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Charles Cole III
Charles Cole, III is an educator focused on the advancement of all youth of color but more specifically black males. The passion comes from his own experiences growing up without proper support. His life's goal is to better the communities he grew up in through his work. He has has served as a social worker, a Director for Teach for America, the Vice Chair of the California Young Democrats, Black Caucus and at a Director's level at various youth-focused nonprofits. Charles is a national speaker, a writer and can be found in Oakland and around the country working with youth on how to equip themselves appropriately to lay the ground work for a bright future. He is currently finishing his first book aimed at Black males titled Stop Hustling Backwards.


Entries by Charles Cole III

A Roadmap to Achievement Part 1: How to Get the Right People Around You

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2015 | 7:43 PM


In this journey I've come to really value the folks I let in my life. Below are some rules that have helped me move things forward. I've learned these things from various sources, whether they come from books, blogs, podcasts or personal mentors....

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Be the Greatest Loser Ever

(6) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 3:21 PM

I've sat on this article for a while now. I originally began the writing process for it when I was still working day to day to with Black and Brown students from the San Francisco Bay Area, mostly Oakland. One of the students I was mentoring at the time was...

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Not That Talented

(5) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 10:07 AM

I was having a conversation with a young person that will be entering high school next year and he said something that caught me off guard, which led to a series of conversations with various folks. We were discussing choices, and the young man said something to the effect of:...

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Let's Really Converse About Black Self-Hatred: A Semi-Open Letter to Brother Orville Douglas

(37) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 1:50 PM

I was surfing the web for articles as I normally do. I was looking for great articles that I would then repost for my friends, students and mentees to digest as they waded through the noise that can be Facebook at times when I came across an article written by...

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A Black Educator's Response to the Zimmerman Verdict

(6) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 2:53 AM

The George Zimmerman verdict many of us livid. Trapped within ourselves because we had no clue what the appropriate emotion was. I wanted to capture exactly where I was in that moment so I did it via video. Leave your thoughts. Share it to your page. We have to push...

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Applaud With Caution

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 8:16 PM

Let's start this the right way, congrats to all my young black men that just graduated from high school. I know this is a huge moment for you and you are currently taking it all in this summer. This article is for the adults in your life but you are...

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Our Black Boys...

(27) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 5:45 PM

Our black males in high school are lacking proper support from parents, school, their communities and within. I've been working on those solutions. Dedicated my life to it. In addition to the work I do with males of color, I wanted to facilitate a larger conversation where we explore solutions....

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Be an Energy Converter

(22) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 5:41 PM

By now, if you've ever read anything from me then you know that my mission in life is to improve my environment by focusing on young men of color. At this point, we all know the issues that are plaguing black folks. We know the drop out rates. We know...

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Mentor You, Mentor Me

(7) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 2:29 PM

I have always been a huge fan of mentorship. I feel that everyone needs to be mentored throughout life. My life would be dramatically different had I not had different mentors in my life. Regardless of age, race or sex, we all need to be mentored. For this post, though,...

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To Our Ancestors

(10) Comments | Posted January 1, 2013 | 8:18 AM

This letter is part of our "Letters to Our Ancestors" project. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, we've asked members of our community to share their own letters to our forefathers. With these letters, we hope to look back on the progress our community has made...

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My Take on Black Rage

(23) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 4:53 PM

I have heard this term used on a few different fronts. I heard it everywhere from politicians to preachers. I have reconciled the meaning for myself on a frequent basis. I have struggled to articulate my own "black rage" in a way that is both insightful and at times consoling....

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