EMMY NOMINATED MEDIA PERSONALITY, ENTREPRENEUR AND PROFESSOR EPITOMIZES TRANSFORMATION
Written By Norma Stanley
Dr. Rashad Richey doesn’t play when it comes to his commitment to ensuring he is making a positive difference in the community. A popular multi-media personality in Atlanta and nationally, Richey is unapologetic about his aggressive and opinionated on-air style, as he works to offer an uncompromised voice on key issues facing the nation.
Host of “Real Talk with Rashad Richey”, a weekly midday show on News & Talk 1380-WAOK with a national listenership of over three million, Rashad was voted “Best Talk Radio Personality in Atlanta” by readers of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. He is also the political and social commentator for The People’s Station V-103, the nation’s largest urban station, as well as the political analyst for CBS46 News and Peachtree TV Atlanta. Often appearing on MSNBC and Fox News Channel, Rashad has a refreshingly fact-based approach with a delivery style rarely seen on national television. When he’s not blazing the airwaves, he’s the Chief Editor AtLarge and a senior writer for Rolling Out Magazine, a publication that has a national millennial readership of 2.2 million.
Now renowned for his thought provoking media analysis and community activism, there was a time in Rashad’s youth when he could have been swallowed up by gang activity, but he chose another direction. He now volunteers as a gang deprogrammer and his results are well known in many circles. “I’m a guy who made a lot of mistakes in my early years, and know all too well the power of purpose and transformation,” says Richey. “GOD gave me a second chance to get it right, not just for my sake, but also for others. As a result, I work with at-risk teens and foster kids because I was once there myself and try to live my life everyday as a man who knows he has been granted a second chance,” he said.
A professor at Beulah Heights University in Atlanta, GA, specializing in Leadership Studies and Business, Rashad is a noted scholar who lectures year round at various colleges in disciplines related to mass-media communications and politics. He says ensuring his work has a societal impact in the areas of social, political, educational and economic equity is very important to him.
“Even though I have many professions, what connects them all is impact,” shared Rashad. “I seek to have a positive impact on others and my various positions/professions allow me that opportunity daily,” he continued. “I’m not only an advocate for fairness in these areas, but I’m also a practitioner who is willing to direct the conversation from the inside,” he said.
Prior to becoming a media powerhouse, Rashad was employed as Political Director and Chief Strategist for the Democratic Party of Georgia. He later became their first African-American lobbyist, where he successfully lobbied for increased educational funding for Georgia schools, common sense prison reform and anti-human sex trafficking laws. He remains politically active through his advocacy firm, Richey and Richey Consulting, LLC. As a serial entrepreneur, Rashad is the Principal of Breaking Ground USA, LLC, a capital investment organization that owns and manages various companies and properties that total over 1 million dollars in asset value.
In addition to being recognized for his excellence in broadcasting and community leadership, his commitment to making a difference in the lives of at-risk youth has also received accolades. Rashad established The Rashad Richey Foundation, Inc. which has an operational focus on mentoring at-risk youth. His extensive work in this area has been recognized by various organizations, including receiving the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama.
Born in Albany, GA., Richey has lived in Atlanta since he was 10 years-old and has come a long, long way from the rough days of his youth. He holds several degrees including an MBA from Beulah Heights University and a doctorate from Scofield Graduate School where his published research focused on The Global Affect of Western Religion on Politics, Policy and Government. He is currently pursuing his second doctorate, this time in Education at Clark Atlanta University, with a research emphasis on
federal higher education reform.
Always busy at one of his many roles as a professor, speaker, radio host, television commentator, serial investor, political strategist, etc., Rashad says he rarely takes time to vacation, is anticipating a very busy 2020 and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“The political and social justice scenes guarantee to keep me burning both ends of the candle and I’m looking forward to it,” says Rashad. “When I’m not busy working, I do enjoy reading, writing, watching a well-written Sci-Fi film and listening to Trap music. Yep, I’m that guy!”
Rashad is an active and proud father to his lovely daughter, Sabrina.
“Even though I have many professions,
what connects them all is impact,”
– Dr. Rashad Richey
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