Loni Love, a graduate of Prairie View A&M University, an HBCU, visits her alma mater in preparation to co-host “Salute THEM Awards ‘My HBCU Joy’” airing on Sept. 12, 2021. (Courtesy of Miles Ahead Entertainment and Broadcasting)
Loni Love, a graduate of Prairie View A&M University, an HBCU, visits her alma mater in preparation to co-host “Salute THEM Awards ‘My HBCU Joy’” airing on Sept. 12, 2021. (Courtesy of Miles Ahead Entertainment and Broadcasting)

Giving honor to HBCUs is the theme of the broadcast “Salute THEM ‘My HBCU Joy’” airing on Sept. 12, 2021. Awards will be given to seven individuals and organizations that illustrate the significance of HBCUs. National sponsors are BNC.TV, Toyota America, AARP and the Café Mocha Network. The national broadcast will air on BNC.TV on Sunday, September 12. 2021 at 10:00 p.m./ET. The show will also stream earlier that same day at 7:00 p.m.ET on the AARP Black Community Facebook page and Café Mocha Radio YouTube channel. This tribute program airs at the conclusion of  HBCU Week, Sept.7-10 2021.

“This event allows BNC to honor and showcase Black excellence and the myriad of contributions that people of color have made to American culture,” said Princell Hair, CEO of BNC.TV.

Leading the accolades for “Salute THEM Awards ‘My HBCU Joy’” is Café Mocha’s Emmy and two-time NAACP Image award-winning co-host Loni Love, a graduate of Prairie View A&M University, an HBCU. Special tributes during the broadcast will be from Café Mocha co-hosts Angelique Perrin who attended North Carolina A&T State University, also on HBCU and Yo-Yo.

HBCU Honorees Represent Many Professions and Industries

Honorees for “Salute THEM Awards ‘My HBCU Joy’” includes a mix of HBCU alumni and organizations committed to upholding a history of educational excellence. Individual awardees are actress, comedienne and Fisk University graduate Kym Whitley, President and General Manager at RCA Inspiration music label Phil Thornton and a graduate of Norfolk State University, Founder of the Black College Expo Dr. Theresa Price, Co-Owner of the Milwaukee Bucks and graduate of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania Dr. Valerie Daniels-Carter and Hip Hop artist, actor, entrepreneur, activist and graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. David Banner.

Organizations being honored during “Salute THEM ‘My HBCU Joy’” are Thurgood Marshall College Fund the umbrella group for public HBCUs and UNCF-The United Negro College Fund the umbrella organization for private HBCUs.

“We’re proud to continue our collaboration with Café Mocha to empower HBCUs,” said Hampton University alumna Shani Hosten, AARP Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, African American/Black Strategy & LGBTQ Strategy and one of the sponsors. “AARP is committed to serving and engaging Black Americans 50-plus by addressing the issues important to them as they age”

HBCU Life Has Something for Everyone

Viewers of “Salute THEM Awards ‘My HBCU Joy’” will see vignettes of campus life from the perspective of school administrators, faculty, students and some of the honorees.

Southwest Washington, DC resident Willie-Lloyd Reeves, Esq. received his bachelors and juris doctor degrees from Howard University. Though not featured on “Salute THEM Awards ‘My HBCU Joy’, he did recall why he chose the institution known as “The Mecca.”

“I really did not consider going to any school but an HBCU until I entered high school. It was the late 60’s and a lot of the White universities started reaching out to African American students to integrate their schools,” said Reeves. “I was accepted into a number of White institutions, I started thinking about being one of just a few Blacks at a predominantly White university. Also, the financial commitment was not there. Money made a big difference. I received a full scholarship to Howard.”

The 60s were a time when America was changing for Blacks and that meant changes on HBCU campuses. Campus protests about more Black studies courses and being heard by boards of trustees were in abundance. Alumni from North Carolina A&T University, Bennett College, Morehouse College and Howard University made local and national news. Some of these campus movements will be included on “Salute THEM ‘My HBCU Joy’.”

“Howard was in the forefront of the Black Power movement,” said Reeves. “In high school I participated in some civil rights demonstrations in the South and integrated lunch counters in my hometown. I wanted to be a part of that movement and Howard was the best place for it.”

HBCU students and alumni are encouraged to share upbeat “joy” videos of their HBCU. Visit the “Salute THEM ‘My HBCU Joy’” website at https://www.salutethemawards.com

Brenda Siler is an award-winning journalist and public relations strategist. Her communications career began in college as an advertising copywriter, a news reporter, public affairs producer/host and a...

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