6:00 - 7:00 PM Cocktail Reception | 7:00 - 9:00 Program
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Four years ago, The Cradle hosted a reception and roundtable discussion designed to promote an open and honest dialogue about the realities of raising a Black boy in today’s world. Join us as we bring together another panel of prominent African American men to talk about the challenges they face being Black men, and fathers, in today’s society.
This roundtable aims to give parents the tools and support they need to communicate with and prepare their children for a society that is far from color-blind.
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Following the roundtable, there will be a question and answer session and an opportunity to talk one-on-one with our esteemed panelists. Meet our panelists and moderator:
Kenard Gibbs has been with BET Networks as VP of Midwest Sales in Chicago since 2013. Kenard was formerly an executive producer of African-American focused media, including award shows and documentaries. His early career focused on business development at companies including Northern Trust Bank and Leo Burnett. Gibbs later served as President of Vibe magazine from 1999–2006. After this post, he served as Group Publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines and served as President of Ebony/Jet Entertainment Group, which further integrated the stories of two brands into television and on the web.
Gibbs was involved with Soul Train Holdings where he has developed a number of license deals that have extended the brand into home DVD, cruise, feature film and lottery game based extensions. He continues to expand his reach within the African-American community through developing new entertainment, refreshing existing programs, and discovering new talent.
In addition, he has emphasized his role as an executive producer. He has helped create several new awards shows, including the Vibe Awards, in conjunction with the UPN network. His work also extends to documentaries, including the 2011 Emmy nominated Soul Train “Hippest Trip in America” and “Ebony Fashion Fair: 50 Years of Style” centering on the Ebony Fashion Fair.
Evan J. Roberts
Evan J. Roberts is a children's picture book author and educator. He also writes fiction and non-fiction for teens. Mr. Roberts' interest in writing was influenced by his early experiences as a classroom teacher. He has mentored youth for more than a decade emphasizing the importance of self-education, literacy, developing clarity of purpose, and pursuing excellence in life.
In 2013, Mr. Roberts published, How to Become Influential and Highly Successful: The Young Adult Success Manual. In 2016, Mr. Roberts created the Khahari Discovers series, which is a children's picture book series inspired by his son. This series was designed to positively impact all children, especially Black boys and girls. It is also Mr. Roberts' way of encouraging early literacy and contributing to the positive portrayal of African American families in literature. Mr. Roberts received his Bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University and his Master’s degree from National-Louis University. He currently resides in the greater Chicagoland area with his beautiful wife Leslie and son Gavin. Mr. Roberts provides professional workshops for businesses, schools, churches, and youth organizations. Contact him at email@example.com or visit www.ejrbooks.com for booking request.
Rasheed Sami, is known as Rasheed the Motivator is a Chicago born native youth influencer and musician. Working with Youth is Rasheed’s life's work, seeing their potential and growth brings forth Inspiration for the future. His loving, calm, and happy demeanor can reach any Youth group. This is so imperative due to every Youth having a different story from the next. His Life story of overcoming the odds against him is transformational. His Presentation “The 77 Experience” encompasses Mental and Spiritual Growth via the 5 keys of Influence: Successful Thinking, Overcoming Fear, Dream Power, Reaching Greatness and Personal Growth. The unique presentation that combines open dialogue conversation and Musical variety serves to motivate and inspire all and is truly unlike anything you have experienced. Rasheed will appear as a panelist at our upcoming Raising Black Boys Roundtable.
Pastor Tim Howard
Pastor Tim Howard, Lead Pastor of New Joy Divine Full Gospel is a servant of God, husband, father, and teacher of the Gospel. He leads a life of faith for his family and community and strongly believes that we as Christians prove our walk with Christ through how we live our lives. Pastor Tim has been happily married for 29 years and together he and his wife have grown and preached the gospel for over 25 years and have five beautiful children.
Pastor Tim first accepted the call to ministry in 1993 as a minister and then as an elder in 1999 under the leadership of the late Apostle Aaron L. Royster Sr., founding pastor of New Joy Divine Full Gospel Church. In 2014, Pastor Howard and his wife were given pastorship over the church, where they have influenced their members and community through programs and events such as ShopTalk with Pastor Tim, Sista2Sista, Community Tailgate, Inspirational Prayerline, and Vision 20/20.
Pastor Tim is committed to loving all people, giving hope, and presenting the gospel to the unchurched in an unconventional and progressive way.
Taj L. Smith Esq.
Taj L. Smith Esq. is the owner and legal counsel of the Smith Law Group, that he started in 2012, where he specializes in criminal law as well as family law dealing with child custody and divorce.
Before joining the Illinois Bar in 2006, Smith worked in the Cook County State’s Attorney Office within the department of civil litigation for three years, before becoming an Assistant State’s Attorney. He spent the next six years in the State’s Attorney office handling a multitude of misdemeanor and felony cases. In his 13 years of work within criminal court, he has witnessed first-hand the different justice systems that exist for minority people.
Smith was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey and relocated to Chicago in 2003 to attend The John Marshall Law School where he earned his Juris Doctor. Prior to attending law school, he worked as a computer programmer and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Computer Science from Rutgers University of New Jersey.
Smith is the proud father of a 13-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter.
A graduate of University of Delaware, Christian Farr joined NBC5 News as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor in August of 2009.
He previously worked at WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” program, as a correspondent for three years.
A member of one of Chicago’s famous broadcasting families, his wife, Karen Jordan, anchors weekends at WLS and his father-in-law, Robert Jordan, anchors weekends at WGN.
Prior to joining WTTW, Farr was a weekend anchor and reporter for the FOX affiliate, WTXF in Philadelphia. He began there as a General Assignment Reporter and also anchored morning news. Both the New York State Broadcasters Association and the Ohio Associated Broadcasters Association have also recognized Farr for his outstanding contributions to the field of broadcast journalism. In 2000, he won the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism award for a series on Dangerous Roads in Ohio.