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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Just a few of his favorite shoes

Dalton Christopher started 859approved as a connection point for Central Kentuckians who love sneakers. But he said his larger goal is to use the social media group, which now has more than 11,000 members on Facebook, to strengthen the community. Hear Christopher talk about some of his favorite sneakers, and what makes them so special.
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Just a few of his favorite shoes 1:06

Just a few of his favorite shoes

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