MEET ANTOINE CAREY

Ex-inmate turned barber uses his story to guide Fredericksburg-area youth in right direction

By ADELE UPHAUS–CONNER THE FREE LANCE–STAR

Mar 19, 2019

 

FORMER INMATE VISITS PRISON TO INSPIRE OTHERS
Barber program gives former inmates a chance on the outside
By KRISTIN DAVIS THE FREE LANCE–STAR  Oct 1, 2016

Editorial: Former inmate now a source of inspiration
BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD STAFF OF THE FREE LANCE-STAR Oct 7, 2016

Antoine Carey is a Fredericksburg area entrepreneur and public speaker who was once in prison. Carey decided not to let recidivism be his story or define him; even studying in the law library in prison enough to get several years removed from his sentence. He owns his own barber shop and has given back to the community via free haircuts for several years. Carey feels it his moral obligation and is a driving force to illuminate the good in the youth of his community. Carey has also partnered with many other local organizations to fight recidivism and help youth break the inter-generational cycle. He also works closely with both the Thurman Brisben center and Micah Ministries to provide haircuts for children and adults alike who cannot afford them to help the homeless population as they try to gain employment. FailSafe – Era and The Teen Enrichment Network are a few of the other organizations Carey works closely with in order to give back to and influence the community. 

CV:

  • Received barber’s license from the Commonwealth of Virginia – November 18, 2014

  • Founded Faded & Co. L.L.C. – September 3, 2015 (Opened current location in 2016)

  • Guest speaker at Haynesville Correctional Center Barbering Program - September 29, 2016

  • First company news feature in The Free-Lance Star – October 2, 2016

  • Second company news feature in May/June 2017 issue of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Magazine in recognition of community service work giving children free haircuts

  • Guest Speaker at Northern Neck Reentry Summit alongside Virginia Department of Corrections Director, Harold Clarke – October 12, 2017

  • Launched company website: www.fadedandcompany.com – December 21, 2017

  • Opened online store on the website – January 18, 2018

  • Guest Speaker in conjunction with the Teen Enrichment Network at Spotsylvania High School – March 16, 2018

  • Guest Speaker on panel at “Kinks and Curls in the Corporate World: Maintaining Natural Hair in a Professional Environment” hosted by the Virginia Union University Association of Black Journalists (VUUABJ) – April 17, 2018

  • Hosted table at Planning District 16 Re-Entry Council’s first workshop, job, and resource fair – April 20, 2018

  • Faded & Co.’s first annual Fade Into Summer: Community Day of Service – June 24, 2018

  • Guest Speaker in conjunction with the Teen Enrichment Network at Massaponax High School – September 1, 2018

  • Guest Speaker in partnership with FailSafe – Era to the Community Foundation Youth in Philanthropy – September 24, 2018

  • Guest Speaker at the Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Expo – October 6, 2018

  • Guest Speaker at Spotsylvania High School – October 18, 2018

  • Guest Speaker at Essex High School – October 26, 2018

  • Guest Teacher at James Monroe High School Cosmetology Class – November 5, 2018

  • Hosted table at Massaponax High School Alumni Job Fair – November 12, 2018

  • Guest Speaker at Riverbend High School – November 28, 2018

  • Guest Speaker at Rappahannock Juvenile Detention Center – December 13, 2018

  • Premiere of the Documentary Fade In Full: the Story of Antoine Carey – February 24, 2019

  • Third company news feature in Returning Citizens Magazine – May 2019

  • Screening of Fade In Full followed by discussion at Fredericksburg Department of Social Services to at risk youth in the community – May 13, 2019

  • Guest Speaker for the Graduation Address to St. Bride’s Correctional Center Spring Graduation Class of 2019 – May 23, 2019

  • Awarded Business Appreciation certificate by The City of Fredericksburg Economic Development and Tourism and City Mayor – May 28, 2019

  • VIP Guest Speaker for Networking PM and Slip and Dream LLC Event – May 29, 2019

  • Fourth news feature in the Rappahannock Times Dispatch – June 4, 2019

  • Guest Speaker at Essex High School Class of 2019 Baccalaureate Ceremony – June 7, 2019

  • Faded & Co.’s Second Annual Fade Into Summer: Community Day of Service – June 23, 2019

  • Certified as a Professional Credential Services' Practical State Board Examiner

  • Established Faded & Co. Barber Academy - June 27, 2019

  • Guest speaker at Men of Valor "Rites of Passage" Program - July 1, 2019

  • Guest speaker at Virginia Rules Camp sponsored by the Office of the Attorney General - August 29, 2019

  • Faded & Co. Free Back to School Haircuts and Supplies Giveaway - September 3, 2019

  • Rappahannock Times Dispatch news article feature - September 16, 2019

  • Established Faded & Co. Barber Academy - October 29, 2019

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