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Brandon Frame is a visionary leader, social innovator and mentor. He is the Chief Visionary Officer of TheBlackManCan, Inc. an award winning and internationally recognized non-profit and digital media platform focused on celebrating, educating and inspiring boys and men of color. Accomplishments and accolades are no stranger to Brandon Frame, but what makes him extraordinary is the humility and servant-leadership that marks his life. Brandon is the Deputy Director of Social-Emotional Learning at The Urban Assembly, Co-Founder of the award winning twitter chat #hiphoped and the author of Define Yourself, Redefine the World: A Guided Journal for Boys and Men of color and the children's book, My First Tie.

For his service to his community, Brandon has received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award, Change Maker of the Year and was named Next in Class in the field of Education by Black Entertainment Television. Brandon’s work has been featured in the Black Enterprise, Boston Globe, Essence, CBS, and NBC. Brandon pursues excellence with impeccable effort in all that he does. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and resides in Bronx, NY.

What Does Black History Month Mean To You This Year?

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This year I am going to pursue excellence with impeccable effort in all that you do. It means to be so reminded of Martin and Malcolm yet so inspired to sketch your own path. It means that once you make an observation you have an obligation. Black History Month means to me this year that any and all stumbling blocks should be turned into stepping stones just as our ancestors did before us! 

Where Are You Finding Inspiration To Create This Year?

One, I want to be up high, I enjoy going to rooftops. When I'm up in high places ideas come to me, and I'm able to think through a process of how to make it happen. Secondly, the beach, I always look to find my way to get there. It is at the beach that the water calms my spirit but also gives me creative energy. it's similar to the water that we are looking at, on the surface everything looks calm and still but under the water the current is moving and life is happening. Thirdly, social media, I'm always watching the content that people post. The comments that people write on videos and photos that go viral, watching my peers succeed at chasing their dreams. 

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These three places and spaces are just some of where I find inspiration. It all drives the creative process for me. I can sit and strategically think about ways to showcase authentic, transparent and positive images and narratives of Black men and boys.

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