Deborah Bolling Jackson was born, raised and educated in NYC. For over 30 years she was known as Debi B on radio where her voice was heard every Sunday on 107.5 WBLS co-hosting the WBLS Sunday Classics beside her legendary broadcast husband, Hal Jackson. The program had consistently been rated as a top five program in the NYC & had the largest listening audience in the history of radio. Debi’s voice has been heard as the national radio voice for the Essence Music Festival, the Essence Awards and many radio commercials.
One of Debi’s passions is photography, which led her to become the first to annually 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 over 50 years the YDF has awarded over $2,500,000 in scholarships and prizes to young women 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 40 years has given her time and voice to community and non-profit organizations. Debi has traveled extensively and loves visiting other countries. She started an online travel store where you can book your travel. As she says, “When you think of travel, think My Feet Travel.” You can book online at MyFeetTravel.com. Debi’s NY corporate exp encompasses Human Resources where she worked as an Employment Supervisor, EEO Officer & Labor Relations Manager. She went into higher education at Fairleigh Dickinson University as the University Asst Director of Affirmative Action.