Kendall Moore, a BUFI ember

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Kendall Moore has had his share recently of accolades for his mentoring and service to the community. He was honored in April as a 2012 Hero in the Hood and Saturday he’ll be a Black United Fund of Illinois ember.

Moore is one of nine ‘Embers’ to receive the ‘Torch’ as BUFI celebrates the Year of the Man Sept. 29 at the Parkway Ballroom.

The community advocate and radio host on WVON-AM/1690 of The Kendall Moore Show tells you every Friday that “Friday nights will never be the same.”

He’s right.

Moore brigs listeners an array of guests from community activists, comedians, politicians, and more while educating the next generation.

It was after working on their program that he decided he wanted to make the shift from his previous DJ’ing background to more talk-centered shows. “I started inquiring about talk radio stations in the city of Chicago to be attached to,” he said. “WVON is the epitome of just having complete autonomy, creativity. It is grass roots when it comes to information that needs to be conveyed that is unadulterated and unsaturated,” he said.

His marries activism with pop culture and to say it’s thought-provoking is an understatement.

“I’m not afraid to tell it like it is. I’m not afraid to say what so many wish they could say. We all must be held accountable –– politicians, mothers, fathers, you name it. I’m not afraid to call you out,” said Moore.

Moore, often mentors and volunteers in area high schools, and emphasize the importance of HIV/AIDS prevention and testing.

“Our community, especially the younger generation, must know about their health statuses. Sometimes we’re afraid to go get checked out until it’s too late. I try to help educate so they can be ahead of the game,” he said.

The Kendall Moore Show can be heard Fridays from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.