MC Lyte Tops the Charts with New Single "Dear John,"
Paves the Way for the #EducateOurMen Campaign, and Names Interim Executive Director of Hip Hop Sisters
LOS ANGELES (October 7, 2014) -- Legendary BET Lifetime Achievement Award Winner MC Lyte continues to blaze trails with her first chart-topping single in eleven years, "Dear John," featuring Common and 10 Beats (the first release from MC Lyte's upcoming LP, which is slated to be released later this year). "Dear John" (listen at www.mclyte.com) is the anthem for #EducateOURMen, which is the signature scholarship initiative of MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, which has presented two $100,000 university scholarships during the Soul Train Music Awards Red Carpet Pre-Show each year since the organization's founding. This year, the foundation will present scholarships earmarked to send men of color to Dillard University (www.educateourmen.info). Hip Hop Sisters Foundation is also beaming with the appointment of its new interim Executive Director, Monica Newman McCluney, who comes to the organization with a strong background in leading educational, corporate, and philanthropic programs and initiatives. In her role, Monica will further develop HHSF's growing base of national partnerships through innovative programs, increased brand presence and new initiatives.
"The single 'Dear John' is just the beginning of our mission to infiltrate the musical airwaves and tell the story we want to see with language of empowerment. #EducateOURMen is a timely campaign that will engage holistic methods to empower our men and heal people of all cultures in our nation and world. I am excited about partnering with Common and 10 Beats on the single and with Russell Simmons, Jeff Johnson, Dr. Damon Williams, Kenny Lattimore, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Dillard University President Dr. Walter Kimbrough, and other members of our advisory board as we expand the reach and impact of this important initiative," says Chairman and Founder MC Lyte.
The MC Lyte #EducateOURmen Scholarship is open to high school seniors applying for fall 2015 admission to Dillard University. "Dillard University is pleased to be a partner with MC Lyte and the Hip Hop Sisters Foundation. Her desire to educate our men is consistent with the work we've done at Dillard, not just on campus, but in the broader community," beamed Dr. Walter Kimbrough, President of the prominent HBCU in New Orleans, LA. Applications for admission to Dillard University must be submitted no later than December 31, 2014. Initial scholarship winners will be announced during the Red Carpet pre-show at this year's Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas, NV and additional winners will be announced during signature events and awards shows in the first and second quarters of 2015. Jada Pinkett Smith, Faith Evans, Kelly Price, Salt, and Nicci Gilbert are just of the few celebrities who support the foundation's movement (www.EducateOURMen.info).
About the foundation's new leadership appointment, President and CEO Lynn Richardson, who has run companies for Russell Simmons, Les Brown and others, says "as we develop and grow the foundation's signature programs, initiatives and infrastructure, we recognize the need to hire an accomplished executive like Monica McCluney to strengthen our existing platforms and provide the creativity and innovation we aspire to deliver in fulfilling the organization's global mission. She knows what corporate America wants, she is a skilled relationship builder, and she has proven experience both nationally and internationally in developing sustainable strategies that will take our organization to the next level."
Hip Hop Sisters Foundation will continue to work with partners like BET, Centric, All Def Digital, Global Grind, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN), and the Hip Hop Summit Action Network to advance its global mission and related goals.
Notable "Dear John" Press
About Hip-Hop Sisters Network
Founded by MC Lyte, the legendary lyricist and iconic hip-hop pioneer, Hip Hop Sisters Network includes Hip Hop Sisters Artistry, which provides a platform for female artists to showcase their talents in an environment of encouragement and respect, as well as Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, which is a non-profit charity that promotes positive images of women of ethnic diversity by bringing together leaders from the world of Hip Hop, the entertainment industry, and the corporate world. HHS provides national and international support to women and youth around the globe on the topics of: Cultural Issues; Financial Empowerment; Health and Wellness; Mentorship; and Educational Opportunities. Advisory board members include Faith Evans, Ledisi, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chilli, Russell Simmons, Cheryl "Salt" James, Malinda Williams, Lil Mama, Kelly Price, Fantasia, Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Kenny Lattimore, Melanie Fiona and Dr. Benjamin Chavis. Join the Movement: www.hiphopsisters.org
About Dr. Walter Kimbrough
In 2012, Dr. Water Kimbrough became the 7th president of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Kimbrough has been recognized for his research and writings on HBCUs and African American men in college and has also has been noted for his active use of social media to engage students in articles by The Chronicle of Higher Education, CASE Currents, and Arkansas Life. He was cited in 2010 by Bachelors Degree.com as one of 25 college presidents you should follow on Twitter (@HipHopPrez). A 1986 initiate of the Zeta Pi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at the University of Georgia, Kimbrough was the Alpha Phi Alpha College Brother of the Year for the Southern Region and served as the Southern Region Assistant Vice President. Dr. Kimbrough has forged a national reputation as an expert on fraternities and sororities, with specific expertise regarding historically Black, Latin and Asian groups. He is the author of the book, Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities. Dr. Kimbrough was named the 1994 New Professional of the Year for the Association of Fraternity Advisors, and selected as a 2001 Nissan-ETS HBCU Fellow. In 2009, he was named by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of 25 To Watch. In 2010, he made the coveted Ebony Magazine Power 100 list of the doers and influencers in the African American community, joining the likes of President and Mrs. Obama, Jay-Z, Richard Parsons, Tyler Perry, Debra Lee, and Tom Joyner. Finally, in February of 2013, he was named to NBC News/The Griot.com's 100 African Americans making history today, joining another impressive group including Kerry Washington, Ambassador Susan Rice, Kendrick Lamar, Mellody Hobson, and RG III. Dr. Kimbrough and his wife Adria Nobles Kimbrough, attorney with the Kullman firm in New Orleans, are the proud parents of two children: Lydia Nicole, 7, and Benjamin Barack, 5. Follow Dr. Kimbrough on his blog: http://hiphopprez.blogspot.com
About Lynn Richardson
Known to thousands and named by Urban Influence Magazine as one of the 20 Hottest Influencers in America, Lynn Richardson is an author, entrepreneur and financial coach who uses her quick wit and humorous presentation style to help others face their money issues and achieve personal, professional and spiritual harmony. With more than a decade of leading roles in the banking and real estate sales industries, Lynn vision is best portrayed in her books, most notably Living Check to Monday: The Real Deal About Money, Credit and Financial Security, which achieved Best Seller status at the 2008 Congressional Black Caucus Conference Book Pavilion. Lynn has been featured in Essence, Jet, Upscale, on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, and in countless media outlets nationwide and she is currently the President of MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, COO of MC Lyte's Sunni Gyrl enterprise -- and has served as the Chief of Operations for Russell Simmons' and Dr. Benjamin Chavis' Hip Hop Summit Action Network -- where she oversees empowerment programs that impact the globe. www.lynnrichardson.com
About Monica Newman McCluney
Monica Newman McCluney boasts more than 18 years of community relations and fund development experience and has played key roles in major strategic initiatives for a variety of organizations, including United Parcel Service, Bank of America and the national office of the NAACP. Monica is certified as an expert in Philanthropy and Education for TV, Print and Radio through the NewsCertified Exchange and is a graduate of Leadership North Carolina and the American Express Non-Profit Leadership Academy. For the past seven years, Monica has served in a senior leadership capacity with two of the nation's leading minority education organizations and was responsible for a portfolio of strategic partners, including corporations, media, government agencies, non-profits, associations, celebrities and their foundations. Monica directed sponsorship efforts for the UNCF's "An Evening of Stars" and the organization's national corporate relations efforts. Some of the highlights of her career include iLEAD South Africa, a global youth empowerment and education platform and the nationally-recognized UNCF Empower Me Tour, both of which she developed, launched and executed.