*BEVERLY HILLS, CA – ICON MANN™ will celebrate the trailblazing contributions of black men in entertainment and multimedia this Friday, September 20, 2013, in Beverly Hills. Wayne Brady, Emmy™ award winner, and David P. White, National Executive Director for SAG-AFTRA™, are confirmed to host.
“I am excited to co-host with David. I love what ICON MANN represents––the man of color who seeks more and won’t let his environment or the words of others slow his progress. That man starts off as a boy and needs guidance. That’s where ICON MANN comes in with their message of positivity and focus,” says Brady.
Actors David Oyelowo, Richard Roundtree, Laz Alonso, Jay Ellis, Cash Warren, James Pickens Jr., Rockmond Dunbar, Nate Parker, Lance Reddick, Pooch Hall and Mykelti Williamson, directors Anthony Hemingway and Tim Story, talent agent Charles King, film executive James Lopez, entertainment attorney Gordon Bobb, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences executive Vicangelo Bulluck, CNN anchor Don Lemon, chef Marcus Samuelsson and many more are confirmed to attend. Target, Morgan Stanley and SAG-AFTRA™ are the official sponsors of the affair.
Past ICON MANN™ event guests have included actors Michael Ealy, Djimon Hounsou, Common, Jesse Williams, Omari Hardwick, Dennis Haysbert, Wendell Pierce, Anthony Anderson and Richard Brooks, directors Bill Duke, Eriq LaSalle and George Tillman Jr., talent manager Brian Dobbins, entertainment executive Guy Primus, talent agent Ryan Tarpley, magazine publisher Len Burnett and NFL Player/Super Bowl champion Terrell Suggs among others.
About ICON MANN™
The ICON MANN™ organization defines an ICON MANN™ as one who uses his power to create great and significant change by unapologetically conquering everything he envisions. With their Black Men in Entertainment and Multimedia (IMBMIE) platforms, they champion the accomplishments and positive dialogue surrounding men of color throughout the Diaspora. Being the best at what they do places them on the list for the exclusive celebrations comprised of the most influential black men in entertainment, art and media who are committed to philanthropy. ICON MANN™’s corporate pledge is to provide educational advancement for black boys, ages 13-18, in foster care, empowering them with the tools to compete and excel beyond their circumstances. ICON MANN™ spotlights success, changes a mindset, celebrates philanthropy, encourages mentorship and champions legacy creation. Author and talent manager Tamara N. Houston and entertainment attorney Adrienne S. Alexander lead the organization. The official presence of the organization online is www.IconMann.com.
Staci R. Collins Jackson