HL 022: Simmons College of Kentucky | HBCU Media | Finances

Last Updated on June 28, 2015

Podcast 22: Simmons College of Kentucky, HBCU Media and Finances

Episode 22 starts off with great money advice for recent graduates. The HBCU Lifestyle Podcast's HBCU media series continues with information about HBCU Digest and their annual national media week. The feature interview is about the nation’s newest HBCU, Simmons College of Kentucky.


What should a recent college graduate do with his or her first paycheck from that big job? Kem Washington is a CPA and business professor who visits the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast to offer money advice that will take the newest HBCU alumni a long way, financially. Her tips are based on her blog “College grads: What is the first thing you should do with your paycheck?”

Professor Washington teaches Business at Dillard University and she is the co-founder of B.A.D.G.E. An alumna of Southern University, Professor Washington has contributed to FoxBusiness.com, Bankrate.com, Yahoo! Finance, Jet Magazine, Smart Asset, TheStreet.com; and she is a contributor to WVUE-TV, WDSU-TV, and WWL-TV.

Connect with her at Kemberley.com


Who will be the 2016 HBCU of the Year? Will Paul Quinn, the inaugural winner, collect again? Will it be Howard’s year? Will Edward Waters represent Florida? How about Johnson C. Smith or North Carolina Central? These are burning questions that will be answered at the AARP HBCU Media Week July 9-11 at Hampton University. Jarrett Carter, founding editor of HBCU Digest, talks about the annual week as well as insight he has gained from being a member of the HBCU media community. Carter is an alumnus of Morgan State University.


Simmons College of Kentucky became the nation’s newest HBCU early in 2015 under the U.S. Department of Education guidelines. Dr. Kevin Cosby, president of the nation's 107th HBCU, visited the podcast to talk about how the college earned the designation, its community and higher education partnerships as well as Simmons’ future.

Simmons was founded in 1879 as the Kentucky Normal and Theological Institute. The college is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Visit Simmons at SimmonsCollegeKy.edu.

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1 thought on “HL 022: Simmons College of Kentucky | HBCU Media | Finances”

  1. I’m so glad to see the issue of finance and what to do with that sudden jolt of money given to recent college grads upon entering the workforce. As a pharmacist in Dallas, TX, I came into decent money fresh out of college, but didn’t now what to do with it other than save and spend on leisure here and there. I’ve been dabbling in the stock market for over a year now and it prompted me to start Black Market Exchange, LLC which is an investment education platform geared towards aspiring investors and millennials, particularly people of color.

    I recently came across your web platform and podcast and plan to dive straight in as I love what looks to be a great resource for African-Africans whether looking to attend college, still in college, as well as those that have already graduated like myself (Howard University Class of 2011 – College of Pharmacy).

    I would love for you to take a look at my website (www.thebmex.com) as well and see what kind of impact we’re striving to make at Black Market Exchange, LLC>


    Dr. Eric Patrick, PharmD
    CEO & Founder of Black Market Exchange, LLC

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