Black Men Crowned (BMC), a nonprofit organization created by Memphis native Justin Hart, is set to present its first event — “Speak Up with NLE Choppa” — on Saturday (April 9).
The youth town hall event featuring the Memphis rap star is part of BMC’s youth outreach initiatives. Hart created BMC to honor, inspire, empower and celebrate Black Men in Memphis, while creating a space to help guide youth toward becoming productive citizens in their communities.
Parents and educators interested in having their children or students attend “Speak Up with NLE Choppa” can RSVP by emailing [email protected]. The email should include the child’s name and age, a photo, and the name of the school they attend.
Space is limited. Additional details on the event will be provided to those who register.
“As a nonprofit organization, BMC is a multimedia brand that will serve as a driving force for our youth and Black men to develop a pristine moral character that exemplifies the power of human resolve, perseverance, and faith,” Hart said.
He continued, “Creating a solid foundation for them to evolve into productive, astounding, and resilient citizens in their community is our mission, which we plan to accomplish as we expand our initiative.”
The event will be a town hall meeting geared towards providing youth ages12-18 with a space to voice their concerns about the steady increase in crimes throughout the city…, mental health issues, education and mentorship.
“Speak up with NLE Choppa,” more importantly, will provide the opportunity to be a part of the changes they want to see in Memphis.
“Our assignment is to provide a sacred space for our fellow man and youth” to feel empowered, and to detach the stigma from generational traumas while normalizing conversations surrounding mental health, social injustice and changing the stereotypes depicted in mainstream media,” Hart said.
Hart added, “It’s very rare to see a platform created for our kids to express their opinions about ways for them to assist in moving the culture forward.”
NLE Choppa’s mother and manager, Angeleta Potts, also will also appear, providing “parents with her perspective about the importance of listening to their kids, and creating a space for them to be heard.”
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