LIAACC’S newly appointed Health Care Chairman and Utica Native Kevin Byrd set...

LIAACC’S newly appointed Health Care Chairman and Utica Native Kevin Byrd set to appear of WABC’S Here and Now Sunday, October 1, 2017



New York, New York –  LIAACC’S (Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce) newly appointed Health Care Chairman and Utica Native Kevin Byrd set to appear of WABC’S Here and Now Sunday, October 1, 2017 12:00 Noon. WABC Here and Now is a weekly one hour program, airing on Channel 7, that’s dedicated to covering the issues and interests of the African-American community in the New York tri-state area.

Continuing in the legacy of Like It Is and the illustrious career of Gil Noble and hosted by an Eyewitness News talent, this program focuses on the latest news stories that are impacting the black community. The show offers a new platform for leaders and experts to voice their opinions, concerns and plans. Here and Now takes an in-depth look at both national and local stories of interest.

The show’s mission is to broadcast stories, at length, that are both important and interesting to the black population.  In addition to recent news stories, affecting the black community, the show includes a variety of ongoing discussions including; the economy, education and the latest health issues. Experts along with other guests, appear on the program to share information and provide their personal stories.

Sandra Bookman – Host of Here and Now

“I am honored to be guest on WABC’s Here and Now in conjunction with the work we are doing at the BrownByrd Foundation and the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. impacting the health care disparities that currently plague our communities.  The BrownByrd Foundation special feature on Here and Now provides our foundation another unique opportunity to fulfill our mission.”  Kevin Byrd, Founder Brown Byrd Foundation.

After initial air date of program WABC Here and Now interview will be available at the following link:

About: KEVIN BYRD, 36, is a God Fearing, Multiple Award Winning Entertainer and Global Prostate Cancer Health Advocate, who’s celebrating his 25th year in entertainment.  Since 1989, Byrd stands at the threshold of superstardom.  Kevin Byrd, is a Prostate Cancer Health Advocate and CEO of his own non-for- profit foundation called the BrownByrd Foundation, located on 30 Wall Street, Manhattan, New York.  On November 7, 2011, Kevin Byrd was appointed as the new and youngest Health & Wellness Chairman on behalf the 100 Black Men of Long Island. Kevin Byrd is also the youngest male prostate cancer health advocate in the United States. Kevin was inspired to start the foundation at the age of 23 when his grandfather, C. J Thomas, died of Prostate Cancer.

Media Accomplishments Kevin Byrd’s work has received National and International Media attention in over one hundred publications circulating to thousands of people worldwide such as Epoch International Times, Special Media Placement, Newsday, Amsterdam Newspaper, Vibe Magazine, IFlow Magazine, King Magazine,, Hush Magazine, Rolling Out, Urban Buzz Magazine, Parle Magazine, New York Beacon, Caribbean Life, New York Times, Hempstead Times, Blackstar News and BET.

The Utica City Common Council Legislation passed a Law/Resolution and designated an Honorary Street in Kevin Byrd’s honor called the BROWN/BYRD LANE on Tuesday June 5, 2012 in Utica, New York.  It was televised live to over 100,000 Utica citizens. Kevin Byrd, is the youngest African American male to have an Honorary Street in New York State.

Niagara Falls illuminated it’s waterfall in blue on February 2, 2013 , 2015, 2016 and 2017  honoring the Brown Byrd Prostate Cancer Observance Day established by Kevin Byrd. 

On February 2, 2012 , Kevin Byrd’s work was honored and entered into the Congressional Record (Library of Congress) for Black History Month by the House of Representatives Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, and recognized his annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Observance Day globally. Kevin Byrd has been honored by over 100 International Mayors, Government officials across the world, Nancy Pelosi, the United States President Barack Obama and even Queen Elizabeth of Buckingham Palace.  He has earned more than 150 proclamation awards, the city state highest awards. Kevin Byrd’s home town in Utica, New York, designated a KEVIN BYRD’S DAY that’s honored every year on October 1st and a KEVIN BYRD’S DAY was declared in DeKalb County, Georgia on November 2nd.

Kevin Byrd is nationally known for his portrayal as Lieutenant John R. Fox in the 2006 History/HBO movie “Honor Deferred” produced by Al Roker, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac. Lieutenant John R. Fox, a World War II hero, who killed 100 German soldiers in the War, died in action, and was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor five decades after his heroic acts by President Clinton. The documentary picked up an Emmy/NAMIC Vision Award Nomination and garnered great reviews. The likeness of Lieutenant John R. Fox was transformed into a G.I Joe Action Figure by Hasbro the summer of 2008.

In July 2008, Kevin Byrd starred in the Hit Bollywood Movie premiered on the big screen in India and selected city states in America by Award Winning movie producer/director Manan Kathora called “When Kiran Meets Karen” and Byrd was the only African American Male Actor who starred in the movie, which garnered great national media reviews.

In addition, Kevin Byrd starred as the Cover Model for the Best Selling Paperback Novel “Things In Between” by Nathanial Portis distributed in book stores nationwide including Barnes and Nobles and sold over 100,000 copies World Wide.

Byrd wrote and starred in his own One Man Show called “RELEASE” and DVD Recording of the show was released on April 15, 2012 at the Legendary Nuyorian Poets Cafe Hosted by BET Comic View’s Comedian Ardie Fuqua. The show depicts the six stages of development of men from the ages of 18 to 65 years old.

BLACKSTAR NEWS, states, “Kevin Byrd gives an Oscar Award Worthy Performance of “RELEASE– A MUST SEE SHOW.”

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Phil Andrews is the current President of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (LIAACC) and President-Emeritus of Black Public Relations Society-New York. He is also the Past President of the 100 Black Men of Long Island having served two terms as President. The 100 Black Men of LI was founded in 1974 and is the second oldest chapter of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. "The 100" serves as an international coalition focused on creating educational opportunities, promoting economic empowerment, addressing health disparities and creating positive mentoring relationships. As founder of of P.A. Public Relations Company, Phil has been afforded the privilege to serve as Public Relations Director for a myriad of companies, community initiatives and professional organizations. Andrews' business acumen is often sought after by organizations that host major events, benefits and fundraisers. Mr. Andrews’s current leadership at the Long Island African American Chamber is spearheading LIAACC to become the largest African American Chamber of Commerce in New York State. The chamber currently serves the four counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Kings.