The Boyz II Men Breakdown of Broad Street Naming – Plus Welcome America Highlights
Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day for the dedication of the Boyz II Men Blvd on Broad Street. Now the section of the street renamed doesn’t affect folks address who live or do business along that section, as I read on Philly.com comments. People who lived on the street were panicking for those that did live on the street, or possibly had too much time on their hands. This is an honorable mention for the boyz from Philly who made it big time.
The members of R&B’s legendary Boyz II Men were honored Saturday June 24, 2017 at their alma mater, Philadelphia High School for the Creative & Performing Arts on Broad Street in South Philly (although when the guys attended the school was located on 17th Street), when the City named a section of the street after them from Christian and Carpenter — Boyz II Men Boulevard. Boyz II Men consisted of 4 guys from Philadelphia (Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman) who went on superstars with songs like “End of the Road”, “Motown Philly” and “I’ll Make Love to You” .
When I arrived for the 11AM ceremony, the honorees were inside the Philadelphia High School for the Creative & Performing Arts on Broad Street doing print press, as well as posing for photos while enjoying Tastykakes and other Philly delights. Back story: The Boyz met at the school, but not this school. At the time they went to school it was located on 17th Street. First out the door was Nicole Cashman, CEO of Cashman & Assoc. Melanie Sole, who handles the Welcome America press, and behind her in the blue shirt is Welcome America President and CEO Jeff Guaracino, who’s team produces July 4th in Philadelphia – Wawa Welcome America
Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Michael McCary, and Nathan Morris met during the 1980s while attending the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. A few years back Michael McCary left the group, but Shawn Stockman honored him by wearing an original Boyz II Men shirt.
Lots of family members of the boys came out to support them
Geoff Gordon, Regional President of Live Nation spoke of the contributions the band made to the music industry. Then he mentioned Live Nation is opening the Met on North Broad, and basically booked the Boyz for opening night.
Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman with City Rep Sheila Hess
Boyz II Men points to the new street sign on Broad Street