The Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, Inc. (MHCDO) is a nonprofit community-based organization that has undertaken community development activities in the District of Columbia’s Ward 7, since 1979.
MHCDO has successfully developed on its own or in partnership with others a 60-unit supportive housing facility, a 469-unit garden-style apartment complex, 220,000 square feet of retail/office space, 20,000 square feet of warehouse/industrial space, and over 150 homes sold to low and moderate-income buyers.
To enhance its development activities, MHCDO operates several programs designed to expand economic opportunities, increase self-sufficiency, and improve the quality of life for individuals and families. Services include housing and financial counseling, supportive housing for individuals, families, and persons with special needs, home buying education and assistance, business development services, socialization services for mentally ill seniors, and emergency food.
MHCDO takes a multidisciplinary approach to community development. This means that it is concerned with the board range of issues and elements that impact urban life. These issues and elements are reflected in the set of fundamental beliefs that guide the activity at MHCDO. These issues and elements are what MHCDO believes inspires and motivates people to take action.
MHCDO’s success stems from its community governance, collaborations and partnerships, and holistic approach to community development.
Be Informed is hosted by Beverly Mann and Furard Tate.
Beverly Mann was born and raised in Washington, DC., a city she loves, and she loves living a purpose-driven joyous life. Beverly has a passion for teaching young people and solving problems. Beverly spent many years working in the Federal Government as a Human Resource Manager and was responsible for writing policies, training, recruiting, and for serving as a consultant to executives and employees. Beverly also wrote scripts and produced videos highlighting agency programs and services. She developed a talent for producing video campaigns. At an early age, Beverly developed a love of radio stations where she worked with on-air personalities to develop promos, jingles, and provide on-air commentary. Beverly is excited to continue doing what she loves – helping others – and “Be Informed” is an avenue where she can do that. She believes knowledge is power and she wants to assist DC residents to be empowered in every area of their lives.
Furard Tate is a native Washingtonian and owner of Inspire Hospitality Group. Since 2001, Tate, as he prefers to be called, has trained thousands of returning citizens, veterans, and unemployed youth. Through his former business, Inspire BBQ, located in the Historical H Street District in Washington, DC, Tate provided food, jobs and raised funds for this community for over 20 years. Currently, he serves as a Capstone Advisor at Georgetown University, School of Continuing Studies; Co-founder of DMV Black Restaurant Week; Business Coach at Dreaming Out Loud Inc and at Life Assets, where he assisted with awarding over 1,000 small business microloans from 2018-2019. Tate has spoken and trained at both civic and business
engagements to diverse communities nationally and globally. Furard Tate exemplifies “teaching a man to fish” and helping “the least of our brothers [and sisters].” He walks his talk every day.
Pat Thornton is President and CEO of Patyna Communications, with 30 years of experience as a marketing and business strategist. She leverages her experience to help companies take an integrated approach to establish brand identity and maintain a preeminent presence within targeted markets.
Her commitment to bringing businesses together and providing resources to help businesses expand is clearly evident in the format of her radio talk show, The Thornton Business Hour. The show primarily focuses on sharing information regarding available resources, programs and services that help entrepreneurs and their businesses perform at their best. The Thornton Business Hour airs weekly on Radio One’s WOL 1450 AM station, and provides valuable information from principals of major programs, thriving businesses and innovative startups. The show also takes time to honor those leaders who have paved the way, and opened doors for so many people to walk through.
Pat is honored to be a graduate of Leadership Maryland’s Class of 2012, and to Board President of CTV, Prince George’s County’s Public Access television station. She takes great pride in serving the underserved populations and raising her voice for those who are unable to stand for themselves.
Wendy is currently President and the Director of Business Affairs for the Minimally Invasive Vascular Centers where, along with her Business Partner, she has worked to develop a scalable, progressive new business model for vascular outpatient surgical centers and micro hospitals. The facilities are located in the metropolitan area of the District of Columbia. The team has plans to expand to major markets throughout the U.S. and abroad. Their state of the art facilities have revolutionized the delivery of sub-surgical specialty vascular services to the community. She has also helped to develop new hospital and surgery center business models.
In addition, she is a Franchisee Partner that owns and operates Massage Envy Downtown Silver Spring. Wendy is also creator and developer of the Mind of an Entrepreneur™ brand that currently produces a radio show, authors and publishes books on mental strategies for navigating the world of business. The Mind of an Entrepreneur™ brand also focuses on helping members of marginalized communities open the pathways to wealth and abundance through owning and operating businesses and introducing much-needed goods and services into their communities. She is also expanding her Business Consulting practice to include Hospital Investments, Turnaround Consulting and Healthcare Acquisitions. One of her new exciting ventures includes Executive Production of the award-winning Chicago based web series entitled, I Used to Love Her. Wendy began her career with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC). She also is Owner and Chief Executive Officer of a Business Consulting firm called The John Edward Group. As a Business Consultant, Executive Project Manager and Business Thought Leader, she has trained thousands of entrepreneurs and emerging leaders and managed over $350 million in Projects. She has served as Crisis Manager for many Corporations, Executives and Celebrities.
Her list of clients have included, but are not limited to, the Department of Treasury, Office of Financial Stability (Obama Administration TARP Fund), Berkshire Hathaway, CNA Insurance, AIG Insurance, Citizens Water Resources, The City of Chicago, Cook County Hospital, Atlantic Records and numerous National Celebrities and Corporate Executives.
Wendy is an Effective Leader with exemplary management, organizational and strategic thinking skills and a proven record of accomplishments in initiating and managing change, project management, process improvements, thought leadership, contract negotiations, financial reporting, auditing and internal control analysis and review. Her motto is that “Old Business Models No Longer Work.” She has a demonstrated ability to implement decisions and achieve corporate goals.
Wendy holds a dual degree, BBA in Finance and Accounting from Iowa State University and numerous business certifications and accomplishments in the areas of Finance, Accounting and Business. She is also a Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach and Trainer and serves as Co-Chair of the DC Chapter of the Save a Limb, Save a Life Foundation (SAL SAL) and is a member of National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), National Association of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants (NSCHBC), National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants (NAHAC), Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), the Medical Tourism Association (MTA) and numerous area Chambers of Commerce where she does business. Wendy remains focused on her platform where she focuses on helping members of marginalized communities open the pathways to wealth and abundance through owning and operating businesses and introducing much needed goods and services into their communities. http://www.WendyMuhammad.com http://www.JohnEdwardGroup.com http://www.MOEToday.com http://www.MIVCMD.com
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.