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Black Youth of Today: Nearly 100 Boys Dressed as Kings Attend Special Awards Ceremony in Tampa, Florida

Nearly 100 Boys Dressed as Kings

In a heartwarming display of elegance and empowerment, nearly 100 African American boys from Icon Preparatory School recently attended the annual 2024 Brothers United Building Brothers Alliance’s (B.U.B.B.A.) Sons in Suits Community Awards held in Tampa, Florida. Dressed as kings, these young gentlemen proudly accepted their accolades, symbolizing not just their achievements but also the dignity and potential within every young man. [Watch the Video].

The event, which aims to celebrate and uplift young boys and men of color, took on added significance as the students of Icon Prep stepped onto the stage exuding regal confidence. Donning majestic attire reminiscent of historical monarchs, they embodied a sense of pride, sophistication, and excellence that transcended mere fashion.

B.U.B.B.A.’s Sons in Suits Community Awards seeks to inspire young boys and men to aspire to greatness while honoring those who have already made significant strides in their personal and academic endeavors. By showcasing the Icon Prep boys as royalty, the private school’s leaders hoped to underscore the message that every young man is deserving of respect, honor, and recognition.

As the ceremony drew to a close, the image of these young kings, standing tall and proud in their royal attire, served as a powerful reminder of the transformative impact that positive reinforcement and representation can have on the lives of young people. In a world often fraught with challenges and obstacles, events like these serve as beacons of hope and inspiration, illuminating the path toward a brighter and more inclusive future for all.

About Icon Preparatory School
Icon Preparatory School is a Black-owned non-profit corporation founded in 2018 by mostly HBCU graduates. The non-profit has three schools for both boys and girls in Tampa, Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, and Cleveland, Ohio. Learn more at

About B.U.B.B.A.
Brothers United Building Brothers Alliance (B.U.B.B.A.) improves the lives of men and boys through effective and consistent mentorship, rigorous academic support, and programs/services centered around engaging and empowering the community. Learn more at


Nearly 100 Boys Dressed as Kings

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