Barbershop Forum: Taking A Cut Out Of Life Set to Deliver Real Talk From Industry Leaders During 100 Black Men of America, Inc.’s Virtual 34th Annual Conference

Atlanta, GA – September 16, 2020 – 100 Black Men of America, Inc.’s Barbershop “Taking a Cut Out of Life” traveling tour series will be presented as a youth power forum on the final day of 100 Black Men of America, Inc.’s Virtual Conference. The forum will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2020, from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.   

This Power Forum is themed “Taking a Cut Out of Life” and is a continuation of The 100’s tour that began at the 33rd Annual Conference in Las Vegas.  The 100 Black Men of America’s Barbershop has since made stops in cities across the 100’s network of chapters including Washington, DC, Detroit, MI, Oakland, CA and St. Louis, MO. This conference will allow the tour to be presented virtually, providing an opportunity for increased visibility.   

The 100 Barbershop was birthed from the experiences of so many African American males.  From youth to adulthood, the barbershop has always served somewhat of a cultural rite of passage where wisdom is shared from generation to the next.  While the Barbershop is the backdrop for the event, this is a multi-generational event for boys, girls, men and women.  Relevant information will be shared with all who participate.  Emmy award winning journalist, Ed Gordon will moderate this event and will be joined by panelists:

  • Chaka Zulu, Head of Artist and Talent Relations, Spotify 
  • Stedman Graham, Author, Speaker, and Entrepreneur, Stedman Graham Associates, Inc. 
  • Paul “P.J.” Hill, Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors 
  • Major General Kevin Vereen, U.S. Army Recruiting Command 

Delta Air Lines, McDonald’s, State Farm, U.S. Army and Walmart are sponsors for the Barbershop “Taking a Cut Out of Life” Youth Power Forum

“Every Black man can speak to the familiar scene of the barbershop where they feel comfortable and confident to discuss the issues of the community with one another.  I remember being in those spaces during my youth and absorbing the wisdom that poured from the lips of the elders.  The Barbershop is where we go to really get the pulse of the community.  We started these events in response to the urgent need to deliver real solutions.  I am so proud of the outcomes of these events and humbled by the assistance of our partners and sponsors who support and participate in this initiative,” stated Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., Chairman, 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

This session is free, and the public can access it on Facebook, YouTube or on the 100’s website at  The public can RSVP here to secure a spot and to  receive ongoing conference updates. Visit the 100 conference site at for more info including the agenda, forum details and speaker’s bios. #100VirtualConf, #LeadingWithPurpose.

About 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

100 Black Men was founded as an organization in New York City in 1963. The national organization, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. began with nine chapters in 1986 as a national alliance of leading African American men of business, public affairs and government with a mission to improve the quality of life for African Americans, particularly African American youth. These visionaries included businessmen and industry leaders such as David Dinkins, Robert Mangum, Dr. William Hayling, Nathaniel Goldston III, Livingston Wingate Andrew Hatcher, and Jackie Robinson. Since inception, the vision emerged and grew to over 10,000 members impacting over 125,000 underserved, underrepresented minority youth annually. Visit for more information on the programs and initiatives of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and their global network of chapters.

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