Deborah Bolling Jackson was born, raised and educated in New York City. For over 30 years she was known in the radio world as Debi B where her voice was heard every Sunday on 107.5 WBLS co-hosting the WBLS Sunday Classics. Debi’s radio career began beside her legendary broadcast husband, Hal Jackson in New York City. The Sunday Classics had consistently been rated as a top five program in the #1 market and has had the largest listening audience in the history of radio. Debi’s voice has been heard widely as the national radio voice for the Essence Music Festival, the Essence Awards and many radio commercials.
One of Ms. Jackson’s passions is photography, which led her to become the first to host a one-woman photographic show at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building in New York City. All proceeds from the sales of Debi’s photography is donated to the Youth Development Foundation, Inc. (YDF) of which she is the CEO and President.
For 50 years the Youth Development Foundation, Inc. (YDF) has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships and prizes to young women of color from around the world through the Hal Jackson’s Talented Teens International (HJTTI) scholarship program. Ms. Jackson served as Producer of HJTTI, which showcased young talented women and gave them exposure to the music, film and entertainment industries. Debi’s philanthropic work includes awarding scholarships to participants of Black Women for Black Girls of which she is an Executive Board Member. She strongly believes in volunteerism and for over 30 years has given her time and voice to community and non-profit organizations such as Make The Grade, Black
Women of Influence, Harlem Tourism Board, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Black Female Executives In Music & Entertainment, Power 2 Inspire Foundation and Wheelchair Charities, which has raised millions of dollars to mobilize, educate and entertain quadriplegics and paraplegics at the Henry J. Carter Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility. In 2020 Ms. Jackson was appointed as Ambassador of COME (Caregivers Outreach Mentorship Empowerment, Inc. which empowers family caregivers with resources and knowledge.
If you know Debi, you know that she has traveled extensively. Since she loves the opportunity of visiting other countries, Debi started an online travel store where you can book your travel anywhere in the world. As she says, “When you think of travel, think My Feet Travel.” You can visit her online travel store at www.MyFeetTravel.com .
Ms. Jackson’s New York corporate experience encompasses the broad field of Human Resource Administration where she worked as an Employment Supervisor, Affirmative Action Assistant Director and EEO Officer. She then went into higher education at Fairleigh Dickinson University as the University Assistant Director of Affirmative Action.
Debi Jackson’s motto is “Smile at the world and the world will smile back at you.”