About Us

Our Mission

 To engage a perpetual society-enhancement industry of Africentric institutions, services, events and  products that are shaped and informed by the Heritage, History, Intellect, Dignity, Grace, Fortitude, Unity,  Camaraderie and Prosperity guideposts of the Ancestors of the African-descended Experience

MBEI was founded originally to administer a series of annual state-level events to create a permanent  funding source for Africentric economic development and social change throughout the State of  Michigan. MBEI’s purpose now has expanded to include consolidating Michigan’s Africentric buying  power with culturally unified MBEI-branded events, products and services as well as positioning the  youth (with an emphasis on at-risk youth) to be the focus of new media- and creativity-based  economies for the State of Michigan. Through MBEI’s Youth Enhancement Division (YED) programs  that are championed by Urban Media/Youth Enhancement Council (UMYE) and its Youth Urban Media  Education Initiative (YUMEI) – including URBRadio, Youth Correspondents Corps (YCC), Youth  Federation (YFed), Youth Music Institute (YMI) and Youth TeleCommunications Institute (YTC) – MBEI  will be able to put the youth in a position to better achieve the bright futures that they deserve by  cultivating and harnessing the enormous creative capital that is latent inside each of them.

Over, Under, Around and Through with Dignity, Grace and Fortitude since 1995….

Our Community Partners

Meet The UMYE Council

T.A. El Amin, Michigan Black Expo, Inc. / Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce 
Rudolph R. Treece III, Michigan Black Expo, Inc.
Michael Mohan, Native News Network / Michigan Black Expo, Inc.
Kevin Murphy, Past Director, WYCE-FM / Community Media Center – Grand Rapids 
Dr. Kojo Quartey Monroe, County Community College
Herb Early, A+ Insurance Partners – Grand Rapids 
Arnie Smith Alexander, Grand Valley State University/TRiO Upward Bound Program
Dr. Randal Jelks, University of Kansas 
Marques Beene, Building Bridges Initiative – Grand Rapids 
Paul Mayhue, Wil-Hue Consulting / Voices Not Heard Initiative – Grand Rapids 
Bill Brock, Brockfolio 
Dr. Lawrence Redd, Rhythm and Blues University – Houston TX 
Jason McMillan, Radio / Telecommunications Industry – Grand Rapids
Anthony C. Kanu, Ikan Power, Inc. – Grand Rapids
Merin Johnson, Entrepreneur / Author / Community Activist – Flint MI
Robert VanWieren, Clerical Imaging Industry – Grand Rapids
Frank Grant, Former Station Manager, WKWM – Grand Rapids
Joseph Howard, Grand Valley State University
Beau McDonald  (Emeritus)
Ruff Ryders Motorcycle Fellowship
Dr. Davia Downey, Grand Valley State University  
Tami VandenBerg, The Pyramid Scheme Venue / Well House Homeless Support – Grand Rapids
Kristian Grant, Fashion Industry Entrepreneur – Grand Rapids
Dr. John “Turk” Logan Jr. , Logan Communications, Inc. and WTRK.biz Online Radio 
Zeno Toscas JD, Thomas M. Cooley Law School – Grand Rapids
Bruce Bailey, Bruce Bailey House Music – Detroit  
Brian Flippin Flippin Life Coaching – Grand Rapids 
Amir Pakray 2017 MD, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine 
Shawn Beene, The Potter House – Grand Rapids 
Amy Vissman, Keller Williams Realty – Grand Rapids 
Chris Brown Digital Concierge – Grand Rapids / Digital Media Instructor, Kendall College of  Art and Design 
James “JD” Sullivan Areopagitica, LLC – Grand Rapids 
George K. Heartwell Former Mayor, City of Grand Rapids
Samuel Rennie Grand Valley State University
Richard Johnson, We$hare Crowdfunding – Dallas TX
Gretchen Vinnedge Grand Rapids Community Media Center
Dale Dieleman  (Emeritus
T Smith III (Emeritus) Writers Guild of America – West (WGA) / Producers Guild of America (PGA) – Los Angeles (Emeritus
Comprenew – Grand Rapids / Tent Schools
Ned Andree Dutch Nigerian American (DNA) Genealogy Initiative – Grand Rapids 
Marcus Thomas All Marcus Productions Media Company dba Morph Media Square – Grand  Rapids 
Dawn H. Wade Smith T Smith III Youth Media Production Legacy – Los Angeles