Team

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Leroy Bean

Co-Founder

Leroy Bean is a spoken word poet, published author, and co-founder of Underdog Academy and Baldwin Cafe from Dayton, OH. Leroy is an artist activist who uses his gift to speak reality and truth about racially charged, social, and political issues as well as provide spaces for marginalized communities of color. He strives to spark healing and introspective dialogue for those that come in contact with his words. He believes communication is key and nothing is more important than peace.

Email me: LeroyDBean@gmail.com

Mariah Johnson

Co-Founder

Mariah Johnson is a Cultural Organizer for the Ohio Student Association/The Midwest Culture Lab.  She received her Bachelors of Science in Organizational Leadership with a focus in Youth & Community Engagement from the College of Education & Human Services at Wright State University.  She is also a singer, songwriter, poet, and music producer.  Mariah is an artist activist who helps co-create the world we all deserve through art, culture, healing, and education. 

Email me: MariahJ94@gmail.com

Dave Scott

Graphic Designer

BORN FEBRUARY 24, 1994, DAVE SCOTT WAS BORN AND RAISED IN DAYTON/TROTWOOD OHIO. FROM THE START DAVE HAD A NAC FOR EXPRESSING HIS ARTISTIC ABILITIES. HE STARTING OFF USING WHATEVER HE COULD FIND TO BRING TO FRUITION THE VISION IN HIS HEAD. TAKING INSPIRATION FROM MICHAELANGELO AND LEONARDO DIVINCI, DAVE WANTED TO STRIVE TO BE ORIGINAL AND INVENTIVE LIKE THE MASTERS OF THE PAST.

Email me: OgTeddy24@gmail.com

Dionté Allen

Event Coordinator


Dionté Allen, is a Dayton Native & graduate of Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelors Degree in Urban & Regional Planning. As a promotional content developer, Dionte’ likes to influence communication & engagement between cross cultural audiences through humor. He is most grateful for the ability to create. He values the influence dialogue has to shift the atmosphere of a room. 

Email me: Dionte.Allen1@gmail.com

Victor Pate Sr

Event Coordinator

Victor Pate Sr (aka Ancient Won) is a Pan-Africanist Community Activist who has been directly involved in socio-political, economic and cultural issues for over 34 years. He is an autodidact and he has a Associate’s of Science Mathematics degree. He’s a father/grandfather. He owns Bloodline and Fine Wine Entertainment LLC which is invested in African-american art and live performances. He’s been a performing artist for 44+ years (Guitar/Synth).
He possesses a personal library that consists of 400+ books. His personal mantra, “What’s Your Source?” suggests that no statement should be presented without backing evidence and research.

Email me: VexxxDream@aol.com

Reginald Henderson

Event Coordinator

Reginald Henderson is an innovator with a passion for Economic and Community development. He has committed himself to serving Dayton, his hometown, by actively engaging with diverse groups to build relationships and share creative perspectives. Reginald lives by the idea of “elevation” which denotes the need for continuous improvement and collaboration to produce greater outcomes.

Email me: Reginald_Henderson@outlook.com

Vanae Pate

Event Coordinator

Vanae (Iesha) Pate is a Dayton native with her artistic crafts in the performing arts;dance, theatre and song. She has had the pleasure to perform throughout the city of Dayton with companies such as Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company, R.U.D.E and Dare to Defy just to name a few.  Along with the her love to entertain, she also has a drive for change and education. During her early years of performing and teaching dance, she found her “groove” in reading and love for  Black and African history and literature. It is no wonder how her path has led her to being apart of The Baldwin Cafe family. She feels it is in her blood to work for and with her community. She gives much praise to her parents who pushed her and her siblings to know who they are beyond music and entertainment, along with her ancestors, who have left a strong line of driven energetic little black kids that have grown into strong standing women and men of this country. Vanae mentions her Nana(Sylvia Pate) as a reminder that she was made for this. As Baldwin Cafe continues to grow Vanae will continue to do her part and spread the light of knowledge and self worth throughout the black community and help bridge the gaps surrounding. 

Email me: Vanae.Wright@gmail.com

Kyle Flemings

Event Coordinator

Kyle “Atlas” Flemings is an armed forces veteran, educator, spoken word artist, and author. He has been invested and vocal about issues regarding those who are placed in the margins of society, specifically black boys. He recently graduated from Miami University with his Masters in Creative Writing and Creative Pedagogy.  He believes in the transformative power of the creative arts and using education as a tool to find/create agency in the world. He is currently working on a his second book entitled “The Token Project” and his first play. He lives by the quote from Audre Lorde “if I didnt define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other peoples fantasies for me and eaten alive”

Email me: Flemings.Kyle1@gmail.com