CEO & Chairman | Collective Professional Resource Group
Two-time Emmy Award winning journalist, AJ Calloway has interviewed the most talked about humanitarians, politicians, and pop culture icons in the world. Most know for launching his entertainment career in New York as the co-host of "106 & Park, BET’s Top Ten Live," a live music countdown show with a mix of celebrity guests, performances and music selected by viewers. To date, “106 &Park” remains BET’s most popular show earning network record-breaking ratings, becoming the number one video show in America.
Following his tenure at BET, AJ broadened his horizons and became the leading correspondent at EXTRA where he worked for 15 years earning the title of co-host and won two Emmys in 2014 and 2016 for Outstanding Entertainment News Program.
Currently, AJ serves as CEO and Chairman of Collective Professional Resource Group, a full-service media company, focusing on production, marketing, promotions and event-planning, as well as private consultancy to individuals, companies and nonprofit organizations.
A proud Howard University alum, AJ firmly believes in philanthropy, specifically supporting students and youth across the country. He serves on the Dean's Advisory Board at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and returned to his alma mater and taught a graduate course pro bono on Hip Hop culture and its relation to public history, the university's first course of its kind. A proud and active life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., AJ enjoys spending his free time with wife and their three children.
Overview: In this session, we will explore how negative media portrayals of Black men lead to the normalization
of violence against them, especially through police brutality. Panelists from media, law enforcement,
government, entertainment, and Corporate America will analyze examples of negative media
portrayals, such as the "thug" or "gangster" image, examine how they contribute to systemic racism
and oppression, and discuss the harmful effects of these stereotypes and ways to challenge and
dismantle them. Participants will walk away with practical steps they can take to help advocate for
accurate and positive representations of Black men in media and society.