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Kings Konnection searching for their next Mr. Tennessee


Kings Konnection announces the state-wide search for the next Mr. Tennessee.

D'Errico Wylie

D'Errico Wylie

Nashville – Kings Konnection, a national male competition system, has begun the state-wide search for the next Mr. Tennessee. The Competition, that is set to take place January 31, 2010 at Tennessee State University’s Humanities Building, will promote scholarships for education or to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors. The winner will receive $1,500 along with other prizes and trophies.

The idea of the Mr. Tennessee Competition was created to advance educational and professional opportunities for men within the state of Tennessee and will provide scholarships allowing the participants to achieve their educational, career and personal goals. The competition is open for men aged 18-27 of all races, ethnicities, religious affiliations and origins.

The current Mr. Tennessee 2007-2008, D’Errico Wylie, has spent the past year traveling across the state of Tennessee promoting his platform, “Empowering Youth Through Exposure,” which he has created a mentorship program that is based within the metro school system and after-care programs such as the YMCA and the Boy’s and Girl’s Club. As Wylie’s reign comes to an end, he is taking part in the search for the next Mr. Tennessee and states, “this year has been extremely fulfilling. Being able to create a program that benefits my community as well as continuing my education as a PhD candidate has been challenging, yet rewarding. I will be aiding the committee in recruiting males that I know are up for the task of becoming the next King for the state of Tennessee.”

“The Mr. Tennessee Competition sets out to accomplish two major goals; showing the community positive male role models, and providing a platform that will aid the King in making a difference,” states Dwight Pope, Executive Director of Kings Konnection. “The title of Mr. Tennessee comes with several responsibilities in the community; speaking out as a State representative and encouraging their younger counterparts to take a stand within the community. We are looking for those males in the community that will step forward and follow the big footsteps set forth by our current Mr. Tennessee.”

Candidates will submit a 5 x 7 color or black and white photograph (non-returnable), a completed official entry form, and a one-page typed essay indicating “Why you feel you should be considered as a contestant for the Mr. Tennessee Competition”. The essay should also include the candidate’s personal accomplishments and ambitions, and it should describe past or current community service involvements.

Entries should be sent c/o Mr. Tennessee Competition, P.O. Box 331174, Nashville, TN 37203. Entries must be received no later than Friday, January 22, 2010 to be eligible for consideration.

For more information on eligibility, judging requirements, prizes, or applying visit or email .

Interviews and photos of the current King are available.


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