94 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://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/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://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/humovemakers/support

    EP 95: Alexandria Franklin, Howard University to Dancing Professionally around the Globe!

    EP 95: Alexandria Franklin, Howard University to Dancing Professionally around the Globe!

    Alexandria Franklin graduated from Howard University with a Fashion Merchandising degree and began her professional dance career shortly after. Her credits include the NBA dance team the Washington Wizard Girls, Brooklyn Ballet, Neglia Ballet, UniverSoul Circus and Royal Caribbean International. She joined the Hiplet Ballerinas in 2017 and has danced in Paris Fashion Week, Le Coq Sportif Korea SS18, Visa Japan “New Normal”, G-Star Raw Uniform of the Free, as well as the Fox TV shows Empire and The Big Leap. Alexandria has also had the opportunity to dance for artists such as Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, and Jamilah Woods.--




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    • 1 hr 21 min
    EP 94: Captain Remoshay Nelson, 1st African American Air Force Officer in Thunderbird Squadron!

    EP 94: Captain Remoshay Nelson, 1st African American Air Force Officer in Thunderbird Squadron!

    Captain Remoshay R. Nelson is the Public Affairs Officer for the United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. As Thunderbird 12, she leads the team's extensive marketing, publicity and community relations programs. Nelson is in her first season with the team. _______________________  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 14 min
    EP 93: Angie Ange - Howard U, Syndicated Radio Personality, Investor, Director of Content at WHUT

    EP 93: Angie Ange - Howard U, Syndicated Radio Personality, Investor, Director of Content at WHUT

    From a dreamer at Howard University to a voice heard across the country as a nationally syndicated morning show host, Angie Ange is a media mastermind building her empire in radio, television and film.

    A proud product of Prince George’s County, Maryland, Angie’s road to radio began at Howard University her freshman year when she joined the student-run radio station WHBC 830AM,eventually becoming Program Director.

    Upon graduating magna cum laude from Howard’s School of Communications, Angie was well positioned for the next level. Her professional radio career began in 2006 at WPGC 95.5 in Washington D.C., where she quickly rose from intern to producer and on-air talent. One year later, Angie was offered a prime-time opportunity to host the night show at 93.9 WKYS in Washington D.C. Angie went on to host the night show forseven years.  In 2014, Angie was promoted to host the afternoon drive slot until 2018, when she became the D.C.-area’s first woman to lead a morning show on a hip-hop station.

    After successfully launching the Angie Ange Morning Show, Angie helped to create and build the syndicated morning show for Urban One now known as “The Morning Hustle,” heardnationwide. In 2022, Angie left Urban One and “The Morning Hustle” to pursue her business interests full time and full force, leading her take on executive roles in media, including Director of Content at Howard University’s WHUT television station, a PBS affiliate.

    When she’s not developing, producing, and distributing content, you can find Angie Ange coaching and advocating on behalf of creatives and forming business partnerships with local entrepreneurs. Always a guiding light for youth, Angie founded the non-profit organization College Is Cool, Inc., in 2009 which continues to raise money for scholarships as well as provide student advocacy assistance. From talent to power, Angie Ange is growing her media platform and taking her rightful seat at the table.

    You can keep up with her media portfolio by visiting www.38Madisonmedia.com

    Contact: Social Media: @angieange -twitter, @goangie –Instagram, Angie Ange on Facebook


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    • 1 hr 29 min
    EP 91: David Oliver on Earning Bronze in Olympics, HU Experience, Coaching at Howard!

    EP 91: David Oliver on Earning Bronze in Olympics, HU Experience, Coaching at Howard!

    David Oliver, is a retired American hurdling athlete. As a professional athlete, he competed in the 110 meter hurdles event outdoor and the 60 meter hurdles event indoors. He is the former 110 meter hurdles champion winning the gold medal at the World Championships in Moscow in 2013 with a time of 13 seconds. He won the bronze medal in the 2008 Olympic Games and won another bronze at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

    He was the American record holder in the 110 meter hurdles. Oliver is a four-time U.S. Champion, having won indoor and outdoor titles in 2008, a second outdoor title at the 2010 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and third outdoor title at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He also won the gold medal at the 2008 IAAF World Athletics Final. He has a personal best of 12.89 seconds in the 110 m hurdles, placing him fifth on the all-time list at the time of his retirement from athletics at the end of the 2017 season (fourth at the time he ran it).

    Oliver won four consecutive outdoor MEAC 110 metres hurdles titles, from 2001–2004. He was also a MEAC indoor champion in the 55 metres hurdles, winning in 2003 in 7.34 seconds.

    Oliver leading the 60 m hurdles at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Oliver received his first All-American honor with a fourth-place finish at the 2003 NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship, running a personal record 13.60 seconds in the process, adding to a long history of Howard University's Track and Field NCAA Division I-A All-Americans.

    In 2008 Oliver won his first national title in the 60 m hurdles. At the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships, he was knocked out in the semi-finals stage. Later in the year, he ran a personal best of 12.95 seconds at the Qatar Grand Prix. He ran a wind-assisted 12.89 seconds in the semi-finals of the United States Olympic Trials and went on to beat Olympic and world silver medalist Terrence Trammell in the final with another windy run of 12.95 seconds. Oliver went on to claim the bronze medal in the 110 m hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, finishing behind Dayron Robles who set an Olympic record and compatriot David Payne. He closed the year with victories at the ISTAF meet in Berlin and at the 2008 IAAF World Athletics Final. He was the second fastest 110 m hurdler of 2008. The 2009 season started promisingly for Oliver, as he recorded 13.09 seconds for his third win in Qatar, but a calf strain resulted in him missing the US Outdoor Championships, and thus the opportunity to qualify for the 2009 World Championships in Athletics.

    Oliver started the 2010 outdoor season with four straight wins over other competitors, among them victories at the Ponce Grand Prix, and the Colorful Daegu Pre-Championships Meeting over Dayron Robles. He scored his first IAAF Diamond League win at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix in May, beating home favorite Liu Xiang with a meeting record of 12.99 seconds. The following month he set a new personal best of 12.93 seconds to win his second national title at the USA Championships. Oliver improved on his personal best in the 110 m hurdles on July 3, 2010, with a time of 12.90 seconds, equaling the area and national record held by Dominique Arnold. On July 16, 2010, Oliver ran 12.89 for the 110 m hurdles, which was the third fastest time ever at that point (after Dayron Robles and Liu Xiang). Additionally, he moved up to number six on the all-time lists in the 60 m hurdles with a win at the Sparkassen Cup, where his personal best of 7.37 seconds also brought him his first ever indoor victory over Dayron Robles. By the time 2010 came to an end, Oliver was unbeaten in 15 finals races and held the top five times and eight of the top nine times in the world.

    2011 saw Oliver, during the outdoor season, win another U.S. Championship title and run under the 13 second barrier again. Indoor he produced his career best 7.37, just 0.01 off the American record. He finished the season ranke

    • 1 hr 9 min
    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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    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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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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