The time has come again for Black Fathers Rock! (BFR) to celebrate America’s unsung hero – THE BLACK PATRIARCH. Media personality, author and Charlotte Champion Ryan Jor El, is the creator of Black Fathers Rock! Ryan aims to help change the narrative and dispel the notion that all black fathers are absent.
BFR! will highlight stories of amazing fathers, who exist in the Charlotte community, as well as provide resources for fathers who are in need of guidance. This year, we’re elevating the experience with a live band, full bar and buffet!
The 60 minute awards ceremony will feature the presentation of six honorees and feature an original spoken word performance.
Black Fathers Exist.
Black Fathers deserve to be celebrated.
Black Fathers’ stories need to be told.
Black Fathers ROCK!
Father of the Year – This award will be for an individual that has unequivocally displayed numerous elements of being not only a great father, but a great community partner, a great mentor, a great leader in and outside of the community and one whose character and integrity are worthy of such an honor.
- 2018 recipient: Fred Shropshire
- 2019 recipient: Roman Harper
Dapper Dad of the Year – This award will be for the father who exemplifies qualities of a great father in the home and in the community and does it in the most dapper fashion.
- 2018 recipient: Eric Montgomery, esq.
- 2019 recipient: Yandrick Paraison
Activist of the Year – This award will be for the father who exemplifies qualities of a great father in the home and in the community and has fought for our rights against injustice. He may have been on the front line during the riots or the advocate in the city council, or someone who used their platform to bring about a positive change in our community.
Entrepreneur of the Year – This award will be for the father who exemplifies qualities of a great father in the home and in the community and has his own business that makes an impact in the Charlotte market. Whether it be philanthropy, job placement, or otherwise, this person should have a documented successful business.
- 2018 recipient: Sport E. Odie
- 2019 recipient: Chef Rico