These men were chosen for their commitment to one or all: service, faith, education, & community. They exemplify through their actions the key principles in which Brotha Magazine was founded. To fully engage, inspire, inform, and educate our community and the world at large not only with lip service but through the work they do.
Howard Clay, Jr. -President/Publisher at BOSS Magazine
Are you a success story? is the question that B.O.S.S. Magazine asks in every issue with an astounding YES!
Howard Clay Jr, publisher of B.O.S.S. is passionate about education and our Urban Youth. He created the magazine to truly make a difference in our community. Once an epublication with a few million views, B.O.S.S. is now a print publication and has branded itself the premier educational and entrepreneur resource for Urban and Minority youth, from age 17 to 24. Discover the evolution of urban educational magazines.
B.O.S.S. publications now include a book division that includes an array of titles that not only inspire but uplifts its readers even more.
Da’ T.R.U.T.H. – Christian Hip-Hop Artist
After nearly 20 years later he has sold nearly a quarter million records worldwide and has toured and collaborated with some of Gospel and Christian music’s premiere artists including Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Lecrae, Cece Winans and more! Additionally, his high energy performances & thought provoking conversation has landed him on MTV, BET’s Celebration of Gospel, Gospel Music Channel, and the Stellar and Dove Awards. This year he releases his 8th studio album “It’s Complicated.
“Truth crafted this album to bring the listener face to face with tough issues that many unbelievers, as well as believers, may wrestle with within Christianity. He talks about certain topics from the claims that Jesus is just a copy of a faith from earlier times, to the question, is the Islamic god and the Christian God the same, to the concept of Hell being a real place or not, and many other topics in between.” – Daniel Cody
Christopher Emdin – Educator & Author, Columbia University
Dr. Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; where he also serves as Director of Science Education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education. He is also the Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, and a much sought-after public speaker on a number of topics that include hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment.
He is also the author of the NY Times bestseller “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood… and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education”
Darrell Fairer – Pastor, Greater Faith Bible Tabernacle
Pastor Fairer is the preacher’s preacher and a force to be reckoned with who shares his ministerial experience with those he mentors and serves. He serves as the General Secretary of the New York Pennsylvania and New England States Council of the Pentecostal Churches of Apostolic Faith. During the 59th Holy Convocation of the PCAF in the summer of 2016, Pastor was confirmed as a District Elder. Called to be a pastor, preach and teach but anointed to serve, Pastor Fairer enjoys seeing lives changed for the better because of the power of the Word of God.
His mission over the course of 2016 has been to inspire those in ministry to be engaged in their physical and psychological health. He states, “I never knew posting my journey would have any effect at all on others. I was simply doing what I saw others do on Instagram. Not long after posting, I started to get encouraging messages and comments from others who were blessed by my posting. I’ve told our church several times, what we go through isn’t just about us. Others will be blessed by our successful struggle to better ourselves. God used running to save my life. It has kept and keeps me sane and focused.“
Brandon Frame – Founder, Black Man Can Institute
His organization, TheBlackManCan (www.theblackmancan.org), has become a highly revered resource for the Black community and society as a whole. TheBlackManCan media platform is read in all 50 states and over 15 different countries. TheBlackManCan Institute (tbmcinstitute.theblackmancan.org) has traveled to cities such as Washington D.C. Atlanta, GA, New York City, Charlotte, NC and more to uplift, educate, motivate, and empower young men of color. He currently serves as the Director of Business Partnerships and Development at High School Inc. in his hometown. At High School, Inc., Brandon has implemented a program he designed around the motto, “Taking students from the classroom to the boardroom.”
Lee Francis – Educator, North Carolina
In September 2016, Lee Francis a first year teacher at Massey Hill Classical High School in Fayetteville, NC; Mr. Francis received death threats and was suspended from his position for demonstrating the first amendment by stepping on the American flag during one of his classes. The demonstration was filmed by a student and caused an uproar in the military town. He is now waiting to hear from the local school board on whether he’ll be retained or terminated. With the percentage of black male educators in the classroom decreasing, it is imperative that we support this gifted educator as he defends his FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
Sean C. Johnson – Gospel Artist
Neoteric soul. A sound that is uncommonly defined by the radical message in ones lyrics which inspires the heart of the listener; but for Sean C Johnson, it’s just another form of sharing his testimony. At first glance, one might not envision this former Air Force Staff Sergeant as a soul singer – no afro blowing in the wind and no “tortured genius” look. He does, however, have his own unique vibe – an unsuspecting and compassionate demeanor that produces a sound that draws you in. Sean offers music that lyrically takes the listener deep into the Word, flowing hypnotically over neoteric soul ballads and hip hop beats.
No other artist in recent memory has in one year (2015) release an acclaimed album (Circa 1993), while over the course of another year (2016) release a new song and video. He is one of the most gifted and anointed musicians of his generation.
And with all the traveling and the creating of a rich musical legacy, you can find Sean on any given day inside of classrooms and community centers mentoring young people.
Gerald PK Kersey – Founder/CEO, That Suits You, INC.
PK founded WHAT IS “THAT SUITS YOU” which is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization That Accepts Gently Worn Professional Attire & Provides Them Free of Charge To Qualified Men For Work & H.S Seniors For Graduation And Prom. TSY was created not only to provide men with professional attire to help them get back to work and to HS seniors for prom and graduation. But, attire is only part of our vision. Just as importantly is Kersey’s passion is to teach, speak and train men in The importance of image, Being the Brand, Thinking beyond the norm, Manhood, and Social Media and you.
Brandon McGee – State Representative Connecticut General Assembly
State Representative Brandon L. McGee Jr. won re-election to serve a third term in the legislature and represents parts of Windsor and Hartford. Not only is a member of the legislature’s Appropriations and Education committees, the Vice-chair of the Human Services committee, he is the Assistant Majority Leader for this past session.
Rep. McGee is a native of Hartford and serves as Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Capitol Region Education Council (CREC). He is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Emerging Leaders Network (ELN), a boutique firm which specializes in innovative training and collaborative development, strategic planning, and leadership and organizational development. In 2009, he became the youngest recipient to receive the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Community Award.
Don Tate – Children’s Book Author & Illustrator
Don Tate is an award-winning author and the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children. He is also one of the founding hosts of the blog The Brown Bookshelf – a blog designed to push awareness of the myriad of African American voices writing for young readers, with book reviews, author and illustrator interviews. Don frequently speaks at schools, public libraries and writing conferences, and participates in book festivals, including the Texas Book Festival; The Savannah Children’s Book Festival; The Dallas Children’s Book and Literary Festival; The African American Children’s Book Fair, and at such conferences as The International Reading Association (IRA); National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE); American Association of School Librarians (AASL); National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS); The National Alliance of Black School Educators, others.