Licensed Cosmetologist, School Owner, Salon Owner, Radio Host, Conference Host, Instructor, Motivational Speaker and Author, Mr. Bennett received his B.A. degree from Morehouse College and his M.ed degree from Howard University. In 1996, C. Alan Bennett founded Bennett Beauty Institute (BCI) with 5 students. In 1997 BBI was the largest Beauty School in Washington DC, with a student body of 200 students. In 1999, BBI became nationally accredited by the National Accrediting Agencies for Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS). Mr. Bennett served as the National Cosmetology Association President of Washington DC for two years. C. Alan changed the name of the school to the Bennett Career Institute and moved into a 30,000 square foot facility in the heart of Catholic University!
IN 1998, Mr. Bennett was awarded a contract with Correctional Corporation of America. Through this contract he taught Barbering to the CCA residents, always pushing and motivating them to attend Barbing school upon their release. His goal was to present the residents with a career that would be forgiving of their past, and propel them into a successful future.
5 Salons, 2 Daycare Centers and his new book is entitled “My Business is the Beauty Business” available on Amazon and local bookstores. Mr. Bennett has also worked with the DC Department of Corrections, providing education and services to committed residents.
Due to his years of working with incarcerated individuals, Mr. Bennett has embarked on a new venture to demonstrate how the field of Barbering can change their lives. Recently he has begun a campaign and shooting a documentary entitled “Don’t Put Down The Clippers”. The documentary will highlight individuals who found themselves incarcerated, and how the field of Barbering changed their lives! A reel of the documentary is scheduled to be shown at the 2018 March on Washington Film Festival, in Washington DC.
With over 40 years of experience as a community leader, politician, minister and advocate, the Rev. Al Sharpton is one of America’s most-renowned civil rights leaders. Now “The Rev.”, as he is affectionately called by close friends and supporters, is bringing his powerful voice to radio and getting the answers to real questions with his entertaining new daily talk show the Al Sharpton Show.
Ground-breaking, Peabody Award-winning broadcast news journalist Carl Nelson, has interviewed Presidents, Prime Ministers, Heads of State, politicians, authors, celebrities, civic leaders and people from all walks of life over a four-decade career that has taken him from Nelson Mandela’s prison cell in South Africa, to the Rodney King Riots in Los Angeles, to his present career as host of Washington DC’s latest daily newsmaker radio program, The Carl Nelson Show, a 3-hour daily news program on Radio One’s flagship radio station WOL-1450 AM.
Carl Nelson was the first reporter allowed to interview Nelson Mandela on the eve of his historic 1991 release from his South African prison and, as News Director for Stevie Wonder’s KJLH Radio, was the only news reporter allowed across police lines during the 1991 Rodney King riots. KJLH’s acclaimed coverage of this civic unrest garnered KJLH the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, an NAACP Image Award, a Golden Mike Award, the Los Angeles Press Club Award and several other industry-wide awards.
Nelson began his broadcasting career in 1971 at WYNT Radio in New York City. In 1974, he was recruited by Inner City Broadcasting Company, owners of WLIB Radio and WBLS Radio. After stints at several radio stations in Los Angeles, Nelson was named News Director of Stevie Wonder’s KJLH Radio, a position he held for a quarter of a century (1980-2005). In addition to his managerial responsibilities, Nelson was deeply involved in Wonder’s Bid to make Dr. Martin Luther Kings’ birthday a national holiday, he was also led in the station’s critically-acclaimed coverage of local, regional and national politics, breaking news and national events, including coverage of all the US political conventions.
Nelson has interviewed former US President Ronald Reagan, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former South Africa Premiere Peter Botha, Zambia’s first
President Kenneth Kaunda, Namibia’s Former President Sam Nujoma, current South African President Jacob Zuma, dozens of US political leaders including former US presidential candidate Rev. Jesse Jackson, Senator Edward Kennedy, Representatives Maxine Waters, John Conyers and Diane Watson, Julian Bond, Andrew Young, TD Jakes, and Rev. Al Sharpton, among many others.
Nelson’s celebrity interviews include: Elizabeth Taylor, Oprah, Michael Jackson, Prince, Sidney Poitier, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Redd Foxx, Luther Van Dross, Quincy Jones Berry Gordy, Magic Johnson, Muhammad Ali, O.J Simpson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar Richard Pryor and Nancy Wilson, to name but a few
In 1996, The Black Radio Exclusive Magazine named Carl News Director of the Year. Nelson is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology, and a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television News Directors Association and the Black Journalists Association. Formerly the co-owner of WSRF AM radio in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Nelson sits on the President’s Advisory Board at St. Thomas University, Miami, FL.
Their voices have been heard in our nation’s capital and across the country. After numerous years working in media, three friends decided to create a show merging each of their unique talents and experiences. Throughout their respective careers, they’ve crossed paths in various capacities but never had the opportunity to share the same platform. In fall of 2018, Fate intervened and gifted these three friends perfect timing.
United in their desire to voice the issues and concerns of those tired of cookie-cutter programming, Big Zo, Danella Sealock VanNiel and Aladdin form Adverse Reaction. With undeniable chemistry, Adverse Reaction offers news in an informative yet entertaining way. Rooted in their bond, the hosts hold each other accountable for being authentic at all costs. Listeners can trust that through their topics may be controversial their mission is to enlighten, uplift and entertain.