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Presenting ‘The Made Man’ – 1,000 Suits For A Second Chance Drive



100 Black Men of America, Inc. of Greater Washington, D.C.& The Blueprint Global Group (BGG) Presents “The Made Man – 1,000 Suits For A Second Chance”

3rd Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Weekend Celebrity Charity Reception and Suit Drive

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*(Washington, D.C.) — 100 Black Men of America, Inc., of Greater Washington, D.C, one of the nation’s most esteemed African-American male advocacy and youth mentorship organizations, and The Blueprint Global Group, Executive Producer/Founder of The Made Man initiative, today announced a strategic partnership to present the national “The Made Man” initiative at the 2016 Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference in Washington DC.

The Made Man Initiative is a national platform designed to showcase philanthropy and honor the achievements of notable influencers, The “Made Man,” while building a bridge to empowerment for underserved men by “Suiting  them for Change.” To date, The Made Man initiative has collected over 10,000 suits as well as positioned numerous community-based organizations with direct access to donors, activists, and influencers.

The newly formed alliance will debut as Co-Hosts for the “2016 Made Man Honoree Reception and Suit Drive,” Friday, September 16, at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, 1201 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.  Following multiple years of national presentation, the event draws an SRO crowd of some of the most powerful

African-American men in the United States, and will once again be presented as a penultimate experience of the 46th Annual Legislative Caucus Conference hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Activities

include a day long series of Made Man workshops with DMV-area schools, colleges and community-based organizations, concluding with The Made Man Press Conference /Gifting Suite/Sponsor’s Meet and Greet, and The Made Man Honoree Reception.

Recognized for their leadership, lifetime achievement in their respective fields of work, social consciousness, and significant contributions to the empowerment of African American males; the honorees are also influencers who are advancing the mission of various community organizations and embody the altruistic spirit of selfless giving that propels the Made Man campaign. The Top 50 2016 “MADE MAN” includes the following; Ivory Johnson – President of 100 Black Men DC, Ron Busby – President/CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC), Bernard Bronner – CEO Bronner Bros, Vincent Gray – Former Mayor and Councilman Washington DC, Eugene Banks – NBA, Former Coach for Washington Wizards, Charles Walker – President 100 Black Men Charlotte, Steven Myers – Board Member/  Former President, 100 Black Men Charlotte, J. Morris Anderson – Founder of Ms. Black America Pageant, Dr. Daniel Olu B Fagbuyi MD – Physician Executive, Infantry Military Veteran, Media Personality & Author, Liston Baylor, President / CEO- The Baylor Companies, Inc., Honorable Herman Taylor – Managing Director Minority Business Economic Council, Joe Wynn-founder of National Association of Black Veterans, and much more ( please refer to attachment for complete list of invited /confirmed honorees).

“Both 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC and Blueprint Global are excited about the launch of The Made Man Initiative during the CBCF Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) which is the leading policy conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community, states Ky Dele, Made Man, Founder.” “The Made Man Reception provides a dynamic platform to launch a great cause that will impact not only men but the African   American community as well.”

About 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC: The 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC, was formed in 1995 as an outgrowth of the Million Man March. “The 100” of Greater Washington, DC is a 501(c)(3) organization focusing on African-American youth, and aims to make a difference in the lives of young people through its signature programs of mentoring, education, economic empowerment, health & wellness, and leadership development. Visit for more information.

About Blueprint Global Group: Blueprint Global Group is an international entertainment & sports events agency. BGG provides clients and corporations with conception of unique entertainment & sports event and experiences. Visit for more information. .


  • Morris Anderson – Founder, Miss Black America Pageant
  • Eugene Banks – NBA, Former Coach for Washington Wizards
  • Liston Baylor – President and CEO, The Baylor Companies, Inc
  • Marcel Benson – Owner, Benson Watch Company
  • Bernard Bronner – CEO, Bronner Bros
  • Thabiti Boone – President Obama White House Fatherhood Champion
  • John Burns – Entertainment Lawyer, CNN Correspondent, Social Philanthropist
  • Ron Busby – President & CEO, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC)
  • Todd Brown, CEO, The Yard, Former CEO, The Griot
  • Evens Charles – Founder, Frontier Development and Real Estate Acquisition
  • Marco Clark, Founder & CEO, Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts
  • David Cox Sr – National President, American Federation of Government Employees ( AFGE)
  • Mitch Credle – Retired DC Homicide Detective, Author, Filmmaker, Youth Mentor
  • Dr Agorom Dike – President, Caribbean and African Faith Based Leadership Conference
  • Arrington Dixon Colonel US Army Retired, DC Democratic National Committeeman, Former DC Council Chair
  • Curley M. Dossman Jr – National Chairman, 100 Black Men of America, Inc
  • Mitchell B. Doyle – President, Industrial Bank
  • Roy “Chip“ Ellis – President, Howard Theater
  • Daniel Olu B Fagbuyi M.D. – Physician Executive, Infantry Military Veteran, Media Personality and Author
  • Brandon Frame – Chief Visionary Officer, TheBlackManCan
  • Maurice Foster, Former Executive Director, NABJ/NBA, CEO, Maurice Foster Associates
  • Franklin Garcia – U.S. House of Representatives, Shadow Member, District of Columbia
  • Andrew F. Gelfuso – Vice President, Ronald Reagan International Trade Center
  • Michael A. Grant – National President, National Bankers Association
  • Honorable Vincent Gray – Former Mayor and Councilman, District of Columbia
  • Dr. George E. Holmes – President, Obama National Clergy Leadership Group & Chaplain and Religious Chair, District of Columbia Democratic State Committee
  • Andy Ingraham – National President, National Association of Black Hotel Owners Operators & Developers ( NABHOOD)
  • Maxwell James – Owner /Agent, State Farm Insurance
  • Norman Jenkins – Operating Owner, Marriott Marquis
  • Dr, Willie Joiley, National Motivational Speaker, Author, TV/Radio Host
  • Dr. Carl E. Keels – Dean, Maples Springs Bible College
  • George H. Lambert – President & CEO, Greater Washington Urban League
  • Safarrah Lawson – CEO / President, STL Sports Group
  • Ivory Johnson – President, 100 Black Men of Greater Washington C.
  • Lonnie Johnson – Renowned Rocket Scientist, Inventor, 100 patents
  • Bob Marshall – Regional Business Banking Manager, Wells Fargo
  • Brian Mitchell – NFL Alumnus and Comcast SportsNet Host
  • Marc Morial – President, National Urban League
  • Gerard Murphy, CAE – Vice President / General Counsel, Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association
  • Steven Myers – Board Member and Former President, 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte
  • Alexander C. Nnabue – Owner and Optometrist, Visual Eyes
  • Vince Onuigbo – Senior Marketing Director, Hughes Network Systems
  • David Michael Polk – Owner, Master Barber Educator
  • Bishop Joel Peebles – Senior Pastor, Jericho City of Praise
  • Stan Richards – The Richards Group Foundation Founder / President
  • Kelly Shannon – Immediate Past Grand Keeper of Finance, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated
  • Etan Thomas – NBA, President Obama Fatherhood Initiative
  • Honorable Herman Taylor – Managing Director, Minority Business Economic Council
  • Robert Umeozulu – President, Rumez International
  • Honorable Vincent B. Orange – President, District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce & Former At-Large Councilmember
  • Charles Walker – President, 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte
  • Matthew Watley – Executive Minister of Reid Temple AME Church, Author
  • Tony Wiley – Senior Vice President, NFL Washington Redskins
  • Gary T. Williams – President & CEO, Asset Development and Alliance Services Inc (ADASI) and Healthy Enhanced Asset Lifestyles (HEAL)
  • Sudi West – Executive Director, Shaw Community Center
  • Omar Woodard, Executive Director, GreenLight Fund Philadelphia
  • Joe Wynn – Founder, National Association of Black Veterans




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Nona Hendryx to Host Global Virtual Event with Special Guest Appearance by Angela Davis



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*Singer, songwriter, and activist Nona Hendryx in conjunction with Nubian Q.U.E.E.N.X., have partnered with the international feminist group JASS (Just Associates) to present a “Musical Meditation and Celebration of Radical Healing” on Friday, August 14, 2020. This global, multi-artist virtual online event is designed to share and affirm our connections and power in a time of uprising and crisis through music, dance, poetry, and guided meditations. Featuring female performing entities from around the world, including noted activist, academic, and author Angela Davis, this one-of-a-kind event will be live-streamed on the StreamYard platform beginning at 4:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. PST/2:00 MT/7:00 p.m. UCT.

JASS was founded in 2003 by activists, organizers, popular educators, and scholars from five continents, including Lisa VeneKlasen, who recently stepped down as Executive Director, and Shereen Essof, the current Executive Director, who are connected by their commitment to grassroots feminist organizing and justice through shared political struggles from Central America to Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the Philippines.

Hendryx – a former member of Grammy Hall of Fame trio LaBelle – and VeneKlasen have long wanted to collaborate politically on an event spotlighting women’s often invisible role in the ongoing fight to address unfinished struggles of our liberation – violence, inequality, racism, discrimination, stigma, and more. Initially planning to partner to celebrate Women’s History Month in March, then Black Music Month in June, they postponed plans when the country was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as by the global outcry for racial and social justice. With numerous artists and organizations taking to online platforms for performances and fundraisers, Hendryx and VeneKlasen decided that August was a stronger opportunity for the two women-focused entities to address both the hopeful possibilities and trauma and pain of these times.

“By radical healing, we’re acknowledging the power of music to lift our spirits and connect us across all our differences,” says Hendryx. “We recognize that we can’t build and sustain strong movements for the long haul with broken people who bear the brunt of crises and violence. We need moments of shared joy and connections as much as information and strategy.” Adding that women’s role at the forefront of numerous movements has been powerful and consistent, she also notes, “some of the most amazing music ever created has been birthed from struggle.”

Shereen Essof, JASS Executive Director, adds, “In the face of crises and violence, feminist organizers believe that our collective healing is vital to building strong, agile movements for the future. Songs, music, dancing, and poetry are part of a long tradition of activism and communities organizing for justice globally. We are incredibly excited to co-create this moment of radical healing with these extraordinary artists.”

Hendryx will perform with New York-based collective Nubian Q.U.E.E.N.X. (Quantum, Unique, Evolving, Essence of Nubian Sistas), a musical meditation on the affirmation of healing traumas of the past and present while answering questions and exploring ways to move forward. First presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., in September 2019 with special guests Divinity Roxx, Be Steadwell, Liza Jessie Peterson, the group will be joined by Sophia Ramos for the August 14th performance.  Q.U.E.E.N.X. is a multi-generational, multi-disciplinary blending of music, spoken word, hip-hop, funk, rock, and avant-garde. The group has been hailed for its unique performances that embrace a broad range of audiences, particularly the African American, Latinx, Indigenous Natives, and LGBTQI communities.

Also joining Nubian Q.U.E.E.N.X. for this special presentation in radical healing will be noted women artists from around the globe, including South African actress and poet Lebo Mashile; indigenous Guatemalan singer Sara Carruchich; Zimbabwean singer and Mbira player, Hope Masike; and Filipina theater actress and singer Monique Wilson.

For more information and reservations for this event, please go to and

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Evelyn Lozada Gets Emotional Recalling Ochocinco Abuse [VIDEO]



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*Evelyn Lozada has responded to the recent comments her ex-husband, former NFL star Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, made about his 2012 domestic violence case.

“I lost my temper for once in life for 3 seconds & it cost me a lifetimes worth of work,” he tweeted without mentioning the incident. “I got it all back plus some after getting a 2nd chance & NOTHING will ever get me out of that happy space again.”

As reported by, Johnson was arrested and charged with domestic battery in 2012 following an altercation with Lozada. She filed for divorce days after.

He pleaded no contest and struck a plea deal and served a year-long probation sentence.

Johnson was also dropped by the Miami Dolphins after his arrest. He and Evelyn also filmed a VH1 realty show that never aired. 

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The “Basketball Wives” star released a tearful video Thursday in response to Johnson’s tweet.

She captioned the 5 minute clip: “I’m sorry to my kids, my family & friends, my fellow cast-members, their kids & family, the viewers & anyone else I hurt or affected with my actions. I hope & pray my message is received and that this video makes sense. I’m sorry for being so upset but this is HEAVY on my heart. #ILoveAllOfYou”.

In the video Lozada makes clear that Ochocinco was abusive on more than one occasion.

Hear/watch her tell it via the YouTube clip above. 

Evelyn Lozada Cries While Alleging Ochocinco Was Abusive More Than Once [VIDEO]

Johnson’s spoke about his troubled past after social media users asked his advice on how to stay positive.

“What’s the secret? How do you stay so positive? Was it therapy? Not being funny…really asking for myself,” wrote one fan.

Evelyn and Chad were married for only 41 days before she filed for divorce after they had a violent brawl.

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Stephen A. Smith Says NBA Players Will ‘Struggle’ with Sexual Frustration in Orlando / WATCH



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*As the NBA prepares for the conclusion of the season in Orlando, Florida, Stephen A. Smith thinks the biggest challenge players will face in the city is the lack of sex due to the COVID-19 lockdown. 

“Do we really think that the ‘recreational activities’ that these guys are accustomed to are going to be compromised for three months?” said Smith on Tuesday’s edition of First Take, per 97 The Game.

The NBA recently shared a photo of courts for the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic being set up inside the bubble at Disney World, offering a first look at team practice rooms being set up in hotels. 

As noted by CBS News, ” as teams start traveling to Orlando next week, we should start getting more information about how everything in the bubble is going to look,” the outlet writes. Adding, “Teams will practice at staggered times in order to promote social distancing and keep everyone healthy. “

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Smith added, “Forget three months. They’re gonna’ struggle with three weeks. Why you think they wanted Vegas?” asked Smith.

Hear him tell it via the Twitter video above.

Meanwhile, Jesse Pantuosco of 97 The Game writes, “the NBA has made its Orlando accommodations as player-friendly as possible with table tennis, on-site barbers, movie-viewing areas and other entertainment options. But even with all those amenities at their disposal, Smith predicts players will leave the premises to fulfill their sexual appetites.”

“They’re gonna’ violate the bubble. That’s what I’m telling you,” Smith insisted. “Somebody’s gotta’ say it.”

Meanwhile, when asked what he would like to see when the league restarts in Florida, Lakers player representative Danny Green told ESPN.  “We got to continue to speak up, continue to figure out ways to affect change as a group,” said Green. “We’ll be competing against each other and focusing on winning, but we still need to focus on what’s the bigger picture.”

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