Deborah Bolling Jackson was born, raised and educated in New York City. Her corporate experience encompasses the broad field of Human Resource Administration where she worked as an Employment Supervisor, EEO Officer and Labor Relations Manager in New York City. She then went into higher education at Fairleigh Dickinson University, the largest private university in the state of New Jersey, as the University Assistant Director for Affirmative Action.
Debi is the Producer of the Hal Jackson's Talented Teens International® (HJTTI) Scholarship Competition. She is responsible for coordinating all facets of a program which awards college scholarships to its participants. HJTTI has been in existence for over 39 years and has been an internationally syndicated television special. Debi schedules contests, hotels and venues for the international program, writes scripts, screens talent, edits the souvenir journal, writes newsletters and press releases, and secures sponsorships. While in her capacity as producer, the show had guest appearances by top recording and entertainment personalities such as Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, New Edition, Denzel Washington, Ruben Studdard, Ce Ce Peniston, Brian McKnight, Maurice Hines, Jeffrey Osborne, George Faison, Boys II Men, Kool & the Gang, Musiq, Melba Moore, Marques Houston and Robert Townsend. HJTTI has been held in many historic sites in the Caribbean and across the United States, and at the world famous Apollo Theatre. The program has opened many doors for young teenage ladies between the ages of 13 and 17 with diverse backgrounds from across the U.S., Central and South America, the Caribbean, Canada, Africa and Europe. The “Talented Teens” display their outstanding abilities while competing for scholarships, trips abroad and the International Crown.
Debi B's voice (she is known as Debi B in the radio world) can be heard every Sunday on 107.5 WBLS opposite her husband, the legendary Hal Jackson. The Sunday Classics has been rated number one for well over ten years. It has the largest listening audience in the history of Sunday radio and had run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (the longest live broadcast in the United States) in the New York tri-state area. You can hear everything on this highly acclaimed show from Mahalia Jackson singing gospel to Ne-Yo – with recordings by Bobby "Blue" Bland, Whitney Houston, Bob Marley, Nancy Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Boys II Men and Alicia Keys. Debi B’s voice has been heard on national radio commercials for the Essence Music Festival, and the Essence Awards. Debi has done many live broadcast remotes from one geographical location to another, including from such locations as the Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, England, Ghana and Egypt, and was a part of the first radio satellite broadcast from Montego Bay, Jamaica in the West Indies to New York. On December 24, 1989, Debi B and Hal Jackson hosted the first ever, broadcast from anywhere in the U.S. to Osaka, Japan.
This was the first time in the history of Japanese and American radio that a broadcast was sent from the United States with a simulcast in Japan. Ms. Jackson strongly believes in volunteerism and has for over 20 years given her time and voice to Wheelchair Charities, Inc. a non-profit organization which has raised millions of dollars to mobilize, educate and entertain quadriplegics and paraplegics at Coler Goldwater Hospital. Debi Jackson’s motto is “Smile at the world and the world will smile back at you”.
Q&A With Debi B.
Name: Debbie Jackson
1. What were some of the most memorable moment in your career?
Being kissed on the lips by Lionel Richie!! His lips are soft and wet.
2. Who was the worst person you ever interviewed and why?
I’ve really never had a bad interview because if I feel someone has an attitude I make the interview short, smile and thank them for coming.
3. If you could recommend one book for someone to read what would it be and why?
The Bible because it reveals what has happened in the past and what to expect in the future.
4. What was your first job you ever had?
Legal stenographer/file clerk while in high school.
5. What is your all time favorite songs?
I Believe in You and Me – The Four Tops
6. If you had to change your career, what else would you want to do?
Travel the world, take pictures and then write about it in a travel magazines as a photo journalist.
7. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not at work?
Travel to different places in the Caribbean and Europe.
8. If you could eat one thing all the time what would it be?
Pizza!!! Pizza!!! Pizza!!!
9. Who is one person that reminds you of what you do not WANT to be in life?
There is no person in particular, however someone who is self-centered and only thinks of themselves without any regard for others around them.
10. What is one thing you want people to know about you?
I really enjoy people and organizing event.
11. Who helped shape your life to the person you are today?
Every person that I have come in contact with has had a part of who I am today. Good or bad they have built my character.
12. Birthday? Sign?
9/22 Virgo/Libra – It depends what side of the bed I get up on.
13. If you could do one thing over in life what would it be?
Everything I’ve done so far has been wonderful, so I would relive my life as exactly as I have!!!
14. What makes you the most happy?
Seeing people smile.