APRIL "BE" PROJECT HONOREE: Barry Bartlett
Forster Child Advocate, Personality Host, Music Artist, Fitness Trainer, Co-Founder of The Fit Twins
Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @itsbarrb, @thefittwinsgrp @thefittwinsfitnessgroup
Barry Bartlett was born with the fire to entertain. Born into the foster care system, he overcame the challenges of growing up without much stability or guidance, and continues to be a success story inspiring many former and current foster children in LA county. Graciously, he was blessed with stability when placed to live with his grandmother at the age of 14.
Guided by his grandmother, Barry developed a sense of intrinsic motivation and integrity. Barry loved and participated in all the arts from dance to music, but he found his strongest passion was health and fitness. Inspiring people to lead healthy, active lives brings him great joy. In early 2015, Barry co-created his very own Fitness Business, The FitTwins Fitness Group, with his sister Nika. Their mission is to bring a community together as they inspire, encourage and illustrate a healthy lifestyle of fitness, health and positive energy.
To promote this idea, Barry and Nika create 15 second videos for social media that become viral hits! Currently, Barry studies at the National Academy of sports medicine where he will complete his certification as a personal trainer. “As a former foster kid, I come from a life of struggle and a heart of hope.”
Partial proceeds from the sales of our Legion Of GROOM Faux Leather Caps for the month of March will be donated to The Kids Alliance. To make a direct donation, please log on to www.kids-alliance.org to make a donation of your choice. If including a check, please write “GROOM BE CAMPAIGN’ in the memo line.
MARCH "BE" PROJECT HONOREE: Dontá Morrison
Actor, Author, HIV Advocate, Minister, Co-Founder of 6in10.org
Facebook/Twitter @DontáMorrison, IG @Donta_Morrison
Dontá Morrison has always been outspoken and passionate about life. A dedicated advocate for HIV awareness he has successfully positioned himself to be a sought after speaker who tactfully educates about the virus. His approach to discussing sex and human sexuality is culturally sensitive, yet highly challenging. Understanding that open and honest dialogue can enhance awareness, he creates safe spaces for those exchanges to occur.
As host of the lively and engaging The Dontá Show he provides a platform for a wide array of subjects to be discussed. He expertly engages guests in conversations about sex, religion, social injustice and other ‘hot topics’ in a manner that promotes informative dialogue. As a result his listenership continues to increase.
Additionally, he is the co-founder of 6in10.org, which is an HIV awareness/prevention movement that encourages dialogue about the impact of homophobia (internal and external) and HIV related stigma. By addressing these issues within Faith based communities, schools, and amongst parents of Black gay youth a behavioral change could occur that leads to a decrease in new infections.
Dontá has been featured in numerous magazines and periodicals giving insight on ways to decrease the rate of new HIV infections. He has been privileged to work with organizations such as The Tavis Smiley Leadership Institute, Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Gilead, Merck and a host of colleges and universities nationwide. Lastly, he has two published works ‘The End of the Rainbow’ and ‘Yesterday Clarified’ which have been heralded for their transparent look into the lives of Black gay relationships.
Partial proceeds from the sales of our Legion Of GROOM Faux Leather Caps for the month of March will be donated to 6in10.org. To make a direct donation, please log on to www.6in10.org to make a donation of your choice. If including a check, please write “GROOM BE CAMPAIGN’ in the memo line.