LOCAL AFRICAN AMERICAN MALES TO BE HONORED AT AWARDS CEREMONY
Yearlong Initiative Concludes With BMe Awards to Honor Local Men Making a Positive Impact in Our Communities
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February 6, 2014
LOCAL AFRICAN AMERICAN MALES
TO BE HONORED AT AWARDS CEREMONY
Yearlong Initiative Concludes With BMe Awards
to Honor Local Men Making a Positive Impact in Our Communities
PITTSBURGH – Made possible by The Heinz Endowments, WQED will honor 10 local men at the BMe (Black Male Engagement) Awards: Celebrating the Efforts of African American Men in the Community on Thursday, February 20 from 6 – 8 p.m., at the Fred Rogers Studio, located at WQED Studios in Oakland.
Hosted by WQED’s Chris Moore, the BMe Awards will feature performances from the Afro American Music Institute (AAMI) Boys’ Choir, a keynote speech from Trabian Shorters, founder of BMe, and the presentation of 10 awards to area men who have made a positive impact in our communities including:
• Dr. Rex L. Crawley, Co-Director, Black Male Leadership and Development Institute (Posthumous)
• J.E. Gamble, Pastor, Thirst, Fellowship and Unashamed
• Robert Wilson, Vice President, Blazer Capital Management
• Darnell Drewery, Co-Founder, Shyne Awards
• Rueben Brock, Professor, California University of Pennsylvania
• Shon Owens, Director, Father Hood of Aliquippa
• D’Angelo Mitchell, Student, Steel Valley High School
• Ricco J. L. Martello, Photojournalist, New Pittsburgh Courier & MSNBC Newsvine
• Malcolm Minnekhekh Thomas, Program Director, Reaching Back Male Mentoring and Manhood Development Program (NEIGHBORHOOD Learning Alliance) and Founder, ONE Nation
• Lee Davis, Co-CEO, Promotional Push and The Three Horseman
The BMe Awards are the conclusion to a yearlong initiative by WQED. For the past three years, The Heinz Endowments has provided support to WQED to produce a multi-part series called, Portrayal and Perception: African American Men & Boys, to explore how the media portrays African American males, and how society views them as a result. As part of the second year of series, The Heinz Endowments sponsored and WQED coordinated a BMe portion of the work. BMe is an organization which piloted projects in Philadelphia and Detroit to highlight black males engaging with, and leading others in service to their communities, through a series of videos available at an online portal. With WQED, Emmy Award-winning producer and director, Emmai Alaquiva, produced more than 250 stories about Pittsburgh men and boys which may now be viewed at: bmecommunity.org. To reserve a space for the BMe Awards, please contact Alisyn Blackwell at 412-622-1487 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 140 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains and inspires. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqedfm.org; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).
The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion.
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