Offers Up His Own Life as Testament to How Much African Americans Have Achieved
Multitalented radio personality and voiceover artist Cayman Kelly has already achieved a series of important milestones in his life and career as an African American artist. As a role model, Cayman has the distinction of being the first Black voiceover artist to serve as the imaging voice of ESPN's Radio Network, and the first African American imaging voice of any sports radio network in America. But though Cayman's journey was not an easy one, he continues to point to his own achievements as a reminder for the younger Black generations behind him: America is still a land of possibility and hope – a place where dreams can and do come true.
Cayman Kelly: African-American Artist and Icon
In addition to becoming the first African American to voice the intros to all Monday Night Football Games, Cayman highlighted some other important signs of the changing landscape of American radio and sports in general. This year, the NFL added the singing of "Lift Every Voice," a Black National Anthem, and had the first all-Black officiating crew in history, naming Booger McFarland the first African American analyst in a number one booth since OJ Simpson left in 1985.
When asked about his life journey, Cayman said: "It was a decade ago that I was chosen as the network voice for Bounce TV – founded by iconic figures in Black History, Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King III. It's the first African American television broadcast network ever. That was so huge for me. It's a profound legacy that I am keenly aware of now. But you know, when those major events first happen, we don't always stop and appreciate them enough. Or say, 'Well look, I'm making history here.' That's just not how it works for most Black folks in America. These are usually plateau moments in an ongoing struggle for us. Oftentimes we barely have a moment to pause, take a breath, and realize what we've accomplished until later – because we're too busy accomplishing it."
About Cayman Kelly: The National Voice of ESPN and Monday Night Football
Cayman Kelly is a multimedia professional, host, actor, author, radio personality and leading voice-over artist known for his smooth and contemporary prime-time sound. Kelly began his promising career as a voice-over artist for the BET, and has since created a wide variety of materials for television promos, including TV Land, TV One, Cartoon Network, Bounce and others. His catalog of hosted events and voice-overs is long and distinguished, including multiple major music festivals like Essence, Capital Jazz, St. Kitts, Bermuda, and U Street; a voice performance for "Grand Theft Auto V"; album-release parties for India Aria, Jennifer Hudson, Bobby Brown, Patti Labelle and Alicia Keys; and interviews with Jamie Foxx, Mo'Nique, Janet Jackson, and Mary J. Blige.
Kelly is also the imaging voice for multiple radio stations, including POWER 105.1 in New York, hosting the "The Breakfast Club," and a popular national show on SiriusXM's Heart & Soul. Recently, Kelly was chosen as the new voice for ESPN and NFL Monday Night Football – the first African American to achieve that position. Learn more about his life and work at: www.CaymanKelly.com.
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