talk," WQUE-FM. 

      • Coolest interviews:  Actor Lance E. Nichols; his daughter and recording artist Voice Monet; Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White; Cornel West; Danny Glover; Stan Verrett; former NBA player David West; Soledad O'Brien; former U.S. Secretaries of Education Arne Duncan and Rod Paige; former NFL quarterback Shaun King; Kem; and Jeffrey Osborne.

      • Has appeared on WRNO-FM (New Orleans), "Living Your Best Life Radio", the HBCU Digest Network, and the KBCN Radio Network. Also WWL-TV, WYES-TV, and WDSU-TV (New Orleans).

    • Podcast Host, "For Our Edification" and (former) "The HBCU Lifestyle Podcast"

    • Blogger

  • Career Development

    • Former recruiter and personal branding enthusiast


  • Contributor, College Summit's #BeAGrad Twitter chat, "Greek Life 101" and Al Jazeera America's chat on fraternity hazing.

  • Publicity chair, 2015 Alpha Phi Alpha Southwestern Regional Convention, highest registration for the region until 2017.

2010 - present

2010 - present  | 504.233.8031‬ | New Orleans, Louisiana | 2020 Eddie Francis. All rights reserved.