Nov05_203 This is what what black men should look like; dignified, stand up, gainfully employed, mission driven, taking care of their responsibilities and giving back. God is good, and tends to help those that help themselves. Hello!

Pictured are Clifton Powell, renown actor (how do you say "The Gospel," "The Brothers," "Next Friday," "Ray"), a new friend and master of ceremony for the evening, Judge Kevin Ross,  Taylor, the new president and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, Antonio Manning, an executive with Washington Mutual and the title sponsor for the evening, and Anthony Willoughby, Esq, former president of TNL. Last night The New Leaders organization, co-founded by Judge Kevin Ross and I, celebrated its 10th year anniversary here in Los Angeles and it was a great evening indeed. One for the memory book.

A special thank you to Richard Benbow, acting CEO for the Community Reinvestment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, who serves as our keynote speaker for the evening. Bravo to Antonio Manning and Washington Mutual for joining me and Operation HOPE in matching a $10,000 new members challenge for 2006 for YNL! Now that’s leadership with substance.

Onward, with HOPE

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