Sheryl Underwood Wins An EMMY, Delivers Two 2016 Commencement Speeches and Receives Second Honorary Doctorate

Los Angeles, CA, May 2016 – Sheryl Underwood is having a whirlwind month of May. It started out with her first-ever EMMY Award. She was part of the team of hosts on THE TALK on CBS television that contributed to the win. THE TALK, watched by an average of 3+ million viewers per day, received its first nomination after Underwood joined the show for the start of season two – sitting alongside hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Aisha Tyler.   


Sheryl Underwood

The EMMY for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment comes on the heels of a 2016 People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Daytime TV Hosting Team,” an NAACP Image Award winner for “Outstanding Talk Series” and an exclusive feature article in PEOPLE Magazine. Her life story was the subject of the TVOne bio-documentary UNSUNG Hollywood: Sheryl Underwood.  As an influencer and public figure Underwood was named one of the 10 most influential talk show hosts on Twitter in 2012 and she currently has over 800k Twitter followers.

Prior to the EMMY win, Underwood was invited to deliver the commencement speech for two distinguished universities – her alma mater the University of Illinois at Chicago and South Carolina State University. Fresh off of her EMMY win, Underwood delivered the commencement address for the 2016  graduating class at South Carolina State University (SCSU). Her speech was hilarious and inspiring, reminding the graduates that “Somebody prayed for you so that you could get an education; so go out and do good in the world.” She was pleasantly surprised when the university awarded her second Honorary Doctor of Human Letters; her first was presented by Benedict College in Columbia, SC.

Following her participation in the SCSU commencement ceremonies Underwood traveled over 800 miles to Chicago to deliver the commencement speech for the graduates of the Liberal Arts and Science department of her alma mater, the UIC, where she graduated in 1987.

With no time for resting, Underwood made her first of several scheduled appearances as the character “Diane” on the CBS comedy THE ODD COUPLE; and she brings her smile, humor and wit to multiple episodes of the syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game hosted by Craig Ferguson.

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Erna Foushee

Underwood, Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Pack Rat Productions, Inc. and 23rd International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (the only full-time entertainer to ever hold the sorority’s highest post) is committed to using her celebrity for good. Giving back and sharing is an important part of Underwood’s strategy for success. She says “I want to show people that you can be the best citizen of the world, doing something that you love and be successful.” She formed Pack Rat Foundation For Education, Inc. (PRFFE) (501c3) to raise money to support the 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and the students committed to pursuing a higher education, and to positively impact youth and communities. Erna Foushee, (Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and Immediate Past Florida State Director for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.) has been selected to lead the foundation.

Underwood is currently traveling the country supporting the regions of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. as they raise money with comedy shows starring Sheryl Underwood and fellow talents Mike Washington, David Raibon and Kyle Erby.

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