One Hundred Black Men Of New York To Honor Rapper Kanye West

The New York Chapter

of One Hundred Black Men Inc. is planning their 27th Annual Benefit Gala on Feb.

22, which will honor rapper Kanye West, NFL player Curtis Martin, The Hon. Charles

Rangel, gospel singer Kirk Franklin and others. One

Hundred Black Men, which was founded in 1963, has over 106 chapters worldwide

with more than 10,000 members. The

organization provides opportunities for educational and economic empowerment,

while improving prospects for healthy living, strong families and communities

amongst African-Americans.The

evening will be hosted by journalists/news anchors Lori Stokes and Maurice Dubois.

The night will be highlighted with a performance by renowned R&B vocalist

Howard Hewitt. Rapper

West will be honored as an Advocate for Social Change, while Martin, of the New

York Jets will receive the Sportsmanship Award. Rangel,

who is the Ranking Member of the Committee on Ways and Means, will be honored

with the Distinguished Service Award. Franklin will receive the Artistic Achievement


being honored during the evening include the Rev. Calvin O. Butts III (Religious

Leader Award), Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker (Trailblazer Award) and executive

Ian Moore (Corporate Appreciation Award).For

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