Vernon Oakes is President of Oakes Management Inc., a property management company. As President, he has renovated and managed his own properties, and those owned by other entities since 1985. Vernon is also the immediate Past President of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives, and serves on several boards to advance the interests of cooperatives. He formerly served as coordinator of the MBA program at Howard University, and is an MBA graduate of Stanford University. Vernon has used his business acumen to benefit the community by providing quality housing across all populations, and is a consummate advocate for cooperatives.
His show, Everything Co-op features people who have influenced or participated in the advancement of the cooperative business model to change lives and/or help people to leverage cooperation, for the betterment of others. Vernon has personally made a commitment to teach people about cooperatives, and to market cooperatives as business model that can be used to resolve community problems.
“Chris “The Mayor” Thomas is a renowned two-time comedy award-winning comedian and master of over 2000 realistic celebrity impressions, including Barack Obama, Denzel Washington, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Lenard and Frank Sinatra just to name a few. One of Chris’s favorite subjects, Sugar Ray Leonard, says quite simply “Chris Thomas knocks me out!” He has performed with an array of artists including Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Prince, Luther Vandross and Anita Barker. Chris continues his extensive live performance schedule both on his own as well as with fellow comedians, Jamie Foxx and Mark Curry.
Success as a stand-up comedian has allowed Chris to expand his work into all major media’s. His radio work has included weekly appearances on WRKX New York’s morning show and the nationally syndicated, “Chris Thomas Comedy Hour.” Advertising work has included such clients as Levis, Xerox, and Lee Jeans. Chris has been featured in film and video work including “Body and Soul” and Public Enemy’s “Fight The Power” while television appearances include “Star Search,” “Live At The Apollo,” and “The Sugar Ray Leonard Roast.” Chris’ work on the 1988 Run/DMC and Public Enemy national tours established him as the King of Hip Hop comedy and led to his most popular role as The Mayor of Black Entertainment Televisions’ (BET’s) “Rap City”; the cable networks highest rated show.”
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Visionary Businessman. Impassioned Leader. Results Catalyst. Civic Excellence. These are just a few of many phrases that accurately describe the dynamic executive who is Mr. Nicholas M. Perkins.
Chairman, President, and CEO of the Washington, DC based Perkins Management Services Company, and Perkins and Robinson Investment Group. Mr. Perkins was born in Fayetteville, NC and raised by his single mother with assistance from his maternal grandmother. Mr. Perkins’ solid upbringing and his avid studies of the African-American Civil Rights Movement inspired him to deftly exact impactful goals with demonstrated excellence to ensure that his forefathers’ sacrifices were not made in vain. To that end, Mr. Perkins has committed himself to economic development and creation of job opportunities within African-American communities.
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.
Mr. Perkins is a 1999 graduate of E. E. Smith Sr. High School and a 2003 graduate of Fayetteville State University. In 2013, Mr. Perkins received his MBA from Howard University. Mr. Perkins’ driven goals and demonstrated excellence earned him the Prominent Alumnus award from the Howard University School of Business.
Mr. Perkins is widely recognized and depended upon as a distinguished leader and progress agent in many communities that include Fayetteville and Charlotte, NC; the District of Columbia; Columbia and Orangeburg, SC; and Raleigh, NC. Mr. Perkins served on the South Carolina State University Foundations Board. NC former Governor Pat McCrory appointed Mr. Perkins in 2014 to serve as member of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Small and Historically Underutilized Businesses, which is responsible for expanding state contracting opportunities for women or minority owned small businesses. In 2015, Mr. Perkins was appointed as a Trustee for the Board of the National Urban League and stands as its youngest trustee in service. Mr. Perkins also serves on the School of Business Deans Advisory Board for Fayetteville State University School of Business and Economics and pending nominations for the School of Business Board at Howard University and nomination for the White House Initiative on HBCU’s. His lifelong commitment to empowering the underserved African-American community fuels Mr. Perkins’ current endeavors.
As a leader within the African American community, Mr. Perkins wisely understands the need for advocacy and activism. His commitment to community led Mr. Perkins to create jobs in his hometown by purchasing and operating a Church’s Chicken franchise and reestablishing a major black-owned and historically significant dry cleaning company located just a few miles from Fayetteville State University. In addition to providing jobs to underserved communities, Mr. Perkins’ financial investment exemplifies his desire to empower communities that have been historically disenfranchised.
Mr. Perkins is proactively committed to being an example to young leaders with entrepreneurial desires. Additionally, Mr. Perkins is a major financial supporter of his own alma maters as well as the colleges and universities where he is honored to partner and provide his company’s stellar services. Mr. Perkins’ commitment to professional and civic excellence results in his being a respected leader in the communities he proudly serves.
Mr. Perkins serves as public exemplification of excellence for students and aspiring leaders who can confidently and with single-minded purpose pursue their own aspirations with inspiration that Mr. Perkins (using the words of poet, Edgar Albert Guest in “It Couldn’t Be Done”) “tackled the thing that couldn’t be done, and he did it.” Mr. Perkins does not settle for simply being a publicly observable role model. He actively serves as a mentor to various interns, acquaintances and even to the young people served by his company’s Charlotte based AAU basketball team.
Mr. Nicholas M. Perkins is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated and committed to excellence with each undertaking.
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.