TheBlackManCan, an award-winning nonprofit that has been seen on ABC, BET, CBS, CNN and more hosted its first-ever, live “TheBlackManCan Awards” at Morehouse College’s Ray Charles Performing Arts Center. The event was hosted by the founder of TheBlackManCan, Brandon Frame and special guest, the event honored black men and boys who embody the definition of a positive black male image.
TheBlackManCan Awards celebrates the dynamic and inspiring work of Black men and boys across the nation and black diaspora. To date, TheBlackManCan Awards has honored over 60 men and boys whose diverse achievements and dedication to community development promotes black male excellence at it highest pinnacle, and wants to continue to honor and shine the spotlight on the amazing black men who are continuing to make a difference. The host venue for the event is Morehouse College, the nation’s only historically black college for men.
TheBlackManCan Awards presented a new recognition to black women, the “TheBlackWomanCan” Award. The inaugural winner of the honor is multimedia maven, and host of WXIA-TV’s “The Sister Circle,” Rashan Ali.
The event featured live performances by Anthony David (Grammy Nominated Singer/Songwriter), ABYSS (Peabody Award Winning Poet/HBO Def Poetry), Mr.Daniel Dickey (Singer/Songwriter), Malik Champlain (Poet), The Singing Brothers of Stilwell, (Vocal Ensemble), Nehemiah the Redeemer (Rapper) under the guidance of DJ Ant Marshall (Lyricist Lounge/Snake Nation). Proceeds from the event benefited TheBlackManCan, a non-profit organization focused on celebrating, educating and inspiring boys and men of color.
The Black Man Can Awards 2018 Honorees (from L-R) Rashan Ali (Multimedia Personality/The Sister Circle), Afemo Omilami (Veteran Actor/Hosea Helps), Rennie Curran (Former NFL Athlete), Terence Lester (Activist/Love Beyond Walls), Solomon Dobbs (Student), Dondre Anderson (Harmony Chips), Jonah Ruffin (Student), Chris Classic (Savoir Faire), Keon Berry (Berry Academy), Dr.Jimmy A. Cheek (Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts), Sharlinda Parker (Tu La 2 Nail Salon/Sisters United) and Q.Parker (112/ Brothers United)
Mr.Daniel Dickey (Founder of The Resource Guild/Singer/Songwriter), Brandon Frame (Founder of The Black Man Can/Host of The Black Man Can Awards), Elisabeth Omilami (CEO of Hosea Helps), Afemo Omilami (Veteran Actor/Activist/COO of Hosea Helps), Anthony David (Grammy Nominated Singer/Songwriter)
The 1st ever The Black Woman Can Honoree, Rashan Ali (Multimedia Personality, Sister Circle) at The Black Man Can Awards
The Singing Brothers of Stilwell at The Black Man Can Awards
Photo Credit: Brandon Gardener & Tyrone King Jr.