'Fly Jock' Tom Joyner and Sons on Urban Influence Magazine Inaugural Newsstand Issue

For the first time in its short history, Urban Influence Magazine (UIM) is available on newsstands. In just three years, UIM has become the only publication created in partnership with a civil rights organization (National Urban League) and a small business owner (T.Brown Publishing) to be distributed on newsstands nationwide -- bringing unique coverage of African American emerging professionals into the spotlight.
Chicago, IL (PRWeb) June 13, 2007 -- For the first time in its short history, Urban Influence Magazine (UIM) is available on newsstands. In just three years, UIM has become the only publication created in partnership with a civil rights organization (National Urban League) and a small business owner (T.Brown Publishing) to be distributed on newsstands nationwide - bringing unique coverage of African American emerging professionals into the spotlight. Focused on business, lifestyle and community, UIM, launched in 2004, expanded its reach as a result of a strong reader base and an increasing demand for stories that profile today's African-American leaders and issues of the concern within this highly sought demographic. The June/July 2007 third annual "Men of Influence" issue raises the bar for images of African-American men and their families by highlighting achievements that are not often celebrated. In its third annual "Men of Influence" issue, UIM's cover story features nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner and his sons, Thomas Jr. and Oscar Joyner, discussing life lessons, giving back and building their influential media empire. This is one of several stories showcasing generations of African-American men who are continually uplifting the community and making history in their everyday lives. The issue hits newsstands just in time for Father's Day. Known to many as "the hardest working man in radio", Tom Joyner credits much of his company's success to his sons who are responsible for running the Tom Joyner Foundation and REACH Media. In Like Father, Like Sons: The Joyners Fuse Family and Purpose, the Joyners reveal the secret to building a successful media empire together. "Radio plays a major role in the black community and to use it just to play music would be a crime. We use radio to help us become pro-active in the community and on a national level," said Tom Joyner. Learn more about their family tradition and why "super-serving the community" is their major focus. The John Thompson Story is a touching father/son story that captures the love that legendary Georgetown University coach and pioneer John Thompson, Jr. shares for his son and the game of basketball. Thompson, who made NCAA history by becoming the first African-American coach to win the Final Four championship in 1984, reflects on seeing his son lead Georgetown to the 2007 Final Four. "I've been amazed at the number of people that come up to me and say 'I know you're proud of your kid.' And I am," shares Thompson. Get an inside look at what really makes the 6'10 general proud. UIM also salutes 11 African American men who continually demonstrate excellence in their lives by making a difference in the community. This year's "Men of Influence" profiles are:

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1. Dr. Claude R. Alexander, Jr. -- Senior Pastor of University Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina 2. Kyle Bowser -- Executive Producer of the "Inspired By ... The Bible Experience" in Los Angeles, California 3. Reverend Dr. William H. Curtis -- Senior Pastor of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and President of Hampton University Ministries Conference 4. Frank E. Flowers, Jr. -- Filmmaker in Los Angeles, California 5. Malcolm Gladwell -- Author and Journalist for the New Yorker 6. Roderick Hairston -- Deputy Associate Commissioner and Social Security Administrator in Baltimore, Maryland 7. Don Lemon -- News Anchor for CNN in New York 8. Darryl R. Matthews, Sr. -- General President of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland 9. Mark Anthony Neal -- Author, Music Critic, and Professor at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina 10. Tourie and Damien Escobar -- Musicians of Nuttin But Stringz based in New York 11. Berve Power, Jr. -- Lawyer at Power and Dixon, P.C. in Chicago, IL With a growing national dialog on the State of Black America, National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial provides an in-depth look at the league's annual report and discusses the steps to improving the situation. In National Urban League President Calls upon Nation's Leaders to Take Steps to Solve Black Male Crisis, Morial contends that America is at risk of losing its "greatest untapped resource." Find out what you can do to help. Inside the League showcases the 4th Annual National Day of Service; an event designed to teach youth about the benefits of financial management. Presented by the National Urban League Young Professionals and corporate sponsor Citigroup, this annual event hosted thousands of African-American professionals reaching out to youth ranging from 12 - 18 years old, to ensure they would be properly prepared for the future. Read more on how this event is bridging the economic divide in mainstream America. Check out a sneak preview of the 2007 National Urban League Conference in St. Louis beginning July 25 - 28, 2007, at the America's Center. This year's theme, "You, Your Money, Your Future," is sponsored by Anheuser-Busch and U.S. Bank, and features a line-up of speakers that represents a 'who's, who' in America. Invited speakers include: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, author and radio/TV host Tavis Smiley, self-made millionaire and author of The Pursuit of Happyness, presidential candidates and U.S. Senators Barack Obama (D-IL) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY), and many more.
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You can find this and much more in the third annual "Men of Influence" issue of Urban Influence Magazine, on sale now. The June/July 2007 annual "Men of Influence" issue is available at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Waldenbooks and airports nationwide for the sales price of $3.99. Visit www.urbaninfluencemagazine.org for a complete listing and to subscribe. Urban Influence Magazine is a nationally distributed publication targeting progressive African American professionals with a message of building wealth through social change. An official publication of the National Urban League, Urban Influence Magazine speaks to the critical link between individual and community wealth and social responsibility, as well as provides information concerning latest trends in business, politics, and lifestyle for "urban influencers." ###

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Contact Information MONICA WOOD Monica Wood Public Relations (MWPR, Inc.) http://www.urbaninfluencemagazine.com 704-430-6300

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