Carl Lumbly

City, State: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Actor

Carl’s prolific career includes over 100 credits in television, film and theatre, along with extensive critical acclaim. He starred in the drama series “M.A.N.T.I.S,” where he played an independently wealthy paraplegic scientist/crime fighter, marking him the first black superhero on series television. For the big screen, he stars as ‘Dick Hallorann,’ the role originally played by Scatman Crothers, in Warner Bros.’ supernatural thriller, “Doctor Sleep,” the imaginative continuation of “The Shining” storyline.

In the documentary “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool,” Carl voices the iconic jazz musician. The film premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and is screening in theaters across the country. Produced by American Masters, it will make its television debut in February 2020 on PBS. He has a recurring role as classic DC character M’yrnn J’onzz, the father of J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter on The CW series “Supergirl.” He previously voiced action hero J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter in the Cartoon Network’s animated series “Justice League.”

He portrayed CIA agent ‘Marcus Dixon,’ the gentle, mild-mannered field partner to agent ‘Sydney Bristow’ (Jennifer Garner) for five seasons on ABC’s hit drama series, “Alias.”
Carl’s impressive feature credits include a role opposite Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. in “Men of Honor,” portraying the father of the first black diver in U.S. Navy history. Lumbly’s versatility spans a range of characters, from his NAACP Image Award-nominated work in TNT’s “Buffalo Soldiers,” produced by Danny Glover, to a wealthy, black entrepreneur in “Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Wedding.”

Simone Missick

City, State: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Actor

Simone made history for her powerful and extraordinary portrayal in Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix as TV’s first black female superhero, “Misty Knight.” She has been touted as the show’s “breakout star” and was featured as one of People Magazine’s “Ones to Watch” prior to the first season premiere. She continued to portray this impactful character in the other Netflix/Marvel shows The Defenders and Iron Fist. Currently, Simone headlines the upcoming CBS fall series, All Rise in the role of “Judge Lola Carmichael.” All Rise follows the dedicated, chaotic, hopeful, and sometimes absurd lives of the judges, assistant district attorneys, and public defenders as they work with bailiffs, clerks, cops and jurors to bring justice to the people of Los Angeles.

Simone will also be starring this year in Season 2 of the Netflix series, Altered Carbon, opposite Anthony Mackie. Previously, Simone filmed the lead in an independent film Jinn directed by Nijla Mumin which premiered at SXSW Festival in 2018. The film tells the deeply intimate and timely story of a woman that converts to Islam and how this affects her family dynamic.

Rita Loof

City, State: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Educator

Mrs. Fernandez-Loof was elected to the County Board of Education in 2018 representing Area B. She has been a long-time advocate for education particularly, special education. Mrs. Fernandez-Loof came to the U.S. from Cuba at the age of 13 and is the first Cuban-American to serve on the County Board of Education. She has extensive volunteer experience with various non-profits who advocate for the educational rights of children with disabilities. Mrs. Fernandez-Loof has led efforts to improve education for children with disabilities and educate parents about their children’s rights. She authored legislation (SB 1327—Soto) to strengthen protections for children with disabilities attending private schools, which ultimately became law with bi-partisan support. She has been awarded the prestigious “Mother of Achievement” award by the American Mothers Association and the Earth Day Hero Award by California Safe Schools as well as being recognized the by United States Department of Education, the California State Senate and the State Assembly.

In addition to her service on the County Board of Education, she serves various local government advisory committees. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from UCLA and has been representing private industry in the field of environmental consulting for the past 25 years. Prior to her private practice, Mrs. Fernandez-Loof was an Air Quality Engineer for the South Coast Air Quality Management District where she is registered as a Certified Permit Processor. Board Member Fernandez-Loof lives in Upland with her husband and three children.

Quinlock Delores Sheen

City, State: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Principal, Sheenway School and Cultural Center

After her father’s passing, Ms. Sheen continued his work and created a preschool through 12th grade. Ms. Sheen is the Principal of the Sheenway School and Cultural Center, a private school with a whole-child approach. This school is unique in that its curriculum offers students options of a Cricket Club, a Social Club, a 4H Club, a Theater Arts Repertory group and a Bakery among others.

Quinlock Delores is also an actor, an accomplished musician( playing five instruments)who was the first Black Harpist in Los Angeles, a poet, writer, play write and a 1st Degree Black Belt-Kenpo Karate. She was also awarded the distinguished President’s Service Award by President Bill Clinton and a speaker at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Herb J. Wesson, Jr.

City, State: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Former Los Angeles City Council President

Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. was elected to the Los Angeles City Council’s 10th District in November 2005 and was elected President of the City Council 2012. During his tenure as Council President, Wesson has presided over monumental policy initiatives making Los Angeles a better place to live, work and raise a family. Not only have local policy initiatives —which include raising the minimum wage, pension reform, and consolidating city elections to increase voter turnout— positively affected local residents, but in many cases the city’s actions have spurred state and national response and served as a model for similar policies. As Chair of the AdHoc Committee on the 2028 Olympics, Council President Wesson was instrumental in providing leadership to ensure that the proposal was properly vetted and City residents will be protected. Wesson previously served as Speaker of the California State Assembly. He is married and the proud father of four sons and grandfather to four grandchildren. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Sam Lewis

City, State: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Executive Director of the Anti Recidivism Coalition

Sam Lewis is the Executive Director of the Anti Recidivism Coalition (ARC). In 2017, Sam created the Hope And Redemption Team (HART), a first-of-its kind initiative that he built from scratch. Nine former Lifer Prisoners go back into California state prisons to provide hope, demonstrate that redemption is achievable, and prepare participants for successful reentry into our communities. His work on the HART team exemplifies what’s best about ARC: our desire to reach and walk with those who have been most marginalized by society. In 2018, he was the recipient of a Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Award and an Uncommon Law Heroes Award.

Most Saturday nights, Sam leads the Hope and Redemption mentors who mentor youth currently housed at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall. The unique mentors are trained in Transformative Mentering model to encourge incarcerated youth to belive in themselves, and pursure their education while incarcerated. As a former life prisoner himself, Sam understands the various obstacles, challenges, and difficulties the prison and reentry population may face. Sam transformed himself while in prison earning an AA in Paralegal Studies and a specialized degree in Business Management. Also while in prison he earned a BS/BA degree from Indiana Institute of Technology graduating Magna Cum Laude. He currently serves on the Los Angeles Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Employment Equity. He was granted parole in 2012.

Croyce Allen

City, State: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Youth Advocate

When the future comes to mind, we picture the most gifted young people posturing themselves with might bringing forth progressive change that shifts the paradigm of our world. Entrepreneur, Ambassador, philanthropist and film director, Croyce is the prototype for of our future leaders. A natural humanitarian who loves the Lord, he is committed to education and helping others excel.

Despite a learning disability, he found a way to excel, receiving several academic awards and aims to empower other children struggling with learning disabilities.

Croyce accepts the challenge from former President Barack Obama to be accountable for ourselves. He agrees with the former president that it starts with our children and he felt obligated to work.

Edwin A.Lombard III

City, State: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: CEO/President of the Black Chamber of Commerce

Edwin is the President/CEO of the California Black Chamber of Commerce, voted in by the Board of Directors April 2019. Currently and for the past 20 plus years, Mr. Lombard is the President and CEO of Edwin Lombard Management, Inc. Public Relations, Communications, And Community Outreach Firm.

Edwin is an expert strategist in governmental relations, public affairs, coalition building, and community outreach. He has endeavored to steer Black Small Businesses and the Communities of color to be viewed as a systemic gateway strategically utilized as an effective and powerful voice, on legislative, regulatory, and local government issues.

Edwin is an advocate for Black business and has successfully represented African American small businesses for the following clients: Western States Petroleum Association, California Department of Health Equity, Environmental Defense Fund, California Personal Insurance Federation, California Strawberry Commission, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Black Business Association, and BAPAC. Edwin is a US Navy veteran; he completed his education at West Los Angeles College, California State Universities Los Angeles and Dominguez Hills.

Nicshelle Farrow

City, State: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Entertainment Broker

Nicshelle “GoDaWork” Farrow is an actor, radio host, public relations professional and a self-published author of over 30 books on In her Journey to Stardom Productions, she designs lesson plans, does theater, tutors and creates instructional videos.

Her brand is GoDaWork and assists in education, talent development, and skills in communities at large and around the world via social media.

Dangerman Hero Award Best Comedy Series HBO’s “Insecure”

Creator Issa Rae (The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl) stars as Issa Dee, who struggles to navigate the tricky professional and personal terrain of Los Angeles along with her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji).