BET to Honor Nick Cannon, Swizz Beatz & More in ’28 Men of Change’ Series

BET Networks and ICON MANN have partnered to celebrate the positive impact of black men domestically and across the globe with upcoming vignette series, “28 Men of Change.”The initiative will share the journeys of 28 contemporary philanthropic trailblazers. A new person will be celebrated each day during Black History Month.Beginning on Feb. 1, 2014, BET Networks will feature the personal story of one of the “28 Men of Change” with a two-minute vignette airing on BET and Centric.Here is a limited list of honorees, in alphabetical order:1. Lonnie Bunch III, Founding Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture2. Nick Cannon, TV Host, Writer, Director, Executive Producer and Philanthropist3. Lee Daniels, Film Producer and Oscar-Nominated Director4. Kasseem ‘Swizz Beatz’ Dean, Grammy Award-Winning Record Producer, Composer and Philanthropist5. Dr. Courtney Hollowell, Cook County Hospital Chairman of the Division of Urology6. Nyjah Huston, Professional Street Skateboarder7. Charles Jenkins, Pastor of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church8. Ron Kirk, Sr. Council of Gibson Dunn and Former U.S. Trade Representative9. Edward Lewis, Co-founder of Essence Magazine and Latina Magazine10. Ndaba Mandela, Chairman, Africa Rising Foundation11. Leland Melvin, NASA Astronaut12. Dr. Steve Perry, Founder and Principal, Capital Preparatory Magnet School13. Nile Rodgers, Musician, Producer, Composer and Philanthropist14. Dr. Robert Ross, President and CEO, The California Endowment15. Marcus Samuelsson, Chef and UNICEF Ambassador16. Gary Simmons, Artist17. Forest Whitaker, Actor, Producer and DirectorThe remaining honorees will be revealed each day during February 2014.