Lexington beautillion celebrates excellence for young black men

On Saturday night Lexington Center was the scene for a beautillion, a rite-of-passage celebration in which 39 young black men or “beaus” were introduced to the community. The event was the fourth organized by Black Males Working or BMW, a privately funded program that promotes excellence in African-American youths. Beautillions are more common in the South, but more are popping up across the country to counter negative images of black youths trapped in unemployment, violence and unintended fatherhood.

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He makes a living painting sneakers

Billy Hobbs, owner of True Blue Customs, works full-time painting sneakers. His clients range from professional basketball, football and baseball players to kids who just want a cool pair of kicks.
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He makes a living painting sneakers 3:05

He makes a living painting sneakers

Fans welcome home UK basketball team 1:25

Fans welcome home UK basketball team

Small crowd greets UK players upon arrival at dorms 0:50

Small crowd greets UK players upon arrival at dorms

Dominique Hawkins: End of my career, but I have a bright future 0:52

Dominique Hawkins: End of my career, but I have a bright future