BE Modern Man is an integrative program that honors the essence, image, and accomplishments of today’s man of color. With features of today’s leaders, executives, creatives, students, politicians, entrepreneurs, professionals, and agents of change—these men share the common thread of creating a new normal while setting the bar in tech, art, philanthropy, business, and beyond. The BE Modern Man is making a positive impact, his way, and has a story to tell.
BE MODERN MAN DARRIN D. HENSON
Profession: Actor, Choreographer, Author and Speaker
One Word To Describe You: Passionate
What does being one of the BE Modern Men 100 Honorees mean to you?
Being one of the BE Modern Men 100 really means to me that I have been acknowledged for being innovative, taking massive action living in my purpose and applying responsibility, which means responding to my ability which is endless
What are you doing as a BEMM to help support black male achievement now or in the future?
For me, the extraordinary impact is me affording others to be able to see my actions through which other people can be innovative through their conscious creativity from seeing me live my life of diversity and passion.
What are some examples of how you have turned struggle into success?
I have, throughout half of my life, and I will continue, to raise money for scholarships for black men. I will continue mentoring black men. I will continue writing books for black men to read as I have with Pregnant with Thought, Ain’t That the Truth and Intimate Thoughts, which was nominated for an Image Award a few years ago.
What is an important quality you look for in your relationships with others?
An important quality that I search for in others is awareness and desire for knowledge and to take action.
What are some immediate projects you are working on?
I am currently wrapping up a feature film called The Family Business starring Ernie Hudson, Armond Assante, Valarie Pettiford, and written by Carl Webber
What is the best advice you ever received?
The best advice that I ever received was to ask more of myself than anybody would ever expect of me, that way I will always be prepared.
What advice you have for other men who want to make a difference?
What I tell other people is be the change you want to see in the world but the power is in being the person you want to become!
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