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AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

 

  • "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​

THANKS FOR VISITING!

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

Is that weird? Yes? Good.

Aside from the infinite amount of love (and tough love) my family and friends show me, three major points in my life have made me who I am.

 

The first is when I became a member of the St. Augustine High School Speech and Debate Team. I found my voice and intellect.

The second is when I became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. I learned the value of resilience and dignity.

The third is when I joined the team of Monster's Making It Count Programs. I realized the beauty of diversity and leadership.

These points, and points in between, inspired and motivated me to find ways to empower others through speaking, blogging, and broadcasting/podcasting.

THE FILE

  • 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.

  • Pursuing a Master of Professional Studies in Strategic Leadership from 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 Podbean.com 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.

THE HUSTLES

 

  • Speaker and public speaking coach

  • Award-Winning Media Veteran

    • Public Relations Director

      • Successfully coordinated PR effort to defeat State of Louisiana proposal to remove Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) from its system.

      • Designed institutional logos, athletics department logo, and Quality Enhancement Plan logo for SUNO. Developed new marketing slogan.

      • 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

    • Recruiter

    • Personal branding coach

OTHER CLAIMS TO FAME

  • 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

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Eddie Francis Quote

If you want to become a better at job interviews, be the interviewee you enjoy hearing on the air. (Social Hire blog)