Emory University lecturer and author Nathan McCall was among a host of  award recipients  who were honored for “their achievements and for utilizing their reach and resources to edify those whose lives they touch,” says Munson Steed, CEO/Publisher rolling out magazine, at the Men of Power and Influence Awards sponsored by Ford.

McCall penned the acclaimed Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America, an autobiography that recalled a menagerie of emotions – suffering and outrage – while underscoring a determination to rise above a past that was the prescription for self-destruction. On his journey from a troubled youth, to convicted armed robber, to professional Journalist at the Washington Post, McCall became a highly respected author. The honest and raw autobiography became a New York Times national bestseller and won the Blackboard Book of the Year Award in 1995. Touted as a “mesmerizing storyteller,” McCall serves as a senior lecturer in the African American Studies Department at Emory University, is commonly found lecturing at universities, high schools and community service organizations, addressing a range of topics, from black-on-black violence, to politics and race relations in America.

Supermodel Tyson Beckford and TV personality and author Toya Wright co-hosted the event celebrating this diverse group of industry leaders which was held at the Twelve Ballroom at Atlantic Station in Atlanta on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012.