Urban Media Today News Update

Tom Joyner Announces Retirement — But Rumors About Him Being Forced Out of the Company Are Not True!

Dallas, TX — Tom Joyner, founder and host of the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show says that he will soon be retiring in 2019. His long-time co-host, Sybil Wilkes, will also be signing off for good.

The show has long been the most popular radio show for African Americans with more than 8 million listeners every morning in more than 100 markets. Joyner, who is now 67-years old, launched the show more than 25 years ago back in 1994 after hosting a morning program in Dallas and an afternoon radio show in Chicago for 8 years.The Daily Mail Online, however, has falsely reported that Joyner is being forced into early retirement next year by his company, REACH Media, and owners and distributors of the syndicated show.

This matter was cleared up in a statement from Melody Talkington, the company’s vice president.

Her statement reads: “Any stories that suggest major changes to the Tom Joyner Morning Show are inaccurate. Tom Joyner is under contract with REACH Media until the end of 2017. We expect that REACH will continue to syndicate Tom’s show beyond that date and for as long as he would like to be on the air. There has always been refinements and updates to the show as well as market changes due to local conditions, and there may be some in the future, but Tom Joyner and the Tom Joyner Morning show continues to be strong and is a daily Party with a Purpose. REACH is committed to Tom Joyner for the long term who remains committed to radio, his audience and the future.”

Via his foundation, Joyner has been known for his massive support to the Black community. He has raised more than $65 million for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and has given away hundreds of thousands of dollars in full tuition scholarships.

In addition, for years he has hosted an annual star-studded family reunion at his home for Black celebrities and influentials. He also hosts an annual celebrity cruise called the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage.

For more details about Tom Joyner and his company, REACH media, visit www.ReachMediainc.com

United Negro College Fund/ Michael Jackson Scholarship

Michael Jackson Scholarship

The Michael Jackson scholarship provides financial assistance to communication arts and social science students attending a UNCF college/university during the current academic year.

Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship will provide an award up to $5,000 depending on the financial need of the student as verified by the attending University or College. MORE

Black Filmmaker, Shirah Dedman, Produces New Documentary Exposing the Truth About Gentrification

Oakland, CA — A new documentary exploring displacement of African-Americans out of major U.S. cities will release on YouTube on October 25, 2017. YOU A NOMAD is a short film set in Oakland, California, where in the past generation almost 40 percent of the Black population has been displaced. The film uses a unique cross-section of African-American voices to unfold the systemic issues underlying the rapid gentrification Oakland is now facing.

As a Los Angeles native, filmmaker Shirah Dedman witnessed gentrification take hold in her own hometown. However, after moving to Oakland, she saw it in a whole new light. “I’ve always thought of Oakland as a black city. After seeing the effects of gentrification, I couldn’t help but ask: What happened to the Black people in Oakland? And this question is what I sought to find out,” Dedman said.After showing YOU A NOMAD to a packed crowd at Merritt College, Dedman decided to release the film on YouTube to reach a wide audience to educate more people on the systematic depopulation of African-Americans out of cities nationwide. “If I can help people see white techies as a symptom of the overarching problem rather than as the cause, then we can start discussing real solutions.”

For more information, visit www.youanomad.com

Black PR Press Release

The Healing Center ( Southwestern PA Medical Cannabis Dispensary Award Winner) is hosting a Job Fair at the 4th Annual Cornhole Classic to benefit Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard!  


Pittsburgh, PA – The Healing Center was awarded a medical cannabis dispensary permit in the Southwestern health district of Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, June 29th, 2017. The Healing Center has three dispensary locations currently under construction, in Washington, Monroeville, and Cranberry, with planned openings in early 2018.


The Healing Center is conducting a job fair at the 4th Annual Cornhole Classic to benefit Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard, Saturday, September 16th, from 5 pm to 8 pm, at the RMU Island Sports Center. Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending homelessness among veterans in the Pittsburgh region. No purchase is necessary to attend the job fair. The Healing Center will be screening applicants looking to fill positions at all three locations; including full time and part time pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and customer service representatives. The Healing Center offers a competitive wage and benefits for all full-time employees.


The Healing Center considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. The Healing Center is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and veterans are encouraged to apply!



The Healing Center is a locally owned, Pennsylvania company.

“The Healing Center – Where Compassion Meets Care”


Dick Gregory, civil rights activist and comedian, dead at 84

(CNN)Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, who broke barriers in the 1960s and became one of the first African-Americans to perform at white clubs, died Saturday.

He was 84.
Gregory recently rescheduled an event in Atlanta because he was hospitalized. He died in Washington, his son posted on social media without giving details.
“The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love, and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time,” Christian Gregory said. “More details will be released over the next few days.”
Gregory satirized segregation and racial injustice in his acts, and was arrested several times in the 1960s for joining civil rights rallies.
He was relatively unknown until 1961, when the prestigious Playboy Club in Chicago asked him to fill in for comedian Irwin Corey one night.
This comedian single-handedly changed stand-up

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Until that night, he said in a biography on his website, he had worked at small clubs filled with black audiences.
His gig as Corey’s replacement was successful. After winning over a majority white audience that night, the Playboy Club offered him a three -year contract, turning him into a headline performer. MORE


National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial issued the following statement in response to the passing of civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory:

“Dick Gregory was both a personal friend and a strong supporter of the Urban League Movement. He was a guest at my wedding and spent two weeks campaigning for me in New Orleans neighborhoods during my 1994 runoff campaign for Mayor.  He was a frequent speaker at Urban League events and his sharp-witted insight will be sorely missed. With the nation facing a crisis of racial hostility, we would do well to be guided by his unwavering dedication to justice.”


Facts About Heart Disease

Many health conditions can result in what is termed heart diseases, such as arrhythmias, heart infections, coronary artery disease, diseases that affect blood vessels and congenital heart defects. The most common meaning of heart disease is any blockage in the blood vessels, arteries or the heart’s valves, which can result in a heart attack or stroke.


There are many things that put a person at a higher risk of developing heart disease. Some factors are out of a person’s control. For example, the older you are the more likely it is you will develop heart disease. Men are at an increased risk, but women’s risk goes up after menopause. Also, having a family history of heart disease makes it much more likely that you will experience the condition.


Not everything that increases a person’s risk for heart disease is out of that person’s control. Eating a poor diet that consists of high amounts of fat, salt and cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease. Smoking is another huge contributor to heart problems. Not managing high blood pressure or diabetes through medication and lifestyle changes also increases a person’s risk. Being overweight, leading a sedentary lifestyle and not properly managing stress are all things within a person’s scope of control that also increase his risk for heart disease.


How can someone tell they might have heart disease? There are several warning signs to watch for. Chest pain and shortness of breath are obvious symptoms, but many people write them off as indigestion or fatigue. If your legs or arms experience sudden pain, turn numb without reason or are constantly cold, this is a definite warning sign that something is wrong with your cardiovascular system. Other possible signs include experiencing lightheadedness on a regular basis, fainting and feeling a fluttering sensation in your chest.


If you suspect you or someone close to you is suffering from heart disease, medical attention is needed to properly diagnose and manage the situation. The doctor might prescribe medications to lower your blood pressure, thin out your blood or lower your cholesterol. If medications alone are not enough to manage your heart condition, the doctor might recommend undergoing various medical procedures such as angioplasty or coronary artery bypass surgery. editor@urbanmediatoday.com


Best alternatives to college for students not planning on attending college

These words are hard for any parent to hear: “Mom…dad—I don’t want to attend college.” You spend eighteen years raising your child with good values and ready to send them off into the world, but we often forget the world has changed since we were their age. The opportunities have changed. The requirements for jobs have changed. I could go on, but you get the point. Do your child a favor. Hear them out when they say the statement. Let them defend why they don’t want to go and then mention the following alternatives to them.


First and foremost, suggest they attend trade school. In light of misrepresentation, trade school is not college. In college, your mind is expanded and stretched in all different topics and theories. The cost is higher and it takes much longer to get your degree. But, in trade school, you pay a third of the cost and get out in the world much quicker. You’re learning a trade or skill that is applicable to a specific job, such as sewing, plumbing skills or how to become an electrician. It’s more hands on and the classes are usually smaller. And, you have a much higher chance of getting a salaried job versus working for minimum wage.


Another alternative is to start your own business. Let’s say you play the piano and several other instruments. You could charge each student $10 a lesson. If you have 15 students a week, that’s $150. That’s just about $600 each month from lessons alone. Of course, you could vary that price with each instrument or charge the student for mileage if you have to travel to their home. You could have a blog where you sell products that relate to your business. Maybe you made an album of your own piano music and you put it up on Youtube. Or you have a podcast in which you talk to experts in the music industry. Nobody is going to ask if you have a master’s degree in music education. They couldn’t care less. What matters is that you teach the instrument well and effectively teach it to each student.


Another option is to sell your products online. This is especially useful for photographers or artists. If you paint or take photographs, it’s essential that you have your own website where people can purchase your prints. Make it available in all sizes, as small as wallet size to as big as canvas or poster size. You could work as an at-home photographer taking portrait photographs, food photographs or wedding photographs. And let’s not forget about art shows. Take your photographs or art work to art shows all around your state—or even the nation. Have prints in all sizes. Print your photographs on mugs, t-shirts, book covers and anything else. You would be surprised what brings in a profit.


You must also be willing to take any job. It may be flipping burgers; the job may be in your industry. When the power bill comes due, you want to make sure that you can pay it. Sometimes sacrifices have to be made and you have to work odd jobs to pay the bills. This doesn’t mean that you have you have to stay in the 9-5 grind. Rather, look at this as a temporary job. While you’re bringing in the money, pay off bills and put money in the bank. This way you can quit your job while you are still young. You can work at home and do the job that you are fulfilled to do. Is it going to be easy? Not by a long shot, but it’s going to be worth it.


Finally, you have to take classes somewhere. If college isn’t your thing, search the Internet. Check out sites like teachable.com and skillshare.com. There are thousands of free (and paid) classes right at your fingertips. You can interact with teachers and students from all around the world. You don’t have to worry about the commute or even getting dressed out of your pajamas. There are no expensive textbooks to buy; everything is provided for you. There are simple classes that explain the basic concepts and excelled classes that explain more difficult concepts. You don’t have to take classes that don’t appeal to you but take classes that will further your knowledge.


While college was once the normal milestone, it’s not the right fit for everyone. Listen to your child and hear them out about why they don’t want to go. Engage in a conversation about their career and what the options may be. They may be able to get a decent job without the college debt.  editor@urbanmediatoday.com

Best Beaches for Families to Drive in Pittsburgh, PA

In your college years, spring break has all been about partying into the early morning hours of several of the craziest and wildest vacation destinations. However, now that you already have your own family and got kids, spring break and hot spots like Cancun and Miami would not just cut it. Nevertheless, it does not mean that you need to give up all the excitement and fun to escape several days from the ho-hum and chill situations of Pittsburgh. There are lots of great spring break getaways, which are conveniently located within just a few hours of downtown Pittsburgh, most of which, offering lots of family-friendly relaxation and fun. Pack up your car and your suitcases, and treat the entire family to a spring break vacation in one of these destinations considered the best for Pittsburgh families.

  1. Camelback Mountain Waterpark – Get wild and wet at Camelback Mountain Waterpark. It is the largest waterpark in Pennsylvania. You will forget that you are in the Pocono Mountains when you are slipping and sliding on more than 37 different water slides, rides, and attractions amidst its 84-degree and climate controlled temperature. The Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark is ideal for the entire family, as it is offering fun for all ages, ranging from the Camel Kid Theme Park, up to the family rides for the little ones, and the rushing thrill rides specially designed for bigger kids.
  2. Rehoboth Beach – Nothing says spring break, such as a trip to the beach. With that, the Rehoboth Beach in Delaware is among the favorite seaside stops of Pittsburghers. It is family friendly, welcoming, and clean. Rehoboth is offering a resort feel without all of the craziness that you would see at common spring break beaches. As a matter of fact, it is a great place for kids because of it numerous boardwalk activities, parks, and restaurants.
  3. New River Gorge National River – There is no place like the New River Gorge National River in Virginia, which you can take in great outdoors. The entire family is going to enjoy endless days of having to explore the mountain region of the state with everything from hiking and camping up to white water rafting. Younger children are going to love the Youth Arts in the Park events, the Junior Ranger program, along with the Science Youth Nature Camp. Get yourself surrounded by the beauty of nature with this about a 4-hour drive south, in Glen Jean.
  4. Delaware Beaches – The Atlantic Coast is offering sun-craving Pittsburghers with an easy ocean escape. In the southern Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach is drawing a younger crowd because of its renowned party vibe and nightlife.
  5. Jersey Shore – Just like the beaches in Delaware, the Atlantic coast in southern New Jersey is an approximately 7-hour drive from Pittsburgh, offering a wide range of beaches, from the urban boardwalk and famous casinos of the Atlantic City to the amusement parks and calm Victorian beauty of Cape May in Wildwood.

Get ready for what you would need for the summer while thinking about which among these best beaches are really best to drive with families. editor@urbanmediatoday.com

Steelers Announce Inaugural Charity Walk to Benefit The Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research

Joe Greene and Garrett Webster to Serve as Honorary Co-Chairs


PITTSBURGH – The Steelers announced they will hold the inaugural Steelers Charity Walk to benefit The Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research at Saint Vincent College on Saturday, July 29.


The honorary co-chairs for the walk will be former Steeler and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Joe Greene, and Garrett Webster, son of former Steeler and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Mike Webster.


Participants will hear Greene reflect on his memories of playing for Coach Noll at 8:30 a.m. at Chuck Noll Field. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. and will follow the Winnie Palmer Nature Trail on the Saint Vincent campus. After the walk, participants will be able to watch the Steelers’ morning practice.


Registration is available at www.steelers.com/charitywalk. The cost is $25 per registration and includes a commemorative t-shirt.

The Steelers launched The Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research in November of 2016 to support continued research and education regarding brain injuries and treatment of sports-related concussions. The Foundation will fund research that it believes is the most promising in the area of sports-related concussions and related conditions. To help best evaluate which research programs to fund, some of the most renowned neurosurgeons in the country will serve on a national medical advisory panel.

Under Noll’s leadership during his 23-year coaching career, the Steelers became the first team in NFL history to win four Super Bowls. Noll’s commitment to the well-being of his players ultimately led to the development of the ImPACT test (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) used by NFL team doctors since 2007, and now internationally used to help monitor concussions for athletes at all levels. The FDA recently recognized ImPACT and ImPACT Pediatric as safe and effective, and are the only FDA-approved tests to assess cognitive function for suspected brain injury in patients ages 5-to-60. To date, more than 12-million athletes and patients have been baselined with these tests.

How To Start A Great New Career

No matter if you are supporting a big family and paying a mortgage or living by yourself in a one room apartment: being unemployed is a scary thing. The following article is full of helpful tips you can use in your search for a job. They will give you an edge and hopefully land you a job soon.

When you are at work you should keep to yourself if you know that you can easily get involved in a conflict. This is important because, with so many different personalities at work, you will be sure to avoid those that will be sure to get you into a conflict, perhaps getting you fired.

Maintain a positive attitude whenever you are acting as an employee. Your attitude is one of the biggest determining factors when it comes to getting promoted, which you surely hope to happen. To ensure that you are viewed as a stable, worthy employee you need to keep your emotions to yourself.

Never wear strong fragrances when you are out looking for a job. Even if you find the scent to be quite pleasant, there is a chance that the hiring manager may have allergies or an aversion to the smell. It is best to smell like soap and lotions instead of cologne and perfume.

Instead of accepting that you do not have what it takes to land a specific job, ask yourself what you can do to become a better candidate. For example, if you lack experience with a certain software program commonly used in your chosen field, look for online tutorials and how-to books. MIT and other prestigious universities offer a variety of free, non-credit online courses. Topics range from marketing research to XHTML, and completing the programs demonstrates your willingness to go the extra mile.

If you’re writing a resume, try picking a format that suits the position you want. There are many types of common formats like a chronological, targeted, or combination resume. Take some time to see what works best for you. If possible, try to create your own format that gets your information across in a clear and concise manner.

Do not bring your phone with you when you are going on an interview. The last thing that you need to worry about is your phone ringing or people texting you on the day of your interview. You should only have one thing in mind on the day of your interview.

Always make sure that the job that you are applying for is feasible from a location perspective. Often, you may want to just take the first job that is available to you, but you do not want to drive 100 miles to get to and from your job each day.

When negotiating salary, never sell yourself short. Prepare yourself for this step by conducting extensive research on the job title, regional salary and other details of benefits before you enter into negotiations. If you are unaware of your worth relative to other candidates and workers, your salary may not reflect your true worth — possible to the tune of thousands of dollars per year!

Great insurance benefits are a magnet that can draw in the best of the best. With rising healthcare costs, and rising premiums, a great insurance policy can steal away the best employees from your competition. Be sure to be known for this, and it will pay for itself in the long run.

If you know that you are going to be let go at your job, file for unemployment right away. If you wait, you may be denied. Addressing this as soon as possible ensures that you receive benefits quickly.

Network within your field. This ensures you have people to rely on when you need help. Try to immerse yourself in your chosen industry by going to conferences, seminars, webinars, and industry networking events. As such, you can become a go to guy in your industry.

The quickest way to find jobs online is to use a job search engine. This type of site indexes all the major job boards, allowing you to search them all at the same time. I highly recommend Indeed.com as it found my husband the job of his dreams!

Make sure you are networking with as many people as possible. When it comes to finding a job, you need all the connections you can get. Attend professional meetings that are in your field and even outside. If you have graduated, stay in touch with your professors and other alumni. All these people might be able to assist you in finding a great job.

Meeting a potential employer in person is often much better than applying for a job online. You should print some resumes and visit local businesses to ask if they are currently hiring. You will have the opportunity to talk to potential employers, ask questions and make a good first impression.

When answering questions on an interview, stay as direct and concise as possible. The interviewer will know if you do not understand something so try not to beat around the bush. Clear answers will show that you know what you are talking about and not making up answers on the spot.

Ask friends or parents for advice on what they did to get their job. Sometimes, you will find new techniques that you can incorporate into your job search. Also, you can use these people for contacts to specific people or a company when you are trying to land your job.

When you do temporary work, work hard to make a good impression. Sometimes a short-term job can turn into a long-term one if you make yourself stand out as a superior worker. An employer will often use a temp job as an alternate way of interviewing prospective employees, so always perform at your best level.

Unemployment is no vacation. It can be a terrifying and costly time for people. Hopefully, you have found the advice from this article beneficial and can use it to empower you in your job search. Try and remain positive and keep at it; eventually, you will find yourself employed again!editor@urbanmediatoday.com

Find A Job With These Helpful Tips

As terrible as your job may be, it is not half as terrible as finding yourself unemployed and unable to cope. Turn your apprehension into optimism, then set out to find a position that makes the most of your skills and abilities. The article below can help you do just that.

One of the best ways for you to get your name out there is to advertise yourself online through LinkedIn. On this site, you can showcase your resume and all that you have to offer. Also, you can make contacts, who can be very valuable to you when you are job searching.

Before you go for your interview, do some research on the hiring company, about their line of business and their sales. Letting your interviewer know that you have done some research will show him your initiative in finding information and getting results. These are good characteristics of a dependable and resourceful employee that companies value.

If you are looking for a new job, you can skip to the front of the line if you have recently taken some classes. Sign up for enrichment courses every once in a while since this will show employers that you plan to stay at the top of your game.

A great tip for workplace harmony is to avoid relationships in the workplace, and if your the employer, have a policy against it. While things may be great, and productivity may be increased when the going is good, imagine the havoc it will wreak on morale and productivity when and if things go sour!

Proofread your resume before going to a job interview. To ensure your resume is free of spelling or grammar errors, have a friend or family member look it over as well. Nothing makes a person seem worse at a job interview than a resume filled with careless errors. It could even prevent you from getting a job.

Make sure that you send a thank you note to all of the people that have given you interviews. Sometimes people choose other candidates, but they will keep you in mind for future positions just because you are courteous. Send the note a day or two after the interview so they can remember who you are.

If you are having problems finding a job in the town you live in, you may need to look in the next town over. It may be a hassle to have to travel elsewhere every day, but jobs are not so easy to come by. Even if you do work in the next town over, you can continue to look in your town as well.

Don’t lie on your resume about your skill sets. You may feel like you need to stretch the truth to open doors, but more often than not your lack of the skills, in reality, will be found out pretty easily by a savvy interviewer. Instead, teach yourself the skills you need to know to make you more attractive to hiring companies.

Keep in mind that finding a good job can take some time. Do not give up if you are not finding what you want right away. Consider taking a job that pays well even if this is not what you want to do so you can support yourself while looking for a better job.

Call your local colleges and universities and inquire about what sort of free job assistance they provide. They may have a job board listing local opportunities, resume writing help or even positions within the college they need to fill. They’ll often have a variety of services for the benefit of students which they’ll share with you.

Call your local library to ask what sort of help they could provide you. They may offer free Internet use, allowing you to job search and send resumes online. They may also have seminars on writing resumes or other classes, which could help. Lastly, they may be able to help you print your resumes at an affordable rate.

Offering a bonus for good work or a lot of sales can be a highly effective way of increasing productivity. Who wouldn’t be willing to go the extra mile for an extra couple hundred dollars? So dig into your pockets a little and you will find your pockets will actually get deeper.

Dress for success. For better or worse, your appearance is the first impression you will make on your interviewer. Make sure you dress appropriately and are neatly groomed. It is better to risk being over-dressed than to risk appearing too casual. Whenever possible, avoid wearing any jeans, shorts, or t-shirts.

It can be difficult to field an unexpected, unpleasant question an interviewer asks. While you may not encounter that type of question, you should be prepared for it just in case. Make a list of things that could be perceived as negative: any periods where you went without employment, character weaknesses, or disciplinary action was taken against you at a previous job. Instead of lying about accomplishments or traits, be honest, but also show that you’re willing to keep learning and moving forward.

During your job hunt, you are likely to receive a call from a potential employer at some point in time. Be careful when you’re answering the phone. A solid first impression could mean the difference between you getting the job or not.

Make sure you stand out from all the other applicants when you are searching for a job. Arrange an in-person interview if possible rather than simply applying online. Arrive on time and well dressed. Behave in a courteous and professional manner. Be prepared for the interview by learning as much as you can about the company and the position in advance.

Consider going to a temp agency. A temp agency can be a great way for you to enter a company. They will already know you and be familiar with your work, and if a new position opens up, they are more likely to hire you than a stranger off the street.

You’re now ready to look for and get your dream job. How nice would be to get up every morning and get ready for a job you love? Take a breath and go get that job! editor@urbanmediatoday.com

Absentee Ballots in Pa

If you’re going to be away from your polling place on Election Day, Tuesday, May 16, time is running out to mail your absentee ballot request.

The deadline to request a ballot is 5 pm TODAY, which can be done at your local Board of Elections Office. Click here for a list of local offices.

Your local County Board of Elections must RECEIVE your completed ballot by 5 pm on Friday, May 12. Get them in the mail ASAP or drop off in person at a local Board of Elections office.

Your vote will make a difference– make sure you go vote for your candidate on May 16th!

There are only 7 days left before polls open in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, so make a plan to vote:
local boe offices find a polling location Read Our Vote FAQ

There are many important races up and down the ballot, and your vote will decide who represents the Democratic Party on the ballot in November. Remember, polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm on Tuesday, May 16.

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