Danny Bakewell Sr
THIS SPECIAL CELEBRATES MENTORING INITIATIVES AND ACTIVITIES OF BLACK MALE CELEBRITIES, BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURS, EDUCATORS, POLITICAL AND COMMUNITY LEADERS. EXPLORING HOW THESE MEN HAVE BECOME MENTORING KINGS. SEEKING TO DISCOVER A SOLUTION, WE REVEAL MEN WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY BUILT THEIR CAREERS FROM THE GROUND UP AND HAVE REACHED BACK TO BRING THE YOUTH ALONG. THIS PROGRAM TELLS IN-DEPTH STORIES OF BLACK MEN WHO HAVE PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE (WITH SIZABLE RESULTS IN MENTORING), THAT ULTIMATELY LEADS OUR BLACK YOUTH TO MAKING POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS IN THEIR COMMUNITY.
Dr Ian Smith
Dr. Ian Smith is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling books, SHRED: THE REVOLUTIONARY DIET, SUPER SHRED: The Big Results Diet, BLAST THE SUGAR OUT, The Clean 20, THE ANCIENT NINE, CLEAN & LEAN and eleven other books with millions of copies in print. His newest book—THE UNSPOKEN, is the first installment of his Ashe Cayne mystery series. He is currently the solo host of the nationally syndicated, Emmy award-winning television show THE DOCTORS. He is the creator and founder of the national health initiatives the 50 Million Pound Challenge and The Makeover Mile. He is also very active in charitable causes.
Justin Kimpson is national program manager of Ford Motor Company Fund’s Men of Courage program that has advanced positive narratives of Black men through grassroots initiatives in communities throughout the United States. He brings to his current position more than 15 years of diverse experience in the fields of philanthropy, education and workforce development. Justin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Morehouse College and a Masters of Education from Marygrove College. An active community member, Justin has participated in a host of volunteer and mentorship roles.
Current ABC/ESPN analyst and former 13-year NBA star, Jalen Rose continues to show his versatility in the broadcast booth, in the entertainment world and as a philanthropist. Jalen’s most substantial outreach initiative to date is the establishment of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA). The Academy is an open enrollment, tuition free, public charter high school on the Northwest side of Detroit. The Academy currently serves over 400 ninth through twelfth grade students. The mission is to empower all scholars to develop the strength of character, skills, and knowledge needed to matriculate into, be great in, and graduate from college so that they have opportunities to be successful in the competitive world.
Chadwick Boseman was an actor known for his role of Black Panther for a series of Marvel superhero films. He also portrayed Jackie Robinson in '42' and James Brown in 'Get on Up.' He was a philanthropic force, helping with several cancer foundations as he secretly dealt with his own battle with cancer. Boseman passed away on August 28, 2020, from colon cancer.