Articles

E! News Co-Anchor Terrence Jenkins joins Larry King on PoliticKING



a few years ago the Obama administration launched an initiative designed to recognize that honor everyday Americans who do extraordinary things in their communities it's called Champions of Change and it falls under President Obama's winning the future initiative according to the White House the program is meant to celebrate people who out-innovate out-educate and out-build the rest of the world each week these champions are invited to the White House to share their ideas Terrence Jenkins actor and co-host of enews recently moderated one of those discussions at the White House the event under the faculty of historically black colleges and universities who are working to promote college completion Terrence also has author of the book the wealth of my mother's wisdom hi Terrance thanks for coming thank you for having what is Champions of Change Champions of Change is a program designated by the White House and it's to give like you said everyday americans an opportunity to be recognized and it also i think gives the administration the opportunity to see these Americans up close and personal and get a real sense of what's happening in our country for a broad range of issues from you know disabilities and veterans to Latino educators and everything in between and it's been going on every week um yeah I think I think every month everyone told me on that every month every week I know this program was for Black History Month the one that I did which was for historically black colleges and universities and that was your only involvement I've done a couple of different meetings at the White House to talk about my brother's keeper and other programs that they have but this is my first actual presentation at the White House and it was a great program they had educators and faculty members come from I think 11 different historically black colleges and universities from across the country to talk about the issues to talk about how to help students graduate to talk about fundraising efforts and you know it was just a great collection of minds I would have been a lot less black colleges now since integration and the like you know it's been tough and that's why you know these institutions when they were implemented were to help all people of color and I think it's really important that we keep them going we keep funding them we're talking about like Fishkin Grambling up north carolina NC howard university you know Morgan State there I think these colleges are only three percent of the overall cuum of colleges but they graduate twenty-three percent of minorities of black people so it's it's really important to keep it going are you at steward yeah I I went to North Carolina A&T State University you know I didn't get accepted into a lot of other colleges when I started off I was really poor in school and that extra help in that family environment really helped turn my life around so you know when I was 17 I would have had a completely different path if I weren't accepted into this university and and I didn't have the mentor and the people around me that really just changed and altered my life is there a greater percentage of blacks now graduating college than say ten years ago yeah I think the numbers grow but you know we still want to increase it we still want to keep on especially funding these institutions which were pillars of the community and you know like I said I'm a testament when we had our program I got to meet some you know unique individuals there there's one that's on the board of for Homeland Security he works for the homeland security team he went to school down in Atlanta from Compton I mean keshia knight pullin was on the panel with me as well an actress and an advocate another HP see you graduate and so you know these schools are really putting out good work and good students and alumni and I think they're really important couldn't a lot of these people have gone to that's what we call white not white colleges but say colleges that were not just black colleges or traditionally black colleges absolutely uh but we know if i'll have to speak for myself i didn't get I didn't get a accepted you know I applied at the time for the University of North Carolina which was in chapel hill I grew up watching Michael Jordan and I wanted to you know go to be otário and I didn't get accepted and I did get accepted into North Carolina NC they took took a chance on a kid that was really rough around the edges and they gave me the opportunity to succeed and if it wasn't for the radio program and the television and theatre program that I participated in when I was there I wouldn't be on TV today a & T stands for agriculture and technology right thanks so they still had an emphasis on like broadcasting oh yeah absolutely and you know that's a that's a misnomer it's a it's a misconception a lot of people think that these schools are limited in some capacity but no add a broad range of students you know I was dating a nursing student for a couple years like they they have all types of different curriculums and yeah I had a great radio program there and all of those programs that helps me out today these colleges were born out of segregation right absolutely you still see a problem in higher education today I think it's getting better but you know I think I think everything needs to be more inclusive so I just want to see more young people especially of color go to college and get that experience do you see the end of these traditional black schools and thus a ten-year period not as long as I'm work I'm doing it my poor still why should there be a need for them I mean first of all you know it's part of our culture that's like asking of you know their traditional female colleges that's like saying why do we have those or you know that looks cool yeah there are different Catholic schools like why do we have those you know it's um I think there's an e-form they educate they they put out a ton of teachers a year like I said they there are only three percent of the total Q move of colleges but yet they graduate 23% and I think that's because of the atmosphere in the environment and you know the history and legacy that are there is it me that's stupid or why haven't I heard more about Champions of Change the administration has a lot of different programs deserves more attention yeah i think this one I think it's an awesome program I've always looked at the White House when I was growing up as some esoteric you know building that you could never go to and even when i did this program last week guys i still was a little nervous as i walked into into the hallways and it was incredibly inclusive it was an incredibly warm atmosphere and to see college kids amongst faculty there in that environment sharing ideas you know I heard professor say okay I'm going back to Morehouse in Atlanta with something that I've learned for you to help my students graduate and that's what I think it all comes down so it's a great great idea what do you make of the Obama proposal about free community colleges I just I think in order for America to continuously be you know on top of the you know on top of things I think college is essential and I think going to a secondary having a secondary education is incredibly important and I think giving people that opportunity is amazing and I don't think that it takes away from HBCUs in the word anyway no I don't know in effect on them I don't I don't think so more with enews co-anchor Terrence Jenkins after this I do historically black colleges offer its students something other colleges don't you know it's a very unique atmosphere and when you say historically black colleges and universities I think a lot of times people think that's not inclusive but you know I white kids that went to school there were Latino kids that were in my class you know we had white professors and we has s panic professors Asian like you know it's it's it was inclusive but I mean there's just nothing like later I got to take you to a black college homecoming you and me we got to go to the Howard University okay you've been tower so you got to a homecoming okay so we have to go to a Howard University homecoming or north carolina NC or famu homecoming when we go you're the food that you taste the the culture and the experience is unlike anything and now in my career you know I am I work with a producer named will Packer who went to us an historically black college and we have that type of relationship you know when I talk with Steve Harvey he's a member of my fraternity Omega sci-fi so it's it's not just the experience you get when you're there but it's also the networking and you know the network that you build that is very unique and special to an historically black college about your book The Wealth of my mother's wisdom what influence did she have on you Larry my mom had me when she was 17 years old and um I never had a chance to meet my father and when I think about you know where I am today I still don't know if I could properly raise a child and to know that she was 17 and 18 and sacrificed everything and was so you know smart and so savvy at that stage in her life to know that it was important for me to go to college and and and the things that she nurtured and taught me I decided to write a book to honor her and to also honor you know all mothers out there because because mothers they do so much for us they're under appreciated and I wanted to share my mother's wisdom with you know people that follow me so that they can learn some of the things that I learned do you think soma got a bad deal at the Oscars you know I would have liked to see it it would win a little bit more I thought it was an incredible movie the only thing was a portrayal of Linda Johnson was wrong was it oh I knew all those players man really he tried everything he could to make yes they just wanted to have a had a little it's movie spice to the story but he was portrayed completely wrong what is about 12 years a slave how important was that movie it was really important you know I remember sitting in I went and saw it in the movie theater and the scene you know where lapita was getting whipped and just to see people's reaction and the way they cringed I think it's important to understand where we've come as a country in order for us to move forward and you know when you watch a World War two epic and you're able to look at it and learn from it and learn from what happened you know that there's its growth there and i think that uh film like 12 years a slave is incredibly important because it's our history have you seen racism living here yeah of course in Hollywood yeah of course I'm getting example we are so easy to be walking the other man shoes it's not easy yeah I try to do that all the time you know what I would say and it's it's not it's not only a black thing I would love to see more inclusiveness period you know I thought Chris Rock had an incredible article in The Hollywood Reporter a couple of months ago we just talked about you know just having the town more inclusive just seeing more people of diverse color in different positions whether it's it's Hispanics you know ages just across the board to seeing more people of color how did you how you doing a tea I love you I love it having a lot of fun he's your towards your role what do you want to be in 10 years what he would it be doing you a combination to you and Will Smith will figure out how that works want to be an actor too yeah I love acting have you gotten roles yeah I I had a couple of films think like a man Kevin Hart whos good friend of mine and will Packer who I talked about earlier we did the film's yeah I think Oh the two of them have gone over a hundred and fifty million domestically so what would you lean more to would you bein anchorman at a major news network will be a regular player in a lot of Hollywood movies I love the I love the duality of being able to do both I like love being able to tell a story and jump into a character and I love film for that it's there's nothing like you know walking into a movie theater and seeing somebody laugh because of you know something that that you worked on so that's an incredible experience I also love the the timeliness and the immediacy of being on television every day and when there's an issue when there's something happening when there's something you know pop culture or viral to talk about it's fun to be able to be a part of that story and to answer you know be a part of that conversation great meeting you turn it's an absolute pleasure terrence jenkins the book is entitled the wealth of my mother's wisdom and of course you can catch him on enews at seven and 11 p.m. as he co-anchors

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *