90 episodes

Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast where we highlight folks in Howard Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! ese in depth conversations will highlight the failures, triumphs, future plans, motivations, and of course the Howard Experience. Think of it as an on demand blueprint for those looking to succeed in their chosen path...big picture, sharing this information sets us all up for life long success. Do you know a high achiever that would be great for the show? If so, email their bio/contact info to humovemakers@gmail.com. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humovemakers/support

The Howard Alumni Movemakers Podcast hosted by Joshua Mercer Joshua Mercer

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Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast where we highlight folks in Howard Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! ese in depth conversations will highlight the failures, triumphs, future plans, motivations, and of course the Howard Experience. Think of it as an on demand blueprint for those looking to succeed in their chosen path...big picture, sharing this information sets us all up for life long success. Do you know a high achiever that would be great for the show? If so, email their bio/contact info to humovemakers@gmail.com. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humovemakers/support

    EP 90: Award Winning Story Teller Bianca Holeman on Howard University, battling Lupas, CBS Morning..

    EP 90: Award Winning Story Teller Bianca Holeman on Howard University, battling Lupas, CBS Morning..

    I am Bianca, an award-winning inquisitive storyteller who not only wants to educate the masses but also feels a social responsibility to leave my community better than I found it. I specialize in broadcast reporting and video storytelling.

    Who wants to look back at their life and say, 'should've, could've, would've'?  I sure don't. As a 2009 Teach for America corp member, I taught 6th-grade mathematics for six years in urban charter schools. I decided to return to an original passion and become a catalyst of change by telling the stories of those misrepresented or ignored by mainstream media. Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism allowed me to work under strict constraints, create content for various platforms, and communicate ideas to the public in a concise fashion. As a chosen candidate for the third-semester documentary program, I am a co-producer along with Lani Chan of a documentary entitled Somm State of Mind. The film is about the dynamic sommelier industry and the lifestyle balance women must endure in order to climb the ranks. Our film debuted at Columbia University's DocFest in December 2016 and was chosen for Sonoma International Film Festival 2017 in April.

    During my time at WDB7, a CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia I worked as a dayside and morning reporter. I covered events such a President’s Trump commencement speech at Liberty University to the violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    Currently, I am a weekend anchor and morning reporter for KLAS, a CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, Nevada. In this role I cover a variety of topics such as breaking news, Las Vegas entertainment, crime, and education. Over the past two years, I contributed long-form stories to our Veterans Day Special, Hidden History Black History Special, and Breaking Down Barriers Special. I won a 2020 Pacific Southwest Emmy Award for the News Special Category.

    When I'm not at work I'm can be found at the gym, hosting an event, volunteering with Junior League, or just having laughs with friends over a cocktail.


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    • 1 hr 24 min
    EP 90: Nicholas Perkins on growing a Multi-Million-Dollar Brand + Acquiring Fuddruckers for $18.5M

    EP 90: Nicholas Perkins on growing a Multi-Million-Dollar Brand + Acquiring Fuddruckers for $18.5M

    Mr. Perkins was just twenty-four years young when he founded the Perkins Management Company in 2005, specializing in the provision of contract food service management. Perkins Management Services Company is now a multi-million-dollar enterprise with multiple business platforms serving a diverse portfolio of clients that include colleges and universities, hospitals, and the US Department of Defense.

    In his roles as Chairman, President, and CEO, Mr. Perkins has successfully honored his forefathers by building a company premised on a solid financial foundation with a core leadership team possessing strong business acumen and ethics.

    It’s tempting to simply characterize the Chairman, President and CEO of Perkins Management Services Company, Nicholas M. Perkins, as a visionary businessman. Especially in light of achievements such as engineering an $18.5-million acquisition of the Fuddruckers restaurant brand, an accomplishment that stunned the business world in July 2021.

    But Nicholas is far too inquisitive and multifaceted to be described just as a `businessman’ or `entrepreneur.’ That’s a good thing, given the positive impact Nicholas has had on the realms of education, philanthropy and social activism, in addition to business.

    Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1980 and raised by a single mom – with a major assist from his maternal grandmother – Nicholas was taught to embrace rock-solid values, to include possessing a robust work ethic. Unlike his peers, as a boy Nicholas was fascinated with the heroes and sheroes of the Civil Rights Movement, igniting a lifelong quest for excellence to ensure that the sacrifices of his forebears weren’t made in vain.

    Nicholas’ affinity for those who put their lives on the line during the Civil Rights Movement explain why he’s a strong proponent of economic development within African American communities, and why he’s donated millions of dollars to help HBCU students finish their secondary educations.

    Nicholas is a 1999 graduate of Fayetteville’s E. E. Smith Sr. High School and graduated from Fayetteville State University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in business. Ten years later, Nicholas earned an MBA degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he received the Prominent Alumnus award from the Howard University School of Business.

    Nicholas was only 24 when he founded the Perkins Management Company, which specializes in contract food service management. Perkins Management Services Company is now a multi-million-dollar enterprise with multiple business platforms that serve a diverse portfolio of clients, to include colleges and universities, hospitals, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

    Nicholas is widely recognized as a distinguished leader and change agent within communities that include Fayetteville, Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina; Washington, D.C.; and Columbia and Orangeburg, South Carolina.

    Nicholas has served on the South Carolina State University Foundations Board, and in 2014 former North Carolina governor Pat McCrory appointed Nicholas to serve as member of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Small and Historically Underutilized Businesses.

    In 2015, Nicholas was appointed to the board of the National Urban League, making him the youngest individual to receive that honor. Nicholas also serves on the School of Business Deans Advisory Board for Fayetteville State University School of Business and Economics and has been an adjunct professor of Entrepreneurship with the Howard University School of Business.

    Nicholas is a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

    The HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com) highlights folks in Howard University Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! If you would like to apply or nominate someone  to be on the podcast, please email bio/headshot to humovemakers@gmail.com.


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    • 51 min
    Episode 89: Erica Easter talks life at Howard to Beating Cancer!

    Episode 89: Erica Easter talks life at Howard to Beating Cancer!

    Episode 89: Erica Easter talks life at Howard to Beating Cancer!


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    • 1 hr 22 min
    EP 88: Brandon Young from Philly/HU to Hollywood and working with Chadwick Boseman

    EP 88: Brandon Young from Philly/HU to Hollywood and working with Chadwick Boseman

    EP 88: Brandon Young from Philly/HU to Hollywood and working with Chadwick Boseman


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    • 1 hr 27 min
    EP 87: Danielle Perry from Howard University to Illinois Cannabis Regulation Oversight Officer

    EP 87: Danielle Perry from Howard University to Illinois Cannabis Regulation Oversight Officer

    Danielle Perry is honored to serve as the Cannabis Regulation Oversight Officer (CROO) for Illinois. Appointed by Governor JB Pritzker after legalizing Adult Use of Cannabis, she works with 13 state agencies to direct the regulation and taxation of Illinois' cannabis industry. Danielle's top priority for the office is ensuring Illinois reaches its social equity goals of expungements, community reinvestment, and diversifying the industry.

    A combination of experience makes Danielle Perry the right leader to be Illinois's first CROO. She's been an urban agriculture non-profit executive director who trained individuals with employment barriers and created Chicago's first and only USDA organic farm. As Director of Communications and Outreach for the City of Chicago, she engaged citizens about police accountability and government efficiency. Danielle has also worked on Capitol Hill as a Congressional Aide in charge of social security, health care, and civil rights issues.

    Lastly, Danielle Perry had the pleasure of serving as Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the Obama Administration, leading a National Community and School Garden Initiative in food-insecure communities.

    A native of the Chicagoland Area, Danielle earned her B.A. in Political Science and J.D. from Howard University in Washington D.C. She and her wife live in Downers Grove, Illinois.


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    • 1 hr 17 min
    EP 86: Sinclair Skinner on Founding I ❤️ Black People Movement!

    EP 86: Sinclair Skinner on Founding I ❤️ Black People Movement!

    Sinclair Skinner is Co-Founder of I Love Black People and BillMari, the largest Pan-African Bitcoin wallet provider, using blockchain technology to open doors of financial inclusion and economic empowerment. BillMari has been among the most successful bitcoin companies in Africa and is the first to partner with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe to lower remittance fees across the Diaspora.  Prior to BillMari, for over two decades Mr. Skinner strategically organized and led movements for those politically disenfranchised. As an early adopter of bitcoin, in 2012 he formed the African American Super PAC, 1911 United Political Action Committee, and became the first to accept bitcoins for contributions. Sinclair Skinner’s background includes being a Product Development Engineer, former US Patent Examiner, and a serial entrepreneur for over 20yrs. He is also recognized as a seasoned, global human rights activist and organizer. i am because WE are.


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    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Kianna M ,

Good stories!

I’m only a couple episodes in, but I’m hooked. The stories are exciting and relatable coming from our own Howard family. Nice job! You rep School of B well!

Uplifted1 ,

Long overdue!

It’s about time someone created a platform for Howard Alum. There are waaaay too many high and low profile Movemakers that came out of HU and highlighting their journeys is long overdue. And Josh is the perfect host to bring this unique forum to life!

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