- ICON MANN Luncheon Hosted by David Oyelowo and Blair Underwood Was A Huge Success
ICON MANN's Summer Luncheon, entitled 'Because You Are, We Are Able,' was a huge success in shining the spotlight on what a momentous year 2013 has been for Black men in film, with more than twenty (20) titles scheduled to be released prominently featuring Black Actors. "There is so much to be proud of, ICON MANN celebrates the state of mind that transforms ones access and opportunity into that of great possibility," says ICON MANN (IMBMIE) Founder Tamara N. Houston.

There is no greater time to be a Black Man in media and entertainment than now. The realities of making it are about legacy creation, living the Best Life and paying it forward. Starting with the summer Conversation through Awards season (Emmys and Oscars) ICON MANN is creating a network of dialog among Black Men committed to leveraging their celebrity in the support of their peers' film and television projects.

Actors Blair Underwood (NBC/Iron Side) and David Oyelowo (The Butler/Lincoln) hosted the event. Various actors-including Anthony Anderson (Law & Order), Djimon Hounsou (Baggage Claim/Blood Diamond), Jesse Williams (Grey's Anatomy), Jay Ellis (The Game), Mo McRae (Ray Donovan/Sons of Anarchy), Omari Hardwick (Being Mary Jane), and Richard Brooks (Being Mary Jane/Law & Order), D.B. Woodside (VH1/Single Ladies)-attended the luncheon. Also in attendance were entertainment industry executives Charles King (Partner Literary, WME), Bill Duke (Director, "Dark Girls"), David White (National Executive Director, SAG), Graylind Wherry (Director of Finance, Sony Digital), James Lopez (Senior Vice-President, Sony Screen Gems), Franklin Sirmans (Head Curator of Contemporary Art, LACMA), Michael Lawson (President of LAX Commission), and many others.

Immediately following the extremely successful luncheon, which celebrated the incredible strides that Black men are making in entertainment and multimedia this year, the men returned home and were shocked to hear the devastating results of the Trayvon Martin verdict. The verdict inspired the men to open a dialogue about its impact, and offer advice on how best to speak to their children and families that this may become a learning and growth opportunity for all people.