BET Networks & ICON MANN Announce Programming Partnership In Celebration Of Black History Month

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by Tambay A. Obenson
January 21, 2014 3:23 PM
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Once again, it's that time of the year when my email inbox is flooded with press releases announcing Black History Month programming from various TV networks, as well as events celebrating the month, from organizations, etc. So, expect a few more after this one...

LOS ANGELES, CA – January 20, 2014 – BET Networks and ICON MANN today announced a partnership to celebrate the positive impact that Black men are making domestically and across the globe with the launch of ICON MANN™ “28 Men of Change.” This special Black History Month initiative will share the journeys of 28 contemporary trailblazers whose formula for success includes empowering others, and who credit their personal and professional advancement to their continued investment in philanthropy.

Each day, beginning February 1, 2014, BET Networks will feature the personal story of one of the “28 Men of Change” ™ with 2:00 minute vignettes on BET and Centric. 

BET.com will offer viewers original videos, photographs and editorial features on these inspirational figures, providing a personal and in-depth interview detailing how they have combined their passion with their purpose. 

The diverse list of celebrants recognizes men from multiple countries and a wide array of industries spanning entertainment, business, art, law, finance, medicine, science, politics, education and professional sports. Each individual selected continues to inspire many different generations with his vision, ability, commitment and success in creating positive changes throughout the world.

The group of honorees selected for the inaugural ICON MANN™“28 Men of Change” ™ include (in alphabetical order):

1. Lonnie Bunch III, Founding Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

2. Nick Cannon, TV Host, Writer, Director, Executive Producer and Philanthropist

3. Lee Daniels, Film Producer and Oscar-Nominated Director

4. Kasseem ‘Swizz Beatz’ Dean, Grammy Award-Winning Record Producer, Composer and Philanthropist

5. Dr. Courtney Hollowell, Cook County Hospital Chairman of the Division of Urology

6. Nyjah Huston, Professional Street Skateboarder 

7. Charles Jenkins, Pastor of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church

8. Ron Kirk, Sr. Council of Gibson Dunn and Former U.S. Trade Representative

9. Edward Lewis, Co-founder of Essence Magazine and Latina Magazine

10. Ndaba Mandela, Chairman, Africa Rising Foundation 

11. Leland Melvin, NASA Astronaut

12. Dr. Steve Perry, Founder and Principal, Capital Preparatory Magnet School

13. Nile Rodgers, Musician, Producer, Composer and Philanthropist

14. Dr. Robert Ross, President and CEO, The California Endowment

15. Marcus Samuelsson, Chef and UNICEF Ambassador

16. Gary Simmons, Artist

17. Forest Whitaker, Actor, Producer and Director

The remaining honorees will be revealed each day during the month of February 2014.

Founding Partner of ICON MANN™ Tamara N. Houston comments, “There is so much wealth and inspiration within our Black Diaspora, of good men, great men being leaders within the community, the home, across the nation and around the globe. It is time we start to shine the spotlight on them and focus on what is possible. We are thrilled beyond measure with the support that Louis Carr and the entire BET family have provided ICON MANN™.”

The official sponsor of ICON MANN™ “28 Men of Change” ™ on BET Networks is Lexus.

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3 Comments

  • Ebony Murphy-Root | January 28, 2014 12:28 PMReply

    Dr Steve Perry has NEVER been a classroom teacher ever. He has a EdD that he earned with the signature of just ONE faculty member at the University of Hartford. He has NEVER taught a class of his own, asserts that schools are 'over-feminized' and seeks to intimidate anyone who questions him at all. He bullies teachers and students alike, insults parents and pushed out students who don't fit his mold. His school is representative of the Hartford population, so comparing his students outcomes to the local non-magnets are like comparing apples to oranges. Interview some current students at his school. not just the ones he handpicks to go on tv. Speak to a few people who have worked for him. http://edushyster.com/?p=3687&utm_content=buffer054fc&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer Truth will win out on this charlatan.

  • Dave's Deluxe | January 21, 2014 3:27 PMReply

    I am pleased to see this list is not comprised of just a bunch of chitlin-circuit-actors and rappers (like that sub-par, monkeyshine BET "award" show.)

  • ernchamp | January 21, 2014 10:44 PM

    dave's deluxe is hilarious!!!

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