iHeartMedia is launching a four-episode podcast series focused on Black culture and the alumni community of Historically Black Colleges and Universities or HBCUs. The bi-weekly series called iHeartRadio's Black and Inspired HBCU Celebration features radio and podcast talent including Nick Cannon, syndicated “The Breakfast Club” host Angela Yee, and iHeart podcast “Black Tech Green Money” host Will Lucas, among others.
“As an HBCU graduate, I know first-hand historically Black colleges and universities have an unparalleled impact on our community and play a vital role in Black students’ success across the country,” iHeartMedia Executive VP of Programming Thea Mitchem says. “These intimate conversations will help to educate, uplift and amplify the Black community and its aspiring young leaders, and we’re thrilled that these important voices will be able to reach millions of listeners through iHeart’s massive digital and broadcast reach.”
The series' first episode, “Black & Tech,” available now and featuring Lucas, Blavity Inc. founder and CEO Morgan Debuan and moderator and iHeartRadio marketing project manager Jasmine Sweet, discusses the need for more Black representation in the tech industry, how to bring overall awareness of tech implications to HBCUs and the Black community as well as advice to HBCU students aspiring to work in tech.
Additional bi-weekly episodes will include: “We Do This For The Culture,” with Cannon and rapper and record executive Rick Ross recognizing established and new Black culture creators dedicated to amplifying creative voices in the culture; “Black Girl Magic,” with Yee, moderating a virtual panel including “The Real Housewives of Potomac's” Gizelle Bryant, celebrating the beauty, power and resilience of Black women and honoring their many achievements; and “Show Me the Money,” with “Earn Your Leisure” podcast hosts Rashad Bilal and Troy Millings, along with “Shark Tank” investor Daymond John, covering basic principles of personal and business finance and how HBCUs can inspire and empower students with greater knowledge about digital currency, cryptocurrency, NFTs, and the stock market, among other topics.