Thursday, December 10, 2009

Nation’s First and Only African-American Owned Computer Supplier in Major Retail, A Unity System, Teams With Office Depot

Deal is third of its kind; CEO to discuss strategy on The Tom Joyner Morning Show

ATLANTA, GA – February 21, 2005 A Unity System (AUS), an African-American-owned computer supplier and distributor and Office Depot, (NYSE: ODP) a leader in consumer and business office products – including retail stores, contract delivery, catalogs and the Internet, has announced the completion of a distribution agreement to offer A Unity System computers at AUS had similar agreements with Kmart and Staples.

A Unity System’s chairman and CEO, Tonee Bell will discuss the relationship and why it is important to AUS’s mission to close the digital divide by offering best value, customizable, computer solutions with Tom Joyner, Reach Media Inc.’s founder, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and radio personality, on The Tom Joyner Morning Show®. The show will air at 6:30 a.m. CST on February 28, 2005.

“Office Depot’s presence in the communities we want to reach makes it a perfect distribution partner. We want to use our business as a platform to build stronger communities that consist of technically prepared and empowered people. We are doing this community by community,” said Tonee Bell, Chairman and CEO of AUS. “Establishing distribution channels like Office Depot and promoting our vision via media venues such as The Tom Joyner Morning Show will not only reach our targeted markets, but help us fulfill our mission,” continued Bell.

As a part of the initial product launch, will feature the following AUS computer systems: Voyager, Eclipse, Premier, Endeavor and Envision.

About A Unity System

A Unity System, Inc. (AUS), founded in July 1999 and incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia in January 2001, is the first minority-owned supplier of personal computers, laptops, servers and related products in major retail stores. AUS offers high quality, high-performing equipment, and one to three-year warranties on parts, labor and on-site repair. AUS provides toll-free, technical support for hardware. AUS constructs its PC’s with high quality name brand components and offers competitive pricing and build-to-order (BTO) systems.

About Office Depot

Office Depot is a leader in distribution channel - from retail stores and contract delivery to catalogs and e-commerce. With $3.1 billion in online sales in Fiscal Year 2004, the Company is the world's number three Internet retailer. In North America, Office Depot has 969 retail stores in addition to a national business-to-business delivery network supported by 22 delivery centers and more than 60 local sales offices. Internationally, the Company conducts wholly-owned operations in 14 countries via 78 retail stores and 25 distribution centers, and operates 153 retail stores under joint venture and license arrangements in another seven countries. With annual sales of more than $13 billion, Office Depot sells more office products to more customers in more countries than any other company.

About the Tom Joyner Morning Show®

The TJMS, reaching over eight million people every week, is broadcast on over 115 affiliate stations across the United States and is the top morning show in many of the markets in which it is broadcast. TJMS is under the umbrella of Reach Media, which was founded by radio personality, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Tom Joyner. Reach Media also operates various other businesses associated with Tom Joyner including the Tom Joyner Sky Show, the Tom Joyner Family Reunion and various other special event-related businesses. Additionally, Reach Media operates one of the leading African-American targeted Internet destinations, and recently developed a Tom Joyner television show in conjunction with TV One, LLC.

For more information on this partnership or to book or schedule an interview with Tonee Bell, please contact:

A Unity System, Inc.

Director of Communications
Ms. Jewel Daniels


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Little Known HBCU Facts

HBCUs enroll upwards of 370,000 students and graduate a significant share of all African Americans receiving degrees. While comprising only three percent of the nation's 3,688 institutions of higher learning, the 105 HBCUs are responsible for producing approximately 23 percent of all bachelor's degrees, 13 percent of all master's degrees, and 20 percent of all first professional degrees earned by African Americans annually. Black colleges and universities contribute to the continuing rise of black intellectuals, professionals, and creative artists which is so evident throughout American society.
  • Nine of the top ten colleges that graduate most of the African American students who go on to earn Ph.D.s are HBCUs.
  • More than 50 percent of the nation's African American public school teachers and 70 percent of African American dentists and physicians earned degrees at HBCUs.
  • Over half of all African American professionals are graduates of HBCUs
  • In 2000, Xavier University in New Orleans individually produced more successful African American medical school applicants (94) than Johns Hopkins (20), Harvard (37), and the University of Maryland (24) combined. Two other HBCUs also placed in the top ten producers of medical school applicants, including Morehouse (33), and Spelman (38).
  • Spelman and Bennett Colleges produce over half of the nation's African American women who go on to earn doctorates in all science fields; more than produced by the Ivy League's Seven Sisters combined (Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Radcliffe, Smith, Wellesley, and Vassar Colleges).
  • HBCUs significantly contribute to the creation of African American science degree holders: agriculture (51.6 percent), biology (42.2 percent), computer science (35 percent), physical science (43 percent), and social science (23.2 percent).
  • HBCUs produce 44 percent of all African American bachelor's degrees awarded for communications technology, 33 percent of bachelor's degrees awarded for engineering technology, and 43 percent of bachelor's degrees awarded for mathematics, and
  • HBCUs produce 40 percent of all African American doctorate degrees awarded for Communications.