The 2017 BET Awards was filled with epic performances and moments for the culture. Outside of all of the glitz and glamor, BET shed light on a couple of important people who are doing important things for their community. My Black Is Beautiful and BET teamed up to honor Tamika D. Mallory and Michael and Marcellus Bennet for their amazing contributions to society and the African American community. These winners are living civil and making the world a better place, get to know them here:
Tamika D. Mallory
Tamika D. Mallory is a 34-year-old mother, advocate, activist, and social justice leader. Named, “a leader of tomorrow” by Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie B. Jarrett, she is a force to be reckoned with. Tamika advocates for important and relevant issues like civil rights, equal rights for women, health care, gun violence, and police conduct. She formerly held the position as Executive Director of the National Action Network and helped to create the New York City’s Crisis Management System, which is an official gun violence prevention program that awards nearly $27 million to violence prevention organizations annually. Tamika is an activist who is out on the streets and in the offices working diligently to make America a more suitable place for women and minorities.
Tamika became internationally recognized as one of four co-chairs for the Women’s March on Washington. The Women’s March took over the world with a recording participation of 5 million people worldwide. Her role with the Women’s March and place in the new wave of feminism landed Tamika on the 2017 Time 100 Pioneers list and Fortune’s 2017 list of the World’s Greatest Leaders. As President of Mallory Consulting, her own strategic planning and event management firm, Tamika has consulted with Fortune 500 corporations and organizations on flagship projects related to mass incarceration, gun violence, and police brutality.
Tamika’s day to day work is all about fighting for equality and she has dedicated her life to this fight. You can find her on many multimedia platforms challenging policies and exposing “the real” on faulty social constructs. Tamika holds her words for no one and we are so proud of everything she has accomplished as a black woman for black women. Congratulations on your 2017 Shine Your Light award!
Michael and Martellus Bennet
Seattle Seahawks player Michael Bennett and his brother Martellus Bennet, who plays for the Green Bay Packers are busy making moves and contributions off-the-field. The Bennett brothers received $10,000 for the Shine a Light Award sponsored by My Black is Beautiful on behalf of their philanthropic efforts.
These brothers from Alief, Houston have always been vocal about where they stand on race relations and women equality. Martellus was one of the several players to sit out the Patriots’ visit to the Trump White House after their 2016 Super Bowl win.
Martellus pledged to donate all of the sales from his jersey to after-school programs and he has also founded a children’s book company called The Imagination Agency. Meanwhile, his brother Michael is working on a book that reflects his thoughts on the issues that are affecting minorities and women today in America and will be giving all of the money from his 2017 endorsement deals to charities that cater to minorities and the empowerment of black women.
These brothers are using their platform as athletes for the betterment of women and minorities. It is inspiring to see African American men doing what they can to hold up our community and be an example. Continue to set the standard boys!