Black business, philanthropy, and media leaders recognized for commitment to building black equity without stereotyping or stigmatizing black people
This Black Business and Black Philanthropy Month, 45 remarkable Black leaders have been named “Vanguards for the Next Narrative for Black America.”
This prestigious honor is part of a national movement by philanthropic, financial, and racial equity leaders to build Black equity without stigmatizing Black people.
BMe Community, the Black-led network behind the honor, boasts Black members who head billion-dollar institutions, lead grassroots organizations, and are brilliant entrepreneurs. Together, they help people to live, own, vote and excel in America without stigma.
“We are a better way to racial equity,” says BMe Co-Founder, Trabian Shorters. “We proudly love Black people; sincerely love all people and we refuse to stigmatize any people. We also teach institutional leaders the wisdom of building equity without stigma.”
Carefully vetted for being authentic, competent, builders, the BMe Vanguard receive leading-edge training in fields ranging from finance and wealth-building to social determinants of health and voting rights. They are granted lifelong access to a private community of their peers, and BMe allies in equity-oriented foundations, corporations, law firms, and journalism networks.
The 2021 BMe Vanguard include:
- Entrepreneur and founder of Bifties Gifts, Constance Panton, whose gifting company distributes “the best gifts from black-owned brands” in high-quality gift boxes for membership organizations, conference favors, and special occasions.
- Media owners Farai Chideya of Our Body Politic, Kori Hale of CultureBanx, and Candice Fortman of Detroit-based Outlier Media. Chideya’s syndicated radio show and podcast unapologetically reports on “how women of color impact today’s major political events.”
- Hale’s multimedia company “surfaces emerging trends, initiatives and areas of innovation” at the intersection of business, finance, and tech news relevant to black people.
- Fortman’s text-based journalism company “delivers high-value information directly to news consumers” so that they might hold their officials accountable.
- Community leader Father Paul Abernathy, a military veteran, and CEO of Neighborhood Resiliency Project (NRP) in Pittsburgh, PA. NRP successfully combines wellness, leadership development, and community support for what they have dubbed “trauma informed community development. (https://neighborhoodresilience.org)
- National Black equity leader Shawn Dove, founder of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, which invested $212M+ in Black men and boys’ programs and played a formative role in creating the Obama administration’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative.
The 2021 BMe Vanguard is sponsored by the William R. Kennan Jr. Charitable Trust, the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, Skillman Foundation, and The Heinz Endowments. View all 2021 BMe Vanguard at https://bmecommunity.org/2021-bme-community-vanguard.
America’s top foundation executives, including Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments, call BMe Community’s Asset-Framing workshops “The best training on equity I’ve ever experienced” and cumulatively rate it a 4.9 out of a perfect 5 on teaching a better approach for equity and impact.