2018 Code Black Speakers and Honorees


Master of ceremony

Jeff Johnson, Executive Producer and Host of BET's Mancave


Jeff is a teller of stories, developer of messages, and architect of social solutions who’s as comfortable in front of the camera as he is behind the scenes developing strategy and messages for his clients. The award-winning journalist and communications specialist is currently Managing Principal for the Baltimore based strategy firm JIJ Communications, where he provides strategic insight and messaging consulting to clients in the private, public, and entertainment sectors. He calls it double bottom-line impact and is committed to it for both his personal brand and that of his clients. Jeff states, ”The problems many of our communities face can be transformed by exploring market driven solutions that merge the public, private and philanthropic
sectors into ecosystems of impact”.

He sat with both President Barack Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton for BET News and provides regular content on the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show. Jeff formally served as National Director for the Youth & College Division of the NAACP and held an appointment by Russell Simmons as the Vice President of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN). In 2014 Jeff worked with Steve Harvey on his New York Times Best Seller, Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success, and is the author of his own book, Everything I’m Not Made Me Everything I Am. This winter he will Host and Executive Produce MANCAVE, a late-night talk show targeting urban men airing on BET. Jeff is the honored husband of Jacqueline and the fortunate father of Madison, Myles, Malcolm and Baldwin.

Opening Remarks

Shellye Archambeau, Former CEO of MetricStream


Shellye Archambeau, the former CEO of MetricStream a Silicon Valley-based company that enables corporations to improve their risk management & business performance. With Shellye at the helm, MetricStream grew into a recognized global market leader in Governance, Risk and Compliance. And was recognized for growth and innovation over the years and was named in the top 10 of the “Deloitte Technology Fast 50” and named a global leader in GRC by leading independent analyst firms for the last 9 years.

Shellye has over 25 years of experience in technology leading organizations focused on business to business as well as business to consumer. Her accomplishments and impact led her to be recognized with many awards for leadership, influence and innovation including being named the second most influential African American in Technology by Business Insider in 2013 and awarded the Symons Innovator award by the National Women in IT organization in 2015. She currently serves on the boards of Verizon and Nordstrom.

Shellye has held many roles in her career, but her informal role of helping to advance minorities and women in Silicon Valley is one of her favorites.

Tech Innovation Award 

Morgan DeBaun, CEO of Blavity

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Blavity has become the top websites for Black millennials in the world reaching over 20M millennials a month, surpassing the digital traffic of many legacy black media brands. Since launching Blavity in 2014, the brand has quickly grown to be a strong voice for viral culture, social commentary and a platform for young creators to showcase their work. 

Morgan has been widely quoted as a millennials expert and media entrepreneur in top tier consumer and business publications like Forbes, Huffington Post, NPR, TechCrunch and many more. In addition to Blavity, Morgan consults with enterprises on how to reach low income black and brown communities specifically focusing on financial literacy and empowerment.


Community Champion Award

Joshua Johnson, Marshawn Lynch, Marcus Peters, Fam1st Family Foundation 

Fam 1st Family Foundation is dedicated to uplifting and empowering youth in the Bay Area and throughout the United States. The foundation’s mission is one of empowerment and education, aiming to build self-esteem and academic learning skills in underprivileged youth. The foundation plans to open a youth center in their native home of Oakland, CA . This center’s programming will include developing workshops for vulnerable communities to promote literacy, athletic training, after school tutoring, art programs, vocational training, a media center, and much more.

Fam 1st Family Foundation is led by NFL athletes, Joshua Johnson, Marshawn Lynch, and Marcus Peter, who have overcome a significant amount of adversity to become the men they are today.  Even before joining the NFL, they were passionate about giving back to the community and helping underprivileged youth succeed. They are ready to take those efforts to the next level by bridging athleticism with academia: their framework for serving at-risk youth across diverse populations. These men are dedicated to empowering and educating the next generation of leaders.




Impact Investor Award

Monique Woodard, Venture Partner


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Monique Woodard is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups, that focuses on investing in Black and Latino entrepreneurs. She is the co-founder of Black Founders — a national community of entrepreneurs whose mission is to increase the number of successful black entrepreneurs in tech. Previously, she was one of the first Innovation Fellows for the City of San Francisco and has helped cities use technology to innovate workforce and other civic services. She has more than 15 years of entrepreneur and operating experience in consumer, e-commerce, and civic tech. She likes art, fashion, and fly things.


Nonprofit of the Year Award


BUILD is the nation’s leading nonprofit that uses entrepreneurship-based experiential learning to prepare high school students from under-resourced communities for success in a 21st-century marketplace. Working in teams, BUILD students collaborate to launch and operate real businesses, a process that entails writing business plans, pitching to funders, marketing to customers, and learning to respond to setbacks and failures. BUILD students also explore potential career paths, track their academic progress, and apply to colleges with the support of community-based mentors. Our program model seamlessly embeds 21st-century and academic success skills into the engaging experience of being an entrepreneur. While entrepreneurship is a powerful hook, high school graduation and college acceptance, enrollment, and success are the ultimate goals. Since 2012, 96% of BUILD seniors have graduated on time, at a rate 32% higher than their peer group, and 84% of BUILD graduates enroll in college immediately after graduation, at a rate 58% higher than their peer group. In addition, 49% of BUILD alumni who enrolled in college have graduated from college on time, more than double the 24% national average of low income students. 



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Bernard Coleman, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Uber 


Wilson White, Director Public Policy & Government Relations, Google

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Dominique Hollins, Seller Diversity Ambassador, eBay

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 Jeannine Carter, Head of Diversity Engagement, Facebook

Entertainment & DJ

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PJ Morton

By the time GRAMMY® Award- and Dove® Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton moved back to his native New Orleans in 2016, he had built an unbelievable career. In addition to boasting collaborations with Adam Levine, Lil Wayne, and Busta Rhymes, his critically acclaimed 2013 offering, New Orleans, earned a 2014 GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best R&B Song” for “Only One” [feat. Stevie Wonder].

Pitchfork called it, “a smooth and soulful pop/R&B hybrid,” and the record dramatically expanded his influence. In addition to figuring prominently on Maroon 5’s multiplatinum Overexposed and V, Morton has written and produced for everybody from BJ The Chicago Kid, Jermaine Dupri, and Jazmine Sullivan to Monica and India.Arie, winning a GRAMMY® for collaborating with the latter in 2008. His music has also popped up in films such as Couples Retreat and more. Among many other accolades, he has received Dove® and Stellar® Awards, published his literary debut Why Can’t I Sing About Love? in 2009, and become music director for Solange following the release of her critically acclaimed opus A Seat At The Table. Relocating from Los Angeles, he returned home with a pronounced fire and hunger. It simmers throughout his 2017 solo album and first offering for his own Morton Records, Gumbo from the funkified grooves of “Claustrophobic” [feat. Pell] to the unifying and undeniable message of “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” [feat. BJ The Chicago Kid & The Hamiltones]. This is a new beginning for PJ and real soul.

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For over 15 years, DJ LP has provided party-goers with some of the most memorable experiences in the Bay. Known for his upbeat and versatile style, LP is completely focused on delivering an energetic performance for his audience. His deep knowledge and infectious passion for music have ensured he is the complete entertainment package. Whether he is spinning for top Fortune 500 companies or small private events, he gives you 100% and leaves the crowd wanting more.