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.


Tim Mallory
President, CBM-RVA

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