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International Men’s Day | Top 5 Most Influential Men of 2019

Men who made a difference in 2019

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Is there an International Men’s Day? Yes, there is. When is it? It’s on the 19th of November. Do we really need one, isn’t every day an IMD? No, every day is not International Men’s Day.

These questions are a product of lack of awareness by some people who would question the need but I think we should focus on the positive of it all. It’s not every day that we take part in conversations about manhood, masculinity, men’s achievements and men’s issues that is inclusive of a wide range of viewpoints and celebrate men and boys in all their diversity.

How do we celebrate International Men’s Day?

The aim of International Men’s Day is to celebrate positive male role models and to raise awareness of men’s issues.

I’d like to celebrate International Men’s Day by paying tribute to the top 5 influential male figures of 2019. Men who made a difference. This is just an opinion of mine!

Marlon James 

My first pick for the International Men’s Day 2019 is Marlon James. He is the author of A Brief History of Seven Killings. The Novel announces its ambitious playfulness in its title. It’s long, it’s high-octane fiction and contains not seven but many hundreds of killings, circling around the attempted assassination of Bob Marley. It won the Man Booker Prize and turned Marlon into one of the most important voices of his literary generation.

Massimo Bottura

My second pick for International Men’s day is Bottura, who is an Italian restaurateur and the chef patron of Osteria Francescana.

He and his wife Lara Gilmore founded Food for Soul, a non-profit organization conceived to build culture as a way of empowering communities and advocating for healthy and equitable food systems. Its concept was to reinterpret the church refectory, where monks used to gather around long communal tables to have their meals and turn it into a welcoming dining hall where the city’s most vulnerable population could find a moment of restoration. Every day, guests were served a three-course menu prepared using the underutilized produce from the Expo’s pavilions that would have otherwise been thrown away. The first Refettorio was born.

Hasan Minhaj

My next pick for IMD 2019 is Indian-American Muslim Hasan Minhaj. comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. Best known for his Netflix show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, he has won two Peabody Awards and two Webby Awards. In April 2019, he was listed among TIMEs 100 most influential people in the world for Patriotic Act.

Richard Tyler Blevins

Number 4 on my International Men’s Day tribute is Richard Tyler Blevins (NINJA). He is an American streamer, YouTuber, professional gamer, and Internet personality. As of July 2019, he is the most followed streamer on Twitch.tv with over fourteen million followers and an average of over 50,000 viewers per week.  Ninja was huge in building up the credibility of e-sports. At the end of the day, Ninja is an absolute legend.

Sheperd S. Doeleman

Last, but not least, Doelman is my number 5 International Men’s Day. The Harvard astronomer and his team linked radio telescopes around the world to make a single “telescope”. That telescope spanned the Earth, allowing them (and us) to see, for the first time, a ring of light surrounding a black hole 55 million light-years away. In a triumph of technology, ingenuity, and perseverance, we can, at last, see a black hole. Hence, this gives us the promise of further insights into the future.

It takes all kinds of men to make the world. Happy International Men’s Day to all the amazing men who are making a difference.

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