Kimberly C. Roberts Entertainment Reporter
In a fitting salute to Black Music Month, Philadelphia City Council will honor native sons Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman, collectively known as the history-making chart-toppers Boyz II Men, by renaming Broad Street between Christian and Carpenter streets “Boyz II Men Boulevard.”
In partnership with City Council, the Office of the City Representative and Welcome America, Inc., the dedication will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday outside of Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), where the members of Boyz II Men were students and their artistic dreams took shape.
KYW Newsradio 1060 recently reported that the resolution to rename the section of South Broad Street near CAPA, also known as the Avenue of the Arts, was introduced last month by Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, and passed unanimously on May 18.
“This is very fitting because we have several different theaters along the Avenue of the Arts,” Councilman Johnson said in the report.
Topping the Billboard charts with such crossover classics as “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You” “On Bended Knee,” “A Song for Mama” and “Motownphilly,” Boyz II Men is the best-selling R&B group of all time with 64 million albums sold. The group has earned four Grammy Awards, nine American Music Awards, nine Soul Train Awards, three Billboard Awards and a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. They have also been recognized by their hometown with a 1996 induction onto the Philadelphia Music Alliance’s prestigious Walk of Fame, located on South Broad Street in front of the Academy of Music and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
The street dedication ceremony is a preview of Wawa Welcome America. Welcome America’s theme for this year is “Everyone is a History Maker,” and Boyz II Men will be honored as local history-makers for their achievements in music and philanthropy during the “Celebration of Freedom Ceremony” at Independence Hall on July 4 at 10 a.m. They will also make an appearance during the annual and highly anticipated concert and fireworks on the Parkway at 7 p.m., featuring headliner Mary J. Blige.
Boyz II Men are performing at the “Total Package Tour” along with New Kids on the Block and Paula Abdul at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.