|Born||July 4, 1995|
Baton Rouge, LA
|Education||B.A. Music Business|
|Alma mater||University of Louisiana, Lafayette|
|Years active||2014 - present|
|Organization||Cure with Love Strategies LLC / Spark Box|
Emanuel Milton (born 4 July 1995), popularly known as Boo Milton, is an American entrepreneur, community strategist, and entertainer. He is widely known as a radio personality on WEMX 94.1 FM (MAX 94.1). Milton has founded a number of programs concerning educational and social responsibility, such as Spark Box, C.H.I.L.L. Program, Drive-In Wifi, and others. His initiative Spark Box gained public recognition and was featured on LIVE! with Kelly & Ryan.
Milton has been working toward the upliftment of the community since the beginning of his career and has been actively involved in mentoring, advocating for youth in local government, and assisting brands with creating and launching campaigns.
Milton is the recipient of the Ember Award and is also recognized as Millennial Man of the Year by Next Generation Pioneers. Milton’s ideas and initiatives have been highlighted across the world featuring on platforms for The Obama Foundation, ISTE, Facebook Education, America’s Promise, and more. He has also been featured in several media outlets for his contribution to society including, NewsBreak, US News, Biz New Orleans, WAFB, and others.
Early life and education
Milton was born on 4 July 1995 in Baton Rouge, LA. He completed his high school education at McKinley Senior High School. During his teenage years, Milton was inclined toward becoming a recording artist, and when he was 15, Milton ventured into the entertainment industry. He released regional hit songs “G-Step,” “Start the Line,” and “Roller Coaster” featuring Atlantic Records Kevin Gates.
Later he pursued a bachelor’s degree at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, where he majored in Music Business.
After gaining recognition in his hometown for his songs, Milton decided to become a radio personality and earned a spot on WEMX MAX 94.1 when he was 19 years old. Soon he became highly acclaimed for his show, which was ranked #1 in the market (as reported by Nielsen).
Milton has been indulged in the upliftment of the community and constantly leverages his media presence and popularity to mentor and advocate youth and assist brands and business owners to launch creative campaigns.
He is the founder of Cure with Love Strategies LLC, which is dedicated to creating programs and initiatives to create “healthier” communities and reduce violence. Milton, via his company, has launched multiple programs including Spark Box, an activity kit for kids that focus on social-emotional development which was a huge success, distributing over 2.5K activity kits during the worldwide pandemic. Spark Box was even featured on LIVE! with Kelly & Ryan.
Milton, during his career, has also served as a panelist, ambassador, and host to several conferences and events such as Mayor Baraka of Newark, NJ open discussion on efforts in Violence Reduction in the City of Newark, The Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (City of Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston-Broome), the Cities United 2019 Annual Convening, America’s Promise State of Young People Summit, The 46th Annual Bayou Classic Official Battle of the Bands - Mercedes Benz Superdome, The Obama Foundation’s “MBK Rising!” Summit, and others.
Spark Box is a series of activity kits for kids ages 6-8 that focuses on social awareness, self-awareness, and critical thinking through creativity and social emotional learning. Spark Box was created as a direct response to COVID-19 with the heart to ensure children have the development they need through limited access to educational resources. Over 2,500+ Spark Boxes have been distributed to children across the country.
C.H.I.L.L. is a five-step conflict resolution strategy that teaches kids and even adults how to address challenging situations throughout their life. C.H.I.L.L. teaches fundamental tools to help individuals navigate through life with observance, understanding, patience, and proactiveness. We teach our five-step approach to conflict resolution through classes, webinars, workshops, etc. to students, teachers, administration, businesses, and individuals who would like to learn about this effective practice. We provide resources such as student workbooks, teacher/adult/administrator’s guides, and support videos for our participants. Upon completion of the program, participants also receive a certificate of completion for personal gratification and professional development requirements.
Drive-In Wifi: Keep Citizens Connected Initiative was created as a part of the COVID-19 response by Emanuel “Boo” Milton and in collaboration with community-driven service providers to connect citizens with online access through FREE WiFi during times when public places are closed. Guests are able to park at designated sites during their normal operation hours and use the WiFi for no charge for an extended amount of time and at higher connectivity speeds while safely situated in their cars.
The Boo Milton & Friends All Star Dodgeball Tournament calls out an all-star roster of Baton Rouge’s most loved and notarized local entertainers, politicians, public figures, and professional athletes to bring awareness to multiple causes, invest monetarily into local non-profit orgs, and promote physical activity and community bonding. This high energy annual event consists of 12 teams battling it out to win $2,000 for a local charity. The free event sees 800-1,200 attendees each year and is open to all ages.
Boo Milton & Friends Giveback Weekend is a two-day event for Baton Rouge community members can enjoy free haircuts, manicures, and eye screenings. Annually taking place the weekend before Thanksgiving, the event aims to provide economic relief and joy to families during a time where money and love is needed. Each year they host about 200+ guests and invest ~$7,000 in services and resources into the Baton Rouge community.
Brighter Future Program
Bright Future: Clear Vision provides children full eye examinations and optical quality glasses at no cost. They monitor the child's behavioral wellness and academic performance following their visit to note progress and challenges so that they can provide continual support.
- Advisory Board for Cities United | 2020 - present
- East Baton Rouge 4-H and EFNEP Advisory Leadership Council | 2020 - present
- Board Member - Humanities Amped (Baton Rouge, LA) | 2018 - 2020
- The Mayor’s Advisory Council on Law Enforcement and Community Service and Protection | 2016
- Mayor’s Millennial Agenda Committee | 2016
Awards and recognition
Milton is the recipient of the Ember Award and is also recognized as Millennial Man of the Year by Next Generation Pioneers. He was also an Honoree at the 2019 Rouge Collection’s Black Black.
In the media
- "UN Special #4: Emanuel "Boo Milton" Interview". Theirworld. 3 February 2021. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
- "RESOLVE: Creating Equity in Entrepreneurship". Nexus Louisiana Tech Park. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
- Thomas, Rachael. "Former Baton Rouge radio personality recognized by Obama Foundation". Retrieved 3 February 2021.
- "The Faces of MBK Rising!". Obama Foundation. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
- "usnews". Retrieved 3 February 2021.
- "From Wi-Fi access to helping students learn, 'Boo' Milton aiding people in Baton Rouge | News Break". News Break Baton Rouge, LA. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
- "Better Angels with Sarah Brown: UN Special #4: Emanuel "Boo Milton" Interview". betterangelssarahbrown.libsyn.com. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
- "Baton Rouge native creates activity kits to help kids impacted by pandemic". WBRZ. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
- writer, GEORGE MORRIS. "From Wi-Fi access to helping students learn, 'Boo' Milton aiding people in Baton Rouge". The Advocate. Retrieved 3 February 2021.