Raising Black Boys: Revisited

Raising Black Boys: Revisited

Thursday, February 20, 2020
6:00 - 9:00PM
Location: Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 25 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL, 60611
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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

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 evanroberts@ejrbooks.com or visit www.ejrbooks.com for booking request.

Scott Smith

Scott Smith was born in St Joseph, Michigan, and moved toScott Smith was born in St Joseph, Michigan, and moved to Chicago at an early age and raised on the South Suburban side of Chicago, in Matteson Illinois. Scott also has a teenaged daughter (17yrs) who also upon graduating high school, dreams of becoming a humanitarian advocate in a missionary.

He has a degree in Political Science from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and served in the military as a US Paratrooper. Scott works as an independent IT migration specialist in the Chicagoland areas and volunteers his time to different non-profits and equality advocate groups.

Scott has worked alongside the adoption communities for almost 20yrs. Past experiences in the adoption field include working in culture groups and adoptee camps, leading classes and panels on different adoption topics. He’s been heard on radio as well as been a presenter at YMCA culture camps. Specialty topics include transracial & racial conflicts in adoption, openness in adoption, the “angry adoptee” and adoption through the lifespan as an adult POC. His scholarly interests include multiethnic identities (mixed race), parental socialization in adoption and societal constructs of racial tensions in politics, economics and cultural identities.

Scott is also a Biracial/Transracial adoptee, who not only enjoys speaking nationally with adoption agencies as a transracial adult adoptee, but who’s passions desire to see the adoption community continually grow, not only as a personal journey, but also as a learning experience with those adopting. Chicago at an early age and raised on the South Suburban side of Chicago, in Matteson Illinois. Scott also has a teenaged daughter (17yrs) who also upon graduating high school, dreams of becoming a humanitarian advocate in a missionary.

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.

Our Moderator: 

Christian Farr

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. 

Thank You to Comcast Corporation for thier generous Sponsorship of Raising Black Boys Revisited. 

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