A preacher, teaching assistant, award-winning spoken word artist and career counselor were among those celebrated as inspirational community leaders and among the 100 Men of Color for 2022.
The 9th Annual Gala honoring 100 Men of Color was held August 12 at Simsbury Meadows. Winners are nominated by people in the community. This year’s theme was the importance of giving back to others.
In an impromptu moment during the awards ceremony, UConn speaker, entrepreneur, author, and event organizer June Archer of Eleven28 Entertainment Group exemplified this concept by bringing Sam Gray, President and CEO the management of the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford. , and the young men he sponsored, at the stage. .
When the young men joined those on stage, Archer encouraged the 2022 honorees to continue doing the work they are committed to for the community, while also making sure to mentor the next generation of young black and brown men who are turning to them for advice. and support.
“Take a black and brown young man to the Men’s Warehouse, take him to K&G. If you can’t even do that, buy him a wallet, or a tie, or a bow tie, teach them how to tie it.” And I promise you, you will change his life exponentially…” Archer said.
“We need to put our young black and brown boys and black and brown girls on stage, celebrate them and give them everything they need to grow and thrive. You do the work, you all do the work. But we need to do more work. And I hate to tell you that the work is about to begin. Because sometimes what kids need is a little more…” he said.
Other awards highlights include performances by Tarishi “MIDNIGHT” Shuler and Ru-Love Williams, who are also winners of the 2022 Class of 100 Colored Men.
Here are some of the speakers, winners and star performers of the evening:
Apostle Terry L. Holmes – 2022 100 Colored Men Winner
According to his Church website, Holmes is the pastor of Triumph Church in Waterbury. In February 2011, he retired from his service as a police sergeant for the NYPD. He married his wife, Mary Kaye Holmes in October 2015 and has five children; Charity, Alissa, Tracey, Joshua and Matthew. Holmes earned a Doctor of Divinity degree from CICA International Seminary and is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in international business at Post University.
Levey Kardulis – 2022 100 Men of Color Winner
According to his social media page, Kardulis is a community leader. He was the first president of the AFSCME African American Union, Local 566, which represented Hartford public school shopkeepers, custodians and food service workers, he says. Other accomplishments include Commissioner of the Hartford Public Schools Elementary Basketball League, SAND School Basketball Coach, Youth Mentor, and more. Currently, he is a teaching assistant for the Consolidated School District of New Britain and is taking courses to become a social worker.
Tarishi “MIDNIGHT” Shuler – 2022 100 Men of Color Winner
According to his website, Shuler is an award-winning spoken word artist who has opened for celebrities and dignitaries, such as former US President Bill Clinton, Grammy-nominated neo-soul artist Dwele, Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets/Def Jam Comedian Talent, and actor Omari Hardwick. Awards include Yale Peabody-MLK Jr. Slam Winner in 2016 and 2017, Nuyorican Grand Slam Finalist in 2017, Brooklyn Jazz Consortium Ambassador Spoken Word in New York in 2019, and MVP Award at Lizard Lounge in 2020 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Ru Love Williams – 2022 100 Colored Men Winner
According to his website, Williams is a local R&B artist, who has opened for major artists, such as Ne-Yo, Slim of 112, Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Bobby V. and others. He is a two-time champion of the BET network’s 106 & Park television show segment, Wild-Out-Wednesdays. He hosts RU Wednesdays at the Russell in Hartford every first Wednesday night, where he performs with special guests.
Eric Holley – 2017 100 Men of Color Winner
According to the 100 Men of Color program, Holley is an experienced insurance leader with over 19 years of experience. For 14 years, he worked with Aetna on medical products, then moved to The Hartford where he owned the digital process in the group’s employee benefits. He is now a senior director at Mass Mutual, overseeing change management. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Western Connecticut State University and his master’s degree in organizational communications from Central Connecticut State University.
Colin Osborn – 2022 100 Colored Men Winner
According to his LinkedIn account, Osborn is currently a career counselor at Post University. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Performance from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2005. Among his other accomplishments, he served as a New Britain City Councilman for two years and helped create and establish Power Muzic Radio, where the station plays “Southern Soul, Ole’ School, Adult Contemporary, Neo-Soul, Nu-R&B/Ambient, Quiet Storm and incorporates Jazz, House and Hip-Hop music. As a radio host, he is known as “DJ COLLYWOOD”.
For a full list of winners, visit: https://bit.ly/3SRE35U/
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