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Concerned Black Men of Richmond held Baseball Fundamentals activity with Youth

April 10, 2019 by  
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April 7, 2019

 

The Concerned Black Men of RVA held a “Baseball Fundamentals” on March 23rd.  It was produced by Tommy DeVaughn and conducted by Coaches Milton Parker and Darryl Husband from the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League a Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) affiliate.  The activity was held on the baseball field at Fairfield Middle School.

The coaches also brought 7 MJBL players with them to assist with instruction.

Baseball Fun 2019

Coach Parker explained how baseball can be a route to achieving a college education and that a few of the young men in attendance were already being recruited by Division 1 schools!

Next the boys warmed up by stretching and went through some basic instruction on throwing, catching and base running.

Baseball Fun 2019

Baseball Fun 2019

Baseball Fun 2019

A few of the mentees had their first real exposure to playing baseball.  The MJBL players were very patient with the youth; they were able to pick up some of the techniques quickly.

Everyone got a chance to participate with each of the fundamentals and really enjoyed themselves despite the cold breeze that persisted for the entire activity.

Baseball Fun 2019

Baseball Fun 2019

A few of the mentees showed some real aptitude for the game and caught the eye of the coaches.  They could not wait to get to the batting segment of the activity.

They soon found out that it is harder than it appears!

Baseball Fun 2019

Baseball Fun 2019

Everyone enjoyed themselves and learned a few things as well. 

Afterwards, the coaches expressed their appreciation for the effort put forth by all and reiterated how baseball is a great way to become a professional athlete.

Coach Husband shared an acronym for FAITH: Focus, Attitude, Integrity, Teamwork and Hustle.   

Baseball Fun 2019

Baseball Fun 2019

I would again like to thank Tommy DeVaughn for introducing us to Coaches, Milton Parker and Darryl Husband of the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League for putting on an outstanding event!

Also, I want to give a shout to Dominant, Darryl, Chase, Noah, Terrance and Rashaun for staying after their practice to teach our youth some basic fundamentals of the game of baseball.  

The Concerned Black Men of RVA would again thank each of you for your interest and contributions to our organization.  You play a major role in our mission to impact the youth that we serve with impactful activities to enhance their life skills and development. 

Thank you again!

 

Sincerely,
Timothy Mallory
President-CBM-RVA

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Concerned Black Men of Richmond held annual Public Speaking event at Franklin Military Academy with Toastmasters of Richmond

March 30, 2019 by  
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March 26, 2019

 

Greetings and salutations!

The Concerned Black Men of RVA held our annual “Public Speaking” event, Saturday, March 9th.   It was held at Franklin Military Academy and conducted by Nancy Johnson and Jeanette Hall-Merritt from the Toastmasters of Richmond.

Public Speaking 2019

There were 13 youth and 6 mentors in attendance for this activity.  They started the event with an exercise where the boys were instructed to line up according to their birthdays without talking. This proved to be problematic until they noticed the calculator caddy in the room that made it a lot easier to complete.

Public Speaking 2019

Next, Jeanette talked about the importance of using gestures when speaking.  She showed how when used properly, they can really enhance your ability to convey a message.

 

Public Speaking 2019

They were then shown a video from the speech given by a Toastmasters Champion and discussed how he used gestures and as well as other techniques to deliver his message.

Public Speaking 2019

 

Public Speaking 2019

Public Speaking 2019

 

Public Speaking 2019

The boys were then given the opportunity to use what they were taught.  Each of them was instructed to pull a rock from a bag which had one word on it such as believe, hope and love.  They spoke for between one and two minutes and did an outstanding job!  Not to be out done by the boys, the mentors each had a chance to show what we could do.

Public Speaking 2019

Public Speaking 2019

The Concerned Black Men of RVA made the decision several years ago to incorporate this activity in our curriculum annually and we are seeing remarkable growth in the boys who consistently participate in this event.

 

Public Speaking 2019

 Thomas Cannon presented Nancy Johnson and Jeanette Hall-Merritt with one of our CBM mugs as we thanked them for continuing to assist us with this activity.

Public Speaking 2019

Afterwards we made our trek to Pizza Hut where the boys enjoyed some food for their hard work.

 

Public Speaking 2019

The Concerned Black Men of RVA would again thank each of you for your interest and contributions to our organization.  You play a major role in our mission to impact the youth that we serve with impactful activities to enhance their life skills and development. 

Thank you again!

Sincerely,
Timothy Mallory
President-CBM-RVA

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Concerned Black Men of Richmond and Youth Visits VMFA for Black History Month

March 9, 2019 by  
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March 4, 2019

 

Greetings all!

The Concerned Black Men of Richmond VA, Inc. recognized Black History Month with a visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  It took place on Saturday, February 23rd and was well attended.

Black History VMFA 2019

The tour was led by Ann Carlton and we saw the African Art and the Contemporary African American Art exhibits.  The youth corps was very engaged and well behaved during the entire tour.  Ms. Carlton was very knowledgeable about the culture and purpose of the African Art and took time to explain the significance of many of the pieces exhibited.

Black History VMFA 2019

The Contemporary African American Art exhibit was comprised of pieces from slavery, the Harlem Renaissance Period and up to many of the current African American artisans.

Black History VMFA 2019

Ms. Carlton talks about painter Kehinde Wiley who did the portrait of President Barack Obama.

Black History VMFA 2019

Black History VMFA 2019

The tour lasted about an hour. It was noted by some of the high school students that they recognized some of the artists from the Harlem Renaissance period because they are currently studying that in school.

We were accompanied on the tour by Allison Bennett Dyche, a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Concerned Black Men of Richmond VA will be the subject for her podcast called “Shift”, where she tells stories of people and places, and the shifts they have made to help create their place in this world.

 

Black History VMFA 2019

Allison interviewed the boys at the conclusion of the tour to get their opinion on the event as well as the programs that we provide.

Again, we would like to thank each of you for your continued patronage of the Concerned Black Men of Richmond!  It means the world to the young men that we serve and ensures that we will continue to impact the community in a positive way.

Sincerely,
Timothy Mallory
President-CBM-RVA

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Concerned Black Men of Richmond Kicks Off 2019 with Career Choices Event at Franklin Military Academy

January 31, 2019 by  
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January 28, 2019

 

Happy New Year to all!

The Concerned Black Men of Richmond, VA kicked off 2019 with our “Career Choices” event.  It was held at Franklin Military Academy on Saturday, January 12th and well received by our youth.

The panel consisted of the following: Attorney at Law – Alex Taylor

                                                                  Cosmetologist – Darren Carmichael

                                                                  Army – Colonel Oliver Norrell

                                                                  Project Engineer – Kevin Carter

                                                                  Musician/Composer – Lamont Fleming

                                                                  Student/Rapper – Markel Bealle

Each of the panelists shared their personal paths and various requirements needed to enter into their fields.

Career Choices 2019

Alex Taylor achieved the rank of Judge Advocate General in the US Army is the Senior JROTC instructor at Huguenot High School.  He also has his own law practice in Richmond. Alex is one of the founding and current members of CBM-RVA.

Darren Carmichael is a cosmetologist and barber in Richmond and was the former hairstylist for Patty LaBelle and many other entertainers. He is the owner of Savant Hair Stylist, Inc. and also a former Marine.

 

Career Choices 2019

Career Choices 2019

Colonel Oliver Norrell is retired US Army and is currently the Director of Army Instruction for Richmond Public Schools.  Oliver Norrell is also a member CBM-RVA.

Career Choices 2019

 Kevin Carter Jr. is a Customer Project Designer for Dominion Energy.  He was an accounting major at Virginia State University and explained the importance internships in college.  Kevin explained what his role as a project designer entails and how he achieves objectives in that role.

Career Choices 2019

Lamont Fleming is an arranger, producer and publisher from Richmond who has worked with Destiny’s Child, Kenny Lattimore and Jaime Foxx to name a few.  He was instrumental in launching the career of Chris Brown.

Career Choices 2019

Lamont talked about how and why he chose the music industry and instructed the boys on how to carry themselves.

Markel Bealle is a rapper and student at William & Mary from California.  Markel is a Political Science Major and is on the Dean’s List. Markel talked about his upbringing in California and how he broke away from the cycle of violence and drugs that traps so many of our youth. His moniker in the music industry is “Mack BZ” and can be found on Spotify.

Career Choices 2019

After the session at Franklin Military Academy, we went to Pizza Hut and were joined by Lamont and Markel.

 

Career Choices 2019

The Concerned Black Men of Richmond strives to expose our youth to a number of diverse career options.  We are truly grateful to the gentlemen who took time from their schedules to assist us in our mission.

We also would like to thank each of you who have contributed financially to our organization.  It means the world to the young men we serve and ensures that the Concerned Black Men of Richmond can continue provide impactful activities in the future.

 

Sincerely
Tim Mallory
President, CBM-RVA

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Concerned Black Men of Richmond holds Manners Workshop at Franklin Military Academy

December 8, 2018 by  
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November 26, 2018

Greetings all,

The Concerned Black Men of Richmond, Inc. held our 2nd Manners Workshop on Saturday the 17th of November at Franklin Military Academy.  Again, the event was coordinated by Past President Wayne Rachel, Sr. and conducted by Elizabeth Kirven. There was a great turnout of both mentees and mentors.

Ms. Kirven’s workshop required the boys to write about events in their lives that described happiness, friend interaction, their uniqueness as well as family perception of themselves.  

Manners 2018

She also discussed table manners, job interviewing etiquette and wardrobe selection.  The boys got to interact with each other and the entire group by practicing the various items that were discussed.

 

Manners 2018

Manners 2018

We presented Ms. Kirven with a gift certificate for coming all the way from Maryland to conduct this workshop.  The Concerned Black Men of Richmond, Inc. really appreciate her dedication to our organization!

Manners 2018

Again we would like to thank each person and organization that contributed to the Concerned Black Men of Richmond, Inc.  Your contributions have been instrumental in ensuring that we can continue to provide impactful programs to young men in the Richmond area.  We hope we can count on your patronage in the future.

Sincerely,
Tim Mallory
President-CBM-RVA

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