THE ACTIVATE MOVEMENT
Our City, Our Community Commissioner
Matthew A. Pigatt graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies and Psychology. Matthew earned over $100,000 while in school and participated in international research training programs in Paris, France and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He conducted national award-winning research at UC-Berkeley, Emory, and Morehouse on high-achieving individuals.
In 2015 Matthew was recruited by the president of Florida Memorial University to run their scholarships program ($3.2 million). Matthew is the author of The Academic Hustle and was elected as Commissioner in 2016 to lead the city of Opa-Locka under the mantra Our City, Our Community.
Host of THE MAN CAVE
Brandon Frame is a visionary leader, social innovator and mentor. He is the Founder & Chief Visionary Officer of TheBlackManCan, Inc. an award winning and internationally recognized non-profit organization focused on celebrating, educating and inspiring boys and men of color.
Founder of The Black Man Can
FRANKIE CEDANO, ACTOR
SHOW, "Queen Sugar"
A street kid that experienced gang-banging
and had a few stints in and out of jail, Frankie
moved to Atlanta with his mother and two
younger brothers when he was 16.
Searching for meaning and trying to find his
way out of the 'bottom of the barrel, he turned
to acting when he was sought after for his
unique multi-dimensional look. His racially
ambiguous look allows Frankie to perform as
characters from several ethnic backgrounds.
He is working on an Indie film project and is
looking forward to his next big screen role.
Frankie lives in Atlanta and performs all over
Finding a purpose greater than himself.
Photo Credit: Gary B. Garman/Elevee Lifestyle
15-year NBA veteran, two-time All-Star
Caron Butler is a 15-year NBA veteran, two-time All-Star and a member of 2011 Dallas Mavericks championship winning team. In October of 2015, Butler released his first book, Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA, where he shares his incredible journey from the streets of Racine to success in the NBA. From a young gang member and drug dealer to a dedicated community leader, accomplished professional athlete, burgeoning businessman and devoted philanthropist, Butler overcame adversity to defy all odds.
My Journey from the Streets to the NBA
Make Music Count is the new creative Mathematics curriculum, by award winning educator Marcus Blackwell, that teaches each lesson through learning how to play a song on the piano. Each musical note that is played is derived by solving an algebraic equation. Here is a new method teachers can use to excite students about learning mathematics. Mathematics will be seen as fun while also strengthening students understanding of solving algebra equations once they Make Music Count!
MARCUS BLACKWELL, Jr
Founder and CEO of "Make Music Count".
ABDUL-RAHMAAN MUHAMMAD, MSW
Founder and Executive Director My People Clinical Services
A Man with a Vision
Malik Champlain Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer as Passion Hunger Drive
From Homeless to Homeowner, Speechless to Motivational speaker, Special Ed to Masters Degree. Malik Champlain has overcome tremendous obstacles to become a highly sought after motivational Speaker, Real Estate Investor, and Urban Schools Educational Consultant. Malik is the author Live Your Dreams, Not Your Fears an inspirational best-seller. Malik resides in Manchester, CT with his wife Rosalyn Champlain and two daughters.
Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer at Passion Hunger Drive
My People Clinical Services, LLC takes the services we provide and our mission very seriously. Although we have provided services for over 5,000 individuals, through both direct services and community initiatives, we believe that every individual or family we work with deserves the opportunity to be successful whether it is as a parent or in life in general. My People was created with the idea that in order to help people succeed, you have to invest more than just time and the transfer of skills.
There are times when creative interventions and ideas must be used in order to get an individual past a difficult time and to a more productive place. By combining this mind set with highly trained, culturally competent and community focused individuals, My People was conceived.
Support, Empower, and Rebuild
MATTHEW A. PIGATT
Commissioner, City of Opa-Locka, Florida
The Activate “ManCave” hosted by Brandon Frame Founder of TheBlackManCan, Inc. is designed for the collective uplift of Men. Packed with dynamic speakers and powerhouse panelist men participating in the “ManCave” will learn how to build, market, and monetize their businesses, brands and platforms. The “ManCave” will support men to win, thrive and prosper in the communities in which they work, live and serve.
CEO, Alpha Male Nation
Le'Ron De'Mar McClain (born December 27, 1984) is a former American football fullback who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Alabama and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens 137th overall in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Alabama, where he played for coach Mike Shula's Alabama Crimson Tide football team from 2003 to 2006. Le’Ron also spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers. He has multiple business dealings and is the CEO and Founder of Alpha Male Nation.
NFL Veteran and CEO of Alpha Male Nation
Providing Education, Opportunity, and Hope
Ben’s lifelong passion for education took him into the classroom as a high school teacher and coach for
over 7 years. While coaching he was able to earn 3 State Championships at the high school level.
His love for education led to him founding The Ben Simmons Sports Foundation, which was set up
as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. The BSSF is an organization committed to increasing the
connection of sports and life skills to students from around the world. The BSSF has provided
several college scholarships and sports training scholarships to students from all over the world.
Ben is one of the most sought after sport business consultants and basketball workout/shooting
coaches/trainers in the world. He has been contracted by the NBA as well as having some of the biggest
names in the sport to personally hire him including Steve Kerr, Doc Rivers, Avery Johnson, Robert Horry,
and many more.
Sports-Preneur & Consultant
LUTHER BREWSTER, PHD
Chief of Division of Policy, Research and Community Dev.
Community Dir., Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP
Associate Professor, Dept. of Humanities, Health & Societies
Florida Int'l University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Dr. Luther Brewster’s background is in community development; he has worked both in the private and public sectors. Since beginning his career in 2003, Dr. Brewster has held academic and research
positions at the City University of New York and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. He served as a consultant for the expansion of the 125th Street business improvement district in Harlem, New York and the Arsenal, F.C. Emirates Stadium housing regeneration project in London, England.
The focus of Dr. Brewster’s work is on the identification and correction of health risks created by programs and policies that typically are not viewed as having a relationship to health. He has a consistent track
record of implementing grassroots strategies to address community concerns.
Champion for Developing the Community
POWER COUPLE PANEL
The Power Couple Panel will go behind the scenes into the lives of black couples, in a way that we rarely see them portrayed and celebrated. These extraordinary couples will share how they are balancing love, work, and everything in between.
* Conference attendees will have access to portions of the Man Cave Experience and will not be required to purchase a separate ticket. Man Cave registration is for Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm.
Founder & CEO of RYSE Interactive, Inc.
RYSE Media Group, Inc. was founded by Jay Jackson in 2011.
Today, RYSE has evolved into much more than a magazine; it’s a movement and a way of life. From the humble beginnings of a newsworthy and thought-provoking glossy print publication, to the RYSE Connected community; which serves as a valuable resource providing real-time news and other professional resources, RYSE is a social network bringing professionals together to empower one another and celebrate each other’s success.
RYSE is truly on the rise and Jay, along with his team, have continued to stay committed to their vision: To inspire others to want more, do more and achieve more so that one day they will ultimately BE more!
DREAM. PLAN. RYSE