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MediaMakers are involved in publishing and broadcasting, and include, but are not limited to, reporters, news anchors, bloggers, television producers, radio station managers, and magazine publishing executives. These are HistoryMakers recognized for the innovative programming and important coverage they provide in print and both on the radio and on television.

Stacey F. Tisdale

Journalist Stacey F. Tisdale was born on November 10, 1966 in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Charles B. and Jettie S. Tisdale. Tisdale received her B.S. degree in international business and finance in 1988 from Marymount College, in Tarrytown, New York.

Tisdale worked on Wall Street as a cash manager for commodities firm Balfour Maclaine International, and worked on the trading floor of the Coffee Sugar Coca Exchange. Tisdale served as a writer for the Dow Jones newswire service, Telerate. She produced, wrote, reported and hosted programming for Wall Street Journal Television, which became CNBC (Consumer News and Business Channel). Tisdale served as business correspondent at CBS News, CBS MarketWatch, The Early Show, CBS Evening News, and CBS Radio from 1996 to 2000. She also hosted a show on Tech Live, TechTV’s daily news program and served as a financial reporter at CNN (Cable News Network) where she filed business and consumer reports for all of the CNN networks, including, CNN, CNNI and Headline News and Marketsource from 2000 to 2004. She reported for Inside Africa, a weekly news magazine show on CNN International and contributed reports to Money Talks, the nationally syndicated program created by BusinessWeek. Tisdale appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show as a financial expert and in O, The Oprah Magazine. She wrote for Essence magazine, and co-authored the book, The True Cost of Happiness: The Real Story Behind Managing Your Money.

In 2010, Tisdale founded Mind, Money, Media Inc., a production company. Tisdale launched WinningPlay$, the curriculum and behavior-based financial literacy program, was awarded the U.S. Department of Education’s Excellence in Economic Education Award. In 2011, The National Association of Black Journalists awarded Stacey Tisdale its Community Service Award for the WinningPlays$ program.

Tisdale reported for PBSnational news magazine show Need to Know, and PBS Newshour Weekend. A financial expert on NBC’s Today Show, she was also a blogger for the Huffington Post – Black Voices platform, and business correspondent for Al Jazeera America from 2013 to 2014. She served as senior editor of personal finance at Black Enterprise.

Tisdale also created financial education and life skills programs customized for professional sports teams and corporations including the Washington Mystics of the WNBA, the New York Giants of the NFL, and the female employees of Microsoft. She served on the advisory committee for The Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair for Media, Culture, and Feminist studies at Rutgers University.

Tisdale has one son, Christopher.

Stacey F. Tisdale was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 29, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.137

Sex

Female

Interview Date

6/29/2018

Last Name

Tisdale

Maker Category
Middle Name

F.

Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Stacey

Birth City, State, Country

Bridgeport

HM ID

TIS01

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Connecticut

Favorite Vacation Destination

St. Martin

Favorite Quote

You Are Already Perfect. If You Don't Believe That, It Is Due To A Poverty Of Your Understanding. Get Rid Of That Understanding And You'll Be Rich.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

11/10/1966

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

New York

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Fried Chicken and Macaroni and Cheese

Short Description

Journalist Stacey F. Tisdale (1966- ) served as a financial reporter for CNN, The Early Show, CBS Evening News, and CBS Radio.

Favorite Color

Blue

Vera F. Wells

Television executive Vera F. Wells was born on December 31, 1944 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated second in her class from Pittsburgh’s Peabody High School in 1963. Wells went on to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C. to study psychology, but left before graduating to move with her husband to New Haven, Connecticut, where she worked for Community Progress, Inc. In 1969, Wells graduated from Yale University with her B.A. degree in psychology in 1971, the first coeducational graduating class. While at Yale University, Wells helped to create a new seminar called The Black Women and the Chubb Conference on the Black Woman, which brought Professor Sylvia Ardyn Boone to the university. Boone would become the first tenured African American woman on the Yale faculty upon her promotion in 1988.

After graduating, Wells became the director for School Volunteers for New Haven, Inc. She spent the summer of 1972 assisting Elga R. Wasserman on the Carnegie Council on Children alongside Sylvia Ardyn Boone, whom she had befriended at Yale University. In the 1970s, Wells spent two years at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts to study organizational management. She then became the associate director of the international division at the National Council of Negro Women where she conducted field research in East and West Africa. After returning to the U.S., Wells accepted a position in promotional research at NBC’s headquarters in New York City. She was eventually promoted to director of audience services. In this role, Wells oversaw the creation and standardization of closed captioning at NBC, following the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. After the death of Sylvia Ardyn Boone in 1993, Wells became the founder and director of the Sylvia Ardyn Boone Memorial Project at Yale University’s Timothy Dwight College. The memorial project houses the collection of Boone’s literary and personal papers and awards both undergraduate and graduate scholarships to students working in the fields of African and African American art.

Wells served as a member of the University Council at Yale University for ten years. Within the council, she was a founding committee member of YaleWomen, Inc. and the Theater Review Committee. Wells also served on the boards of the National Advisory Council of the Yale Black Alumni Association, the Yale Development Board and the Yale Tomorrow Campaign. In 2007, Wells was honored with the Yale Medal for her volunteer service to the university.

Vera F. Wells was interview by The HistoryMakers on June 28, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.135

Sex

Female

Interview Date

6/28/2018 |and| 6/30/2018

Last Name

Wells

Maker Category
Middle Name

F.

Organizations
First Name

Vera

Birth City, State, Country

Pittsburgh

HM ID

WEL07

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Pennsylvania

Favorite Vacation Destination

Africa; Italy; Saint Croix

Favorite Quote

We all yearn for transcendence, ... (Sylvia Boone)

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

12/31/1944

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

New York

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Seafood

Short Description

Television executive Vera F. Wells (1944- ) was a member of the first coeducational graduating class of at Yale University in 1971, a long-time executive at NBC, and the founding director of the Sylvia Ardyn Boone Memorial Project at Yale University.

Favorite Color

Brown

Al McFarlane

Media executive Al McFarlane was born on September 15, 1947 in Kansas City, Kansas. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia from 1965 to 1966, and the University of Minnesota School of Journalism from 1969 to 1971and graduated from there with his B.A. degree in mass communications.

McFarlane worked as a reporter for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press before moving to General Mills where he worked as the community relations coordinator from 1971 to 1972. He then was hired by the Midwest Public Relations division of Graphic Services as vice president, a position he held from 1973 to 1976. In 1974, McFarlane became editor-in-chief at Insight News, a community newspaper serving African and African American residents of Minnesota. He also established McFarlane Media Interests, Inc., a multimedia marketing and information services firm with newspaper, internet and broadcast properties. McFarlane purchased the rights to Insight News in 1975.

In 1992, McFarlane served as chairman at Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium, a marketing and advertising sales advisory for Minnesota African & African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American newspapers. He also was named president of the Black Publishers Coalition, which managed regional and national advertising contracts for Black newspapers and the member group of print media investor-owners in Chicago, Toledo, Detroit, Milwaukee and Minnesota. In 1996, he organized ethnic newspaper owners in the formation of the Minnesota Minority Media Coalition.

In 1997, Insight News initiated a series of public policy forums, “Conversations with Al McFarlane.” McFarlane served as host of the series that aired in partnership with the community radio stations KFAI and KMOJ, in Minneapolis. In 2002, McFarlane worked as president and CEO at Midwest Black Publishers Coalition, Inc. In 2010, McFarlane won a Federal American Recovery and Restoration Act grant that provided the University of Minnesota a $3.7 million grant to create public computing centers in targeted ethnic and urban communities to increase broadband access and awareness. McFarlane also launched Garth McFarlane & Mudd, LLC, a national media buying and promotion firm in 2011. McFarlane was also elected chair of the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation Board of Directors from 2015 to 2017.

Al and his wife Bobbie P. Ford McFarlane have five adult children.

Al McFarlane was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 20, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.124

Sex

Male

Interview Date

6/20/2018

Last Name

McFarlane

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Al

Birth City, State, Country

Kansas City

HM ID

MCF01

Favorite Season

N/A

State

Kansas

Favorite Vacation Destination

Jamaica, Cuba, Ghana, Uganda

Favorite Quote

Inform, Instruct, Inspire.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Minnesota

Birth Date

9/15/1947

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Arugula and Tomato

Short Description

Media executive Al McFarlane (1947- ) served as chairman of the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium in 1992 as well as the president of the Black Publishers Coalition. McFarlane was president and CEO, Midwest Black Publishers Coalition, Inc. in 2002.

Favorite Color

Yellow, Blue, and Purple

Charles Clifton Andrews, Jr.

Radio executive Charles Andrews was born on December 16, 1939 in San Antonio, Texas to Smithie Sutton Andrews and Dr. Charles Andrews, Sr. He attended Grant Elementary School in San Antonio, and graduated from Lowell High School in San Francisco, California. He went on to become a pre-med major at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, graduating in 1963. Andrews also completed graduate coursework at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Upon his graduation from Lincoln University in 1963, Andrews was hired as an archivist for Bexar County, Texas. In 1964, he secured a position as a lab technician at the School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base, and was later promoted to physiological training officer. From 1968 to 1970, Andrews worked as an insurance agent for Lincoln National Life Insurance. In 1975, he founded Andrews and Associates, a consulting firm that worked with housing authorities and Model Cities Programs across the country. From 1979 to 1989, Andrews was the president and CEO of Andrews Brothers Incorporated, an ocean transportation company. In 1984, Andrews became the president of Inner City Broadcasting Corporation, which was founded by his uncles Percy Sutton and Oliver Sutton. Andrews oversaw the radio station’s transition from AM to FM cast in 1988. In 1997, he served as the secretary on the board of Africom, a telecommunications company founded by Gregory Brown, Prentiss Yancy, and Andrews. He was also president of the production company Entermercial, Inc., that produced entertainment based commercials. Andrews served as president of Inner City Broadcasting Corporation until 2000 when the radio station was sold to Clear Channel.

Andrews has received many distinctions including 1993 Man of the Year by the Elks and the Western Area of The Links, Incorporated. He also served as Chairman of the San Antonio Housing Authority and President of San Antonio Housing Authority Foundation; and on the boards of NOWCASTSA and the Van Courtlandt Foundation.

Andrews and his wife, Thelma Andrews, have two sons, Michael Andrews and Charles Andrews III.

Charles Andrews was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 9, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.130

Sex

Male

Archival Photo 1
Interview Date

6/9/2018

Last Name

Andrews

Maker Category
Middle Name

C.

Occupation
Organizations
Archival Photo 2
First Name

Charles

Birth City, State, Country

San Antonio

HM ID

AND18

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Texas

Favorite Vacation Destination

Bermuda

Favorite Quote

None

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Texas

Birth Date

12/16/1939

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

San Antonio

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Chili

Short Description

Radio executive Charles Andrews (1939 - ) was the president of Inner City Broadcasting Corporation from 1984 to 2000, , and CEO of Andrews Brothers Incorporated, an ocean transportation company.

Favorite Color

Aqua

Carol Jenkins

Television host and reporter Carol Jenkins was born on November 30, 1944 in Montgomery, Alabama to Elizabeth Gardner Jenkins and John Young. Jenkins moved with her mother and stepfather, Edwin Jenkins, to New York City in 1947, where she graduated from the Springfield Gardens Academy in 1962. Jenkins then earned her B.A. degree in speech pathology from Boston University in 1966, and her M.A. degree in speech pathology from New York University in 1968.

Jenkins began her career in broadcast television in 1970, working as a researcher and reporter for WWOR-TV in New York City. The following year, Jenkins became the co-host of WWOR-TV’s Straight Talk, one of the first daily public affairs programs in New York City. In 1973, Jenkins was hired as the co-host of Positively Black at WNBC-TV. She also worked as an anchor and reporter for the station, traveling to South Africa in 1990 to cover Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. Jenkins then joined WNYC-TV in 1998, where she worked as a reporter and anchor, in addition to hosting her own daily talk show, Carol Jenkins Live. After retiring as a television host and reporter in 2000, Jenkins founded her own media consulting business, Carol Jenkins & Company. In 2003, Jenkins served as an executive producer of the PBS documentary What I Want My Words To Do To You. One year later, Jenkins and her daughter, Elizabeth Gardner Hines, co-authored the book Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black Millionaire, about her maternal uncle, prominent southern businessman A.G. Gaston. Jenkins served as the founding president of the Women’s Media Center from 2006 to 2009; and in 2010, she founded a media consulting firm called caroljenkins:media. In 2016, Jenkins became the host of the television show Black America on CUNY TV.

Jenkins served on the board of directors of the Women’s Media Center, and chaired the board of directors for GreenStone Media LLC and the African Medical & Research Foundation. Jenkins was a recipient of the 2008 National Council on Women’s Organizations Women’s Equality Award; and in 2009, she received the North Star News Prize from the North Star Foundation. She was also a recipient of the Ida B. Wells Bravery in Journalism Award from Women’s eNews and a United Nations Foundation press fellowship in global health issues.

Jenkins has two children and three grandchildren.

Carol Jenkins was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 29, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.087

Sex

Female

Interview Date

4/29/2018

Last Name

Jenkins

Maker Category
Marital Status

Widowed

Organizations
Schools

P.S. 140 Edward K. Ellington School

Rhodes Preparatory School

Our Savior Lutheran School

Springfield Gardens High School

Boston University

New York University

First Name

Carol

Birth City, State, Country

Montgomery

HM ID

JEN13

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Alabama

Favorite Vacation Destination

St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Favorite Quote

Compassion Is Essential.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

11/30/1944

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

New York

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Yogurt

Short Description

Television host and reporter Carol Jenkins (1944 - ) worked at WWOR-TV, WNBC-TV, and WNYW-TV over the course of her career. She also served as the founding president of the Women’s Media Center.

Employment

WCBS-TV

WOR-TV

ABC Network

WNBC-TV

WNYW-TV

CUNY-TV

Women's Media Center

Favorite Color

Red

Frank Mercado-Valdes

Broadcast executive Frank Mercado-Valdes was born on May 18, 1962 in New York City to Frank Mercado and Linda Valdes. At the age of fifteen, Mercado-Valdes became the Florida Junior Olympic boxing champion, and won the state’s Golden Gloves Lightweight Championship in 1979. He graduated from Coral Gables Senior High School in 1980, and received his A.A. degree in political science from Miami-Dade Community College in 1983. Mercado-Valdes went on to earn his B.S. degree in political science from the University of Miami in 1985.

In 1985, Mercado-Valdes founded the first Miss Collegiate Black American Pageant, held at the Miami Marine Stadium. He was then hired as the media coordinator for the 1988 Bush-Quayle presidential campaign. In 1990, he secured a deal with Universal Studios to televise the Miss Collegiate Black America Pageant. He also launched the African Heritage Network, a television syndication and production company, which bought the syndication rights to films like Cotton Comes to Harlem, Porgy and Bess, and Shaft. In 1993, The African Heritage Network introduced the “Movie of the Month” series, hosted by actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Mercado-Valdes went on to serve as an executive producer of Stomp!, a nationally televised stepping competition and performance program. In 1994, The African Heritage Network served as an executive producer for A Tribute to Alex Haley, a program highlighting the accomplishments of the Roots author. In 1996, Mercado-Valdes secured the weekend syndication rights of the popular police drama New York Undercover, making The African Heritage Network the first minority-owned company to purchase a major network series for syndication. In 1997, Mercado-Valdes also purchased the rights to Kensington Publishing Group’s Arabesque Books, the first and only African American romance book line. In 2002, Mercado-Valdes developed the televisions shows The Source: All Access, based on the popular hip-hop magazineThe Source, and N’Gear, a behind-the-scenes look at urban fashions, designers, and models. Later that year, The African Heritage Network was renamed to The Heritage Networks, and Mercado-Valdes developed the television program Livin’ Large, a hip-hop version of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. In 2003, Mercado-Valdes secured syndication and production rights for Showtime at the Apollo. He resigned from The Heritage Network in 2004, and served as the chief strategic officer for Soul of the South Television from 2011 to 2014. Mercado-Valdes became the managing director of Fair Market Value Consultants and the executive director of San Juan Hill Partners in 2016.

Frank Mercado-Valdes was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 30, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.075

Sex

Male

Interview Date

4/30/2018

Last Name

Mercado-Valdes

Maker Category
Organizations
First Name

Frank

Birth City, State, Country

New York

HM ID

MER03

Favorite Season

Spring

State

New York

Favorite Vacation Destination

Catskill Mountains

Favorite Quote

It's Up To You To Make It Happen.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

5/18/1962

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

New York

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Pork Chops

Short Description

Broadcast executive Frank Mercado-Valdes (1962- ) launched The African Heritage Network, a syndication and production company.

Favorite Color

Purple

Munir Muhammad

Community activist Munir Muhammad was born on March 27, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama to Mary Henley Waller and Robert L. Waller. After graduating from Wenonah High School in 1968, Muhammad moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he first worked in the shipping and receiving department for DeMert & Dougherty, a hair care product and grooming supply company. Then, in 1970, Muhammad became an assistant code enforcer for the City of Chicago.

Muhammad joined the Nation of Islam in 1972, and began reading the texts of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Although he left the Nation of Islam following the death of Elijah Muhammad in 1975, he co-founded The Coalition for the Remembrance of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad (C.R.O.E.) in 1987, along with Halif Muhammad and Shahid Muslim. The organization started as a small group of individuals meeting at Muhammad’s home on the South Side of Chicago to study and discuss Elijah Muhammad’s teachings and speeches. In 1994, C.R.O.E launched C.R.O.E TV; and in 1997, the organization established the C.R.O.E. TV Production Studio in the West Englewood neighborhood. Muhammad served as the executive producer for C.R.O.E. TV. He also hosted several television programs, including The Munir Muhammad Show and Muhammad and Friends, in addition to radio programs Political Talk and The Muhammad Speaks Radio Show. Muhammad interviewed a number of notable individuals, including Minister Louis Farrakhan, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, Illinois Representative Gus Savage, and actor Harry Lennix. C.R.O.E. TV’s programming broadcast in many cities across the United States, including in Chicago, Atlanta, New York City, and Charlotte. Muhammad and Colonel Eugene Scott also initiated an editorial partnership between The Chicago Defender and C.R.O.E. TV in 2001. In 2018, C.R.O.E. held its 31st Annual Founders Day celebration, which was attended by news anchorman John E. Davis, Judges Anne Burke and Dorothy Brown, and Reverend Al Sampson. Muhammad also served as the business manager of C.R.O.E. for over thirty years.

Muhammad served on the Illinois Human Rights Commission, and was also appointed to the Cook County Board of Corrections in 2004.

Munir Muhammad was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 5, 2018.

Muhammad passed away on July 9, 2019.

Accession Number

A2018.093

Sex

Male

Interview Date

5/5/2018

Last Name

Muhammad

Maker Category
Organizations
First Name

Munir

Birth City, State, Country

Birmingham

HM ID

MUH03

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Alabama

Favorite Vacation Destination

Anywhere People Are

Favorite Quote

The Uniting Of Knowledge And Finances And Wisdom Would Be Good For Us As A People.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Illinois

Birth Date

3/27/1950

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Chicago

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Salmon

Death Date

7/9/2019

Short Description

Community activist Munir Muhammad (1950 - ) co-founded the Coalition for the Remembrance of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad (C.R.O.E.) in 1987, and hosted The Munir Muhammad Show and Muhammad and Friends on C.R.O.E. TV.

Favorite Color

Navy Blue

James M. Blount

Magazine publisher James M. Blount was born on June 5, 1943 in Newport News, Virginia to Helen Wilson Blount and Walter L. Blount, Sr. Blount graduated from Isle of Wight County Training School in 1961; and received his B.S. degree in industrial management in 1965 at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia. Blount also took graduate courses in business administration at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

From 1966 to 1970, Blount worked as a marketing and proposal developer in the federal systems division of IBM in Owego, New York. In 1970, Blount and his wife, Carolyne S. Blount, relocated to Rochester, New York, where he worked as a sales representative in the office products division of IBM.

Blount is a military veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from September 1965 to August 1971, including active duty aboard the USS Claude V. Ricketts DDG-5, a guided missile destroyer, from February 1967 through October 1968. He was involved in the 1967 Middle East war between Israel and the Arab nations.

In 1972, the Blounts became the sole proprietors of About…Time magazine, one of the oldest African American publications in the country. Blount left IBM in 1973, and became the president and publisher of About…Time magazine the following year. Under Blount’s leadership, About…Time Magazine published interviews with such figures as Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, National Security Advisor Colin Powell, Secretary of the Army Clifford Alexander, Civil Rights Leaders Leon Sullivan and Dorothy I. Height, U.S. Solicitor General Wade McCree, Children's Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman, and Dance Theatre of Harlem founder Arthur Mitchell. In 1984, About…Time published a six-part history series called “Rochester Roots/Routes.” Other notable pieces published under Blount’s tenure include “The Last Mile of a 400-Year Journey,” “Katrina Echoes: Storm Season Aftermath is Hard to Erase,” and “Strange Fruit: Jena Six and the Quest for American Justice.”

Blount served on the board of education for the Rush Henrietta School District from 1981 to 1987. He also served on the board of directors for the Arts Council of Rochester, Rochester Business Opportunities Corporation, Industrial Management Council, and the Otetiana Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Blount received many awards for his work in the community of Rochester including a Certificate of Appreciation from the Advertising Council of Rochester; the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Service Award from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School; Urban League of Rochester, NY’s Dr. Charles T. Lunsford Lifetime Achievement Award; Harriet Tubman Award, presented by the New York State Governor’s Office; Pioneer Award, presented by the City of Rochester Black Heritage Committee; and U.S. Postal Service Black History Committee Award.

He is a news analyst on Fox Sports radio AM1280 Brown and Allen Show, and was a frequent guest providing public affairs commentary on WXXI public radio’s 1370 Connection show hosted by the late Bob Smith.

Blount and his wife, Carolyne S. Blount, have three children: James Ural, Christina, and Cheryl.

James M. Blount was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 19, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.072

Sex

Male

Archival Photo 1
Interview Date

4/19/2018

Last Name

Blount

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
Archival Photo 2
First Name

James

Birth City, State, Country

Newport News

HM ID

BLO05

Favorite Season

All Seasons

State

Virginia

Favorite Vacation Destination

All Around the World

Favorite Quote

Power Concedes To Nothing Without A Demand.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

6/5/1943

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Rochester

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Seafood

Short Description

Magazine publisher James Blount (1943 - ) was the president and publisher of About…Time Magazine in Rochester, New York.

Favorite Color

Turquoise

Carolyne S. Blount

Magazine editor Carolyne S. Blount was born on March 21, 1943 in Richmond, Virginia to Callie Brown Scott and Earl Scott, Sr. Blount graduated from Ruthville High School in Ruthville, Virginia, and received her B.S. degree in education, library science, and history from Virginia State University in 1963. She then earned her M.A. degree in library science from Drexel University in 1964.

From 1964 to 1967, Blount worked as an assistant librarian at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1967, she accepted the position of technical reports specialist in the federal systems division at IBM in Owego, New York. From 1969 to 1971, Blount worked as a reference librarian in IBM’s systems development division in Endicott, New York. Once Blount and her husband, James M. Blount, assumed ownership of About…Time Magazine, Inc. in 1972, she became the executive editor. Under her leadership, About…Time researched and published a six-part history series called “Rochester Roots/Routes” in 1984.

Since then About...Time Magazine has edited, designed, and printed other books: The City of Frederick Douglass: Rochester's African-American People and Places by Eugene E. Du Bois; Mount Olivet Baptist Church: 100th Anniversary History, 1910-2010; The State of Black Rochester 2013: Education Employment = Equity, edited by Dana K. Miller; Decades of Timeless Service and Divine Sisterhood: Delta Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; 150 Ancestors Commemoration, which highlights pioneering African Americans in Rochester; and Beyond These Gates: Mountains of Hope in Rochester’s African-American History, a walking tour book of black history in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY.

About…Time published other notable articles such as “Last Mile of a 400-Year Journey,” which examined the spirituality of African burial grounds, and “Katrina Echoes: Storm Season Aftermath is Hard to Erase.” In addition to her publishing, Blount was involved with the Southern Black Heritage Collection’s research on black elementary and high school histories in Charles City County, Virginia.

Blount serves on the board of directors of the national Gateways Music Festival, celebrating classical musicians of African descent, and is a member of the Rochester Association of Black Journalists and Delta Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Blount received a number of awards over her career including the Howard Coles Communications Award in 1983 and 1985, the Media Achievement Award from Virginia State University National Alumni Association, Women’s History Month Award from the Rochester Board of Education, as well as a Global Ministries Humanitarian Award for international reporting, presented at the United Nations by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's International Division.

Blount and her husband, James M. Blount, have three children: James Ural, Christina, and Cheryl.

Carolyne S. Blount was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 20, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.069

Sex

Female

Interview Date

04/20/2018

Last Name

Blount

Maker Category
Middle Name

S.

Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Carolyne

Birth City, State, Country

Richmond

HM ID

BLO04

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Virginia

Favorite Vacation Destination

Virginia

Favorite Quote

I Am Only One, But Still I Am One. I Cannot Do Everything, But Still I Can Do Something, So I Will Not Refuse To Do What I Can Do.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

3/21/1943

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Rochester

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Banana Pudding

Short Description

Magazine editor Carolyne S. Blount (1943-) was the co-owner, editor, and executive director of About…Time Magazine in Rochester, New York since 1972.

Favorite Color

Purple

Rickey Smiley

Entertainment host Rickey Smiley was born on August 10, 1968 in Birmingham, Alabama where he graduated from Woodlawn High School. Smiley then received his B.A. degree in English from Alabama State University in 1992 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Smiley’s career began when he participated in an amateur comedy night at The Comedy Club. After that, Smiley began touring with jazz singer Will Downing, comedian George Wallace, gospel singer Dottie Peoples and musician, Najee. He also served as the host of Black Entertainment Television's ComicView. In 2000, he entered into a five-year programming deal with Home Box Office (HBO) and in 2001, he became the host of the BET variety series The Way We Do It. Smiley made a cameo appearance in All About the Benjamins starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps, had a starring role as Santa in Friday After Next in 2002, and appeared in the character role of Ducktape in Sweet Hideaway in 2003. In 2004, he became the morning show host for Dallas’ KBFB-FM/97.9, won BET’s Platinum Mic Viewer’s Choice Award, penned an episode for his own one-hour standup special on BET's ComicView, and contributed to the documentary Super Secret Movie Rules: Sports Underdogs. In 2005, Smiley was cast in the Diamond Life reality TV series.

In 2006, Smiley scripted his own episode of Comedy Central Presents and was showcased at the 2007 Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. In 2008, he signed a Syndicated One deal to take The Rickey Smiley Morning Show nationwide. In 2010, he appeared in Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming in the role as Final MC. In 2011, he starred in the one-man show TV movie Rickey Smiley: Open Casket Sharp. In 2012, Smiley guest starred on the BET series Let’s Stay Together as well as executive produced and starred in the TV sitcom, The Rickey Smiley Show, which aired on TV One. Smiley also served as host of Dish Nation and appeared in the character role as Calvin in Baggage Claim. In 2015, Smiley served as executive producer for Rickey Smiley For Real a reality television show; and in 2017, he was featured as MC on the television series Star. That same year, he released his memoir Stand By Your Truth: And Then Run For Your Life, (Simon & Schuster, New York).

In 2017, Smiley received the Marconi Award for syndicated personality of the year.

Smiley has five children, including, Brandon, Malik, Craig, D'essence and Aaryn.

Rickey Smiley was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 8. 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.035

Sex

Male

Interview Date

3/8/2018

Last Name

Smiley

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Rickey

Birth City, State, Country

Birmingham

HM ID

SMI36

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Alabama

Favorite Vacation Destination

Fort Lauderdale & Behimi, Bahamas

Favorite Quote

The Difference Between Ordinary and Extraordinary is Only the 'Extra.'

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Georgia

Birth Date

8/10/1968

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Atlanta

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Pizza

Short Description

Entertainment host Rickey Smiley (1968- ) has been on the air since 2008 with The Rickey Smiley Morning Show.

Favorite Color

Purple & Gold