MC Lyte Presents a $50,000 Scholarship on the Steve Harvey Show, Appoints LaToyia Dennis as the Official Executive Director for Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, and Performs in a Historic White House Appearance
LOS ANGELES (October 15, 2015) - One week after last night's history making hip hop performance at the White House (along with Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Usher, Trombone Shorty and others), MC Lyte will present a $50,000 scholarship on Wednesday October 21, 2015 to a young man who attended Steve Harvey's Mentoring Camp on the comedian's talk show. The presentation advances the #EducateOurMen initiative (www.educateourmen.org) created by Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, a public charity the legendary lyricist co-founded with board President/CEO Lynn Richardson and Secretary Dr. Felicia Shaw. #EducateOURMen is the signature scholarship initiative of the three year old organization, which has presented over $550,000 in college scholarships during the Soul Train Music Awards Red Carpet Pre-Show. HHSF's board has also achieved a significant milestone with the long-anticipated appointment of an official Executive Director, LaToyia Dennis, who comes to the organization with a stellar background in nonprofit leadership, fundraising, and development. In her new role, Mrs. Dennis has hit the ground running with an executive team and partnerships that have attracted global brands to HHSF's programs and events: The W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience (www.wealthexperience.info), #EducateOurMen, and the Hip Hop Sisters South Central Los Angeles mentoring program launched in collaboration with Tracy Wilson Mourning's foundation, Honey Shine, Inc.
MC Lyte performed her classic hit "Cha Cha Cha" in a White House concert attended by President and First Lady Obama along with 200 guests, musicians, artists, and dignitaries. The event commemorated the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing of the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of the Humanities and was preceded by a mentoring session wherein MC Lyte joined Mrs. Obama and the Grammy Foundation in a music writing workshop with DC area middle-schoolers. "I was chosen to perform at the White House because of my lyrics, but what makes me even more thankful is being asked to do real work, giving back to our youth, because of the work Hip Hop Sisters Foundation does every day in the communities we serve," said MC Lyte.
MC Lyte's #EducateOURmen Scholarship is open to high school seniors applying for Fall 2016 admission to Dillard University. "Dillard University is pleased to be a partner with MC Lyte and 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, 2015. Initial scholarship winners will be announced during the Red Carpet pre-show at this year's Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas, NV. Russell Simmons, Christopher "Play" Martin, Jada Pinkett Smith, Faith Evans, Kelly Price, Salt, and Nicci Gilbert are just a few names on the growing list of celebrities who support the foundation's movement (www.EducateOURMen.org).
HHSF President/CEO Lynn Richardson says "As we attempted to strengthen the foundation's signature programs, initiatives and infrastructure, we knew we needed a change agent who possessed the heart and skillset required for the effective growth of a nonprofit organization. We've given generously, served faithfully, and as result, we are ecstatic that LaToyia Dennis will take this organization into a new dimension."
Hip Hop Sisters Foundation will continue to work with partners like BET, Centric, Honey Shine Inc., 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.
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 Obama and the First Lady, 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 LaToyia Dennis
LaToyia Dennis has more than a decade of experience in fundraising strategies with notable profit increases by 100%. She's an MBA-educated professional who has leveraged her expertise as a development and nonprofit executive for T.D. Jakes Ministries, Cumberland Presbyterian Children's Home and the Community Enrichment Center. A seasoned professional with the tenacity to tackle projects with strategic integrity, Latoyia has the unique ability to implement metrics surrounding fundraising milestones, ensuring that they are measurably and mutually beneficial to partners and constituents. Latoyia is a member of some of the nation's most respected civic organizations, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Center for Non-Profit Management.