Warren Ballentine has galvanized millions of people to not just complain, but to take action to solve problems. Ballentine’s series, The Warren Ballentine Show, is syndicated in 10 markets, and is one of the highest-rated urban talk shows in the nation. The show has been making headlines and pushing the envelope since Ballentine hit the airwaves.
He continues to engage his listeners while discussing, analyzing and dissecting ideas and issues targeted to not just the African-American audience, but that impact the nation. Warren is a prolific radio personality and motivational speaker who brings a diverse skill set to talk radio. The no holds barred talk show host, shoots straight from the hip and inspires his listeners, known as The Truthfighters, to create solutions and not focus on just the problems. Through economics and information.
Ballentine has championed and lead the call for the National Economic Blackout. He continues to shoot straight from the hip, during three hours of “thought radio” that engages, provokes and entertains listeners. Ballentine conducts and open and frank discussion each weekday around economics political and education, religion, relationships and anything else topical.
Ballentine has been deemed by the New York Times as one of the next BIG things in Black talk radio. He has been instrumental in driving political education nationwide and led the ONE voter’s registration campaign. Covering both the national Democratic and Republican convention. Ballentine’s show is a highly sought-after platform for political figures and key influencers.
Ballentine is currently an accredited motivational speaker, radio personality, and activist who uses his popularity to try to make a difference every single day. He has been featured in Jet and Ebony magazines, as well as Atlanta Business Journal and The New York Times, amongst other outlets.
The Warren Ballentine Show airs Monday through Friday from 10AM – 12pmET.
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.
James Lewis III host of The Lance Jay Radio Network is an experienced veteran behind the microphone. Starting with a small sports & hip-hop podcast in 2015, James grew his audience organically and has hosted weekend shows on ESPN Radio in Philadelphia and NBC Sports Radio in Phoenix. During his ascent within the media realm, James was also advancing his healthcare executive career while serving as a Vice President within the Blue Cross Blue Shield system leading clinical verticals and nine-figure portfolios.
In 2020, the Covid-19 Pandemic ended sports for 4 months. During this time, James pivoted towards national news/political topics and began to share his healthcare expertise launching The Lance Jay HealthCast. The new format was a podcast version of his radio show focused on Social Determinants of Health and Clinical Leadership. During the ensuing months, The Lance Jay Radio Network began to combine the pop culture and corporate sides of the platform perfecting the format. James has healthcare interviewed industry giants like John Gorman, Mark Fabiano & Hassan Rifaat in addition to the hip hop legends on the traditional radio show like Gillie Da Kid, Pete Rock and Clipse making him one of the most versatile hosts in the country
In 2020, James left the executive chair at Blue Cross and launched Paragon 7ven Studios & Consulting Group which has the core competencies of influencing healthcare media while assisting managed care plans with their strategic approach to Medicare/Medicaid product lines. His experience spans over 15 years at various levels of responsibility for Quality, Clinical Operations, Wellness, Risk Adjustment and STAR Rating initiatives. “The” Lance Jay Radio Network’s flagship station is The Mighty 1470AM in Nashville, TN. In September of 2021, James forged a partnership with Urban One to air on WOL 1450AM & 95.9FM in the Washington D.C. market. With outstanding sponsors such as U.S. Hunger, Engagent Health, Insightin Health and Industrious Office, The Lance Jay Show is in full expansion mode and looking to move into other large media markets that are healthcare hubs.
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.