RIP Dawg! Tommy Ford’s Legacy of Youth Service


It’s nearly 24 hours since learning Martin’s Tommy Ford has been taken off life support (result of suffering from a stomach aneurysm) and it still feels surreal.

It was a punch in the gut to find out he was on life support, but when he passed…

…Nawwww, Dawg.

Well, even though Martin’s sidekick died to soon to know how he got the draws or if he really had a job (who are we kidding? He ain’t have a job), the actor left behind more than a sea of smiling faces.

The Cali boy loved the kids like Marti Mart. He spent the last few months of his life mentoring the youth. In fact, his last film project was a documentary–it premiered at the American Black Film Festival in June–about bullying in the Black community that featured young kids.

He even arranged for the kids to create a PSA related to the doc and held a panel chat with LGBTQ youth.

Be sure to check out Through the Lens on Aspire TV this month.

A quick skim of The Parkers alum’s Instagram and he’s never far from paying coeds a class visit.


Grooming young men for the real world with his “Tommy Ties.”

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The TOMMY-TIE TOWN HALL MEETING was AMAZING! It brought tears to my eyes to see all of those beautiful young males being taught to be MEN! Thank you to all of the REAL MEN WITH REAL JOBS…who took the time to mentor and love on these incredible young men as they were GROOMED FOR GREATNESS! Huge shout out to Bishop McGill & Marshal Greg Countryman @marshal_greg_countryman who hosted this awesome fellowship! #tommyties #manhood #mentor #youth #brotherhood #townhallmeeting #celebration #tommytie #empowement #100blackmen #hbcu #greeklife #love #bond #brotherhood #brothers #family #fundraiser #church #fatherhood #fathersday #sundaysbest #e100 #mcm #freemason #shriners #kappa #alpha #blackfathers #rolemodel #blacklivesmatter

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And giving a motivational chat to pre-teens at the Boys & Girls Club of Orlando.


Thanks for the laughs, TF and inspiring us all. Including his two kids.