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 MAJOR. JOHNSON FINLEY
Name: MAJOR. Johnson Finley
Profession: Entertainer, Humanitarian
One Word that Describes you: MAJOR
What does being one of the BEMM 100 Men of Distinction mean to you?
This is an honor and a challenge to commit my present and future days to being the greatest man I can be for the betterment of this world.
What are some examples of how you have turned struggle into success?
Growing up as one of 10 siblings, money was not always something we had a lot of. But we had imagination and work ethic of excellence only and always. So I learned early on how to make amazing out of whatever few things I had. This mindset has blessed me big time in my adult years and I don’t plan on letting it go anytime soon. No matter how small my budget, the end result will be impressive. That’s the MAJOR. way.
What is an important quality you look for in your relationships with others?
Honesty and Honor. You keep those two flowing and you’ve got a friend in me for a lifetime.
What are some immediate projects you are working on?
My debut album is finally coming out before the end of the year. It’s produced by Harmony Samuels. It’s the soundtrack to living your best life with love and unapologetic light. In addition to touring, we’re looking to partner with some cool youth development initiatives across the country. Stay tuned!
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Be true to you. Stay excellent and grateful in all you do. And every great thing will come to you. Trust.
What advice you have for other men who want to make a difference?
Identify and commit yourself to a mission that makes you happy, and truly helps others at the same time. The two must co-exist in order for it to last and prosper. That is legacy, and the earth will thank you in return.
What is your “Extraordinary Impact”?
I’m a HOPE DEALER. As Billy Johnson (journalist) stated in an article for Yahoo Music! I’m responding to the void of inspiration in mainstream music. My commitment to being the dopest version of who God made me has become my life theme and mantra. It’s my cool. It’s just me. We were created to be and give love. To light up the dark places. To make the world better. And so as a creative, you will find all of that in what I do and pursue.
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