Meet Tenn State Alum Danny Glover, Bernie Sanders’ National HBCU Outreach Director



NBCBLK recently spoke with Danny D. Glover, the campaign’s National Historically Black Colleges and University’s Outreach Director, who’s spearheading initiative. He spoke about plans to visit about 10 HBCUs and why Sanders’ populist message resonates with minority students.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – Jan 20, 2016 – How does an aspiring fashion designer become a Fashion Consultant on a made-for-TV movie?  Well you work hard like fashion designer Reco Chapple.

Reco Chapple served as Fashion Consultant for Lifetime’s Original Movie, Toni Braxton’s UNBREAK MY HEART, starring newcomer Lex Scott Davis (The Exes) as the seven-time Grammy(R) Award-winning R&B icon, premieres Saturday, January 23 at 8pm ET/PT. Toni Braxton executive produces the two-hour film, which is based on her popular memoir Unbreak My Heart. Immediately following the movie, Lifetime premieres the special, Beyond The Headlines: Toni Braxton at 10pm ET/PT.

“When I received the personal request from Toni, to serve as a Fashion Consultant for UNBREAK MY HEART, I was speechless,” stated Chapple.  “Toni has support my career as a black designer for years, by taking me on tour with her as her, dressing her for red-carpet such as the Grammys,” continued Chapple.

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Reco Chapple is from Chattanooga, TN and a graduate of Tennessee State University with degree in architectural engineer.  Reco Chapple gained national attention as a constant viewers favorite as a contestant on Bravo Network fashion competition show, The Fashion Show


Joseph D. Bishop Sr Named Police Chief at Tulane

New Tulane police chief Joseph D. Bishop Sr.

After a nationwide search, Tulane University has hired Joseph D. Bishop Sr. as its new police chief, effective Feb. 22. Bishop, a 35-year law enforcement veteran, comes to Tulane University from Vanderbilt University, where he serves as assistant police chief.

New Tulane police chief Joseph D. Bishop Sr. is a 35-year law enforcement veteran. (Photo provided by Joseph D. Bishop Sr.)

“Chief Bishop’s credentials are impressive. I believe that with his knowledge and experience, we can reach new milestones in our continued efforts toward progressive police strategies that will enhance the safety of our community,” Tulane University Police Department superintendent Jon Barnwell said.

Bishop began his civilian law enforcement career in 1978 with the Clarksville Police Department in Tennessee, later transferring to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy. In 1980, he was hired by the Metro Nashville Police Department as a patrolman. Rising through the ranks, he served in patrol/field operations, training, investigations, drug enforcement, S.W.A.T. and special operations.

He also has served as the director of the Office of Investigations and Compliance for the Tennessee Department of Corrections. He retired as deputy chief after 28 years of service with the MNPD.

Before assuming his current position at Vanderbilt, Bishop served as chief of the Columbia Police Department in Tennessee from 2008 to 2013. At Columbia he developed a management model for community service, incorporated an accountability-driven leadership model and reorganized the department. After five years, the department experienced heightened community partnership and five consecutive years of crime reduction.

Bishop graduated with honors from Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He also earned a master’s degree in public administration from Cumberland University.

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John Morgan Resign as TBR President, Slam Haslem’s Plan


Just as it seemed that Governor Haslem plan for each TBR 4 year institution to have their own governing board, John Morgan resigned.  John Morgan deemed Haslem’s plan unworkable and not even clear.

Haslem for a long time has pretty much had support to push any legislation through finally received some push back. Memphis and MTSU have been quoted as saying that they are excited for the plan. TSU, APSU, Tenn Tech, and ETSU have been really quiet since those smaller schools just don’t have the political leverage to implement change.

Haslem’s plan hits the Congress floor next week. We will see if the members support it.




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Tenn State Alumni Swahili Inspired Wedding Is Stunning!


On the campus of Tennessee State University, Saida caught Kenny’s attention. Though it wasn’t until after both graduated and found themselves in each other’s presence at a mutual friend’s dinner did the two meet and sparks began to fly. Cut to four years later, the beautiful couple wed on September 5, 2015 in Nashville, not too far from Kenny’s very casual and personable proposal.

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