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Black Men Crowned Awards – Take 2

The 2nd annual Black Men Crowned Awards Show, highlighting Black men in various industries who are leaving an imprint in Memphis, is scheduled for Dec. 10th at The Kent.

Black Men Crowned was created by Memphis native Justin Hart, winner of a Grammy and a NAACP Image award as a producer.

“It was imperative for me to create a space that empowers, uplifts and encourages Black Men in the City of Memphis in hopes of changing the narrative of how Black men have been depicted in the media,” said Hart.

“Establishing an event that highlights Black excellence amongst men will give our young Black men the opportunity to see a reflection of themselves in our honorees.…”

Born and raised in the Whitehaven area, Hart is a product of the Yo Academy! Of Visual and Performing Arts and a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where he received his degree in broadcast journalism. (Photo: Justin Hart)

The awards show will honor Black men in the categories of Social Impact, Education Achievement Award, Innovator of the Year, and Memphis Icon.

In addition, the show will feature the Young King Award, Humanitarian Award, and Coach of the Year.

“‘You can’t aspire to be something that you don’t see’ is a motto that I strive to emulate as I continue to expand and find innovative ways to celebrate and highlight Black excellence in my hometown.

“It’s extremely important for us to detach the stigma towards Black men and change the narrative, which is why this award show is considered one of my passion projects,” said Hart.

“It’s my way of giving back to the city that instilled discipline and passion within me.”

Hart contemplated the idea for an award show for two years before sharing the idea with his long-time friends – executive producers Lauren Keys, Steven Sanders, and Deondra Guy.

“Oftentimes Black men are given a bad rep in the media and being completely honest, we know we have work to do amongst ourselves,” said Keys.

“However, what the media often omits from these stories are the people who are spending time with the youth to help and assist them on the right path.

Event curator, Tony Smith, will be returning as an emcee along with a special guest.

“It’s important for this award show to also bridge the gap between the older gentlemen and the younger brothers,” said Hart. “One of the many inspirations behind this award show is to serve as the liaison for the older and younger generation and to bridge a gap that will birth new connections, relationships, and mentorships.

“We have the opportunity to set the standard and to spark change in the City of Memphis by elevating this movement to greater heights.”

Born and raised in the Whitehaven area, Hart is a product of the Yo Academy! Of Visual and Performing Arts and a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where he received his degree in broadcast journalism.

He has worked in TV for more than a decade on shows such as “The Real,” “Iyanla Fix My Life,” and “E! News Daily Pop.”  He is currently the supervising producer of Programming for Fox Soul.

The Kent is located at 61 Keel Ave.

(To purchase tickets to Black Men Crowned and for more information, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/445613119837.)

 

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