November 21, 2021 at 6 PM EST

The Black Men in Fashion Awards recognizes and showcases the bright minds of African American Fashion Stylists, Clothing consumers, and people who are making a difference in their respective communities.

THE 2021 LEGACY AWARD

For Social Justice, Diversity, and Civic Engagement 

Rev. Charles W. Quann

Bethlehem Baptist Church

The Reverend Charles W. Quann has served as the Pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Spring House, PA. since April 1986. Since his calling to The Bethlehem Baptist Church, a Christ –Centered, Multi-Cultural Church, Pastor Quann has directed the development of numerous ministries

Reverend Quann was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pastor Quann received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Eastern University, with additional studies at Eastern (Palmer) Theological Seminary in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

Reverend Quann accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Philadelphia. In December of 1974, he was licensed to preach the Gospel and was ordained in October of 1977 by Reverend Dr. Albert F. Campbell, his mentor & Pastor Emeritus of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Philadelphia. Pastor Quann served as an Associate Minister at Mt. Carmel until he was called to pastor the Gibson Temple Baptist Church in Philadelphia in 1980.

Pastor Quann was appointed to the Montgomery County Advisory Council to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission January, 2012 and in 2014 elected as Chairperson of the Council; elected to the Board of Trustees of Abington Memorial Hospital in 2010; elected as Treasurer of the Executive Committee of Abington Memorial Hospital in 2017; member of the Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA; Board member of the Wissahickon Faith Community; Past President of the American Red Cross, Penn Jersey Region and current board member; Vice President, Board of the Montgomery County Housing Authority; Vice President and Board Member of the Inter-Faith Housing Alliance; Member of the Blue Bell Rotary; Board of Directors of the YMCA of Ambler; Board member Inter-Faith Center of Greater Philadelphia; Board Member of the E. Washington Rhoads Board of the Philadelphia Tribune. Chairman of ChildPromise, Inc. and Board Member of ChildFirst Services; former Board member and Moderator of the Philadelphia Baptist Association; Pearl Buck Foundation. And Tabor Children Services

Reverend Quann is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award, the American Cancer Society, the United Way, YMCA, and the Wissahickon Faith Community Association.

In addition to his religious and community service, Pastor Quann’s “Visions of Victory” preaching is broadcast has extended the gospel outside of the church walls and can be seen every Wednesday at 9:00am on WMCN TV and Saturday afternoons at 2:30pm on Gospel Highway, WNAP 1110 AM.

Pastor Quann is an anointed and humble servant of God who demonstrates by example his spiritual growth in his personal walk with God and his fervent desire to win souls for Christ. Pastor Quann preaches extensively across the country and on the continent of Africa in Kenya. He writes a monthly article for The Philadelphia Tribune, the oldest African American Newspaper in the nation. Pastor Quann host a daily early Morning Prayer service, “Church Without Walls” with over 100 persons from around the country. He also authors a daily devotional which is published quarterly and distributed to many persons and organizations.

Pastor Quann is the author of the book “It’s Not Where You Start, But Where You Finish That Counts”, published in 2017. He writes a monthly article for The Philadelphia Tribune, the oldest African American Newspaper in the nation. Pastor Quann hosts a daily early Morning Prayer service, “Church Without Walls” with over 100 persons from around the country. He also authors a daily devotional which is published quarterly and distributed to many persons and organizations.

Pastor and Mrs. Tanya Quann are the proud parents of four sons, Darrell, Todd, Marc, and Branden. They are also proud grandparents.

Rev. Dr. Robert P. Shine Sr.

Berachah Baptist Church

School, Chairman of the Manna Bible Institute where he served on the faculty for more than 25 years. He was a member of the Police Advisory Commission (PAC) of Philadelphia and presently heads the Statewide Coalition of Black Clergy. He is also a member of the Philadelphia Association of Catholic Religious Investors (PACRI) and the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility. He is a member of PCCY (Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth), the Campus Boulevard Corporation, the former Executive Director of New Wave, Inc. and former Chairman of the New United Majority. Reverend Shine has been heard on radio station WDAS AM – “The Prophetic Voice” - broadcast hour.

He is the former Vice President of the Philadelphia Council of Clergy and former Executive Secretary of the Missionary Baptist Pastors Conference of Philadelphia & Vicinity. He was a former President of Black Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity. He was the co-founder of the ministry of “Christians United Reaching Everyone” (C.U.R.E.). He served on the Board of the Afro-American Foreign Mission Board and also the Foreign Mission Board of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. He served as the First President of the Greater Philadelphia Evangelical Fellowship and the East Coast Director of the “The Harambee Movement”, the Inter-Cultural Ministries of Campus Crusades for Christ. He was privileged to lead the Koinonia Bible Conference, training pastors, Lay leaders and youth workers in techniques for effective evangelism and Director of the Dr. B. Sam Hart Crusades. He served as the Chairman of the Christian Education Commission of the Eastern Keystone Baptist Association and the North West Regional Moderator of the Pennsylvania Eastern Keystone Baptist Association. Reverend Shine is a member of the Philadelphia Baptist “Pastors” Conference, Philadelphia Baptist “Ministers” Conference, Evening Ministers Conference, and Pennsylvania State Black Clergy Association.

Throughout his life he has continued to be a “Voice for the People”; noted for his civic interests, Reverend Shine, nonetheless provides a balanced ministry for the church. His activities carried him beyond the realm of the pulpit. He has been regarded by many of his contemporaries as a perceptive and determined advocate for justice, public education, advocate for ex-offender rights, avid labor supporter and equality for all races. Reverend Shine believes that as a minister, he has a responsibility to be active in citizenship affairs. His support has been widely sought after by many political figures and others.

Reverend Shine displays a rare balance in his ministry. A strong advocate for missions, a believer in evangelism and an insightful bible teacher, weaving all of these interests together in a complimentary rather than a conflicting way.

He has placed a lot of emphasis on public policy issues. He insists that political duty and spirituality are not inconsistent. He is convinced that the message of Jesus Christ would be too limited, if it did not extend to the social order. Reverend Shine believes also that those in secular employment are complimentary aides fighting side by side in the great Christian army under the command of King Jesus against ignorance, disorder, and sin. Sometimes opposed by colleagues for the stand he takes on many civic and social issues. Believing that as a servant of God with a prophetic voice to remain silent on political issues would be treasonous not only to his country but also to his faith. He not only talks about the issues affecting minorities, but willing to become involved in the conflicts between the poor, the disenfranchised, and the rich and powerful, between labor and management, between the “haves and the have-nots!” Reverend Shine’s sympathies are clearly on the side of the common people, and his life’s quest is to be among those who would bring about just reform in government and politics.

Reverend Shine is a graduate of Manna Bible Institute. Took his undergraduate studies at Philadelphia Community College, LaSalle University, The Center for Urban Theological Studies and Antioch University, and holds an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.

He is a gifted leader and organizer and a man of vision, with a goal to help equip God’s people to better carry out God’s purpose in the 21st century.

Dr. Rufus Sylvester Lynch

Campaign Architect & Manager and Chair of the Strong Families Commission Inc.

CULTURAL LEADERSHIP AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT AWARD

Recognizes the men who demonstrate an intangible quality that uplifts their community and engages in various leadership and civic activities in their church or community.

Asher Kemp, Jr. MSW, MBA

Executive Director Coalition of Culturally Competent Providers

Bernard Talley

Founder - The National Black Chef's Association

Bishop James David Stockton III

President of the NAACP

A native of Columbus, Ohio, raised in a home of high moral and religious values, he received the baptism of the Holy Ghost at the age of 17 under the pastoral mentorship of Bishop Alton Porter, Evangelic Gospel Tabernacle Columbus, Ohio. Bishop Stockton’s energy and conviction of what he preaches, teaches, sings and lives come from his experience of these formative years.

He is the Senior Pastor of the Greater New Hope Church of Ocala, Florida. He was ordained as an Elder in the United Pentecostal church of God under the leadership of the late Bishop C. D. Sessions, where he has held numerous titles and positions. He has served as National Administrator and Assistant District Elder for the South Carolina District. He has served as District Elder of the State of Georgia, Presiding Elder for the Southern Jurisdiction, Chairman of Church Expansion, National Director of Church Protocol, and served as a member of Bishop’s executive council.

Bishop J. David Stockton III was consecrated, to the office of Presiding Prelate of the Tabernacle of Praise International Church (TOPIC) in
May of 2003. This reformation reaches out to ministries of like mission and vision. The Tabernacle of Praise International Church (TOPIC), currently has a presence in the United States and the South American Countries of Chile and Peru. This fellowship has affiliations with a Seminary School in the U.S. and an orphanage in Kampala, Uganda. He also serves as H.O.P.E Community and Development Corporation which is the governing body of many community outreach programs

Outside of this organization, Bishop J. David Stockton is in and has been an intricate part of numerous organizations and boards, he has served as member of the National Association of College and University

Chaplains, serves as Chair of the Board of Bishops of the Berean Fellowship (Bishop Timothy J. Clarke, Columbus, Ohio), He is also a member of the Joint College of African-American Bishops He was employed at the West Virginia State University as Director of Student and Special programs, and has also served as chaplain of the W. V. S. U. Yellow Jacket football team for nearly 20 years. He currently serves as Executive Board member of the Marion County Florida Continuum of Care on Homelessness and is the County Branch president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Education being very important to Bishop Stockton yet knowing he has more to learn he continues to find time for educational experiences. He has attended Columbus State Community College, the University of California, LA Southwest Community College, West Virginia State University, Grace Bible College, United Bible Institute and Mid-American Christian University. He has been conferred an honorary Doctorate degree from Anointed by God Seminary Charlotte, NC.

Bishop Stockton is a man of vision, purpose and destiny. Who never gets tired of being wherever, whatever and whoever God wants him to be.

Camari Ellis

Philly Tax Team

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Chad Lassiter

Executive Director PHRC

Chad Dion Lassiter is nationally recognized in the fields of American race relations and violence prevention among African-American males. He has worked with resilient and vulnerable families, youth and communities as they experience normal developmental transitions in challenging environments. Chad Dion Lassiter’s research interest attempts to contribute to a more informed analysis of the diverse ways that adolescents and families – especially people of color – cope with socioeconomic challenges and institutional racism.

He received his Master’s Degree at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Social Work, where he was the A. Phillip Randolph Award winner in 2001. Mr. Lassiter was chosen by Ebony Magazine as one of the “Young Leaders of the Future Under 30” in February 2003. In May of 2004, Mr. Lassiter was named “Who’s Who Among African-Americans”, 17th edition, along with such notables as Colin Powell and Michael Jordan. He is a former research fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Collective Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, where he worked on two nationally successful research projects, P.L.A.A.Y. (Preventing Long Term Anger and Aggression in Youth) and H.I.P.P. (Health Information Providers and Promoters).

Mr. Lassiter is one of the co-founders and current president of the Black Men at Penn School of Social Work, Inc. at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. The group seeks to recruit Black males into the profession of social work, as well as providing anti-racism and violence prevention trainings to urban and suburban schools around the country. Appointed by former Mayor Michael Nutter, he formerly served on the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Prisons and the Board of Directors of Community College of Philadelphia. As co-director of FAMILY (Fostering Adopting and Mentoring to Improve the Lives of Youth, Inc.), he works with youth to improve their life outcomes by providing mentors to those who have a parent incarcerated in a state or federal prison.

He has worked on race, peace and poverty-related issues in Africa, Canada, Haiti, Israel and Norway. He is called upon often to provide commentary to various media outlets and lectures widely. Prior to accepting his post at PHRC, he was a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the 2008 recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Involvement Award, as well as a Visiting Lecturer at West Chester University in the Undergraduate School of Social Work.

Chad Dion Lassiter is mentored by the works and teachings of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights icon Ida B. Wells.

David Harold Pennock

COO of Somerset Academy

David Pennock is a seasoned professional with more than 30 years’ experience managing multi-million-dollar budgets and sales forces; nationally and regionally. A southwestern, sunny side, adventurer, at heart, David’s career began in music, traveling the world as trumpeter; playing in bands with the music greats of his era prior to settling into academia. As a music teacher, he helped his students excel. He was able to impart his love of music to his students who then went on to work with acclaimed artists and have lasting music careers. To meet the financial needs of his family, David left teaching and entered the world of business where he continued to soar leading sales forces and lending his expertise on acquisitions, mergers, and business restructuring. Today, when he could be resting on his laurels, David hung up his business hat and spends his time working harder than ever as he uses his many skills and gifts to lay a foundation in the North Central Philadelphia Community as COO of Somerset Academy. David fulfils his purpose in service to others working beside his wife to provide quality early childhood education that engages and strengthens families and the community. His wife says, “my husband is strong enough, man enough, and Christian enough to support me fully and completely”. Somerset Academy opened its doors to serve our most vulnerable children and families in 2014.

Rev. Lloyd Harrison Jr

Pastor of Willow Street Church of God

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Malik L Boyd

Talk Show Host, Radio Personality

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Mannwell Glenn

Talk Show Host, Radio Personality

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Mister Mann Frisby

Founder of The Achiever's Brunch

Mister Mann Frisby is a native South Philadelphian, 2 time AALBC.com Bestselling Author of “Blinking Red Light” and “Wife Beater”; a former Philadelphia Daily News entertainment reporter; and founder/head coach of PhatBack Athletics ‘ an all boys track & field club and mentoring program. And now he’s a filmmaker!

Raw Leiba

Actor / Director

Raw Leiba was born in Newark, New Jersey to a Brazilian mother and an African American/Native American father. His father Robert was a US Army Veteran and served with the famed Tuskegee Airmen in WWII and his uncle is former NY Giant hall of famer Roosevelt Brown.

Leiba attended high school in Woodbridge, NJ and later moved to Tempe, Arizona where he attended Tempe High School. Possessing a 4.3 second 40 yard dash speed and a 44 inch vertical jump he soon got the attention of Arizona State University basketball assistant coach Doug Collins and Head Football coach John Cooper. He signed with Arizona State under the condition that he be allowed to play both football and basketball for the school. After graduating he went to Spain to play professional basketball for Barcelona EL of the European League where he played a full season. After being waived in his second season Leiba took an invitation to the NFL San Diego Chargers mini-camp where he impressed coaches with his tremendous speed and leaping ability. He made the "Practice Squad" but was soon released when he told head coach Bobby Ross that he wanted to be an actor and could no longer commit to sports.

Leiba gained national attention when he won the the TLC'S reality action show Help Wanted, a spin-off of ABC TV'S The Next Action Hero, where competitors compete in acting and stunt roles. Leiba again showed his great athleticism and the guile that he is known for but coupled t with great acting ability.

Raw Leiba has gone to star in major motion pictures like The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy Conan the Barbarian with Jason Momoa, Bone Tomahawk with Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins and TV shows The Wire with Idris Elba ,Burn Notice and Telemundo's Spanish language Sangre de mi tierra..and has produced programs like Botched for E entertainment television.

Richard Washington

Founder - Bringing Everybody Together (BET)

Richard Washington was born and raised in Philadelphia. Through his work in Human Relations he was recommended by several schools, community groups, churches and other organizations to speak on issues regarding diversity, conflict resolution, team building and leadership.

As he pursued his career in Communications at Temple University, he worked as an independent training consultant for several organizations. After receiving his degree from Temple, he eventually founded Training 4 All, LLC, an education and training business where he provides motivational speaking, professional development, life-skills training and development for all ages. By way of his leadership, Mr. Washington has coached many individuals into various stages of academic, political, financial and community success across the United States.

Through his network, Mr. Washington was recommended to become the first man to work for Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR) as an Education and Training Specialist. During his time at WOAR, he developed programs and literature for the training department. Mr. Washington also started the Men’s Task Force while there and created the Today’s Boys Are Tomorrow’s Men program that was eventually developed into a curriculum by an outside consultant and still used today. He was also involved with the statewide organization, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and the only male serving on their People of Color Network committee. Mr. Washington left WOAR to be a full time father, as he wanted to give his firstborn all the attention she could have.

Later, Mr. Washington was hired as an English teacher with one of the leading providers of alternative education in the country. He also taught Spanish and within his first two years with the organization was promoted to the management team. During his tenure, he acquired two Master’s degrees in Education, led the company’s school assist team in Charleston, South Carolina and Pittsburgh, PA and later became one of four principals in the Philadelphia credit recovery schools. He now serves as an administrator with the School District of Philadelphia.

He is the founder of Bringing Everybody Together (BET), a volunteer community organization serving youth and families for over 25 years. It is through BET that thousands of youth and families have strengthened their relationships and communication, built more productive and safer communities and partnered with other agencies to uplift and beautify neighborhoods.

Mr. Washington is a strong believer of extended family, an active church member and musician, a proud father and a committed and devoted advocate for youth and families. As he continues to network and share professional and personal development through Training 4 All, LLC and BET, he finds a way to serve the community in which he lives as a resource, mentor and advocate for positive and productive community service.

Tomar Jackson

CEO - Tomar Jackson Global

Anointed - one word that embodies the life and ministry of Tomar Jackson. Raised as a “church baby” in the Pentecostal church, developed in the Word church and matured in the Word of Faith movement, this Philadelphia born vessel of God was set apart for ministry. Though reared in the inner city where countless others yielded to the wiles of the enemy, Tomar was seemingly incubated, set apart for training, nurtured and now anointed for such a time as this. Tomar accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at the tender age of five at his family’s church, Holy Temple Church of God In Christ, where his pastor was the late Bishop Ozro Thurston Jones, Jr. It was there Tomar learned of his gift of music, leadership and teaching. He was not just a talented singer, but he was an anointed psalmist that was blessed with the gift to instruct worship teams and choirs. In fact, he was directing convention choirs with over 100 voices as a teenager. Moreover, it was at his first local assembly that he also learned of his capacity to teach the word of God with clarity, revelation and the anointing.

Acknowledging the call of God to the ministry at the age of seventeen, Tomar, under the tutelage of his spiritual grandfather, began to understand the dichotomy of his ministry. Known as a “double threat” to the enemy’s camp due to his immense preaching gift and music capacity, Tomar was nurtured to be a leader. He directed various local assembly and community choirs and served on the Youth Advisory Board where he provided counsel to youth and their parents. Sensing that God wanted to enlarge him, in 1995 Tomar was led to Victory Christian Center of Philadelphia under the leadership of Bishop Jimmie A. Ellis, III. Victory was a place of affirmation, as it was the first ministry outside of his childhood local assembly he attended.

The anointing of God on Tomar’s life was confirmed. He served in music ministry and in evangelism. He was eventually appointed as Youth Pastor growing the ministry from twenty regular participants to 300 active young people in less than one year. His anointing for the local assembly was solidified during this season of his life. Though Tomar worked secularly in the Human Resource and Training industries at leading regional corporations such as the Philadelphia International Airport and Drexel University, he knew he was being called into full-time ministry. Wanting to be ready for his call at the appointed season, Tomar matriculated at the Center of Urban Theological Seminary and has committed himself to be a life-long pupil in the Word of God. After eight years of faithful service, Tomar joined his current local assembly Freedom Christian Bible Fellowship under Bishop Gilbert Coleman, Jr. A servant to his spiritual father, Tomar continues to actively serve in local ministry, while God has enlarged Tomar to a regional and national platform for his preaching and music ministry. Aiding pastors in the development of leaders, youth ministry and their music ministries, while stirring the souls of thousands, Tomar is a testament of what God can do with those who are faithful to the call.

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