RIP Dawg! Tommy Ford’s Legacy of Youth Service

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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.

Muhammad Ali: The Champion of Charity

Muhammad Ali was Superman. Think about it–he was a symbol of hope for millions of people and remains indestructible. The dude in the blue tights whose adventures we’ve collected under our beds for decades ain’t got nothin’ on M.A., in terms of goodworks.

The handsome Charlie Brown faced Heavy-weight Champion of the world not only raised millions for Parkinsons’ Disease research (which he was diagnosed with in 1984) through his Center. But also used his celeb status to raise money for Make-a-Wish Foundation and Special Olympics.

Muhammad Ali shook up the world with his kindness and compassion; exhibited by his grand gestures of humanity. Like the time in 1998 the champ delivered $ 1.2 million of medical supplies to Cuba.

 

The champ extended his peacemaking efforts by stepping in to release an Iranian hostage.

Lest we mention Muhammad Ali’s volunteer work in soup kitchens in his hometown of Louisville.

We can go on and on and on. The point remains it doesn’t get any greater than Muhammad Ali G.O.A.T.

Whitney Houston Remembered a Year Later…

This time last year I was getting several frantic texts from my mother and sister telling me to turn to CNN immediately; Whitney Houston is dead. I shrugged it off as another dead celebrity rumor that was circulating and would be proved inaccurate the next day. A year later, I still wish I was right. It’s surreal that “the voice” has been silenced forever. No one will ever come close to duplicating her enormous talent. She is simply irreplaceable. To honor her memory I’ve posted a fan made video tribute to Ms. Houston. May you continue to dance and sing amongst the angels in heaven. RIP.