2015 FACE List Honorees
Boris and Nicole Kodjoe
Celebrated actors and power couple Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker are exemplary global ambassadors who continue to inspire and pave the way for many young people of African descent. In both their successful acting careers and sacrificial philanthropic work, they have embodied the spirit and magnificence of Africa.
The couple founded Sophie’s Voice Foundation (SVF) in 2008 in honor of their daughter Sophie who was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth. By dedicating themselves to a healthful lifestyle, they found ways to address not only their daughter’s mental, physical, and medical needs but also the needs of their entire family. Boris and Nicole have committed their resources and celebrity to educating multicultural communities worldwide on the importance of families working together to build healthful lifestyles, one day at a time.
In December 2011, SVF established The Center for Spina Bifida Research, Prevention, and Policy (CSB) at Emory University in Atlanta. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory School of Medicine, and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory are also founding partners for this center, which seeks to provide national and international leadership in health care for individuals with spina bifida.
CSB initiatives include the total global prevention of folic acid-preventable spina bifida and the transition for children from pediatric health care into accessible adult health care. Nicole and Boris are extremely excited and motivated to be a voice for those unheard, and to provide education about prevention and a possible cure for this preventable birth defect.
They have dedicated their time, influence, and financial means to such valuable aims as supporting global health and wellness initiatives in multicultural communities. The couple will be launching a new talk show this summer on FOX TV.