WASHINGTON, June 13, 2018 – FraserNet, Inc. recently announced that Orrin C. Hudson, CEO of Be Someone Inc., (http://www.besomeone.org/) will be a recipient of the Black, Cool and Brilliant Award at this year’s 2018 PowerNetworking Conference (PNC). The award is given to Black innovators, intellectuals and entrepreneurs who exemplify excellence and who have uniquely expanded the cultural and financial playing field for the Black community. The annual conference held by FraserNet is the largest such conference in the world for Black executives, business professionals and entrepreneurs.
Orrin Hudson’s mission at BeSomone.org has always been about children, and his focus at this year’s PNC event is no different. Hudson plans to address attendees — magnates from the Black business community — on the importance of investing in young people to guarantee economic success. Preparing the next generation of African American business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders has always been the hallmark of Hudson’s passionate charity work at Be Someone, Inc.
“We are losing too many of our youth to a culture of ‘follow,’ instead of lead. As a result, at-risk youth tend to walk with chumps instead of discovering the champ they have inside,” Hudson said.
Growing up an inner-city youth in Birmingham, Alabama, Hudson gained an inside perspective on the population he seeks to uplift. Walking his own youthful path of personal destruction with petty crime, gangs and drugs nearly drove Hudson to ruin, until a chance encounter with a compassionate teacher changed everything. James Edge used the game of chess to help Hudson rearrange his life goals, teaching critical foundational principles such as personal accountability, thinking ahead and out-thinking opponents.
Stepping up and out of the inner city, Hudson studied chess and became the first African American to win the Birmingham chess championship. He later went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force as well as an Alabama State Trooper. Upon hearing of a tragic and senseless robbery perpetrated by Black youth in New York City, Hudson decided to help — as he himself had once been helped — and founded a non-profit organization.
“In 2001, I founded Be Someone Inc., to use the game of chess as a way to teach young people how to tap the potential they hold inside,” Hudson said.
Seventeen years later, Hudson and his organization have touched more than 60,000 young people through his chess boards. Hudson teaches, “Brains Before Bullets,” and “Heads Up, Pants Up, Grades Up, Never Give Up!” in continued service to disadvantaged youth.