Ammon Lyle joined the UNL Milwaukee chapter at the beginning of 9th grade. His senior year of high school, Ammon received Usher’s UNCF scholarship, which afforded him a full-ride to Howard University. Today, he is a junior in college there studying Finance. This past summer, he completed a coveted internship at Goldman Sachs. Recently, he was invited to attend BET’s Black Men in Media and Entertainment Panel at the White House. Read his blog about it below!
Mentors, Milestones and Motivation
January 21st, 2016 Voice, Power, Legacy. These are themes that echoed throughout BET Network’s Black Men in Media and Entertainment Panel that was hosted at the White House on Thursday, January 21st, 2016. High School males from across Washington, DC were invited along with special guests from BET, Viacom and the White House to participate in a discussion on being Black and having aspirations to join the entertainment industry. The panel consisted of moderator, Michael Smith—Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of Cabinet Affairs for the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, Michael D. Armstrong—The Executive Vice President and General Manager of International Brand Development for Viacom International Media Networks, Mathew Barnhill—The Executive Vice President of Market Research at BET Networks, Richard Gay—The Executive Vice President of Strategy and Operations for BET, and Jeron Smith—A Howard University Alum and Forbes 30 under 30 that serves as the Deputy Director in the Office of Digital Strategy for the White House. The discussion mostly revolved around challenges each individual panelist overcame in order to reach their career accomplishments. More importantly, a discussion around BET’s responsibility as the Voice and image of an entire race sparked an interesting conversation. Overall, the event was well planned, executed amazingly, and provided an amazing opportunity for students to network. I was able to receive the contact information of each panelist and start discussions of future events and opportunities with the panelists. In fact, I was able to secure Jeron Smith for a panel event at Howard University February 18th, 2016 to discuss The Black Image in Politics. My personal takeaway from the event was to always aspire to inspire the next generation. Collectively, our people are still struggling and each hand that reaches back to help pull another person up propels the progression of our identity. It is our duty to manifest our legacy and to truly link the voice of the African Diaspora.