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Carlton Mackey is the Creator of BLACK MEN SMILE®, a viral social media platform and empowerment movement for Black men to "celebrate the way we see ourselves".  He is also the creator BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE® and its 3 other signature projects including 50 Shades of Black.  

Mackey is an artist and scholar.  He is the Director of the Ethics & the Arts Program and Associate Director of the Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL) Program at the Emory University Center for Ethics.  He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies. Mackey is also a Teaching Artist at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA.

Mackey’s work blends his unique combination of social consciousness, creativity, scholarship, and social connection to create powerful inner impressions that invite new discovery and personal transformation.

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TV One Carlton Mackey Black Men Smile
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