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Larry "Lak" Henderson uses Hip Hop as a tool for learning. He is the founder and CEO of Smart Hip Hop. He has performed his educational hip-hop music around the world, and is a noted speaker on hip-hop and its impact on our communities.
His album, Lesson One: Hip-Hop & Education, is an Amazon bestseller, reaching #1 in Hot New Releases and #8 in Educational Music. CBS calls Lesson One "creative, innovative, and informative." Dominion of New York Magazine says, "Most people who use hip-hop to educate do so badly. LAK does it so well."
LAK has been featured as a guest on numerous radio and television programs, including London UK's BANG 103.6 FM, CBS, KMOJ 89.9 FM Minneapolis, WVON 1690 AM Chicago, WPRB 103.3 FM Princeton University, WRSU 88.7 FM Rutgers University, WMNF 88.5 FM Tampa, LA Talk Radio, BET, and many more.
He received his bachelor's degree from Rutgers University. Learn more about Smart Music Entertainment here.
Will Moss is President & CEO of HBCU CONNECT, LLC and has been in this position since founding HBCUConnect.com in June of 1999. HBCU CONNECT, LLC owns and operates the largest Historically Black College & University website in existence and reaches approximately 350,000 website visitors each month.
Mr. Moss, a 1995 graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, graduated as the top Computer Science scholar in his class and went on to work as a lead software engineer for AT&T Bell Labs from 1995 until starting HBCUConnect.com in 1999. Mr. Moss is also considered an expert in internet topology, internet marketing, and online diversity recruitment strategies.
In 2010, Moss launched a number of social networking websites for the African American community, including sites such as BlackHistory.com, AfricanAmericanCareers.com, BlackWomenConnect.com, and was recently a guest on the “Monique Show” on BET talking about a new project, BlackRomance.com, the largest free dating site for African American professionals.
William often gives presentations to college students on entrepreneurship, career preparation, and the relevancy of technology to African Americans. Moss’ experience in corporate America as an intern, employee, and consultant lead to the development of HBCU Connect as an answer to the lack of an existing platform for HBCU students and graduates to communicate, network and take advantage of related opportunities.
In July 2013, 23 year-old Jared Arms launched the revolutionary Kylar App. In less than one year, Kylar boast more than 390,000 users worldwide. What is it? How did he build it? What led to the creation of such a popular social media application and what advice does he have for young tech entrepreneurs? Tune in for our conversation on Friday July 11th, 2014 and find out.
Sharon L. Simmons has been busy. She is the creator of the revolutionary iGotEm app. You can download the app here. This community-oriented app transforms everyday citizens into crime fighters. But she di dnot stop there. She has become and STEM advocate for under represented communities. As part of her efforts, she has recently received an award from YesWeCode founder, Van Jones, while she was particiapting in the first ever HackaThon to take place during the 2014 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Simmons is also a published author. Her new book How to Get the App Outta Your Head (available on Kindle) tells her inspiring story and provides a road map for would be technology entrepreneurs. Sharon drops by on Thursday to share with us what inspired her to create a mobile phone app from her head that has led her all the way to Ghana. This is an inspiring and fascinating story that everyone should hear. Don't miss it!
We continue our conversation with the brilliant Jared Arms. On his last visit we dicussed his introduction to computers and what led to the creaton of Kylar. This time around we are going to get more into the language he created Kylar Plus, his upcoming book, Pimple (his search engine) and more. This 23 year-old has his eyes on the prize and we hear the TKDS want to make sure you know about it.
Jacquelyn Thomas is the Founder and Executive Director of Kids-N-Technology. Since 2002, Kids-N-Technology has worked to inspire students to improve their performance in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (STEM).
KNT partners with elementary, middle, and high schools; colleges and universities; community centers; nonprofit and faith based organizations, to implement Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) enrichment summer camps and after-school programs.
KNT’s weekly summer camps are engaging and fun. Students enjoy designing and building their own laptops, Apps, robots, games, roller coasters, or learning how to code, blog, or create wardrobe color cards for personal image analysis.
Mrs. Thomas is a real leader in our communities in the quest to introduce STEM. Join me next week as she drops by for a discussion of all things STEM.
Is there a better way to start the new year than to discuss how we can become fiscally fit? I don't think so. Stop by on Monday as we chat with Mr. James C. Molet. Mr. Molet is a frequent contibrutor to HealthBlackMen and holds a MBA from Wayland Baptist University. He’s also a blogger on financial topics at retirement savvy.net and author of RENDEZVOUS WITH RETIREMENT: A Guide to Getting Fiscally Fit. Mr. Molet retired from the U.S. Army after 21 years in 2005. He tweets @ jcmolet. James drops by on Monday and we will be discussing what we can do to get this money thang right!
Terry Jackson is a highly accomplished, experienced and dynamic Certified Executive Coach, Leadership Development Coach, Life Coach, Sales Trainer, Business Coach and Consultant. Terry’s passion and purpose is helping others improve their quality of life. Terry has an established history of helping others improve their skills sets, their ability think and process information and change their behaviors.
Terry is a visionary with 25+ years of progressive leadership experie
Greg Greenlee is the Founder of the Blacks In Technology organization. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Greg has over 12+ years of technology experience as a Systems and Network Engineer. Greg has obtained several industry standard technology certifications as well as his degree in Computer Network Engineering. His organization, Blacks In Technology (http://www.blacksintechnology.net) has an online membership base of over 1000 black technology and engineering professionals worldwide. Blacks in Technology aims to increase engagement among people of African Descent in technology and engineering for so that we may cultivate top talent, world class leaders and influencers in the field of Technology and Engineering. BIT is “Stomping the Divide” by establishing a blueprint of world class technical excellence and innovation and providing resources, guidance and issuing a challenge to our members to surpass the high mark and establish new standards of global innovation.
Anari Sengbe, founder of Gamerholic.com has some very interesting ideas regarding the plight of the Black Technologist. He and I have had several online conversations via the BiTWiSE fan page as well as the Blacks In Technology site.
I agree with much of what he has today but rather than keep our conversations private I thought it would be great to share them with the KDS family. This brilliant young technologist has agreed to stop by the show.
This is a conversation you won't want to miss.
Mr. Andrew West drops by to talk technology, The Modern CEO, and everything National Black Information Technology Leadership Organization (NBITLO). I have been working to get this young visionary on the show for a few years now and finally his schedule has provided an opportunity for us to learn from one of the emerging superstars in technology leadership. Andrew is a true visionary who has been contributed to the growth and development of young tech talent in a myriad of ways and he will his story with us.
Minority Tech: Journaling Through Blackness & Technology is the new book from technology translator Anjuan Simmons. Anjuan is a technologist with a successful track record of delivering technology solutions from the user interface to the database. He is currently a software project manager at a leading construction software manufacturer, and he has worked as an executive for Accenture, Deloitte, and Infosys.
Anjuan speaks at several business and technology conferences throughout the year adn is a sought after thought leader in social media, design, diversity, and leadership. He has been interviewed for media outlets such as NPR, USA Today, Black Enterprise, Essence, and The Huffington Post. Anjuan has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Texas A&M University.
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