NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Reverend Dr. Renita J. Weems

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Rev Dr Renita J Weems Reverend Dr. Renita J. Weems is a biblical scholar, a writer, an ordained minister, and a public intellectual whose scholarly insights into modern faith, biblical texts, and the role of spirituality in everyday lives make her a highly sought-after writer and speaker. She has numerous books, commentaries and articles on the Bible and prophetic religion to her credit. Among these are “Just A Sister Away” (1987 & 2005); “I Asked for Intimacy” (1993); “Song of Songs: A Commentary”, Interpreter’s Bible Series, Vol. 5 (Abingdon, 1997). Her 1999 book, “Listening for God: A Minister's Journey Through Silence and Doubt” (Simon & [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Angela Mitchell Hill

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Angela Mitchell Hill With over 20 years of experience, Angela Mitchell Hill maintains her mission to educate and empower through a unique culture and industry methodology that inspires and assist thousands in achieving their goals. A skilled speaker and teacher, she provides education and empowerment to manicuring and cosmetology schools, students and professionals. Angela serves on educational boards, mentors, employs, writes and consults. Many lives have been positively impacted by her knowledge, experience and insight. In addition to being a mother, tenured airport concessionaire and entrepreneur, she supports various nonprofits, social enterprises and community/small business development initiatives. In the words of Ms. Mitchell Hill, "Faith, [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Michelle Gaskin Brown

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Michelle Gaskin Brown Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Michelle Gaskin Brown graduated from The Harpeth Hall School and earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science, cum laude, from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where she was a member of the Honorable Robert H. Staton Moot Court, the co-chair of Indiana University’s Council of Legal Diversity, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law Pro Bono Award Recipient and a student attorney for the Wrongful Conviction Clinic. Michelle Gaskin Brown is the Vice President of Policy for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, focusing primarily on [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Joycelyn Stevenson

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Joycelyn Stevenson A native of Macon, GA, Joycelyn graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Howard University and received her law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. Joycelyn is the new Executive Director of the Tennessee Bar Association where she manages the affairs of the state bar under the direction of the 27-member board of directors. Most recently she was a shareholder at Littler Mendelson, P.C., where she practiced labor and employment law, specifically representing local and national corporate clients on workplace issues including allegations of wage and hour violations, race, religion, sex, disability and age discrimination, as well as in lawsuits and [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Tequila Johnson

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Tequila Johnson Tequila Johnson has 10 years of experience in community outreach, community organizing, business strategy, development, and project management. Tequila is the Co-Founder and Vice President of The Equity Alliance, a Nashville-based grassroots non-profit that equips citizens with tools and strategies to engage in the civic process. Through her involvement in local politics and community organizing, Tequila is a strong champion of equality and political engagement for ethnic minority communities. She also serves as Co-Founder and board member of the Power of Ten PAC where she helps to equip minority candidates with the tools and strategies needed to operate successful political campaigns. She is [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Renita Joy Jackson Perkins

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Renita Perkins Renita Joy Jackson Perkins was born in Nashville Tennessee. She is a product of Metro Nashville Public Schools. She graduated with honors. She received her Masters in Administration and Supervision, as well as an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S) all from Tennessee State University. Currently, she is scheduled for completion of her doctorate degree in May of 2019. Renita Perkins is married to Chancelor Russell T. Perkins. They have four well established, thriving adult children, all products of Metro Nashville Public Schools. A Reading Specialist that works for Metro Nashville Public School, a Nurse, a Veterinarian and a Businessman and she has eight beautiful [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Mariah L. Cole, J.D.

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Mariah Cole Mariah L. Cole, J.D. is an advocate for social justice and cares deeply about equitable policies that address the underlying causes of racial and ethnic disparities in health and economic status. As the Director of Program Management in the RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College, she administers a Certificate in Health Policy academic program, which primarily focuses on health disparities and health equity. In her role, she manages the day-to-day activities of the grant-funded Center and holds an Instructor appointment in the School of Graduate Studies and Research where she has taught a course highlighting the role of social determinants [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Kyonzté Hughes-Toombs

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Kyonzte Hughes-Toombs Kyonzté Hughes-Toombs currently serves as Deputy General Counsel with the Tennessee Department of Health. She has practiced healthcare and administrative law with the Department for over seven years. In addition to advising the Medical Laboratory Board and the Council on Certified Professional Midwifery, she oversees the advisement and prosecution of disciplinary cases before several regulatory boards, including the Board of Pharmacy, the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities, the Emergency Medical Services Board, and the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Prior to working for the Department, Kyonzté owned her own solo firm practicing family and criminal law. Kyonzté has also worked for a [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. James Bailey

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Dr James K Bailey Dr. James K. Bailey, III is the phenomenal Pastor of Sweet Savior church and an outstanding Executive Administrator at Whites Creek High School within the Metropolitan Nashville Public School District. Most importantly he is a dedicated family man. On June 5, 1993, he wedded Shemika Hambrick-Bailey, who works diligently in service along with her husband. Out of this union they have two beautiful daughters Ja'Mika and Ja'Mecia Bailey who are both college graduates. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from American Baptist College with a major in Bible and Theology and a minor in Church Vocations. He has also earned [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Joyce Espy Searcy

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Joyce Espy Searcy Joyce Espy Searcy is a native of Yazoo City, MS and currently serves as Director of Community Relations at Belmont University. At Belmont, Joyce leads the effort to consistently improve the effectiveness of Belmont’s engagement with neighborhoods, community groups, non-profit organizations and governmental authorities and to increase the level of awareness regarding Belmont’s identity and mission. A graduate of Fisk and Vanderbilt Universities, she has over 46 years of experience in the non-profit and educational arenas. She also attended Harvard Business School’s “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management” on full scholarship and completed Vanderbilt’s Owen School’s “Finance and Accounting for Executives”. Joyce is [...]