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Put some ‘respek’ on his name: Umar Johnson has a PhD

Dr. Umar Johnson (Photo Source: YouTube screenshot)

The unapologetically Pan African speaker and motivator Umar Johnson has received a lot of attention in the media as of late. Most recently, he appeared on Roland Martin’s “News One Now” show. During a panel discussion that was referred to as the “Dashiki vs. Ascot War” by media outlet The Root, Johnson was pressed repeatedly about his degrees.

The Root took a step further with a withering article on Johnson, calling into question whether he actually holds a Ph.D. There were many peculiarities, according to Root writer Michael Harriot, that caused him to insinuate that Johnson did not hold a doctorate. However, it has now been confirmed that Johnson should be referred to as Dr. Umar Johnson; he holds a Doctor of Psychology degree from the Philadelphia College Of Osteopathic Medicine with a major course of study in clinical psychology. So, as the famous rapper Birdman would say, “put some respek’ on the name of Dr. Umar Johnson when you talk about him.

When multiple media outlets went after Johnson recently because of his TV appearance, there seemed to be a concerted effort to attack his educational credentials. This includes VerySmartBrothas, who ran an article with the title, “Why Niggas with advanced degrees hate it when people lie about having them explain.”

Damon Young wrote, “There are tons of laudable and respect-worthy n—s sans degrees. Jesus, for instance, didn’t even have a GED. And it’s not like degrees are some automatic dispenser of wisdom. It issue is that he lied — and still continues to lie — about having a Ph.D. And that the lie was conceived out of the same bucket of swirling and swindling fu—–it that his mythical connection to Frederick Douglass and his claims that he’s the world’s most requested scholar were born out of. His life is a microwave-friendly tray of lie manicotti, and the false degrees are just the cheese.”

So, Dr. Johnson needs to be acknowledged for the hard road it took for him to earn his doctorate.




  1. nhr215 on July 20, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Its not a PhD, its a PsyD. It is a different degree. If he does indeed holt it, then yes he is a “Dr.”

    • ChocolateCity on July 21, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      why would anyone feel the need to question his degree or if he’s a Dr. But, was up in arms about people questioning Obamas education?
      some ninjas are fake as hell. the end

      I’m sorry ..these stations should fact check background and education before inviting/scheduling guest….that way they’re not out here making fools of themselves. Are black people that slow and behind?
      and “The Root” is for sell##uts. No, Really The End.

  2. Jason on July 22, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    You all should be ashamed of yourselves. Why question Umar? Jealous fools.

  3. Cala Lou-Duane F on September 30, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    What is the actual proof of Mr. Johnson holding a doctorate degree or PsyD? I know of one person who researched this topic and reported that the Philadelphia College Of Osteopathic Medicines’ records do not show him as a participant in the commencement for the class he claims to have graduated with and that although there is mention of a doctoral dissertation topic no completed dissertation could be found.