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I wanna challenge journalists and media companies to start showcasing positive news about black men

Cephas Williams

Cephas Williams

Director / Founder

Cephas Williams set up a business called Drummer Boy Studios, his aim was to establish a creative hub in the community. Upon doing this Cephas was confused as to why things like this are not being spotlighted, after all the work and money he and his team put into creating this space within the community, they were still facing opposition from people in authority and not being spotlighted for the positive work being done. It pushed him to think about how many more black men are doing great things but are never heard or spotlighted. Cephas started to question further, why is it that things like this never makes headline news? The majority of the time he would see a black man in the newspaper it was for things around knife crime and violence, but he could point to so many black men within his personal network that weren't doing that, but in-fact were doing great things. As a result, 56 Black Men was born.

Cephas’ aim is to create something that positively impacts the black community and works to change stereotypes whilst enhancing the community for the progression of the next generation. He's been working to address stereotypes, to help people start their businesses, access different industries and have black men lead on the conversation surrounding their lived experiences. As part of his work with Drummer Boy he was inspired to create 56 Black Men a network for black men which does just that.

I wanna challenge journalists and media companies to start showcasing positive news about black men

Deborah Obaseki

Director / Public Relations 

Cephas Williams set up a business called Drummer Boy Studios, his aim was to establish a creative hub in the community. Upon doing this Cephas was confused as to why things like this are not being spotlighted, after all the work and money he and his team put into creating this space within the community, they were still facing opposition from people in authority and not being spotlighted for the positive work being done. It pushed him to think about how many more black men are doing great things but are never heard or spotlighted. Cephas started to question further, why is it that things like this never makes headline news? The majority of the time he would see a black man in the newspaper it was for things around knife crime and violence, but he could point to so many black men within his personal network that weren't doing that, but in-fact were doing great things. As a result, 56 Black Men was born.

Cephas’ aim is to create something that positively impacts the black community and works to change stereotypes whilst enhancing the community for the progression of the next generation. He's been working to address stereotypes, to help people start their businesses, access different industries and have black men lead on the conversation surrounding their lived experiences. As part of his work with Drummer Boy he was inspired to create 56 Black Men a network for black men which does just that.

Cephas Williams

I wanna challenge journalists and media companies to start showcasing positive news about black men

Cephas Williams

Harry Phinda

Director / Founder

Cephas Williams set up a business called Drummer Boy Studios, his aim was to establish a creative hub in the community. Upon doing this Cephas was confused as to why things like this are not being spotlighted, after all the work and money he and his team put into creating this space within the community, they were still facing opposition from people in authority and not being spotlighted for the positive work being done. It pushed him to think about how many more black men are doing great things but are never heard or spotlighted. Cephas started to question further, why is it that things like this never makes headline news? The majority of the time he would see a black man in the newspaper it was for things around knife crime and violence, but he could point to so many black men within his personal network that weren't doing that, but in-fact were doing great things. As a result, 56 Black Men was born.

Cephas’ aim is to create something that positively impacts the black community and works to change stereotypes whilst enhancing the community for the progression of the next generation. He's been working to address stereotypes, to help people start their businesses, access different industries and have black men lead on the conversation surrounding their lived experiences. As part of his work with Drummer Boy he was inspired to create 56 Black Men a network for black men which does just that.

I wanna challenge journalists and media companies to start showcasing positive news about black men

Caroline Forbes

Specialist Partner - Clear Channel

Cephas Williams set up a business called Drummer Boy Studios, his aim was to establish a creative hub in the community. Upon doing this Cephas was confused as to why things like this are not being spotlighted, after all the work and money he and his team put into creating this space within the community, they were still facing opposition from people in authority and not being spotlighted for the positive work being done. It pushed him to think about how many more black men are doing great things but are never heard or spotlighted. Cephas started to question further, why is it that things like this never makes headline news? The majority of the time he would see a black man in the newspaper it was for things around knife crime and violence, but he could point to so many black men within his personal network that weren't doing that, but in-fact were doing great things. As a result, 56 Black Men was born.

Cephas’ aim is to create something that positively impacts the black community and works to change stereotypes whilst enhancing the community for the progression of the next generation. He's been working to address stereotypes, to help people start their businesses, access different industries and have black men lead on the conversation surrounding their lived experiences. As part of his work with Drummer Boy he was inspired to create 56 Black Men a network for black men which does just that.

Cephas Williams

I wanna challenge journalists and media companies to start showcasing positive news about black men

Cephas Williams

Gary Younge

Journalist - The Guardian News Paper

Cephas Williams set up a business called Drummer Boy Studios, his aim was to establish a creative hub in the community. Upon doing this Cephas was confused as to why things like this are not being spotlighted, after all the work and money he and his team put into creating this space within the community, they were still facing opposition from people in authority and not being spotlighted for the positive work being done. It pushed him to think about how many more black men are doing great things but are never heard or spotlighted. Cephas started to question further, why is it that things like this never makes headline news? The majority of the time he would see a black man in the newspaper it was for things around knife crime and violence, but he could point to so many black men within his personal network that weren't doing that, but in-fact were doing great things. As a result, 56 Black Men was born.

Cephas’ aim is to create something that positively impacts the black community and works to change stereotypes whilst enhancing the community for the progression of the next generation. He's been working to address stereotypes, to help people start their businesses, access different industries and have black men lead on the conversation surrounding their lived experiences. As part of his work with Drummer Boy he was inspired to create 56 Black Men a network for black men which does just that.

I wanna challenge journalists and media companies to start showcasing positive news about black men

Magnus Djaba

Saatchi Saatchi CEO

Cephas Williams set up a business called Drummer Boy Studios, his aim was to establish a creative hub in the community. Upon doing this Cephas was confused as to why things like this are not being spotlighted, after all the work and money he and his team put into creating this space within the community, they were still facing opposition from people in authority and not being spotlighted for the positive work being done. It pushed him to think about how many more black men are doing great things but are never heard or spotlighted. Cephas started to question further, why is it that things like this never makes headline news? The majority of the time he would see a black man in the newspaper it was for things around knife crime and violence, but he could point to so many black men within his personal network that weren't doing that, but in-fact were doing great things. As a result, 56 Black Men was born.

Cephas’ aim is to create something that positively impacts the black community and works to change stereotypes whilst enhancing the community for the progression of the next generation. He's been working to address stereotypes, to help people start their businesses, access different industries and have black men lead on the conversation surrounding their lived experiences. As part of his work with Drummer Boy he was inspired to create 56 Black Men a network for black men which does just that.

Cephas Williams

I wanna challenge journalists and media companies to start showcasing positive news about black men

Cephas Williams

Nicolas Janvier

Fund Manager - Columbia Threadneedle

Cephas Williams set up a business called Drummer Boy Studios, his aim was to establish a creative hub in the community. Upon doing this Cephas was confused as to why things like this are not being spotlighted, after all the work and money he and his team put into creating this space within the community, they were still facing opposition from people in authority and not being spotlighted for the positive work being done. It pushed him to think about how many more black men are doing great things but are never heard or spotlighted. Cephas started to question further, why is it that things like this never makes headline news? The majority of the time he would see a black man in the newspaper it was for things around knife crime and violence, but he could point to so many black men within his personal network that weren't doing that, but in-fact were doing great things. As a result, 56 Black Men was born.

Cephas’ aim is to create something that positively impacts the black community and works to change stereotypes whilst enhancing the community for the progression of the next generation. He's been working to address stereotypes, to help people start their businesses, access different industries and have black men lead on the conversation surrounding their lived experiences. As part of his work with Drummer Boy he was inspired to create 56 Black Men a network for black men which does just that.

I wanna challenge journalists and media companies to start showcasing positive news about black men

Kyle Williams

Managing Director - Goldman Sachs

Cephas Williams set up a business called Drummer Boy Studios, his aim was to establish a creative hub in the community. Upon doing this Cephas was confused as to why things like this are not being spotlighted, after all the work and money he and his team put into creating this space within the community, they were still facing opposition from people in authority and not being spotlighted for the positive work being done. It pushed him to think about how many more black men are doing great things but are never heard or spotlighted. Cephas started to question further, why is it that things like this never makes headline news? The majority of the time he would see a black man in the newspaper it was for things around knife crime and violence, but he could point to so many black men within his personal network that weren't doing that, but in-fact were doing great things. As a result, 56 Black Men was born.

Cephas’ aim is to create something that positively impacts the black community and works to change stereotypes whilst enhancing the community for the progression of the next generation. He's been working to address stereotypes, to help people start their businesses, access different industries and have black men lead on the conversation surrounding their lived experiences. As part of his work with Drummer Boy he was inspired to create 56 Black Men a network for black men which does just that.

Cephas Williams

I wanna challenge journalists and media companies to start showcasing positive news about black men

Cephas Williams

Darren Lewis

Sports Journalist - Daily Mirror

Cephas Williams set up a business called Drummer Boy Studios, his aim was to establish a creative hub in the community. Upon doing this Cephas was confused as to why things like this are not being spotlighted, after all the work and money he and his team put into creating this space within the community, they were still facing opposition from people in authority and not being spotlighted for the positive work being done. It pushed him to think about how many more black men are doing great things but are never heard or spotlighted. Cephas started to question further, why is it that things like this never makes headline news? The majority of the time he would see a black man in the newspaper it was for things around knife crime and violence, but he could point to so many black men within his personal network that weren't doing that, but in-fact were doing great things. As a result, 56 Black Men was born.

Cephas’ aim is to create something that positively impacts the black community and works to change stereotypes whilst enhancing the community for the progression of the next generation. He's been working to address stereotypes, to help people start their businesses, access different industries and have black men lead on the conversation surrounding their lived experiences. As part of his work with Drummer Boy he was inspired to create 56 Black Men a network for black men which does just that.

I wanna challenge journalists and media companies to start showcasing positive news about black men

Trevor Johnson

Director of Market Operation -​ Facebook

Cephas Williams set up a business called Drummer Boy Studios, his aim was to establish a creative hub in the community. Upon doing this Cephas was confused as to why things like this are not being spotlighted, after all the work and money he and his team put into creating this space within the community, they were still facing opposition from people in authority and not being spotlighted for the positive work being done. It pushed him to think about how many more black men are doing great things but are never heard or spotlighted. Cephas started to question further, why is it that things like this never makes headline news? The majority of the time he would see a black man in the newspaper it was for things around knife crime and violence, but he could point to so many black men within his personal network that weren't doing that, but in-fact were doing great things. As a result, 56 Black Men was born.

Cephas’ aim is to create something that positively impacts the black community and works to change stereotypes whilst enhancing the community for the progression of the next generation. He's been working to address stereotypes, to help people start their businesses, access different industries and have black men lead on the conversation surrounding their lived experiences. As part of his work with Drummer Boy he was inspired to create 56 Black Men a network for black men which does just that.

Cephas Williams

I wanna challenge journalists and media companies to start showcasing positive news about black men

Cephas Williams

Johnny Nelson

Former Boxing World Champion

Presenter - Sky Sports

Cephas Williams set up a business called Drummer Boy Studios, his aim was to establish a creative hub in the community. Upon doing this Cephas was confused as to why things like this are not being spotlighted, after all the work and money he and his team put into creating this space within the community, they were still facing opposition from people in authority and not being spotlighted for the positive work being done. It pushed him to think about how many more black men are doing great things but are never heard or spotlighted. Cephas started to question further, why is it that things like this never makes headline news? The majority of the time he would see a black man in the newspaper it was for things around knife crime and violence, but he could point to so many black men within his personal network that weren't doing that, but in-fact were doing great things. As a result, 56 Black Men was born.

Cephas’ aim is to create something that positively impacts the black community and works to change stereotypes whilst enhancing the community for the progression of the next generation. He's been working to address stereotypes, to help people start their businesses, access different industries and have black men lead on the conversation surrounding their lived experiences. As part of his work with Drummer Boy he was inspired to create 56 Black Men a network for black men which does just that.

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