Tom Joyner at the Debate Party - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

8:30ish pm EST


Where: The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Debate Watch Party, Washington, D.C.


I just entered the debate watch party. The ballroom at the Washington convention center is huge, but it is less than half filled. They’ve placed bags of red, white, and blue hard candies and stress reliever toys shaped like the mascot at Monster.com. The guys behind me say that if you hear something you like, you’re supposed to eat the candy, and if not, you’re supposed to squeeze the toy. I squeeze the toy, but it doesn’t make any noise.


Wow! Tom Joyner! He will be hosting the debate listening party tonight.  I used to listen to him every morning on my one-hour commute to work. But now I’m subbing it (NY subway, that is).
He says he’s been reminded several times that this is the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and so he must be nonpartisan as he hosts the CBCF Debate Watching Party.


Joyner: So if we can all agree to be nonpartisan, let me hear you say, “Yes We Can.”


Joyner relayed an incident with the R&B singer Joe. Joe is not registered to vote. He says he is for Obama, but as Joyner puts it Joe said “I think Obama’s got this thing.”


It’s sad, says Joyner. He’s 35 years old. He wasn’t joking or being sarcastic, he was sincere.


Joe: Can I vote online?


Joyner: No this is not dancing with the stars, Joe.


Joyner convinced Joe to vote.


Joe: When is it time to vote?


Joyner: Nov. 4


Joe: Oh, I’ll be in Japan.


Joyner: You can vote absentee.


Joe is not a bad person, says Joyner. He is sincere, just misinformed. “I’m not going to talk down to him. There are many people like Joe. There are people walking around with Obama T-shirts on not even registered to vote.”

That day Joyner registered 700 people to vote, and Joe was one of them.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.


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