FOUNDER, DOPE BLACK DADS

Q&A WITH LOVIE JUDGE MARVYN HARRISON

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Marvyn Harrison is the Founder of Dope Black Dads, a digital safe space for fathers who wish to discuss their experiences of being black, a parent and masculinity in the modern world. Their aim is to celebrate, heal, inspire and educate black fathers for better outcomes for black families.

Learn more about Marvyn and his inspiring work in our latest feature.

Marvyn Harrison is an inspirational community leader and businessman who is able to deliver business goals and vision using sound strategy, communication, and people management. Respected as a credible source of knowledge of community and Cultural strategy, Marvyn is able to drive cultural change and deliver tangible results across business, projects, and campaigns.

His leadership experience as the founder and driving force behind Dope Black CIC, an educational and healing platform designed to improve the outcomes of black people, has seen him become the voice of the Black community across the UK, US, and African continent.

For those who are unfamiliar, can you tell us a bit about yourself and the work that you do?

I am a strategist/problem solver by trade and that has taken me on a fortunate and blessed journey centred on helping people and improving the environment we all live in. I founded a community group called @DopeBlackDads, which formed an award winning podcast, a children and adults book and more recently radio and TV work. In 2021 I launched a DEI agency with educator and trainer Jess Mally which helps us transforms company culture by centring a philosophy created by Martin Luther and Coretta Luther King. This sounds like lots of things but it all adds up to what I believe in and helping people.

 

What expertise are you bringing as a judge for The Lovie Awards?

I think my experience in advertising, creative and design through the lens of a father, black man and a working class background gives me a perspective when added up to all the other things I do I hope I can shine a line on things from a new perspective.

 

What are you most looking forward to about reviewing this year’s Lovie Awards entries?

Quality – I am a big fan of talent and sometimes it gets lost in the conversation and you need to be good at what you do as a foundational reference point to your work.

 

What piece of creative work on the Internet has recently inspired you, and why? (A campaign, experience, film, social series, etc.)

There is a play called Samskara by Lanre Malaolu and the trailer made me so emotional. I really understood him and his world view and it felt amazing.

 

What emerging trend or technology are you most excited about in your field of work?

It’s hard to look past Blockchain and I am passionate about looking into how it can be used to create healthy, empowered and sustainable communities.

 

 

The chance to get your work in front of Marvyn is NOW! Enter before the Extended Entry Deadline on 5th August here.

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