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BMe Akron March Newsletter

We’re paying the highest tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It’s that simple~Harper Lee To Kill A MockingbirdAustin Clopton

by Ace Epps March 2016

BMe Community is a growing network of all races and genders committed to building better communities across the U.S. BMe is built upon Black fathers, coaches, businessmen and students who lead by example to strengthen neighborhoods, mentor young people, and create businesses. Each day they help to change our futures for the better.





BMe Akron Call For Stories

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Everyone knows a strong Black man! The guy people turn to when they need help, a job, teaching, financing, encouragement, you name it. But media acts like he doesn’t exist. So BMe Community is asking people in Akron;

‘Who are the Black men in our community who deserve a ‘thank you’?

The BMe Leadership Award is a special recognition given to Black men who inspire you through their dedication to helping others. They are Black fathers, co-workers, friends and entrepreneurs from all walks of life whose example would inspire thousands if their story were told.












In 2015 BMe awarded Akron leaders Shante Robinson, John Thompson, Austin Clopton, and Michael Starks.



Austin Clopton works with athletes in grades K-12 in the Akron area. He provides full wrap around athletic services to the clients that he works with including skills training, taking student athletes to camps and combines and assists students with the college recruiting process. Austin is setting up an innovative mentoring and tutoring program to assist students to ensure that can meet the eligibility grade point averages and SAT scores for the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Michael Starks facilitates the InsideOut Dad program, an evidence-based fatherhood program designed specifically for incarcerated fathers. He has made it his mission to help incarcerated fathers escape the confines of the criminal world, take away the power and elusiveness of the streets, assist them in overcoming their voluntary and involuntary commitment to drugs and break the cycle of prison recidivism.

BMe Community Akron is officially kicking off the 2016 Call for Stories. We’re looking to award even more community leaders committed to making a positive impact in our community.  Black men can be nominated or apply. Applications are open from March 14th thur March 31st.

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BMe Call For Nominations: Could You Be The Next BMe Leader?


BMe Member Spotlight

1979896_798314056891833_6192500569160557556_nThe BMe Akron Community Member Spotlight this week, belongs to Frank Miller the co-owner  of CO7LYFE. Frank’s company is a custom T-shirt print company in Akron with a vision to promote only the positive. He has been in the screenprinting business for 4 years and also assists other entrepreneurs launch their brands, he has his own clothing line, and he also runs a tax service.

In 2015, Mr. Miller was honored with the BMe Certificate of Excellence, a well deserved award for this hard working entrepreneur. Frank not only strives to be positive in his business ventures, he is encouraging and motivating others to do better in a sense helping to change the mindsets of the people in the community.

“We want to encourage the people in the city around us to be more positive”

Frank and his partner Anthony Evans are doing just that. They have teamed up to start 2 programs in the community that pushes for positive thinking and change.  The first program is; #iPush I pray until something happens. From the program’s FaceBook page:

We are here to uplift,inspire,love.encourage you to be great! Feel the vibes and don’t resist the P.U.S.H. Pray Until Something Happens #iPush

In the early stages of development, Miller and Evans are doing great things with their second program, Princes to Kings. In addition to encouraging positivity, the program teaches young men how to tie neck ties, how to speak to people in a business environment, and to set goals.

Frank Miller’s willingness to improve our community and altruistic vision are the things that make the BMe Network stronger.


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Ace Epps Community Manager

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Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221



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