Every year, FrontPage Detroit honors individuals in the African-American community who are out to make positive moves within their respective fields and industries. The annual FP 40 nominates 40 front page-worthy newsmakers under the age of 40 who are creating a movement within their professional fields, personal lives and community connections. Tonight marks their celebration, and you’re invited!
We at IAYD would like to congratulate all of this year’s 40 nominees, some of which include some notable names:
Jalen Rose – The former “Fab 5″ standout from the University of Michigan hasn’t just settled for a nice career in the NBA and an even more impressive career as an NBA analyst on ESPN. Rose also officially opened the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy last September for grades 9-12 on Detroit’s west side.
Bobby Smith – As the founder of En Garde Detroit, Smith is developing the city’s youth in our next generation of leaders through the underrated sport of fencing. By doing this, En Garde Detroit builds character by teaching through its core values of respect, resiliency, decision-making, physical development and self-esteem.
Jordan Johnson – You may not know him by his real name, but you can catch him as a radio host on HOT 107.5 FM as “Shorty Da Prince” from seven p.m. to midnight on weekdays. He also managed to put out a few mixtapes, and even joined BET‘s “106 & Park” along the way.
Kimberly Walker – Walker, better known as “Paigion“, is another nominee to come from the HOT 107.5 ranks, hosting the mid-day mix from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the afternoon on weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Catch her as a host on 106 & Park, as well as a model and actress in the entertainment industry.
Margarita Barry – Does this name sound familiar? It’s no big deal. After all, she’s the brainchild behind IAYD. But in case you didn’t know, you can check out her story here.
Check out the list for other FP 40 honorees here and join the big celebration tonight at the Charles H. Wright Museum. For more info click here.
Cedric Brown is a Detroit native who graduated from Pershing High School in 2007. As an aspiring marketing communications professional, Cedric uses his gift for writing to tell stories of hope. In his spare time, Cedric is involved with various community organizations that relate to male mentoring.
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