Everyday we view negative images of African American males in the news. While those unflattering depictions make the top news around the country, we don’t often enough see stories of positivity surrounding our brothers. 92Q wants to recognize the men who are making a difference in and around their communities, right here in Baltimore. Brothers, WE SALUTE YOU!
Are you a positive brother making a difference in the lives of others? Upload a flattering picture and tell us in 200 words of less what you are doing to give back to your community. Each Monday one entrant will be recognized on 92Q.com as a Real Man Of Baltimore. #RMOB
1. Van Brooks – 11/17
Founded by Van Brooks, a former star athlete who suffered a spinal cord injury during a football game, Safe Alternative Foundation for Education, Inc.’s mission is to inform others about the importance of obtaining an education, as well as having an alternate career plan in anticipation for life’s deviations.
2. Sean Fields – 11/10
Sean and his wife are the founders of a local non-profit called It Takes A Village Inc., operating in the Park Heights community since 2009. They have had a positive impact on both youth and young adults with the many free programs they provide. Sean is dedicated to empowering young men with his mentoring program Boys In Bowties. Sean has touched the lives of over 500 Black males in the past 10 years.
3. Tariq Jones – 11/3
What happens when you invest in a young black male? I own two companies, one of which named “Common Cloth” is a Social Enterprise where every item purchased through my online store buys an article of clothing for Baltimore city kids in need. Lastly I am the acting fundraising chair For Male Enterprise Network (MEN) an organization developed to give male minority entrepreneurs a platform to showcase their value.
4. Tavon Mason – 10/27
Tavon Mason is a former NFL WR for the NY Jets who has now dedicated his life to helping children. After returning from the NFL as a Free Agent, Tavon was eager to create an impact on the youth and parents within his hometown community. Tavon founded the Tavon Mason Loves the Kids Foundation (TMLTKF), to fight to combat childhood obesity. His fight to combat childhood obesity grabbed the attention of ABC2News.
5. Sean Stinnett – 10/20
I am currently the Hopkins District (East Baltimore City) Chairman, which is classified as the top volunteer scout with the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. I have started a partnership with CHAI and Northwest Neighbors Connecting in recruiting new scouts (ages 10-17) which I teach them landscaping and eventually snow removal skills.
6. Russell Bunn – 10/13
Mr. Bunn attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where he became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and graduated with a BS in Marine Biology, with a minor in Sociology. Russell, alongside his close friend Minister Carl Hamiel, co-founded the Aiding Community Excellence Club, Inc. (A.C.E. Club, Inc.), which focuses primarily towards mentoring, community outreach and philanthropy.
7. Kendrick Tilghman – 10/6
Founder, 5Starr Enterprise. I found a way to combine my electrical engineering degree with the fact that I’m a professional dj and our business focuses on community outreach and educational services. Our goal is to provide engagement across the country to increase creative thinking, which we feel will increase academic performance. We added certifications and training to Baltimoreans in the IT industry.