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.
Jeri Tolliver is Program Director for 1230am WDBZ. Jeri has over 20 years broadcast experience, she has worked for some of Cincinnati’s top rated radio stations and produced shows for some of Talker’s Magazines most talented and recognized hosts in broadcasting including, Lincoln Ware. Additionally, as host of “SisterSpeak” has interviewed some of the nation’s most celebrated personalities and icons including Tyler Perry, Tracee Ellis Ross, Fantasia, several America’s Top Models, numerous celebrities and community activists including Tavis Smiley, Susan Taylor, Al Sharpton, and two First Lady’s Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Passionate about our community, Ms. Tolliver has orchestrated numerous community outreach efforts including the Hurricane Katrina and Haiti Relief, The Annual Buzz Black Book Fair, The Annual food, toy, coat, and back to school drives. Every year, Ms. Tolliver produces the Radio One St. Jude Radio-Thon and has helped raise 100,000 dollars for children’s research. In addition, Ms. Tolliver has supported the efforts of The Boys and Girls Club, Glad House, Lighthouse Youth Services, Stop Aids, Hoxworth Blood Center, CPOP and other local organizations. Most recently Ms. Tolliver has volunteered at Oyler, Gamble and Roselawn Condon as a reading assistant and teacher’s aide and is currently the driving force behind 1230 The Buzz Adopt-A-Class Project and supported Riverside East Academy for the 2010, 2011and 2012 school years and is now involved with St. Joseph school in the West End. She is a mentor with the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative.
Currently, Ms. Tolliver is working on a Street Read Tour that will kick-off in April and travel to various communities to recruit community-minded citizens to get involved with helping kindergarten through third grade students achieve reading success as outlined by the Ohio Third Grade Reading Guarantee.
Ms. Tolliver served on the boards for The Inner City Tennis Project, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati and Hoxworth Blood Center and has received The Beacon of Light Dreamkeeper Award from Lighthouse Youth Services and President’s Award from CPOP and Community Corporate Award from Stop Aids (formerly AVOC), Community Advocate Award from Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, The Nefertiti Award, Spirit of Cincinnati Award from The Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Dada Rafiki Community Award and the 2013 Communications Service Award from the Emancipation Proclamation Program.
Ms. Tolliver attended the University of Cincinnati and is a recent graduate of Thomas More College.
Dr. Shantel Thomas, Ph.D. is President and CEO of A Sound Mind Counseling Service, LLC. This twenty clinician practice offers two office locations: one in Cincinnati and the other in West Chester, Ohio. Dr. Thomas provides individual, couple and group therapy to people of all cultural backgrounds and ages. In addition to private practice, she has presented both locally and nationally to numerous audiences, in corporate, academic and church settings.
She received her B.A., M.Ed. from the University of Toledo where she attended on a full athletic scholarship and had a stellar career as a sprinter, traveling the world competing and receiving various honors, including MAC Athlete of the Year and NCAA Woman of the Year for Ohio. Her doctorate is from Kent State University.
Thomas was inducted into the University of Toledo’s Hall of Fame and selected as one of Cincinnati’s Leading Women. She was a Health Care Hero and Athena Awards finalist in 2006. She was also honored in Who’s Who of Black Cincinnati in 2009 and 2007. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a life member of the Ohio Counseling Association.
Dr. Thomas volunteers time with adolescent girls helping them to understand the importance of positive self-esteem, racial identity and skin color acceptance. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, the American Counseling Association, the Black African American Counseling Association and she is a life member of the Ohio Counseling Association. She co-host Sister Speak on 1230AM WDBZ where she is known as “Dr. Shan.”
Shantel is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. She attends Christ Emmanuel Christian Fellowship in Cincinnati along with her husband Benjamin Thomas. She is the proud mother of two sons, Gideon and Micah.
Janaya Trotter Bratton is the owner and sole proprietor of Trotter Law LLC, where she provides legal services in the areas of family, business, criminal and civil rights law. Janaya is as an adjunct professor teaching courses in Family Law, Business Law and Ethics. She is also a co-host on the radio show Sister Speak on 1230AM the BUZZ of Cincinnati.
Janaya earned her Juris Doctor from Salmon P. Chase College of Law and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University. She began her legal career as an assistant prosecuting attorney with the City of Cincinnati Prosecutor’s Office. Prior to becoming a small business owner, she also worked as an associate attorney for a small law firm where she practiced both civil and criminal litigation.
Always an active participant in the community, she volunteers as a member of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center Board of Directors, Criminal Justice chair of the National Action Network, and co-chair of the Hamilton County Democratic Party’s Judicial Selection Committee. Amongst other various posts, she has most notably been a member of the Cincinnati Zoo Young Ambassador Council, Dress for Success of Cincinnati Board of Directors, a member of the Cincinnati Zoo Planned Giving Committee, and Vice- President of the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati.
Along with a host of other accolades and honors, Bratton has been recognized as YWCA Rising Star, one of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s 2014 40 under 40, a Cincinnati Magazine Athena Award Finalist, a “Wise Woman” by the One Hundred Wise Women Program and an emerging leader by Applause Magazine. She has also been honored by the Ladies of Distinction Program.
De Asa Nichols – Businesswoman, Radio Personality and Co-Host of Sister Speak on 1230AM The BUZZ of Cincinnati, Life Coach and Co-Founder of The Young Girls Gathering.
De Asa is an authentic, confident and powerful woman having blazed trails in business, entrepreneurship, diversity, branding and life-style management. De Asa is the recipient of many honors and has been featured in Black Enterprise and Essence Magazines. De Asa currently serves as the Director of Supplier Diversity at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is the former President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce where she served from 2001 – 2005. In 2011, De Asa Co-Founded the Young Girls Gathering (YGG), a mentoring and character building organization committed to empowering girls ages 10-18. De Asa earned a Bachelors and MBA degree from Xavier University. An engaged community advocate and philanthropist, De Asa enjoys traveling having visited 6 of the 7 continents, music, reading, architecture, fashion and interior design. De Asa is single and resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Ameenah C. Hall is a professional Event/Project Manager with an extensive background including a unique blend of sales, event planning, public relations, promotions, marketing and business/project management.
Ms. Hall is President of Kamaria Productions, a boutique event consulting, marketing, and event planning company based in Cincinnati, OH. Small & Large Meetings, conferences, expos, and special, unique events is the primary focus.
Ms. Hall has extensive practice in providing solutions within the areas of event production, corporate, non-profit, and private sector entities. Her skills and abilities include budget development, talent coordination, proposal development for marketing presentations, host corporate sponsors, on-site supervision at events, develop and script public service announcements for media use, contract and vendor negotiations, and logistics planning.