Black No More’s Tariq Trotter Will Give Keynote Address at MENTOR’s 30th Anniversary Event

The event will support the national organization focused on expanding mentoring relationships for young people.

MENTOR will be the host Amplify Mentoring, a celebration of connection and opportunity for the organization’s 30th anniversary at New York’s Gotham Hall on April 28 at 6 p.m. Special guests at the event include Darius Harper (Kinky boots) as moderator of the event and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter (Black no more) as the keynote speaker.

They are also joined by Broadway Originals, an organization with a mission to enrich young professionals with live theater and performing arts classes; and JW’s Inspirational Singers, featuring New York artists from Broadway, film and television. Eleven-year-old spoken-word poet Kayanna Moore will also perform, along with graffiti artist and writer Matt Litwack.

Darius Harper


Harper performed extensively in regional theaters such as Peacock Players, Actorsingers, MSM Players, The Acting Loft, The Seacoast Repertory Theater and The Arkansas Repertory Theater before becoming a member of the original cast in the Chicago production of The Book of Mormon and took over the role of Lola for the first national tour of Kinky boots. He is currently touring as the lead singer of Cirque du Soleil ROUND.

Trotter is best known for his nightly performances as lead MC and vocalist for the legendary Roots Crew The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He made his theater debut with Dr. Junius Crookman in Black no more last January.

MENTOR will recognize Amplify Award winners that exemplify the work that is integral to the organization’s mission throughout the event. Speakers and recipients include Jorge Casimiro (Vice President and Chief Public Policy & Social Impact Officer at Nike Inc., President of the Nike Foundation), Abigail Hollingsworth (Senior Vice President in Global Environmental, Social and Governance at Bank of America), Julie Lammers (Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy at American Student Assistance), Tyra Mariani (President of the Schultz Family Foundation) and Zarin Tasnim (Strategic Collaborations Lead, Corporate Responsibility at EY).

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