Tyrone Johnson
Kehinde Wiley
The
Gentlemen
History Makers Now
Actor, Gospel singer, Comedian

I'm proud of my marriage and my relationship with my family. I didn't grow up seeing the stereotypical family or example of family. So, I made up my mind. That's what I want. That is my accomplishment. When all of this is done and finish, my family and my wife are going to be there.

David Mann illustrates that inspiration can come in many forms. For Mann, laughter is his vehicle to uplift others. Ingeniously funny and extraordinarily talented are understatements when it comes to the multifaceted actor and 2011 NAACP Award winner for Outstanding Actor In A Comedy Series (Meet The Browns, “Mr. Brown”). A native of the "Bible belt" state of Texas, Mann masterfully showcases his God given talents in today's most dynamic and distinguished genre.

Accentuating his already natural gift of making people laugh as a youth, Mann set his sights on acting. As a free-spirited adolescent, the self-possessed 15 year-old discovered a way to employ his unsuspecting antics by involving himself in various high school activities including contemporary drama where he permeated the stage world by becoming a budding thespian.

Finding his natural element, Mann was commonly cast as the production's funnyman where his infectious comedic flair was visibly realized and fittingly unleashed. From high school to local community theater, Mann's accomplished performances quickly gained notable recognition advancing his diversified image into public notice. 

"I don' take no for an answer. You may tell me no, but I realized in my life it only takes one yes for me to start moving forward," says Mann.

In short order, Mann joined forces with one of America's funniest actors and critically acclaimed playwright, Tyler Perry. The illustrious actor had written, directed, and produced numerous plays including the stage play hit I Can Do Bad All By Myself where Mann remarkably immortalized the intrusively nosey, wisecracking, ashy-kneed, and outrageously funny neighbor, "Mr. Brown."

As was apropos, Mann's bravo performance led the way for “Mr. Brown” to become a principal character in many of Perry's other hilarious stage and film comedies, including the play and motion picture, Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns, in which Mann reprised the role of “Mr. Brown” for mass audiences.

The Gentlemen

History Makers Now

Roger M. Bobb

President and CEO of Bobbcat Films

Hajj Flemings

CEO and Founder of Brand Camp

Kwanza Hall, Atlanta City Councilman

Kwanza Hall

Atlanta City Councilman

D'Wayne Edwards, Founder, PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy

D'Wayne Edwards

Founder, PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy

Shawn Dove

CEO, Campaign for Black Male Achievement

Jamil Crews

Entrepreneur and Coordinator for Office of the Mayor, City of Buffalo

Dedrick Asante - Muhammad

Sr. Director of the Economic Department, NAACP

Gene Waddy

Owner - DIVERSANT, LLC

Detavio Samuels, President of One Solution, Founder of The Bare Group

Detavio Samuels

President of One Solution and Founder of The Bare Group

Ryan Cameron

Radio Host, V-103 and Co-Founder of the Ryan Cameron Foundation

L-Mani S. Viney

National Guide Right Director of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc and Educator

Christopher Jordan Tyson Associate Professor

Christopher Jordan Tyson

Professor of Law and candidate for Louisiana Secretary of State

Tyrone Johnson

V.P and General Manger at Euramax International

Kehinde Wiley

Artist

Keith Marcel Radford

General Manager at Uber Atlanta

Rev. Matthew Lawrence Watley

Minister and Author

Clyde E. Mize, Jr.

Esquire Partner

James Toney III

Cofounder, Sew

Tony Rock

Comedian and Founder of MyRock Foundation

NuraCode

Software Development Agency

Justin Dawkins

Inflex Digital, CEO, Principal

Warrick Dunn

Founder at Warrick Dunn Charities

Street Disciples

Youth Motivational Speakers

Dr. Dennis Kimbro

Clark Professor and Author