Northwest Mississippi Community College alumna Germany Kent will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at North Panola High School May 24 in conjunction with the NPHS commencement exercises, being held at the Batesville Civic Center. Germany Kent, former Miss Teen Mississippi “Miss Congeniality”, will become the first woman to receive the honor.
Kent, a journalist, producer, businesswoman, social activist, and philanthropist, has been featured and interviewed as a national authority on social media in Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, Bloomberg Business, Hartford Business, The Examiner, Herald Tribune, Yahoo News, and countless others. Guest appearances on radio and television include: NPR, Money Matters Radio, iHeart Radio, CBS, Blog Talk Radio, FOX, The CW, ABC, & NBC.
Tech giant Onalytica recognized Kent as one of the Top 100 Women in Social Media Marketing. She is a bestselling and multiple award-winning author of 10 motivational/practical self-development books and an inspirational speaker who has garnered countless speaking awards.
As a successful entertainment journalist and media personality, Kent has interviewed Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe, and Grammy-winning performers, pro athletes, business leaders and newsmakers. She is also an actress and model who has appeared in advertisements for companies such as Nike, Verizon, Dove, Coors Light, AT&T, eHarmony, Disney and Target. She has appeared on TV shows such as Jessie, Criminal Minds, Graceland and was featured in Star Trek: Into Darkness. She has also been featured in music videos alongside Mary J. Blige, Take 6 and Stevie Wonder.
Kent attended Northwest in 1993-1994 under the name Evelyn Palmer [Kent is a stage name], where she studied journalism and was involved with student publications. While a student she was a member of the Senate and was voted to the Homecoming Court, representing the freshman class.
Kent is a graduate of Mississippi State University. In 2015, the university recognized Kent for her literary work, and for her contributions to, and influence on social media. While at MSU, Kent made history as the first African-American woman to be voted to the student association, serving as the attorney general. Kent would go on to earn a Master of Arts in Administration with emphasis in Public Relations from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she attended on a full scholarship.
Throughout her life and career, Kent has been significantly involved in non-profit and civic organizations igniting awareness for multiple causes and is widely known for her tireless efforts empowering youth, her commitment to the arts, literacy programs, and is a champion in speaking out against bullying and cyberbullying.
Kent’s other accolades include her recent ‘Global Philanthropy Award’ from Empower Magazine for her outstanding contributions to society. She will receive the ‘Humanitarian of the Year’ Award at the 2017 Kidz Rock Awards on June 24. She will be a presenter at the upcoming International Trailblazer Awards and she was recently selected as a panelist for Soledad O’Brien’s PowHERful Conference in conjunction with The Sara Blakely Foundation. On July 16, Kent will be honored as a ‘Woman of the Year’ at the Faith Awards.