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MC Lyte, Chevrolet & NNPA Give Away Scholarships During 'Discover the Unexpected'

MC Lyte, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., President and CEO, of NNPA, Michelle Matthews-Alexander, Diversity Marketing Manager, Chevrolet and Dr. Danille K. Taylor, Dean of CAU’s Arts and Sciences";

Six journalism students from the Atlanta University Center (Morehouse, Spelman and Clark Atlanta University) were awarded scholarships on April 13 during the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) “Discover The Unexpected.” The fellowship program is sponsored by Chevrolet and was held all day in and outside of CAU’s historic Robert Woodruff Library.


The goal of the NNPA’s program is to support the next generation of African American journalists and storytellers to blaze new trails in journalism. The NNPA Fellows assignment is to develop news stories that impact their communities and embody discovering the unexpected.



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MC Lyte

Hip Hop Pioneer, Actress and Voice Over Artist, MC Lyte was on hand and served as this year’s spokesperson. She along with:   Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., president and CEO, of NNPA;  Michelle Matthews-Alexander, diversity marketing manager, Chevrolet; and, Dr. Danille K. Taylor, dean, Arts and Sciences, Clark Atlanta University, helped to kick-off the day’s activities.  For Lyte, working with Chevrolet and NNPA is just one of the many ways she gives back to education and the community.

“It’s the complete concept of philanthropy met with the artistry of journalism and storytelling” said Lyte, who has served as spokesperson for two years.


The communication students were selected by a panel consisting of NNPA and AUC staff members. Each fellow will be paired with a professional advisors at leading NNPA newspapers in Washington D.C, Atlanta, New Orleans and Raleigh. The fellows also received a $10,000 scholarship, a stipend and access to the Next-Generation 2018 Chevrolet Equinox to use during a portion of their reporting assignments.



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Michelle Matthews-Alexander, Diversity Marketing Manager, Chevrolet


Michelle Matthews-Alexander, Diversity Marketing Manager for Chevrolet was super excited about this year’s fellows and talked about the company’s commitment to supporting the next generation of African American journalists.

“When we had the opportunity to really develop this program and the partnership with the NNPA, we knew it would allow us to continue in those efforts and at the same time really allow us to stay true to many of our passions—which is helping individuals find new roads. This program really allows us to provide an opportunity for those new aspiring journalists that are out there and make sure that they’re given opportunities to really expand their craft. It also exposes them to various opportunities that they may not necessarily have so early on in their careers. This one remains very important to us and the Chevrolet brand just because we are so committed to the community.”



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2017 Fellows with Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr. and NNPA Advisors


Congratulations to the 2017 NNPA #DiscoverTheUnexpected Fellows: Tiana Hunt (CAU), Jordan Fisher (CAU), Darrell LaRome (Morehouse), Ayron Lewallen (Morehouse), Kelsey Jones (Spelman) and Taylor Burris (Spelman).


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Ray Cornelius is one of Atlanta’s newest entertainment writers and media personalities. His arts and entertainment website, www.raycornelius.com spotlights the latest in “positive” African-American celebrity news and was established in 2012. Since that time Cornelius has covered a myriad of red carpet premieres, award shows and Atlanta-based films including Tyler Perry’s Temptation, The BronzeLens Film Festival, The Trumpet Awards, and The Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards just to name a few. He has also interviewed a who’s who list of today’s top singers, actors and reality stars. With nearly 20 years of media experience, Cornelius has also worked as an associate producer for the Emmy-winning public affairs program, ATL Insider and with such award shows as The Soul Train Awards, The Trumpet Awards and BET Hip-Hop Awards.