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Carl West, Publisher

Carl West is owner of a media company and founder of several organizations. The media company TBT News is an online network producing and presenting TV products. T4L is a mentoring and after school program.

John Henry Whitehead

John Henry Whitehead is the creator of the Black Lives Yearbook, an annual history calendar that recognizes the accomplishments of contemporary African Americans. John’s goal is to carry the message of cultural awareness and enrichment to classrooms and living rooms across America. Today’s African American youth are not only basketball players and rappers. They are also entrepreneurs, environmentalists, artists, teachers, legislators, innovators and visionaries spearheading businesses, leading social movements and transforming their communities from the ground up. Where are the  headlines about young people who strive for excellence everyday? John’s yearbook identifies many of them.


Cierra Thurman is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She is an author, publisher and motivational speaker. Her book, “My Life, The One He Never Got To Witness” can be extremely inspirational to teen, especially young women who may not have grown up under the best circumstances.

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