BJ Thompson was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He and his beautiful wife, Vanja, have been married for 14 years and have three children. He has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree from Union University. BJ is one of the founding members of the Unashamed Movement and co-founded the non-profit Build a Better Us. Currently, he lives in Atlanta, Georgia and works with The Navigators at the Atlanta University Center.


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Kareem Manuel was born in NYC but grew up on the South side of Chicago, IL. Kareem and his wife Ashley have been married for 8 years and have two children. Kareem’s passions lie in creative development and discipleship of artists. Kareem has served in leadership with Legacy Church in Chicago and as the CEO of CTZN Music. Kareem is an associate director of the Atlanta University Center for The Navigators.


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