B Inspired: The Full Story
How Brandon became the inspiration...
After losing a friend to gun violence in May of 2017, Brandon was forced into the spotlight early at the age of 17. Soon after his friend's death, Brandon founded his own nonprofit, We LIVE Incorporated. In the midst of two years, Brandon was awarded many state and national accolades. Now 19 years of age and a current Finance major at Ball State University, Brandon has most recently published his first ever book, B Inspired, ultimately enhancing his voice and spreading a much larger message. His message went from solely being about violence prevention to numerous subjects in which completely educates and inspires the world's next generation.
Through his educating and inspiring methods, Brandon uses his platform and previous experiences to be a positive inspiration to others. As an activist, author, and inspirationist, Brandon highlights the essentials young people need to B Smart, B Bold, B You, and to B Inspired. By being smart, bold, and himself, Brandon is truly an inspiration. From being at the center of Times Square to multiple speaking engagements, Brandon has been utilizing his high powered platform and voice to help encourage other young people to uniquely follow in his own path of inspiring others. Brandon believes in order to Become The Inspiration one must first B Inspired.
"Not everyone has to speak in front of thousands of people to be inspirational, but by being bold, smart, and yourself is inspirational in itself."
Led by Christ, Brandon has been blessed enough to have already influenced thousands of people at the age of 19 years old. Brandon dedicates all of his hard work and commitment to God, his loved ones, and his beloved friends who have since become his guardian angels. Brandon knows that without any of them, none of this would be possible. Ultimately, Brandon is most thankful to his Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, for bringing him thus far despite any adversity he's ever faced.
"Your trust in God will accommodate to the strength of your story after you have overcome the adversity of today."
Graduating high school, Brandon was set on playing college football at Eastern Kentucky University. After a sudden switch to Indiana State University, Brandon was led to believe his body was developing cancer, ultimately calling him away from the sport. After a hard first semester of school and trying to resolve his health, Brandon later discovered cancer was not in his destiny. He soon found himself hanging up his cleats and transferring to Ball State University.
Brandon is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, but relocated to Indianapolis at a young age. A little over 12 years after relocating, in 2018 Brandon would graduate from Warren Central High School, earning his academic honors diploma. Being considered the student leader of his school, Brandon was voted by his classmates "Most Likely to Become President" while also having the extreme opportunity on being his graduation's commencement speaker. After speaking in front of 10,000 plus people, 900 being his peers, Brandon was honored to have the opportunity to electrify the crowd. After graduation Brandon geared his focus towards attacking his next path of life, college.
Now a 19 year old Finance major at Ball State, Brandon uses his voice to help inspire the next generation of leaders. After most recently publishing his first ever memoir, B Inspired, Brandon travels and speaks at a variety of different places aside from school. Brandon considers himself to be truly humbled and blessed for the platform God has given him to inspire others.
A LIL' MORE ABOUT B
Brandon has been blessed to have previously been awarded...
2017 Regis F. Groff Youth Award (National Black Caucus of State Legislators)
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards State & National Winner (2018)
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards National Winner (2018)
High School Commencement Speaker (2018)
Indiana Black Expo's 2018 Indiana Classic Parade Grand Marshal
PeaceJam’s National Costa Rica Summit (featuring Nobel Prize Winners Laureates Oscar and Jody Williams
Recognized in ‘SONS, SEEING THE MODERN AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE’ NATIONAL Exhibit (2018)
Jefferson National Award Winner (2019)
Jefferson Local Award Winner (RTV6 ABC, 2018)
The President’s Volunteer Service Award (2018)
2017 Indiana Pacers Hoosiers Hero Award
LeBron James' Social Activist Acknowledgement (2018)
MTV Special Recognition during National School Walk-Out (3.14.2018)
I AM Sport Award Finalist (IndyStar, 2018)
The Principal’s Award (Warren Central HS, 2018)
Comcast Leaders & Achievers Award Winner (2018)
2018 Indianapolis State of the City Speaker
March For Our Lives Indianapolis Host
Purpose For My Pain Youth of the Year (2018)
Former Division I Football Player (Indiana State)
2019 Claim The Throne Today x Tomorrow Award
2019 Excellence in Advocating Against Youth Violence Award (National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.)