18 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

    • Self-Improvement
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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 17: #GoHamHU Founders on Creating some of Howard's most Epic Homecoming Events!

    EP 17: #GoHamHU Founders on Creating some of Howard's most Epic Homecoming Events!

    Once a year, a collective of Howard Alumni produces several homecoming events for professionals coming to the Mecca to celebrate Howard Homecoming. Known as #GoHamHU, founders Duclas Charles, Trey Poindexter, Major Dobbins and Brandon Banks execute events throughout the week to tend to different eras from “The Mecca.” With the help of The Gifted Life and the Playmakers US, Homecoming at The Mecca (H.A.M) offers events for everyone, creating options each night for alumni to reminisce with classmates and visitors from across the nation.

    Since it’s inception, #GoHamHU has planned over 40 events with 10,000+ guests. The #GoHamHU team utilizes a family approach to its partnerships and hopes to have every homecoming event produced by Howard alum. #GoHamHU intends to continue Howard’s rich legacy of black excellence and providing quality entertainment for notable celebrities and fellow Bison who visits the nation capital for the best homecoming celebration on Earth. Remember, life is about options.

    Follow @GoHamHU to see what they have in store for homecoming Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight 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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    • 1 hr 25 min
    EP 16: Steve Owens on Creating Classic Homecoming Parties such as #1000Bottles, Trill Grill Fest, Brunch Kings

    EP 16: Steve Owens on Creating Classic Homecoming Parties such as #1000Bottles, Trill Grill Fest, Brunch Kings

    Steve Owens graduated from Howard University in 2006 (BA, Marketing), NYU 2008 (MA, Music Business). Steve worked in music from 2006-2015 (Epic, Def Jam, Atlantic, Warner Chappell, and for various managers and agents including fellow Bison Chris Hicks of Noontime Publishing). Owens is currently a Senior Account Executive for Experiential Marketing at Burrell Communication with a focus on music  and festival properties for Toyota. Steve Owens is the founder of the Gifted Life and started #1000Bottles (+ other homecoming parties) in 2011, Trill Grill Fest in 2014, and Brunch Kings 2015. Most recently, Owens pivoted to Ivey + Allen, black / HBCU alum owned candle company during the pandemic when in-person events weren't viable. Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight 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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    • 1 hr 15 min
    EP 15: Pep Hamilton Talks About the Howard Experience to Coaching in the NFL

    EP 15: Pep Hamilton Talks About the Howard Experience to Coaching in the NFL

    Alfonza "Pep" Hamilton is an American football coach who is the quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Chargers. He was previously the head coach and general manager of the DC Defenders of the XFL. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina who graduated from West Charlotte High School, Hamilton played quarterback from 1993 to 1996 at Howard University. While at Howard, Hamilton earned the team's scholar-athlete award in 1995 and 1996.Hamilton started his coaching career at Howard University, where he served as the team's quarterbacks coach before becoming the team's offensive coordinator. Hamilton coached in the National Football League for the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers before taking a position as quarterbacks coach for the Chicago Bears on March 5, 2007.In 2010, Hamilton was hired by the University of New Mexico Lobos after Tee Martin left for the Kentucky Wildcats and was named co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. However, after Ron Turner left Stanford for the Indianapolis Colts, Hamilton left New Mexico before the start of the season to be the wide receivers coach at Stanford. In 2011, he was promoted to offensive coordinator under new head coach David Shaw. In 2013, Hamilton was named as the new offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts, after former OC Bruce Arians left to become the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. The move reunited Hamilton with former Stanford starting quarterback Andrew Luck, tight end Coby Fleener, and wide receiver Griff Whalen.[3] Hamilton turned down an offer to become the offensive coordinator of the Virginia Tech Hokies, citing a desire to be reunited with his former protégé Andrew Luck. On December 30, 2014 the Oakland Raiders interviewed Hamilton concerning their coaching vacancy, but opted to hire Jack Del Rio. On November 3, 2015, the Colts fired Hamilton. In January 2016, Hamilton was named as the associate head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns. In 2017, Hamilton was signed by the Wolverines to a four-year $4.25m contract. In February 2019, Hamilton joined the XFL's DC Defenders to be their head coach and general manager for the 2020 XFL season. In April 2020, Hamilton joined the Los Angeles Chargers to be their quarterbacks coach for the 2020 NFL season.

    Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight 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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    • 1 hr 13 min
    EP 14: Antoine Bethea - HU Walk On to Leading NFL Tackler, Super Bowl Champ to Thoughts on Kaepernick

    EP 14: Antoine Bethea - HU Walk On to Leading NFL Tackler, Super Bowl Champ to Thoughts on Kaepernick

    Antoine Bethea, 3X Pro Bowler, Super Bowl Champion is an alum of Howard University. The 14 year NFL Veteran was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2006 draft. Heading into his 15th season in the NFL, Bethea led all DB’s in tackles in 2018. The Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals Walter Payton Man Of The Year recipient, Bethea’s journey has been of the ultimate underdog. Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight 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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    • 1 hr 26 min
    EP 13: Anna-Lysa Gayle, from Jamaica to HU to 3-time Emmy award-winning Journalist!!!

    EP 13: Anna-Lysa Gayle, from Jamaica to HU to 3-time Emmy award-winning Journalist!!!

    Born in Jamaica, Anna-Lysa Gayle has always had a passion for documenting events happening around her. She started documenting her life, as soon as she could form real sentences. Since then, she remained committed to her passion for storytelling.  At 11 years old, she moved to the United States to Brooklyn, New York. As she moved to other parts of the east coast, her love for journalism only intensified. In 2009, she enrolled at Howard University where she studied Broadcast Journalism. During that time, she secured internships with companies like WTOP-FM, FOX5 DC, CNN and more. She was also selected for competitive programs like the Meredith-Cronkite Fellowship, the T-Howard Foundation, the CBC-UNC Diversity Fellowship, MTVU, ONA student newsroom and NABJ’s student multimedia project.  She started her career at WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg, Virginia before moving on to WLKY-TV in Louisville, Kentucky, for nearly three years. While in Kentucky, she received an award from the Associated Press for her continuing coverage of a case involving four young men (coined the Misidentified Four).  In July 2016, she joined WJLA-TV where she continues to tell stories that she hopes will leave a lasting impact. She is currently a three-time Emmy award-winning journalist. She earned two Emmy awards for her role in a special report on the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and her role in a newscast on the Silver Spring explosion, which left seven dead.  In 2018, she received her third Emmy for her role in ABC7’s coverage of the Congressional baseball shooting in Alexandria, Virginia. She has also received a community award, known as the ‘Distinction of Hope Award’.  You can watch Anna-Lysa Gayle at 10 p.m. on WJLA’s 24/7 News channel (formerly News Channel 8) & 11 p.m. on ABC7 news, from anywhere in the DMV. You can also follow her journey on her website AnnalysaGayle.com. Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight 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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    • 1 hr 13 min
    EP 12: Lloyd Freeman on being Partner and Chief Diversity Officer at NJ/Pennsylvania's Top Law Firm

    EP 12: Lloyd Freeman on being Partner and Chief Diversity Officer at NJ/Pennsylvania's Top Law Firm

    Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast (www.humovemakers.com), where we highlight 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.   Lloyd Freeman is a Partner and Chief Diversity Officer at the firm. Lloyd concentrates his practice in the area of commercial and complex civil litigation in state and federal courts in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has represented clients in trials, arbitration and mediation in both states.  Lloyd has experience in commercial and complex matters involving consumer fraud, real property, franchise, business torts and other issues related to business and contractual disputes. Lloyd has also litigated a number of disputes involving merchants and the sale of goods governed by Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code (“UCC”).  A member of Archer Discovery Strategies – the firm’s practice group dedicated to eDiscovery litigation and document management practices – Lloyd has extensive experience managing electronic discovery in complex state and federal matters. In the fall, Lloyd teaches e-discovery and digital evidence to upper-level students at Drexel University’s Kline School of Law in Philadelphia, PA.  As Chief Diversity Officer, Lloyd carries out the firm’s vision to grow diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, as well as implements policies and procedures, and fosters programs to promote diversity throughout the firm.  He does this by promoting diversity and inclusion in the recruitment, hiring, retention and promotion of Archer attorneys, which includes maintaining an ex-officio position on the Personnel and Hiring Committees while serving as Chairman of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Most recently, Lloyd planned and hosted the firm’s first diversity retreat featuring two days of workshops on unconscious bias, cultural competencies, inclusive practices and emotional intelligence. In addition, he develops and nurtures key partnerships to drive strategic diversity and inclusion marketing, as well as business development initiatives.   Accordingly, Lloyd serves as a trusted advisor to firm executive management and the Office of the President.  A longtime champion of diversity and inclusion in the profession and at Archer, Freeman created Archer’s affinity group, L.E.A.D. (Lawyers Encouraging Archer’s Diversity) in 2012 and coordinated the firm’s summer associate program for the past three years, resulting in the most diverse summer associate classes in the firm’s history. Freeman himself was a summer associate at Archer and also received an Archer diversity scholarship while in law school. He is the first person of color to rise through the ranks from summer associate to partnership status.  Outside of the firm, Lloyd served as president of the Garden State Bar Association and has written articles and spoken at conferences on the importance of diversity and inclusion.  Lloyd has used his influence as a social justice advocate in the cannabis space as well.  He has spoken at press conferences with the governor, met with state leaders and written pieces urging the decriminalization of marijuana in New Jersey.  Prior to joining the firm, Lloyd served as an intern to the Honorable Jerome B. Simandle, S.U.S.D.J, and as an extern to the Honorable Joseph E. Irenas, S.U.S.D.J., both of the District of New Jersey.


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    • 1 hr 20 min

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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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